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How to Find a Great Landscaper

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Acknowledging the fact that you need a landscaper is a bigger milestone in achieving a beautiful yard. However, this is only the beginning. With the innumerable number of landscapers, there is more to consider.

Just like in any other form of hiring, finding an ideal landscaper is always daunting. You need to cross the arms, pen down the goals, envision the picture of the dream yard and come up with strategies that will bring your dreams into reality.

Here is a cheat list of the tips that will efficiently take you through how to find a good landscaper.

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1) Have a picture of what you want

The first step to a high-end landscape is to understand what you want. Define the goals from various angles and perspectives. The most amazing skyscrapers you see when you walk or drive in town were once someone’s imagination. The beautiful, uniquely designed and cozy landscapes you see along the streets were once pictures in their various owners or contractor’s minds.

2) Research on the available options

You will not know the scope of your options when you don’t research. Based on references, past projects and words from past clients, come up with a list of all local contractors that are deemed fit for the work. Keep focus primarily on what you want.

3) Communicate with the contractor

Using the curated list of options, take your time and meet one company after the other. A representative can do since in most cases, the contractors are in the field. Be leery on poor communication. It is a red flag to untrustworthiness and substandard service delivery. Otherwise, when conversing, keep focus and ask only relevant questions to avoid veering off. Otherwise, apart from communication, take note of the contractor’s patience, willingness to work, level of understanding and creativity options.

4) Evaluate the company’s level of professionalism

At this level, cross your arms and evaluate the companies based on the questions that you asked during the visit. During the visitation, chances are that you met several companies or contractors. Some blooming while some are well-established. At this point, you have a wealth of options depend on the size, service area, specialties and price.

  • How long has the company been in the market?
  • Does the company belong to any professional organisation?
  • Are there any testimonials, pictures of past projects or referees?
  • Is there any guarantee options?
  • Does the company have any branch around the vicinity?

5) Engage relevant third party

Third parties here relates to the referees and past clients. The five questions should help you curate a maximum of four contractors to work consider for the next steps. You can eliminate or turn down the rest through official communication.

Using the list of the available third parties, don’t fear to talk to them. You can go the extra mile, visit them, and see with your eyes each of the company’s finished work. This step helps to solidify the level of competence, professionalism and trustworthiness.

In reality, you are not the only person making the booking. Chances are that the company you want to engage has a list of clients to deliver their services to. Ask about how regular the company’s services were and whether the beneficiaries can pride the value for their money.

6) Make the final decision

This is the last and most crucial step. It is the process to be blamed when things go south. However, that is not what you are after. To avoid the future blame game, you can include your spouse and any concerned party in the decision-making. This is the appropriate time to consider the cost of service delivery. Otherwise, the final decision should be based on all the above steps.

It is only the best contractor that will bring your landscaping dream into reality. The options thin down to individual visions and preferences. At NS Landscapes, we offer a wealth of landscaping services involving patios, retaining walls, steps and walkways, planting beds and more. Contact your friendly Sydney landscapers today on 0412 614 133 and let’s discuss about a landscaping solution for your lovely home.

Things to Consider Before Installing a Backyard Swimming Pool

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A swimming pool in any household is a primary component of its exterior beauty. It is the home’s “hot spot” where you can conveniently have memorable family fun-times and night dips. It is the place to keep memories, do exercise and achieve tranquillity at home without spending any dime.

However, in most cases, the home ground is so confined. This makes pool placement a thoughtful process that requires high-end planning. Though backyard is the most preferred scene for home pool placement, there are a lot more to think about.

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1) Size

A backyard is an extension of the indoor living space. It is prone to high traffic. It is where the kids play. It is where the rest of the family members bask for their fair share of natural vitamin D. It is where the visitor’s kids will step their feet first without you knowing. The question is, how secure is your backyard? And, is the space large enough for pool fencing that meets the requirements by the local council?

2) Cost

Several factors define the net cost of the pool installation. It is very true that you are not after a simple and substandard DIY pool. You must engage with an experienced installer for a home pool that stands out. Having the pool as close as possible to the house will compel you to adopt classy designs with materials that compliment the house’s exterior, paths and walkways. Geometric designs work well with this, however, you must be ready to drain the pockets. Otherwise, the closer the pool is to the house, the more convenient and easier it is to watch out.

