5 ways lavender is ideal for the Melbourne garden

Lavender or lavendula is a very hardy evergreen aromatic shrub which is grown for its scent as well as its flowers. Lamiaceae There are many species to choose from as the genus Lavandula has more than 30 known members. The…

Concrete 9 things you need to know

Concrete is without a doubt it is one of the most versatile used materials in landscape construction. From in situ concrete walls to pavers to fence posts it has a wide range of uses. What are the different types of…

11 Best landscapers of all time.

Landscaping is a word that is often used but can mean different things to different people. If we study the history of landscaping we can learn how these different interpretations of landscaping came about. Historically, architecture and landscaping are concepts…

5 tips for Xanthorrhoea and Anigozanthos landscaping

Xanthorrhoea and Anigozanthos are great companion plants for several reasons. Both Xanthorrhoea and Anigozanthos prefer sandy well drained soil. Both of these Australian native plants will die if given too much phosphorus. The watering needs of these plants are similar….

5 Melbourne Garden Weeds and how to prevent them.

Weeds are a part of gardening in Melbourne. One of the great things about gardening in Melbourne is the enormous range of plants that can be grown and also how quickly everything grows especially when some good rain comes. Unfortunately, this…

Hedge designs for landscaping

Creating a hedge and tree pruning are gardening techniques which can be used to great effect in any visually any size of garden. These techniques can be used to control and direct the size, shape and direction of plant growth….

Landscaping Melbourne with Climbing Plants

Climbing plants can transform a dull wall or grey fence into a colourful and spectacular feature of your garden and enhance garden privacy. If your garden is so small that you do not have room for a tree, then a…

Landscaping with Anigozanthos Kangaroo paw

Anigozanthos are tufted rhizomatous evergreen  perennials that are members of the bloodwort family. Bush Pearl Anigozanthos ‘bush pearl’ also known as Pink Kangaroo paw. Native to Western Australia, Anigozanthos ‘bush pearl’ are lovers of harsh dry arid conditions. Kangaroo paw…

5 Screening Plants for Garden Privacy

Screening plants cannot not only increase the privacy in your garden, they can make your garden appear larger. Obscuring the fence or border with screening plants or climbers will help to fix the “closed in” look that bare fences will…

Neonicotinoid Pesticides Banned by Bunnings and the EU

Bunnings announced in 2018 that pesticides based on Neonicotinoid would be phased out by the end of 2018. On the 27 April 2018 the European union has banned the use of the three neonicotinoids on open ground. This is an…

5 tips for better Espaliered Plants

Espaliered plants were originally developed in Europe to grow fruit trees in a warm microclimate. A warm wall was used to provide heat and support to the plant. Later, trellises were also used to support espalier plants. Supports for Espaliered…

Melbourne Landscaper – Mill Park Leisure

Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil has begun landscaping work at the Mill Park Leisure Centre. About the Mill Park Leisure Project Building facilities The redevelopment of the facilities is being completed by CICG pty ltd. The improvements to the…

Balwyn Landscaping – Commercial Project

Balwyn is an inner eastern suburb of Melbourne and lies in the northern part of the city of Boroondara. It was in this area that grazier John Gardiner settled near the point where Gardiners creek meets the Yarra River. The…

New Home Construction Landscaping

Construction of a landscape for a new home can be easier and more cost effective than putting the landscaping in afterwards. The key is to start the new landscaping and in particular, the planning, design and construction as early as…

Home Garden Landscaping ideas

The home garden can be landscaped to add enormous value to your home without spending a fortune to achieve it. It is more than just adding street or kerb appeal to your front yard garden, but also the illusion of…

Commercial Landscaper Melbourne

Commercial landscaping involves much more than planting trees and grasses. In the commercial world, keeping to the required timing plan is essential. This is especially the case when working with large commercial construction companies with strict deadlines and millions of…

Path Design for Cottage Gardens

Path design for cottage gardens is not only a way to provide access, but the path can provide a design feature in itself. How do you plan a garden Path? Designing a garden path for your cottage garden Traditional cottage…

13 Best Pool Landscaping Design ideas

Pool landscaping design provides some challenges for the horticulturist as for the hard landscaper and landscape designer. Plant selection pitfalls The landscape designer should choose plants that will not shed too much material into the pool which would consequently result…

