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Everything About Vertical Gardens

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Vertical gardens are strategies people use to grow certain plants on vertically suspended panels using certain structures. They either attach these structures to a wall or leave them freestanding.

People have always used vertical gardens since the early civilisations. A lot of modern wall gardens are very long lasting and provide some sense of nature into our modern businesses.

Actually, people use vertical gardens in their offices. They are great options for potted plants. Though you can place potted plants in almost any place, they need a lot of maintenance and occupy a large space. Though, in some scenarios, you may only need a single big panel to maintain your vertical garden.

How Did Vertical Gardens Come About?

Vertical gardens or living gardens are not new inventions. Actually, they are ancient ideas that have been around for years. In ancient times, for instance, people used living walls in architectural designs. Over the years, many people use vertical gardens for their offices or homes. Here are some facts about how vertical gardens came about so that you can know the origin of this concept.

1) Vertical gardens were used by Babylonians

There are 7 wonders of earliest architectural history. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon is one of them. The ancient people used plants such as running vines, stationary plants, and trees for their hanging gardens. All these plants combined formed the most beautiful sights in the world.

Further, in the 1920s designers started using plants more often in their projects. By 1980s and 1990s, people invented equipment’s to assist them to grow their vertical gardens. They used vertical gardens in different places such as in outdoor, indoor structures, building entrances, and almost anywhere with an open space.

2) Evolution from natural vertical gardens to artificial ones

Some people are currently switching from the use of natural vertical gardens to artificial ones. They argue that fake wall gardens are easy to maintain and they are very appealing to the eyes. Artificial plant makers use modern strategies to make these plants appear as natural as they could be. In fact, some people barely notice that these wall gardens are artificial.

colour vertical garden

Why Should You Garden Vertically?

You might not realise it, but vertical gardens are very beneficial to humans and the environment. Here are some reasons to garden vertically:

1) Maximises limited space

It goes without saying that gardening vertically maximises space.

2) Boosts visual appeal

Vertical gardens let you add colour, structure, character, and variety to your garden. You can plant at eye level to form “eye candy” such as hanging window boxes and baskets.

3) Nurtures healthier plants

With vertical gardens, you can lift plants off the ground. This boosts air circulation. As a result, your plants will grow healthy as they will be free from disease problems, animals and pests.

4) Boosts accessibility

You can raise your garden at an accessible height. More so, harvesting, fertilising, pruning and watering are easy with vertical gardens.

5) Grows lots of plants on a small space

Gardening vertically lets you grow different types of plants in large quantities. Climbers such as melons, passion fruits, cucumbers, and tomatoes do very well in vertical gardens.

Vertical gardens are great for softening start or hard landscape and building surfaces. They can be integrated into your landscape work with very little maintenance and care. They help in defining a space like an edge, boundary, entrance, and framework. As in, there are many reasons you should use vertical gardens. If you are in need of an installation of a vertical garden, please contact NS Landscaping for a free consultation!

13 Easy to Grow Vegetables in Australia

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We can all agree that we can’t get enough of vegetables. We add them to our soups, salads and main dishes. What if I told you there is a way of getting fresh veggies without going to the grocery store? This is by simply growing your own vegetables. And you don’t need technical skills to plant these nutritious and money-saving vegetables. With the right seeds, you can grow them in containers or in your backyard. Here are 12 easiest vegetables to grow in Australia, regardless of your age or skill level. Whether or not you need fertilisers when growing vegetables, check out this article for everything you need to know about fertilisers.

1) Spinach

Besides being a nutritious vegetable to add to your soups, omelettes, and salad, spinach is remarkably rich in iron. Even better, it grows really fast. When the leaves are large and healthy enough, you can pick them and new ones will grow.

close up of spinach leaves in white bowl

2) Lettuce

There is nothing that can beat fresh veggies like one from your own garden. Lettuce is a great addition to your salad. You can try different varieties such as head lettuces, microgreens, arugula, and leaf lettuces. The plant is easy to grow and requires minimal maintenance.

lettuce

3) Carrots

Growing whole carrots in the ground are pretty easy. Just avoid planting them in rocky soil. Instead, grow them in well-drained, deep soil. Preferably you should plant carrots in a raised bed.

carrots

4) Squash

Squash yields extremely well and you can feed an entire family with just a few of them. To plant Squash, ensure the area is not prone to wind. If so, protect the plant. Harvest the plant when it is around 8 to 10 inches long.

butternut squash with seeds

5) Green beans

Green bean is another vegetable you can easily grow in Australia. Whole beans and string beans are great for sowing in a home garden. In addition, there are the self-supporting bush kind and the vine type of snap peas. Planting the two types is easy because you just need the seeds, well-drained soil and proper sunlight.