With a large-spaced backyard, there is a lot of flexibility when designing the pool. You can easily adopt the freeform designs and cut the cash corners. You can even have the extra changing room. Also, a large pool comes with a wide deck. This makes the pool the focal point of the exterior home environment. It will be an oasis of its own that can accommodate many people during a get-together party or any other joint swimming. However, large spaces are often found far away from home. By setting the pool a bit further, it can become its own destination zone out of the reach of your family members.

3) Landscape

The slope matters a lot when designing the backyard pool. It determines the drainage of the pool and the time taken for the deck to dry off. You don’t want the natural water to enter the pool since it can flood and mud the pool. Where the backyard is a slope, you will incur additional expenditure to build the retaining walls and terraces.
Naturalistic landscape works well where there is a need to build a bold, and simple pool that blends with four seasons of texture and interests. You can use it where the house is a small modern home, bungalow, and cottage.

Formal landscapes bring all the aspects of nature in the pool design. It is easy to plan. It works well with pools nearing estates and large formal homes.
The classical landscape is best in displaying the Roman elements and Greek culture in the pool design. It offers excellent performance in a rectangular pool then the naturalistic landscapes.

4) Lighting

No one hates natural light from the sun. It is what will warm you up and heat the pool waters naturally. Generally, swimming in the absence of the sun isn’t worth it. The question is, what is your backyard’s orientation to the sunlight? Are there trees that will block the sun rays from reaching your pool? Or, are there any artificial stumbling blocks? If yes, then you should consider locating the pool elsewhere.

As a homeowner, you have all reasons to install a pool in your backyard. With adequate space, ideal landscape, and the dime to cover up installation and maintenance costs, you don’t need to wait anymore. Talk to us at NS Landscapes for any query regarding landscaping, garden makeovers and more. Call us for reliable pool design and repair services at your doorstep and enjoy the best and most competitive prices ever in and around North Shore.

11 Hot Tips to Make your Small Yard Look Big

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Not every home is lucky to have a backyard that is big enough for their comfort. Small backyards are mostly accompanied by lower mortgages or rent plans. However, you do not have to worry about your small backyard looking tiny and squished. With a few landscaping work, you can make your yard look bigger and spacious. Below are tips from professional landscapers that will help to make your small yard look big.

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1) Get plants with big leaves for the entrance

With your small space, plant texture is an important aspect during the planning. Get plants that have large leaves, mostly tropical plants and place them at the entrance or at an area of focus that you prefer. Big leafed plants create a bigger visual interest compared to small-leafed plants. In addition, big leaves have shadows that overlap creating an illusion of depth.

2) Get fine-textured plants

Plants with small leaves have a place in your small yard too. These plants should be placed near the edges of the yard because they are visually less demanding. They create an illusion of distance and blend into the background of the yard by reflecting a lot of light.

3) Create levels

Creating levels in your small yard will increase depth that will make the yard look bigger. Levels can be created by simply elevating or creating sunken areas in the yard. You can also use a container garden to make an illusion of levels in the yard.

4) Use bright colour in the entry

Bright colours such as orange, red and yellow create a warmth that calls for attention. Having these colours on your entrance will create a focal point on the entrance making the rest of the space to fall back. You can get these colours by planting flowers that produce such bright colours.

5) Divide the yard

Dividing a yard that is already small may sound out of mind. However, creating different spaces in the yard creates more rooms hence bring forth an element of surprise. Use fountains, small walls, plants or alternate surfaces to divide the yard.

6) Use garden containers

Since small yard does have enough space to plant all the flowers or plants you would want to see growing in your backyard, use garden containers. You can plant as many plants and flowers as you would want in the containers and place them strategically in the yard. This will create an illusion of a garden as the eye looks around to enjoy the aesthetic space.

7) Use mirrors

Mirrors, as we all know can magically make a small space appear bigger. This old trick can also be used in your small yard to visually increase its size. Place the mirrors strategically in the garden to make the eye and the mind feel like space is open than it actually is.

8) Use plants to make fences

Instead of using the traditional fences to mark a border and to create privacy, use plants that grow naturally to make the yard feel less boxed in. Plants will also create beautiful foliage when you look around the yard.

