Real World Gardener Hard Surfaces for Outdoor Dining in Design Elements

April 8th, 2016

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DESIGN ELEMENTS

Hard Surfaces for Outdoor Dining

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Formal outdoor settings photo M Cannon

 

This garden series with Garden Designer Peter Nixon, is all about garden challenges thrown at us mostly by nature but also due to a situation in your garden that you might need to fix.

Today’s garden challenge is for those areas in your garden where you want to put outdoor dining table and chairs.

For your dining setting you'll probably have chairs and a table, but you don't want them to sink into the soil.

If you don't want formality because it will be at odds with your planting, then you need to consider the alternatives that will be outlined in the podcast.

Let’s find out. I'm talking with Peter Nixon, garden designer www.peternixon.com.au

Peter suggested using salt textured concrete that’s really just concrete that’s finished with a different finish and doesn’t appear as a hard surface.

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Informal setting for outdoor dining. photo M Cannon

While the concrete surface is not set, you can also use coloured oxides and then either some pebbles, or press any large leaf onto the concrete as a stencil.

Push the pebbles into the hard surface with a rubber mallet so they don’t become a trip hazard.

Then use edging material to create a channel around the edges and into that plant mini mondo grass.

If you have any questions about what hard surface to have in your garden, or have some information to share, write in realworldgardener@gmail.com

Real World Gardener Hedge and Grass Shears in Tool Time

April 8th, 2016

REAL WORLD GARDENER Wed. 5pm 2RRR 88.5fm Sydney, streaming live at www.2rrr.org.au  and Across Australia on the Community Radio Network. www.realworldgardener.comREALWORLD GARDENER NOW ON FACEBOOK

The complete CRN edition of RWG is available on http://www.cpod.org.au/ , just click on 2RRR to find this week’s edition.

TOOL TIME

Do you use a whipper snipper for just about every edging job in your garden?

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Hedge Shears

Are you happy with the results?

Whipper snippers aren’t so good for areas where you’ve got lots of low growing plants that have crept over your lawn.

If these plants get whippered-snippered back, not only does it look ugly, but sometimes these plants do recover that well.

The same with electric trimmers. They tend to tear.

So what’s the alternative?

Hedge shears, Grass shears, Topiary shears.

Straight blades or wavy blades.

Which is best to use for you?

I'm talking with Tony Mattson, General Manager of Cut Above Tools. www.cutabovetools.com.au

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Edging Shears

 

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Grass Shears

There's no difference in weight between straight and wavy blades.

However, if you try and cut branches that are too big or hard for the shears, then you risk bending the blades or putting them out of alignment.

 

Try and work out what your purpose is and what you're trying to cut. You might need those long handled loppers for the tougher parts of the job.

 

Blades' length vary from 20 - 25 cm (8 - 10 inches,) any longer than that is not efficient.

By investing in quality tools, you’re likely to have less fatigue, fewer breakdowns and longer tool life.

 

When choosing the type of hedge shears you want, think about how much you'll use them, where you'll use them, who will be using them, and, of course, how much you can spend on them.

There’s no need to use your hedge shears to cut your lawn edges; for that your need grass shears or edging shears because these are perfect for lawn edges.

 

 

If you have any questions about hedge or grass shears, or have some information to share, drop us a line to realworldgardener@gmail.com or write in to 2RRR PO Box 644 Gladesville NSW 1675

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