January 21-27, 2024: Issue 610


Summer De-Bug: How to Keep Flies, Ants, Mozzies and Cockroaches where they belong - In the Garden

The Green Life Centre at Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Mona Vale Store - Bassett Street.
Insects are beneficial to the environment in a multitude of ways—especially when they're outside where they belong. Ants, flies, mosquitoes, cockroaches and moths aren't so welcome when they're in your house. 

In early January 2024 NSW Health is reminded people to protect themselves from mosquitoes when they are out and about during the Summer holidays. As residents in this area have contracted Ross River fever, and are still dealing with the symptoms almost two years on, protecting yourself and your family is vital at this time of year, especially after rain events.

NSW Health’s Acting Director of Environmental Health, Paul Byleveld, said with more people spending time outdoors, it was important to take steps to reduce mosquito bite risk.

“Mosquitoes thrive in wet, warm conditions like those that much of NSW is experiencing,” Mr Byleveld said.

“Mosquitoes in NSW can carry viruses such as Japanese encephalitis (JE), Murray Valley encephalitis (MVE), Kunjin, Ross River and Barmah Forest. The viruses may cause serious diseases with symptoms ranging from tiredness, rash, headache and sore and swollen joints to rare but severe symptoms of seizures and loss of consciousness.”

“People should take extra care to protect themselves against mosquito bites and mosquito-borne disease, particularly after the detection of JE in a sentinel chicken in Far Western NSW.”

The NSW Health sentinel chicken program provides early warning about the presence of serious mosquito borne diseases, like JE. Routine testing in late December revealed a positive result for JE in a sample from Menindee.

A free vaccine to protect against JE infection is available to those at highest risk in NSW and people can check their eligibility at Japanese encephalitis vaccination.

People are encouraged to take actions to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of acquiring a mosquito-borne virus by:
  • Applying repellent to exposed skin. Use repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Check the label for reapplication times.
  • Re-applying repellent regularly, particularly after swimming. Be sure to apply sunscreen first and then apply repellent.
  • Wearing light, loose-fitting long-sleeve shirts, long pants and covered footwear and socks.
  • Avoiding going outdoors during peak mosquito times, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • Using insecticide sprays, vapour dispensing units and mosquito coils to repel mosquitoes (mosquito coils should only be used outdoors in well-ventilated areas)
  • Covering windows and doors with insect screens and checking there are no gaps.
  • Removing items that may collect water such as old tyres and empty pots from around your home to reduce the places where mosquitoes can breed.
  • Using repellents that are safe for children. Most skin repellents are safe for use on children aged three months and older. Always check the label for instructions.
  • Protecting infants aged less than three months by using an infant carrier draped with mosquito netting, secured along the edges.
  • While camping, use a tent that has fly screens to prevent mosquitoes entering or sleep under a mosquito net.
Remember, Spray Up – Cover Up – Screen Up, to protect from mosquito bite. 

There are some practical things you can do, beginning in the garden, to keep that balance and minimise that awful mozzie singing near your ears at midnight. Mosquitoes need water to breed so if you have a pond, fountain or birdbath the first thing you should do each Summer is make sure there is fresh water or a flow of water in these to stop them becoming your own home ground mozzie breeding place. 

If you don't have flyscreens on your windows and doors, or those you do have have tears in them, replacing that mesh will also keep the biters at bay indoors and restore sleep.

How to Make or Fix Fly-screens
Tape measure
Mitre box
Hacksaw with fine tooth blade
Spline roller and Stanley knife
Aluminium framing
Frame corners
Screen mesh

Cowdroy Frame Aluminium Screen Bronze 25 x 11 x 2.5m: $10.40

Cowdroy Removable Flyscreen 2 x 2m: $20.50 -Insect screen removable suits windows up to 2 x 2m, Premium quality mesh, Quick assembly and easy to cut to size. Pack includes an 8-metre roll of adhesive hook tape

Cowdroy Flyscreen Frame Kit: $5.55 - Includes 4 PVC black corners, 4 clear offset buttons, 2 clear frame hinges. Suitable for 25mm 11mm flyscreen frame

Make The Frame
Measure your existing window or door and cut the aluminium frame to fit. A good tip is to use a mitre box. Once you have the lengths for the frame, you need to cut the corners at a 45 degree angle so the pieces fit together. It's also best to use a fine tooth blade with the hacksaw when sawing the corners. Insert the frame corners into the aluminium pieces and push the pieces together.

