The Tools You Need in Your Garden Shed

When it comes to landscaping and gardening, there is often a bit of upkeep required in order to keep your outdoor areas from becoming overgrown and unmanageable. Having the right tools in tow makes it much easier to do this, which is why we’ve created a list of must-have tools for those standard landscaping and gardening jobs.

Forks/Spades

Always a must for any landscaper, forks and spades help to splice the soil and turn it over. By cutting away heavier and tougher soil, it can prepare your garden for new plants to grow and flourish.

Hand Trowel

A good, sturdy hand trowel is a necessary addition to your landscaping tool kit or garden shed. It can be used for a number of jobs, including planting young plants, breaking up the earth, weeding, mixing fertiliser into the soil and smaller digging jobs. Handy tip — make sure you choose a trowel with a lightly coloured handle so as to not lose it within your garden beds!

Pruning Shears / Pruning Saw

If you are looking to cut some smaller branches off your trees or clean up shrubbery surrounding your house, then pruning shears are exactly what you need. The blades are usually strong enough to trim branches that are up to 2cm thick, making pruning shears an essential item for common cutting jobs in your garden. When your pruning shears simply can’t cut through those pesky branches, then you may need to whip out your pruning saw.

Lawn Mower

If you have natural grass around your landscape, then this next one is a no-brainer. Lawn mowers are the standard solution to cutting your grass, making the maintenance of your garden much easier. Buy one that is the best fit for your lawn and can be stored away easily in your shed!

Garden Hose

Keeping your garden hydrated is essential, especially with spring and summer right around the corner. Make sure that you have a longer length hose to reach all the plants in your garden bed. It’s better if it is lightweight and easy to carry, and you can easily get a wall mount to pack it away when not needed.

Wheelbarrow

Sometimes you need to haul a lot of materials all over your garden at once, keeping them next to you for easy access. For this reason, a wheelbarrow is one of the most vital pieces to have in that garden shed.

When it comes to the bigger jobs, ensure that your garden is up to scratch by getting help from the professionals.

Water Saving Tips for Your Garden

Australia has a massive focus on preserving water, especially after we experienced years of drought. We got used to the water saving techniques, and it has become part of some everyday practices for many. Of course, this trickled into gardens and ways to have a thriving landscape without using excess water.

Mulching

Hot weather can naturally effect the moisture in soil and hasten evaporation. On a hot day, up to 70% of the water in soil can evaporate away. You can avoid this by including a top protective layer that covers the area, which can hold in moisture and save you water. Mulch, in particular coarse mulch, is one of the best products that you can use to do this. It helps supress water loving weeds, adds vital nutrients back into the soil and prevents evaporation.

Design Your Garden

There are a number of smart design principles that can be included into your garden which can meet your water-saving interests. This can include:

  • Use plants that are natural to the environment. This will mean that the plant itself is tailored towards thriving.
  • Building mounds around your trees or shrubs can capture water, which will help it to soak into the soil slower and hold the moisture for longer and reduce runoff.
  • Employing an irrigation system in your garden can ensure that water is being evenly and consistently distributed into your garden bed.
  • Include plants that need less water to live. This naturally means that you will be using less water, and your garden won’t look shrivelled in the process.

By having a professional designer help you to create you garden, and tailor it to use less water and save you money.

Know When to Water

We are all culprits to this. We see the first signs of withering in a plant and rush to it with vast amounts of water, and drown the plant and those around it for good measure. This is detrimental to the plant. Overwatering can:

  • Leach nutrients from the soil which is valuable to the plant.
  • Can hinder the oxygen levels of the plant, and increase the chance of roots rotting and disease growth.
  • You are wasting water. It doesn’t benefit the plants health to be watered excessively.
  • Overwatering can cause some plants to become dependent, which weakens the root systems and can lead to short lived plant life.

Save on that pesky water bill by ensuring that your garden is designed towards water saving. Not only will you reap the benefits, but you will have stronger habits which benefits your plants lives. Get in touch with the team at Watersave Landscaping to find out more.

