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Balwyn Community Centre Urban Wetlands

13 Best Reasons To Preserve Balwyn Urban Wetlands

Urban wetlands are now recognised as an important part of the landscaping of public spaces. Landscaping urban wetlands and surrounding  areas can be a challenge for landscapers not least of which is controlling the runoff from the landscape work. For example, exposed aggregate concrete etching can create acid runoff which can pollute nearby wetlands, groundwater and streams. The landscaping contractor needs to be mindful of that and ensure runoffs are controlled or adequately diluted. One solution for this is to use sandbags to direct the water runoff from exposing concrete to where the next crossover is being constructed. This is not just eco landscaping, it is responsible landscaping.

 

Balwyn Community Centre Urban Wetlands redevelopment

For our recent landscaping project at Balwyn Community centre, the design by landscape architects, ACLA, included a few landscape design changes to the urban wetlands. These were aimed at improving the safety and amenity of the urban wetlands, whilst preserving their character and biodiversity. This type of landscape design is essential where there is a wetland close to a public space like Balwyn Community Centre.

Balwyn Urban Wetlands Landscape Construction

One of the major changes to the landscape involved reshaping the wetland with an excavator. The pool was made also made shallower and a rock beach using 70mm river pebble was added. This landscaping work required draining the wetland and letting it dry out enough to safely use the excavator. Draining a wetland like this requires a permit from the EPA to avoid any pollution problems in the stormwater system. For the safety of children using the Balwyn Community Centre playground, a childproof fence was constructed around the wetlands. Making the pool shallower with a pebble beach also improved the safety of the wetland.

Yoga mat Balwyn Community Centre Urban Wetlands

The Yoga mat in the tranquil settings of Balwyn Community Centre Urban Wetlands

A fallen tree trunk becomes part of the urban wetlands project.

Late into the project a large eucalyptus tree fell onto the fence and destroyed part of it. As with native bushland, fallen tree trunks create habitat for insects and native fauna, so Boroondara City Council and the landscape architect, ACLA decided to keep the tree trunk inside the wetland.

Refilling of the refurbished wetlands was by natural runoff from the landscaped area.

 

A fallen tree truck becomes new habitat by the urban wetlands of Balwyn Community Centre

A fallen tree truck becomes new habitat by the urban wetlands of Balwyn Community Centre

Why do we put this effort into preserving urban wetlands and Coastal wetlands?

Wetlands are some of the most productive ecosystems in the entire world, providing a range of benefits for both people and the environmental. Wetlands are defined as an area of land where the soil is covered by water for either all of the year, or only certain times of the year.  They may be man-made or naturally forming and the water itself may be static or free flowing, fresh, brackish, or saline. Examples of wetlands include lakes, lagoons, billabongs, swaps, marshes, mudflats, mangroves, peatlands, and even coral reefs.

The conservation and restoration of these ecosystems is essential for protecting biodiversity, water quality, flora and fauna, and areas deemed to be of cultural significance. Below we explore these reasons in further details:

  1. Important Sites For Biodiversity

Wetlands are the most biologically-diverse of all ecosystems. Often referred to as ’biological super systems’ they produce large volumes of food that support a remarkable level of biodiversity. In relation to the number and variety of species supported, wetlands are as rich as rainforests and coral reefs. In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature estimated that 126,000 described species rely on freshwater habitats alone and 45% of all fish live in freshwater wetlands.

 

  1. Protect And Improve Water Quality

Maintaining and improving water quality is one of the most important benefits that wetlands can provide. Wetlands have the capacity to act as filtering systems, removing sediment, nutrients, and pollutants from water. They do this by slowing down water flows from upstream, reducing erosion, and preventing sediment from being transported downstream.

 

Soils and the vegetation in urban wetlands can capture, process and store both nutrients and contaminants. In addition to this, they can reduce harmful bacteria and pathogens in the water prior to it being returned to groundwater.

 

  1. Providing Habitats For Aquatic Animals

For many aquatic animals, inland wetlands are the only habitat in which they can survive. The wetlands provide all the food, water and shelter that aquatic animals require. Wetlands provide a safe habitat for feeding, spawning and nursery sites for native fish such as Freshwater Catfish, Blue-spot Gobi, and Long-finned Eel. Overall, healthy wetlands sustain healthy wildlife and fish populations as they contribute to large amounts of nutrients, ultimately resulting in better high-functioning ecosystems.