Fit The Mesh
Once the frame is together, it's time to fit the mesh to the frame. Lay the mesh over the frame and start with a short length. Tack the spline into the frame at the ends and the middle using the spline roller, before running it along the entire length. This will stop the mesh from bunching up. Repeat this step for the longer length, and then work your way around the frame until all the mesh is in place. A second pair of hands to keep the mesh taut while you are fixing it to the frame will make things easier here.  Cut off the excess spline and trim the mesh with a Stanley knife.

Fix a Torn Flyscreen
To fix the mesh on an existing fly screen, simply remove the spline and mesh, replace the mesh, and follow the step as above.

All you need to make or repair your flyscreens are available from Johnson Bros. Mitre 10 at Mona Vale and Avalon stores from the frame pieces to the clips and mesh.

Install Some Herbs in Your Garden
Another practical way to keep the outdoors insects and spiders where they belong also relates to the garden and  means becoming a herb gardener. There are a multitude of herbs that are known insect repellents, and herbs are one of the easiest plants to grow. Most need little maintenance, and many of them don't mind a little shade. Known as 'Companion Gardening' adding some herbs can keep a number of insects at bay as well as look after other plants in your garden that are susceptible to insects. The bonus here is, of course, you can then use these herbs in recipes, refreshing Summer drinks and Summer salads!

Many of these plants can be used as on-skin natural repellents as well.  Before you do that, though, it’s advisable to make sure the plant’s natural properties will not adversely affect you. Determine your tolerance by rubbing crushed leaves on a small area on your forearm for several days prior to using on a larger scale.

If you're craving a mosquito-free evening on your verandah or deck, think lemon. Lemongrass, lemon-scented Pelargoniums and lemon balm are some of the ones you can keep in pots or in the garden. Lemon balm is a mint and like all mints, you never have to think about it again after planting—except maybe to cut it back to keep it under control. Speaking of mint, rubbing it on your skin is also an effective way to repel biting bugs. Lemongrass also makes a great tea.

Another plant with outstanding mosquito-repellent properties that's effective against cockroaches as well is catnip. 

Basil is one of the many herbs you can use to make a natural insect repellent so your summer fun isn't bothered by pesky insects. Basil insect repellent not only works well to keep stinging bugs away, but it has a pleasant aroma and can be grown easily and inexpensively. Basil is great to place near your outdoor grill or picnic tables, where flies like to gather. Remember basil needs to be watered at the roots and not the leaves and a good crop will ensue. You can also add a pot of basil on either side of doorways. 

Mint pretty much repels anything, and that includes flies. Place a few sprigs around your home or when entertaining outdoors rub some on your skin.

Lemon thyme repels mosquitoes. This hardy herb can adapt to dry or rocky, shallow soil and will thrive in your herb garden, a rock garden or a front border as long as these are in sunny locations. The plant itself will not repel pesky mosquitoes; to release its chemicals, you must first bruise the leaves. To do this, simply cut off a few stems and rub them between your hands. 

In fact lavender, tansy, rosemary and even cloves will keep them at bay. Lavender is especially useful at keeping moths our of clothes - Keep lavender growing in your deck planters or garden to keep the bugs away. You can also hang dried lavender in your wardrobe, and you will never have to worry about moths eating your clothes.

Citronellaused in all sort of candles, torches, and insect repellents has proven its insect repelling value, but using the live plant is much more effective. Citronella is a large clumping grass that looks great in flower beds and verandah planters. Try to place your citronella plants near places where people gather for the best effect.

Some of these herbs can also be used to keep pests in the garden off favourite plants: Dill repels aphids, spider mites, cabbage moths and tomato hornworms. Oregano: Repels many pests and will provide ground cover and humidity for capsicums.

