Nursery Workers Wanted Spring 2019

cycad Cycas Revoluta Sago Palm

We are looking for some Casual Nursery Workers for the growing season of 2019/2020. This is short term work, with potential for more regular, or permanent hours for the right person.

 

CASUAL      HOURS Between 6-5  5 – DAYS PER WEEK – some weekend work required.  Subject to change around, as job requires.              

We have work available if you’re fit and active, like to move around outside in the weather and don’t mind getting your hands dirty. You will actively learn about the plants  that we grow and be able to assist clients on how best to meet their needs. Following is the job day to day duties

 

  • Potting plants
  • Loading and unloading and shifting plants
  • Cleaning and weeding and treating plants and products
  • Watering
  • Fertilising
  • Spraying
  • Weeding
  • General nursery duties not limited to, but including maintenance and care of greenstock.
  • Picking and packing plants and products
  • Serving customers

 

You will learn a lot about how a production nursery operates and a lot about plants.

The right person will show commitment to the job right from the start with fulfilment of hours offered between the hours of 7am – 5pm  with hours varying dependent on work. Sometimes start from 6am depending on jobs and to beat the heat. This is an active role, with lots of moving around in the sunshine and in the hothouse, greenhouses, and shed.

Please do not apply if you are not used to working outside like this, are unfit, or cannot perform the above job description duties.

Also, please do not apply if you are unable to fulfill the hours required, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9-5 usually, sometimes starting earlier with some weekend work. We have contract orders that need to be fulfilled on time and our focus is delivering quality plants/products on time, so dedication to the job is essential. 

We offer a trial period to see if you are suitable for the job requirements.

Immediate Start

 

Here’s how to apply

  • Please email – sales@lakesidenursery.com.au with your cv and a cover letter.
  • In the Subject line of email please put- ‘ RESUME Nursery worker’
  • Make sure you include references-  with names and contact phone numbers
  • Please do not apply if you are not used to working outside like this, are unfit, or cannot perform the above job description duties.
  • Also, please do not apply if you are unable to fulfill the hours required, Monday to Friday between the hours of 9-5 usually, sometimes starting earlier with some weekend work.

(No phone contact at this stage) We will then organise a time to meet if suitable.

 

Thankyou for your interest!

WA State Horticulture Awards apply to this position – Please read this award

We are seeking someone who is more permanent – therefore, this role is not suitable for transient working holiday makers with temporary working visas (ie backpackers) seeking casual, short term employment.

90mm grafted avocado tree

Fruit Trees – Spring 2019

peach tree fruit

FRUIT TREES – SPRING 2019

We’ve just stocked up on fruit trees in the nursery –

so here’s a look at what we have at a glance. We try to keep a plenty of fruit trees in stock.

Some come in and out of stock on a regular basis as we can grow and source them. If there’s anything you’re after, or we’re out of stock JUST EMAIL US 

and we can advise on availability

 

APRICOT

Apricot Trevatt

 

 

 

 

Bulida

Blenheim

Moorpark

Storey

Royal

Trevatt

Dwarf Moorpark

Dwarf Bulida

Dwarf Trevatt

Dwarf Storey

AVOCADOS

bacon avocado

 

 

 

 

Hass

Reed

Fuerte

Wurtz dwarf

Bacon

Sharwil

Rincon

Shepard

FIGS

fig-white-adriatic

Brown Turkey

Black Genoa

White Adriatic

White Genoa

GRAPES

Crimson Seedless

Sultana

Dawn Seedless

Red Globe

GRAPEFRUIT

LIMES

Citrus Tahitian Lime

 

 

 

 

Tahitian

Dwarf Tahitian

NECTARINES

 

 

 

 

Goldmine

Fantasia

Dwarf Goldmine

Dwarf Fantasia

Dwarf Crimson Baby

Dwarf Sunset

OLIVES

Olive Fruit

 

 

 

 

California Queen

Frantoio

Ascolana

Mission

Verdale

Jumbo Kalamata

ORANGES

Washington Navel Orange Fruit

 

 

 

 

Washington Navel

Valencia

Cara Cara

Dwarf Washington Navel

PEACHES

peach tree fruit

 

 

 

 

Elberta

Golden Queen

Tropic Snow

Angel/Donut

Dwarf White Gold

Dwarf O’Henry

Dwarf Golden Queen

PEARS

Nashi Kosui

Nashi Hosui

Nashi 20th Century

Packham

Josephine

Bartlett

Bonza – Self -fertile

PLUMS

Plums Ripening on the Tree

 

 

 

 

Mariposa

Satsuma

Ruby Blood

Santa Rosa

Plumcott

Plumcott Dwarf

Satsuma Dwarf

Santa Rosa Dwarf

Mariposa Dwarf

Japanese Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Avocado Tree Maintenance – Pruning for fruit

Hass avocado tree

Pruning Avocado Trees

Jack’s been busy maintaining our little avocado orchard. These are 3 year old trees and now they’re all loaded with fruit. Here we have Hass Avocado trees. We have been tip pruning these all Summer for the scion wood, but we need to now prune some branches to allow sunlight in and to keep the fruit within easy reach, as fruit grows on new wood. Pruning also encourages multi-branches where the cut occurs, and this will provide us with even more fruit. Commercial Orchardists have been doing this as a way of increasing yields with great results.  They plant them closer together than previous and cut the tops to keep them from getting too high and unmanageable without the use of machinery. Almost like a big avocado hedge.