Green beans on white background.

6) Cucumbers

Just as green beans, cucumbers need proper sunlight. In addition, cucumbers require support for climbing and warm temperatures for them to flourish. Just ensure that you water them frequently and your cucumbers will grow like a weed.

slices of green cucumber

7) Radishes

Radishes are great salad addition and as side dishes. As much as some people might not like radishes – maybe because they hardly know how to grow them – they always fall in love when they grasp the procedure of growing them. In 20 days, your radishes will be of full-size to harvest.

Garden radish

8) Zucchini

Similar to cucumbers and beans, zucchini is a prolific plant – regardless of whether you grow it straight in soil or in containers. Nonetheless, zucchini grows easily and quickly from seeds. They only require warm soil and enough moisture.

Fresh green zucchini. Zucchini background
9) Snow peas

Australia has cooler weather, which is ideal for planting snow peas. Since the seeds for snow peas are large, handling them is therefore easy. In like manner, you can eat the snow peas right from the vine. They are relatively problem-free and grow very fast.

Snow pea

10) Silverbeet

Silverbeet is one of the easiest vegetables to grow in Australia. It occupies small space but its rewards are great. It is nutritious with crimson-coloured or gorgeous yellow stems. For healthy leaves, feed the plant with enough water and fertiliser.

sliverbeet grow in vegetable garden

11) Spring onions

Gone are the days when people used to throw away leftover – limp spring onions. Nowadays, you can plant them on your garden – just trim the tops. Alternatively, you can purchase a punnet, plant it and you’ll always have enough supply of spring onions.

spring onions

12) Basil

As an aromatic herb, basil is an important additive for cooking. You can grow it in the ground or in pots. Equally, you can place the pot indoors as long as the area has sunlight.

basil

13) Bell peppers

Ideally, bell peppers and tomatoes are greatly available at home improvement stores and nurseries. You can add them to your salads and soups for that vibrant colour.

Closeup of various bell peppers

It is clear that there are a lot of vegetables to grow in Australia. Ensure that you have the basic garden maintenance and your plants will grow beautifully. You can experiment several of them and save money on grocery. If your garden is in rough shape, the experts in landscaping from NS Landscapes can help you build a beautiful garden to get started.

Don’t hesitate to contact us with all your gardening and landscaping needs in Sydney! We are just one phone call away on 0412 614 133!

Basic Lawn Care and Maintenance

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For a green and healthy lawn, there is a need for a regular year-round care as well as maintenance. If not, there is a likelihood of your grass becoming overgrown and susceptible to some of the common lawn diseases or become a habitat to outdoor pests. That is why we at NS Landscaping, have always specialised in taking care of various lawns at any given time of the year. We are the experts when it comes to landscaping and gardening.

But how do you take care of your lawn in order to keep it fresh and looking wonderful throughout the year? Here is the basic lawn care that will keep your lawn healthy at any time of the year.

1) Lawn watering

Rainwater alone is not enough to keep your lawn green and well maintained across the year. That is the main reason you may need an alternative to rainwater and underground sprinkler systems are a great choice for you. But that is not all. You need to factor the type of soil, the location and the grass type in order to come up with a proper lawn watering schedule that will be effective at various times of the year.

Sprinkler in action watering grass

2) Grass fertilisation

While most of the yards will still do better with a single application of fertiliser for a whole year, different types of grass need different fertilisers. Therefore, we recommend applying fertiliser 2 to 4 times throughout the year for your lawn to experience a lush green growth.

[Find out everything you need to know about fertilisers]

Person fertilizing soil in container

3) Mowing the lawn

Lawn mowing is usually a weekly task but it all depends on the time of the year or season. In spring or summer, you can mow your yard weekly while during winter and fall, you can perform this task depending on how fast the grass grows in your lawn. But you must never forget the golden rule of good grass cutting which is not to go beyond a third of the entire grass blade at any given time.