9) Blend in the house with the yard

You can plant shrubs and flowers near the house so that the yard looks like it starts at the back of the house rather than walking a few steps away into the yard. Blending the yard with the house will create an illusion of continuation making the yard feel bigger.

10)Use natural light

Natural light will help to make your yard look open and airy throughout the day. Ensure you do not crowd the areas where sunlight hits your yard to avoid making it look darker and smaller.

11) Create winding pathways

Winding pathways will keep the yard looking more interesting and give more space to showcase your beautiful yard. As you wind around in the yard, you will trick your mind into thinking there is more yard area than there actually is.

There are many professional landscape ideas to make the yard feel bigger and more beautiful. If you are wondering where to start with your small yard, contact us, NS Landscapes. We are the Sydney landscaper to go to with over 30 years of experience. We can help you transform your small yard into a spacious beautiful space. Our team specialises in all types of landscaping work such as turfing, tree lopping, gardening maintenance, landscape renovation and more.

Call 0412 614 133 for a free quote and property inspection. We’ll assist you with planning out your new yard.

How to Grow a Pet-Friendly Garden

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Are you planning to own a pet soon? Or maybe you already have a cat or a dog or both. Do they enjoy the garden or are they always hiding and shying away from playing in the garden? A friendly garden is one that has plants or other objects that a pet can use as either shelter or for fun. To ensure your pets are not always hurt when they play outside, you should prepare your garden to ensure they are comfortable. Growing and maintaining a garden that will comfortably host your pet is not as costly or hard as you would think it to be. In this article, we will explore ways on how you can grow a pet friendly garden.

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Grow pet friendly plants

While considering the type of plants that you will have in your garden, first ensure they are safe for your pets. There are toxic plants, such as hellebore, which are poisonous if the pets eat them. Also, avoid thorny plants that may harm your plant. Most pets, for instance dogs and cats, love digging. Therefore, to ensure the animals do not dig your garden, plant a pet safe covers such as perennials which grow close to each other, thyme and succulents. To keep the pets off your kitchen garden or herbs, plants a fence round the garden. Most pets will not go through plantings. You can create a paths with stones for the pets to follow.

Create a shade area

Just like a human being, after playing for a while, pets would love a place they can sit and relax in the shade especially during the summer season. In the garden, you can create a shade area for your pet, or plant trees that are tall enough to provide shade for the pet. To keep fleas and flies away from the pet as it is enjoying its down time, you can plant herbs such as tansy near the shady retreat area. You should also keep water bowls near the shade area or under every tap in the garden so that the pets have access to fresh drinking water.

Toilet area

Cleaning a messy garden filled with your pet’s waste is not ideal. Therefore, set aside a toilet area for the pet in the garden. It may be hard to train them at first, but once they learn you are good to go. It is easier to train the pets when they are young compared to older pets. To avoid having yellow patches in your garden caused by the pet’s urine, you can add mineralised salt to their drinking water.

Use pet friendly chemicals

Once you have a pet living in your compound, you should consider to reduce the use of pesticides. There are many incidences of pets eating crawling animals that have been sprayed with pesticides. If you really need to fumigate the garden, isolate the pet first to avoid accidents and put them back in the garden until the chemicals on the weeds are dry.

Put up a fence

A garden with a fence is a safe environment for pets. If you are keeping a dog, ensure the fence is at least 1.8 meters high. This will ensure your dog does not jump over the fence and leave the compound. A garden with a fence will also ensure there are no intruders keeping the pet safe. When putting up a fence, avoid leaving spaces between the fence and the ground, since some pets can dig their way out. Ensure you do not leave big spaces in the fence since most pets can squeeze their way out.

Growing and maintaining a pet friendly environment is an easy task that you can do by yourself. However, it may also require an expertise in landscaping to help you design, recommend pet friendly crops, pathways and the type of fence so as to keep your pet safe. If you need professional landscaping in your garden, contact NS Landscapes to do the work for you. With a vast knowledge and many years of experience, the team will help you to grow a pet friendly environment in your garden.

Call to make a booking on 0412 614 133 or visit the website for more information.

