Introducing Everedge

Surrey Hills Garden Supplies is excited to let you know, we are now stocking Everedge Garden Edging.

  

Everedge is flexible steel garden edging that is a brilliant,

simple way to keep your garden edges neat & tidy.

Call in to Surrey Hills Garden Supplies and see this wonderful product in person

 

Winter Closure

As we all know, the colder it gets the more inclined we are to stay indoors by a cosy fire, our staff are no different to you.

From Sunday 5th May 2019 until Sunday 8th September 2019 we will be closed. The same great, happy, friendly service can be obtained Mon-Sat (7am-4.30pm).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Monthly Specials – April 2019

At Surrey Hills Garden Supplies there are two great specials for April:

 

Dampcourse

               150mm – $4.00*

Dampcourse gardening supplies

 

  Spray & Mark

 Various colours – $6.00 each*

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All prices are including gst

 

Easter/Anzac Trading Hours

Our Easter trading hours are:

Good Friday – Closed

Easter Saturday – 7.00am – 4.30pm

Easter Sunday – 9.00am – 4.00pm

Easter Monday – 9.00am – 4.00pm

Anzac Day – Closed

The staff at Surrey Hills Garden Supplies would like to wish all our customers and their families a very Happy Easter.

Springtime Gardening

It’s that time of year again, the birds are singing, the days are gradually getting longer and Melbourne is alive with the sounds of footy finals. This can only mean one thing, Spring is here. The cold Winter months are finally behind us and the weather is starting to get a bit warmer, the ideal time to rejuvenate and refresh your garden beds and lawn. Our hibernation time is over.

The first task will be to aerate your lawn to enhance regrowth. Using your garden fork gently aerate the lawn, this is best done while the soil is still moist which will make for easier digging. Now is also the time to spray weed killer on any pesky weeds that have cropped up. Don’t forget to fertilise your lawn to replenish the nutrients that may have been lost over the colder months, and if needed, plant some lawn seed if you have any bare patches in your lawn. Make sure you have all your garden supplies on hand before you start.

Before your plants start to bloom, give all your garden beds a bit of love and care. Pull out any weeds and debris that may be left over from Winter and spread a layer of mulch over the soil. At Surrey Hills Garden Supplies, we would recommend either Pea-Straw or Sugar Cane mulch for this purpose. Prune old leaves and branches off any trees or shrubs, being mindful not to cut any new buds that are starting to appear. Some plants, such as hibiscus or hydrangea, need to be done early so they will have beautiful flowers in Summer. If you have not already tidied up your roses, very early Spring is the time. Remember, the general rule is, the harder you prune your roses, the better they will grow, so don’t be afraid to cut them right back. Again, be careful not to cut any new shoots that have started growing. Fertilising your plants and garden beds will help feed the roots of your plants.

Now is the time to think about your Summer garden and what you would like to grow. Whether it is flowers (eg: Everlasting Daisy, Petunia, Impatiens), vegetables (eg: Silverbeet, Carrots, Lettuce) or herbs (eg: Basil, Chives), early Spring is the best time to plant some seeds. The moisture in the soil will help the plants become established before it gets too hot. With a bit of planning and research, you can ensure you will have a successful crop of plants growing when you want them to.

For all your garden supplies, such as mulch, fertiliser or topsoil, drop into Surrey Hills Garden Supplies on Canterbury Rd, Surrey Hills and we can assist you. Alternatively, give us a call on 03 9890 3443 for any help you need.

Winter Closure

As we all know, the colder it gets the more inclined we are to stay indoors by a cosy fire, our staff are no different to you.

From Sunday 6th May 2018 until Sunday 2nd September 2018 we will be closed. The same great, happy, friendly service can be obtained Mon-Sat (7am-4.30pm).

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

How to have a Low Maintenance Garden

In this day and age of hustle and bustle, getting the kids from one activity to another, trying to catch up with family and friends, one thing that suffers is your garden. To make it worse, you feel guilty for not having the time to get out and keep everything looking neat and tidy; the lawn is overgrown, weeds are popping up everywhere and the trees and plants are in desperate need of a good pruning. “Where do I start?” is the thing that keeps repeating itself in your mind. Taking it one small step at a time, breaking your garden into sections, will make the task less daunting and more manageable and enjoyable.

Firstly, your lawn needs to be mowed. Adjust your mower to the highest setting, this will make the grass more drought-tolerant (therefore less watering) and weeds will struggle to grow as there isn’t as much sunlight or water for them to feed on. Incorporate your grass clippings back over your lawn providing essential nutrients back into your lawn – the bonus of this is you do not have to rake and dispose of the grass clippings saving you precious time. Alternatively, you can replace some or all of the lawn with Lilydale Toppings or brick paving to eliminate mowing all together.

The next step, the job we all love to hate – weeding. If you have a small area, pulling the weeds out by hand is the most effective way to get the weeds, roots and all, out. For larger areas, using a product such as Round Up will work well and is generally easy to apply. If you weed regularly, the task will not be as time-consuming as it sounds. Remember to mulch your garden beds once all the weeds have died off, so as not to undo all the good work you have just done. Mulch provides moisture back into the soil and prevents any weeds from growing again.

No matter how therapeutic and relaxing watering your garden can be, in our busy lives we don’t have the time to do it as often and as long as it needs. Installing an automatic drip irrigation system can be the answer, with a timer attached you can set and forget it and your plants will still have all the water they require. The bonus of a system like this, in extremely hot weather, you don’t have to be up very early to beat the heat of the day or out in the garden late at night getting bitten by mosquitos.

