Landscaping Tips

ideas and tips for your landscaping work

   May 17

Spotting A Dangerous Tree

There can be a number of signs that your tree is in need of a chop, while it may not be completely obvious until you look closely, our handy tips will ensure that you’re able to identify any potential dangers on your property.

When many people hear the phrases “We need to cut down the tree”, there is immediate panic; trees are associated with air, the environment and are earth’s greatest natural resources. While trees can add value to any residential location, some of them can pose a risk to those around. We’re going to discuss some ways to detect trees that may be a hazard.

Not only do branches create structural damage, they can cause death, so it’s important to keep an eye out for indications of distress. Inspecting trees is simple, all you have to do is look at them from all angles, check for cuts or peeling bark and if you have access to binoculars, inspect a tree’s crown for dead wood and brown leaves.

It’s not uncommon for trees to grow on an angle, however, it can become a concern when the tree appears to be on a 45-degree angle. Poor weight distribution or damage to the root may cause the tree to become unstable, while pruning to decrease the pressure placed on the trunk is an idea; the last resort is generally cutting down everything.

For trees with multiple trunks, we highly recommend contacting a professional, as an Arborist will stabilise the split trunks by connecting cable, making it safe during those windy times. While this method can be quite pricey, we suggest doing your research and finding the most affordable and reputable business.

Ultimately, if you’re unsure about a tree in your backyard, for 100% peace of mind, contact an Arborist.

 


   Sep 01

Landscaping On A Budget

Congratulations, you’ve recently purchased a home, complete with an outdoor area and a large backyard. The only down side of the home is that it needs a serious renovating job outside. From the cracked pavement to the excessive weeds, there are ways to maintain an outdoor area on a budget.
The first thing to do is to decide on a reasonable amount of money that you’re able to afford without going into debt. This amount will be used to fund the changes for the exterior of your property. The next step is to decide on what areas of the garden require the most assistance, if you’re unhappy with the lack of colour, we suggest you purchase some bright and vibrant flowers to spruce up the area. While there are a number of options available at your local hardware store or greenery, it’s important to buy the right type for your lifestyle and climate. Due to Brisbane’s continuous hot weather, we recommend going for flowers that are able to withstand humidity and require full sun, such as Agapanthus, Gazania and Tagetes.
If pulling out weeds is not your cup of tea, then we have an affordable solution that requires barely any maintenance. Synthetic grass is a fantastic option and is favoured among those around Australia who are situated in locations that have water restrictions. No watering, mowing, or dangerous pesticides, artificial turf can be placed anywhere outside. The key is to do your research and find a reputable business that suppliers the most durable turf at the lowest prices.

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Paving is able to completely transform the appearance of an area and add some understated elegance. Visiting your local hardware store and purchasing the bricks will allow you to save some money and complete the task yourself. If you require some guidance, ask for some assistance and you’ll be halfway there.

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Ensuring that the trees around your property are secure is crucial, especially in areas that receive a large amount of wind. Keeping an eye out for those trees that may appear to be deteriorating and getting them assessed by a qualified arborist will provide peace of mind for you and your family.
Landscaping on a budget may require some extra effort, however the result will most certainly be rewarding in the long term.

If you would like some help from a professional, contact a landscaper today.


   Dec 11

The Jobs Of An Arborist

An Arborist is a qualified person who is highly knowledgeable about plants and also looks after trees. Hiring a tree doctor is an easy process, and you can guarantee that they can provide you with exceptionally thorough services regarding any issues with trees or other plants.

Tree Pruning involves the Arborist deciding on the type of pruning that’s suitable for the tree, to ensure it looks healthy and that the tree isn’t in danger of causing damage.

 

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The job of an Arborist is to determine whether a trees needs to be removed. Even though this is usually the last resort, a thorough examination will be completed of the tree , using their skills and the right equipment to make an informed decision. Removing a tree is a lengthy and dangerous process, and must at all times be completed by a professional.

 

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Usually when there are severe storms, this can cause major destruction to the life of a tree. An Arborist will be called to assess the situation and decide on whether the tree needs to be removed or trimmed, to decrease the damage that the tree might experience in the long-term. Emergency tree care is quite common in states such as Queensland, where strong weather conditions are common.

To prolong the life of a tree, it’s crucial that the tree is planted in the correct area. An Arborist can help select the right type of plants for your property. From homes to parks, schools and more, the tree doctors will ensure to make the right decision.


   Sep 15

Why You Should Hire A Landscaper

Are you thinking about altering the appearance of your outdoor area? Not only does it require an experienced team of landscapers, but having knowledgeable workers will give you peace of mind; knowing that all work that’s been done to your property has been while under the care of an expert.

