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How to Fix Your Retaining Wall Aesthetics with Landscaping

Posted 10/10/16

Retaining walls are often perceived as uninspiring or an eyesore. But a little landscaping can go a long way to improving the aesthetic appeal and/or blend a retaining wall in to the surroundings... Blending existing retaining walls into your landscaping Many of us have existing retaining

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Planting Bulbs for Spring

Posted 22/04/15

The autumn months of March, April and May are the best bulb planting months. The more effort you can put into planting bulbs for spring, the better the rewards during winter and spring... Planting bulbs for spring If you’re planning to planting bulbs for spring, look out for bulbs arriving

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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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Achieve Success with Our Spring Landscaping Guide

Posted 04/08/16

Spring is the perfect season for undertaking landscaping projects in your garden. The soil is still soft, weeds are easily treated before they multiply, transplanting conditions are right. Most importantly, it is a fabulous time to start a landscape design project for your outdoor entertainment

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Stage 5 Life Stages Home Ownership - Getting Your Home Ready for Retirement

Posted 30/11/17

Thinking about whether the house you're currently living in is suitable for retirement is an important to consider. Many downsize, but should you?... While your house remains your castle, there comes the time we need to adapt it. Getting your home ready for retirement is all about thinking

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6 Smart Tips for Hiring a Gardener You Can Use Right Now

Posted 15/09/16

Hiring a gardener may seem like a luxury for some, but having your garden tended to on a regular basis can be a game changer for many homwowners. Freeing up time and allowing space to do the other jobs our modern lives demand... We’ve gathered our best 6 tips to make hiring a gardener

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8 Ways to Protect Your Trees Before Heading Into Winter

Posted 29/04/15

Many homeowners are under impression that the vast majority of winter damage to their trees comes as a result of unusually cold temperatures. While this can be an aspect, there are other factors at play and we explore them... What causes most damage is the drying due to cold air and the u

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Successfully Incorporating Retaining Walls Into Your Landscaping

Posted 27/10/16

Retaining walls play an important role in our landscaping efforts. Every wall is carefully planned and constructed to ensure it is able to withstand the required load. But all too often, the aesthetic aspect of it is not considered. This leaves many homeowners with unattractive landscaping featu

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Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Posted 28/09/17

Timber is the most obvious choice for building a deck but we there are two more popular options that are worth some consideration. We take a look... Types of Decking Materials There are three main types of materials used when building a deck: timber, concrete and composite timber. Timber

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Retaining Walls 101 for Busy Homeowners and Future Developers

Posted 29/09/16

Retaining walls can be both functional and decorative features in a garden.  As structural engineering plays a part in their construction, they are best left to expert tradespeople. We take a look at what you need to know about retaining walls... What are retaining walls? The main purpose

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Navigating Wet Lawns - One Family's Solution

Hiring Jared, from Firth Landscapes, for a few days work was the ideal solution to put an end to one family's soggy lawn crossings this winter...... The Job Liz needed a garden path extended. One already existed, but it stopped short of the lawn, which meant that every time anyone in her family went to the washing line, or woodshed, they had a stretch of often wet and muddy lawn to cross. Liz had the pavers to match her existing path, she had made the plan and measured up exactly where the path would go, all she needed was to find a willing tradie. The Solution It was during this search that she came across builderscrack.co.nz. She immediately liked the way only tradies interested in doing the job were presented to the homeowner. For Liz, who works full time, it meant she could cut out the time-consuming step of “cold-calling” tradies to see if they were even interested in her job. She decided to give this new way of finding a tradie ago, she posted her job, added

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Landscape garden area above retaining wall - 37.5 m2

Posted 1 hour ago

We have an unused space in our back yard above the retaining wall. At the minute it is full of grass / weeds / small tree stumps, we would like to turn this into a low maintenance garden. Maybe build a couple of garden boxes up in this area.

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Landscaping work around the house.

Posted 3 hours ago

Hi, 1) We require quotes for landscaping around the house. This is not a big job and we saw similar houses done in a few hours job. We would like to hear your ideas for landscaping. We thought about pebbles. The house sits on clay, currently the clay is flattened and dry, so it is good to work on. 2) We might also need to extend the front house's concrete, just a a bit (2-3 square metres, so nothing crazy) We live in Warkworth, so the price needs to include everything, before we deci...

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Landscaping construction for backyard

Posted 14 hours ago

Require removal of concrete around backyard, then leveling into two levels, new laid deck, tiled most likely on one level. A seat to be built to cover a gap and some stairs from current deck level to next deck level. That would be minimum requirements but dependent on cost may do other things. Have got a landscape design.

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Large planter box

Posted 16 hours ago

Our outdoor area pavers are raised slightly as built on a hill. We want to border our pavers with a planter box so the concrete is not exposed. Planter needs to be about 6 metres long , 40cm-ish wide, 30cm-ish high.

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Arborist wanted - large tree to be felled

Posted 18 hours ago

Large liquid amber to be felled at a property on Upper Harbour Drive

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Driveway cobbles tidy up/re-lay

Posted 18 hours ago

We had a fence put in along the driveway, some of the cobbles got lifted up and not put back in. They need to be re layed. We have heaps of spares available to be cut to new shapes. There is also a couple of small areas in the driveway that need lifting and new base course put down underneath. We would like this done by the 20th of October.

