Home' Outdoors : WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2010-11 Contents 82 WA’s Best Outdoors & Gardens 2011
Moisture, heat, UV light, mould, mildew, bacteria,
spills, scrapes and foot traffic... it’s all in a day’s
work for a timber deck. Glenn Clarke, of Envious
Landscapes, offers the following maintenance tips:
Clean it Sweep every week or two to reduce dirt
and grime, and help prevent mould and mildew.
Soap it Mop once a month with a wood soap
solution to clean spills and stains, and enhance
the beautiful, natural lustre of the oil.
Coat it Oil your deck in spring and autumn, so it is
best able to deal with the extremes of summer and
winter. Before oiling (ideally using an oil with a light
stain), clean the deck thoroughly with warm water,
wood soap, a stiff broom and plenty of elbow grease.
Particularly stubborn stains can be lightly sanded
with a medium-grade sandpaper. If your deck is
prone to mould (particularly common in very shady
areas), try using a deck-clean solution that contains
mould and mildew inhibitors. You’ll need to wait until
your deck is completely dry before applying any oil
or stain – 24 hours is a good rule of thumb.
Tim Davies, of Tim Davies Landscaping,
offers these water-saving reticulation tips:
Test your water use To find how long to run
your station at the height of summer, place a
container on the grass and time how long it
takes to fill it to 1cm. This is your run time.
Check the equipment Ensure your reticulation
is working correctly by checking it fortnightly
through summer for broken sprinklers and pipes.
Adjust the flow As the weather cools and
mornings become dewier, gradually reduce run
times to zero for June, July and August.
Install a bore A bore and/or sub-surface or drip
irrigation system delivers water straight to the
roots, eliminating drift and overspray, reducing
loss from evaporation and watering times.
Phinny Thoo, of Lawn Culture, says the most healthy and attractive lawns are those that are watered
twice a week (sticking to the water restrictions), mowed at least every fortnight and fed a quality
fertiliser with balanced trace elements regularly from October to May. Slow-release fertilisers can be
applied less often and allow lawns to grow evenly, as opposed to cheaper fast-release fertilisers, which
result in erratic ‘surge’ growth (it is harder to maintain). Phosphate should be added into the fertiliser
profile once a year when the ground temperature is 20°C (usually mid-November) to promote
healthy root systems. Some form of weed control should also be implemented in the winter months.
‘Renovatating’ the lawn every few years is one of Phinny’s top tips.
This involves verti-mowing to remove thatch, and coring to aerate the
soil to oxygenate the root system. Renovations start in spring
and are best performed by a lawn-care professional. The
expected result is a ‘brand new lawn’ after six to eight
weeks of new growth. Remember: over-watering
results in nutrients – in particular nitrogen and
phosphates – leaching into the ground
water, polluting our rivers and promoting
environmentally detrimental algae blooms.
CONTACTS Envious Landscapes 0437 784 163,
www.landscapedesignperth.com.au; Exclusive Pools
(08) 9344 2366, www.exclusivepools.com.au; Lawn
Culture 0411 262 240, www.lawnculture.com.au; Mondo
Landscapes 0409 209 446, www.mondolandscapes.com.au;
Origin Landscapes 0439 095 247, www.originlandscapes.
com.au; The Outdoor Furniture Specialists (08) 9385 6777,
www.tofs.com.au; Quality Dolphin Pools (08) 9302 3971,
www.dolphinswimmingpools.com; Tim Davies Landscaping
(08) 9441 0200, www.tdl.com.au.
This decking from Envious
Landscapes is constructed of
recycled jarrah on steel.
Ipanema Deep Seating teak setting with acrylic outdoor fabric.
Armchair, $1846, coffee table, $1295 and three-seater sofa, $3838.
All Calicut 0422 177 057, www.calicut.com.au .
Synthetic wicker furniture is becoming more popular
because it is easy to look after, says Adam Eaton,
general manager of The Outdoor Furniture Specialists
Claremont Group. Quality furniture of this kind can be
hosed and brushed, whereas timber needs more care.
However, the appeal of timber will never wane: top
hardwood timber won’t deteriorate, and regular oiling
with a clear hardwood oil is required so it doesn’t dry
out and go grey; top-quality timbers, such as teak and
kwila, should be oiled once to twice a year; and other
timbers, such as batu and balau, which can crack and
split, should be oiled up to five times a year.
14/9/10 3:59:40 PM
14/9/10 3:59:40 PM
Links Archive WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2009 WAs Best Outdoors and Gardens 2012 Navigation Previous Page Next Page