6 Spring Gardening Tips to Transform Your Garden

spring gardening tipsIf you’re an expert gardener, or a novice just starting out, these 6 spring gardening tips will help your garden grow.

With the weather warming up your thoughts will be turning to long summer days in your garden where the flowers are blooming. Spring is the best time to prepare a garden you’re going to enjoy all summer.

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Posted In: Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Queenstown, Rangitikei, Rotorua, Ruapehu

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Winter gardening tips for March and April in New Zealandwinter gardening tips

A successful garden provides a visually interesting variety of colour year-round.  Builderscrack has some winter gardening tips for you! Start by incorporating a blend of trees both evergreen and deciduous, mixed up with flowering shrubs, spring bulbs, perennials and annuals.

In climates with mild winters, cooler months are a good time for flower colour and fragrance.

For climate control, choose evergreen plants for protection from cold winds and deciduous plants around the house to let the winter sunshine stream in. Here are some top gardening tips for the next couple of months. (more…)

Posted In: Arborists, Dunedin, Far North, Fiordland, Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers

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As you face your back garden and dream of creating a private oasis, the prospect of excavating, shaping, smoothing, paving and planting may seem a daunting task.  Fortunately, there are Landscapers who know every step of that process and are ready to help.

“The most important thing is to feel comfortable with your Landscaper,” says Scott Humphreys, director of Price & Humphreys Landscaping, Auckland. “You will be working through a process with them, designing and building the landscape, and you want it to be fun.”

Dr Erik Ellis, director of Erik Ellis Landscape Design and Construction, Christchurch, agrees. “It’s an empathetic relationship – you need to be compatible,” he says. “It’s important that the Landscapers style fits your lifestyle, whether you want a laid-back beach garden or something sleek and avant-garde.”

Here are some of their tips for choosing and using a landscapers services:

  • Check the landscapers’ credentials: They both recommend using landscape architects, who have formal training in site surveys, drawing skills and design. Whomever you choose, be sure to review their portfolio, check their website, talk to others who have used them, and get a sense of their style and performance.
  • Make sure they visit your location: There is nothing like being there to understand the lay of the land and what you want to achieve. A professional will want to see what he or she is working with and see you in your own environment.
  • Get more than one opinion: Particularly with large projects, it is worthwhile getting the input of more than one landscaper. Many feel strongly that all quotes should be free, although others will charge a fee, because a designer’s ideas are the fundamentals of their business.

Have a clear idea of what you want to achieve: What style do you like? Do you want a pool or a water feature; native plants or lots of flowers; a deck or paving; multiple areas, steps, or private alcoves?

  • Create a portfolio of ideas: Cut out pictures from magazines and newspapers of the elements and styles that you like, and also things that you especially don’t like.
  • Work out your budget: Be realistic about what you can achieve with the money you want to spend. This is where a landscapers’ knowledge of design and plants can really come into play, finding ways to combine your objectives with your budget.

“Don’t forget maintenance,” says Erik. “One third of a landscape is planning, one third is implementation and one third is maintenance, which determines how the garden’s character develops. Make sure you choose a design that you can comfortably maintain.”

modern-landscaping-ideas-check-for-more-modern-garden-ideas-luxury-770x578Skilled professionals from Builderscrack can transform your landscape. The clearer you are about what you want to achieve, the more they will be able to apply their talents to help you get there. Use your landscaper to explore all of the options available. They will give your ideas life, texture, colour and a little magic, and in the process create a beautiful setting that will bring you pleasure for years to come.

Article (modified) courtesy of Resene Habitat magazine.

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turfinstallerA lawn grass or turf installer is a tradesperson who can assess your tur and lawn needs, then provide and install prefabricated or artificial grass.

A lawn grass or turf installer will often visit the site to work out how much grass you require and then explain to you the pros and cons of each option.