Mowing the grass

4) Recycling grass

When it comes to home lawn care, you need to know the importance of mulching the clipped grass. Besides maintaining moisture in the soil beneath, recycling grass has been found to be a good source of providing 3% nitrogen to the growing grass. Therefore, this is a better way to sure that your lawn has a steady supply of vital nutrients to the grass in order to keep it healthy and fresh all the time.

rustic field

5) Weeding the lawn

You can opt for weeding as a way to eradicate unwanted plants in your lawn or simply pull them (weeds) if there are not many. Hand weeding is very effective to ensure that the entire weed including the roots, runners and other parts are completely removed. Otherwise, you can use recommended herbicides in spring or fall to prevent the weed seeds from germinating.

senior woman working in garden or at summer farm

6) Lawn aerating

Aerating the soil in your lawn is an important step in ensuring that there is no soil compaction especially in places with heavy soils. Aeration is done by punching small holes into the yard to allow easier penetration of moisture and the air. As a result, the grass or any other plant in the lawn will have a better root development.

Despite having known the basic steps you to take care of your lawn, don’t hesitate to talk to NS Landscaping for more professional advice or lawn care services. We are always committed to serving our customers to our highest ability.

Call 0412 614 133 to speak to one of our friendly and attentive staffs about how we can help your gardening needs!

Trending Patio Designs in Australia for 2019

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As a homeowner, you need to find the best patio design for your upcoming house. At NS Landscaping, we specialise in both designing and constructing all types of outdoor living or entertaining areas depending on your specifications. We are certified designers and landscapers with more than a decade of experience in providing quality work in Sydney and surrounding areas.

When it comes to patio designs, we try as much as we can to keep our standards high in our services. We believe that a patio is a great place you and your family can possibly enjoy the great outdoors while saving you a lot of money and time on landscaping. If you are in Australia, the following trending patio designs are of great interest especially if you are a new homeowner.

Contemporary backyard patio designs

A contemporary patio, just like any other type of patio, allows you to spend quality time outside your house with a lot of comfort from your home. It can be placed in front of your house, around the house, on one side or at the backyard. It all depends on the availability of space and your budget.

Luxury garden furniture

Contemporary patios come in different designs for you to choose from. It is not surprising to come across a patio design with porcelain and breeze blocks featuring a wall outside. Also, some homeowners prefer the beach-style backyard patio which comprises of the tweed without the cover.

Another design that is currently trending in Australia is the midsize contemporary patio which comes with an outdoor kitchen as well as a natural stone paver. But most of the contemporary patio designs in this regard have at least a roof extension as a common factor.

Exterior covered patio with fireplace and furniture.

What matters the most is your choice of a perfect patio design in relation to your budget and location as well. Whichever the case, we are always ready to undertake your project and help you realize your dream.

Tropical patio designs in Australia

Tropical patio designs are also common in Australia and they provide you with a great opportunity to enjoy your outdoors and all the things that come with it. Tropical patios will offer you a breathtaking view depending on where you choose to have them around your house. This means that the location you choose plays a crucial role in giving you everything you may need while taking your free time outside.

However, you can settle for a small backyard patio designed from concrete. Perhaps you could go for a loveseat and pergola, complete with a shady resting located right behind your garage. Tropical patio designs are diverse to suit different types of homes and locations. Whatever your choice is, we can help you achieve your goal in a more budget-friendly way and shortest time possible.

Chairs By Fireplace In Patio

Consider the inclusion of perennial plants around your patio to bring it to life and adding character to it with wonderful colours. Perennial plants generally live longer than 2 years and are low in maintenance.

The need for a patio is one step ahead into seeking the best way you can enjoy your free time within your home. You can choose either contemporary patio design or tropical patio design. At NS Landscaping, we’ll take care of everything involved in designing, planning and constructing an outdoor patio to provide you with your dream patio.

Get your free quote now over the phone with our excellent staff members on 0412 614 133.

Everything You Need to Know About Fertilisers

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Studies have proven that a significant number of homeowners often find it hard to choose the best type of fertiliser that suits their garden. Even though this is quite understandable owing to the broad range of fertilisers out there, it should not always be the case.

With potentially endless choices to choose from, how do you know the best type of fertiliser to pick? It is imperative to note that before you set your foot in a fertiliser shop, look for experts to test your soil accordingly. Contact your local garden company such as NS Landscaping for information.

