| Acacia -Wattles
Approximately 800 species of Acacia exist; coming from a wide range of climates. You can find a wattle to suit almost any climate or situation. There are small shrubby wattles, low growing or prostrate types suitable as groundcovers or to spill over a drop, spreading bushy shrubs, upright narrow shrubs or small trees and more. Most have very attractive golden or bright yellow flowers....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| Cretagus -Hawthorn
Cretagus are a large genus of around 100 species, commonly known as Hawthorns, from the Northern hemisphere of mainly deciduous, thorny shrubs to small trees with small, alternate, simple, toothed or lobed leaves, that may colour attractively in autumn. Flowers in corymbs, and mainly white to reddish, and mainly flowering in spring to early summer. The flowers are usually followed in autumn to winter by attractive small fruit (pomes) which are commonly red, yellowish or orange in colour. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| Eucalyptus or Gum Trees
Eucalyptus are commonly called Gum Trees. There are approximately 520 species plus varieties and some hybrids. (Some authorities have split Eucalypts into 2 genera – Eucalyptus & Corymbia). There are trees suited to most requirements (eg. as a shade tree, a flowering feature, for attractive foliage or bark effects). Leaves do drop all year round, and can be a nuisance in a pool, or over large paved areas. Gum tree leaves are useful also though; containing oils that deter weed growth; making them useful in a bush garden, or above predominantly mulched gardens....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| How to plant deciduous plants
Most plants don’t like being planted out during the middle of winter. But for many deciduous plants, this is the best time to plant....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Lagerstroemia (Crepe Myrtle) characteristics and culture....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| Lilly Pilly -Syzygium
Lily Pilly, Water Gum
Around 450 species, of evergreen trees, mainly from warm climates, formerly classified in the genus Eugenia.
The genus has now been split into several genera including Eugenia, Acmena, and Syzygium.
Many naturally occur in rainforests. Grown for their often, attractive, simple, opposite, dense foliage, and colourful berries, which range in colour from white to pink to red to bluish-purple.
Some are too large for small gardens, while others are an ideal size. Most are suitable for growing in containers, or as an hedge or topiary.
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Magnolia characteristics and culture...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| Maples -Acer
Acer (Maple) characteristics and culture....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
Approximately 200- 400 species of deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs, mainly from temperate climates.
Leaves are simple and alternate. Ornamental varieties are grown for attractive flowers (often called blossom) or fruit.
Flowering is normally profuse (ie. large numbers of flowers cover the entire plant) in late winter or early spring. Cropping varieties are grown for their edible fruits....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
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| Tree Care
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| Tree Selection for Small Places
It’s easy to grow whatever you want on a big property; but a small garden is more of a challenge.
The plants need to be selected more carefully, and perhaps be treated in a different way.
You might need to prune them more often, or do something to restrict the roots from becoming invasive (eg. damaging pipes or paving).
People who have quarter acre blocks or even acreage, can often have difficult areas such as an enclosed courtyard, or a narrow strip between the house and a neighbouring property.
Any small place offers unique challenges when you come to select, use and care for plants. If any of this sounds familiar to you; this book will be a wealth of information....(Excerpt from page) Click to read more
| Working in Arboriculture
Arborists look after trees. This work can involve removing sick or damaged trees (or parts), removing or chipping prunings, controlling the size and shape of trees, repair of trees (e.g. bracing, propping, cabling branches to prevent them breaking), accessing trees by climbing or with a travel tower, planting new trees, transplanting large trees, controlling and removing unwanted root, controlling tree pests or diseases, or developing tree management plans. ...(Excerpt from page) Click to read more