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Spring <strong>2020</strong><br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong><br />

Gardening<br />

guide<br />

published by & <strong>Selwyn</strong> <strong>Times</strong><br />


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SELWYN GARDENING GUIDE SPRING <strong>2020</strong><br />

Did you know<br />

that healthy trees can add up to 20% to the<br />

value of your property?<br />

You may not think about it that often – but the<br />

trees on your property are a lifetime investment.<br />

Carefully selected trees on your property provide<br />

more than beauty - they increase the value of your<br />

home. Several recent surveys have shown that<br />

mature trees in a well-landscaped garden can<br />

increase the value of a house by 7 percent to 19<br />

percent.<br />

First impressions count when buying and selling a<br />

house. Something to reflect on is what happens<br />

when potential buyers view a property. The first<br />

thing they will see is your landscaping and exterior.<br />

Experts indicate that a well-maintained garden with<br />

mature trees can add thousands to a home’s value<br />

and speed up a house sale too.<br />

Respectful, experienced, and passionate tree<br />

care that protects and enhances your home<br />

In addition to adding significant value at the<br />

point of sale, trees also serve very practical and<br />

functional (as well as aesthetic) purposes for<br />

homeowners. They frame beautiful, relaxing, and<br />

pleasant landscapes and help keep a house cooler<br />

and protected from destructive winds and weather.<br />

Many tree care companies simply chop, cut, and<br />

call the job done. However, after speaking with THE<br />

TREE PEOPLE, it quickly became apparent that they<br />

are different. Simply put, they know your home is<br />

your haven and will always ensure it is treated that<br />

way.<br />

Started by Ra and Megan Hammer in 2004, THE<br />

TREE PEOPLE knew early on that their ethos and<br />

approach was going to be different. They never<br />

simply chop and cut, and instead pride themselves<br />

on the fact that they go against the grain of how<br />

many other arborists operate.<br />

They can help with any tree and pride themselves<br />

on being able to do so. They can remove large<br />

dangerous trees safely, look after the trees that you<br />

care about, transplant established trees with care<br />

and offer expert advice on all ‘things’ trees.<br />

Speaking with passion about what he does, Chief<br />

Tree Hugger Ra Hammer shares, “We had some<br />

very clear goals when we started the business<br />

that we still ‘live by’ today. It was important to<br />

us to preserve and maintain trees sustainably, to<br />

provide an environment that helps our customers<br />

to enjoy harmonious relationships with their trees, to<br />

offer excellent affordable tree care and to always<br />

adhere to best practice. I am proud to say that, 16<br />

years later, we still live and breathe these goals”.<br />

If you want to add value to your property, Ra,<br />

Megan, and the team at THE TREE PEOPLE can<br />

support you and your trees. They are your locally<br />

based experts and can help with any tree.

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Looking for<br />

inspiration and a great day out?<br />

Spring and summer is the perfect time to get out and<br />

about visiting gardens, getting ideas and seeing what<br />

grows well and where. <strong>Selwyn</strong> and the surrounding districts<br />

have a number of beautiful gardens – be sure to add the<br />

following garden tours and events to your garden diary:<br />


12.15pm<br />

Lincoln University Diploma of Horticulture students are once<br />

again offering for sale plants, trees and shrubs that they’ve<br />

grown as part of their study assignments. This annual<br />

sale has been running for over 30 years and is a way to<br />

reduce stock that has built up over the course of a year.<br />

Hundreds of shrubs, trees, indoor plants, bedding plants<br />

and vegetable seedlings will be available to the public<br />

from the Lincoln University nursery. Access is via Gate Two<br />

(off Ellesmere Junction Road) and right at the ‘Horticultural<br />

Nursery’ sign.<br />

ST JOHN GARDEN FETE, Oct 15, 10am-4pm<br />

Take time to wander around the spectacular Rakaia<br />

Gardens. The garden is six acres - with wide lawn paths<br />

linking each area together with rhododendrons, camellias,<br />

thousands of annuals, perennials and roses. An idyllic<br />

boardwalk meanders through a huge area dedicated to<br />

NZ natives surrounding a tranquil pond. Enjoy boutique<br />

stalls, great lunch options, and a cooking demonstration<br />

by 2012 MasterChef finalist Chantelle Quinn (owner of<br />

twenty four catering) plus live music to enjoy. Tickets<br />

available from www.eventfinda.co.nz<br />


10am-4pm<br />

A self-guided tour of local gardens: including a native<br />

sustainable garden and a Mexican style garden. All<br />

proceeds go towards funding Youth Workers for local<br />

Schools and to help fund developing leaders. Tickets are<br />

$20 and can be purchased through Lincoln Hammer<br />

Hardware and Lincoln Pharmacy or through www.<br />

eventfinda.co.nz<br />

TAI TAPU GARDEN TOUR, Nov 8, 10am-4pm<br />

Seven treasured local gardens bursting with colour, texture<br />

and diversity - from historic to modern will be offered as a<br />

self-tour package, with the option to choose the ‘Otahuna<br />

Garden Tour Package’. Tickets are limited for this guided<br />

tour of the prestigious historic homestead gardens<br />

designed for Tai Tapu’s own, Sir Heaton Rhodes. An art and<br />

photography exhibition and a display of classic cars will<br />

also feature at two of the gardens. There will also be some<br />

extra attractions at some of the gardens, for those who<br />

love art, plants, cars or all three! The Tai Tapu Garden Tour<br />

is a biennial fundraiser for Tai Tapu Primary School with all<br />

profits going directly into teaching resources and support<br />

services. Visit www.taitapugardentour.nz for more details.<br />


29, 10am- 5pm<br />

The Inside Out Akaroa House & Garden Tour takes place<br />

over two days on the weekend of with 13 amazing<br />

gardens to discover, at your own pace, on a flexible<br />

self-drive program. For more information and ticket sales,<br />

visit: https://akaroa.com/events/event-listing-inside-outgarden-tour<br />


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On Wednesday 14 th <strong>October</strong><br />

