An empty yard can be daunting, as can an existing garden with design problems. A little planning and design at this stage provides a great opportunity to really understand how your garden can work for you. We will talk to you to find out how you would like to use the space (for example, entertaining, children’s play space, growing vegies etc) and how much time you expect to have for garden maintenance. We can then provide you with a plan to be implemented by yourself or by us. If it’s an existing garden that’s not working, we can help you decide what features to retain and what elements need to change.
We apply solar passive design principles to ensure the garden enhances the thermal properties of the house wherever possible; consider the water needs of any proposed planting; and will work to any budget constraints.
Verges need not be barren in summer and weed-infested in winter. A native verge garden enhances a property by extending the front garden beyond the front gate, making the whole property feel larger and more attractive. It is important to consider car-parking and pedestrian use. Using waterwise and low maintenance natives, we can plant your verge and install drip irrigation for use in summer for the first few seasons that the plants are establishing. To connect the reticulation to your water supply, we simply run a small pipe under the footpath.
Preparation (retaining, compacting) of the area to be paved is crucial for lasting, quality paving. We often work with recycled bricks, limestone and other natural stones to great effect. A creative solution using more rustic materials is our specialty.
Many people believe growing food is only for ‘green thumbs’. Growing simple vegies like lettuce, spinach, potatoes, tomatoes and herbs is easy when the patch has fertile soil and is situated for good sun.
We can install raised corrugated iron or rot/termite resistant cypress pine beds. Some people choose just to farm their beds in the cooler seasons and utilise only rainfall. Others choose to farm year-round and require drip reticulation. Though a little more involved to construct, ‘wicking beds’ have a reservoir of water and gravel beneath the layer of soil to increase productivity and reduce watering needs.
Fruit trees suited to our hot, dry climate and vines such as passionfruit are a great way to fill your fruit bowl as well as get kids outside. Fruit trees such as figs and mulberries are particularly easy to grow when sited correctly.
Depending on what species are used and how they are combined, native gardens can be striking, architectural, rambling, formal or informal. Put together the right way, native gardens can work with homes of any era.
As they are adapted to local soil, natives are quick to establish and are drought tolerant.
We can plan and construct play structures in your yard that are safe and provide creative and adventurous opportunities for outdoor fun and exercise.
Where possible we work with existing trees, creating platforms which take advantage of shady canopies and encourage outdoor play. Ropes, ladders, balancing beams, cargo nets and fireman’s poles are features we have used to entice kids outdoors in our client’s gardens. By using recycled timber and earthy colours, these play spaces blend into a garden backdrop.
An eclectic mix of natives, exotics, hardy edibles and succulents can make for a beautiful, low water use garden. This is an approach we often take for garden renovations where there is a mix of existing planting to be retained. Many succulents and groundcovers can be grown from cuttings to reduce costs.
Walls – Fences – Screens – Pergolas
If you are after something a little different from the standard Colorbond or Hardiefence options, then we can help. Using a mix of galvanised steel, recycled jarrah, treated pine, galvanised weldmesh and stainless steel balustrade wire, we can create a durable fence and/or trellis that will enhance your garden. We also create retaining walls from limestone blocks, gabion walls (steels mesh enclosing rocks) and beautiful ‘dry stone’ look limestone walls. A fence can often double as a trellis for vines such as native wisteria or passionfruit, adding a lush aspect to any space.
We can advise upon, and install, any kind of reticulation to suit your site and budget, including converting existing spray systems to drip irrigation, greywater system design and installation and rainwater harvesting.
Ponds and Water Features
The sound of running water can turn a space into a relaxing sanctuary. Careful planning is required for correct siting and construction to ensure a healthy, mosquito-free and low maintenance system.
Along with deciding on new block boundaries, knowing what to submit when seeking planning approval is often an area where people need assistance. Dave has experience in dealing with local councils, including preparation of material for subdivisions, extensions and new builds.