SPRING INTO GARDENING
GIVE BACKYARDS A SPRUCE UP
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.