& Thursday 15 th <strong>October</strong><br />

Time from 10am<br />

Range Shrubs, trees, indoor plants,<br />

bedding plants and vegetable seedlings.<br />

Directions Access via Gate Two (off<br />

Ellesmere Junction Road) and right at<br />

‘Horticultural Nursery’ sign<br />

EFT-POS available<br />

Garden Fete<br />

Garden Fete<br />

Thursday<br />

Thursday 15<br />

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10am - 4pm - 4pm<br />

Rakaia Gardens - home - home of of<br />

Sue & Ted Rollinson<br />

282 Awaroa School Road, Road, Dorie Dorie 11RD 11RD Rakaia Rakaia<br />

(signposted off off SH1) SH1)<br />

Come join us for a great day. 70+ stalls, live music,<br />

Come join us for a great day. 70+ stalls, live musi<br />

food & beautiful gardens to explore<br />

food Gate & beautiful tickets on gardens the day $20 to explore<br />

Presale Gate tickets tickets $15; Children on the day 5yrs+ $20 $5<br />

Presale ATM and tickets EFTPOS $15; available Children onsite 5yrs+ $5<br />

ATM Tickets and EFTPOS now available onsite<br />

• Eventfinda website Tickets www.eventfinda.co.nz now available or<br />

• • Eventfinda Check out our website Facebook www.eventfinda.co.nz page (St John – or<br />

Ashburton) for physical ticket outlets or<br />

• Check out our Facebook page (St John –<br />

phone 3087132<br />

Ashburton) for physical ticket outlets or<br />

Raising funds for Mid Canterbury St John<br />

phone 3087132

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selwyn gardening guide spring <strong>2020</strong><br />

Look local<br />

for electrical needs<br />

A garden<br />

Locally owned and operated from<br />

their base in Rolleston, Juice Electrical<br />

has been looking after the needs of<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> residents for 14 years.<br />

Greg Horton and his team of four<br />

master electricians providing a<br />

professional and timely service<br />

whether it is residential, commercial or<br />

industrial, indoors or outdoors.<br />

“We pride ourselves on going the<br />

extra mile particularly with repair and<br />

renovation work and we’re very strong<br />

on maintenance,” says Greg.<br />

Creating a special ambience<br />

outdoors is part of the service.<br />

Integrated LED lighting is becoming<br />

very popular as it is a lot easier and<br />

less expensive to install because there<br />

is no need to dig trenches for wiring.<br />

Outdoor options include up-lighting<br />

trees and buildings, deck lighting and<br />

floodlights as well as security lighting.<br />

They advise on the best type and<br />

where they should be placed. Greg<br />

recommends installing sensors so the<br />

lights come on automatically at dusk.<br />

“We discuss the customer’s ideas<br />

with them, show them photos of<br />

other gardens with attractive outdoor<br />

lighting and make suggestions on<br />

how they can make the most of their<br />

outdoor area with a range of LED<br />

lighting options,” says Greg.<br />

In fact LED lights are now the preferred<br />

option for indoor and outdoor lighting<br />

as well.<br />

Juice Electrical does not have a<br />

vehicle charge for Rolleston so look<br />

out for the brightly coloured Juice<br />

Electrical vans as they work hard<br />

to look after the <strong>Selwyn</strong> district’s<br />

electrical needs. Call Greg and the<br />

team at 379 6644.<br />

A three week visit to the USA that lasted 15 years was how <strong>Selwyn</strong> local<br />

Maude Fairburn got started on her passion for everything American. Upon her<br />

return to New Zealand, Maude set about having her new home built in the<br />

Santa Fe style – a style she saw and fell in love with while travelling on Route<br />

66. The Santa Fe house style, also known as pueblo architecture, is striking<br />

for its colourful terracotta adobe walls and heavy timber doors, beams and<br />

detailing.<br />

Fourteen years fast forward and Maude’s passion has grown exponentially to<br />

include a themed garden full of cacti, succulents, geraniums and lavenders.<br />

While her garden is inspired by the gardens she saw in America, all her plants<br />

are grown in New Zealand and many sourced locally, plus some she has grown<br />

herself from babies.<br />

Walking through the impressive front entrance is like walking into another world.<br />

Maude’s house and garden cannot help but be noticed from the street by<br />

everyone who walks or drives by and the welcoming sign over the gate that<br />

reads ‘Mi casa es su casa’, literally translates to ‘my house is your house’.<br />

“All the decorations, inside and out are sourced from America,” says Maude,<br />

referring to the many Indian and Mexican features that can be seen around<br />

the property. Adobe-style walled gardens inlaid with colourful blue and white<br />

A passion for all things Santa Fe<br />

brings this house and garden to life.<br />

HydRoSEEdINg, INStaNt<br />

LawNS aNd LaNdSCaPINg<br />

• Locally owned &<br />

operated<br />

• Residential &<br />

commercial lawns<br />

• Hydroseeding<br />

• Instant roll out lawn<br />

• Full lawn preparations<br />

• Site clearing<br />

• Erosion and dust<br />

control<br />

• Irrigation<br />

• Posthole boring<br />

• Landscaping<br />

• No job too small<br />

‘Mi casa es su casa’ is the<br />

welcoming sign above the impressive<br />

entranceway.<br />

Call us today to discuss all your lawn<br />

and landscaping requirements<br />

Phone 347 4000 or 027 456 7777<br />

Email zac@canterburylawns.co.nz<br />

www.canterburylawns.co.nz<br />

Need A Spa Pool Installation<br />

Or Some Outdoor Lighting?<br />

Then you need to call us.<br />

We are the experts when it comes<br />

to lighting up and cooling down<br />

your outdoor area this spring.<br />

Call us today to discuss getting<br />

your outdoor area sorted today.<br />

No service fee for our Rolleston clients -<br />

because we’re locals.<br />

0800 277 275

selwyn gardening guide spring <strong>2020</strong> | 5<br />

Protect your<br />

to relax in<br />

tiles, cowboy boot shaped planters, rustic bells, steer skulls, water features, spiky<br />

