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Here are five top reasons why you need to apply compost to your garden! Read more

By Heather Tait – Central Landscapes Planting Expert Mention that your garden has clay soil and you’ll experience either sympathetic groans for those who have the same, or smug smiles from gardeners with loamy or volcanic soil. Clay is maligned for many reasons: its minuscule particles can form a hard,...

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Thirty years selling and delivering a wide variety of landscaping products has gone quickly for Daniel, who left school at fifteen to work in his father’s Penrose yard - the original Central Landscapes site. Daniel, often known as Digger Dan to tradies and customers, worked in several of the Central sites before moving to Swanson in 2003 and becoming the owner in 2005. Read more

Paul Jobin - The Kauri Chef - creates an easy dish for vegetables from the garden. Our thanks to Paul for reminding us that homegrown spring onions and carrots pop with flavour when roasted. Click here for his Facebook link as he is posting lots of great ‘lockdown’ recipes: Tahini...

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Time to trim hedges and evergreen shrubs Shaping plants is best done now. Exposed foliage doesn’t burn because the sun is not so hot and the emerging growth gets to ‘harden up’ before winter hits. Plus, it gives a crisp look to gardens. Start some new plants Plants such as...

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We dig gardens – here’s some advice about planting your garden, sowing and fertilising lawns and layering mulch, to really bring your garden back to life: Planting your garden Did you know that autumn is Nature’s best planting time? That is because the soil is still warm and is less...

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The end of winter is in sight and it's time to plant potatoes and sow tomato, capsicum and zucchini seeds indoors. Prune hydrangeas, plant hedges and borders and clear areas with planted bulbs to help them grow. Read more

July is the time to plant and prune. New shrubs and fruit trees can go in the ground, roses can be pruned and deciduous trees can be cut and shaped. Read more

Winter has come - protect fragile young citrus, tamarillo and passionfruit by making frost shelters. Brighten up your winter outdoors by planting rainbow stemmed chards, daphne, azaleas and hellebores and stake up broad beans Read more

It's starting to cool down so now is the time to make sure your outdoors is ready for winter - mulch and compost gardens and trees and insulate your worm farms. Read more