Tips for choosing plants

When it comes to choosing plants for your garden, there are so many options it can be a bit overwhelming. Especially when what you choose will determine the look and feel of your backyard or front yard for years to come. Arguably plant selection can be one of the most important part of any landscaping project, so where do you start?

A great way to start is to research the climate you live in and what’s going to grow best. You can visit a local nursery and ask for advice or join a local community gardening group on Facebook.

But before you rush off to the nursery, here are a few general tips to get you started:

  • Evergreens are just that. They’ll keep your garden green all year round.
  • Succulents are about as low maintenance as it gets – perfect if you’re busy or if your thumb isn’t the greenest.
  • Ornamental grasses are an easy way to create cheap, appealing ground cover.
  • Ask your friends and neighbours for cuttings of their plants – it’ll take some love, but they’re free! Hard to argue with that as a cost-cutting measure.
  • Your garden can help you save on your grocery bill. If you have room, grow fruits, vegetables and herbs – straight from backyard to kitchen.
  •  Australian natives are best suited to the climate, so can take a little more neglect than most other plants.

If this is too much to think about and you’d like someone to do the heavy lifting for you, give us a call today on (02) 6360 1001 or send us an enquiry and we can help you 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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