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Selwyn Times: June 20, 2018

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6 [Edition Wednesday datE] June 20 2018 32 Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi HOME PROFESSIONALS SELWYN TIMES New owners, same passion and service Zac Swale and his wife Ashley have recently taken over at Canterbury Lawns. Zac, who has more than 10 years’ experience in the road construction industry, also has considerable experience in all things yard related - fencing, landscaping, site preparation and the installation of concrete pathways, decks and patios, raised flower beds and planter boxes and more. Zac can also prepare driveways for concreting or asphalting, and can recommend qualified people to do it. Zac’s main focus, however, is carrying on Canterbury Lawns’ core service, which is hydroseeding residential and commercial properties. Hydroseeding is the spray-on application of grass seed in a mulch of wood fibre, fertiliser, and a ‘tackifier’ which holds it all together as the seed grows into thick, lush grass in as little as 4-6 weeks when the conditions are right. Just a little longer in other conditions. The success of the hydroseeding depends significantly on two things. First, while you can prepare the site yourself, in order to take advantage of the guarantee Canterbury Lawns offers, and to have peace of mind it has been done properly, it is best to have Zac prepare it. His experience assures the quality of the ground onto which the hydroseeding is applied. Second, adequate and correct watering is essential. For this, Zac recommends an irrigation system, and works closely with Freeman Irrigation in Rolleston (www. freemanirrigation.co.nz). Zac also offers comprehensive aftercare advice. For situations where instant lawn is desirable, whether due to weather conditions or time constraints, Zac and the team are also skilled at laying out instant lawn. He will discuss with you the best option for your particular situation and requirements. Whether a newly built house requiring landscaping and lawn, or an existing home needing a spruce up, including repairs to fences, decks, pathways and more, Zac and the team are well placed to resolve any of those issues. They are also specialists at erosion control, rural and urban. Zac and Ashley live locally and are excited about the opportunities taking over Canterbury Lawns has brought them. Now really is the best time to contact them to make sure your yard is looking its best when the warmer weather comes around. Contact Zac on 027 456 7777 or via the website at www.canterburylawns.co.nz PATIOS - OUTDOOR AREAS - CAR PORTS Shadecraft is a locally owned company who specialise in shade and weather protection products to enhance your homes design and use of outdoor areas. SHADE SAILS – UMBRELLAS – ALL WEATHER CANOPIES ShadeCraft (SI) Ltd 0800 742332 • Cell 0274 981239 • www.shadecraft.co.nz LANDSCAPE CONSTRUCTION & GARDEN MAINTENANCE WINTER Is hERE... so its a great time to start thinking about your new lawn. Give us a call and we can come and give you a free quotation! Zac Swale, Canterbury Lawns Ltd 347 4000 | 0274 56 7777 zac@canterburylawns.co.nz www.canterburylawns.co.nz Your hydroseeding specialists!! YOU can have your gardens, trees, shrubs, plants and lawns maintained to look their BEST all year round, for a great price. RESIDENTIAL, NEW HOME LANDSCAPING & MAINTENANCE P: Ross Legg - 027 222 0388 E: ross@revivelandscaping.co.nz www.revivelandscaping.co.nz

SELWYN TIMES Wednesday [Edition June 20 datE] Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi 2018 337 HOME PROFESSIONALS Good gardens take time Enjoying, and being proud of, your yard is one of the small pleasures in life. Whether it is an attractive place to relax in, a productive place full of fruit trees, or a little of both, the right trees in the right place are key to achieving satisfaction. Whether establishing a new yard or revamping an existing one, there are many considerations when it comes to the trees you chose to plant. Perhaps the most important is ground preparation – making sure the area is sprayed and weed-free. Once planted, mulch well, 3 to 4 inches deep and a metre or so around the tree. This will give the roots ample opportunity to take hold. Feather back the mulch from the tree stem. There is a plethora of trees to choose to plant in your yard, depending on what you want from them - whether pittosporums, which are not too demanding and are excellent hedge and screening plants, or trees such as claret ash, or smaller ornamental trees such as Japanese maples which add splashes of beautiful colour to your garden. Visiting your local nursery can be eye-opening. Southern Woods Plant Nursery (www.southernwoods.co.nz), on Robinsons Road near Templeton is a one stop shop for expert advice, a wide range of quality gardening tools, and a vast selection of trees and plants, practically everything you will ever need. A visit to Southern Woods is an experience. There is a winter pruning session in July (contact them for details). “With pruning you are trying to set up the tree’s structure for the future,” says Retail Manager Chris Smith. Proper pruning is essential for the health and productivity of any tree. The friendly, expert staff at Southern Woods are always happy to offer tips and advice on pruning, or any other garden related matter. With smaller sections becoming popular, so are dwarf trees, trees bred to be smaller and more compact. These kinds of trees are perfect if space is an issue, but you want the aesthetic and benefits of beautiful trees. Another space-saving technique is espalier – pruning and tying tree branches to a frame, or to wire flat against a fence or wall. As well as taking up less space, these can be quite decorative, and if fruit trees, just as productive. “Good gardens take time,” Chris says. Sometimes it is preferable to forgo fruit production on newly planted trees to let them establish a good root system, and a great shape with proper pruning. The long-term results, whether fruit, colour, or functionality are always worth the time and effort put in. Enjoying, and being proud of, your yard is one of the small pleasures in life. Fruit Trees Available this winter Order your trees now for July supply. - Landscaping plants for all projects - Ornamental & Specimen trees - Canterbury’s largest range of natives - Hedging & Topiaries - Fruit & Nut plants Get great fruit tree planting advice from our friendly team. 2018 Catalogue out now. 1002 Robinsons Rd, Chch - 0800 800 352 - southernwoods.co.nz OPEN 7 DAYS Paving, Irrigation, Lawns, Planting, Fences, Pergolas, Water-features, Outdoor fires, Raised Vege beds, Decks, Artificial grass & more... Call Aaron & the team today! Phone: 03 3474422 or 021542402 Email: landscapeyouroutdoorspace@gmail.com www.theoutdoorspace.co.nz STOP LEAVES birds, snow, hail & vermin from blocking up your spouting Quality materials: BHP Colorbond steel mesh with unique patented louvre which will even keep out pine needles. Will not rust or sag with age or load. 10 year warranty, range of colours Proven in Australia & New Zealand over the last 15 years. FOR SAFE, PURE DRINKING WATER FROM YOUR ROOF. NOW AVAILABLE: STAINLESS STEEL MICRO MESH www.gumleaf.co.nz Call Rohan Rudd anytime Mon-Sat for a no-obligation assessment & quote 0800 486 532 www.gumleaf.co.nz LET’S GET GARDENING INTELLIGRO OFFERS: Expert gardening advice High quality products South-Hort growing mixes VIP rewards Buy in-store and online Handy delivery service For more information, check out our website: www.igro.co.nz or visit our facebook page: www.facebook.com/igro.co.nz 261 Manion Rd, Weedons info@igro.co.nz | www.igro.co.nz | Phone 03 347 9415