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…)
So, you’re planning to have a garden shed? Why not make it multi-functional? Half or a small part can be storage for gardening equipment and other tools, while the rest of the area can be converted into a nice sitting area or a fun playhouse for the kids. Better yet, you can blend some landscaping with the shed, so the structure doesn’t stand out like a sore thumb in the backyard. It will also be a significant advantage if there is a “landscape supply near me” to facilitate the easy buying of landscape supplies and materials.
Here’s how to start
Create the landscape
If you want to integrate the garden shed into the surroundings, but there is no existing landscape yet, you can create your own around the shed to beautify the structure. Start by locating the shed in a logical spot in the backyard to create a landscape garden, or in the back corner of the yard. Don’t place the shed too close to the house. Place small trees, shrubs, planters, and other greenery around the shed’s base to blend the shed into its surroundings.(more…)
If you find that your garage and house is full to bursting and you can’t find space for storage, this might be a good time to invest in a garden shed. To put it simply, a garden shed can provide a safe and adequate space for keeping belongings that don’t belong in the house, like tools, garden materials, etc. You can even build your own garden shed. You can buy sands Australia and other materials available from your local landscape supplies, or you can buy a prefabricated one that you only need to assemble.
However, before you start buying or building, consider the following on why you need to build a garden shed.(more…)
You don’t need an orchard to grow your own fruit at home. All you need is your backyard, no matter what the size. And if space is limited, you can grow fruit in containers. You can even use hanging baskets. You can even do container gardening if you want to do some planting indoors. However, you need to know what fruits will grow in a container. You also need to make sure you get the right organic compost for your fruits.
Consider these examples
Strawberries can grow in ground soil, containers, or even hanging baskets
They love sunshine and well-drained soil. This is how versatile this fruit is, even growing in window boxes.(more…)
Mulch is usually organic material laid over the soil’s surface to retain moisture, prevent weeds from sprouting, regulate soil temperature, and prevent erosion. Bare soil exposed to sunlight will heat plant roots and require more water, and it’s an invitation for weed seeds. Some mulch, such as cypress mulch, can add an attractive finishing touch around flower beds, path curbs, shrubs, and trees. However, you can’t just buy truckloads of mulch and dump it into your garden. There are dos and don’ts you need to remember, or your garden may suffocate.
Do use the right mulch
Organic mulches break down into the soil, adding nutrients to it. Inorganic mulches such as plastic and rubber may keep moisture in the soil and prevent weeds, but has no nutrient value for the soil.(more…)
If you are a gardener of flowers and other decorative plants, you might want to add mulch with soil, water, and fertiliser for a healthy garden. Many amateur and novice are unaware that mulch can be good for flower gardens, aside from being beneficial to vegetable and herb gardens. Of course, natural and organic mulch, such as cypress mulch, is much better and effective rather than inorganic mulch.
Organic mulch helps to keep both roots and soil cool by retaining much soil moisture. This is especially useful for young flower plants that need time to establish their roots, whether in hot or cold weather. Mulch also prevents weeds by acting as a physical barrier between weed seeds and the soil. This prevents the weed seeds from germinating. Organic mulch even fertilises the soil as the mulch slowly decomposes. In this way, mulch encourages earthworms to come to the soil surface to feed on decomposing organic matter.
Of course, mulch adds a decorative element to any flower bed landscape, providing a sense of aesthetic beauty between flowerbeds.
What soils benefit from mulch?
All types of soil receive beneficial nutrients as the organic mulch breaks down. However, sandy and clay soils, more than others, need mulch in flower gardens. This is because sandy soil allows moisture to drain away quickly. Mulch retains much moisture for the soil. Clay soil has poor aeration characteristics, so mulch helps with aeration.
Determine how much mulch is needed
Gardeners can place between one to four inches of mulch for flowerbeds. More than four inches may cause fungal problems. This applies to all types of organic mulch, including cypress mulch. You can use these calculations to estimate how much mulch to buy. If in doubt, ask for help from your local landscape supplies store (such as Labrador Landscape Supplies).
When to apply mulch
Mulch can be applied anywhere and anytime if the soil is bare. If applied in the spring, mulch suppresses the growth of weeds. In summer, mulch will protect plants from heat by retaining moisture. In autumn and winter, mulch will protect plants from the cold and frost heaving.
Mulch suppliers for Brisbane and Gold Coast areas
Mulch, especially cypress mulch, is popular not only in flower and vegetable gardens but in general landscaping. Labrador Landscape Supplies provides a wide variety of different organic mulches and even garden bark to suit every particular need of landscaping projects. Call us today for your mulch needs on 07 5537 2841, or you can enquire at http://landscape-supply.com.au/.
May is the month wherein most of the Australian continent is starting to get cold. And yet there are still loads to do in your garden because there are plants that can still thrive in the cold, if you didn’t know yet. Regardless of frost damage, many plants will thrive even if you start planting them in May. Their growth will also improve if you have the right soil and organic compost mixture.
Flowers and shrubs
If you’re just into decorative gardening, you can start planting flowering bulbs so they can grow and establish their roots deep in the soil. You can plant beauties like daffodil, jonquil, freesia, ranunculi, anemone, crocus, hyacinth, tulips, native calostemma, pansy, viola, polyanthus, primrose, chorea, bottlebrush, and gum tree. The autumn rains also mean that you don’t need to do much hand watering.
You can add to your tasty plant collection with river mint, shallots, rosemary, mint, lemongrass, tarragon, thyme, parsley, oregano, garlic bulbs, and coriander. These grow well in autumn and during winter. Consider also planting more seeds, so you have a succession of plants to harvest.
If space allows it on your property, you can plant these that thrive in autumn and winter: orange, lime, and lemon trees. These trees don’t like competing for space, so don’t allow lawn or grass to grow up close to the trunk. You can also plant strawberries, but in the shade. They grow more fruit and fewer leaves in the shade and don’t like sun exposure.
If you love gardening in containers, the autumn is perfect because the weather is pleasant enough outside, and you can watch over your plants or seeds much better. All herbs, strawberries, and dwarf citrus will grow well in containers. For decorative plants, try succulents and cacti. Always check if plants in containers need watering. These plants can be easily moved away from direct heat that can cause stress.
Always enquire from your local landscape supplies on the right mixture of soil and organic compost (in the Gold Coast and Brisbane area, you can enquire from Labrador Landscape Supplies). Loamy soil is best for autumn planting. If your natural soil is heavy on clay or sand, mix it up with organic compost as well as fallen leaves, kitchen vegetable waste, and even manure. Organic matter also aids in aeration, drainage, and encourages good microbes in the soil.
Labrador Landscape Supplies
The right kind of soil and organic compost mixture in your container garden or adding better soil or compost in your natural soil can make all the difference when growing your plants in the autumn. Labrador Landscape Supplies provides high-quality soil and compost for any garden. We also have the best landscape materials for all your landscaping and gardening projects. Call 07 5537 2841.