 

Bare Root Trees 2019

Forest Pansy Foliage

Bareroot Trees 2019

Please contact us with your orders 0418933376 or Emailing us by Contacting us here

*UPDATE 14 June 2019 – We are potting up these trees starting today, so buying bare root won’t be available as we get them potted today and in to next week. Please call us to see what’s still not potted if you like.  Please note, we can still sell you trees, but they will be at the potted prices .  

Here is a list of trees that we will have available starting in June/July sometime. Please feel free to contact us regarding these trees. We will begin to pot them as we get them in to the nursery. We have the tried and true favourites and also some new lines.

Trees

Stock is limited to what we have in stock.   Once we have received your order and payment, we will tag the trees off as yours to come and collect.

Trees are 2 yr old Bareroot – Great Value when bought and planted this way

*We can order more in – subject to availability plus freight

Small Trees

Magnolia Genie – first flowers of spring, this is a deciduous magnolia with a tulip shaped flowers a deep, burgundy colour. These will go quick. Grows a compact 3m x 2m

Weeping Silver Birch – Grafted Silver Birch – looks so elegant as a feature tree. Click here for a pic of a potted tree we had in the nursery

Maple – Bloodgood – These were very popular last season. They only grow 2/3m and are a vivd shade of red from Spring right through to Autumn. Classic maple like leaf. Here’s a link to our potted bloodgood maple trees

Maple  – Pink Flamingo – These are a variegated Maple growing 4/5m. This is a relatively new variety that we can’t wait to try! These should go quick

Forest Pansy Cercis canadensis –  The little flowers on this tree are a spectacular , deep pink colour that occurs early Spring on its bare branches.  Burgundy, heart shaped foliage emerges shortly after and stays Burgundy until Autumn, where yellow tones take over before the leaf drop. Grows 5m x 5m This little tree is beautiful, even in Winter when all the leaves have dropped with it’s beautiful black, zig-zaggy branches. – here’s a link for more pics in our nursery

Judas Tree  Cercis siliquastrum – another small tree – 6m x 4m . Brilliant show of purple, pea-like flowers on bare branches. Foliage emerges burgundy/green. Just like the Forest Pansy, the Judas tree also has interesting zig-zag like branches. These 2 trees are very similar and tolerate similar conditions – they don’t like wet feet, but can tolerate periods of dryness once established.

Avondale Redbud or Chinese Redbud – Cercis chinensisthis one only grows 3m x 2m. Is very similar to other Cercis trees with its cute, dark pink, pea like flowers in early spring, followed by heart shaped green foliage.

 

Medium Trees

Tupelo Tree – Nyssa Sylvatica – Grows 8 x 5m – has a classic pyramid shaped tree with Rich Autumn colours. Tolerates wet soils somewhat. Moderate growing tree.

Chinese Elm – The Chinese Elm tree grows into a medium sized, shade tree with lots of character – Developing a spotted trunk as it matures, it’s branches are slightly pendulous.  Grows around 7-10m. Link to our Chinese Elm potted trees

Chinese Pistachio – Very easy to grow small/medium sized tree. Great for suburban back yards. Classic roundish tree shape. This is an ornamental tree, not the fruiting. It Tolerates dry, sandy soils, once established. Beautiful, red Autumn colours mixed with orange and yellows. Lovely green Summer foliage too. Link to potted Chinese Pistachio

Ash Cimmzam – Fraxinus pensylvanica – Cimmaron/American AshGreat shade tree growing 8/10m.  Said to tolerate dry areas and windy spots, once established in the garden. The foliage is a beautiful green that changes with Autumn into fiery oranges/reds.

Ornamental Elm Green Mist – Variegated Foliage!! Need we say more? – this one has more white with a deep green leaf colour. Grows 8/10m x 4/ 5m wide. We haven’t had this one in the nursery yet, but we’re sure these will go fast as they’re quite a different look. Tolerates a lot of soil types.

Weeping Mulberry Hicks – very elegant medium sized tree with hanging branches. Grafted at 1.8m, the grafted part of the tree will branch out and over with a lovely, weeping habit which can be easily pruned.  Fruits from Spring-Summer time . Here’s a link to our potted stock

Capital Pear – Upright, ornamental Pear tree growing 10-11m x 2-3m. These look really great as an avenue , or to screen a fence. Ornamental Pear trees are super easy to grow, and can handle many different environments. They have beautiful spring blossoms and gorgeous shiny foliage. They also colour up nicely with Autumn orangey/red tones.

