Nelson Leader : February 21st 2013
18 THE NELSON LEADER, FEBRUARY 21, 2013 FEATURE 5171394AA Bay Landscapes & Garden for all landscaping needs 135 Gladstone Rd, Richmond | Ph (03) 544 2076 Email firstname.lastname@example.org | Visit our website www.baylandscapes.co.nz Open 8:30am - 5pm Monday to Friday | 9am - 5pm Saturday & Sunday ADVERTISING FEATURE What we have for you From fish compost to furniture (garden), paving to pebbles, manure to matting and potting mix to posts, Bay Landscapes & Garden has a multitude of products to help you realise your garden and landscaping dreams. Check out the outdoor furniture, water features, ponds, wine barrels, paving stones, feature rocks, bird feeders and baths and more! BARKS: A variety of bark grades- Medium, Nuggets, Forest Floor. We also stock untreated Saw Dust and Wood Shavings (bluegum) for your chicken coops. DOG KENNELS: Beautifully made, wooden Dog Kennels. FIREWOOD: Pine off-cuts (untreated rectangular plank off-cuts) that burn nice and hot. GARDEN PROTECTION: Garden netting, weed mat, eco wool weed mats and frost cloth. GRAVELS ETC: 10 Mile (West Coast stone), 12ml pebbles, 19ml pebbles, AP20 gravel for driveways and potholes, Bay Brown chunky, brown-tinged gravel, ConAg (concrete aggregate), crushed shell, crusher dust, chunky, grey Limestone gravel, golden. TASMAN CHIP GRAVEL SAND: classic Dune beach sand, and paving sand. KITSETS: Kitsets for compost bins, raised garden bed boxing and garden sheds. NATURAL PAVING: An innovative product comprising 40mm honeycomb cells in a mat designed to stabilise pebbles so you can walk on them like concrete, and to stop weeds growing through. PAVING BRICKS AND SLABS: A selection of different sized pavers for paths, tree surrounds, garden edging or stepping stones. Bricks, square slabs and rounds. PET GOODS: Specialist food for fish, turtles, rabbits and guinea pigs. Hay and straws suitable for bedding. Also bird feeders and baths, rabbit hutches and chicken wire. PONDS, LINERS AND PUMPS: A range to help with creative solutions for your pond. RANDOM THINGS: Old glass power insulators, bouys, old piping, old railway nails, a rusty wheel and other delightful surprises; ideal for water features and garden art. ROCKS: Different sizes and types from great flat pieces of schist for stepping stones to boulders and mossy rocks. SOIL/COMPOST: High quality topsoil, our extra special Fish Compost mix and our Nitro Compost as well as BaaMooPoo (saleyard cow and sheep manure; sold by the scoop and by the bag. STRAWS: Pea Straw, Soya Bean Straw, Barley Straw, Meadow Hay and Organic Linseed, subject to availability. Phone to see what's in stock. WOODEN POSTS: A rustic supply of wooden post plus railway sleepers, old telephone poles, trellis fans, old fence batons, manuka stakes and bamboo poles. WINE BARRELS: Whole and half oak wine barrels. Call to ensure these are in stock. WATER TANKS: Play your part in helping out the environment and get your own water tank. 5172937AA WAKEFIELD QUARRY Pig Valley, 6km from Wakefield FOR: Basecourse 70mm, Topcourse 40mm, Topcourse 20mm, Drainage Metal 40mm, Landscape Rock, Lime Truck Available Lime works 541 9093 Tony Dick 541 8392 a/h, Philip Dick 541 8666 a/h OPEN: MON - FRI 7am - 5pm No longer open Saturdays Enjoy the benefits of 25 years ex perience in residential and commercial landscaping. Landscape Consultation Design, Construction and Maintenance Project Management Plant Specialist Lawns and Irrigation Paving and Retaining Plant Sourcing Landscape Craftsmen 5186641AA Hope Nurseries email@example.com Quality local plants Available from : Bay Landscapes & Garden, The ¼ Acre Store and Bloom'n Easy Order direct P: 022 50 36100 Vege & Flower Punnett Pot plants For all your vehicle needs auto electrics -air conditioning and full vehicle servicing Ph. 03 543 9306 www.automotivesolutions.co.nz 66 Main Rd, Hope, Nelson Vehicle Repair Specialists - WOF - Maintenance - Service 5186540AA Proud to Support Bay Landscapes & Garden Caddisfly: Commonly found Toe-biter really no threat at all Koura or freshwater crayfish The glow-worm's blue-green light is produced by chemical reactions in a kidney-like organ common to all insects. Aglow-in-the-dark limpet, a fierce-looking toe-biter which isn't fierce at all and a mayfly that