Our Environment

Climate Change                                                                                 The earth is getting warmer.                                   Climate change is happening.                                     Is it our fault?                                                     We don't know but we can help reduce its impact. This site by Ramm Botanicals has some good concise data.
It seems impossible for me to do anything big for climate change, but I can do a little thing.  If one million people each do a little thing, that is important.  If one billion people each do a little thing, that is huge.  If we all do a little thing each year then we really get results.  And it will not be hard to do.
Water use in gardens                                                                            More plants die from over watering than under watering.  Micro irrigation, when properly installed, waters more accurately and uses less water than any other form of garden watering.  Check with your irrigation shop.  When hand watering - are you doing it for the plants or yourself??                               Mulch heavily and regularly.  Use garden waste wherever possible.  
Remove weeds regularly and use for compost with lawn clippings vegetable scraps etc.                        Utilise short trees, tall shrubs and/or palms to provide a leafy canopy.  Group high water plants together in damp areas and low water use plants in dry areas of your garden.    This makes the irrigation easier to layout.
Indoor plants                                                                                    The U.S. space agency NASA did a major study with the Associated Landscape Contractors of America which concluded that using indoor plants can help reduce harmful pollutants.                   

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Our suggestion would be one 200mm potted plant for each 10 square metres of indoor space.

e.g. Chamaedorea atrovirens,  C. metallica,  Bangalow, Golden Cane or Dwarf Date Palm,  Calathea,  Ctenanthe,  Stromanthe,  Fern,  Philodendron 'Xanadu',  Dracaena or for well lit areas Cordyline cultivars or Crotons.                                                                                                                                        Plants give rooms a warm friendly atmosphere to live and work in.
  But what are we doing at Palm Park
1.  All staff working outdoors are supplied with long sleeved shirts, long trousers, strong hat and boots to minimise environmental impact on their body.                                                                                        2.  Our property is subject to regular flooding during storms and wherever possible we have designed roadways as drains or to divert water into drains.
3.  Over several years we redesigned our irrigation system using best practice overhead watering methods with automatic irrigation control and reduced water consumption by 50%.  Following discussions with the state EPA in 2000 we commissioned an Irrigation & Drainage Management Plan, in following this we have installed capillary watering or drip irrigation to every plant in the nursery.   The program has further reduced water use, fertiliser use and eliminated runoff during irrigation.  We have also improved plant quality and reduced maintenance costs.
In future we plan to incorporate electronic sensors and electronic irrigation control to optimise plant growth using the least amount of water and fertiliser.
4.  We utilise electric industrial carts as tractors towing our plant trailers to minimise noise and pollution in a Rural/Residential area.
5.   So in growing attractive plants to enhance our customers garden, landscape, office or home we are also supplying a means of improving their environment and reducing climate change.  We are also doing this in our own environment and working towards our desire to minimise the impact of our business on the environment.

Most of the plants we grow require little watering once established.  We recommend testing them approximately one month  after planting to establish if they require one or two drinks per week, and how much to water them.  Ferns would like a light mist frequently.  In hot dry summers establish different rules.