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Home Living : March 24th 2009
2 HLC - HOME LIVING: CENTRAL, Tuesday, March 24, 2009 In the garden Judy Horton is an adviser for Yates Change a bulb Next month is a great time to plant some spring bulbs so now is the time to select what you want to plant. Buy them now and plant them on the Easter weekend. My favourite bulbs for our climate are jonquils, bluebells, freesias and snowflakes. These can all be left in the ground (as long as drainage is reasonable) to do their own thing, and they'll come up reliably, year after year. Sprinkle some Dynamic Lifter pellets around them occasionally and, after flowering's over, plump them up for next year by watering the leaves fortnightly with a liquid fertiliser. The traditional cold-loving bulbs like daffodils, tulips and hyacinths are a bit more challenging in our relatively benign climate. You can usually get good results in the first year but, after that, their performance will be erratic. Buy these bulbs now but don't plant until at least the end of April. You can even wait until May. In the meantime, keep the bulbs in the crisper section of the fridge. There's been some debate in recent years about the effectiveness of refrigerating bulbs but, as long as you don't freeze them, the refrigerator is as good as place to store them as any. The main bulb problems to watch out for are wet soil, and snails and slugs. Details: www.yates.com.au HOMELIVING A clean way to cut costs More households are installing solar hot water systems to reduce their carbon emissions and their electricity bills. According to EnergyAustralia energy efficiency expert Paul Myors, a solar water heater can provide between 50 and 80 per cent of your hot water requirements depending on the climate and the model of heater. ''And there has never been a better time to install,'' he says. The Federal Government recently increased its rebate from $1000 to $1600, and removed the income means test from the eligibility criteria. For more information call 1800 808 571 or go to www.environment.gov.au/ energyefficiency A solar hot water system includes a solar collector panel on your roof, generally facing north to get the most from the sun. The water storage tank can be located on the roof, inside the roof or at ground level. When the tank is located on the ground, it generally requires a small pump to recirculate water to the collector on the roof. Shop around for the best price when installing a solar hot water system. A recent study found that prices quoted by installers varied between $4000 and $10,000. But, remember, if you're eligible for rebates available from the NSW and Federal Governments your total installation cost could be less than $2000. Details: call 131 535 or visit www.energy.com.au ................................................. • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 Made to suit your budget & needs • Style • Service • Variety • Full range • Accessories • Hinged Doors • Sliding Doors • Over 20 years exp. Sydney Wardrobe Company Pty. Ltd www.sydneywardrobe.com.au Lic: 185628C 2266951i hlc wk38 BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Showroom & Factory: Fax: 77 Larra St, Yennora 9632 1399 Specialising in Shopfront & Domestic Roller Shutters SAVE $$$ - FACTORY DIRECT PRICES Master Lic:408646770 Roller Shutters Shopfront Shutters Stainless Steel Doors Automatic Garage Doors FREE MEASURE & QUOTES Call 9632 1111 www.burwoodshutters.com.au 5% OFF YOUR LOWEST GENUINE PRICE Window Shutters Safety Doors Window Grilles Automatic Gates 2061737i hlw wk15 • SLIDING or HINGED DOORS • TIMBER • COLOUR PANEL • PAINTED • MIRRORED • LIFETIME WARRANTY • WE SERVICE ALL AREAS Lic. 185684C FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Built In Wardrobes 'Designed to suit your budget' 9838 9090 justforyouwardrobes.com.au Just For You Wardrobes Pty Ltd 2151471i hln wk30 QUALITY PRODUCTS AT TRADE PRICES MANUFACTURER DIRECT WE SERVICE MOST BRANDS OF SHUTTERS • 10 Year Written Warranty • Fast Professional Installation By Qualified Tradesman • Reduce Heating & Cooling Bills • Deter Burglars • Reduce Noise • Storm Protection ROLLER SHUTTERS FREE MEASURE & QUOTE CALL TODAY 1300 302 822 www.maverickrollerproducts.com.au 2158952i hlw wk41 C/L 196633C
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