Monthly Archives: October 2013

Empire Zoysia Turf | Michael Hagan (Ass. Qld Coach Says) “It’s The best Turf for Queensland”

Empire Zoysia Turf | Michael Hagan (Ass. Qld Coach Says) “It’s The best Turf for Queensland”

EZ Turf QLD - Empire™ Zoysia japonica 'SS500' PBR

Us Queenslanders… we’re a little different. That’s why we need a grass that’s made for us. Empire™ Zoysia is best suited to tropical and sub-tropical climates. Sounds like Queensland to me. Empire™ Zoysia loves heat and humidity, does better than other lawns in the wet, but is proven by research to be far more drought tolerant than Buffalo turf. It does well in full sun to 40% shade, and handles wear far better than Buffalo turf.

You see unlike Buffalo grass, Empire™ Zoysia has underground runners, allowing it to reshoot if damaged, and helping it survive whatever Queensland throws at it. Drought, wet, heat, humidity, and cold. Yes, Empire™ Zoysia is even far more cold tolerant than Buffalo. Research shows Empire™ Zoysia needs 30% less mowing than Buffalo, and 50% less than Couch. It does great on the Queensland coast, and is far less susceptible to pests and diseases.

Research has shown Army worm would much rather eat Couch and Buffalo than a Zoysia. So let them eat your neighbor’s lawn. Empire™ Zoysia keeps weeds out well, but if they do get in, they can be sprayed out. If you get Paspalum or other grass weeds in Buffalo, then you must hand weed them. But just remember, if you have more than 40% shade Buffalo is a better alternative than Empire™ Zoysia.

One of the main reasons you would use Empire™ Zoysia is because it’s so beautiful. Just look at these lawns. There’re darker green, softer, and look better than any other lawn. Empire™ Zoysia will make your neighbours green with envy, just like our footballers do to New South Wales most years. Empire™ Zoysia is often used on roadsides in Queensland, but more and more professional Queensland Landscape Architects and designers are switching to Empire™ Zoysia for high class Queensland landscapes.

Queensland’s a tough place for a lawn, so take my word for it, Empire™ Zoysia’s the lawn you need. Empire™ Zoysia, it’s our home turf.

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Pure Blonde™ Liriope is a clumping plant with amazing foliage that stays blonde for up to 3 months

Pure Blonde™ Liriope is a clumping plant with amazing foliage that stays blonde for up to 3 months

Pure Blonde™ Liriope muscari 'LIRBLONDE' PBR

 

Have you ever heard of a white foliage plant. Well Pure Blonde™ Liriope is just that. It’s a great plant for contrasting against other plants in shade, or full sun. You’d think foliage like this would burn, but it doesn’t. It stays crisp and clean, unless you plant it in an exposed windy spot. So avoid high windy spots for Pure Blonde™ Liriope.

Pure Blonde™ Liriope contrasts beautifully with Black Mondo in the shade. In the full sun, black Mondo is far more fussy than Pure Blonde™ Liriope. So how does it work? If you cut Pure Blonde™ Liriope back to the ground in July, in August it will reshoot pure blonde. It will stay that way for 3 months. Then over summer it turns green. Repeat the pruning each year to have a super contrasting plant for your garden.

Pure Blonde™ Liriope works in humid, hot, and even cold climates, and tolerates most soil types, but will look better in good soils. They say blondes have more fun, well with this plant you’ll have more fun. Your friends will be amazed and envious of the beautiful garden it creates. Imagine how beautiful it will be on moonlit nights, or with garden lighting.

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Sublime™ Acmena is a mid-sized tree with refreshing lime new growth and dense foliage to the ground

Sublime™ Acmena is a mid-sized tree with refreshing lime new growth and dense foliage to the ground

Sublime™ Acmena smithii 'DOW30' PBR

I just love the dense shape of this tree, and it’s beautiful lime coloured new growth. Yes this is a tree not a shrub. Most Lilly Pillys are grown as a shrub, but not Sublime™ Acmena, it’s a tree.

Sublime™ Acmena is extremely psyllid resistant, and drought and frost tolerant.  Sublime™ Acmena is ideal for screening, hedges, topiary or garden features. The foliage is dense all the way to the ground level.

Masses of white fluffy flowers appear in Summer that develop into a deep mauve berry, giving an excellent contrast against the foliage. These berries are also edible.

Sublime™ Acmena  is excellent for attracting birds to your garden. Sublime gets about 5 metres tall.  Sublime™ Acmena, its got to be one of Australia’s best trees.

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Luscious® Tristaniopsis is a tree with shiny foliage and makes a great native alternative to Magnolia

Luscious® Tristaniopsis is a tree with shiny foliage and makes a great native alternative to Magnolia

Luscious® Tristaniopsis laurina 'DOW10' PBR

The bark of Luscious® Tristaniopsis has a striking port colour that peels back revealing a mottled cream stem

Luscious® Tristaniopsis laurina 'DOW10' PBR

Luscious® Tristaniopsis is a vastly improved form of Tristaniopsis laurina. Wow these leaves are big.  Its leaves are almost double the size of the original with a gorgeous lush shiny appearance.

