Landscape & Garden Design
Concrete advice on new build
If they are doing it best let them do it, its a small part of the overall process.
What kind of concrete, exposed aggregate or is it for footings?
I did my own footings…
Help with Lavender Hedge
We will be putting our house on the market in the coming months and so are tidying up our gardens in preparation. We have an established lavender hedge, that runs…
Dynabolts give me the poops
I went to Bunnings to get some Dyna bolts but a employee there talked me out of them and showed me the Anka screws. I was screwing some brackets onto exterior brickwork,…
Crushed toppings for Adelaide
Lilydale toppings is not crusher dust.
You may also look at granitic sand. It's a lot coarser than normal sand and will compact quite hard. It's typically what…
Squaring up gate posts
If your worried that your string line isn't 100% horizontal you can use a clear hose filled with water to find level on the outer post than run the string line off those…
Trees/Plants for screening.
Plants suitable for screening out neighbours ....these are some of my selections for my new home to block out neighbours.
1.Pittosporum..... train this plant while young,…
Yep first photo kikuyu. I had trouble with my buffalo at first also. Best bet mow your lawn and the kikuyu will shoot above your buffalo which easily allows you to…
Efflorescence in Brickwork
SaveH2O is on the money with levels but there could be more than one source of dampness. Thy to get experienced building consultant to look at it for you and give you…
Water point assistance
Thank you so much LynneB,
I have no knowledge of garden irrigation system, we are in the process of building house.
Could you please explain how the system works, what is…
Horizontal Slat gates
Update I weighed myself and then me holding the gates they are apparently 25Kg roughly so the weigh in was a bit awkward so I'm going to round it up to 30KG…
Organic Compost or Organic Soil?
I'm in a similar situation and we have heavy clay loam soil aka very sticky black s**t
I'm going to spread a 50mm layer of organic compost, gypsum 2kg/m2, and pearlite…
Advice needed on shrubby rose
It is winter so it naturally looks crappy. Cut it back far enough so when you take out the dead stuff it doesn't fall over. Give it a feed, it should be budding in a 2-4 weeks.
Help me with a retaining wall!
Would have been awesome, its just that the area that will have the aquatic plants is not holding water just the hole below it
Bugholes in concrete
Have just been curing my newly laid slab and discovered to my disappointment bugholes in the surface. Its been about 9 days since it went down and I cured…
Curing Concrete tips
Tomorrow is day 7 and I'm just going to leave it. Hav noticed today when it dries out a bit it seems to have a white powder everywhere? Is this just the curing process or…
Planting buffalo runners
I'd have to dispute that. We have an older type of Buffalo as do most of our neighbours and seldom do anything to it apart from a deep water once a week in summer if it…
Laying Turf: The Ultimate Guide
I have spent the last couple of weeks reading over the mammoth amount of information contained in the 28 page ‘TURF LAYING SUMMARY and what has become many…
We are due to start building later this month after a long frustrating wait to for land to register. It's finally happened so I'm now on to designing the yards.…
New Lawn-with progress pics
If you poke a finger down through the turf is it moist or dry ? Just keep the water up to it as the roots need time to get down to the soil level. It has been pretty dry…
Water absorbing plants landscaping plan
I'm looking for everyone's expert opinion on some plants that will look good in my retaining wall and also soak up the water that is seeping at the bottom. The…
I've put in the plants listed below with little or none soil preparation and they are thriving. Adding gypsum (a clay breaker that allows air and water movement) or…
Fencing on Gold Coast
Can anybody recommend a good, reasonably priced fencer on the Gold Coast for boundary fencing. Thanks in advance.
Avoca 25 in Gainsborough Greens Gold Coast
Plant burn - next to glass balustrade
Any succulant like an agave attenuta would do well. If the glass is acting like a magnifying glass then nothing will grow..
Cordylines, apart from the purple spiky var and…
Bird of Paradise - invasive roots?
The root system isn't the problem with the Nicolai its the girth of the trunk/s. The trunk width and basal structural roots will wreck your concrete. Keep it well away…
Renewing pebble path
As for getting rid of the layer of soil above the compacted rock (Red Scoria)... Any thoughts? I have shoveled as much as I could and the rake is lifting the rock.
It's no issue but they will have less fruit. If they are ornamental then even less to worry about.
A lot of plums are self pollinating, google the variaties you have…
building a retaining wall?
Change the slab type. A conventional slab is better and working with the fall of the property then say a waffle slab.
Sydney Landscaper Recommendations
I don't know if you have looked into this already but we have gone with sunspec landscapes and they have done an awesome job with our retaining, paving, shed slab and all
Jul 06, 2016 11:14 pm
Rolling Newish Turf?
I wouldn't roll it if the ground is saturated, but rolling just because it's only 3 weeks won't hurt it. A pic might help in showing the size of 'bumps'.
I don't know…
I have will have the same issue . Our tooth path is going to be 1.2 meters on each side.
I found these in Bunnings .
Budget of 17,000, could I get this done?
Seems like a decent budget to get completed. Most of the cost will be the crushed granite and rock depending how far from a local quarry with the above mentioned…
Jun 30, 2016 4:51 pm
Timber retaining wall
We have 1m high timber retaining wall, but it looks like it is not sufficient to stop soil coming to backyard. So we are planing to build another tiered retaining wall.…
Screening plants: bamboo or other
Sorry I'm based in Melbourne. Don't know ant good places in Sydney. Red Bamboo off Heatherton Rd pass Springvale is a great place.
Our bamboos were small when we…
Jun 26, 2016 9:08 pm
I have a few tips on my blog for anyone who is building a wall themselves, like how deep to dig and using a compactor to create a solid base:
Jun 23, 2016 10:57 pm
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