20 ways to lazier days

NZ House & Garden - - SPECIAL FEATURE / EASY GARDENING -

1 If you opt for an out­door sofa, make sure it’s one that is tried-and-tested for Aotearoa’s con­di­tions. Bet­ter still, choose one with re­move­able cush­ions so they can be stored in­side. The Rome out­door col­lec­tion (above), from BoCon­cept, is a mod­u­lar sys­tem built on a pow­der­coated alu­minium frame. Back cush­ions are up­hol­stered in high-per­for­mance fab­ric and fixed to the frame­work with vel­cro, while seat cush­ions fea­ture an­ti­s­lip fab­ric on the un­der­side. For ex­tra peace of mind, pro­tec­tive seat cov­ers are also avail­able. bocon­cept.com

2 If you love wood, you won’t mind giv­ing it some TLC. First, never wa­ter blast wood as it furs it up, ef­fec­tively dam­ag­ing its struc­ture. In­stead use a gen­tle cleaner such as WOCA Ex­te­rior

Cleaner. Next, just as you wouldn’t leave home with­out wear­ing mois­turiser and sun­screen, ex­te­rior tim­ber needs pro­tec­tion. WOCA Ex­te­rior Oil is wa­ter­borne with plant-based in­gre­di­ents to keep cladding, decks and other tim­ber struc­tures look­ing beau­ti­ful. “It’s pen­e­trat­ing as op­posed to a film which just sits on top,” says Darin Kitch­ing from De­sign Den­mark. It’s an easy process – no sand­ing re­quired. Just clean the sur­face, ap­ply the oil and, in the right con­di­tions, you’ll only need to re­peat the process ev­ery four or five years. de­sign­den­mark.co.nz

3 This could be the ul­ti­mate ac­ces­sory for the lazy gar­dener: a ro­bot to mow the lawns for you. The Gar­dena Ro­botic Lawn­mower (left) will main­tain medi­um­sized lawns, even with com­pli­cated lay­outs, rain or shine – then it will even au­to­mat­i­cally recharge it­self at its recharg­ing sta­tion. You can put your feet up with­out any wor­ries, as it has anti-theft pro­tec­tion plus it’s quiet, ze­roe­mis­sions and en­ergy-sav­ing. $2499 from gar­dena.com

4 Moss Bun­nies (left), from Free­dom, are adorable fam­ily pets that don’t re­quire feed­ing or at­ten­tion (apart from the oc­ca­sional pat on the head). free­dom­fur­ni­ture.co.nz

5 Non-slip, non-por­ous ce­ramic tiles will give you the high­est vol­ume of leisure from an al­fresco flooring ma­te­rial. Cliff­s­tone tiles in glazed porce­lain (in chalky white, grey or taupe) from Tile Space are an el­e­gant and easy­care base for your place. tiles.co.nz.

6 Weren’t born with green fin­gers? Con­sider ar­ti­fi­cial al­ter­na­tives. Free­dom’s mon­stera and fid­dle leaf plants are fash­ion­able for pa­tio spa­ces – and they sur­vive on good in­ten­tions alone. free­dom­fur­ni­ture.co.nz >

7 Lawns are no­to­ri­ously dif­fi­cult to es­tab­lish but the savvy gar­dener works with na­ture. A lawn grown from seed that suits the soil and con­di­tions will be the hardi­est. Wool­gro is made from wool and jute fi­bre with seed in­grained to pro­tect it from birds. The mat fer­tilises, stores mois­ture and sup­presses weeds and, as it biode­grades, re­leases nu­tri­ents to feed the lawn. wool­gro.co.nz

8 Don’t want to mess about with grass seeds? If you need a lawn and just can’t wait, con­sider Ready­lawn. Their team can make rec­om­men­da­tions for your spe­cific soil con­di­tions and you could have a lush green lawn in­stalled in just hours. ready­lawn.co.nz

9 Escea fire­places were born in the deep south so they’re no-non­sense and prac­ti­cal, but good look­ing too. The EK Series Out­door Fire­place Kitchen (top) is equipped with ev­ery­thing you need to achieve a smoky meat-lover’s feast. Then once the flame cook­ing is done, it’s time to set­tle in for the evening. Pull the stain­less steel lid over the mess, leav­ing you with a roar­ing fire to re­lax in front of. From $7495 plus flue and in­stal­la­tion from escea.com.

10 Some hard-wear­ing out­door fur­ni­ture can of­ten look more util­i­tar­ian than you’d like. But French Coun­try Col­lec­tions solves this prob­lem with its Retro out­door range. In­clud­ing a love seat, chair and round ta­ble (above right) the range is 100 per cent alu­minium, per­fect for the out­doors, yet has the charm­ing look of weath­ered wood in Fern Green. Ta­ble $639 and chair $350, french­coun­try.co.nz.

11 If you’re still trip­ping over the gar­den snake (aka the hose) that lurks around the cor­ner at the back of the house, take ac­tion so you never have to gather it up again. Zee hoses (left), made in Bel­gium, are con­tem­po­rary and uni­colour – the hose, reel and at­tach­ments can be black, white, pink or green. An ob­ject of beauty that will in­spire you to wa­ter in fash­ion­able style. out­door­con­cepts.co.nz

12 High-qual­ity out­door so­lar light­ing (rather than the stick-in-the-ground va­ri­ety), al­lows you to har­ness the power of the sun with­out run­ning ca­bling – no need for an elec­tri­cian. La Lampe Paris by Maiori (left) from Daw­son & Co, comes in two for­mats (hang­ing or stand­ing) that can be moved to suit your needs. $899 from daw­so­nandco.nz.