Garden Edging: What is it and Why Your Garden Needs it

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Garden edging is a true gem and the best-kept secret for those who love to bring out the best aesthetic value in their gardens. Simply put, garden edging is a border that helps create visual interest by separating one segment of your garden from the next or the greenery from the driveway. This helps to create well-defined and elegant standout spaces that don’t shift in case of any ground movement.

The best part is that you can choose from contemporary and smooth to classic and bevelled garden edges that will add a chic appearance to your garden. Apart from the ornamental aspect, garden edging provides a practical border that helps to stop weeds from encroaching into your garden. At the same time, the edge will prevent your garden flowers from encroaching into adjacent lawns.

Garden Edging Materials

NS Landscapes can help you to create a clean and crisp line between your flower beds and adjacent areas. If you need to define a flower border or establish a transition from a patio that extends to the surrounding flower garden then NS Landscapes can help you achieve exactly what you want. The best part is that we use gardening materials that will not only emphasise the lines of your garden beds but also lead the eye to the adjacent garden focal point.

Now that you know what garden edging is, what kind of materials can you use to bring out the best in your garden? Well, there are numerous materials used in garden edging. Functionality is one aspect that can help you establish the type of materials suitable for your garden edging.

For instance, if you want to divide your garden or a lawn then you can use a trenched edge. On the other hand, if you want to create a mulch capture then you can use gardening edge material that will rise at least 2 inches above the base of your garden. Here is the best part when it comes to garden edging materials. If the sole purpose is basically aesthetic then you can let your imagination run free.

brick garden edging

The most commonly used materials include:

  • Bricks

You can easily lay bricks to produce varied effects. For instance, when you lay bricks diagonally or vertically you create a classic, Victorian-style edging that is appropriate for cottage or formal style gardens. If you want to create a contemporary look then you can lay bricks in a flat manner placed end-to-end or edge-to-edge.

  • Precast edging

Precast edging that is manufactured from concrete is readily available and easy to install. The reason why precast edging is gaining popularity is that they are cast in various forms and come in different colours.

  • Stones

You can use natural stones for edging your garden beds. Natural stones when properly installed can produce stunning edges in your garden. Also, you can either use them in their natural uncut form or trim and lay them in the same way as precast concrete edges.

  • Timber

If you are looking for inexpensive garden edging material then you might want to consider timber edges. Timber also require minimal maintenance. The only downside of using timber for your garden edges is that they are difficult to properly install in curved edges or in slopes.

  • Plastic or metal

Plastic and metals can be used to produce clean and truly attractive edges. Plastic edges come in the form of rolls or strips and are ideal for edging in a garden that has numerous curves or corners.

Why you need garden edging

Taking care of your garden edges is as important as taking care of your garden beds. Neglecting the edges of your garden may compromise the overall look of your garden. Here are the reasons why you need garden edging.

  • To partition one portion of your garden from the next

There is no better way to partition your garden and flower beds than with garden edging. When partitioning your garden beds choose garden edging materials that will complement your flowers or grass. You can arrange bricks to achieve a classic or contemporary look.

  • Restrict the spread of weeds into your garden beds

Weeds are simply a nuisance and tend to choke your flowers by depriving them of nutrients and water. Moreover, weeds may introduce and spread disease and pests in your garden. Garden edging blocks weeds by creating a barrier.

  • Increase the aesthetic appeal on your garden

If you want to enhance the curb appeal or simply want to make your garden standout then garden edging is a guaranteed way to boost the aesthetic value of your yard. Professionally done garden edging can enhance the value of your property by several thousand dollars.

  • Separate a paved area from the garden beds

Garden edging is the most preferred method of separating a paved area from the garden beds. Bricks, wood, metals, and plastics are ideal to separate a paved region from garden bed because they help to hold soil intact. This will enhance the durability of the pavement while providing a clean cut edge along the paved paths.

NS Landscapes specialises on creating razor-sharp and most elegant garden edgings. Our landscaping services are simply unmatched in the Northern suburbs. We are meticulous to details so as to bring out the best of your property. The greatest thing about garden edging is that you can use readily available material such as wood and natural stones to create a splendid look in your garden.

Call the professionals to get the garden edging you’ve always wanted. NS Landscapes will help you achieve your dream gardening and landscaping needs on a budget. Reach out to us on 0412 614 133 for a free quotation for your garden edging.

