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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. built-in WARDROBES "EAUTIFUL PRACTICAL #534/- $%3)'.%$ 4/ 35)4 9/52 .%%$3 SEE US TODAY. . . KING WARDROBES 9725 2266 • Free measure & quote • EFT & major credit cards • Lifetime guarantee • Combined 30yrs experience • Service all areas • Quality customer service Receive 5% OFF www.kingwardrobe.com.au 2140493 Renovating? Redecorating? Our Home section has the inspiration you need. 'RANNY &LATS 5NLOCK THE &ULL 0OTENTIAL OF 9OUR 0ROPERTY granny flats add value to properties - unlock the full potential of your home & make more money by using your backyard fWPc PaT cWT PSeP]cPVTb ^U P VaP]]h »Pc. A Granny Flat will: Payitselfoffin5-7years Provide a steady income once paid off Make money using wasted yard space Increase the value of your property immensely Maximise your rental return Be a great tool for negative gearing Be council approved in 10 days - subject to the site Provide a long term investment Call us today on 1300 721 150 Visit our exhibition centre at 152 Russell Street Emu Plains or see them online at www.grannyflatsandstudios.com.au Licence no 66902C 2138669 15/1 1800 667 639 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS Sick and tired of paying high electricity bills? 1.5kW Solar System 25 Year warranty on mono panels Installed by CEC Accredited installers 2kW $1399* 3kW $1999* Fully Installed 799 $ We wont be beaten on price FREE CALL 5kW $4999* *CONDITIONS APPLY ABN: 53 979 730 574 www.sydneylightandpower.com.au Lic: 180332C BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES BUILT IN WARDROBES FACTORY DIRECT PRICES PH: 9890 7477 PH: 9890 7477 • FREE MEASURE & QUOTE • LIFETIME GUARANTEE 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 2152887i hlw wk40
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