In Autumn leaves naturally fall off deciduous trees. If the leaves collect on lawns they can 'smother' lawn grasses; shading and squashing grass, encouraging damp conditions under the leaves where disease may flourish. So rake up those leaves regularly.
Early autumn is the very best time to get your lawn healthy, weed free, thickened and looking great in preparation for winter. Don’t wait for spring next year as so many do.
By adding new grass seed and soil conditioner, your lawn will grow strong, healthy and thick and is this will help prevent weeds.
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.
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.
Winter is the time to prune and protect your roses in preparation for getting the best display from them this summer.
In the cool winter conditions the compost pile my cool and the break down processes will slow and may even halt. There are some things you can do to help keep you compost cosy this winter so that it continues to break down organic waste.
Organic is a word with many different meanings; there are 15 different meanings listed on Dictionary.com!
Cats can be a nuisance when they enter a garden and use an area as their toilet.
Gardeners know that having earthworms in the soil is good for the soil. But do you know they can tell you the fertility level of the soil?
Recently on several news programmes and websites a video taken in New Zealand of an ocean of shimmering spider silk hit the headlines. The silk, known as gossamer, is floating in the wind across a field of grass looking like waves.
Protect the spring flowering bulbs you plant in autumn from hungry rodents. Rats and mice will dig up your newly planted bulbs and eat them.
Just wanted to say thanks. The wildflowers have made me smile every day.
Have you woken to find the leaves on some of your trees or shrubs stripped? Have you found brown or bronze coloured beetles dead in your house after a warm night where you left the window open?
Watch this video on how to fertilise, green and strengthen your lawn. Kiwicare LawnPro 7 Day Green with the ease-to-use Even-Flo spreader.
It might seem an easy question to answer; turn on the hose and wet everything. But although plants need water, there are some tips that will mean you provide with the water they need without causing them harm.
Keep track of your own garden planting and planning by downloading and filling in this simple Kiwicare Planting Diary.
These are 6 things you should do before you go away on holiday to the beach, or even if you intend to stay at home over the holiday period.
Kiwicare Garden Problem Solver television commercial. David Brittain Kiwicare Technical Support Manager talks about the Kiwicare garden problem solver.
For safety and to get the best from your home and garden products it is important to store them correctly.
How to safely dispose of home and garden product containers and unwanted chemicals.
Watch this short video on how to use Kiwicare LawnPro All-in-1 in the Even-Flo spreader to get rid of weeds including moss and to green and strengthen your lawn grass.
Some common plants in New Zealand are poisonous and care should be taken that they are not accidentally ingested or sap contacted. This is a short list of the ones to watch out for.
Have you got bare patches on your lawn? Identify the cause of the bare patches and learn how to remedy and repair your lawn.
Video on how to bring months of vibrant colour to your garden the easy way with Kiwicare Gro-Sure Easy Flowers - Seed, Feed and Mulch.
Video on how to use the Even-Flo spreader that is supplied to several Kiwicare LawnPro fertilser, lawn seed and weed control products.
Watch this video on how to green and thicken your lawn using Kiwicare Lawnpro Lawn Thickener with the easy to use Even-Flo spreader.
Slugs and snails eat and damage seedlings of vegetables, bedding plants and other plants in the garden. The most common way to try and control them is with slug and snail toxic baits. Why does it take so much bait to keep control of slugs and snails?
Butterflies add movement and colour to a garden. Butterflies are evolved to be attracted to and feed on nectar in flowers. If you wish to attract more butterflies to your garden here are some tips.
Kiwicare Gro-Sure Planting Magic and Easy Flowers television commercials.
Everyone finds a garden full of colourful, fragrant flowers a pleasing sight, not to mention the feel good factor of helping the bees!
Before and after photos of a lawn treated with LawnPro Lawn Thickener from a recent user of the product (September 2016).
Mulching a lawn is when you leave the lawn clippings on the lawn rather than collecting them in the lawn mower catcher. Some lawn mowers can be set to 'mulch'. To mulch or not to much a lawn is a question that can be answered in two ways.
The rapid damage to plant tissues from saflufenacil causes greater uptake and movement of glyphosate. The weed, in withdrawing nutrients from damaged areas, increases flow of glyphosate to other parts of the plant including roots.
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.
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.
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.
The Kiwicare Guide to Healthy Lawns - Get your Lawn Maintenance Calendar
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.
Read some of the comments made about this Kiwicare website.
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 choose the best Weed Weapon specialist weed killer for controlling weeds in gardens and other places.
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 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 Use Weed Weapon Preventer to stop weeds emerging in flowerbeds, pots and around trees and shrubs.
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.
Watch this video to learn how to use the Kiwicare Pump & Spray pre-filled ready to use pressurised spray units. Presented by David Brittain.
Learn what the difference between annual, biennial and perennial weeds is and how to use this information to select the best weed killer herbicide.
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.
Kiwicare make selective and non-selective weed killers. What are they and when should you use them?
Kiwicare makes both contact and systemic weed killers. This is an explanation of what what they are and when to use them.
Kiwicare makes pre-emergence and post-emergence weed killers. What do these terms mean and how are the products used?
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.
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 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.
Roses are now completely aphid free and I've just become a fan of your Super Spraying Oil.
It's quite amazing! That is what Chris and Helen of Wellington think of Organic Weedfree Rapid herbicide.
I hasten to add my complete satisfaction with the product in deterring cat and dogs...
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.
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.
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..
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...
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...
Weed Weapon is bloody fast! That is what the Bug Man Ruud Kleinpaste says about Weed Weapon Rapid Action.
A breakthrough in Weed control. Weed Weapon is faster acting weedkiller that controls a broader range of weeds and grasses than traditional weedkillers.
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?'
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 International Flower Show is on in Christchurch's Hagley Park 7th-11th March 2012.
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!
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.
For New Zealand’s North Island and Upper South Island December was amongst the wettest on record.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 has sprung. Buds have burst open and weeds are beginning to increase in number and size on paths and in flower beds.
It's always better to prevent your plants from being infected with diseases rather than trying to cure them.