Top 7 Tips on Improving the Look of your Garden

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Are you tired of looking at your drab patch of lawn or sad and wilted garden?

When you have a busy lifestyle it can be difficult to find the time to care for your garden, and before long things can get out of control. However, the good news is, improving the look of your garden can actually be very simple. Whilst we always recommend using a professional gardening company to keep your garden in the best possible shape, should you choose to go it alone, find below some useful tips!

That’s why we have compiled these 7 handy tips for sprucing up your shrubbery:

1) Think about textures

Rather than just planting pretty flowers, think about adding some texture to your garden. Leaves and shrubs with interesting patterns can add some visual variety and are often very hearty plants that look good year round.

2) Utilise pots

Garden beds are great, but it can also be really aesthetically pleasing to plant small trees and shrubs in pots. You can choose pots that express your unique garden styling and can dress up any courtyard or backyard space.

3) Fresh lawn

A garden is only as good as its lawn. Keep your grass freshly mowed and neat to accentuate the features of your garden, and to allow space to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

4) Use vines and creepers

If you are going for a green and luscious look, try planting vines or creepers along your fence lines. This will create your own garden wonderland seemingly separated from the outside world.

5) Furnish your space

Put in some outdoor furniture like a table and chairs, a deck chair, or a bench. This will give the effect of an outdoor room, and also gives you somewhere to sit and take in the serenity.

6) Colour is key

Choose flowers that exhibit the kind of colour palette you want your garden to exude. Think about placement and how the colours will work together over different seasons.

7) Keep a routine

Make time to care for and tend your garden every week. This might include cutting the grass, fertilising the lawn, and weeding. If you are simply too busy, enlist the help of the professionals.

This article was written in conjunction with Melbourne removalist Hire A Mover.

How to Choose Outdoor Furniture for Your Home

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The varying weather conditions can leave you with no option other than spending quite a good number of your daytime hours outdoors. Just like shivering, sweltering can be a real drag as far as staying indoors is concerned. So, what next? Definitely, you will need a well-furnished patio or garden that guarantees the needed comfort for your outdoor life.

Choosing outdoor furniture is always a daunting task. You see, you will always want durable furniture that integrates well with the natural surrounding without burying the quality aspect of it. On the same note, the cost is a basic priority as far as choosing the right furniture is concerned. In short, as simple as it may seem, any slight mistake will leave you with no other option apart from selling out the newly secured furniture to a third party.

outdoor furniture

1) Create a list

Whether simple or complex, you definitely want something that can stand out among others. First, think of it carefully until you draw an image of what you want in the mind. Define the real reasons why you need furniture. Is it for summer nights or just for daytime sunbathing? Is it for an individual, family members or group of friends and confidants?

Creating a picture of the overall outlook of what you want will help you get the hang of what you basically need. The list will help you choose the type, design, size, and shade of the furniture that is necessary.

2) Think of the space

You will not want to buy a large set of furniture that deprives you of even walking space. Neither do you want a small set of furniture that will compromise the general outlook of the outdoor space. In a limited space, you may need a set of furniture that can be easily folded or compacted. On the other hand, with a huge space, you can go for non-compactable furniture.

3) Choose an appropriate colour

In most cases, people tend to choose colours that blend with the natural shade of the outdoor environment. This adds some extra buzz and comfort to outdoor life. Rattan, Wicker and natural wood furniture compliment the looks of most landscapes and homes. They are also rot-resistant and do not warp easily as compared to other types of furniture. Aluminium and steel furniture can also be painted to meet the dream shade.

4) Consider weather aspect

Depending on the weight of the furniture chosen, it may be back staining to carry them to the store every now and then. In some circumstances, you will need to permanently install the furniture on the favourite spot for a lifetime. Meaning, they will be rained on and scorched with changing weather patterns. An ideal type of furniture should, therefore, withstand moisture, mildew, rain, rot, mould, sun, wind, and extremely high temperatures. The chosen furniture should be that which do not warp easily, fade or crack since these three factors greatly compromise the quality of outdoor furniture. Metallic furniture is ideal for extreme weather conditions.

