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Otago Polytechnic horticulture students will be interested in information on how to maintain hard landscape features found in The Lister garden ,Dunedin Botanic Garden for unit 22209

Otago Polytechnic horticulture students will be interested in information on how to maintain hard landscape features found in The Lister garden ,Dunedin Botanic Garden for unit 22209

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  • Maintain Hard Landscaping Features
    • Hard landscape features are the structures that are the backbone of any garden and include:
    • hard surfaces like paving,sculpture,concrete slabs/driveways and stonework
    • timber features like pergolas,decks,fences,furniture, and retaining walls
    • water features like ponds,fountains,bird baths,swimming pools,outdoor baths and streams.
    • (Environmental sculpture,Vancouver B.C.)
  • Maintaining Hard Landscape Features
    • The Lych - Gate also spelled lich - gate is the main entranceway to the Lister Garden and should look inviting and tidy.
    • What is a lych gate?
    • What maintenance is required to keep it in top shape?
  • The lych-gate
    • Brush off spider webs and dust
    • Wash down with soapy water and pay particular attention to the moss and algae build up at the base of the structure.
    • You could use a product called 30 seconds
    • ( http://www.30seconds.com.au/product_odc.html )
  • Cleaning products
    • This product is good for for the easy, long term removal of Algae, Moss, Mould and Mildew. Simply spray on and hose off.
    • No high pressure hosing is required but do keep in mind that the bleach could have an adverse effect on plants and pond life.
  • Cleaning products
    • An alternative could be this product but again good old dish washing detergent may be the best option due to the proximity of plants and pond life.
    • After you have cleaned and rinsed the lych gate allow it to dry before the next step in restoring it to almost brand new.
    • Always follow directions and health and safety advice.
  • Oiling the Lych Gate
    • Natural Decking Oil and Aquadeck are both highly durable decking oils that offer protection to help extend the life of your exterior decking, fences and pergolas. Aquadeck is a unique water-based oil that gives the same beautiful, natural appearance as Natural Decking Oil.
    • Always follow directions for the best results.
  • The viewing shelter
    • The viewing shelter would be cleaned as per the system and products used for the gate.
    • It may be an advantage to do them on the same day(s).
    • You may be able to fix up any large gouges or graffiti with a wood filler or sanding.
  • The viewing shelter
  • The bridge
    • The actual stone work lends itself to weathering naturally but the capping could benefit from a clean up.
    • And again you may want to apply the same cleaning products to remove staining and then rinse well and allow to dry before filling the holes with a concrete repair product.
  • Maintaining the bridge
    • A caulking gun with a crack sealer can make application easier and remember to smooth off when still wet to integrate it with the original finish.
    • If you use a concrete patching compound you can experiment with different pigments to match the original concrete.
    • You may want to re - paint with a masonry paint
  • Maintaining the bridge
    • There are many different products available and some contain waterproofing which can prolong the life of the final finish.
    • After any repairs are made it is a matter of working out how often the bridge may need to washed down
  • Maintaining Signs
    • Signs should be maintained as well and again you may want to clean them when you are tending to other cleaning jobs for efficiency sake.
  • Maintaining Pathways
    • Pathways should be raked and weeded at least weekly in order to put your best foot forward.
    • The paths in The Lister Garden are made of Milner’s Pit which can be sourced by ringing Amy on 0800 4 DELTA.
    • The crushed gravel used for the paths throughout the DBG cost $23.50+GST per cubic meter and can be collected from the Milner Pit Quarry on Milners Rd opposite the Taieri Golf Course. (Min 3 cubic m.)
    • Footes Haulage would charge $158.00 to deliver 3 meters in Dunedin
  • Employment opportunities
    • With only a few weeks left until you finish your certificate you may be thinking of taking on a few garden maintenance jobs or maybe getting some experience working for a contractor first.
    • Whether public gardens, schools, corporate premises, golf courses, or other public places such as cemeteries, DELTA provides a comprehensive horticultural turf management,landscaping and maintenance service plus they have positions advertised on line.
    • http://www.4delta.co.nz/Employment/JobVacancies.htm
  • Maintaining water features
    • Water features can be very high maintenance.
    • The pond in The Clive Lister garden is fed by a fresh water so the problem of stagnating water is not an issue.
    • You may have to clean leaf litter and other debris out of the pond periodically and adding some aquatic plants or a sculpture may be an idea.
  • Maintaining timber decks and outdoor furniture
    • Timber decks and furniture are lovely feature in the garden and in many cases it is all in the eye of the beholder as to whether you prefer a natural weathered effect or prefer to oil ,paint or stain on these features.
    • Again there are many products available if you choose to add an additional touch.
  • Maintaining timber decks and outdoor furniture
    • Now we will take a look at a helpful DVD that looks at prep and application of some of the oil and water based products available.
    • What is Kwila?
    • What are some more sustainable options?
  • This presentation made for Otago Polytechnic students. Images and information provided by Kim Thomas, 2008 Creative Commons Attribution Others are free to: * copy, distribute, display and perform the work; * make derivative works; * make commercial use of the work As long as they: * Give the original author credit. * Make clear the original license terms.