succulents, towering cacti and even a small monkey puzzle tree (Araucaria<br />

araucana) all have their place in Maude’s garden.<br />

“My daughter, Kim, got me into gardening,’ says Maude, “and when we first<br />

built the house, I thought we’d never fill the quarter acre section.” But fill it she<br />

did and she has never looked back.<br />

Time spent in the garden is a pleasure for Maude; she says she finds it “super<br />

relaxing” when working in the garden. “I just listen to Indian music and feel like<br />

I’m back in America.”<br />

She loves the beginning of spring and is often excited when she sees a cactus<br />

flower out for the first time in the season or when she wanders out in the garden<br />

to find a plant has grown so big.<br />

“They’re all so easy care,” she says of her plants, “with just a bit of weeding,<br />

and watering twice a week.”<br />

The house and garden is a reflection of Maude’s passion and dedication to the<br />

Sante Fe style; and the warmth and friendly welcome she extends to visitors is<br />

also a reflection of the hospitality she received in America.<br />

outdoor space<br />

this summer<br />

Protecting your outdoor area from<br />

the elements during summer, or any<br />

time of the year, can be as simple as<br />

giving Mark a call at locally owned<br />

company Shadecraft.<br />

Shadecraft specialises in custommade<br />

shade options that are both<br />

affordable and attractive tailored to<br />

suit your needs. Options for protection<br />

against the weather include shade<br />

sails, louvres, wave shades, eclipse<br />

canopies, umbrellas and drop blinds<br />

with a large range of sizes and a<br />

myriad of colours.<br />

“We pride ourselves on our many<br />

satisfied customers. The majority of our<br />

business is generated through word<br />

of mouth which is testament to our<br />

workmanship and customer service,”<br />

says Shadecraft owner Mark Levey,<br />

who is usually on site during installation<br />

to ensure things run smoothly.<br />

The high quality Eclipse canopy<br />

is extremely popular, protecting<br />

an outdoor area from all weather<br />

conditions, but still allowing for natural<br />

light. These can also be fitted with<br />

drop blinds to fully enclose the area.<br />

Shade sales are another popular<br />

choice and provide protection from<br />

the sun during the hot Canterbury<br />

summers while also visually enhancing<br />

the area while you are outside<br />

relaxing with family and friends.<br />

Mark at Shadecraft is the person<br />

to contact if you are considering<br />

enhancing your outdoor area for the<br />

warmer months or you need some<br />

advice for what would work in your<br />

space. His contact details are 0800<br />

742 332, 0274 981239 or visit their<br />

website at www.shadecraft.co.nz.<br />

Maude Fairburn enjoys listening to<br />

Indian music when spending time in<br />

her garden.<br />

See us now to<br />

order your gates<br />

for summer<br />

• Driveway gates • Pedestrian gates<br />

• Sliding gates • Swing gates<br />

• Louvered gates • T & G gates<br />

• Aluminium frames with timber infill<br />

• Fencing aluminium or timber<br />

• Full gate automation systems<br />

• Keypads • Video intercom<br />

Ph: 0508 4 gates (0508 442 837) 03 325 4397<br />

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Shadecraft is a<br />

locally owned company<br />

who specialise in<br />

shade and weather<br />

protection products to<br />

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design and use of<br />

outdoor areas.<br />

ShadeCraft (SI) Ltd • 0800 742 332 • Cell 0274 981 239 • www.shadecraft.co.nz

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with intelligro<br />

Spring is a time of growth and development, and the list<br />

of jobs to do is endless. With the weather warming up<br />

and daylight savings here, now is the perfect time to get<br />

stuck into the garden.<br />

Intelligro are trying to make small changes to help the<br />

environment and we’re here to help you and your family<br />

create a more sustainable future. Creating your own<br />

veggie garden is the perfect place to start.<br />

Growing vegetables is not only quite satisfying but very<br />

easy too! Growing some of your own food is a key part<br />

of a sustainable lifestyle.<br />

Here are a few tips to get you started:<br />

1. Pick a sunny position for your veggie garden with<br />

shelter from the wind.<br />

2. If you’re using timber, untreated is best. If using<br />

treated timber line with black plastic.<br />

3. Having a good quality soil is key for growing a<br />

productive veggie garden! For leafy, above the<br />

ground produce choose Intelligro Vege Garden Mix.<br />

For root crops, (potatoes, radishes etc) choose<br />

Intelligro Garden Soil Mix. A soil blend is preferred<br />

by these plants.<br />

4. Make sure you plant quality, in-season seedling<br />

(big is not always better).<br />

5. For a successful veggie garden make sure you<br />

establish a regular watering routine!<br />