Such a professional move will help determine the best type of fertiliser that suits your soil characteristics. To be more precise, the test results will always give you an idea regarding what nutrients the soil in your garden could be lacking. Of course, you’ll have to purchase a fertiliser which can potentially add value to your garden.

While both mulching and compost manure are decent ways to enhance the quality of your garden’s nutrient value, they may not be able to provide adequate or sufficient nutrients that plants need to thrive and stay healthy. The main cause of poor or stunted plant growth is a lack of sufficient nutrients.

Many of the natural soils in our gardens tend to be sandy hence relatively lighter. In simple terms, they lack sufficient amount of clay and humus, which are both great nutrient-holding agents. This implies that the nutrients are leached out of the soil by water at fairly faster rates, whether through artificial watering or natural rainfall.

To supplement these missing nutrients, you as a gardener must provide the soil with artificial fertilisers. In fact, it is the only way to keep plants in your garden healthy and fruitful.

All gardening experts would agree that if you know the major plant nutrients, it will be very easy for you to determine the best type of fertiliser as part of your gardening care. From your basic agricultural knowledge, you should know that the most essential and vital chemicals ideal for effective plant growth is potassium, nitrogen, and phosphorus. In this regard, any fertiliser which features all these three vital components is good for optimal plant growth and development.

fertilisers

So what type of functions do these components perform?

Phosphorus – This is an important component of any fertiliser, and is charged with the responsibility of stimulating both the germination and early root formation. It also influences the rate of potassium uptake in plants. Sufficient supply is essential for the growth of young plants, especially trees and shrubs. Equally, it should be noted that plants are better able to overcome the threats posed by diseases if there is plenty of phosphorus.

Potassium – This enhances healthy plant growth, and equally makes plants resistant to drought and extreme temperatures. It is also essential to plants for photosynthesis, an all-important process through which plants make their food for growth. Its deficiency in the soil will manifest through poorly coloured leaves and fruits and perhaps a lack of flavour.

Nitrogen – This is arguably the most important nutrient for plants. It is needed for plant growth, boosts the leaf colour of all plants. It also increases the protein value of fruits and vegetables. On most occasions, the lack of sufficient nitrogen in your soil will show clearly by the yellowing of leaves as well as through the stunted growth of all plants.

As you may have seen, it is always important and beneficial to purchase a fertiliser that incorporates all the three chemicals in its properties.

Child planting strawberry seedling in to a fertile soil

Synthetic vs organic fertiliser – Which one is the best?

Of course, plants will basically utilise the nutrients offered by both synthetic and organic fertilisers and won’t differentiate between the two. Even though both types support optimal growth in plants, there are certain differences. First and foremost, organic fertilisers do not always break down fast enough to distribute the nutrients needed by plants.

On the other hand, synthetic fertilisers are highly soluble and are immediately broken down for plant use. What’s more, they are relatively easy to transport around the garden, store and are equally lighter to spread around. Even though organic fertilisers are the first choice for the environmentally friendly gardener because the soil and plants both benefit, sometimes artificial fertilisers they are your best option. Fertilisers are a convenient, quick and reliable way to add sufficient nutrients to the soil in your garden.

What are slow-release fertilisers?

These are relatively smaller pellets that feature a hard coating. They release their nutrients at slow rates, as they break down in the presence of soil and water. It is imperative to note that most fertilisers of this type are tailored for specific plant groups. This implies that you’ll have to consult your local gardening expert for the best one that fits your needs. NS Landscaping provides a wide range of services for your garden and landscape throughout Sydney.

5 Benefits of Perennial Plants for your Garden

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A blossoming backyard is the delight of any homeowner. One way of creating a gorgeous and sustainable garden is by including perennial plants. Whether you are a beginner or experienced gardener, perennials come with several benefits beyond the normal eye aesthetics. Spring is the right time to think about planting these native herbs. Regardless of where you live, perennials grow well in different climates and soil types. These beautiful plants are rich in colour and once you plant them, you just forget about seasonal planting as they grow every year.

Here are some reasons why you should include perennial plants in your garden:

1) Drought Resistant

The root systems of perennials dig deep down into the soil profile to draw moisture up. They bring water from down the soil to upper soil levels for other shallow-rooted plants to benefit.

Perennials also prevent soil from drying and being susceptible to wind erosion. They are a perfect choice if you live in a hot and dry area. Their natural defence coupled with extreme survival tactics enable them to survive severe drought conditions without necessarily demanding for irrigation.

