Garden Care Blog from Kiwicare. New Zealand's premier manufacture and supplier of garden care products.

Kiwicare Lawn Maintenance Calendar

The Kiwicare Guide to Healthy Lawns - Get your Lawn Maintenance Calendar

How to Thicken Your Lawn

By adding new grass seed and soil conditioner, your lawn will grow strong, healthy and thick and is this will help prevent weeds.

How to Videos - Choose the Best Weed Weapon Specialist Weed Killer

How to choose the best Weed Weapon specialist weed killer for controlling weeds in gardens and other places.

How to Videos - Choose the Right Weed Weapon Weed Killer with Saflufenacil

How to choose the best Weed Weapon weed killer containing saflufenacil to get rid of weeds in gardens and other places. What is the difference between Weed weapon Ra[pid Action, Direct Hit, Extra Strength, and Long Term?

How to Videos - How to mix and dilute spray concentrates for use in the garden.

Watch these garden videos on how to mix and dilute liquid and powder spray concentrates to get the best from the product, to reduce waste and keep safe.

Kiwicare Supports Motutapu

Kiwicare Sponsors and supports the Motutapu Restoration Trust through supply of Weed Weapon Preventer for the prevention of invasive exotic weeds in the 15,000 native plants cultivated and planted each year.

LawnPro Even-Flo Spreader

The Kiwicare/Westland Even-Flo spreader is a patented device for the even and controlled application of granular products to lawns. The design means that users do not contact the granules before or during application.

Long Term Weed Control in Gravel

Preventing weeds growing in gravel drives and pathways can be challenging. Here is a solution to provide effective long term control of weeds in gravel and stone areas.

Shotover Garden Centre, Queenstown

Technical Manager of Kiwicare, David Brittain, will be at Shotover Garden Centre, Queenstown Friday 6th November from 9.30 am to 12.00 to answer questions from gardeners in the Queenstown and Wanaka areas.

Website Testimonials

Read some of the comments made about this Kiwicare website.

Testimonial for LawnPro Lawnguard

LawnPro Lawnguard is a granular insecticide for control of grass grub, porina caterpillar, ants and other soil dwelling insect pests. Here are some comments from users.

How to Videos - Use LawnPro Lawnguard to Control Grass Grub ands Other Lawn Pests

How to use LawnPro Lawnguard granules to get rid of and prevent grass grub, porina caterpillar, cutworm ants and other soil dwelling insect pests in lawns and flowerbeds.

How to Videos - Use Weed Weapon Preventer to Prevent Weeds in Flowerbeds and Pots

How to Use Weed Weapon Preventer to stop weeds emerging in flowerbeds, pots and around trees and shrubs.

New Zealand's War on Weeds

Join Kiwicare in the battle against weeds. Weeds in the garden can also be very damaging to the environment. New Zealanders are encouraged to roll up their sleeves and join forces to fight against invasive weeds in a new campaign - The War on Weeds.

How to Videos - How to use the Kiwicare Pump & Spray ready to use sprayer units. Presented by David Brittain

Watch this video to learn how to use the Kiwicare Pump & Spray pre-filled ready to use pressurised spray units. Presented by David Brittain.

Annual, Biennial and Perennial Weeds - What is the Difference?

Learn what the difference between annual, biennial and perennial weeds is and how to use this information to select the best weed killer herbicide.

Broadleaf Weeds and Grasses - What is the Difference?

We are often asked what the term 'broadleaf weeds' means. Not all broadleaf weeds have broad leaves. Learn the difference between broadleaf weeds (plants) and grasses.

Selective and Non-Selective Weed Killers - What are They?

Kiwicare make selective and non-selective weed killers. What are they and when should you use them?

Contact and Systemic Weed Killers - What are They?

Kiwicare makes both contact and systemic weed killers. This is an explanation of what what they are and when to use them.

Post-emergence and Pre-emergence Weed Killers

Kiwicare makes pre-emergence and post-emergence weed killers. What do these terms mean and how are the products used?

Types of Plant Disease

Plants are susceptible to disease. Many of the plants we grow in our garden have been bred for traits that we desire, such as flowers, large fruit, good flavour and shape.

There are Over 500 Weed Species in Kiwi Lawns.

Kiwicare LawnPro lawn care products solve the weed problems common in New Zealand lawns. We know because we get rid of them all.

Rats and Mice in the Garden

Rats and mice are pests in the garden. They eat seeds and seedlings, gnaw and damage irrigation pipework, live in compost heaps and leave urine and droppings that can carry disease.