Lawns...<br />

Spring is well known as lawn time.<br />

Lawns can be sown or repaired<br />

now, as long as you are sure the<br />

last of frosts have been and gone.<br />

We have a handy lawn guide on<br />

our website and our team would<br />

be happy to talk through any<br />

issues you may have, and point you<br />

in the right direction. It’s also a good time to fertilise<br />

your existing lawns, and repair any patches or holes.<br />

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for up-coming<br />

workshops & gardening advice and videos.<br />

Intelligro’s Top Spring Products<br />

Vegepods<br />

Vegepods are a great way to grow a garden all year<br />

round. With the benefits of a raised garden bed,<br />

these pods are at the perfect height for working<br />

while standing up, and out of reach of pests.<br />

Vegepods are available in Small, Medium and Large<br />

and start from $209.<br />

Order online at www.igro.co.nz or pop in to see us<br />

at 261 Manion Road, Weedons 7677.<br />

Vege Garden Mix<br />

35L Bag<br />

Our Vege Garden Mix<br />

has been designed to<br />

provide your plants with<br />

the nutrients they need<br />

for healthy growth and<br />

development.<br />

Certified Organic Compost 35L Bag<br />

Our Certified Organic Compost is blended from<br />

sustainable, natural and carefully selected products.<br />

Dig compost through your soil to boost the nutrients<br />

and condition your area before planting. We have had<br />

fantastic reviews from customers who just love our<br />

compost, and it is one of our best sellers all-year-round!<br />

Some of what we have in stock<br />

• Certified Organic Compost • Vege Garden Mix • Potting Mixes<br />

• Lawn Mixes • House Plant Mix • Seed Raising Mix • Bark<br />

• Mulch • Stones • Chips • Pebbles • Sands • Fertilisers • Pavers<br />

• Raised Gardens • Seeds • Seedlings • Tools<br />

and so much more!<br />

Spring & Summer Opening Hours:<br />

Monday – Saturday: 7.30am – 5.30pm<br />

Sunday and Public Holidays: 8.30am – 4.30pm<br />

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P: 03 347 9012 | E: info@igro.co.nz | www.igro.co.nz<br />

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Creating<br />

living indoor art<br />

SELWYN GARDENING GUIDE SPRING <strong>2020</strong> | 7<br />

Amy Albon loves<br />

the organic,<br />

sculptural effect of<br />

kokedama.<br />

Kokedama is a<br />

Japanese plant art form<br />

that literally translates<br />

to ‘moss ball’.<br />

When Amy Albon’s mother wanted to try a new<br />

hobby, Amy joined her at an evening class to learn<br />

how to make a kokedama, a Japanese garden art<br />

form.<br />

What Amy discovered was a whole new way of<br />

displaying indoor plants, and not just a hobby<br />

for her mum but also a small business for herself.<br />

Kokedama, literally meaning ‘moss ball’, originates<br />

in Japan, and is fast becoming popular in New<br />

Zealand.<br />

‘It’s a natural, organic way to display house<br />

plants, combining moss around the roots to create<br />

beautiful, self-contained pots instead of the usual<br />

manmade pots,’ says Amy. The class wasn’t quite<br />

what she’d expected so she did some online<br />

research and discovered a number of different<br />

techniques to create the moss balls.<br />

She says it took a lot of trial and error to perfect<br />

her technique but it was fun and new, and soon<br />

she was being asked to create moss ball plants for<br />

family and friends. Amy now sells her kokedamas<br />

from her facebook page and at local markets.<br />

Technique is everything when it comes to creating<br />

a kokedama and a strong, steady hand is needed.<br />

Soil is added to the roots, then covered with<br />

sphagnum moss and finally wrapped with string to<br />

create the ball.<br />

“I’ve learnt my own technique on how to mold the<br />

roots with moss, the tighter and more consistent<br />

the better, and how to lay the string to create<br />

beautiful lines and symmetry, which gives the plant<br />

its spectacular pot,’ says Amy. ‘Kokedama provides<br />

a sculptural focal point in any room and looks<br />

amazing on coffee tables.’<br />

Most houseplants are suitable to be turned into<br />

kokedama but Amy says she found succulents<br />

and ferns to be popular, with succulents being the<br />

easiest to care for. How often to water depends on<br />

the plant but when the kokedama is dry, it can be<br />

put into a bowl of water or a bath and left to soak<br />

for 20 minutes before being drained and put back<br />

on display.<br />

Amy suggests displaying kokedamas on wooden<br />

chopping boards, bamboo tripods, shallow plates<br />

(so the air can get through) or by hanging the balls<br />

- several hanging plants can make an eye-catching<br />

display.<br />

To find out more about Amy and kokedama, visit<br />

her facebook page: mossandme.kokedama or<br />

phone: 022 631 4551.<br />

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selwyn gardening guide spring <strong>2020</strong><br />

