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John's Gardening Services
Nollamara, Western Australia, 6061, Australia
0409 701 251


Here in Perth we're about to start what forecasters suggest will be a week of heatwave conditions. That means that your gardens are going to suffer and are going to need plenty of watering.

Just remember that when you water can be more important than how much water you give your plants.

The best time to water is in the late afternoon or evenings - don't water in the middle of the day because the water on the leaves will magnify the sun's rays and that will damage the plants.
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Here is a guy who has not watered his garden since 1972 and his garden is still incredibly healthy.
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Ok so here we are in the first full week of the new year and already I know that it's going to be a great year.

Think positively and you will achieve your goals ... that's what I did last year and my business boomed.

So who is with me to make this year even better? Don't be shy, don't be scared, jump into the year and seize your opportunities!
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What do you have planned for next season?

Sure, here in Australia summer has only just begun but you should already planning for what you will do in your garden in Autumn.

Are you preparing your compost heaps for the new season? Do you know what seedlings and bulbs you need to buy?

The longer you leave your planning the less time you have to get the work done. 
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Bamboo - it is not a popular plant with gardeners who remember the days when it was very invasive but those days are long gone.

These days we've found new varieties of bamboo that aren't invasive and be quite useful. 

For example bamboo can be used as a very effective wind break our sound barrier and here is an example of how it would be planted - talk to your local nursery for more advice on the best variety to use.
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Water is what keeps our gardens and lawns alive. Without it they die but water is becoming more and more expensive and the increasing cost of water means that we have to be very water-wise.

Did you know that most forms of irrigation are very inefficient and you may be wasting as much as 60% of the water you apply to your gardens and lawns?

To make the best use of the water you apply to your garden you should install a drip irrigation system. It's not as expensive as it may sound.

You can start small and grow the system as your gardens expand.
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In summer plants need water but ...

You should never water your garden or your lawn immediately before or during the hottest part of the day. The best time to water is very early in the morning or once the sun has begun to set.

By the way, did you know that when you see a farmer irrigating his crops about 60% of that water is wasted? Only 40% of the water that is applied to a crop by normal irrigation methods actually has any impact on the plants.
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I will still look after you

As many of my clients now know, I've moved to Greenwood but I will still be looking after new and regular clients in and around Nollamara so just give me a call when you need your lawns mowed, your gardens cleaned up and any rubbish removed.

I'm definitely expanding my business but I'm still here to look after you.
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Am I weird or what?

It's only the start of summer and I'm looking at bulbs but that's not as strange as you might think.

If you're in a warmer climate and you want to grow some tulips then you should pop them into the fridge about the middle of January and plant in March.

Any bulb that particularly likes cold weather can be grown in warmer climates but they all do best if you put the bulbs in the fridge for 6 weeks before planting.
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December is a good time to give your garden a light prune.

Don't go too hard because a hard prune combined with the heat can really damage your plants but a light trim won't hurt and will make your garden look a bit more tidy.
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Watering your garden on hot days

Here in Perth right now we are having some terribly hot days and your garden will need plenty of water but ...

Don't go out to water it in the mid morning to late afternoon period. Watering your plants at the hottest time of the day will do far more harm than good. 

The best time to water your garden is later afternoon, during the evening and night and very early in the morning.
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Planting tomatoes this year?

Plant them with their friends and you might get a better crop.

It has long been known that some plants like being with other types of plants and can't stand being near plants that they're not happy with.

If you want a good crop of tomatoes this year don't plant them near corn, fennel or potato.
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0409 701 251, (08) 9468 0355
Nollamara, Western Australia, 6061, Australia
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