Testimonial for Organic Super Spraying Oil

Roses are now completely aphid free and I've just become a fan of your Super Spraying Oil.

Testimonial for Organic Weedfree Rapid

It's quite amazing! That is what Chris and Helen of Wellington think of Organic Weedfree Rapid herbicide.

Testimonial for NO Cats & Dogs

I hasten to add my complete satisfaction with the product in deterring cat and dogs...

Stop Onehunga Prickles in Your Lawn

Onehunga Prickle Weed is a common weed of lawns and recreational turf and is probably one of the most hated because of its prickly seeds which are painful to walk on.

Winter Spray Program

Ensure your garden explodes with health in spring by taking a little time now to protect your trees, shrubs and roses from pests and diseases.

Testimonial for Weed Weapon

A breakthrough in Weed control. Weed Weapon is faster acting weedkiller that controls a broader range of weeds and grasses than traditional weedkillers. Read what people have to say..

Testimonial for Nourish Organic Fertiliser

Nourish is a very popular product in our organic range. With four specifically designed types Citrus, Flower, Vegetable and All Purpose it is hard to find a better source of rich liquid nutrients for your plants. Read what people have to say...

Testimonial for Organic Caterpillar BioControl

As one of our most popular products in our organic range, Organic Caterpillar BioControl is an excellent way to keep those hungry caterpillars off your Fruit and Vegetables. Read what people have to say...

Ruud Kleinpaste on Weed Weapon

Weed Weapon is bloody fast! That is what the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste says about Weed Weapon Rapid Action.

Breakthrough in weed control

A breakthrough in Weed control. Weed Weapon is faster acting weedkiller that controls a broader range of weeds and grasses than traditional weedkillers.

Weed Weapon Time Lapse Video

Tired of spraying weeds and coming back a week later to find no change; that they’re still green and standing tall? It leaves you wondering 'Did I spray it properly? Do I have to do it again?'

Organic Winter Care

Ensure your garden explodes with health in spring by taking a little time now to protect your trees and shrubs from pests and diseases.

Ellerslie Flower Show

Ellerslie International Flower Show is on in Christchurch's Hagley Park 7th-11th March 2012.

Nourish - An incredible difference!

We have had fantastic feedback from our customers about our new Nourish Organic Fertiliser Range. Look at the incredible difference Nourish Flower has made to this Christchurch garden!

What are Weeds?

Weeds are plants in the wrong place; where they may look unsightly or cause harm to garden plants, crops or the environment. Weeds are ‘weedy’ because they grow and spread fast, often shading and strangling other plants.

Fair Weather for Pests

For New Zealand’s North Island and Upper South Island December was amongst the wettest on record.

Stinging Insects in New Zealand

There are few stinging insects in New Zealand but the few we have can cause more than just a nuisance; they can be a threat to our health.


Transplanting is a stressful time for any plant or tree. Root systems consist of branching roots covered in delicate microscopic 'hairs' through which most absorption of water and nutrients takes place.

Butterflies and Caterpillars

One of the many delights of having a garden is seeing and hearing the variety of wildlife it attracts. Birds, bees, butterflies and others add to the garden’s beauty.

Mixing and Diluting Spray Concentrates

Many Kiwicare products for use in the garden are concentrates or powders for mixing with water or other solvent before application. This article provides advice on how to dilute and make up sprays from concentrates.

Know Your Garden Insect Pests

There are many insect pests that will damage the plants in your garden. Some suck the sap and nutrients from the plants, some eat the leaves and roots, some spread disease to plants and some are a nuisance or danger to people in the garden directly.

Your Lawn Care Guide

Lawns are the carpets for your outdoor living space. Among the pleasures of the garden are looking at a beautiful, lush, even, green lawn and walking barefoot across it feeling the soft grass underfoot without fear of prickles.

Weeds 101

Weeds are plants growing in the wrong place. They may be in the wrong place because they harm the plants around them, they are unsightly, they encourage pests and disease, or make being in the garden unpleasant.

Spring Clean your Garden

Spring has sprung. Buds have burst open and weeds are beginning to increase in number and size on paths and in flower beds.

Protect Your Plants From Disease

It's always better to prevent your plants from being infected with diseases rather than trying to cure them.

Spider Bites

All spiders produce venom but few in New Zealand are able to bite humans and cause any harm. Those that can include the Australian Redback, and white tail spiders and the native katipo.

How to Prune Roses

Winter is the time to prune and protect your roses in preparation for getting the best display from them this summer.