It was alarming to read recently of the decline in populations of flying insects in Europe. Studies in Germany alone has seen a reduction 76% since 1989 in nature reserves. The reasons for the die off are thought to be manifold. Although the exact cause of the die off is not known, amongst the theories … Continue reading The benefit of Insects in the 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. They generally prefer well drained friable soil and full sun. The smaller varieties have been known as honey myrtles, tee trees, ( including tea trees or ti trees) or … Continue reading Melaleuca in the Gold Coast Garden
Landscape Garden Design with dog friendly plants. A patch of lawn, even if it a small patch, will provide recreational space for children and pets in your backyard. In this landscape garden design, a stepped brush fence creates a screen for the colorbond garden shed. If you have a lot of brush fence, consider breaking … Continue reading Pet friendly Landscape Garden Design with couch lawn and potted plants.
Screening Plants Selections to improve Garden Privacy Screening plants, especially the fast growing varieties are a great way to not only make your garden more private. The screening plants can also be used to make your garden appear larger. If you are looking for small garden landscaping design ideas, screening plants can be used to … Continue reading Screening Plants for Garden Privacy
On Our recent turf laying project in Mermaid Beach, we chose Oz-E-Green Oz Tuff couch grass. (Cynodon dactylon) “Oz-E-Green”. This is a variety of Bermuda or green couch that was developed in Queensland to be hard wearing, salt tolerant and drought tolerant. An added bonus is that it requires mowing less often due to limited … Continue reading Mermaid Beach Nature strip with Oz Tuff "Oz-E-Green" couch grass turf lawn.
The Outdoor Pool Shower If you are living one of the Gold Coast seaside suburbs like Mermaid Beach, Palm Beach or Miami, an outdoor pool shower is a great idea for your Gold Coast Garden Design. The outdoor pictured features matching pool tiling, copper pipe and brass shower head. Outdoor pool showers are very practical … Continue reading The Outdoor Pool Shower as a Landscape Design idea.
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 a living Christmas Trees is Banksia Nutans or nodding banksia. As it is suitable for … Continue reading Living Christmas Trees
With its beautiful blue grey foliage and elegant weeping habit, it is no wonder that Australian native grasses like the Lomandra Seascape is so popular. What might be surprising, is to see it growing in the Belgium city of Bruges. The Lomandra is both drought tolerant and frost tolerant. It is evergreen in most situations … Continue reading Lomandra Seascape
Lawn grown in the shade of a tree or building often becomes sparse from lack of sunlight. Choosing a lawn grass that is tolerant of moderate shade can help, when combined with appropriate turf care. Normally lawn grass grown in shade will struggle due to the lack of sunlight even on the Gold Coast. Choosing … Continue reading Growing lawn in the shade.
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 our methods of gardening in urban environments. While the average suburban backyard is not likely … Continue reading Wildlife in the Garden. Choosing plants to help create food and habitat.