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With all this rain my lawn is extremely muddy, what can I do to help it as it hopefully gets dryer as spring arrives….x fingers! Should I mow while ground is so soggy?

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The school has been gifted 2 Pohutukawa trees and I have a number of locations I can plant but they vary in light drainage etc. What is the ideal location to plant these trees?

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Can you tell me what vines/Climbers would be suitable to cover a bare fence in clay soil

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I have a bank (5m wide by 2m high) that has recently been cleared of vegetation. Would Virginian Creeper be suitable for providing cover on this bank, and if suitable, how far apart should I space the plants along the base, and how long do you think it would take to climb to the top of the bank?

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I am about to line our driveway with Cherry trees (Shimidsu Sakura) Can anyone advise how far apart they should be placed? Don’t want it to look too crowded or too sparse.

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I have cleared a large area on a bank that had had agapanthus and wild grasses on it. I have bought lupin seed, (as a mulch) hoping to increase the fertility of the soil. Is this a good idea? The lupin seed seems to say it is mainly for vegetable gardens.

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A narrow garden up against a fence. Get’s sun on and off in the summer..am able to grow veges there..but ..in the winter is cold and wet…no sun at all .. but bright light There’s a problem with water rat’s and possum’s so I’ve gone off growing veges in the summer What can I grow there all year round. I’d like some flowers and colour not big enough for tree’s or large bushes. Could grow on the fence as well.

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I am planning a wedding for April 2014. What can I plant which will flower? hot pink/blue/purple/mauve? Shrubs and flowers. Currently I have camelias only flowering. I want a climber, a hedge which I can keep clipped short and something either wide of a pathway, also two flowering specimen trees (could be fruit). also something to esplandier. All of these need to be flowering mid April 2014?

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I have a large ugly bank that I would like to cover up. I was thinking of Virginia Creeper, would you recommend this?

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Any suggestions for fast growing tall trees for privacy/screening?

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Hi,

We have 4 small lawn areas in our garden and we would like some advice on how to manage them as they are full of weeds and moss, and even mushrooms in wet weather.

With the largest area at the back we started from scratch with it 2 years ago after levelling it and putting lots of soil on it after landscaping. We sowed grass seeds and it was good for a while but we have not maintained it well and so it is now more weeds than grass.

Presently we are mowing it about once a week but its a bit depressing to just be mowing weeds.

I’m thinking we need to get some professionals in to overhaul it and give us a starting point but I’m not sure what the best time of year for that would be and I’m sure it’s expensive. Any advice gratefully received!

Kathryn

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We’ve moved into our new home and are thinking of getting started with the landscaping of the front yard. Is April/May a good time for planting so the plants are “settled” by the time spring arrives? We’re also thinking of composting the garden beds this month. How soon after composting can we start planting?

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I’m thinking of planting Yucca filamentosa ‘Bright Edge” among plants like black/green mondo grass, coprosmas, hebes, libertias and dwarf phormiums. Is this variety of yucca frost tolerant (i.e. tolerant of Rotorua frost)??

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My small lawn 70 sq m. has high maintenance (watering, fertilizer, mowing, weeds etc) rye grass. I am looking for low maintenance hardy stuff. Please suggest alternatives and where to obtain it? Friend has suggested mercury bay?

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We’re on a flat section, and need to screen an unsightly object from the neighbours which is right next to our outdoor living area. I’m thinking of planting something in planter boxes/large containers to provide maximum height, however, what could you recommend to plant which would provide the necessary height and screening?

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I am wanting to plant Coleonema Sunset Gold and would like to know if this is the right time to plant? They will get the full sun and the strong winds.

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I am looking at planting a hedge in particular a Hedge Camellia (pref fast growing). We live in a place that does recieve full to part sun, but is windy at times. The soil is clay will be trying to improve the soil before planting. What would be the best type of Hedge Camellia to plant here and how far apart will they need to be? I have had a quick look and wonder is Camellia Paradise Belinda is the right option. Any help would be appreciated.

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I have been given a tapered 44cm tall pot, 26cm inner diameter at top, to sit between our two south-facing garage doors. The pot is glazed, olivey-green (top), mottled mid- blue(bottom). The position gets plenty of light but no direct sunlight (except possibly in early summer mornings/evenings), and can get some south-westerly wind. Can you recommend a suitable plant that does not spread or can be trimmed to no wider than 29cm – something with blue flowers would be great!

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I live in the Waitakere Ranges and I am re-sowing my lawns from scratch. I would like to use Leptinella dioica for coverage and would like to know if this is readily available also would it be suitable in my area?

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We have a shaded area at the front of the property.There are flaxes, agaves and olive tree planted and the garden does not get much sunlight. We are looking at planting small spreading plants to fill in the area with little maintenance. We have looked at grasses too. What else can we plant that also would add color to the green foliage from the other plants?

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