From the day that you first realised you enjoyed gardening until today, whether that has meant you have been tending a small garden, or have gone on to larger landscaping projects, there will be one task that you share with every other gardener on the planet. That task is weeding, and no matter how large or how small a garden is, and whether it is landscaped or not, weeds can appear at any time.
Although it is part and parcel of every garden, it does seem to be one of the things that many gardeners hate to do, and it is also the source of more complaints by gardeners than any other. Look on any gardening forum or Facebook group and you will see countless posts about those ‘XXXX weeds’. You can add your own favourite expletive where the ‘Xs’ are
Why weeds would cause so many negative thoughts and words from gardeners only each of them will know themselves. Our guess would be is that it may seem to some like something that never gets completed. as no matter how many weeds are removed, there always seems to be some more that come along to take their place.
So, whether you hate weeding, or if it seems more difficult than it should be, here some quick tips to make the weeding that you do in your garden more effective, and the results more prolonged.
#1 Know The Weeds You Have
Not every weed is benign to humans and some of them can be positively nasty if you touch them. Others serve as the habitat for certain species of insect that have a positive impact on your garden. So, before you go ripping up every weed you see, make sure you are able to identify those weeds which you definitely want rid of and those which, unless they are actually causing any harm to your plants, can be left alone.Read More
Have you ever wondered if there’s actually any real value associated with using professional landscapers? As professional landscaper designers, we have to admit that, at times in the past, we have. After all, can’t anyone with a few tools and a little bit of handyman experience redevelop a garden?
Fortunately, we’ve come to see the error of our ways, and now we recommend finding a professional landscaper for all but the smallest, simplest jobs. Really, it’s that much easier, and it will save you time, money and an awful lot of frustration. Trust us!
Below we’ve outlined a few of our top reasons why you should always use professional landscapers. Still not convinced? Speak with your local landscaping contractor and we think you will be!
For starters, professional landscapers know exactly what they’re doing and how to do it. It doesn’t matter exactly what you need them to do, they will be able to complete the job fast and efficiently without causing you any unnecessary worry.
On the other hand, if you decide to do things yourself, you will probably find that you run into all sorts of problems, especially if you’re not a very handy person. It’s simply not worth the trouble!Read More
Sprucing up your poolside and lawn with an aesthetic garden that blends into the landscape can be a visual treat and is a popular garden and is in the top pool trends of 2019. However you need to have a good maintenance routine for the different foliage. If you want your poolside garden and lawn to provide a pleasant and natural ambience you will need careful planning not only for design and architecture but also the know-how on the type of plants best suited for your location.
When you’re in Australia, a landscape design professional will tell you that having a garden surrounding a pool or grown on your lawn can be challenging. Here are some helpful plantation tips for poolside gardens and lawns.
Planning a poolside garden
Swimming pool fences come in a range of shapes and sizes, which can make choosing the right one for your home difficult. Glass pool fencing has become increasingly popular in recent times, but other styles remain common.
With this in mind, we’re going to outline the main styles of pool fencing, the benefits and disadvantages of each and a few things we think you should know before you choose a style for your home. The main styles of pool fencing on the market today include:
Frameless Glass Pool Fencing
Frameless glass pool fencing is an extremely attractive option which is becoming common throughout Australia. Frameless glass fences are usually made from tough glass panels which are secured at the bottom with some sort of shiny silver stainless steel fixtures. Although they don’t always look very strong, frameless glass fences are just as secure as other styles when they’re built right.
Frameless glass is a very attractive option if your swimming pool and outdoor entertaining areas are seperate. It allows you to clearly see between the two areas, which makes summer entertaining easier than ever. It is also relatively low maintenance and very easy to clean.Read More
Sustainable landscaping has become a major consideration for homeowners throughout Australia and the world. One of the best ways to create a sustainable outdoor space is to make it wildlife friendly. Increasing amounts of habitat clearing and fragmentation mean that many species – especially birds – simply don’t have enough places to live.
According to Landscapers Network, wildlife friendly landscaping is simple. Choose native species, avoid chemicals and artificial fertilisers, and encourage wildlife to visit your garden. 5 reasons why you should do this include:
Personally, nothing cheers me up more than sitting down for a coffee in the morning and watching the birds go about their business. Simply planting the right species and creating a habitable environment can encourage animals to both live and breed in your garden. This can lead to innumerable opportunities for you to simply sit back, relax and take in the beauty of nature.