Perfect time for creating<br />

your dream pool<br />

A new swimming pool will make a splash this summer<br />

and you will find your friends and family will love your<br />

pool as much as you do. With summer on its way, now<br />

is the perfect time to organise the installation of your<br />

pool with local company Lagoon Pools<br />

Owners Julie and Warren Hastings installs pools sized<br />

from five metres to 12 metres in length to suit both<br />

large and small sections, with a huge variety of widths,<br />

colours and shapes.<br />

“There really is a pool for every site,” says Julie.<br />

Lagoon Pools is also the Leisure Pools dealer for most<br />

of the South Island featuring 100% composite fibreglass<br />

and, with patented innovations, every swimming pool<br />

is supported by their lifetime structural warranty and<br />

a lifetime osmosis warranty – this makes them the<br />

strongest pool available on the market.<br />

Pool automation is becoming popular with equipment<br />

monitoring and settings right at your fingertips from<br />

any location. Additional features including pool<br />

lighting, fountains and spa jets can enhance the pool<br />

area, transforming it into an extended living space<br />

where family and friends can relax in the outdoors,<br />

Julie says.<br />

It takes around five days to install a pool and the<br />

finishing touches can take from four weeks depending<br />

upon the design.<br />

Contact Lagoon Pools by phoning Julie or Warren<br />

0800 927 282 or 03 349 2160. You can also visit their<br />

website www.lagoonpools.co.nz to find out more about<br />

their range of pools and other services they offer.<br />

www.lagoonpools.co.nz<br />

03 349 2160 or 0800 92 72 82

SELWYN GARDENING GUIDE SPRING <strong>2020</strong> | 9<br />

Landscaping<br />

supplies<br />

Organic bins<br />

Spring is the perfect time to get back<br />

into the garden and start filling up your<br />

organics bin again.<br />

The <strong>Selwyn</strong> District Council’s green<br />

organics bins can be utilised for<br />

garden prunings, weeds, leaves and<br />

grass clippings.<br />

Food items such as bread, dairy<br />

products, fruit, vegetables fish, meat,<br />

bones, coffee grinds, as well as foodsoiled<br />

cardboard containers and<br />

paper towels can also be placed in<br />

the green bin.<br />

Here are some useful tips to ensure<br />

your bin is fully emptied every week:<br />

• Keep the bin weight under 60kg. If<br />

you find it difficult to move the bin,<br />

then you may find it exceeds the truck<br />

lifting limits.<br />

• Keep the bin contents loose. Don’t<br />

compact your material by standing on<br />

it (it may not come out when tipped<br />

by the truck).<br />

• Place weeds, branches or<br />

newspaper at the bottom of the bin<br />

before filling with grass clippings. This<br />

reduces the likelihood of the grass<br />

clippings getting stuck.<br />

• Organics only! No plastic bags<br />

(including those labelled as<br />

compostable, degradable or<br />

biodegradable), metals, timber,<br />

sawdust, glass, rocks, stones or bricks<br />

as these cause considerable damage<br />

to the organics shredder.<br />

• Flax and cabbage leaves need to<br />

go in your red rubbish bin (as these<br />

get caught up in the shredder).<br />

• Make sure your bin is not overflowing<br />

– the lid needs to close.<br />

For townships with organic collection;<br />

why not swap your 240 litre red bin for<br />

a 240 litre green bin and an 80 litre<br />

red bin? You’ll save money and the<br />

environment.<br />

Unsure about an item? Check out<br />

selwyn.govt.nz/organics<br />

Gardenmakers Landscape Supplies<br />

is owned and operated by local<br />

families, who<br />

pride themselves on their large<br />

range of products available from<br />

their yard for all your landscaping<br />

projects. Products include sand<br />

and base courses, compost and soil<br />

conditioners, decorative stones and<br />

boulders, barks and mulches, bagged<br />

cements, and pavers including<br />

Westland schist, plus macrocarpa and<br />

railway sleepers.<br />

While you’re there, check out<br />

their Mike Cairns Timber on-site for<br />

residential fencing and structural<br />

requirements, plus the range of stakes,<br />

pegs, decking, and hardware on<br />

offer. They also make planter boxes<br />

and timber gardening edging plus<br />

they have a range of gardening<br />

products and tools available.<br />

“We welcome you to come and<br />

look at our products and discuss your<br />

landscaping project with our friendly,<br />

helpful staff. All our products are<br />

bagged, so come on in for a bag, a<br />

scoop or cubic metres of product. We<br />

also have hire trailers available.”<br />

Gardenmakers Landscape Supplies<br />

offer an excellent delivery service to<br />

all suburbs and surrounding towns,<br />

and is located at 4 Parkhouse Road,<br />

Sockburn, where their yard has plenty<br />

of parking, is easy to drive around and<br />

is open seven days at 4 Parkhouse<br />

Road, Sockburn. Ph: 03-341 5688 or<br />

visit: www.gardenmakers.co.nz.<br />

Your organics bin is only<br />

for the following items...<br />

Garden prunings,<br />

clippings and leaves<br />

Fruit and vegetables<br />

Bread, pastries<br />

and dairy products<br />

Meat, bones<br />

and fish<br />

Landscape<br />

& firewood<br />

supplies<br />

we supply & deliver<br />

Coffee grinds<br />

Food soiled cardboard<br />

containers and paper towels<br />

Tips to ensure your bin is fully emptied:<br />

· Keep items loose.<br />

· Keep the bin weight reasonable.<br />

· Place weeds, branches or newspaper<br />

at the bottom of the bin before filling<br />

with grass clippings (to avoid contents<br />

getting stuck).<br />

selwyn.govt.nz/organics<br />

· No plastic bags (including compostable<br />

or biodegradable), metals, glass, rocks,<br />

stones, bricks or rubbish.<br />

· Flax and cabbage tree leaves should go<br />

in the red bin.<br />

· Make sure the lid closes.<br />

Open 7 days Mon-Sat 7am-5pm Sun 8am-4pm<br />

4 Parkhouse Rd, Sockburn, Phone: 03 341 5688<br />


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EvErything you nEEd for your yard<br />

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Buyers and sellers of<br />

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P: 03 322 7922<br />

E: sales@musgroves.co.nz<br />

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www.cthl.co.nz<br />

Mon-Fri: 7am-5pm Sat: 8am-12pm<br />

73 Hire Rolleston is gearing up for<br />

a busy spring and summer where<br />

farmers, life-stylers, contractors and<br />

homeowners alike can choose<br />

from their extensive range of hire<br />

equipment to keep their properties in<br />

check. With NIWA predicting a dry,<br />

hot summer with a below average<br />

rainfall and irrigators going flat out<br />

already, now is a good time to get<br />

those paddocks and lawns under<br />

control. 73 Hire has suitable machinery<br />

available for hire from tractors and<br />

excavators to equipment for the<br />

garden and paddock maintenance<br />

including mowers, weeders and<br />

hedge trimmers.<br />

Labour Weekend Hire Special<br />

Labour Weekend is the perfect time<br />

to get stuck into projects and 73<br />

Hire Rolleston offer a selection of<br />

equipment and plant for all your<br />

project needs – big or small. With a<br />

three day weekend, 73 Hire is offering<br />

a 2 4 1 special where equipment can<br />

be collected on Saturday evening<br />

and returned the following Tuesday<br />

morning and you pay for just one<br />

day hire. Bookings are essential and<br />

conditions do apply.<br />

Come and check out 73 Hire Rolleston<br />

on the corner of Jones and Hoskyns<br />

Road – entry is one way from 790<br />

Jones Road exiting to Hoskyns Road.<br />

Bookings for equipment are essential.<br />

Locally owned and operated, the<br />

friendly, experienced staff can help<br />

you with advice for your next project.<br />

Call in to check out their range of<br />

plant and equipment or phone: 03 347<br />

0450 or visit: www.73hire.co.nz.<br />



Hire for two days<br />

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Phone 03 347 0450<br />

73 Hire - Rolleston | www.73hire.co.nz<br />

plant and<br />

equipment Hire<br />

open Monday to Saturday, 7.30aM-5pM

selwyn gardening guide spring <strong>2020</strong> | 11<br />

Green Finger finds<br />

Kokedama, hand crafted with<br />

love from www.facebook.com/<br />

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NZ artist Flox products featuring native<br />

