Having the Garden of Your Dreams

Having the garden of your dreams

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Having the garden of your dreams is easy with a little planning, writes  Sara Newnham, Landscape designer at PS Landscape Supplies

Think about the garden you wish you were in. Perhaps you would like to wander through a cool rainforest or in a field of flowers. Would you enjoy picking fruit from your own orchard? Having tea in formal gardens like the Palace of Versailles? The possibilities are endless and achievable.

Okay, maybe you don’t have space to recreate the countryside of Tuscany, but I encourage you to borrow ideas and use them on a smaller scale. This is easy just by choosing the right plant combinations. For example, start a formal garden by planting hedges and feature pots of topiaries. Wish you lived in a tropical resort? Plant palms, cycads, cordylines, birds of paradise frangipanis – these are easy to grow and will make you feel like you are on holiday all year round!

Planning

Having the garden of your dreams

 

The first step to transforming any garden is planning: start collecting photos of gardens you like from magazines, TV shows, and holidays you went on. Or take a walk in a local park – this is a great way of seeing what grows in your area.

Decide where you’d like your new garden and prepare the site. Find out where services may be, such as underground pipes. Look at the aspect – is it sunny or shady? Does it get hit by salt winds? These factors will influence plant selection.

Functionality is important. Do you need some privacy plants or will the kids be kicking balls into the area regularly?  You may need a hardscape (edging pathways, retaining walls) before starting your soft scape (soil plants and mulch). Planning will help determine the cost, as you’ll have a design to work from. If you need help, call me for a consultation or come in-store to discuss.

Tricks of the trade

Tricks of the trade

New growth brings many sap-sucking insects. If you notice an influx of aphids or the odd caterpillar chew mark, spray your plants with Yates Nature’s Way Citrus and ornamental spray. It’s organic and is an extremely effective pesticide that is safe to you but not to bugs.

Are your plants looking yellow? They may need a dose of nitrogen, so feed them now with a nitrogen-based liquid fertiliser, such as Super Booster and repeat every  3-6 months week to keep plants healthy and green. Do your liriope and cordylines look tired and ratty, are the ends frayed? Do you see holes in the leaves? These are all signs of a snail attack. Remove ugly foliage, feed with fertiliser and scatter pet and animal snail bait around the plants.

Don’t forget to fertilise and mulch

Mulch

Mulch suppresses weeds and can reduce evaporation by as much as 70%. Not only that but over time it gradually decomposes, adding nutrients to the soil. Before you mulch, apply a layer of manure to add nutrients as Australian soil is typically nutrient-poor and your plants will benefit greatly from fertilising and mulching.

For more gardening tips call for free advice or drop in store. We can’t wait to see you and happy gardening.

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