lacks a functioning mouth are just some of the weird and wonderful critters to be found in New Zealand's 425,000 kilometres of streams and rivers. Our freshwater fauna are wonderfully diverse and, according to NIWA Freshwater Ecologist Dr Richard Storey, there's nothing among them that we need to be afraid of. You can find a suitable stream, wade in, turn over rocks and explore amongst the plants and plant debris, safe in the knowledge that none of our stream-dwelling critters will hurt you,'' Richard said. It's a fabu- lous way to spend a summer's day.'' Richard said that New Zea- land had several hundred fresh- water invert- ebrate species, and 13 genera (a higher classifi- cation level than species) that form a common group that can be found right across the country. The koura, or freshwater crayfish, is probably our best-known stream- dwelling invertebrate. A koura grows to between five and ten centimetres long and can be quite difficult to spot, as it hides out among logs and other plant matter on the stream edges. If you investigate underneath rocks, leaf litter and tree fern fronds, you'll probably find one,'' Richard said. And if you have the chance, try exploring by torchlight at night. That's when koura are most active, and their eyes shine bright blue when the light catches them.'' That glow-in-the-dark quality is shared by the tiny freshwater limpet (Latia neritoides), which activates an in-built warning system when dis- turbed. It excretes a luminous mucus, designed to put off predators, that glows green in the dark,'' Richard said. The limpet grows to a mere 12 mil- limetres long and is vulnerable to swift currents, so prefers to spend its time feeding on bacteria and other biofilm' living on rocks in warm, slow-flowing water. For that reason, it is more common in the north. And while we're on the subject of creatures that glow, let's not forget the beautiful glow-worm. They're not actually worms at all, but larvae of the rather unfortunately named fungus gnat (Arachnocampa lumin- osa). They're quite common, so if you're out exploring at night you might be lucky enough to spot some on banks overhanging streams. The water keeps them cool and moist.'' The glow-worm's blue-green light is produced by chemical reactions in a kidney-like organ common to all insects. The glow-worm has the unique ability to produce light, which is used to attract food and a mate. If creepy-crawlies of the more substantial variety are your thing, you can't go past the centipede-like toe-biter (Archichauliodes diversus), one of our largest aquatic insects. It derives its common name from its rather threatening- looking pincers, but in fact it's completely harm- less to us. It has finger-like gills running down its back, which make it look like a centipede -- but in fact it has only six legs, like any other insect. At five centimetres long, it is one of our more impressive stream- dwellers. You should be lucky enough to find one by turning over rocks in the stream.'' That's also the habitat of the may- fly -- a small, three-tailed insect that has a flattened body shape and uses its gills like an aerofoil to stay stuck to submerged rocks, where it feeds on algae. The poor adult Deleatidium species, our most common mayfly, doesn't enjoy much luxury in life. After spending a year as larvae, it hatches without a functioning mouth or any other means of ingesting food. Its sole purpose as an adult is to mate and lay eggs -- a process that takes one to three days -- and then it dies.'' The caddisfly is another commonly found freshwater resident. Two types are seen in New Zealand. One lives in a slightly curved, stick or stone- like case. The stick caddis fools would-be predators into thinking it is a twig. The stony caddis uses its heavier case as an anchor so it can live and feed in faster-flowing water. The other type is free-living, making its home in leaves and other loose material at the base of rocks. The caddisfly is closely related to the caterpillar. The adult looks like a moth, because it almost is. Richard has been investigating these and other fascinating fresh- water creatures since the age of nine, when his interest in freshwater ecol- ogy sparked. It really is an amazing world.''
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