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6 Aug 2012

Fertiliser – The Essential Elements

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When you see a healthy garden in Australia it usually means that someone has distributed fertiliser of some kind. But which are the essential elements for the different plants?

There are two main types of fertiliser

  • Organic – made from natural products. These types include compost, manure from vegetarian animals and blood and bone fertilisers. They come in granular, powdered, liquid or clump form, depending on the source. Read the rest of this entry »


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2 Aug 2012

Beat the Damp by Improving Drainage under Your Home

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Sometimes it’s not noticed until an El Nina cycle brings lots of rain, and that’s when you find you have a problem with water under your home. When you do discover it, improving drainage under your home is vital to the integrity of the whole structure. Rising damp often affects new homes, but established homes can also suddenly develop this problem.

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1 Aug 2012

Keep off the grass… for how long?

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This Chinese “keep off the grass” sign made me laugh. As did the grammar and punctuation! But it does beg the question… once I have laid my new turf… how long before I can walk on it…

The answer? Immediately. When laid properly, and with the right preparation and turf underlay your new grass should be good to walk on from the outset once you water it in. The only proviso? Beware of heavy traffic areas for the first couple of weeks. If you lay turf in a heavy traffic area… we’d suggest using caution tape to barricade it off for a couple of weeks just to be sure. We sell turf and caution tape at BC Sands. No funny Chinese signs though :(



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31 Jul 2012

Creative Firewood Storage Solution

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firewood storage ideas

We literally sell piles of firewood at BC Sands during winter. Not just any firewood… ours is 100% ironbark. Slow burning, intense heat, it forms great coals, zero emissions, little or no smoke, aged for 2 years so there is a very low moisture content and approved by the F.A.A. as being sustainable. Our firewood is supplied in 500 kg bags  for as little as $180 making it the best value firewood in Sydney.

And with a a bit of creative ingenuity… you could create your very own cool firewood storage solution. This chair and ottoman is from Italian designer AK47. As far as we can make out, the flexible and durable plastic is simply held in place with pot rivets and a few stabilizers on the base. Wine and high heels are an optional extra!

 



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30 Jul 2012

Turfiture – furniture with turf!

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make a seat from simple landscaping supplies and turf

And now for something completely different!  Furniture made from grass!

Outdoor seating areas are a consideration  in most landscaping projects, which is why when we stumbled upon the clever grass ottoman… we got to thinking… and thought we could do that!

At BC Sands, we have everything you’ll need. The wire mesh to shape your furniture, the soil and mulch to stuff your pouffe… and a variety of different turfs for upholstery! Grass shears may also be a smart investment!

 


26 Jul 2012

A Guide to Native Trees and Bushes for Your Garden

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If you want to plant native trees and bushes in your garden and don’t know where to start, then here is some information that may help you. People assume that native plants are “low care”, and while that is the case with many, some are not. The first step is to answer these five questions:

  • Do you know what type of soil you have? If not, buy a soil testing kit at your local nursery and test each area that you want to plant with native plants.


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22 Jul 2012

How to Keep Pests Away from Your Plants

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Keeping pests away from your plants may seem easy and obvious. Just squirt it with some chemical, right? Wrong! Pests come in all shapes and sizes… some are not obviously pests, some are not visible and some that seem like pests are not pests at all!

So how do you tell which ones are good and which ones are out to destroy? Well, first you have to decide what a pest is and that means categorising all the wildlife that lives in or visits your garden: Read the rest of this entry »



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17 Jul 2012

Don’t Let Your Money Go Up The Chimney in Smoke!

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Imagine the scene; you’re inside your home, sitting near a nice, warm wood fire. You are enjoying looking at the flames, listening to the popping and crackling and possibly even imbibing a nice hot toddy… now take your imagination and walk outside for a minute and take a look around.  It is entirely possible that your poor neighbours are choking on the smoke from your cosy, warm fire! Read the rest of this entry »



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12 Jul 2012

Landscaping Around a Swimming Pool – Soft vs. Hard

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Planning the landscaping around your swimming pool is important because your pool is much more than just a place for the kids to play. If you also entertain guests there, or generally spend a lot of time there, you will want to give careful consideration to what type of landscape you want.

If the concept of “soft” and “hard” landscaping is new to you, read on to find out some of the key differences between the two types:- Read the rest of this entry »



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10 Jul 2012

Ways of improving Your Soil

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There are several ways of improving your soil, and it’s worth doing because nothing speaks of a well-tended garden like beautiful, healthy plants. But if you don’t know where to begin, then starting with the basics, we answer the question:-

 

What is Soil Improvement?

Much of Australia’s soil is lacking in a number of macro and micro nutrients, all of which are essential to plants. Therefore they need to be added artificially in order to grow what we want. So, adding composted animal manure, fish emulsion or seaweed fertiliser increases the supply of potassium, phosphate and nitrogen, but you still need to add trace elements such as iron, copper, manganese, sulphur, calcium, zinc, molybdenum and boron. Fortunately these can be found in any good trace element mix. Read the rest of this entry »



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