Category Archives: Landscaping Tips

13 Facts About Landscaping that Will Make You Say Wow

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In the last few months, we have posted a variety articles full of practical landscaping tips and ideas, such as 6 Simple Ideas to Improve Your Front Yard and 9 Steps that Will Make a Small Backyard Useful and Attractive. Today we have decided to do things a little bit different in order to cultivate some smiles. Here are 13 fascinating facts related to our everyday jobs of designing landscapes, maintaining flower beds, bushes and trees, correcting drainage and erosion problems, as well as installing decks and other hardscapes:   1. Australia is home to the largest earthworms in the…

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5 Ways to Add Tropical Beauty to Your Landscape

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In a tropical rainforest, the air is cool and humid. Leaves rustle everywhere, vines blow in the breeze and colorful birds dart in and out among the lush green foliage. You can capture some of this tropical beauty and incorporate it into your landscape by: Mixing foliage Tropical rainforests always have a wide variety of plants. They grow to  different heights and come in every shade of green that you can imagine. These plants also have different types of leaves, including broad leaves, narrow fronds and the lacy leaves of ferns. You can achieve a tropical effect in your landscape…

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A Guide to Xeriscaping: Making Every Drop of Water Count

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Lawns and gardens cover thousands of kilometers of land area across Australia. Every week these landscapes need about 15 litres of water per square meter to remain healthy and this can increase the property owner’s water bill by 30%. Xeriscaping was designed to revert this situation and it has been successful. Xeriscaping decreases or eliminates the amount of irrigation that a landscape needs, conserves natural resources and saves property owners dollars and cents on every water bill. The Beginning of Xeriscaping In 1981, Jim Grabow the president of a landscaping association in the United States began a program to teach…

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Landscaping Tips and Designs for Harsh Summers

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Australian summers are hard on everyone, including plants. As the season progresses, lawns brown, flower gardens shrivel and homeowners grow frustrated at their inability to keep their yards looking descent. We can’t decrease the harshness of Australian summers, but we can give you practical tips and a few landscaping designs that will help keep your lawn and flower beds looking good through the season. In order to successfully maintain your yard through the heat and dryness of summer, you need to pay attention to three things: 1. The type of plants that you have and how you plant them, 2….

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Simple Landscape Ideas for Small Backyard – Landscaping Your Backyard

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Landscaping Your Backyard The front yard is for impressing your neighbors, but landscaping your backyard is all about you. Even when you’re working with a small backyard area, you can create a space that acts as a private retreat for you to relax with friends and family. Landscape design pictures and inspiration often seem to involve huge areas, but working with a small backyard requires a focus on functional and simple landscapes with maximum effect. Small Backyard Landscape Ideas The perfect backyard for you is unique depending on the total area available, any slopes or uneven ground, the availability of…

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Ground Covers

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Ground covers are a great way of adding colour to your garden. They can be used in between trees, plants, pavers or as a feature in their own right. Ground cover by definition means the plants grow outwards rather than upwards and can often cover large areas. Some of the benefits of these plants are that they can help protect the soil from erosion, supress weed growth and are low maintenance, making them ideal for a low-maintenance garden. The range is diverse, from evergreen to annual, just make sure you assess the spot you have in mind and choose appropriately....
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Soil Misconceptions

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Our industry association, Landscaping Victoria, held a conference on 'Soil in the Landscape' to help improve our knowledge of how to deal with soil in different situations. For several reasons there has been a misconception built over time where we have been advised to dig out the existing soil without consideration and import new organic soil, when in many cases we are better off using and treating the existing site soil. Senior Soil Scientist at SESL Australia has some tips on the process to undertake in assessing existing site soil and how to treat it correctly. o   Test soil PH...
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Grow your own herbs

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Do you love the taste of fresh herbs but are sick of spending money on herbs you only use once then throw away? Why not have a go at planting your own herb garden? It is great to be able to grow your own fresh herbs and pick them directly from the garden as you need them. The hardest part is deciding which herbs you want. With many to choose from, try and work out which ones you would use most often. Common cooking herbs are; Parsley used in Italian cooking including pasta, salads and sauces Coriander for Mexican and Asian...
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Indoor plants

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Indoor plants are extremely popular right now and no matter what the size your home is, there is always a space or a nook waiting for some greenery. Once you have installed some plants in your home you will be amazed to see what a difference it can make to a room. Benefits to indoor plants are; Adding greenery inside can instantly lift a room. By simply adding a potted plant you can easily add another style element to a room which isn’t too pricey and instantly adds personality to a home. Indoor plants purify the air and filter out...
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