Ian Brown from Boyd's Bay Garden World with a pot plant which are great value for balcony gardeners.
Ian Brown from Boyd's Bay Garden World with a pot plant which are great value for balcony gardeners. Blainey Woodham

Keep the garden blooming and dollars in your pocket

A GARDEN can make or break a property but it does not have to break the bank.

This week we sought the advice of Ian Brown, of Boyds Bay Garden World, on all things gardening.

Selecting the right species of plant or type of grass for your garden can be critical, depending on the type of soil and climate.

Some species are just not suitable and will die off, leaving you with a lighter wallet and hole to fill in your garden.

"The wrong plant in the wrong situation will end in disappointment very quickly, so always ask advice from an expert," Mr Brown said.

According to Mr Brown, turf is simply a matter of personal preference, although some are more expensive than others.

Ian Brown with a pot plant and some succulents.
Ian Brown with a pot plant and some succulents. Blainey Woodham

"No matter what you choose it will still need mowing, however some are more shade tolerant than others, which you should keep in mind," he said.

It might be your lifestyle that makes a certain species non-compatible in your garden. For example, some plants need fairly constant care and others can go days without water.

Mr Brown said pot plants and low maintenance species were a good option for a busy lifestyle.

"All the succulent species are resilient, they don't need much water, and pot plants are great value for people in units or with less garden space."

One example of a plant that flowers all year round and requires little water is the sonoma plant, Mr Brown said.

Buying the correct tools can also make life easier.

"The amount of money you spend always dictates the quality of the tool. Obviously a good quality shovel, for example, will outlast a cheap plastic item," Mr Brown said. "Sometimes there is a happy medium to be reached, depending on how frequently you are going to be using the tool."

An Australian company has recently had a major breakthrough in fertiliser, called Troforte.

"It is a slow release fertiliser that lasts for six months," Mr Brown said.

 

Tips

  • Select the right species for your lifestyle and climate
  • Use a good fertiliser
  • Caring for a garden takes time, so be realistic about the time you are willing to spend
  • Buy your tools based on how much you intend on using them
  • Ask advice from experts if you are unsure
  • Use pots and bowls for planting in smaller garden spaces


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