Silver Birch –  Classic tree that suits many landscape styles. This tree looks beautiful in Winter time with its crackled, bark against a stark white trunk. Plant on its own or in a copse . Shine a garden light up to it at night time. Such a gorgeous, character tree. Grows 8-10m.

Ornamental Maple – Sensation –  A stunning, symmetrical growing tree that’ll grow 7/8m – and can be used as a pleaching / hedge on legs situation due to this uniform growth habit.  Beautiful Autumn Colours of orange yellow, red. (unlike it’s parent , Acer negundo (box elder)  which stays more of a solid , light green (still beautiful, but just different)  On a side note,  Acer negundo is an extremely tough tree that tolerates a load of different environments, including wet and dry feet.  The Sensation’s leaves break down quickly after dropping, which is good news for the lazy gardener that doesn’t like the leaf drop.  Can we call this tree self cleaning??

Large Trees

Claret Ash– very easy care tree that can grow up to 15m. Starts off green, then changes into a lovely deep shade of …well…claret! Provides a good contrast to other green foliage in the garden.

London Plane – Make sure you’ve got the room for this Grand Tree. It grows up to 20m and spreads out very wide too. Fast growing shade tree, ideal for those with larger properties.

Tulip Tree – Liriodendron tulipifera – a large, fast growing specimen tree originating from the USA in the Magnolia family. Big n beautiful, tulip shaped flowers, the Tulip Tree can grow 15m+ and if you’ve got the room on your property, it’ll become a grand old shade tree.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Grow Avocado Trees

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How to Grow Avocado Trees

Here’s an update on from our post from 2016, where we planted out a rows of several grafted varieties of avocado trees. If you click here, you’ll see step by step how we planted them with great results.

2 years later, the trees are looking great. They’ve had 2 summers of beautiful growing weather, where they have stacked on a flip tonne of new growth. The first step to planting is to make sure your avocado tree is nice and protected and hardened off a bit from being in the nice, warm, climate controlled perfect environment >>> AKA  the greenhouse! When our avocados have flushed with foliage after grafting, we will let them grow out in our greenhouses and then pop them under shadecloth for 4-6 weeks, depending on the time of year. You could keep yours in a nice protected spot under the patio if you like, until the weather warms up for planting.  This helps the soft, beautiful new baby foliage acclimate to the slightly harsher environment of the shadecloth as well as growing a bit more. You might notice some brown tips or marginal burning on the lovely baby foliage. Don’t panic – your avocado tree loves to grow more beautiful leaves, so don’t worry a bit as long as you see new leaves growing -this is a normal part of the growing/hardening off process. If not, then you will have to figure out why it isn’t growing. It is usually a water issue (too much or not enough) or it needs fertiliser – or the soil isn’t at the correct parameters for the tree to uptake nutrient.

So here’s a little update on how to plant and avocado tree

Site Choice

You’ll want to choose a sunny spot with good drainage. They won’t tolerate the soil getting saturated at all – so no wet feet please! Ideally, the soil is mixed with compost (well aged) and if you’re in sandy type soil, add in a bit of clay to hold water and nutrients and also add rockdust as it is chokkas full of minerals. Plant up on a bit of a mound.

Protection 

Build a tent around your tree using star pickets or stakes, or whatever, and wrap shade cloth around it. This protect your tree’s trunk from getting sunburnt, which can seriously set back the tree, or even kill it entirely. As your tree grows, the canopy will protect the trunk. Leave the top uncovered.

Feed the tree

Aside from your beautiful soil that you have built, you will need to apply a good quality fertiliser. We use a 12 month slow release as well as multi-species microbial innoculant to kick-start the microbial growth that allows the trees to take up soil nutrient.  Check out the growth in 2 years in the pics below. Most of them started out as infant, newly grafted trees. There’s even been some fruit on our Reed and Hass trees.

Water

Avocados like a lot of water – they don’t like drying out at all and will quickly let you know that they are thirsty by wilting. Adding your clay and rockdust helps hold on to water.  Mulching also helps to prevent water loss – use the irregular shaped, large bush mulch for this. Make sure the soil is well draining – as saturated soil and avocado tree roots do not get along at all and you will lose your tree.

Observe

Observation and maintenance. We have seen the limits that avocado trees can be pushed to – and still survived. Often, if you’re having trouble, generally people start to notice when the tree really starts to struggle.  If the tree isn’t actively growing in the warm weather, you will have to nut out why and fix.  We have had success with trees on farms that were struggling due to limited water, and other issues and with the right care and maintenance, they have come good again .

 

grafted avocado tree Reed

reed avocado

 

These are Reed avocado trees. We have planted Hass , Fuerte, Sharwill ,Bacon, Wurtz, Pinkerton.

 

Here is another little piece we wrote about the varieties we grow. Whether you’re growing your avocado in Perth or Bunbury, or further South, with a little care and definitely a lot of observation and some maintenance,they should grow well for you.