Therefore, choosing these plants reduces the need for water to irrigate your garden every dry season. If you’re planning to grow grasses or other plants that aren’t so immune to drought, then native perennials is a nice alternative to consider for your lawn.

Ornamental allium flower

2) Low maintenance

Low maintenance is the most desirable benefit of perennials. These plants can thrive through the entire growing season without pesticides, fertilisers or other special growing conditions. Unlike other garden plants, they are more retardant to pests.

The low maintenance also means you save time, money and energy needed to manicure your garden. Additionally, since these plants grow from the same rootstock, as a permaculture gardener you don’t have to spend more time and energy clearing your garden, sowing new seeds, decomposing and doing soil mulching. With these plants, you can be sure of the crop quality to expect in your next growing season.

Maintenance isn’t much of a problem as it was before. You can now hire a gardener to fully maintain your lovely yard to keep it lively all year long.

Red flowers against the background of grass

3) They form a cohesive cover

Perennials not only access water lodged deep in the soil but also preserve soil moisture by forming a cohesive cover. They ensure that no space is left and exposed to direct heat from the sun. Besides, they don’t lose their foliage in winter but retain their cover. They also preserve soil structure by cushioning against rain and wind erosion.

Green fern leaves background, top view

4) They attract pollinators

Pollinators rely on native plants for habitat, food and reproduction. The introduction of non-native annuals has threatened pollinator populations. However, by growing perennials, you not only improve the curb appeal of your garden but also offer sustenance to natural pollinators. This is what they need to survive.

bouquet of chrysanthemum flowers

5) You enjoy a variety

Unlike annual plants that grow and bloom during the same growing period, perennials have different blooming times. You can plan your perennial planting method and know the type of plants that will be available in various seasons. It means you can extend the productive season of your plants and get access to a variety of produce. Moreover, these plants have varying shades, colours, textures and sizes giving you plenty of options.

Blooming tulips flowerbed in flower garden

For more information or detail on perennial plants, you can contact the experts, NS Landscaping. We’ll be happy to assist you with your gardening needs and help select the right perennial plants for your lovely garden. Please do not hesitate to contact us on 0412 614 133 or visit our website at http://nslandscapes.com.au and take a look at our different landscape services in Sydney.

11 Benefits of a Watergarden

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The beauty and tranquility that a watergarden adds to a home is amazing. It is one of the most amazing landscaping feature to add in your backyard. However the benefits of a watergarden goes beyond its aesthetic features. As later discussed, a watergarden can provide a number of benefits to your home to create a natural and beautiful landscape. It provides considerable value for being relatively low in maintenance and is a lot easier to incorporate into your garden than you initially thought.

Here are our 11 benefits of having a watergarden for your home.

pond in garden

1) It improves curb appeal

Do you want to improve the overall look of your home? Adding a watergarden will give it a spectacular view that will impress anyone visiting your home. It will create a stunning landscape that will improve the overall appearance of your home and instantly make them feel calm and relaxed.

2) It helps to purify air

If you are keen then you must have noticed that air usually taste and smell fresher in areas closer to water body. This is because water usually releases negative ions into the atmosphere that helps to purify air. Therefore, if you have a watergarden in your home, it will produce negative ions continuously that will remove impurities and toxins from the atmosphere.

3) It creates a self-sustaining hydration cycle

Most plant-based landscaping such as flowers, lawns or shrubs require constant watering in order to thrive. If you are living in places where water is scarce, then your precious plants can easily die because of a lack of water. However, when you have a watergarden in your garden, then you will create a self-sustaining hydration cycle that will ensure that your plants receive enough water without having to water them.

4) It helps to create environmental awareness

If your children are involved in the design and maintenance of your watergarden, they will develop a genuine interest in environmental conservation. A watergarden can be used as a fishpond which is a very important ecosystem that supports plant, fish, insects and useful bacteria. It is therefore a great tool to use to educate the future generation on the importance of watergarden and the crucial role that they play in conserving the environment.

5) Creative way to fill up the empty space

If you have a large garden and have no idea what to do with it then a watergarden is a perfect idea. Not only will it fill up the space but also provide a unique garden feature that not many other homes can offer. 

6) Family focal point

Another beauty of having a watergarden is that it can help bring the family together. The water is a nature and soothing element that sustains life. Therefore, a watergarden serve as an excellent focal point where the family can gather and bond.

