Ex­perts’ out­side help

GALS DIG IN

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Carys Gar­land

ONLINE PEO­PLE need­ing odd jobs done around the house this win­ter can seek quick quotes from a lo­cal trades­per­son or ser­vice through the re­cently up­graded Look Lo­cal WA web­site.

Win­ter weather can bring all kinds of prob­lems to prop­er­ties, with leak­ing roofs and clogged gut­ters a haz­ard to fam­i­lies and their homes.

Cus­tomers can use the web­site to re­quest and com­pare quotes from trades­peo­ple in their area, sim­pli­fy­ing the process of find­ing the right per­son for the job.

While gar­den­ing can be a good ex­cuse to get out­doors in the cooler months, some­times it can pay to get a pro­fes­sional.

Gar­den Gals owner Erana Tawhara said one of her clients planted golden cane palm and then re­moved soil from the base of the plants be­cause he thought they were re­ceiv­ing too much wa­ter.

“By the time I got there, the palms were quite stressed out and I tested the soil and they were just planted in the wrong soil,” Ms Tawhara said.

“Peo­ple need to know what soil they need for their plants. Some pre­fer al­ka­line and some pre­fer acidic.”

Ms Tawhara added el­e­ments and nu­tri­ents to the soil, pre­par­ing the plants for growth.

She said Gar­den Gals of­ten helped peo­ple who were time­poor or sim­ply could not cope with their gar­den.

“I find the peo­ple I nor­mally work for are el­derly and they can’t get down on the ground to do the gar­den­ing,” she said. “Some other peo­ple I work for have in­juries and also find it hard.”

For home gar­den­ers who have time to spend in the gar­den them­selves, Ms Tawhara sug­gested check­ing for pests and in­sects was the best place to start.

“It’s im­por­tant to iden­tify the pests first and then use the cor­rect treat­ments,” she said.

Peo­ple should look out for sap­suck­ers, leaf-eaters and black spot dis­ease on roses.

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