Propagate your landscape

first_imgWhen I first moved into my current home 15 years ago, the farm house in the pasture was completely void of any landscaping. I instantly fell in love with the rural paradise, but I had my work cut out to get the vacant landscape looking good.Having spent most of the budget on the 40 acres and house, there was not much left for the landscape. I decided that if I couldn’t afford an instant landscape, I would be patient and grow my own plants through propagation.Propagation can be a wonderful way to acquire new plants at a fraction of the cost of container-grown shrubs.With the small amount of money I had left from the home purchase, I invested in materials to build a small greenhouse. I put together a 12′ x 12′ structure to house my propagated seeds and cuttings. The addition of a crude misting system, ventilation and heating has allowed me to produce 80 percent of my landscape. While my mini-greenhouse has been helpful, you don’t necessarily need one to propagate your own plants.There are many forms of plant duplication including seeding, dividing, layering, grafting and taking cuttings. Taking cuttings can be one of the easiest ways to propagate new shrubs. While many plants can be successfully propagated through cuttings, some may be difficult or impossible to reproduce through this method. Pine species, cedar, redbud, gingko, laurels, Southern magnolia, dogwood and most common shade trees such as oak, elm, pecan and hickory can be a real challenge to grow from cuttings.Taking cuttingsCuttings collected in early summer are called softwood cuttings. Those collected in winter are called hardwood cuttings. Softwood cuttings are taken from the current season’s new growth. Select softwood cuttings in June, July and August.Take cuttings from healthy, disease-free shoots near the top of the plant. The trick is to find new wood that has not fully matured, yet is not too tender. Cuttings should be 4 to 6 inches long. Make a smooth slanting cut with a sharp knife. Cuttings will be inserted 1 to 2 inches deep in the rooting medium, so remove the leaves on the lower half of the stem. Be sure to leave 50 percent of the leaves at the top to manufacture food for the cutting.Dormant or hardwood cuttings are collected the same way, but the cuttings are taken during the winter months. First-time propagators will likely have more success with softwood cuttings.Almost all cuttings respond better when dipped in artificial rooting hormones, which are available at most nurseries as powders, liquids or gels. These hormones will encourage successful rooting.Rooting mediaCuttings are only as good as the soil they have to grow in. Start with a good, sterile medium. A general mix would be half peat moss and half perlite. Ground pine bark is also excellent when mixed with equal parts of perlite. Some folks have had success growing cuttings in pure vermiculite, a soil-less medium that absorbs water yet provides good aeration due to its particle size.Do not use garden soil as a propagation medium. It is too heavy and can contain diseases.Cutting careThe most common cause of failure in cutting propagation is uneven moisture. Never allow the propagation medium to dry out or become waterlogged. Keep relatively high humidity around the leaves at all times. Commercially-made mini-greenhouses are available, or you can make one yourself with wire and plastic to create a humid environment. These structures can range in size from a few feet to something as large as a dog house or bigger. A frame built of wood and plastic can also protect rooted plants in winter.Cuttings housed under plastic need water only once a week. Don’t add any kind of fertilizer to the medium until the cuttings have rooted.After the cuttings have produced a root system 1 inch long, transplant them into a soil mixture in individual pots. Most cuttings form adequate root systems in one to three months. A good soil mixture for potted plants is one-third peat moss, one-third sand and one-third top soil.Use a slow-release fertilizer in container plants and closely monitor water needs. Plants may need to root-out in containers for up to two years before being ready to transplant in the landscape. Some vigorous-growing plants may be ready to plant after one season in the container.While it takes time and effort, it can be satisfying to grow your own landscape. The possibilities are endless and the money you save can help you purchase better propagating structures. Once you get the hang of propagation, it will be hard to walk past plants in other landscapes without sneaking a cutting into your pocket.last_img read more

Big on style, small eco-footprint

first_imgSustainable materials were also used, with a focus on low toxicity and maintenance, plus water and solar collection.It is on the market with Sharon and Kate Wilson of McGrath Annerley Yeronga.At Bridgeman Downs, Place Bulimba agent Sarah Hackett is marketing an acreage retreat with loads of eco mod cons.Located at 40 Tiverton Place, the six- bedroom house sits on a 1.04ha block just 30 minutes from the CBD.More than 4000 trees have been planted on the property, and the house has been designed for the Queensland climate, making the most of natural light and breezes. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Property ticks boxes for richest female CEO Queenslander and art collection up for grabs 24 Athol Street, Yeronga, uses sustainable materials.The lights across Brisbane will go out for one hour tonight to celebrate Earth Hour — a global movement started in Australia in 2007.To mark the moment, here are three of the most eco-friendly houses currently on the market in Brisbane.The first green gong goes to 24 Athol St at Yeronga, a contemporary house designed by Michael Kisluk of TVS Architecture.On the market for $1.95 million, the house features four bedrooms and three bathrooms, full height glazing and clever design to make the most of the breezes and natural light. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK 15 Hall Street, Paddington, has 22 solar panels. The main living area opens up on to the deck, yard and pool, allowing for natural breezes and light to enter the house.There are also Haiku SenseME fans to replicate natural breezes. The technology allows the user to set their preferences, whether that means the lights turning off when no one is in the room or adjusting speeds to suit the temperature.The permeable grass driveway also reduces water run off. It is also listed for sale. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago40 Tiverton Place, Bridgeman Downs, has had more than 4000 trees planted on the property.Boasting a huge range of luxury features, it also has 25,000 litre underground water tanks and solar panels. It is listed for sale.In Paddington, Gabrielle Trickey of Gabrielle Trickey Properties is selling 15 Hall St, a four-bedroom modern house on a 405sq m block.Sustainability and the environment were the key factors considered during the renovation of this property.It has 22 solar panels and is “largely self-sufficient”, sending power back to the grid for nine to 10 months of the year, according to the listing.last_img read more

Restored Queenslander snapped up in Townsville post-election

first_imgMore from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020BEFORE The ‘no hoper’ house with wannabe gangster graffiti She also added she would opt not to do it again. The outside of 152 Francis Street in West End before it was renovated.The house underwent more than a cosmetic facelift, with solar reflective roofing, new electrical wiring and plumbing throughout. Agent at Ray White Geaney Property Group Sally Ireland who sold the property said the house pulled in plenty of attention post-floods.“It went to market just after the floods so it was bad timing,” Ms Ireland said. “Post-election a lot of people pulled their hands out of their pockets and the house received multiple offers.” AFTERThe buyers Debbie and Dennis Barnes said they have bought the house to be their forever home.“It wasn’t even in the area that we were looking in and it was out of our price range but as soon as we walked in we thought it was perfect,” Ms Barnes said. “Nothing needed doing to it and we could just move in straight away.“We looked at a few other places but they just needed too much work, so we crunched the numbers and bought it.” BEFORE READ MORE AFTERThe owner and brains behind the renovation wanted to remain anonymous, but said she was inspired by home renovation shows, Selling Houses Australia and Better Homes and Gardens. This original Queenslander in Townsville’s West End has been snapped up post-election after an incredible transformation.THIS original Queenslander at 152 Francis Street in West End has been snapped up post-election after an incredible transformation.In just four-months, this house had an additional bedroom, a new roof, timber flooring and all it’s finer details restored.READ MORE Townsville residents sitting on property gold last_img read more