birds, ferns and owers from<br />

www.industria.co.nz<br />

We’ve got<br />

you watered<br />

Stunning, self-watering porcelain<br />

planter from<br />

www.anyexcuse.co.nz<br />

EmGuards environmentally friendly<br />

bio-degradable plant guards from<br />

www.southernwoods.co.nz<br />

Best Water Solutions<br />

P: 0274 676 183 E: bws2011@xtra.co.nz<br />

www.bestwatersolutions.co.nz<br />

General engineering and outdoor power equipment<br />

Sales and service to Canterbury and <strong>Selwyn</strong> areas<br />

Doyleston Engineering Works<br />

has been selling and servicing<br />

outdoor power equipment in the<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> district for over 50 years.<br />

We pride ourselves on selling<br />

and servicing top brands at very<br />

competitive pricing.<br />

So why not shop local for all your<br />

outdoor power products.<br />

Open Mon - Friday 8am – 5pm<br />

Cnr Drain Road & Queen Street, Doyleston, Canterbury<br />

Ph/Fax: 03 3243 940 | Mob: 022 038 2839 | Email: dewl@xtra.co.nz

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The art of hunting truffles<br />

An exciting find: a freshly<br />

dug organic truffle<br />

Quick to learn: Samantha rewards Bess<br />

with a treat for successfully finding a truffle.<br />

A truffle hunt: Lisa digs for a<br />

truffle after Bess points it out.<br />

Tresillian Truffles in West Melton was the second<br />

truffle orchard, or truffiere, in New Zealand. The<br />

property was planted with 1500 trees inoculated for<br />

bianchetto or white truffles about 18 years ago, with<br />

a mix of oak, pinenut and hazelnut trees.<br />

When Lisa and Stephen Williams bought the<br />

property three years ago they had no idea if the<br />

truffiere was productive. In fact, they had never<br />

seen a truffle before. But it didn’t take long for the<br />

couple to get up to speed.<br />

The first step was to hire a truffle dog to sniff around<br />

to find truffles - or not, since not all inoculated trees<br />

are productive - and truffles were found!<br />

“It’s expensive to hire a truffle dog; about $200 an<br />

hour. And it’s not performance-based. You pay<br />

whether the dog finds truffles or not. So, we decided<br />

to see if we could train our dog, Bess – and she took<br />

to it quickly,” says Lisa. “After three short training<br />

sessions Bess was able to find 1.5kgs of truffles in 30<br />

minutes. She loves finding them, and quite likes the<br />

taste too.”<br />

Truffle hunting with Bess is a lot of fun. She’s excited<br />

to be out in the truffiere and her enthusiasm is<br />

infectious. At the command: “Find me a truffle,<br />

Bess” she goes off sniffing. When she smells a truffle,<br />

she taps the ground with her paw to indicate where<br />

to dig.<br />

Her handler asks her to sit and digs at the spot, and<br />

there’s usually a truffle to be found. Lisa says she’s<br />

99% accurate.<br />

Over the last two years Bess has become more<br />

scent-specific and she will now only tap for truffles<br />

that are ripe and ready for harvest. Bess also has<br />

an apprentice - one of her offspring - so she won’t<br />

have to work quite so hard next year.<br />

Truffles have a symbiotic relationship with the trees<br />

in the truffiere helping the tree to grow. A stressed<br />

tree produces more truffles, as the micronization<br />

increases to support the growing tree. The truffles<br />

are linked to the roots of the tree by a small thread,<br />

when this connection is broken the truffles start to<br />

deteriorate. The truffles can be found on the soil’s<br />

surface down to a foot or more underground. They<br />

are a pale yellow to reddish brown colour and are<br />

either smooth like skin or like a fine suede to touch.<br />

The Bianchetto truffles range from as small as one’s<br />

little fingernail in size, up to about egg-size – which<br />

would be a large find.<br />

“They have a strong earthy scent with a hint of<br />

garlic and mushroom that permeates everything.<br />

But the taste is nothing like the smell. Bianchetto<br />

white truffles are generally used as a finishing<br />

product – grated raw on risotto, meat, or soup – or<br />

even into ice cream.”<br />

The Bianchetto truffle should not be heated over 60<br />

degrees hence and is used as a finishing product,<br />

whereas the Perigold Black truffle can be heated.<br />

“We recently had a food critic rate our truffles<br />

as being more aromatic and tasty than those<br />

produced in Italy, which I put down to the climate<br />

and soils – a bit like wine. We are also the only<br />

organic spray-free truffiere in New Zealand, using<br />

ducks for pest control,” says Lisa.<br />

Considered a rare delicacy, truffles of all types<br />

sell for around $3.50 per gram. In season (May to<br />

September) Tresillian Truffles offers truffle hunts and<br />

meal to taste truffles catering for various price<br />

ranges from budget to gourmet.<br />

To go on a truffle hunt or buy truffles, contact Lisa<br />

on tresilliantruffles@gmail.com or phone: 021 083<br />

11993.<br />

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Kiwiflora Nurseries for retail propagate and wholesale and grow customers. quality shrubs and trees<br />

for retail and wholesale customers.<br />

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Plants are grown and hardened on site to tolerate harsh Canterbury growing conditions.<br />