5) Eco-friendliness

This may be the last thing to have in mind. You see, the moment eco-friendliness is mentioned, what rings in most people’s minds is recycling, renewability, and of course dumping. To some, eco-friendliness pairs with plastic products.

Anyway, it is everyone’s moral obligation to keep the environment as green as possible. Before you buy any set of furniture, it is, therefore, advisable to keep in mind the method of disposal. Most people prefer furniture that is made with biodegradable and renewable materials that are certified by eco-friendly organisations. Unlike the metallic products that take decades to return to Earth, wooden furniture is always green since they basically take only a few years to rot.

6) Accessorising

To cover up the whole process, you will need to throw pillows and cushions. These items greatly enhance the comfortability of outdoor furniture through the creation of varied colour and texture. Products such as outdoor rugs will greatly enhance the general view of the underfoot. Some fabrics are designed well to prevent fading of the furniture while at the same time venting air circulation. The fabrics should be those that dry fast.

Different types of furniture are designed with different types of materials to meet the varying demands. Such materials include synthetic resin, plastic, wood, stainless steel, aluminium, wrought iron, tempered glass, and High-Pressure Laminate. Before choosing the furniture to go for, it is crucial to do good research on the available types of furniture.

At NS Landscapes, we provide clients with the latest trends in outdoor landscape styles. Choosing outdoor furniture requires an eye for detail and knowledge in the types of materials that can withstand the Australian weather.

4 Reasons to Use Wooden Box Planters

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People mostly use wooden planters to make raised planting areas in their garden for specimen plants, shrubs and small trees. The builders use pressure treated timber to make them and that alone helps with the longevity. The wood can remain in its natural form without the need for painting but some landscapers prefer painting them so that they can perfectly match the garden scheme. Square or rectangular planters are more popular but when selecting one, you have to check whether it has a base because that will affect the sitting. Trellis or tiered backed wooden planters are ideal for climbers and trailing plants. They also provide a screen, particularly when abutted together.

Mostly, designs demand simpler assembly and some wooden planters will interlock perfectly without the need for fixings or screws. That makes them a more popular choice. More recently, raised beds have become a popular choice among people who grow vegetables. Here are some of the top reasons you should opt for wooden garden planters.

wooden planter box

1) Easier watering

When planting different plants, you will definitely need different types of soil. Therefore when using planter boxes, you will have full control of the soil and nutrients you use for growing flowers and vegetables. Keep in mind that soil is likely to dry very fast when using wooden planters than it would happen when using the traditional garden. That means you should water the garden on a regular basis and add important nutrients.

2) Mobility of the planters

Wooden garden planters are mobile. In other words, you can place them in a shaded place, patio, garden, deck or in the open shade. You will have the chance of choosing between the large planters and smaller ones. If your goal is to plant as many shrubs or trees as you can, the heavy-duty wooden boxes will be a great choice.

3) Durable

By choosing a higher quality wooden garden planter in Sydney, you will manage to use it for over three decades. After that, it will start rotting or decaying depending on the age of the wood grains. For example, redwood is a great choice for people who need a garden planter that can last for very many years.

4) Easier to maintain in the right shape

After buying the wooden garden planters or staining them to blend with the home’s exterior décor and the colour of the landscape, some individuals choose to coat their redwood boxes with a clear protective coat so that they can keep them looking new for a long time. You will manage to clean the planters after every five years as a way of clearing the old sealant, grim, and the UV surface burning. Each time you choose power washing, you will have to be careful to avoid cutting into the wood grains.

After the planters dry, you can sand the rough spots to make them smooth to touch. It is always good to coat them with stains or sealants after sanding. Transparent sealants do not hide the wood’s natural beauty, which makes them ideal for people who want to display the natural appearance of wood in their gardens. For your indoor planters, use a wax finish.

Any planter left unprotected throughout the year is likely to develop cracks associated with the expansion and contraction resulting from moisture and temperature changes. Each time you identify round edged cracks, you should take your time to sand it and make a smooth feel. After sanding, you will realise that the wooden garden planter needs to blend with the indoor furniture. Therefore, you will have to clean it and reseal it after it has dried. Dust off the surfaces after the sanding before you have applied the new coat.

By maintaining the wood planter boxes that way, the finish will start accumulating on the surface and it will not penetrate into the wood anymore after five years. The wood will have a great unfading appearance.

