Healthy soil means a healthy garden. You don’t need to apply miracle chemicals or new-fangled fertilisers just to make your garden soil healthy. Adding organic compost to your garden soil is the best and least expensive thing you can do to produce beautiful garden flowers or a nice crop of vegetables.
For colder climates
Adding organic compost to your soil depends on your geographical location. If you live in cooler climates such as South Australia, New South Wales, and Victoria, where there is only one major growing season, from late spring to early fall. Layer partially decomposed organic compost during the stated period, before the ground freezes and let it decompose through the winter. In the next spring, your soil will be ready for planting.(more…)
Whether your swimming pool is at ground level or above ground, there are simple and cheap ways to landscape around your pool that fits your budget. It’s all a matter of how resourceful and creative you are. Some of these pool landscaping ideas take advantage of what you have lying around the house. Others, such as garden rocks for sale, need to be bought from your local landscape supplier at an affordable cost. And there’s no need to call the pros because these ideas are DIY.
Instead of stringing lights or using LED pool lighting, you can save on your utility bill by having a more natural source of light. You can build a fire pit as a source of light and a stunning accent piece. It illuminates your backyard, and on a chilly night, the family can huddle close by the fire.(more…)
A simple garden pond with colourful rocks and plants is a great feature in your backyard garden. Adding fish in the pond is an option you can look into later. Of course, you’ll need to do some digging and buy some landscape materials from a “landscape supply near me” to build your simple DIY garden pond.
Aquatic plants are a beautiful decoration for simple garden ponds. They also filter pond water by absorbing phosphates, nitrates, ammonium, and metals while contributing to oxygen. You can position plants around the pond’s edges or group them on one side while having a rock garden on the other side. Don’t use invasive shrubs that can choke the water, like water lettuce, alligator weed, and hyacinth.(more…)
If you have a large backyard, adding a water feature to it is a great way to start a turtle pond while infusing your outdoor space with an element of tranquillity where you and your family can sit around and relax. If you want to add an attractive turtle pond without the tiresome effort of digging a hole, you can buy sands Australia, concrete blocks, cement, and other materials to be used for the above-ground turtle pond from a nearby landscape supply store (such as Labrador Landscape Supplies in the Brisbane and Gold Coast areas).
Depending on your area, putting an aquatic turtle outdoors is something you can do only during the spring and summer. If your state or territory has warmer temperatures nearly all year round, aquatic turtles will be able to live outdoors. You can also select a species that hibernates in the winter.(more…)
There is no arguing that mulching around shrubs is an excellent way to keep these plants healthy. After all, mulch conserves soil moisture, suppresses seeds of weeds, and protects the lower stems of shrubs. In fact, cypress mulch seems to work best with shrubs. However, mulching takes a little understanding in order to work well with plants.
For existing shrubs
For coarse mulching materials such as bark or cypress, make the depth only two to three inches. Add only as much to maintain the regular depth after deterioration. For example, if the mulch applied a couple of years beforehand has deteriorated to about an inch, add only an inch or two of the same mulch. Make sure to remove all weeds, rocks, and stones from the soil before applying the mulch.(more…)
Some people like a decorative garden rather than growing a vegetable garden. This is a quick guide on preparing your garden soil and using organic compost for planting and growing roses. After all, roses can be successfully grown in every Australian state and territory. This means roses will survive and thrive in almost any soil in any garden on the continent.
Have the ideal pH
The acidity or alkalinity of the soil’s pH will affect how roses can get nutrients from the soil. If your soil has a very high pH, your roses will become stressed and not grow well. Roses grow better in typical natural garden soil, which is only slightly acidic to neutral (6.0 to 7.0). If you’re not sure about your soil, have it tested so you can make adjustments to your soil or just grow the roses in containers. (Labrador Landscape Supplies can test your soil and has adequate soil and organic compost for soil adjustments or container planting)(more…)
Adding steps or stairs to your garden or backyard is a great way to enhance your outdoor landscaping, especially if your property has a slope or several slopes. You can make these steps or stairs as a DIY project. These steps, stairs, or short walkways can serve as better access to certain areas of the garden or your patio. Stone is usually the most common and natural material for gardens, though you can also select rustic wood, concrete blocks, brick, and other garden rocks for sale to construct garden steps or stairs.
Choose the right materials
Though stone is common and natural, other materials can be used based on the steps’ actual use. If it’s just a few steps from the deck or patio to the lawn area, you can create wooden steps. If the steps or stairs serve outdoor living areas leading to more pathways, you might need stone or masonry.
You also need to size all steps and stairs correctly for the sake of safety and not just for aesthetic purposes. Use all these to base your material selection for the steps or stairs.(more…)
Whatever the reason for cementing or concreting something in your garden or backyard, be it a concrete pathway or for a garden wall and patio, you will need to ask help from your local “landscape supply near me” in selecting a cement or concrete additive.
Why are cement additives needed?
- Cement additives positively improve the processing and quality of cement.
- Additives improve the cement properties such as finished durability, mortar workability, strength development, and powder flowability.
- Additives adjust the cement’s quality to meet set standards relevant to the customer.
People plant shrubs to make hedges around their house. These hedges have varied purposes, such as beautification, an attractive façade to cover an unattractive fence, creating privacy, or serving as a fence or screen. Often, the purpose or landscape determines what type of shrub or hedge will be planted, whether it’s just for ornamental purposes or to serve as a façade, fence, or screen. You can also use cypress mulch underneath to make the hedges more attractive and keep the shrubs healthy.
Planting and caring for hedges
Before selecting a shrub for your hedge, you need to remember these three things:
- On average, plant the shrubs one metre apart. It can be closer if the hedge is for ornamental purposes. Plant in a trench rather than holes and add some fertiliser and extra water.
- Prune the shrub tips often to get a bushy and dense hedge. Prune both tops and sides.
- Even for privacy or fence screens, the best height for hedges is one where you can reach to prune without a ladder.
The best fence to use around your garden depends on what animals you need to keep out. This factor alone determines fence height, mesh size, and depth to bury the fence bottom. Remember that, in search of food, animals will try harder (and smarter) to get over, under, or through any fence. So, another option is creating both a physical and visual barrier if you can. This makes garden rocks for sale quite essential as an added protection for fences so animals can’t burrow under it.
If your home and garden are in the outback or the rural parts of Western Australia, Northern Territory, and Tasmania, then you’ll have to be wary of the occasional Bush Turkey, Bandicoot, Kangaroos and other marsupials, Emu, Dingo, Wombat, and Tasmanian Devil. In other parts of the country, you also need to contend with some of these (like the Roos, Wombats, and Dingos) as well as Rabbits, Echidna, Storm Birds, Skinks, Boobook, Water Dragon, Sugar Glider, Possums, and poisonous snakes.(more…)