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Should you plant a raingarden at your Carnegie property?

By Matt Hurlston

If you’re hoping to make your Carnegie property more energy efficient in 2016, then an upcoming seminar could be just what you need. A free presentation on raingardens is scheduled for 16 February, where Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design will be explaining the benefits of this outdoor feature.

It’s set to be held in the Caulfield Glasshouse Elms Room at Caulfield Racecourse and could give you some creative ideas for your own property in Carnegie. Raingardens usually look like garden beds, but are designed to collect and filter water that’s collected on certain surfaces.

Not only does it reduce the amount of flow-off into stormwater drains, but also gives an eco-friendly way of using water in your home and garden.

Among the areas Ms Sutherland will discuss are how to build a raingarden, the different types that are available and which plants particularly thrive in this type of environment. The free presentation will also take a closer look at what simple changes you can make at your home to maximise its environmental credentials.

If you are out and about in your garden this summer, then some safety hints and tips from Glen Eira City Council could be just what you need. It advises making sure you keep your fluid levels up and wearing loose-fitting clothing to avoid overheating.

Other tips include protecting yourself against the sun when working outdoors, wearing a hat and plenty of sunscreen to avoid causing damage to your skin.

Embrace the outdoor lifestyle in Carnegie

The Carnegie climate is just one reason why people choose to make the move to this part of Victoria. Matt Hurlston and his team are on hand to make sure you find a property that allows you to make the most of the great outdoors while living in this popular suburb.

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