Before you start your first landscaping project make sure you have the gear! When you have the right tools for the project, every job will run smoother! Plus, investment in quality tools will pay off for years to come!
Sure, it is easy to wake up one morning and decide you want to landscape your whole backyard, but carrying out garden construction requires considerable planning, no matter what the size! And if you're new to landscaping, it's often hard to know where to begin, what tools to use and what quantity of materials are required. Here's a basic guide to get you started!
Before getting stuck in and planting out your autumn crop, consider reconditioning your tired soil. Ideal vegetable garden soil should be loose, deep and crumbly. It should drain well (water should not stand on top after rain) and contain plenty of organic matter (see below). Good garden soil will deliver the right mixture of air, water, and nutrients to grow a large root system and strong, productive plants. If your working with an existing vegetable garden and have had successful results previously you may need to do very little preparation to get started for the next season.
Roses are at their peak now, so grasp the opportunity to get out in your garden and admire their beauty and scent. This means now is obviously the best time to visit open rose gardens, just to take in their beauty or perhaps sniff out a few new varieties for your own backyard!
Put in the hard work now to prepare your lawn for the winter ahead. Just like the springtime, autumn is an extremely important time of year for your lawn. The time, care and effort you put into your lawn now will leave you in good stead from the colder months ahead and give you the best chance to keep your lawn healthy through the winter until next spring.
Brisbane has many soil types ranging from poor nutrient carrying Sand, deep red loamy soil, dark alluvial soil and clay. The most widespread is shallow, gravelly red and yellow loam over a deeper layer of heavy clay. In many parts of Brisbane, soils are often low in nutrients, compacted and poorly drained due to large-scale urban development which has changed the landscape dramatically.
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Many gardeners face the enormous job of clearing out flooded gardens this weekend. Past experience tells us the plants that are likely to survive and the tasks to prioritise when tackling the clean-up.
Once you have decided on the type and style of sealer you wish to use on your new pavers, you can start preparing the area for application. If the pavers are brand new, and freshly laid, it is important to allow time for them to completely dry out. Many of the concrete manufacturers make pavers to order, and therefore come off the production line, packed onto pallets and delivered to your house all in a 10 day period. Concrete can take up to 28 days to cure and if possible, you should allow them that time before sealer is applied. During this time it is important to take extra special care as they are at their most vulnerable in an unsealed state. Tend to any dirt, leaves and footprints as soon as possible to ensure they are in tip top shape when it is time to seal.
The Australian lifestyle is all about the outdoors and more and more people are investing their money in creating amazing outdoor spaces where they can make the most of it. Gone from the days where the backyard was just for the shed and a Hills Hoist, it has now become an extension of the home living space, with large expanses of luscious green lawns, pools, spas, landscaped and designer gardens and modern, small and large format natural stone and concrete pavers.
Some great news for garden lovers this week with the demise of the Queensland Water Commission bringing to an end the water restrictions that have been imposed on SEQ residents at various levels for the last 10-15 years. Well what does this mean for you and me? Well essentially, we can sprinkle our lawns and gardens unashamedly! Not for free of course... So, what would it cost you? Currently in SEQ, water charges are made up of a few different components including both fixed charges and your personal water consumption charges.
So you have spent weeks preparing and caring for your lawn, and it is paying off! It has finally become beautifully lush and green, and is like a carpet! A little brown patch appears… you think maybe it just needs a bit of water, or maybe a little bit of fertiliser burn has occurred. No panic, put the sprinkler out for 20 minutes or so and she’ll be right!
Creating a water efficient backyard does not need to be a costly measure, with so many quick and easy ideas available. Reducing your water consumption is not only good for the environment, but can ultimately save you hundreds of dollars in household bills. For some great tips on how to create a water-wise backyard, check out our helpful hints below.
You will be familiar with the leaf and twig matter that makes up the forest or bush floor. Over the years, trees constantly drop leaves and twigs to the ground in the bush. Also, the bush is filled with many forms of animals, both large and small who go about their business and indeed doing their business (pooing), foraging and eventually dying there. The resulting decay of organic matter and carcases, constitutes the forest floor's natural mulch and compost that help nurture the plants and animals that depend upon it.
This is always an interesting question and difficult to write all the details as there are so many. So we have produced some videos to help you see exactly what to do and how to make it easy for you with the right techniques.
There are many types of mulch sometimes called landscape mulch and you can see over 22 of them on our website. Or visit our yard here at Darra to see all the mulches for yourself in bulk bays at our newly renovated and clean yard with easy parking and plenty of room to drive around even with your trailer, car, ute or truck.