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.
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…)
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.”
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?
“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.”
Skilled 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.
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.
Artificial 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.
A 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.
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.
Hiring a gardener can be a great way to ease pressure for a time strapped household or for homeowners that don’t have a green thumb. But what what can you except a gardener to do?…