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Upper Hutt Leader : August 24th 2011
37 UPPER HUTT LEADER, AUGUST 24, 2011 NEWS HOUSE OF THE WEEK 6 Phar Lap Grove, TRENTHAM From the moment you step onto this incredible property you'll know you've found it. The place you've always known you'd give anything to own, the place you've always known you'd love to call home. Built in the 1910s and relocated to its current position just a few years ago this home defines the word 'character' yet has been renovated & enhanced to the highest modern standards. Multiple living spaces accompany the three large bedrooms, and the open plan kitchen-dining-living area with high ceilings & polished matai floorboards is sure to impress. The main bathroom includes a gorgeous claw- foot bath, whilst the master bedroom boasts a modern en-suite & walk-in-wardrobe. Outside there is a garage for the car to be worked on, space for the kids to play, a beautiful garden, and most importantly a choice of decks to enjoy an evening wine on, watch the sun set and try to imagine how life could possibly get any better than this. So, forget what you had planned for Sunday, this is an opportunity you just cannot miss, an opportunity to start fresh, and to love waking up every morning to your dream home. Price: BEO $460,000 View on www.gilliesandmark.co.nz Web ID UPP12530 AGENT DETAILS: Cameron Macneil Call DDI 527 2280 or Mobile 021 800 889 Gillies and Mark Realty MREINZ (Licensed REAA2008) OPEN HOME: Sunday 1.30 - 2.00pm Character, Charm & Personality 2514457DC Bill Lindsay a/h 972 7912 0274 456 992 Alan Webb a/h 568 5782 0274 460 613 Lindsay Webb Valuations LIMITED 569 2095 Valuers Living Locally: Valuing Locally 3039545BA Biocontrol scores high as solution The use of insects and diseases to control certain weeds in New Zealand has been around since the 1930s, but their potential as a realistic option for controlling weeds is only now being realised. Greater Wellington Regional Council biosecurity officers Harvey Phillips and Megan Banks look at the many benefits of using biological control to keep weeds at bay. Loser: Severe infestations of ragwort were quite common 20 years ago, but are difficult to find in Wellington since the ragwort flea beetle has been released. Getting started: Green thistle beetles are starting to establish in Wellington region. Photo: JESSE BYTHELL In simple terms, biological control or biocontrol is the use of one liv- ing organism to control another. Many of the weeds causing problems in New Zealand have come from overseas, but they are not problems in their country of origin. This means insects, diseases and fungi feed on these plants in their own country. Biocontrol is about introducing those organisms into New Zealand to do the same here in an effort to keep the plants in check. The use of biocontrol is best suited to species that are wide- spread, where it is not cost effec- tive or environmentally friendly to control them with chemicals or other means. Also a widespread weed will provide the biocontrol agent with a food supply that will allow them to build up in numbers and have maximum effect. The release of one agent to target a weed may not always be enough. For some plants several agents that attack different parts of the plant includ- ing its leaves, stems, roots and seeds may be needed to reduce its weediness. For example, broom has broom gall mites, leaf beetles, psyllids, seed beetles, shoot moths and twig miners all attacking it at once, leading to an overall weak- ening of the plant. Success Biocontrol is not a quick-fix sol- ution for controlling weeds, but if you can wait you will see a decrease in the vigour of plants with the introduction of some agents. This may take 10 to 20 years for some species but others may be damaged in a relatively short time. This will not suit everyone as weeds can spread quite significantly over such a long time. In some areas broom and gorse have been quite noticeably damaged by agents and are strug- gling as a result. Thistle agents have attacked seeds, which makes noticing damage very difficult. One of the more obvious success stories in recent times has been that of the ragwort flea beetle, which attacks the roots of rag- wort. This has reduced ragwort on farmland significantly in Wairarapa. Up-and-comers Buddleia is a major weed in for- estry, where it often outcompetes young trees and makes their establishment very difficult. The initial signs of damage by the recently-released buddleia leaf weevil are promising, with the agents establishing readily and causing significant damage to foli- age. The effect of thistles on farms includes millions of dollars of lost productive land as well as equal amounts of chemicals to control infestations. The green thistle beetle, released in Wairarapa sev- eral years ago, aims to reclaim some of these losses, and all signs so far are very encouraging. Most of the focus in past decades has been on the biocontrol of weeds on agricultural land. However, there is a shift towards finding effective agents that will attack some of the widespread environmental weeds. An increasing focus on green'' techniques for controlling weeds and a higher demand for organic produce will see alternatives to chemical control increase in the future. Tradescantia, or wandering willy, is a widespread environ- mental weed that stops anything that wants to grow through it from doing so. The recent release of the tradescantia leaf beetle that attacks the foliage of the plant is a major step forward, and damage in testing has been encouraging. The release of this agent is coming soon. Greater Wellington Regional Council leads the biocontrol pro- gramme within the Wellington region with some support from DOC and district councils. Contact 0800 496 734. Website: gw.govt.nz. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. OUTSTANDING VALUE, LUXURY THROUGHOUT 10 WH 3.3x3 .0 6.0 0x5.7 4.7x4.7 4.7x4.5 4.0x4.5 6.0x x6.2 TO T UGHENED D OBSC LOCK 810 KE E LOCK DOUBLE E GARA AG GE W/R MASTER BEDRO OM BED. 3 LOUNGE Y N N FLOOR AREA: 300 sqM ROVER SALESPERSON ON SITE ON WEEKENDS FROM 1-3PM UNTIL THE SHOW HOME IS COMPLETE NEW GOLDEN HOMES ROVER PLAN SHOWHOME UNDER CONSTRUCTION Corner of SH2 and Norana Road 0800 506 507 11 14 4 423 23 23
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