Adding a few or all of the above will add fragrance, beauty and edible plants to your garden. Planting them side by side in either your garden or in planter boxes that can be moved to where you want to use them; around the barbecue area or next to entrance doors, will provide year round insect repellents that are attractive - especially when flowering.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 have a wide range of herbs and seeds as well as planter boxes of all shapes and sizes to get your herb garden started. Pop into the Green Life Garden Centre at Mona Vale and get inspired.

Wall of herb planter boxes. Monterrey Cafe in Auckland, New Zealand

Using Herbs Indoors to Repel Insects
There are other things in your kitchen that act as insect repellents as well.

Ants are one of the most frequent home invaders and one of the easiest to deal with in a sweet-smelling, natural way. Spraying lemon juice or vinegar along the path where they're entering the house works as well as insecticides. Mint and tansy are two herbs that are especially effective in keeping ants away. Crumble some leaves around trouble spots, place a few plants on a windowsill or even plant some just outside your door. Both are care-free hardy perennials that will come back year after year, and mint's purple flowers and tansy's yellow buttons will add color to your doorway. Hot pepper flakes are a bit messier and less aromatic and can get the job done as well, but not good if you have pets that may decide to 'clean them up' or little children who may be equally drawn to the bright red flakes.

In the kitchen, seal all your food in containers— especially attractive nuisances like sugar and flour. Bay Leaves, used for it's fragrance in cooking, is a scent moths, flies, mice, earwigs and cockroaches do not like. If you don't have fresh bay leaf plants, you can use dried bay leaves to get the same results and put some anywhere these insects have been spoiling food or an area - even in the flour or pasta container itself.

The most seen spider coming indoors during Summer is the huntsman which will seek out a dry corner prior to rain. These are harmless if left alone and will get rid of those mosquitoes who do sneak through.


Johnson Brothers Mona Vale E-Waste Recycle Program

Johnson Brothers have become a FREE e-waste recycling collection point at our Mona Vale store.

The bins for disposal are at the start of the parking for our Trade customers, but it’s free for all to use (during business hours).

From December 4th 2023, you can drop off any unwanted electrical items at Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale for recycling by our e-waste management partner, Sircel

E-waste is anything with an electrical plug or battery. This includes electric power tools, household appliances, computers and mobile phones.

We cannot accept gas, petrol or diesel appliances.

When you bring your stockpile of old power tools, tablets and TVs to our e-waste collection bins, what happens then?

Our recycling partner, Sircel, collects the waste each week and transports it to a facility in Western Sydney. There, Sircel deploys their world-leading and proprietary refining solution to: 

  • Triage all electronics that may have a future useful life, such as TVs and computers
  • Securely data-erase all electronics to remove all information in preparation for reuse
  • For products with no viable future use, Sircel safely removes any batteries and sends them downstream to a dedicated, authorised battery recycling partner
  • All e-waste is then mechanically destroyed
  • Individual commodities are recovered and returned to the circular economy for re-use as regenerated resources.

Give your old power tools, household appliances and computers a new life in the circular economy. 

Plastic tool casings could become bench seats, copper cabling could become a new copper pipe, and the gold, silver and palladium in your old phone could be transformed into fuel cells in your car.

Together, we can make finite resources infinite.

Johnson Brothers Family

JBH- Mitre 10 Products To Help Keep Mozzies At Bay This Summer + A Few Other Summer Necessities

Waxworks Citronella Pie Dish Candle: $4.95

20 hour burn time; Terracotta dish; Assorted wax colours. Bring nature's weapon against mosquitoes to your outdoor entertaining area with the Citronella Pie Dish Candle. The fresh, vibrant modern colour assortment adds ambiance to patio and garden parties. Made from quality materials for a cleaner burn, this impressive citronella candle is guaranteed to dazzle.

Rocky Point Premium Indoor Plant Care Pack: $34.50

Keeping your indoor plants healthy and vibrant is easy with the Rocky Point Premium Indoor Plant Care Pack. The perfect care pack for plant lovers. Three things you need to make your plants grow stronger, healthier and grow lush foliage. This pack includes a 500mL Plant Tonic and 500mL Plant Foliage Spray, which will give your plants the balance of nutrients and water they need to flourish, as well as a bonus Plant Watering Meter so you can be sure not to over or underwater.