 

  1. Store Stormwater And Floodwaters

With the rise of urban development across major cities, the management of storm water is a cause of great concern. Excessive stormwaters and floodwaters caused by the increase in non-porous or impervious grounds can cause significant economic burden and damage to infrastructure. However, urban wetlands are nature’s detention basins, providing a space for floodwaters to be temporarily stored, retained long-term, or even returned to the water table. Urban wetlands that are in positions downstream in residential areas are valuable at controlling localised floods. The preservation and restoration of wetlands are a natural alternative to expensive dredge operations and levees.

 

  1. Maintain Surface Water Flow During Dry Periods

Water supply in wetlands is constantly changing; it can be filled by rainfall, or drained by groundwater.  In Australia, water flows are highly variable both within and between years. Wetlands have the ability to reduce water flow velocity with densely populated water vegetation. Wetlands have a rich biodiversity of plants that have evolved to suit these varying conditions. This ensures that, during the drier months, the wetlands can maintain surface water flow to sustain the habitat for both the vegetation and animals.

 

  1. Protect Our Shores From Wave Action

Coastal wetlands, such as estuaries and marshes, are an integral part of shore protection schemes as they can provide suitable protection from wave action along with creating species diversification. Coastal wetlands provide a buffer zone that is biologically diverse, which ensures that the exposed shoreline vegetation is maintained. Erosion is also prevented by absorbing wave energy.

 

  1. Provide Habitat For Plants

Wetlands contain a wide diversity of life, supporting animals and plants that are often found nowhere else. In fact, in Australia thousands of plant species grow in wetlands, ranging from mosses and grasses to shrubs and trees. Wetland plant communities are often protected as they contain flora that is endangered under the Biodiversity Conservation Act 2016. Some common plants found in wetlands include lignum, the common reed, and river red gums.

 

  1. Provide Habitat For Animals

The biodiversity of animals in wetlands is also well documented. Huge numbers of birds, frogs, mammals and reptiles spend all or part of their life cycles in wetlands, which provide habitat and food sources for them to survive.

 

Common wetland birds include the Australasian Grebe, Pacific Black Duck, and Great Egret. In relation to frogs, the most common species found in wetlands are the Striped Marsh Frog, Brown-striped Grass Frog, Spotted Grass Frog, Green Tree Frog, and Red-eyed Green Tree Frog. Of the mammal species, the Swamp Rat, Platypus, Fishing Bat, Common Planigale, Common Blossom-Bat, Eastern Chestnut Mouse, and the Pale Field Rat all live within wetlands. Many different species of reptiles also thrive in wetland environments, including turtles, water skinks, and snakes.

 

A grebe in an Urban Wetland near Cranbourne.

A grebe in an Urban Wetland near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham)

 

A Black fronted dotteral, a type of plover. enjoys the mud at this wetland near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham)

A Black fronted dotteral, a type of plover. enjoys the mud at this urban wetland near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham)

  1. Are Culturally Significant

It is important to acknowledge that wetlands are also culturally significant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Wetlands have Aboriginal cultural and historical significance, and are important for science and education.

 

  1. Ability To Absorb Pollutants

Due to the nature of drainage within urban areas, stormwater is often directed to wetlands. This water is often polluted with sediment, microorganisms, phosphorous, and nitrogen. A healthy, biodiverse wetland has the ability to ‘absorb’ these pollutants. The wetlands can filter these pollutants, reducing the load through processes in aerobic and anaerobic ecological conditions.

 

  1. Wildlife Corridors

A wildlife corridor is any area of native vegetation that is located between two or more larger areas. It is a ’stepping stone’ for migrating animals to use in-between native landscapes. Wetland wildlife corridors provide this function for many waterbirds, allowing them to safely migrate while providing shelter and food. In addition to providing a refuge for migrating animals, wetland wildlife corridors also enable interbreeding and colonisation of plants native to the local area. Significant wildlife corridors close to Balwyn Community Centre include the anniversary bicycle path through Deepdene and East Kew as well as the chain of parks along the Yarra river. These parks include  Burke Road Billabong Reserve and Hays Paddock in East Kew as well as Bellbird Park in Kew.

 

  1. Recreational Use

Many coastal and inland wetlands are popular for tourism and recreational activities such as swimming, hiking, boating, fishing, camping, and birdwatching. They are places of beauty that can be a great source of relaxation and recreation.

 

Early Spring in Melbourne and this black swan is raising cygnets in wetlands near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham.)

Early Spring in Melbourne and this black swan is raising cygnets in urban wetlands near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham.)

 

A Chestnut teal near Cranbourne Southeast of Melbourne.

A Chestnut teal swimming in wetlands near Cranbourne. (Photo Shane Borham)

  1. Recharging Groundwater

Wetlands recharge groundwater when they become so clogged with water that the soil can no longer retain it and the water leaks down into the aquifer. This is important as the process of leaching not only recharges the groundwater, but in doing so it also absorbs the bacterial loading of the excess water, ensuring that the groundwater is replenished with less contaminated water.

