5 Gardening Jobs for Winter

We know, it’s getting colder in Melbourne. The crisp morning air has well and truly set in, as has the total avoidance of outdoors whenever necessary due to the constant fear of freezing. But for the gardeners and landscapers of the world, it is not easily avoidable to wander into nature, although it may be difficult to get enthusiastic about it when it’s cold and grey.

Even though it is cold, you do not want your garden to go untamed and unmanaged. Gardening has proven to be a therapeutic practice for many people, so put on a jacket and scarf and wander outside into your garden bed to tend to your plants. There are so many ways that gardening in the winter could improve your mood, from a light workout to a just getting fresh air. Make sure you stay on top of your gardening jobs over winter, despite the cold and rain.

  1. Rake Those Leaves and Twigs Away

Grab the rake that has been collecting dust, and head outside! This is a job that can accelerate your heartrate, and keep you warm whilst you maintain your garden. Autumn and Winter are characterised by trees shedding themselves of leaves and twigs becoming brittle and falling from branches. Keep them out of your pathway and rake all of this away. It can be used as a natural mulch in your garden, or simply add it into your compost as a base.

  1. Cut Away

As the tree branches become more visible over the Autumn/ Winter period, it is the perfect time to clean your trees of dead or crowded growth. This can also be done with shrubbery and plants, pruning and tidying the overall garden before the blooming Spring comes around.

  1. Lawn Aeration

Aerating is highly beneficial for the overall growth and appearance of your lawn. The process is relatively easy, as it simply involves piercing small holes into the soil with either a garden fork or specific aeration tools. Aeration allows for water, air and nutrients to enter the soil, and greatly benefit the roots of the lawn, promoting stronger growth to occur in the coming months.

  1. Plant Winter Veggies

Another fantastic way to get involved with your garden in the cold and dreary winter is to research, and plant, vegetables that are suited to Winter climates. Ensure that you clean your garden bed of weeds that may be present, and aerate the soil as illustrated above.

There are a number of veggies that are suited to Melbourne’s winter weather, including: cabbage, Asian greens, lettuce, rocket, spinach, carrots, celery, onions of various types, leek, radish and turnips.

  1. Cosy Up your Outdoor Space

Whether it’s a covered over outdoor living space, or open air, ensure that you make it winter proof. Add some outdoor heating, whether it is portable or fixed, and ensure that you have a space that is welcoming despite the weather. Chuck some blankets into a water-proof storage case, and have a space to cosy up in with your family and friends.

Watersave Landscaping are the professional team working in residential and commercial landscapes. From designing your garden, upgrading your outdoor living area, or choosing and planting climate suited plants we are here to lend a hand. Get in touch to find out more.

Five Tips for Sustainable Landscaping

It’s not hard to get a little overwhelmed when it comes to being environmentally conscious. With so much competing information, rules and trends, it’s difficult to know where to start to create an environmentally sound space.

Whether you’ve got an inner-city rooftop or expansive country gardens, there are some super easy tricks to put your mind at ease and create beautiful and sustainable landscaping solutions.

PLANT SELECTION

Plant Seasonal

If you’re a bit of a green thumb and enjoy tending to a vegetable patch, make sure you select vegetables, herbs and spices appropriate for each season.

Be Weather Wise

Consult your landscaper or local nursery to get an idea of what plants will thrive in your climate. Sure, you may love the tropical look of a frangipani tree, but chances are if you’re in in a semi-arid climate you’ll be left standing in front of a tree corpse scratching your head.

This is particularly important for lawns, choosing a lawn suitable for your climate can not only reduce your water usage, but can help minimise the use of toxic fertilisers, weed killer and pesticides.
NATURAL INSECTICIDES

From planting chives and basil to deter aphids, to DIY garlic and chilli sprays, there is an abundance of natural alternatives to the harmful toxins found in the average supermarket garden section. Talk to your landscaper about incorporating plants with natural insecticide properties, then do some research and get creative!
DECKS AND PAVING

In an increasingly time poor society, low maintenance spaces are growing in popularity. Not only does the incorporation of a decked or paved area mean less time manicuring lawns and garden beds, they create useable, designer entertainment areas that can be redecorated as trends change PLUS save on water and pesticide usage. For inspiration on beautiful paved areas and decking check out Watersave Landscaping’s portfolio.
IRRIGATION AND WATER USE

It may seem obvious, but often our main source of water is left untapped when it comes to landscaping. Rain, although scarce is some areas, is still a vital resource and when funnelled through effective irrigation channels can continue to nourish your garden long after it’s landed on the ground.

Whether you’re thinking of a redesign, moving into a new property or looking to jazz up a corporate space, these tips can get you on the way to creating a sustainable space. To discuss how Watersave Landscaping can help you create environmentally friendly area contact us on 0411 143 599.

Three Landscaping Trends to Consider in 2017

As each year passes we see a rise and fall in many trends worldwide. From hairstyles to clothing, there are a range of styles and looks that people love and need to incorporate into their lives. The same goes for landscaping. We have seen so many trends come and go through our gardens, and although it is only early in the year there are already predictions for some of the biggest trends you will see this year!

  1. The Hygge Concept

The word ‘Hygge’, of Danish origin, is sweeping its way into our gardens. This is a great concept which is changing the way people view their outdoor space, transforming them from mere grassed areas to fully landscaped living with cosy corners and social spaces. It helps people view their outdoor area as an extension of their home, and bring a sense of cosiness into the space. Whether it’s through adding tranquil water features, outdoor eating areas, fire pits or nooks to relax in, people are creating an area that looks and feels incredible.

  1. Save The Bees

Protecting the little critters that help the world flourish is going to be at the forefront of gardening designs in 2017. This would revolve around planting pollinator-friendly flowers in gardens, allowing bees a haven for pollination. As well as this, people will be turning away from harmful pesticides and opting for more friendly options that allow bees to remain harm free in your garden. It is also vital that bees have a steady access to water, and birdbaths are the perfect place to allow bees to recharge in their journey of pollinating the world.

  1. Gardening up high

Gardens are moving upwards! This ‘green roof’ movement is making its way through major cities worldwide. From stadiums to hotels and everything in between, people have been creating outdoor spaces with a view. Although it rose to popularity in commercial spaces, it is now a trend being picked up by homeowners. The best way to start your rooftop garden is slowly, and making sure that it is evaluated by a professional and made safe for users. Alternatively, get an expert to come and install some turf and play your next game of backyard soccer at new heights.

To get the best out of your garden, you need a team with industry knowledge and an eye for creativity behind you. With Watersave Landscaping, you will be able to turn your residential or commercial garden into a comfortable, beautiful and enchanting outdoor space. Our team will be able to help you elevate the look of your garden, and add value to your property in the process. Call us today on 0411 143 599 to find out more, or visit us online to learn more about our services today.