The pandemic has created a huge following for container gardening. Urban and small-space gardening is still on the rise, houseplants and even vegetables are filling up social media posts. However, some beginners seem to get confused between potting mix, topsoil, and organic compost.
Potting mix and topsoil
A potting mix contains inorganic and organic materials and may also include mineral soil and a little sand. Bags of potting mix marked as “sterilised” means that the mix can kill weed seeds and pests. Some potting mixes are marked as “soilless.” Instead, they contain peat moss and organic compost for moisture retention, and vermiculite or perlite for drainage. Some potting mixes are specially made to accommodate the needs of specific plants. These will usually be labelled as orchid mix, flower potting mix, etc.(more…)
What’s the best thing to have in your front yard leading to your front door or in your garden? A decorative and well-crafted path or walkway! A beautiful front walkway can greatly increase your home’s front door appeal. A good walkway also flows with your garden’s overall design scheme. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran DIYer, walkways aren’t difficult, can be finished over the weekend, and won’t cost a fortune. When selecting garden rocks for sale, you can buy affordably in bulk for that simple walkway design in your mind.
Please take note that the tips and tricks we present are for simple DIY walkway projects involving materials such as traditional stepping stones, thyme with stepping stones, gravel with large stones, lava rocks, mulch, and even pallet wood, wood slice, bamboo, and tumbled glass.(more…)
When you first gaze at the backyard, front yard, or wherever you plan to landscape and beautify, the task will first feel tough. Do-it-yourself gardening and landscaping can have so many variables: how you intend to use the yard, personal designs, the climate, budget, and even looking for a “landscape supply near me.” Still, there are tips we can show you to help you start on your merry landscaping way.
Do all your hardscaping projects before you even start planting for your garden. Hardscaping includes doing an arbour, patio, fencing, decks, parking areas, driveway, sidewalk, porch, playground, or a sandpit. These projects usually involve some construction. To avoid damaging any plants and turf, complete all heavy work before setting up the garden.(more…)
If your kids are growing bored of playing in ordinary locations, nothing beats sensory play and the hours kids spend playing in the sand. Kids love to play in sandpits, and if you have enough space anywhere on your property, why not create a dedicated sand play space. Better yet, make it your DIY project this year and surprise your kids. Of course, you need only the best sand for your children, so always buy sands Australia and choose White Straddie Sand which is ideal for sandpits.
Classic square and simple wooden sandpit
The simplest DIY project you can make for your kids (or browse online – sand not included) using treated pine sleepers laid out in a square and stacked on top of each other. Always look for treated wood that is safe for kids, usually with an attractive red-brown colour. Just make sure all nails are driven below the timber.(more…)
Water is critical to the plants’ survival in your garden, or even if you’re only growing a few ones in pots. Water carries the dissolved nutrients that plants need to absorb, required for photosynthesis, as a running evaporative cooling system, and helps plants stand upright. Here are our tips, such as using cypress mulch, to improve how you water your plants.
Targeting and timing are important
If you can, group plants according to their water requirements. This may need a bit of research. Vegetable gardens need to be watered at least twice a day during the summer months. Whatever plants you’re watering, always target the roots as well as the leaves. Watering in the morning and early evening reduces evaporation loss, giving time for the water to percolate into the soil down to the roots. Leaves will also not dry out quickly.(more…)
These are troubling times as most of Australia is in lockdown again as a “second wave” is hitting the country. But, for many, they see a silver lining as they continue to tend to their gardens. For those who now want to start their gardens, we offer these four tips for you. And yes, do prepare to get some organic compost from your local landscape supply (In South East Queensland and Brisbane, that would be Labrador Landscape Supply).
Embrace the opportunity
Firstly, before you even start, get to know what’s around your garden-to-be and how much area you want to cultivate. Time will seem to move slowly during lockdowns so embrace the time to garden. So, go into the area where you intend to garden and observe what’s going on.(more…)
If veggies aren’t for you and your garden, why not brighten up your front garden or backyard by growing native trees, bushes, or flowers? Not only will they look lovely during the cold months, but during the summer they remain blooming and beautiful. It’s not that hard to grow these because they’re native, and you can get all the support materials you need such as garden rocks for sale or mulches at the local landscape supply store.
This is the beautiful red bloom shrub that dazzled the early European settlers. Actually, the Ceratopetulm gummiferum is white and comes out early in the spring. The red parts are the “swollen” calyces of the flower that surround the fruit after the flower petals drop off. The Victorian Christmas bush variant is a shrubby but gorgeous white, pink, and mauve flower. The South Australia and Tasmania variant is the thorny white-flowered Bursaria spinosa.(more…)
Pandemic gardeners all over Australia are facing another problem during the country’s summer months. The predicted La Niña has been kicking in since the start of December, bringing torrential rain to most of the country. While rain is good for plants, too much rain can saturate the soil, making the plants sodden and killing the root system. Of course, there are ways to counter wet and saturated soil and sodden veggie patches, and you may need the help of a local “landscape supply near me” to get some necessary materials.(more…)
If you are looking to find sand that is suitable for your brick, block, or wall building project, expect a wide variety of types to choose from. There are so many kinds of sand you can use for your home improvement. That is why we at Labrador Landscape Supplies will help you make the right choice by sharing with you what we know about our high-quality landscaping and gardening products. Read through the article to get to know Plasterers Sand. And while you are at it, choose to buy sands Australia only at Labrador Landscape Supplies.
What is Plasterers Sand?
Plasterers sand is yellow-coloured sand that is the base component for render mix composed of lime, cement, and water. As the name suggests, plasterers sand is used to make plaster. Not only that, but this type of sand can also be added in a gravel, sand, or cement mix to make concrete. Moreover, paving and similar landscaping projects use this sand as its premium base.(more…)
Do you use cypress mulch or pine bark mulch? We know that mulches, in general, are used for helping the soil hold more moisture and protecting plants from extreme temperatures. This article is not favouring one mulch over the other. If anything, we are here to help you form the best decisions as to which is more suitable for your gardening or landscaping needs. Before we compare the two mulches, we must first get to know them individually.
An organic material used for landscaping and gardening, cypress mulch is naturally fungus and pest resistant. It is known for suppressing weed and weed seed growth. As it breaks down, the mulch will be a good source of nutrients for the soil.(more…)