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Dense Fence™ Viburnum is a dense screening hedge with Subtle red new growth foliage

Dense Fence™ Viburnum is a dense screening hedge with redish new growth

Dense Fence™ Viburnum odoratissimum 'VOC1' PBR

Dense Fence™ Viburnum odoratissimum ‘VOC1′ PBR

  • Forms a dense screening hedge quickly
  • Less pruning than the common form
  • Subtle red new growth foliage

Description: The Dense Fence™ plant is a Sweet Viburnum, as it is commonly known, and is highly suited for a privacy screen. Finer leaves, higher density, shorter inter-nodes and reddish new growth is what sets Dense Fence™ Viburnum apart from the common form…read more

 

Further Evidence Nara™ Native Turf Is Best For Erosion Control

Further Evidence Nara™ Native Turf Is Best For Erosion Control 

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P.S. We recommend not throwing turf rolls around like this :)

 

Biodegradable Staples Holding Capacity for Nara™ Native Turf Compared to Couch

Biodegradable Staples Holding Capacity for Nara™ Native   Turf Compared to Couch

Nara Native Turf Best For Erosion Control

Introduction

Turf in recent research has proven to be one of the best erosion control products, testing far better than silt fences, coir logs and erosion socks for both erosion and silt containment. Established turf by itself can easily handle 1.5 metres per second flows. Well established turf has been shown to handle flows of 2.5 to 3 metres per second.

The biggest problem with using turf in flow areas is that until establishment, it can shear away. Traditionally this was solved by using turf combined with netting and pegs, or turf secured with wire pegs. Both netting and wire pegs can be dangerous hazards to foot traffic, and they are both expensive methods. New E-Staple biodegradable pegs, which have been designed to grip into the ground are proving to be far superior, lower cost and safer.

Tests in the USA showed that the 150mm E-Staple took 12 times the force to remove compared to a round top 150mm steel staple, and more than 4 times that of regular 150mm steel staples.

Testing method

Now that there are such strong biodegradable staples, it was decided to test which would fail first, the staple or the turf. It was also decided to test what force is require to pull 6 x 150mm and in another test 6 x 100mm staples from the ground, pegged through Nara™ Native Turf and regular Wintergreen Couch turf.

All rolls were of good quality. A bamboo stake was secured to wire, and a weighing device attached. 10 separate measurements were taken for…read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland

Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland

Empire Zoysia Maintenance

Maintaining your Empire™ Zoysia lawn in Queensland is easy. Just mow regularly (although this still means 25 to 50% less than other lawns). Empire™ Zoysia isn’t fussy when it comes to mowing height. Just mow it taller in the shade, say around 50mm. Make sure you fertilise every Autumn, and preferably in Spring as well. Use a slow release fertiliser.

Even though it’s less likely you’ll have lawn grub problems with your Empire™ Zoysia lawn, it is still possible. If it does happen apply treatment quickly. It’s underground runners will make sure it recovers well.

Usually, Your neighbour’s Buffalo and Couch lawns will be attacked first, so keep an eye out for damage on their lawns. Empire™ Zoysia is good at outcompeting weeds, but even better, most grass weeds can be sprayed out without hurting the lawn. The same cannot be said for many other lawn types. Aerate if your lawn is compacted, and top dress if your lawn is uneven. That’s pretty much it. It’s easy to look after Empire™ Zoysia.

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Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

Get The Green Edge With Nara Native Turf

It’s hard to believe that the girl shown here kicking her soccer ball in the backyard is playing on a locally developed Australian turf grass. This lush, green lawn is Nara™, a form of Zoysia macrantha. It was bred in Australia to cope with local conditions.

Girl Kicking A Soccer Ball on Grass

As well as coping with the hot dry summers, Nara™ is a lawn grass for garden owners who don’t have time to lavish on lawn care. Given a minimum amount of fertiliser, Nara™ survives and remains green without needing constant mowing. With a more frequent fertiliser regime and regular water, it becomes greener and lusher.