 

Landscaping with Urban Wetlands

A trend we are seeing is that landscape architects, local governments and developers are preserving and even adding wetlands to landscape redevelopments. Private developers are now creating wetlands and pools to provide a tranquil place for employees and visitors.

 

 

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 References and further reading

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Acreman, M. and Holden, J. (2013). How Wetlands Affect Floods. Wetlands, [online] 33(5), pp.773–786. Available at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-013-0473-2 [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

(2018a). Plants in wetlands. [online] NSW Environment, Energy and Science. Available at: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands/plants [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

(2018c). Why wetlands are important. [online] NSW Environment, Energy and Science. Available at: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/why-wetlands-are-important [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

(2019). Plants and animals in wetlands. [online] NSW Environment, Energy and Science. Available at: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

(2020). Mammals in wetlands. [online] NSW Environment, Energy and Science. Available at: https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/water/wetlands/plants-and-animals-in-wetlands/mammals [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. (2016a). Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. [online] Available at: https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/publications/factsheet-wetlands-water-quality#:~:text=One%20of%20the%20most%20important,nutrients%20and%20pollutants%20from%20water. [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. (2016b). Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. [online] Available at: https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/publications/factsheet-wetlands-water-changes [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. (2020). Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. [online] Available at: https://www.environment.gov.au/water/wetlands/about [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Healthy wetlands, healthy fi sh populations What are wetlands? (n.d.). [online] Available at: https://www.mdba.gov.au/sites/default/files/archived/mdbc-NFS-reports/2200_factsheet_Fish_and_wetlands.pdf [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Melbournewater.com.au. (2017). Animals of the wetland | Melbourne Water. [online] Available at: https://www.melbournewater.com.au/media/1401 [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Sciencedirect.com. (2015). Groundwater Recharge – an overview | ScienceDirect Topics. [online] Available at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/earth-and-planetary-sciences/groundwater-recharge [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Shore Erosion Control Guidelines Marsh Creation Maryland Department of the Environment Wetlands and Waterways Program. (2006). [online] Available at: http://ccrm.vims.edu/livingshorelines/documents/Promotional/shore_erosion_bosch.pdf [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Urban Bushland Council WA. (2018). Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary. [online] Available at: https://www.bushlandperth.org.au/treasures/eric-singleton-bird-sanctuary/ [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

US EPA,ORD (2017). Wetlands | US EPA. [online] US EPA. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/report-environment/wetlands [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

US EPA,OW (2015). Why are Wetlands Important? | US EPA. [online] US EPA. Available at: https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/why-are-wetlands-important [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

Vermont.gov. (2020). Wetland Functions and Values: Surface and Ground Water Protection | Department of Environmental Conservation. [online] Available at: https://dec.vermont.gov/watershed/wetlands/functions/water-quality [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

World Wetlands Day – celebrating wetland biodiversity (2010). World Wetlands Day – celebrating wetland biodiversity. [online] IUCN. Available at: https://www.iucn.org/content/world-wetlands-day-celebrating-wetland-biodiversity [Accessed 1 Sep. 2020].

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Euroclay tennis court Balwyn Community Centre

Tennis Court Construction Balwyn Community Centre

Tennis court construction requires attention to detail and a very solid foundation.  First of all, the area must be excavated to a good depth. Any organic material under the tennis court will eventually rot away leaving a void under the tennis court. This could lead to an eventual low point and spoil the playing surface. After clearing the organic matter, the sub-grade below the tennis court is flattened. Ideally the court should be designed with a North – south orientation, but this is not always possible in residential home tennis courts.

Sport facilities construction and repair Balwyn

Tennis court construction Balwyn

The geotextile layer for your tennis court

A geotextile layer is laid over the sub-grade to block any root growth from nearby trees and ensure the subgrade does not affect drainage of the road base by oozing up and filling the voids.

 

Tennis Court Solid Road Base Foundation

The road base material spread evenly over the area followed by even more flattening. It is essential that a robust foundation is created to maintain the stability of the playing surface. The thick layer of road base should be at lease 150mm after it has been flattened and compressed to ensure a stable foundation for the tennis court.

Tennis Court Construction Layers

Typical Tennis Court Construction Layers

 

Tennis Court Asphalting

Ideally, two different layers of Asphalt should be used in the tennis court base with two different specifications. The lower layer of asphalt is a thicker, courser asphalt with the upper layer much finer. The fine upper layer needs to be as flat as possible. The court is constructed to shed water in two planes and it is essential that puddles do not form on the surface.