Placing the right types of plants in the right spots in the garden can reduce the amount of time you need to tend to them. Plants that need little care, such as natives, can be very forgiving for a lack of attention or water.

With some careful planning and a bit of foresight, your garden can be a stress-free wonderful haven, which you can enjoy rather than feeling guilty about all the work that needs to be done.

The staff at Surrey Hills Garden Supplies are more than willing to help with any questions you may have.

Gardening With Your Children

I’m bored!!! How often as a parent have we heard this from our children? Children are always learning, whether they know it or not, and we want to pass on good habits to them, so instead of letting them play video games , let’s get them outside and helping in the garden. Let them experience the wonder and joy of watching something grow from a tiny seed to a full grown plant, flower or fruit, with the knowledge that they were instrumental in the process of it. There is always the added bonus of being allowed to get their hands dirty and playing with wet soil making mud pies, as most of us did in our childhood.

Pick an area that is theirs alone, this could be a small table with a few pots on it, a garden bed or even a vertical garden (as they get older and taller). If they are old enough, let your children design and encourage them to decide what type of things they would like to grow. You may have to guide them a bit at first with the right types of plants for the area and soil type, but as they get older, let them investigate for themselves – all part of the learning curve. You might be able to suggest certain plants that attract birds that will bring extra colour to the garden. Children will need size appropriate tools to get them on their way (what a wonderful idea for a present!); a small watering can, spade, garden fork, rake and gloves are the basics to start with.

Teach them the correct way to plant seeds and how to care for them so they will grow, how often they need to be watered, what to do if weeds appear. It might be an idea for children to chart the progress of the plant, so they can see the growth for themselves; young children may need help with this at the start. Encourage them to discuss this with you and watch the amazement on their faces as they realise the different stages of the plant.

Once the plants have matured, let them pick the flowers and display them in a vase on the dining room table (or somewhere else prominent in the house) for all to see. Eat the fruit they have grown or use the vegetables and herbs in your cooking. The pride your children will feel is the best learning experience they can get, it will keep them wanting to go back and do it again, and so the love of gardening begins.

Ensure a safe area for your children to garden, make sure there are no dangerous tools left laying around for someone to trip over or hurt themselves with. Remember to always keep pesticides and weed killers away from children at all times, let them know this is your job in helping keep their garden pest free. Most of all, remember to enjoy your time together and set that good example we want to be for our children.

If you want help don’t hesitate to contact the team at Surrey Hills Garden Supplies.

How to prepare an area for a vegetable garden

After a trip to the local green grocer on Whitehorse Road Balwyn, you have decided it will be more cost effective and rewarding to grow your own vegetables, and they will taste better as well. You can even share them amongst your family and friends. Below are a few tips on where to start and how to prepare the area for all those healthy tomatoes, beans, carrots, whatever your heart desires.

Firstly, you need to decide what to grow, this will be influenced by what you like to eat and use the most. Remember that some plants will keep giving throughout their season (tomatoes, capsicums) so you will not need as many plants, whereas other plants will only mature once a season (carrots, corn) so if you want more of these, you will need extra plants.

Now that you have made the decision of what to grow, you need to determine how much space you will need. This will also depend on how big an area you have, remembering that some plants can grow in pots as well. Plan and draw a rough draft of how you would like the garden to look, with the exact spacing between plants to ensure a healthy growth and spread. Generally there is information on the back of the packet seed for individual planting guidelines, including the best time of the year to plant your seeds.

An area with full sun for most of the day with moist, well-drained soil is ideal for most vegetables; however, lettuce and other leafy vegetables can grow in shade. If you are after a more decorative look, you can build a border around the area using railway or pine sleepers to create a special effect. Once you have loosened the soil with a garden fork, work in some compost to add extra nutrients to the soil, water and let the soil ‘rest’ for several days before you begin planting the seeds. Plant your seeds according to your design, and the manufacturer’s recommendations, and wait for your wonderful vegetables to grow.

If you want help with sourcing materials for your planned vegetable garden, the don’t hesitate to contact the team at Surrey Hills Garden Supplies.

Summer Lawn Care

Summer is nearly here and you are concerned about how to maintain that lush, green lawn you have worked all through spring to create. Not only is the weather a factor in summer, with the long hot days we experience in Melbourne, it is all the entertaining that goes on as well, bbq’s with family and friends or the children playing more often as they are on school holidays. With just a few handy tips and strategies, you can keep that wonderful look throughout the hot weather and still have a healthy lawn too.
Firstly, when you are mowing your lawn, remember to raise the lawnmower slightly so as not to cut the grass too short, this can really dry out your lawn and damage the grass. The frequency of mowing will depend on how quickly your grass grows, if you like a manicured look in your garden, this may mean 1-2 times a week. Remember to use your grass clippings as mulch over your garden beds to keep moisture in the roots of your plants.
Watering is best done early in the morning or later at night after the heat has gone out of the day, this way your lawn and garden gets the benefits of the water without it evaporating. A really good soaking once or twice a week is better for your lawn, a light ‘sprinkle’ every day creates shallow roots that are more likely to dry out, damaging your grass. If your lawn dries out and goes brown, it is better to leave it like this for the entire summer; it will come back to life with the autumn rains.
Now is the time you need to keep the weeds under control, try to get them out of the ground as soon as you notice them, if possible, do not let them flower and re-plant their seeds, this will cause more headaches in the cooler months. Be careful with weed control products as at this time of year they can really damage your lawn, use the sparingly and if possible remove the weeds by hand.
Whether it is lawn seed, mulch or a load of top soil, then drop into Surrey Hills Garden Supplies in Canterbury Road Surrey Hills and we can assist you. Alternatively, give us a call on 03 9890 3443.

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