Rock Dust Fertiliser for Plant Health

magnolia LIttle Gem Rock Dust

 

Add Basalt rock to your garden. It’s volcanic and chokkas full of minerals.

Rock Dust Fertiliser for Nutrient Dense Plants.

The only supplementary gardening products we promote and sell is stuff we actually use in the nursery for growing and maintaining the plants to the standard that you see out here.  As well as what we use in the gardens that we maintain.

We make our potting mix for the nursery out of select raw materials.  In our own garden, we use a quality, composted soil conditioner to plump up our existing soil which grow our plants   One special ingredient we add to both potting mix and soil conditioner is Rock Dust.

We stumbled upon Rock Dust quite by accident, years back,  while ordering some road base for a new section of nursery.  Upon overhearing a vineyard operator asking for ‘fertiliser dust’  – found out what it was and proceeded to order 10 m3 as a trial,  adding it to our potting media. It didn’t take long to see results.  Plants were stronger and healthier, and customers started to comment on the health of their plants purchased from us, months after putting them in the ground.

Jack’s been using it to top dress the lawn, after a clumsy spill on the grass produced a brilliant green colour within a week!

What is Rock Dust?

It’s not a true fetiliser as it doesn’t contain NPK. It just commonly gets called ‘fertliser’ .

Rock dust is Volcanic Basalt Rock. The name Rock Dust sounds magical and if there was a miracle product, this would be it.  On top of the real life results we’re seeing in our plants here in the nursery, we’ve been doing a bit of reading as to why it’s so good.

Rock Dust is ground up volcanic rock, sand like in texture, that holds water, and adds lots of goodies that are instantly available to all plants – fruit trees, vegetables, natives, exotics, trees and palms, even proteacea (such as Grevillea, Banksia, Protea and Leucadendron) will all benefit from the addition of this product.

As you already know, volcanic regions produce some of the most mineral rich, nutrient dense soils on Earth.  Rock Dust is full of minerals and trace elements  ( micro and macro nutrient) that are lacking in our dry infertile, sandy soils. Rock Dust  helps us to build the soil structure, buffer the pH, retain moisture as well as encourage healthy soil organisms which have a mutually beneficial arrangement with plants – they help plants access more nutrients and water – and  in turn, these microbes get their sugary carb fixes from plants.  Rock Dust improves the Cationic Exchange Capacity (CEC) of soil. Soil then becomes adsorbant –  meaning the soil holds onto and chemically binds nutrients like nitrates and phophates in for plants to use, rather than being leached away.

 

Add Rock Dust to Your Soil

Add Rock Dust to composted soil conditioner and you have yourself a great all round planting mix.  And you’ll see the results in your garden with lush, healthy plants and nutrient dense fruits and veggies with superior flavours. You can sprinkle some into your already established gardens at any time.

Talking to you in the nursery, we find that those of you living on the coast are quite disheartened to have to contend with sandy soil on your house block- and often have trouble establishing a garden.

What we’re living on is a strip of land called The Swan Coastal Plain . It’s about 30km wide and runs up and down the coast, North of Perth all the way down South to Cape Naturaliste. This land is mostly sandy, infertile and highly permeable which means that it doesn’t hold much water. While there are thousands of unique, local endemic species that have adapted to this type of ground over many years, this vegetation has mostly been cleared for farming or development.

If you’re in a new house in a newly built suburb, this sandy substrate, gets cleared of any natural top soil, with yellow builders sand plonked down on top.  Furthermore, this infertile sand has tendencies be hydrophobic. ie – water repellent . The theory is that sand here in Western Australia is coated in a wax like substance leftover from plant residues, and microbial byproducts, that prevents water from actually seeping into the soil below.  No doubt, you’ve seen this before. Water runs right off the soil instead of penetrating into the soil beneath.

To remedy this, build up your soil structure using composted soil conditioner, make sure the soil conditioner that you purchase is not diluted with sand. (don’t need more sand!) Good Soil conditioner  is comprised of well composted organic material called humus and is a breeding ground for the microbial good guys – essentially bringing your soil and garden to life. Adding mulch keeps your soil moist and microbes alive while also adding more organic matter to the soil. Use a wetting agent  if your soil dries out.

If you build your garden soil this way, you can grow a wide variety of plants.

By the Way, there’s one advantage to all of this sandy soil. It’s easy to dig to work in soil conditioners and clay and is also free draining!

Where Can I Get Rock Dust?

Rock Dust is produced locally from volcanic rock deposits found nearby. We have access to Basalt Rock right in our own backyard!  5 minutes away from us, across the highway, in Gelorup, ( Bunbury ) there is a Quarry that mines this Basalt rock. They use it to produce the blue metal, gravelly stuff of varying aggregates for road construction to use loose for your driveway, or hot-mixed into a highway.  Rock dust is actually a by-product of this, called blue metal fines.

basalt rocks in Bunbury - rock dustIncidentally, this rock dust is from ancient lava flow that formed around 130 million years ago when Australia was separating from India and Antarctica. Pictured here are basalt rocks at Bunbury’s Back Beach.This area used to be the site of a basalt quarry from 1890 – 1951 with gravel used for road construction.

 

We keep a pile of Rock Dust to sell by the scoop – bring your ute or trailer – you don’t need much – and it’s pretty cheap –  $35 will get you a tractor scoop which goes a long way. (cheaper than sand!) or come and grab a bag and shovel and fill yourself – grab some clay and compst as well.

basalt rock dust

Alternatively, for those of you who don’t want a pile of rock dust in your backyard to shovel into the garden, we’ve got some pre-packed on the shelf  which is ‘No Frills’ Rock-Dust-Plus.

Rock Dust Plus 20kg

It’s basically the rock dust, with other added essentials that your plants will love – It’s got some added ingredients that help to break it down so that it is readily available for plant uptake –  A Great product. It’s easy to apply by the handful – with a little going a long way. 

Our Soil Conditioner is also available by the tractor scoop or by the bag. We sell it for $35 per scoop or $10 per bag. *We also have a soil organics, clay and rock dust mixture avail in scoops for $45. Bring your ute or trailer.

This post is an update . OP April 2015.

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 – These trees are now potted. 

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.