Includes: 1x 500mL Indoor Plant Tonic – Plant food to boost growth for your plants; 1x 500mL Plant Foliage Spray – the perfect spray for shinier leaves and deterring pests; PLUS, A BONUS Plant Watering Meter – to take the guesswork out of watering your plants

Willow Workmate Soft Cooler 18 Can 6L: $25.99

The Willow Workmate Cooler is a stylish, tough and rugged insulated bag that is perfect for work, school or simply on the go. The large capacity makes this ideal for big appetites and will hold up to 19 cans. It features triple-layer cool tech performance insulation designed to keep contents cool for hours when on-the-go.

Includes: The Willow Workmate Cooler features triple-layer cool tech performance insulation designed to keep contents cool for hours when on-the-go; Large capacity for big appetites and holds up to 19 cans; Removable adjustable cross-body strap and an easy-carry padded handle; Exterior pocket to hold keys, phone, wallet, and more with two handy compartments with separate access zips; Made from durable and tough material and an easy clean liner simply wipe with damp cloth; The leak-proof welded cooler bag liner is free of BPA

Willow Celebration Cooler 33L: $62.99

Celebrate the good times with this 33L cooler that holds up to 44 cans of drink and ice for up to 28 hours. The cooler is easy to take on your travels, thanks to its tall design which allows it to be stored upright. With dense insulation designed to keep food and drinks cooler for longer, Willow coolers are made to withstand harsh Aussie summer conditions. The large size of the Celebration Cooler is perfect for family picnics, days at the beach, parties and more.

Includes: 33L capacity, holds up to 44 cans of drink; Retains ice for up to 28 hours; Dense insulation to keep contents cooler for longer; Pivot handle backwards to lock cooler closed, forwards to open; Tall design to allow upright storing.

Greenleaf Marine Cooler 60L: $179.00

The Greenleaf 60 Litre Marine Cooler is made from food grade material and will keep your food and drink cold for up to 3 days making it ideal for camping and fishing trips.  It has a strong and durable polyurethane casing with stainless steel clips to lock down the lid.  It also features a drain plug to help remove excess liquid.  

Karcher K2 Pressure Washer: $239.00

The K2 Pressure Washer with 10m hose reel, is the ideal cleaning solution for occasional use and lighter dirt around the house (e.g. on bicycles, garden tools and garden furniture). Whether for dirty bicycles, caked-on mud on garden tools or dirty garden furniture – the K2 from Kärcher removes lighter dirt around the house in no time. The pressure washer is designed for occasional use.

Includes: 1750 PSI; 10m hose reel; Tidy storage on the hook; Detergent inlet; Includes 1L Car Wash Detergent

Coolaroo Everyday Square Shade Sail in Beech or Graphite 3.6m: $149.00

Coolaroo Everyday Shade Sails are a medium weight, high quality sail designed to provides 90% UV protection for People and Pets. These sails meet Australian Standards (AS 4174:2018) and are endorsed by the Cancer Council.

Includes: Square shape in 3.6m; Provides 90% UV block; 205 gsm HDPE; Fade resistant UV stabilised high quality Coolaroo knitted fabric; Breathes to keep you cooler; Reinforced edges; Mould and mildew resistant; Simple DIY installation; Includes quality Stainless steel D rings on each corner; Includes 5-year warranty against UV degradation; Size: 3.6m, Colour: Beech. Also available in colour Graphite

Coolaroo Shade Sail Commercial Grade Beech or Graphite 5 x 3m: $248.00

Sail shades allow you to live life on your terms without fear of sun damage. When only the best will do, Coolaroo Commercial Grade Shade Sails are heavyweight, high-quality products designed to provide up to 95% UV protection for people and pets. This product provides an excellent shade solution for larger areas in the garden, home and business.

Coolaroo Commercial Grade Shade Sail is rectangular in shape. It has sail corners that are fitted with 316 marine-grade stainless tell 'D' rings. Moreover, this shade sail from Coolaroo meets Australian Standards AS 4174:2018 and are endorsed by the Cancer Council.