Wood planters come in many types of wood and you can buy them to complete your interior and outdoor furniture and fixtures such as the trellises, wood benches and fences. They will also help you prevent overheating of soil. Buy the planters made of rot-resistant timber. Another good idea would be to pain or line them with plastic to delay the rotting or decay processes. Even though the planters can last for over 50 years, nothing will last forever. If you want to plant edible plants, do not choose a planter made of pressure treated wood.

For more information, contact the experts from NS Landscapes for professional advise and landscape work in Sydney. The NS team perform more than just landscaping and specialise in home projects. These include in-ground swimming pool, tree lopping, refurbishment, gardening, hedging, patios, decking, stairways, turfing and much, much more. Contact John on 0412 614 133 for a free quote for all your all landscaping and tree jobs in Sydney.

Tree Lopping Vs Pruning

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The terms ‘lopping’ and ‘pruning’ are often used interchangeably by most people to refer to the act of cutting off bits and parts of trees. However, these two words actually have very different meanings when it comes to tree maintenance. It is, therefore, to understand what each term means if you are planning to hire an arborist or landscaper to take care of the trees on your property.

Usually, a professional arborist will explain the services they intend to offer before beginning the work. Nevertheless, making an assumption that this will happen every time often leads to disappointment. You should ensure that you understand what you are asking to be done before you seek professional assistance.

What is Tree Lopping?

professional tree lopper

Lopping refers to the indiscriminate cutting of tree branches to stubs, or lateral branches that are not large enough to assume the terminal role. The most often cited reason for lopping trees is to reduce its size.

Property owners sometimes feel that a tree has grown too big for their properties, and may and that poses a safety threat in case it falls. However, lopping is actually an ineffective way of maintaining trees and could prove costly in the long run.

Most professional arborists discourage lopping as a tree maintenance practice due to the following reasons:

  • Trees that have been lopped are actually a serious safety hazard. The epicormic shoots which emerge from the stubs of lopped trees are normally loosely attached. They are therefore prone to breaking off and may cause serious injury to people and damage to property.
  • Lopping often removes between 50 to 100 percent of a tree’s foliage. Since leaves are the food factories of trees, removing such a substantial amount of foliage from a tree can deprive it of nutrition thereby causing starvation.
  • Trees that have had their canopies lopped off are also adversely affected by harsh sunshine because they are exposed. With no foliage to protect its bark from the sun, a lopped tree will likely dry up and die eventually.
  • The act of lopping also makes a tree very vulnerable to diseases and pests. A stressed and unhealthy tree lacks sufficient chemical energy to protect itself from diseases, insects and pests.

Due to these adverse effects of lopping on trees, the practice is illegal in Sydney. This means that if you decide to lop the trees on your property and any damage occurs due to branch failure, you can be charged with negligence in a court of law. It is therefore wise to consult with the professional arbours who can advise you on the best solutions with the local council approval.

Why is Pruning is Preferred over Lopping?

pruning tree branch

Whereas lopping involves the removal of massive branches from trees, pruning usually entails selectively removing small healthy branches from trees so that new branches can grow in their place.

The process of pruning also gets rid of old, withered and broken branches, which also need to be removed. These types of branches are probably only denying the tree essential nutrients which it needs to grow big and healthy.

Pruning is highly recommended as a tree maintenance practice due to the following benefits:

  • It allows the tree to grow healthy and strong. Most pruned branches tend to grow new shoots with more foliage which provide the tree with essential nutrients.
  • The practice of pruning removes excess weight from the tree by removing branches which are old or broken and serve no purpose.
  • It helps control diseases since the affected parts of the tree are pruned off to prevent spreading to other parts.
  • It improves the overall appearance of the tree by eliminating weak branches.
  • Pruning also promotes sun exposure and air circulation which ultimately helps the tree to grow healthy.

Standard procedure and safety practices during pruning are stipulated by law. You, therefore, need to enlist the services of a qualified professional arbour since they understand all the legal processes involved in tree maintenance. You could potentially save yourself a lot of trouble just by having expert advice on tree pruning.

One final thing you need to keep in mind is that waste management is also a vital part of tree maintenance. You will likely end up with lots of leaves and dead branches from pruning the trees on your property.

