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Home Living : January 29th 2013
COOL TIPS TELL FLORA I LOVE HER Take care of your plants for summer. KEEP pot plants in good sum- mer shape by: Taking down hanging baskets where sun is harsh Put outdoor pot plants in shady spots and group them away from sun and wind. This will minimise evaporation loss Some plants can be brought inside the house. Place saucers to keep plants moist Add water-absorbing crys- tals. It's best to mix these into the soil before planting. Crys- tals can be added to established pot plants. These suck up water releasing when soil dries Watering devices help keep plants healthy like Gardena's new Water Timer with Calen- dar Function, which is attached to the tap and automatically controls the irrigation. Visit gardena.com.au SUMMER GARDENS MANAGING THE HEAT KEEPING PLANTS GREEN CAN BE A CHALLENGE Take extra care of potted plants and young seedlings on hot days. SUMMER is a tough time for gardens. Heat dries out soil and destroys plants at a time when garden owners are distracted by holidays, says Yates communi- cations manager Judy Horton. ''Simple precautions like watering before temperature ri- ses helps. Take care of potted plants and young seedlings. Erect temporary shade for vul- nerable plants,'' she says. Also check to see if plants need water. ''Your finger makes a terrific in-built moisture-testing de- vice,'' she says. ''Push it through the mulch layer to see if soil is moist. Give enough water to penetrate roots. Short, sur- face waterings only encourage roots to stay near the surface where they dry out. ''Avoid watering with a hose nozzle delivering a strong jet.'' Soil wetter also encourages water to penetrate easily. ''Push aside any mulch before applying this and move it back into place,'' says Ms Horton. Mulching on top of pots and garden beds lengthens the period of time between water- ings. Choose mulch to suit your garden. For example, pebble mulches look good with modern gardens filled with structural plants. This keeps soil cool and allows water to roots. Organic mulches suit natural- style gardens. Have a mix of particle sizes. If particles are too big, the mulch and soil will dry quickly. Water crystals also absorb moisture. Pre-soak them in water as they'll swell many times their original size, before placing in soil. Never put crys- tals on top of soil. They'll suck moisture out. MD Regular MD Budget MD Luxury !". 48 HOUR TURN AROUND 2075121 5/6 0 3HOWER 3CREENS &RAMED 3EMI &RAMELESS AND &RAMELESS AVAILABLE LIFETIME GUARANTEE Expand your living areas and enhance your lifestyle by selecting from BLINDCO S huge range of high end awnings, blinds and shutters. MASSIVE SAVINGS on our entire range, including folding arm, cassette and conservatory awnings. Roller blinds and beautiful custom painted timber venetians are also a specialty. EXPERT ADVICE, MEASURE AND INSTALLATION. www.blindco.com.au Limited stocks DON T MISS OUT. RING NOW 9948 4238 2138728 22/1 Renovating? Redecorating? Our Home section has the inspiration you need. World's Leading Shutters | Roller Blinds | Romans | Venetians | Awnings and more... All products can be motorised www.completeblinds.net.au 8824 7975 zb0454 Our quality never before offered at these prices SALE Free INSTALLATION As heard on Ray Hadley 2GB
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