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www.kiwiflora.co.nz<br />

www.kiwiflora.co.nz<br />


selwyn gardening guide spring <strong>2020</strong> | 13<br />

Enhance<br />

your garden<br />

Blooming<br />

marvellous<br />

Prebbleton-based Parva Plants,<br />

owned by former garden landscapers<br />

Greg and Jenny Tod, is an online<br />

plant nursery specialising in rare and<br />

hard-to-find plants. The business has<br />

been supplying mail order and, more<br />

recently, online plant orders<br />

throughout New Zealand for<br />

more than 50 years.<br />

“Parva Plants is all<br />

about sourcing and<br />

selling unusual<br />

plants - ones that<br />

you won’t find at<br />

other nurseries -<br />

at competitive<br />

prices. About<br />

80 percent of<br />

our plants are<br />

grown on-site from<br />

seed or tissue culture<br />

or sourced from local<br />

growers, but we also source<br />

plants globally.<br />

We’ve got a unique packaging<br />

system developed by the previous<br />

owner of Parva that ensures the plants<br />

are sent upright and arrive at our<br />

customers in good condition,” says<br />

Jenny.<br />

Parva Plants increased their standard<br />

pot size to 1L a year or so ago. This<br />

means they ship larger grade plants<br />

with a bigger root system, and these<br />

will have a better survival rate when<br />

planting out. A lot of the plants are<br />

also garden-tested to ensure they<br />

thrive when planted.<br />

The extensive product range includes<br />

everything from old-fashioned<br />

plants that are hard to<br />

source, to new releases,<br />

and includes a range<br />

of perennials and<br />

succulents through<br />

to native plants<br />

and exotic blubs.<br />

In addition<br />

to a very<br />

comprehensive<br />

website, Greg and<br />

Jenny produce<br />

a free printed<br />

catalogue every six<br />

months with at least 500<br />

different items listed, along with<br />

planting advice.<br />

Go to www.parvaplants.co.nz to<br />

browse their online nursery or request<br />

the latest catalogue or check out the<br />

garden gallery section for inspiration<br />

for your garden. The knowledgeable<br />

team at Parva Plants would also<br />

be happy to assist with advice and<br />

recommend plants that will work well<br />

together.<br />

RhodoDirect, a specialist<br />

rhododendron nursery with a focus<br />

on large-grade plants, is becoming a<br />

leading rhododendron supplier in New<br />

Zealand.<br />

Lisa and Stephen Williams, both<br />

keen gardeners with experience in<br />

horticulture, purchased the business<br />

and relocated it to West Melton in<br />

March this year. It was an unplanned<br />

adventure! A road trip to buy a<br />

handful of rhododendrons from the<br />

Hanmer Springs area ended up in a<br />

purchase of 4500 plants and a new<br />

business venture to complement their<br />

truffiere.<br />

RhodoDirect is a family-owned<br />

business, keenly supported by the<br />

Williams’ two teenage daughters<br />

who share the passion for nature and<br />

gardening.<br />

Their new venture has been both<br />

successful and a steep learning curve.<br />

“Customers love the value we add by<br />

applying our horticultural knowledge<br />

to gardening and helping people<br />

choose plants that suit their climate<br />

and soil conditions,” says Lisa.<br />

RhodoDirect currently has 6000<br />

versatile and hardy evergreen<br />

rhododendron plants in stock, with a<br />

range of around 500 different varieties,<br />

which they plan to expand with an<br />

in-house propagation unit that will<br />

start in <strong>October</strong>. They will also cultivate<br />

specific thrips-resistant varieties.<br />

“We cater for all budgets with smaller<br />

plants starting from $25 to more<br />

mature 10-year-old plants for the<br />

instant fill-in effect. We’re excited to<br />

share our knowledge and encourage<br />

people to visit before the end of<br />

November to view the plants in flower<br />

and make a shopping list,” says Lisa.<br />

They sell online to customers from<br />

as far afield as Waiheke Island to<br />

Stewart Island. They are also open to<br />

the public from now until the end of<br />

November from 10am to 3pm, and<br />

by appointment between December<br />

and August.<br />

Find RhodoDirect at 377 Halkett Road,<br />

West Melton or visit www.rhododirect.<br />

co.nz.<br />

NZ’s leading mail-order plant Catalogue<br />

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New Spring/Summer Catalogue <strong>2020</strong> is Online NOW<br />

Perennials<br />

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Shrubs<br />

Pet Products<br />

Garden Accessories<br />

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www.parvaplants.co.nz<br />

Ph: 03 349 4918<br />

Colour your<br />

garden with<br />

beauty and<br />

fragrance<br />

Over 450 varieties<br />

of rhododendrons,<br />

including unique<br />

and rare cultivars<br />

Rhodo Direct<br />

finest rhododendrons from our place to yours<br />

3/377 halkett road, west melton<br />

Call: 021 746 368 Visit: rhododirect.co.nz<br />

Recently relocated to West Melton

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Consultations<br />

Experienced, knowledgeable staff will<br />

give information and advice via email,<br />

phone or in person at Allwood Trees.<br />

Send us your landscape plan and we<br />

can advise on plant selection.<br />

Soft Landscape Plans<br />

This is a plan with detailed specifications<br />

related to your property. Showing both<br />

botanical and common names of trees<br />

and shrubs, as well as quantites and<br />

other relevant comments (eg spacing).<br />

Delivery & Planting<br />

We can deliver and plant trees<br />

purchased from Allwood Trees. We do<br />

everything from digging the hole to<br />

staking the tree and adding slow release<br />

fertiliser.<br />

Allwood Trees, 913 Shands Road,<br />

Prebbleton 7676<br />

Quotations/Soft Landscaping<br />

Send us your plant list and we will quote as quickly as possible. We are able to provide<br />