If you are wondering how to maintain the trees around your property, then look no further than NS Landscapes. We are a team of professionals, with years of experience, working and maintaining on various landscape projects.

For more information about our services, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 0412 614 133.

Benefits & Reasons for Retaining Walls

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Retaining walls are excellent in retaining soils in hilly or off-kilter terrain. However, these hardscaping features perform several other important functions and there are many worth-while reasons why you should put up a retaining wall. First and foremost, retaining walls are protective structures that prevent rock or soil movement in a slopy area. There are several types of retaining walls such as the cantilever walls, the gravity walls, the anchored walls, etc.

Here are the other reasons for putting up a retaining wall.

1) Minimise Soil Erosion

This is the basic functional purpose of a retaining wall. If your house is on sloping land, or there is a mound/small hill next to it, a retaining wall will help stabilise the area. Once it rains heavily, the erosion in any slopy area can be deadly. Most areas without shrubs or trees need retaining walls since every passing storm or gust of wind can pull up the soil. Erosion is largely responsible for damaging landscaping and buildings during strong winds or storms.

2) Expanded Landscaping

It is usually difficult to attractively landscape hilly or slopping properties with ridges and didges. Thankfully, a retaining wall can expand your yard’s usable space by levelling the land and tracing the ground. On top of that, these structures provide extra space for hardscapes, patios, spas, gardens, and plants. Retaining walls are extremely useful for increasing your home’s usable space, and consequently its functionality and look.

3) Prevent Flooding

During extreme weather, flooding is a real threat whether you have drainage solutions or not. A retaining wall prevents flooding by diverting flowing water away from your house. It thus helps to avert the risk of serious property damage due to flooding. The pressure exacted by water during flooding can easily cause the destruction of structures in your home.

4) Prevent Sinkholes

During heavy rains, standing water seeping through the earth slowly dissolves the stone beneath to create sinkholes. A small hole created by seeping water can grow rapidly and cause irreparable damage. Furthermore, sinkholes are serious safety hazards. Retaining walls prevent sinkholes by ensuring the flow of water. Also, these structures hold your land firmly in place preventing the rapid growth of small sinkholes.

5) Add Visual Interest

Unlike the olden days, the retaining walls of today are anything but drab. There is an array of materials you can use to construct a retaining wall. Different materials come in different shades and finishes. Some of the most common materials for training walls brick, concrete, and stone. Retaining wall can spotlight your landscape’s features when placed properly.

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Benefits of retaining walls

If you consider the reasons mentioned above, it is easy to derive the benefits of retaining walls. However, it goes deeper than that since there are different kinds of retaining walls. Apart from the obvious benefits that include aesthetics, erosion control, and flood prevention, here are other retaining wall benefits you ought to know:

  • Increasing property value – If you’re looking to sell your home or building, retaining walls can help to increase the value thanks to enhanced aesthetics and functionality.
  • Ease of installation – It is easier to install a retaining wall compared to other soil erosion prevention methods.
  • Save money during construction – A concrete building under construction is at a higher risk of distraction due to soil erosion or flooding. It is because it takes time for the concrete to settle, making the structure firm. During construction, a retaining wall will help avert possible disasters that can lead to huge losses on site.
  • A variety of applications – You can install retaining walls in very many areas including commercial buildings, recreation facilities/ parks, highway roadways/ bridges, private and residential developments, plus industrial areas. Retaining walls are also usable as fences, screen walls, and sound walls.
  • Durability and low maintenance – Once you construct a retaining wall, you don’t have to incur any extra costs to keep it up as it will stand firmly by itself. Also, you don’t need to undertake any maintenance after installing a retaining wall. Most of these walls consist of natural materials that withstand extreme weather conditions.

Retaining walls utilised properly are extremely beneficial especially if the area is hilly or slopy. You can use retaining walls to increase the security and appearance of your property. Remember, it is a relatively low-cost installation that comes with so many other advantages. NS Landscapes are your qualified Sydney Landscapers that are experienced in dealing with all things landscapes. Whether it will be your gardening, retaining wall or your pavement, we provide a tailored service that simply cannot be matched.

Call us today on 0412 614 133 for a free quote for your landscaping today!