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Friday, September 25, 2020

Home Feature: September 2020

From nurseries to roofing, fencing and furniture, let this be your guide to some of the best businesses across the Hunter Region in our Home Feature. You’ll also find it in our latest edition, from page 21.


Sharpe’s City Gardener

Houseplants are the most sought-after plant in the garden world.

This could partly be blamed on COVID-19, but I have noticed an upsurge in the last two years, particularly as there is a trend to downsize to apartment living.

This presents minor problems as many balconies are now quite high, where the wind in­flicts damage.

In this situation, many plants suitable for indoors won’t survive and professional advice may be needed.

Light and fresh air plays a significant role in determining which houseplant is the most suitable.

In low light areas choices will be restricted to Kentia Palms, Parlour Palms, Peace Lillies and syngoniums.

Tall growing plants, such as Ficus lyrata (Fiddleleaf Fig) and Strelitzia Nicolai, are often displayed in a corner where there is little air circulation.

They may be happy but, if not, look for a different position.

Watering appropriately is important. For example: hanging ferns and Maiden Hairs are thirsty and require watering more regularly than the ficus family, ‘Burgundy’ and ‘Ruby’.

Overwatering peperomia, particularly watermelon pepps, can be deadly – like begonias, they have fleshy stems, which hold moisture and don’t require wet mix.

My recommendation is the toughest plant available, Zanzibar Gem – truly, I would be lucky to water mine every second month.

Brie­fly to touch on fertilising: a slow release fertiliser is ideal but, for a regular boost during spring and summer, apply Green Flourish regularly, even weekly.

When potting most houseplants, use a premium mix, like a succulent and cactus mix, for these particular plants, which can be grown indoors in good light or outside.

T: (02) 4963 2150
A: 324 Darby Street, Bar Beach


HIA Home Inspirations

Building, renovating or flipping? HIA Home Inspirations is a one-stop selection centre of the latest trends, building products and materials.

We can help you connect with the right products and people with exciting new displays. Be inspired! We are open seven days, with free parking and our new colour and sample room.

T: 4014 2000
A: 17 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West, Steel River Estate (off Industrial Drive)
W: hia.com.au


Oziwi Roofing and Guttering

Oziwi is a family-owned and operated business servicing Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and the Hunter.

Its goal is to save you both time and money by combining its roofing knowledge with high quality materials and
exceptional service.

T: Mandy or Brice – 0421 321 458 or 0416 152 422
W: oziwi.com.au


EMPIRE Furniture Newcastle

Spring sale on now! Save up to 50% off storewide. EMPIRE Furniture Newcastle is a family-owned and operated business, which is heading into its 11th year of trading.

It specialises in ethically sourced, unique, handmade artisan pieces and has a passion for transforming your space into a stunning place to be.

EMPIRE Furniture loves modern coastal, urban ranch, boho, tribal, jungalow, vintage and global treasures. Its mid
town showroom is conveniently located in Hamilton in the beautiful seaside city of Newcastle.

With over 600 square metres to lose yourself in, the design options are endless. Have you discovered EMPIRE?

T: (02) 4961 3622
A: 3/24 Hudson Street, Hamilton
W: empirefurniturenewcastle.com.au


Hunter Gates and Fencing

When considering fencing, consider Hunter Gates and Fencing. We pride ourselves on our reputation and are proud of the services we offer to our customers.

No job is too big or too small. We use premium products and keep it affordable. Contact us without obligation for a free quote.

T: 0428 718 300


Kogan Carports and Awnings

Kogan Carports and Awnings is a family-run business that supplies and erects flat-roof carports and awnings.

Offering personal service, Kogan can also help you with glass and screen enclosures, privacy screens, decks and concreting services.

Contact us for a quote today; phone 4971 6762 or 0414 941 922.

T: 4971 6762 or 0414 941 922