Nara™ has resistance to most lawn diseases and its strong, dense growth helps keep it weed free. If it does develop a problem, products used to treat pests, diseases and weeds in couch can be used safely on Nara™.
Nara is one of a couple of Zoysia turf grasses finding favour in Australia. Another variety is Empire, a form of the closely related Zoysia japonica.

Versatile lawn
According to Todd Layt from Ozbreed who bred Nara™, it responds well to different levels of care. “Nara™ really is versatile,” says Todd. “It grows in most areas in half shade or full sun, with drought or wet conditions and can be mowed short or long. ” “Indeed we find it requires less frequent mowing than most of the traditional lawn varieties, particularly through summer,” he adds.

Fertiliser regime
The key to managing the variety lies in how much…read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flirt™ Nandina is a dwarf ground cover plant with red new growth for most of the year

Flirt™ Nandina is a dwarf ground cover plant with red new growth for most of the year

FLIRT™ Nandina domestica 'MURASAKI' PBR

Flirt™ Nandina has red new growth foliage for most of the year. Unlike common Nandina which goes red only in winter in colder regions. Flirt™ Nandina is the only ground cover form that has red new growth in Spring, Summer, Autumn and in some parts of Australia in Winter as well. It is very drought, cold and humidity tolerant.

Flirt™ Nandina grows from 30cm to 40cm high with a spread of approx. 40cm 40cm to 60cm it can be used as a ground cover a low hedge or a feature in full sun or part shade. Where ever you live in Australia, Flirt™ Nandina will work in your garden, providing you with lots of red foliage through out the year.

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Nara Native Turf – Native Instant Lawn

Nara, a variety of Zoysia macrantha is the first and only general purpose native instant lawn in Australia, and this beautiful lawn I am sitting on is Nara.

Nara Native Turf - Drought Tolerant Turf  - Salt Tolerant Turf

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Native plants are so popular in Australian gardening because they are so drought tough, easy to care for, and are just so well adapted. Well Nara is a great addition for all those who prefer natives. But that’s not the only reason you would buy Nara native turf.  Nara has so many benefits its easy to see why so many people are now going native.

In drought studies, Zoysia macrantha was found to be more drought tolerant than Buffalo and Couch turf. Nara native turf also tolerates wet and humid conditions very well. Research proves it is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu, Buffalo, and even all other types of Zoysia. It’s winter colour is better than exotic Zoysia types, and best of all Nara recovers well from wear damage, as it grows more quickly than all other Zoysia types. It is a low thatch variety of Zoysia meaning you can easily maintain it with any mower, and it will not get spongy on you, but best of all it needs far less mowing. Nara has moderate shade tolerance, coping with up to 40% shade.

The real appeal form Nara is in its beauty. When people first see it they can not believe it is a native lawn. People often say this looks so much better than other lawns.

Probably because it has a nice fine texture, and is such a pretty green colour. Carol from NSW said “The turf blends in to the surrounds very well. Being on acres, we didn’t want an artificial looking ‘turf’ as many of them are, rather something which blended in to the surrounding native grasses. Nara does the job very well.” Marlis form Queensland said “It has taken up so well. Very very hardy. Looks as green as everything. Very happy with its performance.” Marlies Bower, QLD

Nara Native turf has now been used on many large projects, and is proving easy to use. As with all Zoysia types it just cannot be planted in Winter in colder regions. In Queensland it seems warm enough to install all year round.

Now that Nara has proven itself to be a very reliable lawn, what are you waiting for? Go native.

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Fertilising lawns in winter! Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising?

Fertilising lawns in winter!

Is it more important than spring and summer fertilising.

By Todd Layt

Most Aussies have been fertilising at the wrong times of the year. Highlighted in research,  our relatively warm winter climate, plus our change in turf types are reasons why we should be fertilising in winter, and less in Spring and Summer. This research conducted by Ozbreed has shown – even in frost prone areas - that it’s possible to keep Buffalo, Kikuyu and Zoysia turf green all year round when following optimum fertiliser applications and certain mowing practices. This research has designed recipes to keep these turf types green all year round in many parts of Australia, using specialized fertiliser formulations.

