6 Reasons To Have A Pool

swimming pool

I recently posted on 6 Reasons Why I Won’t Have a Pool and got some comments back. . . . . . so here are some Alternative Views.

Heat Relief – Dive in to cool off on a sweltering day. One suggestion I received was have a TV installed so you can [read more...]

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6 Reasons For Not Having A Pool

Pool

With the first month of summer some people are thinking about swimming pools . . . . . Not Me! and here’s why:

Safety – Last year 43 Australians drowned in swimming pools (RLS Drowning Report) including 18 children under 5. For every death there is at least one more child left with [read more...]

Is Grey Water Re-Use Worthwhile?

greywater

What is Grey Water?

Grey Water includes all the waste water from the house with the exception of toilet waste. (Black Water)

It can includes water from; Washing Machine, Dishwasher, Sink, Wash Basin, and Shower.

A basic grey water reuse scheme sending washing machine water using a two way diverter valve to a perforated [read more...]

Overflow Relief Gulley

ORG

Have you ever wondered what this is in your garden?

Perhaps you have seen ‘ORG’ on a drawing.

Well the answer is it’s called an Overflow Relief Gully. It needs to between the house and the connection to the main sewer.

An ORG is a vital part of protecting your house against Sewage blockages [read more...]

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Improving Soil After A New Build

Test strips

Guest post by David Limburg of Online Garden Design

With most new houses, the garden is often the last aspect of the new build that is considered. Often the soil is left in a terrible state by the construction process. Below we outline how to improve your soil after the builders have gone.

What’s Needed [read more...]

Tree Selection – Fail

tree fail

The sight of this Norfolk pine towering over this single storey house caused me to stop the car!

And the tree is only half grown.

It breaks RULE 2 of suburban tree selection – “Don’t get a tree that grows to more than 50% taller than your house.”

(Rule 1 is “Read [read more...]

No Lawn, No Water Garden

DIGITAL CAMERA

Lots of people seem to think…….

You have to have a lawn in your new house. You need a full scale watering system.

Here are some pictures of the last garden we developed that has neither. We planted the garden near the house with clumps of native grasses, succulents and flaxes along a dry [read more...]

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Tree Roots in Sewers and Drains

roots in sewer

If you are wondering what this photo is about, its been taken from the inside of a 100mm sewer pipe with a CCTV camera.

What it shows is the pipe is almost completely blocked with roots that have penetrated the pipe joints.

If you think all these roots are quite thin then have a [read more...]