Most native species have significantly reduced habitat range due to land clearing and fragmentation. This means that they can have trouble finding places to both live and breed. Keeping your native species in mind when you’re landscaping can help you develop an outdoor space for these animals to thrive. Think about things like birds, possums and other small mammals.
Australian conditions are tough, which means that it can be hard to find plants that are easy to grow and look after. Landscapers working with wildlife in mind will allow you to create a maintenance free garden that requires few chemicals and synthetic fertilisers.
If you’re smart about the way you landscape your outdoor space, you should be able to significantly reduce the amount of chemicals you have to use. For example, attracting birds can help reduce the risk of insect infestations, while pollinating insects like bees and butterflies can help keep your plants healthy.Read More
When it comes to landscape design, there are a few things that the average home gardener sometimes forgets about. The most important of these is undoubtedly soil improvement. The best time to improve your soil is when you are landscaping and redesigning your garden. Although it can seem like a waste of time and money, it is extremely important to make sure that you put the effort in to make sure that you are planting your new garden in rich, fertile soil.
After building, soils are often sandy and poor:
If you have built a new house, then you may be tempted to simply design your yard and plant your garden around the soil which is already there – don’t be. The dirt used for housepads is usually very sandy and nutrient poor, which means that there is little to sustain your plants. Add to this the fact that builders rubble is often full of rocks, rubbish, and chemical, and you have plenty of reason to replace it with decent soil.
The easiest time to improve your soil is while landscaping:
Once you have established that you need to improve your soil – in some way shape or form – then you will realise that the best time to do it is when you are redeveloping your garden. This is always the easiest time to remove old, poor quality soil and replace it with better quality, more fertile soil.Read More
Lawns can be affected by a wide range of different diseases, some of which can lead to a very scrappy, unhealthy looking lawn. Some diseases can come directly from poor quality turf farms when you buy roll on turf to lay, but many come from other places.
Keeping your lawn disease free can be very difficult, but there are a lot of things that you can do to reduce the chance of fungal diseases affecting your grass and to reduce their effects if they do. Keep reading to learn how to keep your lawn disease free!
What kind of diseases affect lawns?
Most lawn diseases are caused by various funguses which cause your grass to look terrible, to stop growing, and sometimes, to die. Some of the more common fungal diseases affecting residential lawns include:
Some of these diseases will turn your lawn yellow or brown, and others can be identified by the presence of mushrooms or small fungal growths.
How to I reduce the risk of fungal diseases in my lawn?
There are a number of things you can do to keep funguses out of your lawn, including:
Be careful what turf farm you buy from – buying from a poor quality turf farm can mean that your lawn has a fungal problem before you even lay it. This can spread to other, unaffected lawns in the area, and can cause huge problems with neighbours. Buy from a high-quality turf from farms like Carabooda Lawn to make sure that your lawn is disease free when you plant it.
Avoid contamination – Avoid bringing in contaminated dirt from other places, don’t plant things around your lawn which are unhealthy or sick looking, and be careful when it comes to walking on your lawn after you have been in contact with grassed areas in public.
Getting rid of diseases:
Getting rid of fungal diseases can be difficult, especially if you aren’t sure exactly what the disease is. There are a lot of things that you can do to remove them and reduce their effects, including:
Ryan is a pleasure to work with and he has a positive personality and a can-do attitude! We have been extremely pleased with the extensive work he has done with our landscaping. He designed and completed a new garden bed, which has enhanced our property’s appearance and value. All the way through the project, he consulted with us on the plantings, design, and cost.
Additionally, he created a trellis for our raspberry bushes, which blends in with our forest setting. We look forward to his continued work for us, including our plans for a hard-scape patio in the near future! We highly recommend Ryan for any landscaping project!Read More
Crowning Touch Landscaping did the landscaping for my house in Fleetwood, NC. They completely re-terraced my side yard, fenced the entire area and built a fire pit. This area was so impressive that we held our wedding ceremony there in July (2010). It is a fantastic area and I never miss the opportunity to sit there and have a cup of coffee and enjoy the view and my dogs. We were so impressed with the work that we had them build our entry walkway and another fire pit in the front yard. This is my wife’s favorite place to sit and watch the sunsets.
I am currently using Crowning Touch to terrace the driveway. They have exceeded all expectations on every job they have done for us. The owner, Ryan Shaw, is trustworthy and a joy to work with. I recommend them for anyone’s landscaping needs.Read More