These are topped off with copper new growth at certain times of the year. Delightful fragrant yellow flowers complete the package. Luscious® Tristaniopsis makes a great Australian native alternative to the exotic magnolia.

It’s highly suited for street planting, garden features, or for an elegant shade tree. Luscious® Tristaniopsis thrives in a range of conditions. It will tolerate frosts and drought, and a wide array of soil types.

Luscious® Tristaniopsis will grow to 7-12m tall and will grow in full sun to part shade. The trunk is also a great feature as the bark has a striking port colour that peels back revealing a mottled cream stem. What more could you ask for? Luscious truly is a great Aussie tree.

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Pinnacle™ Syzygium is a narrow native tree which is great for screening

Pinnacle™ Syzygium is a narrow native tree which is great for screening

Pinnacle™ Syzygium australe 'AATS' PBR

Sometimes you need a narrow growing small tree. Well these Pinnacle™ Syzygium fits the bill perfectly. Pinnacle™ Syzygium is a narrow Australian native Lilly Pilly, similar in shape to a Pencil Pine or narrow Conifer, but much better suited to the Australian climate.

You can use it along walls, fences, as a screen, or even as a narrow wind break. Pinnacle™ Syzygium can be pruned to stay shorter than this, even as low as 2 metres, but it requires very minimal pruning to stay narrow.

Pinnacle™ Syzygium works well in full sun and shade, and is suitable for most parts of Australia that don’t get much colder than minus 6 Celsius. It has beautiful red fruit that actually taste pretty good when ripe. So if you need a narrow tree or want some privacy, give Pinnacle™ Syzygium a go.

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Sunrise™ Cordyline is a heat tolerant plant with vivid pink and maroon foliage

Sunrise™ Cordyline is a heat tolerant plant with vivid pink and maroon foliage

Sunrise™ Cordyline australis 'LELC03' PBR

Need a stand out landscape plant. These Sunrise™ Cordyline speak for themselves with their vivid pink to maroon variegated foliage.

Sunrise™ Cordyline  is far more heat tolerant than other vivid pink cordyline types. Its foliage stays cleaner through the summer and even in the colder temperatures it holds up well.

Sunrise™ Cordyline  will grow up to 2m in height and it takes several years for it to develop a trunk of any size. It is a great feature or specimen plant. If they get too tall for you, every few years you can simply cut back the trunk low, and they will reshoot looking even better.

They are great in gardens, along fences, or as a container plant. If you want eye catching vivid colours than Sunrise™ Cordyline is for you.

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FLAMIN’® Phormium is a tougher mid sized plant with foliage that literally glows in the sun

FLAMIN’® Phormium is a tougher mid sized plant with foliage that literally glows in the sun

Flamin'® Phormium tenax 'PH0S3' PBR

Flamin'® Phormium tenax 'PH0S3' PBR

Flamin’® Phormium is a rich coloured mid sized plant. But it isn’t its vibrant colour that makes it better than other Phormium types. It’s Flamin’® Phormium’s ability to better withstand the heat. Sure, it won’t work in Queensland, but in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide and Perth, it survives far better than any other purperea Phormium.

In the sunlight, Flamin’® Phormium literally glows, and that’s where it got its name from. Flamin’® like any Phormium prefers reasonable soil, and beifits from a yearly slow release fertiliser application. If you want to keep it smaller, simply cut it back in Spring or Autumn every 3 to 5 years.

Leave a few leaves out the side for a few weeks, and then cut them off as well when the new shoots appear. For reliable foliage contrast 365 days per year, give Flamin’® Phormium a go.

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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
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Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Horrible weather in sydney!!! The View From Ozbreed Gardens Today – Thursday 17/10/2013

Australia is a really tough place to live at times, and we live in shelter. Imagine with the severe drought, heat and high winds of late how hard it is for plants to live.

It’s important to choose tough drought tolerant plants. Many of Ozbreed’s plants fit this brief, but just remember in times like this if you have to establish them, they are going to need lots of water make it through the first part of their life. In conditions like these even drought tolerant native plants need top up water to remain healthy.

You have to feel for all the Landscapers, and gardeners trying to get plants and turf to take in these conditions. Months of no rain, wind and heat. If you are installing turf and plants don’t skimp on the irrigation for the first 2 months, and in conditions like these, maybe 3 to 4 months.

PS. Wishing good luck to all those people effected by the fires.

SunGold™ Lomandra is a very drought and cold tolerant plant with golden variegated foliage

SunGold™ Lomandra is a very drought and cold tolerant plant with golden variegated foliage

Sungold™ Lomandra longifolia 'LMV100' PBR

SunGold™ Lomandra is one of those drought tolerant, no fuss, easy care reliable plants. The variegation on this Lomandra longifolia is subtle, yet its golden colour provides rich contrast for any garden.

This tough Lomandra works well in cold climates such as Canberra, but also in hot dry zones. It will even cope with the humidity of South East Queensland, provided the soil is not heavy and periodically wet. Ultimately it will get 600mm high, but can be pruned each few years to keep it lower if you want. So go for gold, go Sungold.

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