Includes: 5 x 3m rectangle shape, 340gsm HDPE commercial grade fabric; Superior dimensional stability with reinforced edges; Fade-resistant UV stabilised fabric with up to 95% UV block; Includes stainless steel D rings on each corner; Mould and mildew resistant; Complies with Australian Standards AS4174 and a Cancer Council endorsed product. Also available in colour Graphite.

Aluminium Market Umbrella Taupe 2.95m: $99.00

For those requiring some small-scale shade or cover, the Aluminium Market Umbrella offers a simple yet elegant-looking answer. Featuring a white, power-coated aluminium frame, the umbrella is ultra-lightweight, and easily stored away when not in use with the crank open/close mechanism. The built-in tilt capabilities together with the UV50+ protection make the canopy a reliable, effective measure against sun and rain. The canopy’s classy taupe finish is stunning and reflects the light away, keeping your area cooler in the heat, especially during summer. The professional-looking structure enhances your outdoor aesthetic, sure to attract attention at the next BBQ or garden party.

White powder coated aluminium frame with 8 ribs; 180g single-layer polyester canopy in taupe; UV50+ canopy provides solid protection; Tilt function increases versatility; Crank open/close system for easy storage; Reliable protection from the sun and rain.

Umbrella Stand Round Polyresin Black 18kg: $49.00

The Round Umbrella Stand is a perfect addition to your garden. It has a wide base and allows for a 2.5-3m market umbrella to be fitted and the stylish black design looks great with any furniture. Round 18.5KG polyresin umbrella base for extended durability; A base suitable for 2.5-3m market umbrella with pole size 38mm - 48mm; Polyresin construction.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10: Serving Our Community Since 1955

The Independent Hardware Group has awarded Johnson Bros Mona Vale the best in state Store of the Year at the IHG state awards again in 2023.

Johnson Brothers say; ''Thank you to all of our amazing staff and customers for being awesome!''

IHG is Australia’s largest home improvement wholesaler supplying more than 1,500 stores nationwide. These stores cater to a broad range of Trade and DIY customers and range from large format warehouses to convenience operations and Trade centres, as well as frame and truss sites in two States. 

Under the IHG network, there is a clear mandate to support the growth of Independents within the hardware sector in Australia by helping them to be ‘The Best Store in Town’.

The culture of IHG is built on being a low cost and transparent business partner to members, with an unwavering commitment to protect and grow a sustainable independent hardware sector for the long term.

Greenlife garden centre at Johnson Brothers Mona Vale - for all your gardening needs.

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 Trade Centre at Mona Vale - everything you need under one roof.

JBH Design Centre 

JBH Design Centre is a tool for builders and DIY'ers to assist in the fit out of houses. It has displays of kitchens, Bathrooms, Doors and Storage as well as knowledgeable staff to assist in making house fit out painless.

Visit: http://jbhdc.com.au/

On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/design.centre.jbh/

Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 New Store
73 Bassett Street
Mona Vale - Online Store: Jbhmv.Com.Au

Products advice is available from the trained friendly staff at Narrabeen, Mona Vale and Avalon Johnson Brothers Mitre 10. 

Click on logo to visit Johnson Brothers Mitre 10 website

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 - Avalon            (02) 9918 3315

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JBH Fencing & Landscape Supplies    (02) 9970 6333