Low Maintenance And Easy Landscaping Tips

In a busy and bustling lifestyle, it can be hard to find the time to create and maintain your landscape. The grass starts to become overgrown, whilst plants are shrivelling and dying. But for those that love outdoor entertaining, this can be embarrassing and detrimental. This is why we have put together a list of ways to convert your garden into a low maintenance area.

Synthetic Turf

One of the easiest ways to maintain your garden is by installing high quality synthetic turf. Not only does this have a real aesthetic, but it does not require the usual mowing or trimming that natural grass does. More than that, it takes no watering to have luscious grass all year round.

Hard Landscaping

Although they look pretty, flowers can be hard to maintain if you do not have the time or the knowledge to maintain the garden bed. Although they integrate an array of colours within your landscape, there are so many other ways to do this – such as through hard landscaping.

This can be done through paving and concrete colourations used, as well as through garden lighting and water features. Take your pick!

Native Australian Plants

The more native the plants are to the landscape, the easier they are to maintain. They are able to thrive in the landscape, and require less watering and feeding than exotic plants that aren’t suited to the Australian climate. Luckily, there are some incredible choices for plants native to Australia.

Irrigation System

Irrigation systems are the saving grace for those who don’t have the time to get into the garden as often as they would like to. They’re not only highly sustainable, but is the easiest way to ensure that your garden is hydrated. It saves you the time that it takes to water your garden, whilst also improving the growth of your plants due to the selected water levels that are being fed to the plants.

Slower Growing Plants

One of the best ways towards a low maintenance garden is by having slower growing plants. The way to do this is by avoiding plants that are known to grow vigorously, and instead move towards slower growing plants.

In order to try and gain a lower maintenance garden, get the knowledge and skills of experts behind you. Contact us at Watersave Landscaping to get your complimentary quotation on how to turn your landscape into a low maintenance area.

Avoiding Frost Damage In Your Plants And Trees

Winter isn’t the most pleasant time of the year, and most people would prefer to be curled up in a blanket with a hot drink than outdoors. Animals can do the same.

It may not be known, but your plants feel the cold too. Unlike us, they can’t just walk inside and crank the heater up. They’re stuck, left to feel the chill of the wind and rain. So, how can you tell that your plants are being badly affected by winter weather?

There are a multitude of signs that point towards damaged or brittle plants, and luckily, a range of solutions to ensure that your investment is stable.

What is Frost Burn?

As the name suggests, this looks like the outer areas of the trees have been burnt. If the foliage or stems appear as dried, or brown in colour, they are probably affected by winter burn. It is caused by the cells of the plants freezing and shrinking. Then, as temperatures gradually rise, the foliage will begin a thawing process. If this is slow, the plants tend to become dehydrated which leads to frost burn.

It is also caused by factors such as strong bursts of sunshine amongst frigid winter days.

Minimising the Damage

There are a number of steps you can take to help protect your plants again frost damage, and ensure that they make it to spring. These include: 

  • Cultivating Susceptible Plants

Plants have climates in which they best thrive, and sometimes, we choose based on looks rather than suitability. It is important to choose plants to include in your garden that are best suited to the environmental elements it will live in. There are certain plants that will be instantly damaged when hitting low temperatures, which is a waste of money for you and a sore spot within you landscape.

  • Opening Air Flow

This may seem like a counterproductive point, but it is important that your trees and shrubbery have a clear air flow. You need to ensure that plants of all heights have a clear pathway to feel air flow, as frost occurs harshly when they do not.

  • Prune Before and After, Not During

Winter pruning should occur just before the season, at the end of autumn. You should avoid the next pruning until after the frost has settled and finished.

  • Overhead Protection

If it is necessary to try and promote heat retention within your plants during winter, you can cover them with protective fabric. This can be done using a material such as hessian. Try to avoid the use of plastic coverings, as it doesn’t necessarily deter frost from forming, and can aid damage when hit by extreme sunlight in colder months.

Ensure that you have the correct plants and trees that will last you through the winter, and thrive within spring. At Watersave Landscaping, we have professional plant selection and protection services which will ensure that we select the right plant for the climate, and leave your garden looking fresh and healthy. To find out more, and get advice regarding solutions for your landscape today, get in touch.

 

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.