7) It can help you relax

After a long and tiresome day at work, you need a place where you can relax and unwind. A watergarden can serve as perfect place to relax. Perhaps you could spend your time there reading a book and enjoying the relaxing sound of water splashing around by the aquatic fauna.

8) It is entertaining

If you have a watergarden in your home, then your home will become an ideal destination for friends and relatives. This is because being around a watergarden gives the feeling of being on a vacation somewhere in a tropical area. Your home will become a popular destination thanks to the watergarden.

9) It helps to cut street noise

A watergarden can help mask street noise, allowing you, your family and friends to have a good time when relaxing outdoors. Although it is very minimal, it can provide a source obstruction to the streets.

10) It helps keep your home cool during summer months

A watergarden will bring a cool breeze of fresh air that will help keep your home cool during warm summer months. Especially during the blazing Australian heat. This means that you will spend less on air conditioning.

11) It adds humidity to your home during cold, dry winter

During colder months when humidity is low, a watergarden will add humidity, a factor that will enhance your comfort and wellbeing.

If you are planning to incorporate a watergarden to your home in Sydney, then you have found the right. We are experts when it comes to garden features and all things landscaping. NS Landscaping has been operating for just over 30 years to provide Sydney residents with remarkable and beautiful watergardens. Kindly contact us for more information and details on our watergardens by calling us on (02) 9415 3113 or 0412 614 133. A watergarden will be sure to ‘wow’ any guest or visitor and blow them out the water.

5 Reasons Why an Outdoor BBQ Kitchen is a MUST

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If you love spending most of your summertime cooking delightful barbeque ribs or ‘throwing a shrimp on the barbie’, then an outdoor kitchen can be a major hallmark to you. An outdoor barbeque kitchen offers practicality and gives you the comfort and convenience that an indoor kitchen simply cannot. Apart from cooking, it can be an area to welcome guests and serve them food and drinks, share stories and so much more.

A BBQ kitchen can range from something simple and straightforward to a more elaborate one depending on your needs. Whether you want a modest outdoor kitchen with tables, chairs, and grills or a detailed one, it is vital to start with a good plan. There are several types of designs to choose, but why would you need a BBQ or outdoor kitchen?

Man cooking meat steaks on professional grill outdoors

1) To increase your home’s value

A kitchen is the heart of any home. It is more than just a place where you mingle, linger and gather for meals. An outdoor kitchen plays a significant role in enhancing the appeal and overall value of your home. Buyers are focused more on kitchens and having a more updated outdoor kitchen alongside the indoor one can elevate your property’s value. Most of them are equipped with appliances made of stainless steel to withstand the harsh outdoor environment. They make your kitchen functional and can last for years. An outdoor kitchen, therefore, is an investment of its kind that can boost your home’s value particularly if the kitchen itself is well designed and is of high quality.

2) Cuts down on utility bills

Australian summer temperatures can put a strain on your air conditioning system and take a toll on your wallet. During hot summer months, your air conditioner will have to function intensely to keep your indoor kitchen cool. However, with an outdoor BBQ kitchen, you can roast, bake, fry and boil all your food without the need for an air conditioner. This means you’ll save more on energy bills.

3) No more smell build-ups

If you’re cooking different types of food, then it means you’ll have to endure various types of smell ranging from nice to less desirable ones. If you’re frying food such as fish or other items that require deep frying, then it can stick onto your walls for an everlasting scent. Sometimes the smell can take longer to get out of your home. With an outdoor bbq kitchen, it means your home stays fresh. You also enjoy healthier and tastier food when you cook in a fresh and open space.

4) More living space

Bringing in appliances such as grills, kitchen chairs and tables can consume most of your living space. When you have an outdoor kitchen, you save on such spaces for other uses. Additionally, you can utilise the space in your outdoor kitchen to entertain guests, celebrate holidays, birthdays and even for outdoor relaxation. The outdoor space also provides the adults an opportunity to keep a close eye on the kids while they play on the lawn.

5) No more expensive restaurant meals

Instead of going to the restaurant to eat that dream grilled beef, how about having your own grill where you can cook nice food? With an outdoor kitchen, you can cook healthy meals for your family without breaking your bank account on restaurant meals and drinks.