There are so many elements that can be done to a garden to give it a lift and turn it into a beautiful sanctuary that displays your personal style. The job of a landscaper is to take away all of the stress from the client, following their requests and bringing their vision to life. As with most renovations, there can be at times bumps along the way, garden professionals are trained and have the experience to handle issues that might arise and solve them as best as they see fit.

 

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Depending on the size of your garden, it can take a while to ensure you have all of the elements covered. From laying new grass to selecting the right coloured pavement, choosing flowers that are suitable for the climate you live in and more, there are so many things to take into consideration when you decide to change your outdoor area. Landscapers are here to make your life easier and provide truthful information that will allow you to receive the best results.

 

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There is no need for you to be running off to Bunnings every day, purchasing flowers and dirt, as this is usually the job of a landscaper, to organise all of the materials needed during the process. As soon as the tasks have all been completed, knowing that all tasks have been completed by a professional will give you that peace of mind. Now all you have to do is make an effort to maintain your garden in order to keep it in pristine condition.


   Sep 04

Maintaining Your Lawn

All lawns are different and must be given the maximum amount of care, to ensure that the grass on your property remains in an excellent condition. Usually, your garden is one of the first things that someone will see upon entering your property and is an important element that needs frequent up keeping. If your property has a large amount of grass area towards the front of your home, maintenance is very crucial and must be done at least every couple of weeks.

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There are many parts of a garden that require attention, from the lawn to the flowers; hedges and vegetable gardens, there are a range of activities in the garden that must be properly looked after. One element that most people find a little bit of a hassle is lawn mowing, that’s why it’s best to leave cutting the grass to a professional.

 

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Most gardeners will have years’ of experience mowing lawns of all sizes, and have the right tools and machinery to ensure all jobs are completed efficiently. Beyond just mowing the lawn, grass must receive the right nutrients and be looked after; gardeners are the best people to provide the best solutions for the amount of grass and the type you have.

While all gardeners usually have the most efficient lawn mowers, they also have a range of tools that are used to perfect all gardens. From whipper snippers to fertiliser, leave it to the experts to keep your garden in pristine condition.

Often the cost of purchasing a lawn mower, as well as the ongoing costs can be quite a financial burden, not to mention the tools and other materials needed to ensure your lawn looks nice and tidy.


   Jul 23

Tree Removals

Tree removals is a useful service that tames wild trees around homes, removes unsafe branches in public spaces and that removes stumps that are in the way of a landscaping project.  Above All Tree Services provide a range or tree removal services to Sutherland Shire and residents from surrounding NSW areas.  Give them a call if you need any of the following services:

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Trees that have died or have become infected pose as a safety threat and need to be removed quickly.   Don’t wait for a storm to hit to think about the safety of your home or workplace, act now and call your local Arborist to quickly and efficiently remove hazardous trees.emergency-300x200

Tree Pruning

Tree Pruning is important for the health, look and life of trees and other plant life.  Have the trees on your property pruned professionally every season to avoid safety concerns, breakages, diseases and unsightly overhang.

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Stump Grinding

Stumps that remain in the soil once the tree has be removed can re-grow, be a tripping hazard, get in the way of landscaping projects and rot. If a tree rots it can spread diseases and fungus that can effect nearby trees and plants.  Speak to the Statewide Tree Services team today for expert advice and stump grinding in Pennant Hill.

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Dead Wood Removal

The removal of dead wood and branches is necessary to improve the look and safety of all properties in Pennant Hills.  When the job is too big to go it alone speak to your local tree removal team.  As well as expertly removing all dead trees – branches and stumps can be turned into mulch for your yard.

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Mulching

Mulching is a natural way to keep much needed water and nutrients in the ground.  Mulch helps stop weeds from growing and adds a naturally aesthetic element to any garden.  Have your old and hazardous branches or stumps turned into mulch for your yard today!

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The qualified arborists’ at Above All Tree Services will provide you with excellent care to ensure all customers in Sutherland Shire are safe all year round.

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   Jun 23

Looking For A Landscaper? Things You Need To Know

Imagine entering a property, the garden is cut to perfection, the trees have been perfectly trimmed and the hedges are at a suitable height. First impressions are incredibly important and are usually the first thing that someone notices. Gardens are no different; people might think that your home is where the eyes automatically go, however it can also be the front yard.

It’s imperative to find a professional landscaper that’s had plenty of experience dealing with variations of land, as they can provide you with useful information that can assist you in making decisions for your garden. Communication is key in making sure that both the landscaper and the client are on the same page in terms of what the final result is going to look like.

