Kapi-Mana News : April 9th 2013
28 KAPI-MANA NEWS, APRIL 9, 2013 GARDENING www.remax.co.nz/ldr48286 PAREMATA CASH PRICE $515,000 BATHED IN SUN, BLESSED WITH THE VIEW... ...and discrete to the street. This 210m2, 4-bedroom family home with double garage and off-street parking, all on a site level with the road, is in a brilliant position overlooking Paremata inlet. The living, dining, kitchen areas all face north with a flow outdoors to a flat lawn area then a series of small decks stepped along the view front, but not obstructing the view from the house. This is a really great place to live. The main bedroom has ensuite, and the garage is attached. Come and view, give me a call... 422562m2 Call me for viewing times. 103 Kahu Road Bruce Mitchell Ph. 0800 635 942 firstname.lastname@example.org Open Home 5291152AA Tawa to Pukerua Bay Villa Real Estate Ltd --- Licensed REAA 2008 MREINZ ® Villa Real Estate Ltd --- Licensed REAA 2008 MREINZ ® OPEN HOMES 14 APRIL 2013 TAWA Deadline Sale 22 Tremewan Street - 6 brms, 3 toilets, double garage 1.00 - 1.40pm BEO $379,000 1/268 Main Road - 3 brms, 2 bathrooms, sunroom, garage 1.00 - 1.40pm TITAHI BAY BEO $195,000 14 Owhiti Street - 2 brms, garage, handy & sunny 12.00 - 12.40pm Deadline Sale 117 Gloaming Hill - 3 brms, private indoor/outdoor living 1.00 - 1.30pm Deadline Sale 22 Pohutakawa Grove - Stunning 2 brms, brick and tile, garage 1.00 - 1.30pm Deadline Sale 5 Mapplebeck Street - 5 brms, 2 baths, decks and waterviews 1.00 - 1.40pm PORIRUA/ELSDON Tender 12 Worcester Place - 3 brms + study, open plan kitchen/dining 12.00 - 12.40pm By Negotiation 9 King Crescent - 3 brms, handy to amenities, cul-de-sac 2.00 - 2.30pm Deadline Sale 32 Mahinawa Street - 4/5 bedrooms, single garage 2.00 - 2.30pm By Negotiation 9 Marne Grove - 4 brms, double garage 2.00 - 2.40pm By Negotiation 19 Marne Grove - Stunning 3 brm, fully fenced home 2.00 - 2.40pm AOTEA $575,000 17 Kaimai Place - 4 brms, double garage 1.00 - 1.40pm CAMBORNE/PLIMMERTON By Negotiation 66-68 Cluny Road - 3 brms, 2 living areas, 2 bathrooms 12.00 - 12.30pm BEO $550,000 73 St Ives Drive - 4 brms, 2 bathrooms, rural views 2.00 - 2.40pm PAUAHATANUI By Negotiation 47 Jones Deviation - 10 acre farmlet 2.00 - 2.40pm WHITBY BEO $540,000 73 Ayton Drive - 4 brms, 2 bathrooms, garage 12.00 - 12.40 BEO $460,000 5 Picketboat Lane - Spacious 3 brm family home 1.00 - 1.40pm PUKERUA BAY Deadline Sale 149 Rawhiti Road - 5 brms, double garage 2.00 - 2.30pm BEO $510,000 62 Sea Vista Drive - 4 brms, 2 living areas, beautifully presented 3.00 - 3.40pm Way more to lawns than meets the eye Co-habiting: Lawns and vegetables both have their health benefits. Photo: VICKI PRICE By VICKI PRICE As most of us watch our lawns shrivel and die in this season of drought, we could take a moment to pon- der the purpose of a lawn. As a patch of green to walk or play on, a lawn plays an important role. One neighbour I recall from childhood, a Mr Good, placed great importance on his lawn. Each day he could be seen tend- ing every centimetre of it. It was an immaculate stretch of grass-green velvet. That lawn was a thing of pride, until the day Mr Good died and the new dwellers in his home paid far less attention to their green legacy. It was sad to watch it fall into disrepair. Certainly lawns can make us feel good, just by the very nature of the colour green, which has long been considered a relaxing colour. Even the smell of cut grass is said to be calming and restora- tive. Mowing the lawn is stress- reducing, due to the scents pro- duced as well as the act of tak- ing nature in hand and making things tidy. Pushing a mower back and forth can be calming and medi- tative. And it's good physical exercise. Apart from the health bene- fits of having a lawn, the aes- thetics have value. A lawn offers an oasis of calm unclut- tered green in the midst of gar- den beds, unruly or otherwise. It provides room to run about, play cricket or relax. The simplicity of a lawn is like a minimalist art gallery -- peaceful and calming, with space to think. But do we really need them? Lawnmowers use a lot of fuel, they pollute with noise and fumes and don't lawns take up valuable vegetable gardening space? Lawns also need a lot of water to keep them green in summer and so maybe they are not such a green'' option. There is no doubt a grassed area can absorb rainfall and help prevent flooding, unlike paving that forces water to run off and find somewhere to pool. It can also keep a house cooler than paving, which reflects heat. Grass absorbs carbons, gives off oxygen and protects the soil from drying out. A lawn cut using a push- mower and maintained using organic weed-control methods really can't be argued with in terms of its green footprint. Vegetable gardens don't need to compete with lawn space either, it is possible to have both, with a size according to your needs.
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