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Landscaping

Landscaping is a broad topic, with various categories, but it comes down to modifying or adding features to a property’s appearance.  Whether it is gardening, concreting or building walls; landscaping covers it.

Concreting – Concreting is a technique used everywhere around the world. Whether it is to pave the roads or sidewalk, or if it is used for buildings or walls; concreting has become a part of the way we construct things.  Concrete is a mixture of cement, sand, other aggregate and water, which results in a very durable ending product. The benefit of concreting is its flexibility. It can be moulded into any shape and from, allowing it to be used for such a variety of purposes.

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Turfing – Turfing, also described as laying the lawn, is employed everywhere around us as its used on sporting fields, most homes, hotels, businesses and parks. It is an easy way to give your home a nicer appealing touch. Why have gravel and dust when soft green grass is an option?  The process of laying grass, however, is bigger than some think, as preparation includes weeding, fertilizing and preparing the soil. Turf, however, comes with many added benefits; one being cooling the air in its surroundings and releasing oxygen. It is also a benefit to those with allergies as it traps dust.  While some think turf is expensive, it is well worth the money.

Garden maintenance – The category of garden maintenance is very straight forward, but still needed.  In order to have the beautiful and tamed garden you want, it needs to be cared for. Garden maintenance includes any activity to spruce up you garden; such as mowing, hedging, watering plants, weeding or fertilizing.

Landscape design – Want to do something with your outdoor area, but just don’t have a creative bone inside you? Well then landscape designers can give you the garden you have always wanted.  Landscape designers will turn those bare open spaces into beautifully arranged gardens. It is important with landscape design, however, to have a budget in mind before planning, so that the designers know what you can and cannot have. They will also not only provide you with a beautiful garden, but advise you what will work best in your garden and in the climate you live in. Whether it is a new garden, or you want a garden make-over; landscape designers are what you need.

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Paving – Paving is best described as flooring for outside areas and is often seen in driveways, pool areas, walkways, patios and even barbeque areas. It is a process that will add value to your home, or office, and leaves a neat finishing result. Paving comes with a unique touch, rather than to just lay a slab of grey concrete. There as such variety of paving options, with different designs, colours and sizes. Pavers do not only have the benefit of design, but its durability  

 

Paving Materials
 
 

  • Concrete – Concrete pavers are often used as it is non-skid, so therefore safe to drive on and to walk on. It is also more price effective than some other materials and are high in strength.  Concrete pavers, however, can fade in colour quicker if not sealed regularly and therefore maintenance costs can add up overtime.
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  • Brick – Even though brick pavers might be more expensive that concrete, the process is a lot quicker and easier to install; which may cut on labouring fees. Brick pavers are easy to maintain and should just be washed when needed. They are known to crack under pressure, so consider the weight of the furniture or equipment used on that area.  These pavers aren’t offered in a large variety of shades, but this leaves no concern for fading pavers as the colours all occur naturally.  
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  • Clay – Generally clay pavers are all rectangular; which does not give the shape and size versatility as some other materials. Clay pavers, however, come in natural rich colours, which will not fade overtime and does not need to be sealed. Maintenance costs are therefore fairly low for clay paving.  
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  • Natural Stone – Stone pavers are an investment to your home and have a real stylish and sophisticated look. They are popular due to their durability and variety of stones that is to offer. Stone pavers are commonly used at homes, rather than commercial areas, commonly seen as footpaths or patios. Natural stone pavers do, however, have the disadvantage of absorbing moisture; which can sometimes lead to cracks.  
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Retaining walls – The purpose of retaining walls is to stabilise sloping ground. Retaining walls are often constructed from sturdy materials such as stone or cement, but timber is occasionally used. Depending on the slope, development approval is required in some circumstances from the council. It is recommended to seek advice before constructing a retaining wall. It is also important to consider drainage when installing retaining walls, as water building up against the wall can cause it to subside.

Cement Walls – Cement retaining walls comes in different forms. Using interlocking blocks are one technique used, and are quite popular as the blocks are already made. Interlocking blocks are known to be sturdy and durable through any kind of weather.

Stone Walls – Stone walls are popular due to its natural appeal and are often not only used for structural purposes; but for decorative reasons. There is quite a variety of stones to select from when installing a retaining wall; sandstone, granite and limestone being popular choices. Some stone types can be extremely pricey; however, the durability of stone walls is a major advantage and is off the longest lasting retaining wall techniques.

Timber Retaining Wall – Timber sleepers are commonly used in Australia to build retaining walls. Even though this is a popular technique used, timber retaining walls does not have a life span as long as those build with cement or stone and average at about fifteen years. It is important to ensure that all parts of the timber are treated before being installed. Despite the shorter life span, timber walls are often used due to being more appealing than other types of retaining walls.

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Water features – Many people incorporate water features into their outdoor areas to create a soft or relaxed environment.  Depending on the look you want to portray, you have to choose between a water fountain or fish pond. The advantage of these features is that they can, and should, work by using recycled water.

  • Ponds – Ponds can be constructed by using either concrete or brick. For those going for a more natural look, rocks and pebbles are often incorporated. Water ponds comes in such a larger variety of designs, there will be one to suit your needs.  Ranging from still ponds to waterfall ponds, this feature will add a sense of nature to your home.

What is Needed for Your Water Feature:

Depending on what feature you choose to install, there are a few extra parts to go with it in order to maintain it properly.

  1. Pump – If your water features has any type of moving water, such as bubbling spitting or water fall, it will require having a pump. There are a whole range of pumps to choose from; some noisier than other. Recirculating pumps are best to use when you have water fall.
  2. Filter – When a filter is used in conjunction with a pump, it will help keep you water feature healthy and clean. Just like any other type of filter, water feature filters remove dirt from the water.  There are a variety of water filters, some that will be outside the features and some located inside. External filters are often used for bigger sized ponds, to those located inside.

<Hint: It might be worthwhile to contact your local authority and find out what safety regulations apply to water features in your area before constructing a water feature.

 

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