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Curling Bluestone

September 12th, 2017|Landscape Design, Landscaping, Paving|

What is curling bluestone and why does it affect specifically bluestone paving? I have personally had an area of bluestone paving curl after I had laid it. Up until that point I had never encountered this before. I’m hoping this article, will give you some insight into what the term 'bluestone' means, why some [...]

Laying Pavers Part 4 – Laying Pavers

August 12th, 2017|Paving|

Now that we have prepared a good solid base for our pavers, that is we have excavated to the appropriate levels and we have 75mm of compacted crushed rock/road base in place at approx. 60mm below our finished height of paving, we can commence laying the pavers. Setting up a String Line Firstly, we [...]

Five Reasons to Engage a Landscape Designer to Design Your Garden

July 12th, 2017|Landscape Design|

I have seen many people attempt to design and install their own landscapes over the years. Some are successful in their attempts; however, others lack the understanding of what it takes to design and construct a practical, well thought out connected garden. Expertise in many areas of construction and horticulture is essential to the [...]

What is the Cost of a Typical Landscape Design?

June 12th, 2017|Landscape Design|

The cost of a landscape design is influenced by many factors. The three main factors that effect the cost of a design include, the overall size of your property, how detailed you require the design, and the features you want to include in the landscape. These three factors have will effect the amount of time [...]

What Is The Difference Between Landscaping and Gardening?

April 13th, 2017|Landscaping|

Some people I meet, when I’m out and about, seem to get gardeners and landscapers mixed up. Or to be more precise they can’t determine the difference between the two. I often get phone calls from people wanting me to maintain and weed there gardens on a regular basis. When I politely tell them that [...]

Water Features – Some Things To Think About

April 13th, 2017|Water|

Water is very important to humans and all life on earth. It covers approximately three quarters of the earth  and is responsible for shaping the landscape – cliffs, riverbeds and caves. It is also one of the most useful tools for creating atmosphere in the garden.Water features can be installed just about anywhere, from a [...]

Laying Pavers Part 3 – Setting Out

April 13th, 2017|Paving|

Setting Out Your PavingNow that the physically hard stuff has been done, its time to prepare the area for laying. The area has been excavated to 175mm below the finished height of the paving. Its time to get our crushed rock/roadbase into place.What is Crushed Rock/Roadbase?Melbournians calls it crushed rock, Sydney siders call it roadbase. [...]

Laying Pavers Part 2 – Digging Out

April 13th, 2017|Paving|

The Back Breaking Work.We have now measured our area, and have the total number of square metres of paving we need to lay.The next step in the process is to ‘dig the area down to the right level’. A few things need to be considered at this point:1. Pavers can take between 3- 7 days [...]

Laying Pavers Part 1 – Measuring

April 13th, 2017|Paving|

Paving an outdoor entertaining area, patio or driveway is simple if you know how. This series of articles will attempt to take you through the process step by step. Each step is easy, there are just a few of them.Preparation is the key to paving an area that will stand the test of time. If [...]

Is A Dripper Irrigation System Right For You?

April 13th, 2017|Water|

Dripper Irrigation Vs. Spray Irrigation Dripper irrigation systems are a relatively new introduction to the landscape industry. They were devised in the middle of an Australian drought as a water saving initiative. The benefits were clearly self evident and it soon became law that the old spray irrigation systems were not to be installed [...]

Hedge Your Bets – A Quick Overview

April 13th, 2017|Landscaping|

Hedges are a bordering and design tools used for dividing spaces. They enclose and subdivide fields, orchards, yards, parks and gardens. They form vegetative walls, garden rooms, gateways, screens and enclosures, within the garden landscape. It is believed that the Romans may have first planted hedges in Britain however most of the few ancient [...]

Five Questions You Need To Ask Yourself

April 13th, 2017|Landscaping|

There are 5 questions you should ask yourself before you engage a landscape professional to complete any work. Not asking these questions may turn out to be costly. 1. Are they a member of the Landscape association? – Landscape Associations are a great place to begin. They continually educate there members with new products [...]