SPRING INTO GAR­DEN­ING

GIVE BACK­YARDS A SPRUCE UP

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - LIFESTYLE - Janita Singh

IT’S still cold, but signs of spring are start­ing to ap­pear.

Be­fore en­joy­ing the new sea­son, though, there are a few quick re­ju­ve­na­tion projects to do, land­scaper Jason Hodges says.

Start with the backyard. Af­ter all, this is where peo­ple spend the most time when the weather im­proves.

“A spruced-up backyard is the per­fect spot for mak­ing mem­o­ries, too,’’ Hodges says.

Hodges, also a brand am­bas­sador for the ma­sonry man­u­fac­turer Ad­bri Ma­sonry (ad­bri­ma­sonry.com.au), says us­ing a pres­sure cleaner to clean decks and drive­ways is a good place to start. He also sug­gests: Build a vegie patch: “Spring is the sea­son of new life and marks the per­fect time to raise and grow lit­tle ones of your own,” Hodges says. He rec­om­mends raised gar­den beds and says build­ing one is not com­pli­cated. “Al­lo­cate space which will re­ceive enough sun, mark out your area, and then in­stall a raised gar­den wall us­ing dry re­tain­ing wall blocks,’’ Hodges says. No space? No prob­lem. Try ver­ti­cal gar­den­ing sys­tems from hard­ware store. Eden Gar­dens (eden­gar­dens.com.au) has a range of El­e­vated Gar­den sys­tems to suit any space.

Cre­ate a zoned gar­den: Zones cre­ate de­fined ar­eas for eat­ing, cook­ing ... de­fine zones us­ing fenc­ing, plants, or ma­te­ri­als such as pavers, grass or gravel, to help each area stand out.

Give lawn life: “Re­plac­ing old or dam­aged turf is a quick way to en­hance the look of your home (or) backyard,’’ Hodges adds. Start by aer­at­ing the lawn with a gar­den fork and re­mov­ing de­bris. Fer­tilise, if re­quired, and sprin­kle grass seeds over the bare spots. Turf Aus­tralia has a lawn care guide at tur­faus­tralia.com.au.

Add a wa­ter fea­ture: It will add am­bi­ence and tran­quil­lity, and can block out noise from traf­fic or neigh­bours.

Light­ing ap­peal: For the al­fresco area to stand out, add light­ing – so­lar, string or lanterns can all cre­ate a fes­tive at­mos­phere.

El­e­vated gar­dens are a smart way to grow a gar­den in small spa­ces (eden­gar­dens.com.au); wa­ter fea­tures add am­bi­ence and tran­quil­lity to the backyard; and stylish fur­ni­ture will max­imise the time spent in the backyard.

Land­scaper Jason Hodges says it is time to spring clean the backyard and gar­den.

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