 

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Reliability and trust are two important qualities that most clients look for when searching for the right landscaper. They want to be able to know that their garden is going to be thoroughly looked after and that their vision is been brought to life.

Although having a freshly transformed garden with beautiful flowers and new soil is nice, one of the biggest issues that some people face is the maintenance aspect, where many properties look completely different weeks after receiving a makeover. Plants and trees are living creatures just like us and need to be properly watered and fed with the right nutrients in order to survive.

 

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Affordability is also a concern for many, as most people assume that changing your garden will cost an absolute fortune. Shop around and do your homework, always get a couple quotes and make your decision based on that.

Gardens most definitely set the scenery, so if you’re looking for a change, or just want some maintenance work done, don’t put it off any longer.

So, if you’re looking for an expert landscaper in the suburb of Darwin and the surrounding locations, contact Xtreme Garden Care today. The highly skilled team offer a 24 hour service and will provide you with free quotes.


   Apr 07

Asphalt Paving

Paving can completely alter the appearance of your home, whether it is cleaning the pavement to give your driveway a fresher look, or replacing the old and dated concrete. There is always a reason to change the way your driveway looks. From moving house to fixing an out-dated pavement, there are many different types of materials to suit your taste.

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A couple of factors when selecting your pavement of choice come into play to ensure the concrete is suitable for your property. Cost is one of the main issues people have when selecting the right concrete. If that’s a concern, asphalt paving is the best option for you. Mostly used by road engineers, as well as commercial and residential properties, it is known to be a durable concrete, which won’t leave a dint in your wallet.

While asphalt paving is durable and suitable for all climates, it is low maintenance and comes in a range of different colours. While asphalt paving is sure to save you money in the maintenance department, you also avoid having to pull out weeds and very rarely need to clean it. People with brick and cobblestone paving run the risk of having to pull out unwanted weeds a couple of years down the track. Pesky weeds still find space to grow, so if that’s a concern for you, your best option is to go with the asphalt paving.

 

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Some pavements may look nice and lovely with the bricks all lined up nicely, however due to Mother Nature, you run the risk of having to constantly clean in between the bricks; as it’s easier for dirt to get caught. The benefits of asphalt paving most definitely outweigh the negatives, a skid-free concrete that does the job of giving your driveway a smooth looking surface? What’s not to love? There is no surprise that this type of concrete is the most popular, roads, playgrounds, footpaths and more.

Although the process in which asphalt paving is created might initially be a long one, it is worth all the work, to avoid having to continuously maintain your pavement. Regardless of the type of paving you are having, it is essential to remove all the material where the driveway will be located. Once the surface is clear, heavy machinery is used to smooth out any excess bumps. Once this process is completed, it takes no time to layer the asphalt and let it set.

 

Asphalt concrete gives you a nice final finish, while also not taking away the attention from the focus point, which is your home. You wouldn’t want a driveway so detailed that it becomes the only thing people look at. Driveways are meant to be a welcoming lead up to what we want to emphasis, which is your home. A driveway, is like an entree, if you like, where it is meant to give you a taste as to what’s to come, once you enter the home, main is served and if you’re lucky, dessert will be the garden.

So whatever paving you decide for your driveway, just me sure you are selecting the right one for your lifestyle.


   Feb 03

Ready for DIY Landscaping?

Are you ready to revamp your front or backyard on your own or do you need a professional to get dirty? Here’s a simple list to help figure out if you’re ready for DIY landscaping.

Skills
Can you do all the heavy lifting yourself? Do you know what plants to choose for your climate? Is there somewhere nearby that loans bobcats or excavators and if so can you drive one? Are you confident trimming your own trees? These are all questions you need to consider when planning a DIY landscape. It’s all very well to know what flowers, pavers and lights you want but don’t forget about organic matter removal, excavation, tree removal, mulch and irrigation.

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Do some research of local companies you will use and start slowly. Try growing a veggie garden or laying a small area of turf to see if you have the patients and skills to commit to a large scale project.  If you are experienced with mulch types and plants, know there is a local bob cat hire company nearby and have already planned your dream landscape down to the last detail DIY Landscaping may be for you!

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Style
Do you want a classic garden with red roses, a white picket fence and a nice green lawn? Or maybe an Asian themed garden with temple statues a water feature and koi? Or perhaps a native Australian garden with eucalyptus mulch, waratahs and banksias is for you. Whatever your style choice is you need to decide before you undertake a project. Not only do you need to consider what the yard will look like immediately but how the garden will grow in the long term. Professional gardeners and landscapers arrange plants with 1, 2 and even 10 years or growth taken into consideration.

