• 26 Careers Working With Plants

    26 Careers Working With Plants

    Plants are seriously cool, so of course you want to find a career working with them. This article is designed to be a brief run-down of some of the different directions you can pursue depending on what you’re looking to get out of your work and where your natural talents lie. Some roles require little training whereas some of the more technical roles will...
  • Start A Lawn Mowing Business As A Teenager

    Start A Lawn Mowing Business As A Teenager

    Some people wait until their midlife crisis to start a business, but if you’re a teenager can you think of a single good reason to wait? As long as you’re fulfilling your scholarly obligations and doing your chores at home, you can sacrifice some of your free time to start a mowing business which will not only help pay for discretionary purchases but will...
  • Start A Mowing Business On The Side Without Money

    Start A Mowing Business On The Side Without Money

    Imagine if you could start a real business without a single dollar to your name. Can it be done? As far as traditional trades and service businesses are concerned, a mowing business is one of the closest options you’re ever going to get to that dream. I would argue it’s almost possible to start the business with a balance of $0 if it weren’t for things...
  • How To Start A Lawn Mowing Business

    How To Start A Lawn Mowing Business

    Have you ever wondered if there’s more to life than grinding away at your boss’s dream? One of the options available to you is starting a lawn care business, for which you don’t need any formal training and you can start on the side while you continue to work full or part-time. I won’t lie to you and say it will be easy, because...
  • List Of Tools For A Mowing/Gardening Business

    List Of Tools For A Mowing/Gardening Business

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    Gardening is such a wide topic and humans have used hundreds of tools to varying success throughout history. These days, you can fit everything you need to run a modern gardening business in a ute/van and trailer. In this article is a pretty comprehensive list of the basics you'll eventually need in the truck, but if you’re just starting out you might get a...
  • Whip, Mow, Blow & Go: How To Mow Like A Pro

    Whip, Mow, Blow & Go: How To Mow Like A Pro

    Let’s face it: mowing lawns can be a chore. Especially if you don’t have a basic skill set that professional operators pick up along the way. It’s the sort of task that can drag out all weekend, but just know that an average Aussie suburban lawn takes 20 minutes for two pros to whippersnip, mow, blow and go. My favourite mower with a Briggs...
  • Identifying Plants With Leaves, Flowers And Beyond

    Identifying Plants With Leaves, Flowers And Beyond

    When we begin the process of identifying an unknown plant, we are like detectives looking for clues in any places we can find them. The more clues we can find, the stronger our case is of matching the plant we see to its correct scientific name. Once we have this information, we have everything we need to do some background research on whether the...
  • The Banksia Genus

    The Banksia Genus

    Banksia is a genus of shrubs, trees and shrubby trees within the Protaceae family, along with warratahs, grevilleas and proteas. Like many other members, these plants provide great food for pollinators such as lorikeets, rosellas, bats, possums and invertebrates. Description A fluffy or fuzzy inflorescence called a spike or candle exists at the terminal tip on the branch. As the bisexual flowers (in pairs of 2)...
  • The Protea Genus

    The Protea Genus

    Named after Proteus, the Greek god who could change his form at will, the variance of forms within this genus is impressive. Protea is the type genus of its family, Protaceae. Other members of the family include waratahs, grevilleas and banksias. Like those genera, protea are often pollinated by birds, small marsupials and invertebrates. Unlike those genera which originate in Australia, the proteas are from southern...
  • Proteaceae, The Protea Family

    Proteaceae, The Protea Family

    Members of the dicotyledonous protea family largely originate from the southern hemisphere, especially Australia and southern Africa. Even though we tend to lump them all in as "natives" in Australia, some of them originate overseas, most notable proteas. The banksias, grevilleas, waratahs and macadamias are examples of Aussie natives, though there are many other truly native branches of the family that fly under the...
  • Ficus, The Fig Genus

