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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 [...]

Design Tips For Small Gardens

April 13th, 2017|Landscape Design|

Nowadays it seems our gardens and backyards are getting smaller and smaller, especially when property development and sub division is increasingly more common place. The challenge is, how do we get the most from our courtyard areas without feeling claustrophobic. There are a few techniques you can implement to give your courtyard a feeling [...]

Shiver Me Timbers

April 12th, 2017|Timber|

It can be a daunting and overwhelming task, choosing the right timber for your outdoor area. How will it look? Will it be durable enough? Can we afford it given our budget? What sort of maintenance does it require? There are some basic rules to go by – such as always choosing hardwood timber [...]

Sleeper Retaining Walls 101

December 26th, 2016|Retaining Walls|

Sleeper retaining walls are not hard to install and can definately be attempted by any DIYer with a bit of time and muscle. Sleepers generally come in two types – treated pine or red gum. I would recommend using treated pine sleepers as they’re cheaper, lighter and more sustainable than red gum sleepers. However [...]

A Quiet Word on Budgets

December 26th, 2016|Landscape Design|

On occasion we meet clients who have a reasonably well-formed concept of what they want in there garden, and all they needed is a quick sketch to complete the picture. In this instance we will usually offer to draw it up for them. My first question when undertaking such work is to ask the [...]

Autumnal Colour

December 26th, 2016|Landscaping|

It sneaks up on you – autumn that is. I was paving a client's front courtyard last week, when I saw a deep red coloured leaf fall from an ornamental pear tree. My initial thought was ‘bit early, its still hot’, but then I realised that it is in fact late march, and that [...]

Landscaping and the Law

December 26th, 2016|Landscaping|

In 2005 the Victorian Building Authority (VBA) passed an amendment to the law, that stated – any work in excess of $5,000.00 needed to be carried out by a landscaper who is a licensed/registered builder. The VBA then created a sub-category to the main Domestic Builder license and named it Domestic Builder Limited – [...]