An outdoor BBQ kitchen is more than just a space for grilling up food. It’s a central point for summer cocktail gatherings, an investment and a space to have backyard fun. It can enhance the value of your home, help you cut restaurant and energy bills and free up indoor living space. For a custom outdoor kitchen, contact NS Landscaping today on 0412 614 133. We’ll help you achieve that outdoor barbeque kitchen that you have always dreamt. After all, no Australian home is truly Australian without an outdoor barbie.

11 Spectacular Retaining Wall Ideas for Your Garden

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Retaining walls are beautiful and practical elements to add in an outdoor landscape. They do not only help to address a variety of issues, but also provide great planting opportunities. Also, it might be a fun DIY project to perform with your family on the weekend. Check out these 11 spectacular retaining wall ideas to add uniqueness to your garden.

1. Overlapping Stones

This is probably one of the most interesting brick-wall designs as it is complicated yet simple. Placing the stones in different sizes overlaying can show the shadows and add a new look to the old walls.

This idea could really make your home outstanding in any neighbourhood. To enhance the effect, consider applying it to large wall area as it would create more shadow pockets.

overlapping stone wall

Image: Pinterest/Kathy Bence

2. Concrete Planters

This is a unique concept in retaining wall design as it calls for standard garden planters. Just like overlapping stones, these items can create shadow effects that can make the entire walls look amazing.

Make sure to choose a shape, colour, and design that could suit your personal preferences and mat the existing décor in your garden.

concrete planters wall

Image: Pinterest/Chad Spain

3. Stone, Timber and Grass

This spectacular idea combines stone, timber and grass all in one to create a natural-looking wall. Generally, this wooden wall should be short with timbers separating the rocks and grasses. This is a great idea for a small backyard or garden where you can rest and enjoy the scene.

stone timber grass wall

Image: Rock Garden Beauty

4. Plywood Fence

Plywood is an affordable and easy-to-find material to build a retaining wall. There are many instructions available to install and plan plywood to create beautiful fences in your garden. You can even paint the fence to match your existing décor.

plywood wall

Image: Jose Lucas

5. Minimalist Concept

This is a perfect idea for a slope. It includes natural rocks which serve as a great wall. The combination of small and large rocks also create a natural and rugged scene. This minimalist concept is ideal for those who don’t like too many details outside.

minimalist wall

Image: Pinterest/Peter Rogers

6. Edgepath

This wall meanders alongside a walking trail in nature. The addition of pale stones highlights the trail at night, especially when moonlight reflects the stones and create a beautiful path for walkers. Edgepath is a great concept for any long outdoor areas.

edge wall

Image: Pinterest/Madisen Patten

7. Wire Mesh

This massive retaining wall comes with a wire mesh which holds together all the stones. It is simply customisable in colour, thickness, size and shape of both wire and stone. The options are endless to customise with stone patterns to make it more unique.

meshed wall

Image: Kirsten Bradley

8. Caged Rocks

Similar to garden planters, this concept is shorter and holds plants rather than just highlighting an outdoor space. The succulents and ferns add a unique design, while rocks create an artistic look to the whole landscape. The rocks can vary from small to large, and the variety of rock colours can attract your eyes.

caged rock wall

Image: Pam Pence

9. Multi-level Walls

These multi-level walls come with thick pillars which give the landscape a fenced-in look and create a unique design for your garden. The bottom part has light pillars, while its upper parts have brick-coloured pillars. It is ideal for an area which has a large wall or massive slope.

multilevel wall

Image: Pinterest/Leoni de Frey

10. Lit Walls

Make your backyard garden much more unique and elegant by using a lit retaining wall. It isn’t only gorgeous but it can also be a good way to add lighting to outdoor spaces without floor lamps or floodlights.

lighting retaining wall

Image: Pinterest/Vicky Borg

11. Garden Stairs

Think about adding a stairwell leading to your beautiful garden? That is exactly what this concept looks like. It might create an old feel, but cement and stones can last for decades.

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In overall, there are so many great ideas to build a retaining wall for your outdoor space or garden. Whether you are looking for something traditional, contemporary, futuristic, funky, or purely green we love to customise and build unique retaining walls. These retaining wall ideas are a great way to bring a new outlook to your house.

If you don’t know where to start, just give us a call on 0412 614 133 for a free quote and site inspection in Sydney. Designing and landscaping can be fun, but these tasks require a lot of skill and expertise. So it’s better to have them done by our team of landscaping experts. After many years in the industry, NS Landscape can offer you everything you need to have a perfect-looking outdoor space.