Japanese Landscape – Kew Gardens

Japanese gardens evoke the feeling of peace and tranquillity. These gardens are not only beautiful, but they are practical too as a visit to the Kew Botanical gardens shows. Professor Fukuhara of Osaka University designed this garden in 1996 based…

Landscaping Mission Statement

Landscaping Mission Statement As a professional Landscaping Company, we will strive to the goals of; Creating customer delight by the design and construction of dramatic low maintenance Melbourne outdoor and roof top living spaces, whilst ensuring they are functional, self-contained…

Melbourne Topsoil – 9 Money saving tips.

Topsoil in Melbourne Topsoil in Melbourne is heavily dependent on the underlying geological material, if there has not been a history of topsoil ameliorations or importation of topsoil from other locations. According to the Department of Agriculture, topsoils of Melbourne…

Tree Landscape Design Melbourne

Tree landscape design is an essential part of commercial or residential landscape gardening. As the Chinese proverb goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now”. With the cooler months, it…

7 things you need to know about exposed aggregate concrete paths

Exposed aggregate concrete is a great design solution for public spaces. The attractive durable not slip surface makes it an ideal choice for landscape architects. High traffic areas around public buildings often use this type of concrete path. Exposed Aggregate…

In-situ Concrete

In-situ Concrete, also known as insitu concrete, is an outstanding landscaping construction technique. In terms of long terms long term quality, robustness and longevity very few landscape construction techniques come close. To many people in-situ concrete is better know as…

Concrete Architecture in Landscaping

Concrete architecture in landscaping is often seen of as a brutalist approach to landscape design. It is however possible to soften the design of concrete architecture with the use of landscape design techniques such as ponds or garden beds as…

Cottage Garden Plants

Cottage Garden Plants to include in your home garden design include many of the flowering plants traditionally grown in cottage gardens. In the list below, we have included some of our favourite cottage garden plants for you to use in…

Cottage garden ideas from the Cotswolds

Cottage garden ideas can be found in many of the gardens open to the public. These include Open Garden Scheme Gardens and the many home gardens worldwide. One great source of cottage garden ideas is the National Trust of Great…

Cottage Gardens in Melbourne

Melbourne Cottage Gardens owe much to the English cottage gardens of the 1800s. If you have a Cottage Style Home or a heritage style home, there is a lot you can do in the garden to give your home garden…

Environmental Policy for Commercial Landscaping

Environmental Policy aims The aim of the Red’s Landscaping and Civil Environmental’s and Sustainability Policy is to provide effective environmental management that emphasises: a planned and proactive approach commitment and involvement of managers and officers at all levels meaningful and…

Sketch up for landscape design

Sketch up is a key tool for Landscape architects is features, usability, pricing and its ability to syn with other apps make it my number one choice in architecture software Sketch up can combine with Lumon to create beautiful 3D…

Quality Landscaping Services

For quality landscaping services, at Red’s Landscaping and Civil, we pride ourselves in our workmanship. Excellent landscaping involves much more than the workmanship of our landscapers, concreters and horticulturists. Central to our quality system is our quality statement. Landscaping Quality…

French Landscape Design

French Landscape design French landscape design were said to originate in 1662. It was during this time that King Louis XIV imprisoned the then superintendent of finances Nicolas Fouquet for embezzling royal funds. Fouquet’s ambition to build his own private…

How to keep your lawn healthy in colder weather

The winter is characterised with weeds, heavy soaking, low sunlight levels, and frost, which, for us humans, means rugging up, staying covered and resting mostly indoors. But for lawns, the winter is a critical time to survive and need as…

How To Keep Your Lawn Healthy In Colder Weather

The winter is characterised with weeds, heavy soaking, low sunlight levels, and frost, which, for us humans, means staying covered and resting mostly indoors. But for lawns, the winter is a critical time to survive and require as much help…

Garden Maintenance Melbourne

Proper garden maintenance is critical to your property value in Melbourne the heart of the garden state. A well maintained garden will also save money in the long term and give visitors a sense of well being. Garden maintenance can…

