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Gardening

  1. Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?

    Water Wise Guidelines: how can I water my garden?
    The NSW Government and Sydney Water have just made the exciting announcement that Level 1 Water Restrictions have been relaxed as of 1 December 2020. That doesn't mean it's open season for hoses, though - the restrictions have been replaced with some simple yet sensible Water Wise Guidelines, aimed at encouraging sustainable water use around homes and gardens to ensure...
  2. 5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer

    5 easy tips to get your summer lawn back in shape: How to bring your lawn back to life in summer
    A lush green lawn is a great asset, especially in summer when we want to be outdoors sharing our garden with family and friends. Green lawns help to reduce outdoor temperatures as they don’t absorb and hold heat as do hard surfaces such as paving. A lush lawn also provides a comfortable, safe space for children and pets to play...
  3. Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks

    Humidity and your indoor plants: our 6 top tricks
    Many indoor plants grow naturally in humid forests, such as rainforests, where they enjoy warm, even temperatures, high humidity and dappled light. The indoor environment can fluctuate and is often much drier and less humid than an indoor plant would enjoy back in its rainforest home. In particular, heaters and air-conditioners dry out the air indoors, reducing the natural humidity...
  4. How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers

    How to grow sunflowers: What to avoid when planting sunflowers
    The sunflower (Helianthus annuus), with its golden-yellow petals and large golden centre, is one of the cheeriest flowers to grow in the garden. As a plus, it’s photogenic so great for those social media posts, too. Sunflowers are entertaining for children to grow and harvest, and you can pick the flowers to enjoy indoors. The plants have a practical role...
  5. DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces

    DIY backyard landscaping: five landscaping ideas to create lush outdoor spaces
    Makeover shows on television present landscaping as a huge project involving heavy equipment, a blank canvas, a team of workers and some big bucks. But it doesn't have to be like this - giving your landscape a lift can happen on a much smaller scale, if you turn your landscaping idea into a series of fun projects. Here are some...
  6. Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants

    Gardening 101: How not to kill your indoor plants
    At Flower Power, we believe there's no such thing as a black thumb. At the end of the day, it's knowledge, and not some innate ability, that separates the successful plant parents from the hapless plant killers. So if you're not sure how to care for your new indoor plant baby, or you just can't seem to keep them alive...
  7. How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants

    How to identify good bugs in my garden: 7 beneficial insects that help plants
    Before you squash that insect – are you sure it’s a pest? Many insects are beneficial to have in the garden and repay their accommodation by eating the real pests, or otherwise being food for birds and other animals. If you are unfamiliar with an insect, watch it for a few minutes and it may reveal whether it is a...
  8. Growing blueberries in Sydney

    Growing blueberries in Sydney
    Delicious and versatile - they're just two of the reasons why blueberries (Vaccinium corymbosum and Hybrids) are among the most popular fruits to grow in home gardens. You can grow them in an orchard, veggie bed or garden bed - dwarf varieties will even grow happily in a large container. Blueberries grow across cool, temperate and subtropical climates, which means...
  9. The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens

    The best winter-flowering shrubs for Sydney gardens
    At Flower Power, we believe any garden can be as colourful as you want it to be - even in the dead of winter. Include some of our favourite winter-flowering shrubs and you can have a cold-weather garden that's blooming with colour and fragrance. Grow a mix of evergreen, winter-flowering shrubs, climbers and perennials to bring colour to your garden...
  10. Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil

    Acid-loving plants: Flowers that will thrive in your acidic soil
    Just like humans, all plants are a little different, and where some fail to thrive, others will blossom. The clearest example of this is watering. Some plants will wilt and make it very obvious that they need regular deep watering to thrive. Others however, are perfectly pleased with just an occasional rain shower. Something that might be less obvious to...

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