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Naringa™ Westringia is the best medium-tall hedging plant available

Naringa™ Westringia is the best medium-tall hedging plant available and has to be one of the most drought tolerant hedging plants as well.

Naringa Westringia 'WES01' PBR

It also establishes a hedge quickly, yet unlike many plants that do that, it won’t get much higher than the one in this photo above. Naringa™ Westringia can be grown into a beautiful manicured ball shape like the one in this photo below.

Naringa Westringia 'WES01' PBR

Its flowers are prolific, putting on a show for much of Spring, and in many region again in autumn. Naringa™ Westringia can also be kept as a lower growing hedge if pruned twice per year. For larger hedges it will only need yearly pruning. Naringa™ Westringia is one of the most cold tolerant Westringia types, yet it also loves the heat.

Many are finding Naringa™ Westringia ideal for topiary, as it grows quickly, yet needs only moderate pruning. Naringa™ Westringia does need pruning at least every 2 years to remain tidy looking, and should be pruned a few months after planting for the first time if possible. Naringa™ Westringia works well inland, and like all Westringia types it copes really well in high wind coastal areas.

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Protecting Our Playgrounds – We Need To Make Playgrounds More Natural

Protecting Our Playgrounds – We Need To Make Playgrounds More Natural 

We’re now able to make playgrounds and surrounding areas safer by using the methods implemented by Ozbreed and Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects. These methods meet the Australian Standard and have also won an award at the Kidsafe 2012 National Playspace Design Awards.

In conjunction with Fiona Robbé Landscape Architects, Ozbreed found the need to make playgrounds more natural because during their time playing in playgrounds, kids very often wander off to explore their surroundings.

Whilst still ensuring to create an optimum safe play environment, something that needs to be considered more closely by landscape architects and designers is that kids love to play with plants.

The premise for this trial was set by the increasing demand and interest in the performance of non-woody plants in mulch, in and around play equipment (including fall zones).

The core aim of the trial is to systematically determine the optimum growth conditions for non-woody plants in playgrounds mulch. This will allow playgrounds to look more natural and reduce the open bare appearance of play equipment without compromising safety.

Plant Health in Playground Mulch:

2 garden beds were used in the trial, containing 2 different mulches; Playbark Pinebark Mulch and Port Stephens Pine Mulch. Naringa Westringia ‘WES01′ PBR and Tanika® Lomandra longifolia ‘LM300’ PBR, were installed in each garden bed and planted in two different sets of conditions: Planted in pure mulch and planted with soil underneath (soil base method).

Preliminary results as of November 2010 showed that plants with soil underneath established and rooted out much quicker than the plants planted straight into the mulch, and the plants in Port Stephens Pine Mulch had rooted out much quicker than in the Playbark Pinebark Mulch.

Naringa displayed affected growth between the soil base method and when planted straight into mulch. Photos depict that with soil, growth has been abundant, while without it seemed to stay the same since planting.

Tanika however showed a better growth habit in the soil base method and the foliage looked cleaner. Results as of February 2011 showed that …read more