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Eurobodalla Home Guide : 2010
30 eurobodalla home guide OUTDOOR LIVING MOGO NURSERY Quality Indoor / Outdoor Plants and Statuary Professional Advice and Garden Consultation 28 Years Local Experience Sydney Street, Mogo 2536 Ph: 4474 4959 Suppliers of quality plants from semi-advanced to mature specimens for the instant garden. Extensive range of statuary. ouc an us e c e er and s c ape d e sgnto: channel cooling breezes into your home shelter indoor and outdoor areas from winds P antng s one of the be st wa ys to pro de sha d e: deciduous plants and vine-covered pergo- las work well on the north side because they provide summer shade and let in winter sun evergreen plants work well wherever permanent shade is required, such as westfacing walls in warmer climates. Many homes now incorporate rainwater tanks. To get the most out of your tank make sure you choose a reasonable size - 3,000 litres or more is ideal - and connect it to indoor uses like the toilet and the washing machine. If your tank is only connected to the garden it will be much less useful. Domestic water recycling systems are also becoming more popular, collecting and treat- ing wastewater (from the shower, laundry etc.) for reuse in the garden or within the home. Regulations vary so check first with your local council, then make sure you seek expert advice on choosing and maintaining your sys- tem. If you're reusing laundry water on the gar- den you'll need to use special detergents and powders. www.yourhome.gov.au go for the great outdoors your garden and outdoor areas are an extension of your home. the best living spaces are those which flow from inside to outside so you can make the most of alfresco living OUROU DOOR VNGCH CK S Will our alfresco areas get sun in winter and be cool and shady in summer? Will we use local native plants, drought-resistant plants and mulch in our garden, to save water? Will we grow our own vegetables and herbs? How many litres will our rainwater tank hold? What will our rainwater tank be plumbed in to? Will we reuse our wastewater? If so, where will we collect it from? By GABR HARD NG There is a wide range of landscape material to choose from and a gardener/designer can be spoilt for choice. But we can make a differ- ence by selecting landscape materials wisely and combining these choices with environ- mentally sustainable practices. Construction creates a large environmental footprint but we can attempt to reduce the impact on the planets' recources. In an attempt to lessen the environmental impact follow a few basic guidelines; Design and construct elements to standard dimensions to reduce waste. Ensure materials required are estimated accurately to avoid waste. Look at materials already on site and con- sider ways in which to re-use them within the project. If possible use materials from your local region. Enquire at the retailer about their source. Choose materials that involve minimal processing and industrial refinement. Consider whether your choices come from a renewable source. Sand, Crushe dRo c k and Stone When using stone and sand in landscape construction consider: Using only the mini- mum depth necessary. Re-using old gravels and sand from beneath paving you have demolished. Source stone which is a by-prod- uct of quarrying processes. Using recycled brick or concrete behind retaining walls and in other drainage systems instead of new mate- rial. Reusing or recycling unwanted flagstone and ornamental stones. Where safe, laying stone without mortar or concrete to allow for future use. Remember it is illegal to remove bush rocks from the bush. They provide soil stabilization and habitat. Mu ch Mulch aids in retaining water in the soil by reducing the evaporation off the surface. It adds organic matter. It suppresses weed growth. It also reduces erosion. When you are choosing mulch for the garden it is wise to consider; Pine bark which is a by product of pine processing for timber. Shredded tree prunings from your local tree surgeon or green waste from the local council waste recycling station. By-products of managed plantations rather than natural forests. Mulch is best spread at between 50 -- 75mm thick. Newspaper and cardboard (and other natural fibres) placed beneath mulch can also contribute to weed suppression. Gra e s and Ornamenta P ebb e s These are very popular today in landscap- ing as a ground surface treatment. When choosing them for your gardens consider; Using the minimum depth necessary. Using crushed brick or concrete made from recy- cled bricks, roof tiles and concrete. Using on site soil to fill holes and create levels rather than filling large voids with the imported gravel and pebbles. CON NU DONP AG 31 is it sustainable?