PLAN­NING TIPS

Australian House & Garden - - GARDENING -

✚ Pool­side gar­den beds should be wide enough for screen­ing plants if re­quired. A tall hedge needs a width of 600mm; add 300mm for a low edg­ing plant in front. If the bed’s nar­row, con­sider cov­er­ing the fence be­hind it with a climber.

Al­low for wide cop­ing or paving be­tween a hedge and the pool so you have room for prun­ing. Make sure there’s enough space to place a lad­der, and to avoid clip­pings falling straight into the wa­ter. En­sure pool­side beds are a lit­tle lower than the cop­ing or paving so that mulch and soil won’t spill into the wa­ter. Or in­stall raised beds to pre­vent pool wa­ter con­tam­i­nat­ing the sur­round­ing soil.

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