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Mitre 10, great new video By Community Requests Autumn/February 2021 re-run: Garden Design and Plant Management to Minimise Tick Attacks and Infestations  The Bees Knees: what you can plant now to help your garden grow and help the bees  Dealing with Storm Events: Flooding inside and around the home - how to Be Prepared  Fun Project Ideas for Autumn School Holidays  10 Ways to keep your home warm and save money this Autumn and Winter  Mother's Day 2021 Ideas: Grow Her Some Lemons Or Avocadoes Or Get A Pink Step Ladder So She Can Safely Reach The Top Shelf Indoors + JBH Celebrates Upgrade Of Avalon Beach Store  These 3 Tips Will Help You Create A Thriving Pollinator-Friendly Garden This Winter  'Generation Restoration' Is The UN's World Environment Day 2021 Theme: How You Can Help Out At Home  The Johnson Brothers Trade Day Is Back: Thursday June 17th + How To Build A Nesting Box For Our Local Possums and Birds  Winter School Holidays 2021: Fun Projects You Can Do Around The Home - Something For The Young and Even Younger  Winter DIY Ideas: Painting A Feature Wall + Outdoor Heating Options For Your Home + Declutter/Organise That Tool Shed Science Week 2021 Food Theme: A Salad Garden For Children  Early Spring Chores For Great A Summer Outdoors: Clean and Reseal Your Wooden Deck Area  Early Spring Chores For Great A Summer Outdoors: Soil Preparation For Vegetables + Salads + A Few Other Tips To Make Your Garden Ready To Plant Out  Spring School Holidays Projects 2021: A Swing Chair and Dolls' House or Toy Garage  The Beer Ledge: Done In An Afternoon Projects For The Garden  October- November Garden Jobs: Let's Get Busy Planting Out Now + Mow For Your Bros. This Movember   Mow For Your Bros. This Movember: Some Lawn Care Tips To Keep Your Grass Greener This Summer - Aerate, Worm Up!, Fertilise, Watering, Mowing Basics  Christmas-New Years 2021 Checklists: Preparing The Garden & Home - Entertaining - Gift Ideas For Every Budget  DIY Backyard Cricket Pitch DIY Surfboard Rack: Vertical and Horizontal Options  Late Summer - Early Autumn Garden Tips: BOM Forecasts Warm Autumn 2022 With Above Average Rainfall  Dealing With Dampness Inside The Home March 2022  Maintenance Of Your Home's Outside Areas After Storm Events: Paths, Walls & Windows, Dampness Under The House, Dying Lawns And Plants - The DIY Checklist  Fun Project Ideas for Youngsters for Autumn School Holidays: wooden cars, blackboards, bright painted herb pots, grow your own food, make a chessboard  Mother's Day 2022: Promise Her An Ever Blooming Native Flowering Plants Garden  Retaining Walls Save Your Garden's Soil: DIY  Winter Draught Stops To Lessen Your Power Bill   Johnson Brothers Trade Day 2022: June 16 At Mona Vale + Winter Garden Jobs For A Flowering Fruitful Spring  Winter School Holidays Projects For Youngsters On Rainy Days Dealing With Dampness Inside The Home: Black Mould July 2022  Stop Winter Rain Soil Erosion In Your Garden - Especially On Sloping Blocks Increases In Building Materials Costs Adds Pressure To Fixed Price Contracts - Construction Industry  Father's Day 2022 - Some Gift Ideas To Make Dad Feel Special; Some For Those Without A Single Dollar + Some For Those Who Get Pocket Money! Spring 2022: Time To Get In The Garden! What Can Be Done In September - For Youngsters + Oldsters  Spring School Holidays 2022: Handmade Toys - For Youngsters + Oldsters Who Want To Lend A Hand  Spring Lawn Care: During Mow For Your Bro Month - Movember 2022  Preparing Your Garden and Home For Bushfires 2022 - The Rains Will Cease; Now Is A Good Time To Clean Out Your Gutters + Prep. The Home  Preparing Outdoor Areas For Christmas Get-Togethers and Summer Visitors: Wooden Decks, Tiles, Pavers, Outdoor  Furniture, Putting Up The Christmas Lights, Garden Spruce Up   Summer Garden-House Care: when to water, mow, when and how to harvest that crop, how to keep the ants, ticks and mozzies at bay this season + Christmas Gifts for all budgets and everyone + Johnson Brothers Christmas - New Years Trading Hours  End Of Summer Garden To Do List For A Bountiful Indian Summer This Autumn  End Of Summer Garden To Do List For The Lawn: How To Combat Armyworm + Small Jobs Boost Winter Resilience - Aerate, Weed, Feed, Patch Bare Spots  A Dry Autumn Forecast: How To Look After Your Garden During Low Rain Seasons + What Plants Thrive In Dry Conditions  Autumn School Holidays 2023: DIY Project Ideas For Youngsters, Older Youngsters & The Young At Heart: Lava Lamp (60th year of this invention), Wood Building Blocks for Toddlers and Older, Let's go Fly a Kite, Basic Wood Bookshelf, Sundial, Make a rope and wood swing, Making Your Own Windchimes + more  It's starting to get Cold: 11 Ways to keep your home warm, safe and save money this Autumn and Winter - what to look for in a heater; the list!  Mother's Day 2023 DIY Idea: A Basic Bookshelf You Can Make For All Mum's Books  Mould set to rise Inside Your home this Winter: How to Keep Air and Surfaces Healthier  A Job For Life as HSC Trial Exams commence: Apprentice Carpenter + Commencement Tool List  Pittwater's Noxious Weeds: A Great Time To Get Outdoors, Pull Them Out - Replace With Native Plants  DIY Worm Farm: Spring 2023 Garden Prep. + Father's Day 2023 Gift Ideas   DIY Father's Day 2023 Gift Ideas: Some For Little Hands + Those Now Grown + The Best Gifts For The Best Dads From JBH Dry Warm Spring Forecast: Time To Prepare Your Home For Bushfire Season - The RFS's List + 6 Easy To Do Extras You Can Do In The Garden + Home To Be Prepared, Get Ready Weekend 2023 Dry Warm Spring Forecast: Put In Drought Tolerant Native Plants + Spring School Holiday Spring Gardening Ideas For Youngsters Because They Like 'Growing Stuff' Too  Johnson Brothers' Mona Vale Outlet Wins Store Of The Year Again In 2023: Tradies Breakfast Every Friday - Recycling Of Batteries Available + Spring Garden Care For Your Lawn  How To Save Water This Spring-Summer  How To Save Water This Spring-Summer: Retaining Water On A Sloping Site + Best Coastal Plants To Retain Soil  Christmas Lights Time: Deck Your Home With Rows Of Jolly! + Pittwater MP - Leader Of Opposition Visit Mona Vale Johnson Brothers Store  Christmas-New Years-Summer Prep.: Outdoor Areas For Summer Celebrations + How To Keep Your Home Cool During A Heatwave Without An Air-Conditioner + DIY Your Own BBQ Kitchen Garden For Gifts That Grow Past That Giving Day  Johnson Brothers Hardware Mona Vale launches e-Waste Recycle Program 


