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07 Sep Australian Garden Show Sydney 2013

[caption id="attachment_1278" align="alignright" width="300"] Brendon Moar's 'Suspended' - Judged 'Best in Show'[/caption] It has already been a very busy couple of days out at the Australian Garden Show Sydney. We've had the judging of the inspirational show gardens and urban gardens on Wednesday with Brendan Moar...

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21 Jul REVIEW – Bosch Rotak 37 LI (Battery Lawnmower)

This review was always going to interesting for me as I have always owned commercial lawn care equipment, predominantly in the form of 4-stroke self propelled lawnmowers. Being accustomed to the power, durability and reliability of these units I was not sure what a plastic, battery-powered mower would offer. I was most surprised. [caption id="attachment_1186" align="alignright" width="281"]Bosch Rotak 37 LI Bosch Rotak 37 LI[/caption]

Product

The Bosch Rotak 37 LI - RRP $599 ($419 for bare version with no battery or charger)

Out of the Box

The Bosch Rotak 37 LI comes with the mower unit already assembled, requiring only the handles to be installed with a couple of bolts and screws and the catcher to be clicked together. There is also the 36V/2.6Ah lithium-ion battery and charger.

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12 Jul QLD Garden Expo 2013

  _MG_4847I was up at Nambour in the beautiful Sunshine Coast for QLD Garden Expo 2013! This was the 29th year of the event and the weather could not have been better after a lead-up of what I am told were cool, wet weeks. This event is always very popular with the public and Friday morning had them queuing for hundreds of metres just to get in the gates. Gardening personalities as well as nurserymen were on hand for a busy lecture series of what seemed like hundreds of talks over the 3 days of the event. I presented 2 talks daily on how to improve your plant/life balance.
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05 Jan Beat the Heat in your garden

With the heat of summer well upon us I thought I would offer some tips to 'beat the heat' in your garden.
  • Water during the cool of the day as it is then that watering will have it's best effect on your garden.
  • You could add some seaweed solution which has been shown to increase a plant's heat resistance. (Seasol, eco-seaweed, Maxicrop, etc.)
  • Consider also adding a wetting agent if you haven't already done this in recent months. I personally love a product called eco-hydrate (Tip: Get the 2L hose-on. It is twice the price of the 500ml but 4x the volume. It can be diluted exactly the same as both products are the same strength, not true of all products out there).
  • Treat precious and soft-foliaged plants such as weeping maples which can often have their foliage burnt-off over the heat of January-February with Droughtshield which will reduce water loss and also protect from sunburn.
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06 Nov REVIEW: Amgrow Organix Weed Blitz 1L ready to use

Those of you pining  for a registered organic weed control spray for the home market are in luck with this latest offering from the people at Amgrow.

Product

Amgrow Organix Weed Blitz 1L ready to use - $14.95.

Description

The active ingredient of this herbicide is pine oil, extracted from both Australian and New Zealand pine. It works by stripping the coating from leaves, stems and even seeds to which it is applied,  causing the collapse of the cells and thus the plant itself. It is wholly plant-derived and certified organic. If you understand it's action you can now understand why it would not be the best solution to bulbous or woody perennial weeds which would burn-off then most-likely recover. It does, however, work an absolute treat in killing juvenile perennial as well as most annual weeds.

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02 Nov REVIEW: HOSELINK NEW 20m Auto Rewind Hose Reel

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="225"] NEW Hoselink 20m Auto Rewind Hose Reel[/caption] Probably like you I have long known HOSELINK for their 'burst-proof, leak-free' hose connectors which have been on the market for several years. Seeing the HOSELINK team out at a recent garden expo I attended I could not help but be impressed with their increased product range and diversity. Automatic hose reels, nozzles, pressure sprayers, garden tools, there offering had sure expanded! Here I am looking at their new range of hose reels, in particular their new 20m Auto Rewind model.

Product

HOSELINK 20m Auto Rewind Hose Reel available at www.hoselink.com.au for $164.90

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