Artificial grasses have a particular grain direction. Before rolling out the grass, the turf installer will make a note of the grain direction, then they will roll the turf onto the prepared sub-base. Once it’s laid out they’ll position it accurately and stretch out wrinkles, staking the turf before it’s stretched or pulled to keep it from shifting.

Once the turf is positioned, the edges will be trimmed with a razor knife or carpet cutter so they’re perfectly straight. Nails are used to secure the edges of the turf and should be spaced every 30cm, or as required.

A grass or turf installer services will often include:

  • Turf laying
  • Artificial turf laying
  • Turf repair

turfinstallerArtificial turf or grass is a low maintenance product but there’s a few things you can do to ensure it lasts for many years. Each day pick up any animal droppings and every month blow off the turf with a leaf blower to clear off leaves and dust.

This won’t take long and will keep your turf looking great.

Every few months brush your turf against the grain to get it to stand up and make clearing off leaves and dust easier.  You can brush the turf with a stiff outdoor broom, carpet rake or power broom. Each year check the infill and seams.  Hire a professional lawn grass or turf installer to install and maintain your turf.

Posted In: Masterton, Matamata-Piako, North Shore, Palmerston North, Turf & Grass

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landscaperA landscape gardener  brings knowledge of landscape design principles and plants to help you create an attractive, integrated home landscape.  An attractive landscape increases your home’s value and your enjoyment of the outdoor.

At the beginning, a landscape gardener or architect will talk with you about your landscaping goals and the look you want to achieve.

For example, you may want to increase the value of your house by creating an appealing entrance. Alternatively, you may need turf areas set aside for children or animals or desire the addition of an outdoor entertaining area. The landscaper should inquire about the amount of time and effort you want to put into landscape maintenance, which impact plant selection.

landscaperAfter talking with you, a landscaper creates a formal landscape plan for your review and approval. The plan includes plant selection and placement.

The landscaper may show you a drawing with representations of plants or they may use software that produces a realistic picture of the landscape under several growing conditions, such as maturing plants or seasons of the year.

The landscaper should evaluate the plan against local city council codes and bylaws as well as landscape rules of a body corporate or other organisation before presenting it to you.

The services of a landscaper include:

  • Gardening
  • Landscaping
  • Water features
  • Patios
  • Decking
  • Levelling
  • Pruning
  • Paving
  • Ponds
  • Retaining walls
  • Gazebos
  • Tidy ups
  • Trimming
  • Pools
  • Lawns

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Posted In: Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, Landscapers, Timaru, Waikato, Waimakariri, Wellington

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gardenerA gardener is a tradesperson who tends and cultivates a person’s garden including plants, shrubs and trees.  They may prune and maintain your garden on a regular basis or on a one-off basis for a general tidy up.

The term gardener may also be used to describe garden designers and landscape gardeners, who are involved chiefly in the design of gardens, rather than the practical aspects of horticulture.

A good gardener will maintain and improve the look of your outdoor area based on consulting with you over what you both want and need.  They will then do the work based on their own knowledge of growing healthy plants next to each other. Some may work as professional groundskeepers around retail, hospitality and municipal environments.

A gardener commonly uses:

  • Tools (shovel, hoe, rake)
  • Gloves
  • Watering can
  • Hose
  • Seeds, soil and fertilizer
  • Insect repellent
  • Insecticides, and pesticides

lawn mowerHiring a lawn mowing contractor or service to handle your mowing will make maintenance of your outdoor areas much easier. Contractors will provide services for both residential and commercial properties.

As the characteristics of lawns will vary, this will also affect the price charged.

A lawn mowing contractors services include:

  • Mowing lawns
  • Edging lawns around walks, driveways and curbs
  • Blowing glass clippings off patios, walks and driveways
  • Lawn Fertilization Service
  • Lawn Aeration Service
  • Weed Prevention Service

Posted In: Gardeners & Lawn Mowing, North Shore, Opotiki, Otorohanga

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