John and Bob Johnson - The Johnson Brothers Profile  John William Alfred Johnson - The Eulogies for those who could not attend Mass

Australia's Prime Minister Visits Mackellar - Informal Afternoon Tea with Hon. Malcolm Turnbull October 2016

JBH Win Awards August 2018 Trifecta - 2018 Free Trade Day supporters, Mitre 10 Heritage Advert features JBH Mona Vale Store, Hardware Australia’s 2018 NSW Hardware Store of the Year over 2500sqm.

Front Page Issue 294: 2018 Winners Of National Hardware Store Of The Year - Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale !!!

National Garden Week's 2019 Focus Is On Children(Oct 13-19): School Holiday Garden Ideas (to get started on) & Congratulations Award Winning Johnson Brothers Mitre10 At Mona Vale - 2019 NSW Store Of the Year2019 NSW Trade Centre Of the Year and 2019 Village Garden Centre of the Year

Johnson Bros Mitre 10 were awarded as the best Trade Store in the country: February 2020

Family Hardware Store Wins Best In Australia: Johnson Bros Mitre 10 Mona Vale Crowned ‘National Trade Store Of The Year’ - Celebrating 65th Year in 2020

Johnson Brothers' Mona Vale Outlet Wins Store Of The Year Again In 2023: Tradies Breakfast Every Friday - Recycling Of Batteries Available 

Anzac Day In Pittwater 2020: Candles, Crosses and Online Commemorative Services: Johnson Brothers Family Donates 20 Thousand Candles to Community Light Up The Dawn Initiativ

Front Page Issue 447ANZAC DAY 2020

Front Page Issue 478: Johnson Brothers Avalon Store Renovations & Mona Vale Store: Everything You Need This Summer In Stock

Front Page Issue 492:  JBH Celebrates Upgrade Of Avalon Beach Store

Bob, John and Robert Johnson, 2013 - photo by A J G.
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