Prepare your yard for spring!

Planning, planting and projects

If you’re anything like us, the warmer weather is making your green thumbs itch to get back into the garden. Daffodils are blooming, cherry trees are flowering and the smell of freshly-mown lawns is in the air. Spring is the perfect time to clean up your garden beds, get planting and relax in your outdoor space.

1. Planning

Start by digging over your beds to aerate the soil, remove weeds and incorporate fertiliser. Any trees and shrubs that have finished flowering should be pruned back, to maintain the shape and encourage new growth. Plant new shrubs into any gaps you find to create a full and lush border.

Now is also the time to start planning out your garden beds. Different plants need different levels of water, sun and shade. Planting in the right places will drastically reduce your trips out to buy replacements! When planning, keep in mind the size of the plant and the area it will spread into so you leave plenty of room for any trailing vines.

2. Planting

Flowers: There are so many flowers that you can plant during spring, turning your garden into a riot of colours and scents. Bulbs should be planted in intervals over the next few weeks, so that you have a succession of flowers until autumn. Annual seedlings to consider for late spring and summer include california poppies, daisies, marigolds, snapdragons and sunflowers. There’s no need to fertilise flowers as it makes the soil too rich, reducing flowers. To prep the area, gently rake the soil over instead.

Veggies: While it may be tempting to fully plant your veggie patch, it’s best to wait until around the beginning of October, after the last frost. Tomatoes, eggplants, capsicum and zucchini thrive in the hot summer sun, so hold off on them or plant in seed trays and position in a sunny spot. Hardier plants like potatoes, beans, carrots, celery and onions can all be planted straight into the garden bed now, along with herbs such as coriander, parsley, dill, chives, rosemary and thyme. Mint can be planted, but is an invasive plant so plan accordingly!

3. Projects

We all love a good project, and freshening up your garden can be more than just weeding and mulch. After a long day in the dirt, you need somewhere to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour. However, if your DIY skills only extend as far as planting, Iconic Outdoors can help!

We specialise in holistic landscape design to create a relaxing and enjoyable space for you to spend the warmer months, creating unique designs that cater to your lifestyle and space. Some services we offer are retaining walls, fences, water features, lighting and paving and decking.

So if your garden is due for a facelift, fill out the enquiry form below or give us a call on (02) 6360 1001 to get started!

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Excavator & Bobcat Loader Operations

We can take care of all the prep work for your backyard construction and transformation with excavator and bobcat operations. We use an E20 2T Excavator and 110 Tracked Bobcat, and can operate in narrow or tight access.

Bark Blowing

If you need mulch for your garden or soft bark chips for your play area, we can install it in bulk in hard-to-reach places to save you time and money.

Silt Fencing

For effective and simple erosion control on sloped blocks or areas prone to washing away, we do silt fencing with woven fabric and hardwood stakes. You’ll be able to create tiered garden beds easily without worrying about rain washing away plants, soil and mulch or barkchips.

Concreting

There are a lot of concrete options available to match your space – we do colours, stencils, patterns and stains so you can choose something that matches your taste, space and lifestyle.

Garden Edging

For a functional finishing touch that subtly structures your garden, try garden edging. We do steel edging (using mild steel, galvanised steel or Coreten steel), paver edging, spade edging and timber edging.

Lighting & Electrical

Lighting your outdoor space is only limited by your imagination. Lighting can transform an entertaining space and highlight your backyard features. We install high quality lights including dusk to dawn sensors for a space that seamlessly adapts to your lifestyle.

Artificial Turf Prep & Installation

Artificial turf technology has improved significantly, with a large range of realistic turf on the market. We excavate your space, compact the base, install sand and turf for a low maintenance turf option with a range of styles, colours and piles available.

Prepping & Planting Gardens

Can’t get on top of your garden? We can lay down the foundations for your garden to thrive over the long term. We do rotary & ripping hoeing, soil testing & use of organics, gypsum and slow release fertilisers.

Lawn Seeding & Aeration

We seed Fescue, Couch, Rye Grass and Kikuyu lawn. Our Hydroseeding method can assist with rapid growth and long-term establishment.

Water Features

Water features and waterfalls are a beautiful focal point in an outdoor space, bringing tranquility to a backyard. We create in-ground and above ground water features and ponds using stone, concrete, stainless steel & copper.

Fences

To enclose your yard or pool, we specialise in timber, post and rail, glass, steel, aluminium, rural and security fencing. Not just for functionality, we pride ourselves in creating fences for aesthetics.

Steel Structures

To give your outdoor space some structure and create rooms in your garden for exploring and entertaining, we do arbors, archways and patios of any size. Choose painted steel for a grand, polished finish or rusted steel for a sophisticated, industrial finish.

Retaining Walls

Our expert team have built thousands of metres of retaining wall for happy homeowners. Using timber, concrete sleepers, stone, stacked block or Bessa block, you can achieve whichever style of wall you have in mind for your backyard transformation.

Decking

If you’ve always dreamed of building your great Australian deck for summer entertaining, we use ModWood Composite, Merbau or Stringy Bark decking to create a perfect pool area, entertaining space or verandah. No job is too hard – we do curved decking and full custom builds.

Paving

Thinking about revamping your pool area, courtyard, garden paths or entryway? We use high quality concrete, plastic, ceramic, clay and stone pavers, laid in expert patterns including herringbone and mosaic styles.

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