Salvia Leucantha or Mexican Bush Sage

Salvia leucantha or Mexican bush sage. Salvia leucantha or Mexican bush sage an Autumn flowering perennial which can add colour to your Melbourne garden in early May. Salvias are generally drought tolerant and can handle subtropical as well as temperate…

Tulips In Landscape Design

Tulips are members of the Lily (Liliaceae) family. They have a very diverse range of colours, sizes shapes and forms. Tulips have an incredible impact when they are grown in mass plantings in a garden bed but are also great…

Banksia Coccinea Garden Ideas

Banksia Coccinea, like all Banksias, is a member of the proteaceae family, which is in turn a member of the protea order.  Banksias, also known as the Australian Honeysuckle, are named after the famous botanist Joseph Banks, who sailed to…

Coastal Garden Design

Melbourne Coastal Garden design, depends heavily on selecting the right plants for the conditions. Coastal garden plants have to endure salt spray, wind and often not very fertile sandy soils. If you have a home in one of Melbourne’s beachside…

5 facts about the Daffodil In Garden Design

The daffodil is a springtime favourite amongst many gardeners in Melbourne. This hardy perennial bulb is easy to grow and can be a stunning feature in your garden design. Originating in northern Europe and widely cultivated in gardens both in…

Magnolia Landscaping Ideas

The Magnolia is a garden plant well known to most Melbourne Gardeners and also to gardeners in cooler climates like Tasmania and Northern Europe. Varieties and cultivars available locally in Melbourne include Grandiflora Teddy Bear, Magnolia Grandiflora Little Gem,  Grandiflora…

5 advantages of CAD Garden Design

CAD Garden Design using 3D design tools CAD Garden Design for Melbourne Gardens provides us some unique challenges. Getting your landscaping design ideas on paper, or on the computer, is a great help with the overall landscape design plan. One…

5 Steps for a Great Melbourne Lawn

Lawn renovation is best done in early Autumn in Melbourne gardens. Take the  time to assess your lawn and plan for some renovation and repair work. Start by walking over your lawn and checking for any bald patches, or high…

5 Top maintenance tips for a great Melbourne Garden

Caring for your new Melbourne Landscape Garden. If you have just spent tens of thousands of dollars on your new landscape garden, then you will probably be looking at ways to protect that investment. Ongoing gardening maintenance for your new…

6 Questions You Must Ask Yourself Before Re-Designing Your Homes Landscaping

Generally, redesigning your landscape involves choosing features of landscaping and incorporating them into the perfect design. You want a landscape that will last for years, so get ready to invest some time. Ask yourself these 6 questions before you re-design…

How To Bring High End Landscaping To Your Sad & Dusty Yard

If you’ve been neglecting your yard for a while, we think it is about time you made a change. Seeing brown grass and withered plants in your garden can get you to avoid going outdoors even in a place as…

Gardening Services Melbourne

Gardening Services is one of the gardening and landscaping services provided by Red’s Landscape Gardening. We believe that excellent garden maintenance is both great for your business image and great for property values. Gardening services work in progress on a Melbourne nature…

5 top tips. Landscaping Melbourne with Lomandra.

  The hardy and Drought Resistant Lomandra Plant   The Lomandra plant is considered a common plant in Australia and a key feature of any Melbourne Seascape. Hardy and drought resistant, thrives in the salty air of the Melbourne and…

Landscaping Costs And Landscape Designs

Landscaping costs are, not surprisingly, one of a client’s biggest areas of concern. Like other fields of construction, often some labour-intensive processes are needed as well as the use of heavy machinery. Also, with good quality landscaping, much of the…

5 great ideas for Garden Lighting.

Garden Lighting for Landscaping Melbourne Gardens The well-planned installation of  lighting can draw attention to your garden’s focal point. It will make your garden stand out as a place of interest throughout the evening and during the night. Even relatively…

9 Ways Murraya Paniculata is Perfect for Melbourne.

Murraya Paniculata is a versatile plant for Melbourne Landscaping. At Red’s Landscaping and Civil, we put a lot of thought into exactly which plants best suit your local environment and your specific outdoor area. There’s never a one-size fits all…

Mediterranean Garden Design Ideas

Mediterranean garden design The Mediterranean garden design is not just beautiful, it is often a very practical low maintenance garden solution for landscaping Melbourne gardens. Historically Melbourne winters are cool but short in duration. The summers are hot and  we…

