Landscape & Garden Design
Blank canvas! Blue hues
If you add gypsum and well rotted compost to the soil you will be able to grow a heap of plants in Margs.
You can pretty much grow any ornamental trees in pots, just…
How to fill this gap?
Thanks for all your replies. I will go with the solution of installing a retaining wall (preferably treated pine of ACQ grade) right next to the fence and fill in the gap…
I require a retaining wall to be built in Kellyville area. any suggestions would be appreciated.
Civil Engineered Retaining Walls
I am in desperate need of suggestions for a company which can give me an obligation free quote on a civil engineered retaining wall - it'll…
Apr 19, 2015 5:07 pm
Vegetation removal permit VIC
we had a block in our street with a large gum right in the centre of the block
the council was adamant that the tree could not be removed
funny about that
looks like the…
Alternative to mondo grass
I want to plant a border on a very narrow garden bed that already has established formal trees. Don't want mondo grass as I hate the way it shoots rhizomes which spread…
Apr 17, 2015 12:43 pm
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Apr 17, 2015 12:31 pm
I recently transplanted a row of hedges from my back yard to the front. Out of 14 hedges, around 9 withered and died. I removed them and tried again by…
HSTP Subsurface Irrigation Setup's
Yes, forgot about that... if the soil quality won't soak the water up real well, you have to spread that same amount of water across a larger area.
Plants with small root systems
A better solution for screening those windows would be awnings or even tinting. Alternatively blockout blinds or curtains if light is an issue...?
Mulch Type to use in Garden
I am always surprised at how many people are advised to use another type of mulch. In my opinion green mulch (leaves and bark, smll branches, twigs etc) is superior in…
Identify some plants for me please.
Thanks all. The first plant is definately murraya paniculata. After our recent heavy rain, little white flowers broke out. Managed to identify by googling. It's considered…
Apr 06, 2015 6:40 pm
Council landscape planning
Often there isn't a lot of thought that goes into tree selection.
One of the worst I have seen in this enormous Norfolk Island Pine right next to a single storey house. (
We have a mixture of grass, softfall, artificial turf, concrete and mod wood in our kids area.…
Apr 04, 2015 3:01 pm
Scleranthus dying back - what went wrong?
I've had a Scleranthus Biflorus for about 18 months now. It started out a few inches diameter and grew nicely into a mound more than a foot across. It was…
Citrus leafminer - how to win
Ok it looks like the remaining leaf miners have given up and gone home
Probably aided by the fact there aren't many new leaves left to infest!
I will know to be more…
Sorry Bluesuede wasn't aware of that procedure
My miss found those I am not sure if they are doing that damage or not
Building a wooden sleeper garden bed
A combo of a spade and a cheap hammer drill (a drill with a jackhammer function) will get you through it.
For example Ozito do a range of DIY hammer drills for $50-150…
Apr 02, 2015 1:33 am
Need help to identify my lawn
Looks like kikuyu to me too. It's a quite popular choice around Melbourne lately. I would personally recommend to be careful with the weed killers they sell on the market.…
bees/wasps on the last of the grapes
We have quite a few bunches of grapes where they are half edible and half shrivelled.
I don't know what caused the shrivelling, even though I searched the net. Now…
Redirecting gutter flow to rainwater tank
You have to either divert the downpipes along walls or divert the pipepipes to a wet system. Wet systems are trouble and there are threads in Eco Living that discuss this.…
Colours for bore water?
Im in the process of designing my house, but need to keep in mind that bore water stains. What would be the best colours to design with that hide bore water…
Too much rain for new lawn?
Brown turf roll edges is normal, same with the odd small brown patch here and there. Don't stress about that it will recover. As for the rain, its probably a tad too much…
DIY Subsurface irrigation for new lawn
Is this correct?
I have 19 mm poly pipes running along the length of the lawn.
The 13 mm dripper line will be installed connecting the two poly pipes with a…
Killing Kikuyu in Buffalo
will probably end up pulling runners up to a degree and letting them have it with round up. One sure way of getting rid of i guess.
Wish me luck
Mar 24, 2015 9:30 pm
exactly what I wanted to hear. thanks!
Irrigation - Connecting PVC pipe to tap
Dependant on the stand pipe and tap material.... Galv. Or brass/copper "t" fitting inbetween the mains stand pipe and tape itself... Use Teflon tape. Then a male to male…
Identifying a plant
Thank you for your reply. I googled seaside daisy and the flowers were quite a lot larger, really rather nice! I wouldn't mind a few of them.
Cottonwood Hibiscus Hedge
Hello, I am a newbie to this forum & was hoping that someone could advise me on the Cottonwood Hibiscus
Plant as I am looking at creating an informal hedge with them…
How to make a garden with poor soil
Gypsum is the best thing to use on clay soils. Spread on the Gypsum on top of the bed, then use a pick hoe or other hoe tool to break up the soil which will evenly mix the…
Garden Design Help
Needing some inspiration and ideas to finish off plantings in front garden bed please.
House sits below street level with a 15m x 4m garden bed between nature strip &…
Concrete advice - small cracks and dusty
That is pretty much my point. The mass of concrete causes shrinkage cracks if the (de)hydration is too rapid. ..they never go straight.
That was a very wet batch of…
Goji Berry Plant
Hi Rod, we grew goji berry bushes in Perth. Easy to do if you build up the sand with compost etc. Had to protect them from birds when fruit ripening... At first the fruit…
Colour ideas - garden pots
My preference would be a dark coloured pot. I think the white is too stark. But - on the question of mountain ash - aren't they Victoria's tallest tree? Or…