Clutter Removal

Your yard may be overwhelming to look at and you might be wondering how to clear out all the plants, soil, turf and pavers you don’t want. Don’t stress, simply separate the plant life and other outdoor elements you want to keep from what needs to be scraped. Hire a skip bin, a waste removal company or a trailer to rid your property of waste and your mind and yard will feel a lot cleaner. If you are hiring a bobcat for earthmoving move any waste you have using it! DIY is all about working with what you have and saving money when you can.

Get Advice
Even if you are going to do it alone speak to a few professionals or landscapers for inspiration, tips, budget guidelines and more. For a small price professionals are usually happy to come out and assess your yard and can even help out with a few small projects that you don’t want to attempt alone. Hire them for paving or decking whilst you tackle the flora, fauna and lawn.

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Pricing
Before you start your project outline a clear budget and be realistic about how much each element will cost. Don’t forget the prices of excavation hire, light cables and increase of water usage! Shop around to find a style that suits your taste and stick to your list, it is easy to get overwhelmed in a big hardware store!

Set a Timeline

Set yourself a generous timeline, a complete landscaping project takes time and needs time to be done properly. Think of it in weekends, one weekend remove all waste, next weekend excavate, following weekend lay turf, etc. Just because you have designed your dream garden doesn’t mean you have to finish it in a month!

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You have just created this beautiful outdoor area, don’t have it overshadowed by an old timber fence that is falling apart – have it repaired or opt for a new one. There are now so many gate and fencing options that it can add to the look of any yard. If you have a pool think about glass fencing, for the front yard opt for slate fencing and for the backyard Colorbond is always a popular choice. Privacy screens can also add to the look of any yard and hide bins, the compost or your family from the neighbours.

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Get Creative

Finally get creative and don’t be afraid of change. Your garden will change with you, flowers, grass and pavers can and will need to be replaced and maintained. Have fun with changing plants, vegetables, having trees trimmed and changing accessories. Be prepared to add a dog kennel, rabbit cage or set of swings if life goes that way and just enjoy your new space that you created.

 


   Jan 14

Concrete Driveways Are Making a Comeback!

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Concrete driveways are out of style? Not in NSW! Concrete Driveways are making a comeback with many builders and landscapers offering decorative concrete driveways. Aside from the standard concrete driveway there are now colour concrete driveways, polished concrete driveways, aggregated concrete driveways and stamped concrete driveways. Find out which one is right for you and your home.

Polished Concrete Driveways

Polished concrete was once reserved for indoor spaces but is now making a move to the exterior.   Shiny and smooth driveways add a chic element to any home and are a breeze to clean. The smooth surface means the concrete doesn’t absorb moisture and can withstand heavy foot traffic. Cleaning it is simple with a high pressured hose or scrubbing broom. What is more is that any old driveway can become a polished driveway. Hire a professional builder or landscaper to grind away the roughness of your old concrete driveway and polish it up for a striking and shiny driveway.

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Coloured Concrete Driveways

Another great way to modernise a boring old driveway is to colour it! There are three main ways to colour a concrete driveway. You can paint, dye or stain your driveway and can attempt this yourself or hire in a professional. Both painting and dyeing concrete add colour through pigments. Unfortunately paint has a tendency to crack and chip if there is a high level of traffic so dying is a better option. Dying or staining driveways are your best bet especially for an older driveway. For bright and out there colours opt for dying, for more earthy and neutral tones staining is the best option. These quick fixes are affordable, stylish and add value to any home.

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Dyed Green Concrete

 

Aggregate Concrete Driveways

If you want a more rustic and beachy look for your concrete driveway the fastest, cheapest and most effective way is to strip it back. Taking off the top layer of concrete exposes the rocks and pebbles that are mixed into the concrete. Alternatively you can create a aggregated concrete driveway from scratch choosing the colours of the stones. Aggregated concrete driveways are perfect for steep driveways or for areas that receive a lot of rain. The rough surface works as a non-slip surface for a safe and stylish driveway.

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Stamped Concrete Driveways

If you like a more classic look for your driveway but don’t have the budget for brick or stone then stamping is the perfect solution. Stamping your driveway creates the look and feel of a more expensive driveway. Stamps are achieved by using stencils, molds and contrasting colours. Opt for a classic slate, wood, cobblestone or brick look in traditional colours or choose a more contemporary design with bright tones. Stamping is best done when laying new concrete by overlays can also be created.

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For more concrete driveway ideas speak to your local landscaper or builder, the designs and colours are endless!