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Home Living : December 4th 2012
TREES TO PLEASE TIME TO SPRUCE UP THE HOUSE NATURE'S GIFTS Janita Singh Try potted Christmas trees and festive plants for that ideal gift this holiday season. POTTED Christmas trees make decorating easy and are perfect gifts. Yates communication manager Judy Hor- ton says the most traditional is the Euro- pean spruce (picea abies). But she points out that plant care is important. Re-pot if the pot is relatively small (25cm or less). ''Use quality potting mix, as this will help it to survive through summer,'' Ms Horton says. ''Spruces are cool climate plants so it is best to keep them in a spot that receives morning sun and protection from the afternoon sun.'' Potted pines (pinus radiata) are hardier but faster growing. Light pruning once a year will maintain its shape. Keep potted Christmas trees well watered and drained. ''Other clever ideas for Christmas trees . . . lillipillies can be trimmed into a neat conical shape and certain lillipilly varieties feature fluffy flowers or colourful fruit. ''One or two Confidor Tablets pushed into the root area will protect them from the disfiguring attacks of pimple psyllid. Trim- med geraldton wax and Norfolk Island pines are other suggestions,'' Ms Horton says. A bright, colourful azalea, Christmas begonia, gardenia, chrysanthemum or poin- settia, kalanchoe, or Christmas cactus are Australian favourites. Bonsais, tropical plants, miniature Christmas trees and flowers make great gifts. Check your local nursery for many varieties in season. Different varieties of orchids are always much loved. Your choice of plant will also depend on who you are buying for and what they like. Do not stop at flowers. A pot of mixed herbs make a welcome gift for keen cooks. Garden centres sell ready-planted ones, but its easy to create your own. Fill a pot with good-quality potting mix and plant your selection. Yates has just released its Heritage Seed Tin and the 43rd edition of Yates Garden Guide to make fascinating Christ- mas gifts for anyone with an interest in gardening or Australian history. TIMETOBEA GLITTERBUG PRODUCTS Janita Singh ADD a personal touch to your Christmas tree decorations using Rust-Oleum's Glitter Spray Paint. YOU NEED: Cut-out shapes with loop/hole attachment Old newspaper or drop sheets Fishing line Rust-Oleum Glitter Spray Paint Cear sealer Scissors and ribbon Small brush or cloth METHOD: Find a well- ventilated area and protect the floor with newspaper. Use the fishing line to suspend the cut- out shapes from a clothes line or coat hanger; hold spray paint 30cm from the surface of each shape and spray in a steady motion. Respray a few times. A coat of clear sealer is excellent for sparkle that lasts. Leave decorations to dry for 24 hours. Remove fishing line from decorations, replace with a festive ribbon to attach to the Christmas tree. More great ideas on: rustoleum.com.au or call 1300 784 476. Y Windows fitted Y Ceilings insulated and lined Y Walls insulated and lined Y Full height GLASS a speciality Enclose your Al-Fresco *Licensed Builder & Electrician Lic No 4729C DAIME PTY LTD Home Improvements CONTACT 4730 2539 0418 262 166 UPGRADE Your Existing Screened Enclosure ENCLOSE YOUR EXISTING PATIO AREA 2170741i 26/04 Make More Money Using Your Current Home GRANNY FLATS AND STUDIOS PTY LTD Builder of Quality Granny Flats Designed and built for your lifestyle Division of Ian Cubitt's Classic Home Improvements Open 7 Days | 152 Russell Street, Emu Plains www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au 1300 721 150 MULTI-HIA AWARD WINNERS LICENCE NO: 66902C FREE Full feasibility study of your property Granny Flats and Studios 2135493 12/9 Talk to us about our Investment Seminars! 1800 667 639 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Sick and tired of paying high electricity bills? 549* 1.5kW Solar System 25 Year warranty on mono panels Installed by CEC Accredited installers 2kW $799* 3kW $1799* Fully Installed $ We wont be beaten on price FREE CALL 5kW $4499* *CONDITIONS APPLY KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 www.kingwardrobe.com.au SEE US TODAY • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service #534/- $%3)'. 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 2104023 4/12 BUILT IN WARDROBES and receive 5% off
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