 

Tennis Court Cushioning layer

The optional cushioning layer is an ideal choice for residential and club tennis courts. The cushioning layer reduces impact on a tennis player’s feet, ankles and knees. By providing a small amount of flexibility, it also makes the upper playing surface more durable. The playing surface is much less likely to crack and peel if it is bonded to a surface with a little bit of “give”. The Australian open surface uses Plexicushion.

 

The Playing Surface

Modern material technology has given the customer a wide range of choices for the playing surface itself. Many people will remember the when the Australian Open was played at Kooyong on grass surfaces. Grass courts are still common to tennis tournaments in Great Britain and most notably Wimbledon. In the countries in continental Europe, clay courts are often use a clay system known as “en tout cas” meaning “in any case”. Although this is a French phrase, the company, En tout cas,is British. They came up with a clever solution to the problems caused by water on clay tennis surfaces. The solution is to use crushed brick which greatly improves drainage.  Most clay courts today use crushed brick as the main constituent of the surface.

Table Tennis Table with bespoke surface treatment.

Landscaping the public space around the tennis court.

 

Balwyn Community Centre Tennis Court

Tennis courts in public spaces like the Balwyn Community Centre need to be low maintenance and durable. The landscape architects, ACLA, wisely chose Euroclay for the playing surface. This is a surface that provides all of the features of a clay tennis surface with very low maintenance. It even looks and plays like en tout cas, but notes not require rolling or watering. Even better, tennis can still be played in wet conditions. Ideal for the diehard tennis enthusiast home owner.

 

Tennis Court Repair

The landscaping project at Balwyn Community Centre also involved making repairs to an adjoining court. A large tree near the tennis court had caused damage dur to the tree root growing into the court. It was necessary to dig a trench between the tree and the court to install a root barrier to prevent further damage. All of the roots under the court had to be removed as organic material rotting away under a court can lead to further damage in the future.

Outdoor Sports facilities Balwyn Community Centre

Court Construction Balwyn Community Centre

 

What is Euroclay?

Euroclay is a UV stabilised polyethylene carpet with a sand infill. Polyethylene is a very tough material that is also very stain resistant. It is also relatively inexpensive, so using this type of construction will save money in both construction and maintenance.

 

Other types of construction

There are of course, other types of court construction techniques. The lower layers can be concrete or can be permeable materials with drainage systems. The goal in all of these is to provide a playing surface that is durable, even, well drained, and provides a fair game to all players.

 

Landscaping Tennis Courts

The courts need to be designed and constructed with a slight fall to shed water. It is essential that the water can drain to the outside of the court and into the surrounding area. It is important that any gardens near the courts are designed and constructed so that material from the gardens cannot wash onto the court playing surface.

Tennis Court Landscaping

Tennis Court Landscaping at Balwyn Community Centre.

Consideration should also be given player safety with any garden edging or branches near the court. Tennis players often need to go into the nearby gardens to retrieve tennis balls, so this should also be considered? For some privacy around a residential tennis court some fast growing climbing plants would be a good option.

 

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Melbourne Landscaper - Concrete pour into formwork Mill Park Leisure Centre

Melbourne Landscaper – Mill Park Leisure

Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil has begun landscaping work at the Mill Park Leisure Centre.

A commercial landscape installation, like that at Mill Park Leisure, is an important part of  providing quality open, green, inclusive and accessible places for the Mill Park community. Well designed and constructed landscaped areas form the heart of local communities. It is through these areas that many people in local communities connect, play, walk or cycle. This is especially true of the landscaping of the Mill Park Leisure and aquatic centre.

About the Mill Park Leisure Landscaping Project

Building facilities by CICG

The redevelopment of the facilities is being completed by CICG Pty ltd. The improvements to the facilities include group fitness rooms, weight training and cardio areas and 3 new swimming pools.

Swimming Pool Facilities by CICG

The existing swimming pool will be improved to include an all abilities ramp and retiling.

In summary;

  • An upgraded 25 metre pool including complete re-tiling and the installation of an all abilities ramp
  • Three new pools, including:
    • One for leisure, with water play equipment
    • One for swimming lessons
    • A new warm water program pool with ramp access

 

Commercial landscaping of the Public Space by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil

The commercial landscaping part of the project includes outdoor gym equipment, barbecues and play equipment.

