Tims Articles


  • Patchy lawns a problem? - Mar 14, 2011

    Lawn lovers throughout Macarthur are watching in horror as there prize winning lawns turn brown and die. Grubs and lawn caterpillars are getting the blame but the patches are actually caused by lack of rain. First the grass turns grey on those really hot days then it turns yellow and begins to die. When you get a shovel and dig up the...

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  • Grow your own peanuts! - Jan 28, 2011

    The grow your own fruit and veggie revolution is expanding with the release of peanut plants now available in nurseries. Peanuts are one of the easiest of all plants to grow. Traditionally you would plant them from raw seeds bought at a heath food shop at the start of spring but nurseries have made it easier for you by producing semi ...

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  • Christmas time is near - Nov 26, 2010

    There is a saying " when the bloom of the Jacaranda tree is here Christmas time is near ". The lilac blue blooms of the Jacarandas can be seen on all the hills in the Macarthur district. This is one of my favourite trees because it is easy to grow in all areas that don't get heavy frost. The trees can grow from 5 metres to 15 metres high depe...

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  • Give your garden a blast! - Oct 27, 2010

    Last year we trialled a new type of ground cover petunia called 'Raspberry Blast'. This petunia is not sold in punnets and you won't find it on the potted colour bench either. It costs $15.99 in a 180mm pot and if you're a senior you are probably having a heart attack right now. 'Raspberry Blast' looks nothing like the petunias that we have b...

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  • Have you got a bald patch? - Oct 19, 2010

    It has been one of the wettest springs for a long time so your lawn at home has probably never looked better. Isn't it frustrating though when you get a bald patch where no grass seems to grow. I have been fixing the bald patches in my lawn at home this spring by planting a new type of buffalo grass called Matilda. This fast g...

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