Analysis of Artificial Playground Surfacing

When choosing playground surfacing, it’s sometimes tempting to go with the apparent ‘simple solution that requires no maintenance’.  However, what if you were told that ‘solution’ potentially creates the need for increased maintenance, involves more capital outlay and can deteriorate into a safety hazard? We’ll get into the details later, but before we do let’s […]

Maintaining Your Property Over the Holiday Period

Thinking of going away? Or are you looking to relax at home and make the most of it during time off? Unless you’re one of the minority of Kiwis who work over the Christmas break, you’ll have no hassles keeping your property in tip-top shape during your days off. Here’s a short list of things […]

Weather Patterns Boost Sales of Landscaping Supplies

Recent weather patterns have resulted in increased sales of landscaping supplies in the top half of the South Island.  September and October had less rainfall than normal, causing drier than normal soil conditions to evolve in the top of the South Island and Northern Canterbury.  Some very high temperatures in November exacerbated this. NIWA’s climate […]

Introduction to Mulches

When the topic of mulch comes up, a lot of people think typically of a bark or compost. So we put the topic to the test.   What Is Mulch? The word mulch is a somewhat vague word most often used to describe a ground covering for a garden. It is defined, generally, as any […]

Sustainable Viticulturists Making Their Marc in Marlborough

Grape marc, the by-product of pressing grapes, can be dealt with easily in small quantities. With large acreages, Marlborough wineries are increasingly finding disposal of this substance problematic. Strict Council rules about disposal and storage further complicate the issue. Utilising grape marc as a soil conditioner is an option, but without additional material this substance […]