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Maintain Landscape Features


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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

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Maintain Landscape Features

  1. 1. Maintain Hard Landscaping Features <ul><li>Hard landscape features are the structures that are the backbone of any garden and include: </li></ul><ul><li>hard surfaces like paving,sculpture,concrete slabs/driveways and stonework </li></ul><ul><li>timber features like pergolas,decks,fences,furniture, and retaining walls </li></ul><ul><li>water features like ponds,fountains,bird baths,swimming pools,outdoor baths and streams. </li></ul><ul><li>(Environmental sculpture,Vancouver B.C.) </li></ul>
  2. 2. Maintaining Hard Landscape Features <ul><li>The Lych - Gate also spelled lich - gate is the main entranceway to the Lister Garden and should look inviting and tidy. </li></ul><ul><li>What is a lych gate? </li></ul><ul><li>What maintenance is required to keep it in top shape? </li></ul>
  3. 3. The lych-gate <ul><li>Brush off spider webs and dust </li></ul><ul><li>Wash down with soapy water and pay particular attention to the moss and algae build up at the base of the structure. </li></ul><ul><li>You could use a product called 30 seconds </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Cleaning products <ul><li>This product is good for for the easy, long term removal of Algae, Moss, Mould and Mildew. Simply spray on and hose off. </li></ul><ul><li>No high pressure hosing is required but do keep in mind that the bleach could have an adverse effect on plants and pond life. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Cleaning products <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>After you have cleaned and rinsed the lych gate allow it to dry before the next step in restoring it to almost brand new. </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow directions and health and safety advice. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Oiling the Lych Gate <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Always follow directions for the best results. </li></ul>
  7. 7. The viewing shelter <ul><li>The viewing shelter would be cleaned as per the system and products used for the gate. </li></ul><ul><li>It may be an advantage to do them on the same day(s). </li></ul><ul><li>You may be able to fix up any large gouges or graffiti with a wood filler or sanding. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The viewing shelter
  9. 9. The bridge <ul><li>The actual stone work lends itself to weathering naturally but the capping could benefit from a clean up. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Maintaining the bridge <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>If you use a concrete patching compound you can experiment with different pigments to match the original concrete. </li></ul><ul><li>You may want to re - paint with a masonry paint </li></ul>
  11. 11. Maintaining the bridge <ul><li>There are many different products available and some contain waterproofing which can prolong the life of the final finish. </li></ul><ul><li>After any repairs are made it is a matter of working out how often the bridge may need to washed down </li></ul>
  12. 12. Maintaining Signs <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Maintaining Pathways <ul><li>Pathways should be raked and weeded at least weekly in order to put your best foot forward. </li></ul><ul><li>The paths in The Lister Garden are made of Milner’s Pit which can be sourced by ringing Amy on 0800 4 DELTA. </li></ul><ul><li>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.) </li></ul><ul><li>Footes Haulage would charge $158.00 to deliver 3 meters in Dunedin </li></ul>
  14. 14. Employment opportunities <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Maintaining water features <ul><li>Water features can be very high maintenance. </li></ul><ul><li>The pond in The Clive Lister garden is fed by a fresh water so the problem of stagnating water is not an issue. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Maintaining timber decks and outdoor furniture <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Again there are many products available if you choose to add an additional touch. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Maintaining timber decks and outdoor furniture <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>What is Kwila? </li></ul><ul><li>What are some more sustainable options? </li></ul>
  18. 18. 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.