Landscaping

Creating a New Lawn – Rollon Turf

Lawned Turf

If you think your lawn could do with a bit of a facelift, or if you just want to add a bit more grassed space to your yard, or you have just built a new home and you want an immediate lawn solution, then roll on turf is the perfect solution. Yes, you can sow some grass seed and get pretty much the same result, but growing grass takes ages, albeit costing a lot less. Instant gratification calls for instant lawn.

Preparation

If you have an existing lawn, that’s obviously going to need removing. If you are putting down roll on turf for the first time in the new house, then you can skip this step.

You can remove old lawn a couple of ways and it will depend on your fitness level and the size of the old lawn area. Using a spade to remove the old lawn is a job for a few mates and a BBQ afterwards. It’s a lot easier and twice as much fun if you hire a turf cutter which removes the grass and roots quickly. Cleaning up is easier as well because the cutter rips up the old grass in chunks, or strips, which can then be rolled up and removed.

Different Types of Vegetable Garden Fencing

Vegetable Garden Fencing

Not all blocks of ground are large enough to offer a patch of ground for a vegetable garden as well as catering for a decorative one. But where there is plenty of room – or at least enough room – having a vegetable garden can offer many advantages. But fencing contractors would advise that fencing for a vegetable garden is quite different to that needed for a boundary fence.

Much depends on the location of your block, but even in the suburbs you can be pestered by wild rabbits or even pets that have escaped.  Just one night of munching can destroy all your hard work in the garden.  In addition, cats, kids and dogs are likely to run and dig through the garden, turning all your efforts and hopes of succulent and nutritious vegetables into nightmares.

Tips for Edible Landscaping

Edible Landscaping

Edible landscaping is one of the best ways to be sustainable, providing food for family and even friends, if you grow enough. And often, it is a feast or famine, when it comes to growing certain types of vegetables. Cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes and many other delicious garden vegetables produce lots per plant. Just remember to grow what you like most and you’ll never feel your hard work has been in vain.

An edible landscape can be as simple as growing a fruit tree. Pick your favourite fruit, but make sure it suits your climate.  Citrus trees are popular because they have two harvests per year instead of the one found with other fruits such as apples. Plus, lemons and oranges can be used in any number of delicious ways.

Landscape Services

Landscape Services

Landscape design takes into account many factors. A landscaping job can be a DIY project or you can bring in the professionals such as a landscape architect. Prime consideration should be given to the time and money factors so a budget is of paramount importance. Other factors to consider are the climate, the soil and the regulations.

Planning is what design is all about. You can use computer software, maps, diagrams, drawings, and photographs. Once you have an idea of what it is you want to achieve, the big picture, then you can make a list of materials required, the desired and suitable plants and the tools you will need.

Water

Issues with irrigation and drainage need to be addressed. You may need a professional landscaping contractor to install an irrigation system. The layout of pipes, sprinklers and timer connected to an electrical system should be part of the overall landscaping plan.

If the landscape plan includes a swimming pool, waterfalls, fountains or a fish pond, then it might be a good idea to be calling in the expert landscaping service to put all this together.

Tips for Painting a Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought Iron Fence

Wrought iron makes a beautiful fence, but like most other types of fencing it will eventually need repainting to keep it in good condition. Most professional fencing contractors will tell you that such a job is usually left for far too long, making the necessary preparation more difficult. But it must be done properly or the paint will simply flake off and the fence will look worse than ever.

Here are some tips for repainting wrought iron.

  • As with any kind of steel, the rust must be removed before it is painted. Cordless tools can make this a great deal easier, but if there’s only a tiny bit of rust you can remove it with a wire brush.
  • The whole fence will need to be sanded down with medium grit sandpaper to remove chipped or peeling paint and ensure there is a good surface for the new paint to adhere to.
  • Wipe all the dust and loose debris off the fence with a soft rag.

Landscape Design for Beginners

Landscape Design

According to landscape designers, back in the days, landscape design used to be done by drawing a detailed sketch indicating the specific location of each and every shrub, tree, flower bed, and what have you. Today, many would agree that there exists no such hard and fast rule with anyone buying plants to take home spontaneously doing landscape design.

However, this doesn’t mean that anything goes when it comes to landscape design. This can be borne out from negative consequences arising from the lack of coherent design and poorly placed plants, which may end up requiring frequent pruning, expensive pest control, and even expensive removals before they reach the end of their life spans.

Here are a few important tips on landscape design that can help beginners create lawns that standout while avoiding future problems.

Do’s and Don’ts to Keep Your Sail Looking Good

Shade Sails

Adding a shade sail to your property can enhance your lifestyle and reduce the running costs of your home if it throws shade on the walls or roof.  Most shade sails are made from high density polyethylene knit because it has good stretching quality and is the best cloth to withstand harsher conditions. There is also polyvinylchloride material which can also be good for climates where there is less wind or storm activity. No matter what your sail is made from here’s how to keep it looking good.

Do’s

  • Do take it down and wash it from time to time if it looks grubby or stained
  • Do use a mild detergent with no acidic chemicals in it
  • Do use a very soft bristle brush to clean it
  • Do examine it for wear and tear and replace it when necessary
  • Do inspect the poles and fittings to ensure they are still strong
  • Do take the sail down if bad storms are imminent
  • Do hose off bird droppings as soon as possible