Garden Design

Red Hot Poker (kniphofia)

By Flower, Front Garden, Garden Design, Normark News, Plant Selections, Uncategorized

These vibrant flowers add a striking hit of colour over the winter period. The bold flower that sits atop of a long stem comes in colours ranging from red, yellow, orange and all variations in between. Originally from South Africa Red Hot Pokers are drought and heat tolerant and grow from 60cm to 2 metres in height.

These clump forming perennials attract local birds such as Rosellas to their tubular florets. Plant them in full sun where they will flower from May. Dead head continuously and they should flower all the way through winter into spring. Clean up leaves at the end of spring. They can be propagated by plant division, just remember to cut back late spring or autumn with crowns just above the ground.

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Garden Lighting with Reece

By Backyard Garden Design, Front Garden, Garden Design, Garden Lighting, Normark News, Uncategorized

Outdoor lighting products make a beautiful and practical addition to any home, allowing you to enjoy your landscape long after the sun goes down. Lights can be simply integrated to create the mood and effect you desire. They are ideal for highlighting the key garden features while providing safety and security. Because they are low voltage, your landscaper can install them.
With garden lighting you can bring the outdoor areas to life.

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How to keep your lawn weed free

By Backyard Garden Design, Front Garden, Garden Design, Lawn, Normark News, Small Garden Design, Uncategorized

Love walking on grass with bare feet but don’t want to risk the sting of weeds? With a little effort you can make your grass safe to walk on without having to do the hot shoe shuffle!

First and foremost it is vital that you use a good quality soil before you lay down the grass. The cleaner the soil with the less weed seeds in it the better. It will make a big difference so in this instance go with the more expensive and higher quality soil.

Treat it with broad leaf weed killer 8-12 weeks after laying and for ongoing treatment once or twice in winter. If you don’t like chemicals try pulling the weeds out or using steam or hot water on them.

Another key to avoiding weeds altogether is to mow regularly.

Remember it is important to stop the weeds before they seed, that way you will stop the next generation.

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