18 Front Yard Landscaping Ideas

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Front yard landscaping can add value to your home and is definitely worth investing the time and money. If you are planning to do some landscaping at home, here are 18 spectacular front yard landscaping ideas that you should consider.

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1. Available Space

Knowing how much space that you need to cover for the landscape will determine the extent of planning and investment that you need to spend. It is important to remember to give ample of leeway to the driveway, as this is where most activities happen when going in and out of the place.

2. The Topography

An important factor to consider is the topography of your front yard. You will need to check which areas are flat, which are sloping and the location of drainage systems. Being perceptive on the contours of the area will give you an idea on how you can proceed and include these aspects of the total design.

3. Exposure To The Sun

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Knowledge of how the sun casts its rays onto the front yard is valuable in planning out the layout of your landscape. It will determine where the suitable foliage and structures will be positioned.

4. Selection of Plants and Trees

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Based on the previous considerations outlined above, you may now determine what particular plants or trees to buy to recreate the landscape that you want to portray. Consider the current season and the types of plants that will flourish in that condition.

5. Types of Equipment that You Will Need

You must also consider the equipment that you are going to need in order to modify your landscape. Equipments are not absolutely essential unless you are planning to do some extreme makeover. It will definitely save you a lot of time and effort. Consider hiring the equipment if you do not have it and on a tight budget.

6. Lighting

Natural lighting plays a great role in recreating the visualisation of the landscape. Even though your design may be simple, it would create the illusion of space and uniqueness as all of the factors mentioned plays out their individual roles.

7. Focal Point

You must also have a focal point where you will begin your landscape from. This is where your main source of attraction will be, whether it is synthetic grass or flashing natural garden lights, it will make your lawn stand out.

8. Use of Rocks and Pebbles

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It is a good idea to make excessive use of rocks and pebbles as they are important tools and items while enhancing the landscaping of your place. Stylish rocks will immediately and instantly create a visual interest among your visitors.

9. Use of Bird Feeders and Bird Baths

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These elements can are simple yet elegant landscaping additions for your front yard. You can plant a small round garden so that it can become a gathering point for butterflies and birds. An interesting and unique feature for a front yard.

10. Safety Measures

You should always remember to keep safety measures in place when you design and place the fixtures in your yard. This includes a physical fence to prevent trespassing.

11. Use of Ornamental Grasses

Green grass in park

Ornamental grasses are a great idea because you do not have to maintain it on a regular basis. They also add a soft and inviting atmosphere for your front yard.

12. Spacing

Make use of wide spacing between plants so that have room to grow and bloom. Try to avoid multiple colour schemes if possible. Having fewer colour schemes will add simplicity and uniformity in your yard.

13. Making your Porch Welcoming

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You can also try to make your porch welcoming by adding tables, chairs, benches and other furniture. This can assist in giving your porch a warm and comfortable look that will it draw many people to your home.

14. Make Sure the Front Yard is Cleanstone path on the lawn

Maintenance and cleaning are essential for your front yard. Especially the pathway and sideways. In case it needs any kind of repair you should fix it so that it becomes appealing and safe for people to walk on.

15. Adding a Fountain

Another way that you can make your front yard engaging is by adding a feature fountain. You can add some stones or bricks as a foundation.

16. Ensuring Continuous Colour

Perennial plants tend to give their colour at certain times of the year. Whenever this period ends you must make sure that there is still another plant which can give flowers in different colours in your yard. By doing this you will make sure that your yard has continuous colour throughout the year.

17. Layering Flowers in Rows

You should show the unity of your flowering plants by layering them in rows. You can emphasise the organisation of your plants by considering their sizes. For example, the tallest plants should be in the back row and the shortest plants in the front row.

18. Keep the Front Yard Simple

Finally, you must keep your front yard simple. Simplicity is key. You should try to avoid overcomplicating things by adding too much content into a small area.

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It is also a good idea to get an expert on the scene to assist in planning, designing and carrying out the task for you. NS Landscaping has been in the industry for over 10 years and developed an eye for vision when it comes to Sydney landscaping. Give us a call on 0412 614 133 for more information about our services, or if you are looking for an experienced team to do your landscaping for you, we’ll provide a FREE quote and on-site inspection in Sydney.