13 Who’d have thought a tight bun­dle of sticks would be one of the most low-main­te­nance fenc­ing op­tions around? Brus­tics (above) uses Aus­tralian broom in its densely ma­chine-packed brush­wood fence pan­els, which have proved to be su­per­durable. With no paint­ing or treat­ment re­quired, and the nat­u­ral pest-re­sis­tance of melaleuca, they’re easy-care too.

As a price guide­line, 45mm pan­els 1.1m wide and 1.8m high are $180 each. brus­tics.co.nz >

14 For those who love the look of tim­ber, but want to by­pass the an­nual oil­ing regime, Mill­board from Forté flooring (above) could be a rev­e­la­tion. Moulded from real oak boards, it has a unique rub­ber-like coat­ing that is durable, stain­re­sis­tant, scratch-re­sis­tant and, best of all, non-por­ous so it won’t har­bour moss or al­gae growth. The Mill­board core is made from resin min­eral com­pos­ite (RMC) that doesn’t warp or cup. It is pre-coloured, sealed and UV sta­ble. forte­floor­ing.co.nz

15 If you’re not look­ing for­ward to get­ting stuck into the gar­den, make it a sweeter ex­pe­ri­ence with sev­eral mini­breaks. Sched­ule in a pit stop or two (to day­dream, read or have a cuppa) on a seat with a view (or hid­den away so the chore po­lice can’t see you). The White­leys bench from Har­vey Nor­man is an in­vi­ta­tion to idle the time away. $499 from har­veynor­man.co.nz.

16 Wicker fur­ni­ture, made from plant ma­te­rial, has a time­less crafted ap­peal. But if you pre­fer the look with­out the ef­fort, use a poly­car­bon al­ter­na­tive. WovenVeranda’s syn­thetic all-weather wicker is not wa­ter ab­sorbent. It copes with high UV, and has com­mer­cial­grade alu­minium fram­ing, and stain­less steel screws and sta­ples – so no rust­ing. wovenveranda.co.nz

17 If your idea of en­joy­ing the gar­den in­volves more lean­ing and less clean­ing, polypropy­lene is your friend be­cause its dense struc­ture lends dura­bil­ity in the worst weather. And a chair such as the Dan­ish-de­signed

Pato Sledge (above) by Fred­eri­cia from De­sign Den­mark has mod­ern yet clas­sic lines that look the part both in­doors and out. With its fine stain­less steel legs, it can eas­ily move from al­fresco en­ter­tain­ing to an el­e­gant in­door din­ner party (there are up­hol­stery pads to add). Stored in­doors, you’ll never have to spend your time scrub­bing out­door fur­ni­ture again. POA from de­sign­den­mark.co.nz.

18 Stihl cord­less power tools are light­weight and pow­er­ful. But the lat­est range (left), in­clud­ing a hed­getrim­mer, blower and linetrim­mer, is for the smaller gar­den so they’re even more af­ford­able and you can recharge them just like a smart­phone. From $295, stihl.co.nz. >

19 Con­crete is a durable out­door hard­scape op­tion that will last for gen­er­a­tions with very lit­tle main­te­nance. Peter Fell coloured con­crete (top) is colour­fast, en­vi­ron­men­tally safe and weather- and UV-sta­ble. The team rec­om­mends the use of a Peter Fell biodegrad­able cleaner and a good stiff broom over harsh wa­ter blast­ing, which is an ag­gres­sive so­lu­tion that can cre­ate even more work as it dam­ages the sur­face, cre­at­ing nooks and cran­nies for dirt, lichen, moss and mois­ture to thrive. pe­ter­fell.co.nz

20 A re­tractable PVC roof gives the good­time gar­dener ac­cess to the out­doors in any sea­son. Look for one that self-cleans, such as the Oztech sys­tem (above). Sim­i­lar to Te­flon, the ther­mo­plas­tic fin­ish en­sures leaves, dirt and de­bris don’t stick to the sur­face. Self-lu­bri­cat­ing, high-ten­sile plas­tics used in the mov­ing parts means there’s no need to oil or ser­vice the sys­tem. And pow­der-coated alu­minium and stain­less steel re­quires no paint­ing. Just wash the roof down once a year with other join­ery and, in the mean­time, en­joy the touch-but­ton sense of con­trol. As a price guide, most sys­tems (the av­er­age is 20sqm) are in­stalled for about $1000 per sqm, from oztech.co.nz.

THIS PAGE (from top) Rome col­lec­tion out­door fur­ni­ture from BoCon­cept. Moss bunny from Free­dom. Gar­dena Ro­botic Lawn­mower.

4 THIS PAGE (clock­wise from top left) Escea EK Series Out­door Fire­place Kitchen. French Coun­try Retro col­lec­tion out­door fur­ni­ture. La Lampe Paris from Daw­son & Co. Zee hose from Out­door Con­cepts. Brus­tics fenc­ing.

THIS PAGE Mill­board com­pos­ite deck­ing from Forté flooring.OP­PO­SITE (from top) Pato Sledge chairs from De­sign Den­mark. Shrub shears by Stihl.

THIS PAGE (from top) Gar­den path fea­tur­ing Peter Fell coloured con­crete colour 677. Oztech PVC roof sys­tem.

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