Wairarapa News : February 8th 2012
18 WAIRARAPA NEWS, FEBRUARY 8, 2012 GARDENING TREAT YOUR VALENTINE Large healthy plants. Unique flavour. Easy to grow. Available now in flower & fruit SPRAY FREE SWAN PLANTS MUSK MELONS (PEPINOS) GardenBarn is full of Quality Plants, Garden Products, Seeds, Compost, Potting Mixes, Mulches, Flower And Vege Seedings. OPEN 7 DAYS 8:30AM - 6PM 179 High St, Masterton Phone 377 7946 email@example.com 4261137AE Get your plants established before the caterpillar's arrive. Strong healthy plants, all set to burst into growth. $3.00 6 packs @$6.30 Give a gift of lasting pleasure to your loved one that will stand the test of time. We are happy to gift wrap FREE of charge. Time to plant your fruit trees now and be a season ahead. We have a big range of fruit & citrus trees available. Show no mercy to those dreaded White Butterflies. When the tennis racquet no longer works; call in for some Kiwicare garden Organic Caterpillar bio control. It protects your crop safely and does not affect benefical insects. This week's Top Task: Go Hunting FRUIT TREES Landscape Design and Construction Service 06-379 7587 0274 468256 Visit www.augustlandscapes.co.nz to see the variety and scope of Paul'sdesign and construction capabilities. W i t ho v e r3 0y e a r so f experience Paul August has managed to build up an impressive array of skills in the field of landscaping design and construction. H ei sa b l et od e s i g n anything from a quaint cottage garden to a contemporary modern area for entertaining. Paul is available for consultations through to complete design and construction. 4343487AA 4343487AA • PLUMBING • SOLAR HOT WATER • WOOD FIRES • ROOFING • DRAINLAYING Ph: 06 3774878 Mark Forsyth Wairarapa Wide 4165860AA Arborists' rope tricks Branch manager: German tree worker Fredrick Bleks mans the rope as Masterton arborist Sam Algie cuts a branch off an elm tree hanging over dog kennels. Foregoing heavy equipment and using rope techniques, a small team of Kiwi and German treefellas took down some potentially dange- rous branches overhanging dog kennels north of Masterton recently. Masterton arborist Sam Algie of Tree Side Tree Care learned his trade in Germany over several years and now his German friends and colleagues are over in New Zealand giving him a hand while they are on holiday. Frederik Bleks and Peer Stockhausen both have arbor- ist businesses back home in Europe and are experts at using rope techniques to bring down trees. Frederik says there are many advantages to using these rigging techniques. It means the arborist can get up inside the crown of the tree without damaging branches and dismantling of the tree is controlled from the inside. The high-density urban environment in Germany and strict rules on tree care mean that these precision tech- niques are more commonly used. Here in New Zealand, arborists tend to employ cranes and buckets to bring down big branches. Frederik says he loves his job. It s like a dream come true climbing trees and mak- ing a living out of it. With a background in silvi- culture and logging Sam went to Germany to work in 2000. He met up with local tree workers and decided to give it a try. The job in Wairarapa last week involved elm branches that were hanging over the dog kennels at Ladymead Boarding Kennels & Cattery north of Masterton and posed a threat to the animals should they fall down. It was the first time the German tree workers had dealt with an elm tree as disease has virtually wiped out the species in Europe. Hardy campaigners: Hydrangeas need little care or maintenance during winter. Gift from nature These days it is hard to find some- thing you can totally rely on. With constant change almost our daily friend, finding something that thrives on neglect and still rewards you with a bounty of flowers is truly a gift from mother nature. Hydrangeas fit this bill, and are putting on a glorious show at the moment. They are hardy campaigners that add colour, texture and vibrancy to the garden. The flowers are perfect for picking and drying and are widely used in bouquets, sand saucers or on their own in a vase. As the flowers age the colour fades to reveal antique shades of lime, rose and copper -- simply beautiful. These plants are remarkably dur- able, and cope with intense heat and cold. Other than needing a little water in summer, they are relatively care free. Being deciduous, they need little care or maintenance during winter. Over the years numerous new hybrids and colours have been bred. Some are shorter, more compact and others have a different range of flower colours or may be more toler- ant to the sun. Several varieties are available from the popular big flowered mop tops, to the frilly lacecaps. I find it hard to pass the oak-leafed white varieties with their glorious autumn red leaves and masses of large stems of creamy white flowers in summer. Climbing hydrangeas are ideal for covering large areas on a fence, garage or wall. The good-old mop top varieties provide the most bang for your buck, with dozens of new varieties appear- ing all the time. Lacecap types are widely sought after too, their unique petal arrange- ment almost looks like the lace edg- ing on a garment. Climbing hydrangeas have flat, creamy flowers and are among the best climbers for a shady, south- facing wall. It can take time to estab- lish but the results are worth it. A common issue with hydrangeas is that the flower colours can change with different soil fertility. Many gardeners have been mystified by this as they may buy a pink or red hydrangea in flower from the garden centre and find a year later when it has been in the garden a season that the flowers have changed to a shade of mauve or blue. Flower colour can be changed eas- ily by adding either lime to enhance red and pink flowers or use alu- minium sulphate to change to blue. Changes should appear within a few weeks. Prune back to reduce the plant by at least half in autumn, cutting to just above a pair of leaves. Don t leave it until after the winter, as it will limit flowering for next season. Ideal for large pots and containers too. Enjoy! firstname.lastname@example.org.
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