Fertilising Lawns

Most Australian studies of winter fertilising warm season turf have been conducted on couch turf, which in this study showed poor results. Most USA and other overseas research on winter fertilising has been conducted in regions that reach minus 10 Celsius or colder in winter, yet have warm temperatures for the rest of the year: regions such as Florida, Texas, and Georgia in the USA. In these regions winter fertilising can cause winter kill. In Australia, only climatic regions similar to Canberra, and Armidale get that cold and have the potential for winter kill if fertilised in winter. For the rest, like Melbourne, Sydney (Including frost affected Western Sydney where the research was conducted), Perth, Adelaide, and Brisbane; this research unlocks the true potential of keeping lawns green in winter.

In brief, the research involved fertilising replicated plots of numerous turf types with many different timing combinations, using a specialized autumn and winter blend of slow and quick release fertiliser and iron. Earlier research highlighted that a product called 2 Spec Elevate from Globe, provided the best performance for winter colour compared to other fertilisers tested. Large areas around Ozbreed trial gardens were also tested, including shaded areas. Some areas were not fertilised at all, whilst others had either regular Autumn fertiliser, or heavy autumn fertiliser. Parts of these areas then either got no fertiliser in winter, or a heavy fertiliser in winter.

The results were unexpected…read more

New Plants win Gold and Silver Awards from the NSW Nursery Industry

Two ornamental plants have received industry recognition by winning Gold and Silver awards and critical acclaim from the NSW nursery industry. The plants were submitted by Kenthurst Nursery, a wholesale nursery at Kenthurst, and Ozbreed, a plant and turf breeder at Clarendon. Both nurseries are based in north-west Sydney.

The awards were presented at the recent Green Expo Sydney (GES), convened by the Nursery and Garden Industry Association of NSW. The Expo brought together plant growers and suppliers to the nursery and landscape industry, who showcased their wares to garden centre owners, managers and staff, as well as to horticulturists, landscapers, students and the gardening media.

The annual awards are made to new plants that show merit and offer something new and exciting to gardens and landscape plantings.

Fine gardenia gets gold

O SO FINE™ Gardenia augusta 'Ken04' PBR

Gardenia augusta ‘Ken04’ PBR, which is being sold as O So Fine™, won a Gold award at GES. The plant caught the eye of the judges for its extremely fine foliage and dense growth. This new variety was discovered in Australia.

The breeding of new varieties to rival box plant, the traditional choice for a hedge, is a challenge this new gardenia meets head on. O So Fine™ gardenia is a form of Gardenia augusta ‘Radicans’ selected for its dense growth and ultra fine leaves. The new form was noticed as a sport on production stock at Kenthurst Nursery. The odd shoot had very fine leaves (just half the width of normal ‘Radicans’ leaves) and dense flowering.

The sport was observed on the stock plant to ensure it was stable before pieces were propagated to see if the fine growth would persist when the plant was grown on its own roots. More than 10 generations have now been grown with no changes occurring to either leaf size or the plant’s dense flowering.

O So Fine™ gardenia is seen at its best as a compact, fine-leafed hedge or groundcover. It grows to around 30cm tall and a metre wide in either sun or part shade. As a bonus, it has a profusion of fragrant white gardenia flowers during summer. The plant’s short internodes (the stem length between the points on each stem that produce flowers and leaves) create the dense growth and give it the extra flowers for its size.

It is drought hardy once established, but grows and flowers better with extra water in dry times. It needs frost protection in very cold winter areas.

New plants awarded

Todd Layt from Ozbreed, who is growing O So Fine™ gardenia, recommends using 1.5 to 3 plants per linear metre for hedging or as a groundcover. The closer planting rate would give dense coverage to quickly choke out weeds.