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Lawn revamp to improve drainage

Posted 19 hours ago

Looking to improve the appearance and function of two pieces of lawn (post site work in some areas). As pictured there are two areas to rectify. The area next to the small retaining wall is 5.8m x 8.5m. This is a clay base and water ponds during winter which is annoying. I'm looking to establish a well functioning, free draining lawn which is usable for as much of the year as possible. As pictured there is new / good drainage behind the wall which can be drained into if required. We are looki...

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Budget landscaping on a slope

Posted 20 hours ago

Recently bought house with a bushy backyard wanting A landscape with minimal maintenance

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Small soil levelling job and tree removal

Posted 20 hours ago

Small-ish area (roughly 6x6m) of good soil to be levelled ready for lawn. Key points - Flat section but no easy machine access, so most likely to be done by hand/power tools. I have got a rotary hoe down the section before. - a few small trees (4-8) to be removed including stumps and some other plants. - we’ve had a go at starting the earthmoving and the soil is pretty good (mostly topsoil and clay). Ready to go when you are.

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Landscape

Posted 20 hours ago

I have small courtyard at entrance to house which is serviced with pots and it needs someone with ideas to make it look fabulous

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New grass, brushwood screen and more

Posted 21 hours ago

We've recently moved into a new home, we've done a few bits and bobs outside but we are now exhausted and would love a hand to get things finished. The first job is to prep. for a small grass area (30msq) (where temporary vege patch is, as per photo). The next to put up a temporary brushwood screen to hide an ugly wall of dirt (see pic). The last to tidy up the path around deck with some gravel or potentially grass... What's there currently is quite hard to break up and smooth out (clay based)....

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Paving courtyard

Posted 21 hours ago

We have a couryard approximately 7m x 8m that we would like paved. It is a flat section. It is grassed at the moment. There is about 30cm between the house and the backyard so don't think there will be heaps of excavating. Flexible with timeframe - was planning on doing it ourselves but with a baby on the way we do not have enough spare time. Please send through your quote and we'll get back to you. Thanks!

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Retaining Wall Snells Beach - September

Posted 22 hours ago

Retaining Wall required on new build site. Will need to cut back bank. Concrete in posts (9), fit timber, add drainage and some back fill. This wall has three sections Section A & B have a height of no more than 1.5m to be determined on site. Section C starts at the height of B and tapers down towards the northern boundary. Total length of retaining Section A = 4.8m Section B = 1.35m Section C = 2.4m Total of 9 poles required 200mm diameter. Job could be either, supply and...

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Outdoor Pavers Snells Beach

Posted 22 hours ago

Paving patio areas, new build, expected timeframe late Jan 2020 Area 1 - 4.5m x 3.0m 13.5sqm Area 2 - a - 8.5m x 2.9m 26.35sqm Area 2 - b - 4.8m x 4.2m 20.16sqm Area 2 - c - 3.3m x 2.3m 7.59sqm Area 2 - Total 51.1sqm Area 1 & 2 Total 67.6sqm potentially up to 75sqm House is a new build in Snells Beach, area to be paved will be flatish but starting from clay upwards. Will need grading, and full metal base required. Area 2 is actually a continuous area formed around the sh...

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Landscaper plans

Posted 22 hours ago

Need some ideas that can be done to my back section

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Tree stump removal

Posted 22 hours ago

We have started preparing to remove this stump and are looking to have the job completed

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Garden Design

Posted 1 day ago

I have an established garden area that needs a revamp. I am ideally hoping to do most of this myself however would like someone to make a plan with me that I could work from in stages. I have a both a front and back garden.

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Mayes mess

Posted 1 day ago

Hello. I'm looking for the front and back sections of my property to be cleaned up. I would like ideas for new plants, bushes and anything else that could make my property more attractive. Thank you for your time.

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Landscaping

Posted 1 day ago

Front garden: Building planter boxes/similar, applying garden & plants Back garden: Levelling the ground to flat & installing planter boxes / ideas

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Landscaping work needed ASAP

Posted 1 day ago

I'd like a new driveway and some new plants around the sides of the house. I am also open to any other suggestions that would improve the curb side appeal of the house. There is also a 16.15m building line restriction from the road of the property.

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Recent landscaping reviews

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Replacement retaining walls

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

19th September 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Landscaping in Churton Park

Work carried out by the owner/operator

18th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
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 5
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 5

Planting a few fruit trees

Work carried out by the owner/operator

17th September 2019

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 4
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 4
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 5
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1 m high x 5.5m long retaining wall in terraced garden

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 4
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 5
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 5

Toru #2

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15th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Adding panels to our existing retaining wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

12th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 4
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 5
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 5

Garden edging and raised garden beds

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Paving

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th September 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Clear a small garden of aloe veras and ferns

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9th September 2019

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 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Planting trees , digging large holes

Work carried out by the owner/operator

7th September 2019

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 5
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 5
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Spread topsoil

Work carried out by an employee of the company

6th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Landscape

Work carried out by the owner/operator

6th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

medium/small retaining wall - one post to realign

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th September 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Flagstaff MC planting

Work carried out by the owner/operator

4th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 5
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 5

Replace Retaining Wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

2nd September 2019

Workmanship
 5
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 5
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 4
Communication
 5

Replace paving 17 SqM

Work carried out by the owner/operator

31st August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 5

Pool retaining wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th August 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
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 5
Communication
 4

Remove large elevated flower bed and grass the area

Work carried out by an employee of the company

27th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pavers need to be level

Work carried out by the owner/operator

27th August 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Pergola and gate

Work carried out by the owner/operator

26th August 2019

Workmanship
 4
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 4
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