    Ficus, The Fig Genus

    The Ficus genus is home to around 850 species of plants in the dicotyledenous Moraceae family that come in a range of shapes and sizes, but can most easily be recognised by their round or pear-shaped fruit or infructescence (inflorescence before pollination). Plants in this genus can be sensitive to location change; perhaps if you’ve ever taken a rubber plant home from the nursery and it...
  • Moraceae, The Fig/Mulberry Family

    Moraceae, The Fig/Mulberry Family

    On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be much that holds this family together as a group. It certainly wouldn’t seem obvious that figs and mulberries belong in the same family at first glance, at least not to me. Description Members can come in all shapes and sizes including vines and shrubs, but this family is generally associated with trees. The main thing these...
  • Araceae, The Aroid Family

    Araceae, The Aroid Family

    Plants in the Araceae family, colloquially known as aroids, are usually pretty easy to identify, especially if you can see "one" of their “flowers” (actually an inflorescence). Monstera deliciosa is an example of an aroid with an edible fruit, however it’s important to note that the fruit must fully ripen which can take up to a year, because under-ripe monstera fruits can be toxic.  Monstera deliciosa immature composite...
  • Crassulaceae, The Stonecrop Family

    Crassulaceae, The Stonecrop Family

    Crassulas, stonecrops or hen-and-chicks, are the typical plant one thinks of when we hear the word "succulent". In fact, not all succulent plants are crassulas, and not all crassulas are succulent (though the vast majority are). They are usually desert dwellers that love plenty of sun and well-draining soil; just don’t keep their feet wet for too long as this is the quickest way...
  • Cactaceae, The Cactus Family

    Cactaceae, The Cactus Family

    Probably the most famous desert-dwelling plant family, the cacti family are a group of dicots native to the Americas. There are 127 genera in this clade with 1750 known species in total. When we look at a cactus, it can be hard to decide which part is the leaf and which is the stem. Cactaceae plants have evolved to change up the roles of...
  • Orchidaceae, The Orchid Family

    Orchidaceae, The Orchid Family

    There are few flowers that inspire the type of awe that orchids do. They come in some seriously weird and wacky forms and I’m not quite sure there’s such a thing as an ordinary orchid, unless you’re comparing it against other orchids. All orchids belong to a single family of monocots, Orchidaceae. You might find members growing in the soil or living as an epiphyte...
  • Arecaceae, The Palm Family

    Arecaceae, The Palm Family

    Palms are a family consisting of evergreen monocotyledonous trees, shrubs and climbers with characteristic compound leaves known as fronds. Even though they do not resemble other trees in the dicot and gymnosperm classes in the way those plants display true secondary (lateral) growth, palms sometimes display "anomalous secondary growth" where individual cells enlarge to thicken the trunk without a vascular cambium. They tend to...
  • The Citrus Genus

    The Citrus Genus

    Citrus plants belong to a single genus native to Southeast Asia, Australia and Melanesia within the dicotyledonous Rutaceae family. These plants are known as being easily hybridisable, hence a lot of varieties are hybrids of multiple species. Description Plants within this genus generally have the habit of a shrub or tree.
  • Callistemon & Melaleuca, The Bottle Brush Genera

    Callistemon & Melaleuca, The Bottle Brush Genera

    Bottle brushes are in the Myrtaceae family along with eucalypts and lilly pillies. It’s contended whether or not Callistemon group is worthy of being described as a separate genus from the Melaluca group due to the fact that they are very similar. Because of this, they’ve been combined into a single post here. These plants are full of camphoraceous essetial oils and are responsible for tea tree oil....
  • Eucalyptus, The Gum Tree Genus

    Eucalyptus, The Gum Tree Genus

    Eucalypts are plants within 7 genera of the myrtle family Myrtaceae that share a number of characteristics, and are native to Australia and a select few other nearby countries and islands. They produce the medicinal eucalyptus oil which is anti biotic and anti viral medicine for external use, as well as being a nasal decongestant. Nothing says "Australia" quite like a good, old gum tree,...
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