This page deals with news and gardening issues of particular relevance to the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland, including nurseries and other garden-related businesses servicing the region.
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USC identifies backyard-appropriate koala tree for SEQ
A University of the Sunshine Coast team, led by Dr Stephen Trueman, have spent nine years researching which koala-friendly trees are most suitable for urban South-East Queensland, including backyards. They assessed around 20 species and variants, including grafting experiments. The only one that grew well and stayed sufficiently small was Eucalyptus kabiana ( Mt Beerwah mallee), reaching 6m in seven years. They can provide food and habitat for koalas and should be useful in creating corridors between existing habitats well away from dangerous roads. The first 350 seedlings to be planted across the Moreton Bay Region were given to the Moreton Bay Regional Council and the Pine Rivers Koala Care Association at the project launch. The next step is to assess them in various locations with different soil types. Source: Dwarf gum tree plantings to help safeguard koalas (July 2016)
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Share your harvest with Spare Harvest
by Helen Andrew
In early 2013 we moved to the Sunshine Coast and found a home that had some established gardens with several fruit trees. The experience of having to bury good fruit because I couldn't find enough people to share it with started me wondering how I could distribute the excess beyond my personal network.
Spare Harvest helps people connect and share what they have spare in their gardens. Register for free online to become a member, then search for items you want. If you have something to share, you can list it straight away. When you're ready to make a trade, simply connect and arrange a meeting.
Although waste was the inspiration for Spare Harvest, many other benefits have started to present themselves as more people use the platform. Regardless of where a member lives, works or travels, they can connect with other local Spare Harvest members to find something they want. For example, community gardens are connecting to new customers as they promote their workshops, products, and events.
Charities see an opportunity to repurpose nutritious food with their community. Members with land to spare are connecting with those who want to garden but don't have space. Others are not only saving money but making some as they sell their produce and various garden items. Your trash could be some else's treasure!
There's a thriving membership base on the Sunshine Coast, but the program is expanding Australia-wide. To learn more, visit www.spareharvest.com or download the Spare Harvest app from the App Store or Google Play.
Nurseries, landscape supply, other garden goods & services
The following advertisers may include online suppliers. For the most up-to-date information on plants in stock, opening hours, prices etc, be sure to visit the seller's website or contact the business directly.
BLOW IT ALL
PO Box 611,
Sandgate, Qld 4017
Mob: 0423 866 429
The Blow It All mulching service saves you the hard, dirty work of applying mulch, barks, soils, compost, and similar bulk materials to landscapes.|
The blower system can apply mulches to almost any terrain, including sloping ground and hard-to-reach areas, even in wet conditions. Playgrounds, rooftop gardens and commercial interiorscapes can also be mulched quickly and precisely, with a special finish that can't be achieved by hand.
Blow It All's standard of quality and service is second-to-none, whether working with government authorities, developers, property managers or private homweowners.
Servicing Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and South East Queensland. For more information, visit the Blow It All WEBSITE
STATEWIDE TREE MANAGEMENT
North Lakes, Qld
Mob: 0400 44 66 93
Statewide Tree Management provides safe and professional tree services including expert crown thinning, hedge trimming, removal of palm fronds & fruit as well as complete tree removal.|
Our stump grinder is able to access most hard-to-reach places. Afterwards, the area can be turfed or landscaped by us, or mulch applied to all your garden beds.
Worried about a dangerous tree? Call anytime for emergency assistance, including removal of fallen trees and post-storm cleanup of debris. Advice on problem trees and general tree care also available.
Small gardens to large parks, private and corporate customers welcome. For more information, visit the Statewide Tree Management WEBSITE
BROMAGIC BROMELIAD NURSERY
421 Hunchy Road,
Ph: 07 5445 0441
Neoregelia a speciality, including many first-release hybrids not available at any other nursery. Aechmea, Guzmania, Cryptanthus, Vriesea and Tillandsia also available.|
Beautiful display area with a waterfall and many varieties of mature bromeliads for viewing.
Open to the public Wednesday - Friday 9:30 -2:00 and Saturday 9:00 - 4:00
Sunday - Tuesday by arrangement only.
Visit our website for more details: www.bromeliads-of-australia.com.au
85 McKees Road
Palmwoods Qld 4555
Ph: (07) 5445 9704
Mob: 0410 152 910
Based on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Worms DownUnder is a commercial worm farm with expertise in organic waste management. We can help you turn organic waste into valuable soil additives, be it on a domestic level or large scale.|
Worms DownUnder also sells worms and worm farms direct to the public. Using specially designed packaging, we can post out to most parts of Australia, safely and cheaply. We grow both mixed compost worms and African Nightcrawler bait worms. We are able to supply both large and small volumes of worms at competitive prices.
Visit the Worms DownUnder WEBSITE for more information. Expert, friendly, no-obligation advice is only a phone call away or simply drop in for a chat.
SUNSHINE COAST GARDENER'S PARADISE
Incorporating Eumundi Palms
1073 Browns Creek Road,
via Eumundi Qld 4562
Ph: (07) 5442 8492
Sunshine Coast Gardener's Paradise lives up to its name with over 200,000 plants from "tubes" to "super advanced" in stock.|
Select from indoor and outdoor plants including ferns, rainforest plants, cycads and sun-hardened palms. Be sure to visit the Botanical Palm Garden featuring some eighty different species of palms, including rare varieties.
For a Balinese-style garden, the centre can supply thatched huts, decorative figures, pots and water features.
For more information, visit the Sunshine Coast Gardener's Paradise WEBSITE
|COASTAL LANDSCAPE SUPERMARKET
18 Kerryl Street,
Kunda Park, Qld. 4556
Ph: (07) 5453 7100
Fax: (07) 5453 7122
We are a specialist landscape and garden design centre, with the largest range of landscaping supplies on the Sunshine Coast.|
We can supply all your landscaping requirements, including plants suitable for coastal conditions.
Coastal Landscape Supermarket is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.
|LIFESTYLE HOME & GARDEN
Gibson Road, Noosaville
Ph: (07) 5449 9585
Fax: (07) 5447 1294
|We offer a refreshing and tranquil place to escape the daily grind. Our plant range has something for everyone, from the contemporary outdoor room to traditional cottage gardens.|
There are bold and colourful homewares and gifts or take time out with a coffee from our cafщ.
Bring your measurements and we will design a garden that you will love to entertain in.
Lifestyle Home & Garden is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.
|ROCKAFELLAS LANDSCAPE CENTRE
5 Sippy Downs Drive,
Buderim, Qld 4556
Ph: (07) 5445 3770
Specialists of advanced plants for all your landscaping needs. Our large landscape yard has everything from sand and soil to pavers and pebbles.|
Rockafellas Landscape Centre is accredited under the Australian Garden Centre Accreditation Scheme.
If you operate a nursery, garden centre, landscape supply yard, turf farm or other garden-related business located on the Sunshine Coast (or servicing that region), why not advertise? Advertising information.