different tree and shrub size options and suggest alternatives if particular trees or<br />

shrubs are not available. In conjunction with Readylawn, Allwood can construct and<br />

plant your new garden and lawns.<br />

Phone: (03) 349 9240<br />

allwood.co.nz<br />

Allwood-Trees-Limited<br />


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HB<br />



Whether your tree needs pruned,<br />

thinned or something more extensive,<br />

locally owned HB Tree Services can<br />

help.<br />

Owner Matt Harley is a skilled arborist<br />

with over ten years’ experience in<br />

arboriculture, gardening, landscaping<br />

and operating heavy machinery. He is<br />

always keen to climb up the tree and<br />

get to work. Matt is passionate about<br />

tree care and removal, and enjoys<br />

sharing his industry knowledge.<br />

“I love to discuss and share my<br />

knowledge with clients for the ongoing<br />

benefit of the tree,”says Matt,<br />

who is based in Rolleston. “As well<br />

as making sure the work we do is<br />

aesthetically pleasing to our clients,<br />

we strive to leave the trees we prune<br />

healthy and safe to be around.”<br />

Tree care<br />

that matters<br />

Pruning trees can benefit the whole<br />

tree and removing dead, damaged<br />

and diseased branches helps prevent<br />

insect and decay organisms from<br />

entering the tree. Thinning a dense<br />

canopy on a tree increases air and<br />

sunlight, resulting in fewer disease<br />

problems.<br />

HB Tree Services was established to<br />

give people the best possible service<br />

for an affordable rate including an<br />

entire garden maintenance schedule.<br />

Matt believes in fair pricing and not<br />

over quoting. He also gives back to<br />

the local community donating fire<br />

wood to families in need.<br />

To contact Matt at HB Tree Services,<br />

phone: 022 4700137, email: matt@<br />

hbtreeservices.com or visit: www.<br />

hbtreeservice.com<br />

Professional Arborist &<br />

Garden Maintenance Services<br />

Contact us for a free quote today - available during<br />

weekdays or weekends to find a time convenient to you<br />

- Tree work<br />

- Tre Removals<br />

- Pruning<br />

- Garden Maintenance<br />

- Hedge Trimming<br />

- Planting<br />

- Lawns<br />

- Weeding<br />

www.hbtreeservices.com<br />

find us on facebook.com/hbtreeservice<br />

YOUR<br />


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ContaCt us today for<br />

all your plant needs<br />

ph: 03 347 82<strong>07</strong><br />

515 Maddisons road,<br />

Weedons<br />


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Your local<br />

spring planting<br />

specialists.<br />

Proudly part of the <strong>Selwyn</strong> Community for over a<br />

gernration.<br />

Southern Woods Nursery, located near Lincoln,<br />

Prebbleton, West Melton and Rolleston, has become<br />

a local hub for all things plants.<br />

<strong>Selwyn</strong> home owners are lucky to virtually have<br />

everything they need to beautify and extend their<br />

gardens right on their doorstep and a visit to<br />

Southern Woods can provide plenty of inspiration -<br />

and expert advice.<br />

“Many of our staff live nearby which means that<br />

have an understanding of which plants suit your<br />

property’s location, soil type and aspect,” says<br />

Business Development Manager Rico Mannall.<br />

“We really appreciate the support from all our<br />

customers and our ‘local’ commitment extends<br />

sourcing from <strong>Selwyn</strong> suppliers and businesses.”<br />

The purpose-built retail store is filled with a huge<br />

range of options for ground cover, hedging,<br />

deciduous trees, bushes and grasses, along with<br />

spots of colour to add focus.<br />

The majority of plants are grown on site and looked<br />

after by the team of 45 dedicated staff who are on<br />

hand to help, provide free advice based on their<br />

many years in the business.<br />

If you are unsure exactly what you are looking for a<br />

landscape architect and designer are also on-site<br />

to make your selection even easier. Another option<br />

is to take in your plans and they can help with<br />

deciding on which plants to use.<br />

Southern Woods stocks everything you will need to<br />

refresh your garden, including premium tools, bark,<br />

fertiliser, compost, disease control products and<br />

potting mix.<br />

Delivery can be arranged across New Zealand and<br />

is a popular option for many customers.<br />

Visit the Southern Woods website at<br />

southernwoods.co.nz or give the friendly team a<br />

call on 0800 800 352.<br />

Or, even better, pop in for a visit at 1002 Robinsons<br />

Road for some inspiration and new ideas for your<br />

next planting project,<br />

Visit our<br />

Great Plant Centre<br />

Spring Planting Tips<br />

Spring is the one of the best planting seasons, this<br />

time of year is a ideal time to plant most species of<br />

landscaping plants.<br />

Preparation is everything<br />

Remember to prepare your soil before planting. Apply<br />

compost and gypsum now for best results.<br />

A great time to fertilise<br />

Apply fertilisers to get the best colour out of your<br />

garden. We recommend Grotabs slow release fertiliser<br />

and Yates Thrive Seaweed.<br />

Protect from pests and diseases<br />

Pests and diseases thrive as your garden grows.<br />

Use Neem granules and oil to help ward off any nasties.<br />

It’s the perfect time to mulch<br />

Keeps the moisture in and the weeds out.<br />

Need help?<br />

See our expert team for free quotes, plant sourcing<br />

landscape design, consultations and much more.<br />

Child and Dog friendly<br />

Open 7 days<br />

Open 7 Days - 1002 Robinsons Road, Between Templeton & Rolleston - Phone 0800 800 352 - Order Online New Zealand Wide southernwoods.co.nz

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