Gardening Ideas From The Chelsea Flower Show

Gardening ideas from all around the world and from the world’s best landscapers are on display each year at the Chelsea Flower Show. Amongst the many great Landscaping and Gardening ideas on display at the 2018 Chelsea flower show, was…

5 Great Landscaping Ideas.

Landscaping ideas from the worlds best landscapers are on display annually at Chelsea near London. The annual Royal Horticultural Society flower show in the south grounds of the Royal Chelsea hospital could be the most famous flower show in the…

The Coastal Pandanus Tree Pandanus Tectorius Under Threat

Pandanus tree under threat on the Gold Coast The coastal Pandanus tree (Pandanus tectorius) is now under threat from the native leaf hopper (Jamella australiae) in South East Queensland. Although the two have co-existed for a long time, the leaf…

English Classic Garden Design – Sissinghurst

English classic garden design. There is no doubt that the Australian garden style, especially prior to the 1930s, was heavily influenced by the design of English gardens. These gardens were in turn influenced by French, Italian and Spanish gardens and…

Xanthorrhoea The Australian Grass Tree

Xanthorrhoea is a icon of the Australian bush and the Australian coastal garden. Whether you are designing a small garden, a medium sized garden or a large garden, the Australian Grass tree or Xanthorrhoea is a great choice. For a…

9 great ideas for Orchids, Walls and Vertical Gardens

Orchids are a great plant for landscape design and have many practical uses. Vertical Gardens For the creation of vertical gardens, the use of epiphytic species from the Orchid and Bromeliads families are a beautiful and practical solution. If you…

7 of the Best ideas from the Melbourne Garden Show

Melbourne International Flower Garden Show is a great place to develop your landscape garden design ideas. If you are not in Melbourne, see if you can get to one of the annual garden shows around the country or around the…

National Eucalypt Day

National Eucalypt Day is on Friday 23 March 2018. Events and celebrations will be taking place around Australia. Although its natural habitat is almost exclusively in the southern hemisphere. the Eucalypt, or gum tree, is now one of the world’s…

Melbourne Palm Trees

Palm trees form a quintessential part of the Melbourne Landscape. Palm trees such as the Canary Island Date Palms (Phoenix canariensis) were amongst the earliest landscape garden plantings in Melbourne seaside parks. These, along with other varieties are often used…

5 Small Garden Design Ideas

A Small garden  can be a design challenge for even experienced landscape designers. If you are living in a Melbourne townhouse with a small backyard, and you might be thinking about what can be achieved in such a small space….

5 Melaleucas for your Melbourne Garden

The Melaleuca or Paperbark The melaleuca is a genus of flowering evergreen Australian native shrubs and trees. It is a member of the myrtle family, Myrtaceae. What soil does the Melaleuca prefer? Melaleucas generally prefer well drained friable soil and…

Landscaping Concrete

Landscaping Concrete needs to be the correct grade with the correct reinforcement for the job it is selected for. Otherwise cracking can occur. To properly decide on which mix to use, it is important to understand what it is and…

Dog friendly landscape design

Dog friendly landscape design often involves a play area with a nice patch of lawn.  People often ask how can I have a nice garden with my dog? A small path of lawn will provide recreational space for children and…

3 Living Christmas Trees

If you have had enough of pine needles in your house or in your car, or if you find it difficult to dispose of the tree after Christmas, consider using a living Christmas tree. Amongst the Australian Native choices for…

Wildlife In The Garden. Choosing Plants To Help Create Food And Habitat

Wildlife In The Garden Australian cities are rapidly expanding into greenfields areas to accommodate our way of life, however, this is threatening the habitats of Australia’s wildlife. In order to sustain healthy populations of native wildlife, we need to adapt…

Hampton Court Gardens

Hampton Court palace Hampton Court palace lies around 20 kilometres south west of London. It is near to Kingston upon Thames and is within the borders of the borough of Richmond upon Thames. There was a substantial building on this…

Sandringham Gardens

Sandringham Gardens in Norfolk is one of the the most beautiful of all the Royal properties. The grounds, which are more than 25 hectares, have been redeveloped by successive monarchs since the original purchase by King Edward VII (Then Prince…