He says this fine-leafed gardenia only needs to be clipped occasionally to maintain its compact habit as a hedge or groundcover. He also says it is an excellent choice for containers including troughs.

Silver award winner

Little Ruby™ Alternanthera dentata 'LRU30' PBR

Alternanthera dentata ‘LRU30’ PBR, which is being marketed as Little Ruby™, was developed in South America. It has been sent to growers around the world including Australia.

This bold plant gained a Silver award at GES. It is a dense, compact shrub with striking burgundy leaves.

At around 30-40cm high and 60-90cm wide Little Ruby™ alternanthera is ideal to plant as a groundcover or border plant in sun or part shade. It is also a stylish choice for a low-maintenance container plant. Little Ruby™ alternanthera was selected from a breeding program in Brazil, where it was chosen for its dark leaf colour and compact growth. It is a third the size of common Alternanthera dentata.

Foliage plants add colour to gardens all year round, which is why Little Ruby™ alternanthera is a good plant choice for gardeners wanting a colourful low-maintenance garden.

“Instead of growing massed annual flowers to bring colour to a garden or park,” says Todd Layt, who is growing the plant in Australia, “home gardeners, landscapers or those planning public gardens, can grow a bed of Little Ruby™ alternanthera plants for year-round colour.”

It combines well with silver-leafed plants such as westringia, or clumping plants such as dianella. Todd says it has been popular among landscape designers, who are specifying it because of its compact growth habit.

For a weed-suppressing groundcover, Todd Layt recommends spacing Little Ruby™ plants about 30cm apart. They can be pruned in spring and, although drought-tolerant, benefit from extra water in very dry times. Plants thrive in areas of high humidity, but need protection from heavy frost.

More information Both new varieties have been released around Australia. Click here for more info about O So Fine gardenia and here for  Little Ruby alternanthera

Get The Right Turf For Your Situation – Tips From Ozbreed

Choosing the right turf for your situation depends on a number of factors including, shade, desired maintenance, wear, salt, aesthetics, frost, available water, where you live and cost. Whether its soft leaf Buffalo grass, Kikuyu Turf, Couch lawn, or Zoysia, the right lawn can be matched to your conditions, whether you live in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane, or anywhere else in Australia.

Here are a few quick guidelines to follow so you get an idea as to what might be the right turf for your situation.

For Shade:

If you have an area that has up to 40% shade then a Zoysia turf type will be suitable.

If you have an area that has up to 60% – 70% shade then a soft leaf Buffalo type will manage this nicely.

For Lowest Maintenance:

If you don’t have time to mow and edge, the slower growing, lower maintenance varieties of Soft Leaf Buffalos would suit.

Palmetto Soft Leaf Buffalo is the lowest maintenance popular Buffalo in Australia.

For even lower maintenance, one turf type well worth checking out is Empire Zoysia. Empire needs a third of the mowing of Kikuyu, half that of Couch and 30% less than Buffalo

For avoiding Pesticides:

If you really want to avoid using any pesticides while maintaining your lawn then all Zoysia types are highly resistant to lawn grub, particularly Army Worm and Web Worm.

For High Traffic:

If you have dogs or hard playing kids, (or both) then as well as wear tolerance, you need to factor in whether it will be in full sun or shade.

If your area is in full sun, look into Kikuyu turf and particularly Kenda Kikuyu as it has 4 times more underground growth than regular Kikuyu.

If your area is in both shade and sun, a buffalo type will be good. Sapphire Buffalo is the number one Buffalo in shade for wear. Not as wear tolerant as Kenda in sun, but it is lower maintenance and works in shade.

For Near Salt water:

If you live near the ocean or have a salt water pool, these are the best varieties.

In full sun to light shade, Nara Zoysia is far more salt tolerant than Couch, Kikuyu and Buffalo.

In shade and sun Sapphire Buffalo and Palmetto Buffalo will work well as long as the salt water is no higher than the average for pool salt water, these Buffalos are more salt tolerant than other Buffalos.

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