  • Plain concrete paving
  • Coloured exposed aggregate concrete pavements
  • Granitic pavements consisting of fine grained, brown, natural granitic gravel compacted to 75mm.
  • Timber edging
  • Concrete edging
  • Quality Imported topsoil to Australian Standard 2223 Garden soils for domestic use.
  • Rain Garden
  • Raised insitu concrete planter garden beds beds
  • Dromana granite mulch
  • Concrete bench seats timber clad
  • Reinstated turf
  • Synthetic turf on 135mm sub base
  • Wet pour rubber soft fall play surfaces. Including a cushion layer is to be comprised of Recycled SBR Tyre Rubber with a top layer of EPDM.
  • Insitu Concrete stairs
  • Picnic settings – ‘Urbania’ steel frame seat and table with Enviroslat Recycled Battens
  • Bench seats ‘Urbania’ steel frame seat with Enviroslat Recycled Battens.
  • Bike rack
  • Barbecue – Christie ‘A Series’ Double Bench Barbecue with electric cooktop
  • Council bollards
  • Play units Lappsett Flora climbing track Gnomes Climbing Forest, Kompan 1100mm Net Twister in ground

Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil at work at Mill Park

 

Hardscaping by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil

The commercial hardscaping part of the project included in-situ concrete stairs and retaining walls as well as outdoor gym exercise equipment with soft wetpour rubber sports surfaces.

Curved in-situ Concrete seats by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil

One of our favorite parts of the landscape design was the bespoke concrete bench seat. These are a great design feature that also functions as a concrete retaining wall.

 

curved in-situ concrete seat

Formwork construction of the curved in-situ concrete seat

Curved concrete seating in commercial landscaping of public spaces provides a great place for people to socialise and chat.  Great care must be taken in the construction of the concrete formwork due to the hydraulic weight of the concrete being poured.

 

Building Formwork for a curved Insitu concrete seat.

Removing  Formwork for a curved In-situ concrete seat.

 

Melbourne Landscaper. In-situ concrete curved stairs

In-situ concrete curved seating.  Mill Park Leisure redevelopment

 

Removing Formwork for a curved insitu concrete seat

Removing Formwork for the curved in-situ concrete seat

 

Good quality insitu concrete starts with solid foundations and great formwork. The photo above shows the care that has gone into creating a solid structure for the formwork. It is essential that the concrete formwork does not move during the pour, so a stiff formwork support system is constructed to pour the concrete the insitu concrete. Great care must be taken at each stage of the process to avoid damaging the new concrete. The formwork is removed by the landscapers well before the concrete is fully cured, so the concrete has not yet reached its full strength.

 

Melbourne Landscaper - Concrete in-situ steps Mill Park Leisure centre.

Melbourne Landscaper – Curved Concrete in-situ seats Mill Park Leisure centre.

The completed curved in-situ concrete seats are a great part of the overall landscape design of this fantastic public space for Mill Park residents.

curved insitu concrete seats

The curved in-situ concrete seats are a great place to watch activities on the public sports equipment or sit and have a chat.

The newly installed curved in-situ concrete seats are a great place to relax after a swim in the aquatic centre swimming pool or the gym or fitness classes. It is also a good vantage point to watch kids on the play equipment. The back part of the seat functions as a concrete retaining wall.

Oval Shaped In-situ concrete seats by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping

The landscape design also included an oval seat which was timber over an in-situ concrete base. This type of seat construction combines the durability and longevity of concrete with the comfort of a wooden seat. This is a great solution for public spaces like the Mill Park Leisure centre.

 

Melbourne Landscaper - Concrete pour into formwork Mill Park Leisure Centre

Melbourne Landscaper – Concrete pour into formwork to create an insitu concrete feature -Mill Park Leisure Centre

 

 

Concrete pour into formwork Mill Park Leisure Centre

Casting the concrete into place. Concrete pour into formwork Mill Park Leisure Centre.  Oval seat construction

In-situ concrete raised garden bed by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping

The entrance to Aquatic Centre also included a feature raised garden bed by the entrance. The walls of the raised garden bed were constructed using curved in-situ concrete retaining walls. This was a very nice piece of landscape design by the landscape architect Land Design Partnership . Below is a video of the construction of the in situ concrete retaining walls for the raised garden bed.

 

The raised garden bed was planted with a gum tree as a feature in the centre surrounded by cycads.

In-situ concrete raised garden bed

In-situ concrete raised garden bed with a gum tree and cycads.

Softscaping by Melbourne Landscaper Red’s Landscaping and Civil

The commercial softscaping part of the project includes the planting of thousands of indigenous and Australian native trees.

Also included;

  • Lawn areas of Village Green Kikuyu

 

Project Funding

The Mill Park Leisure Centre redevelopment has been jointly funded by local Government and the State Government of Victoria.  For the entire project funding of $25 million, the State Government of Victoria  has contributed $5 million towards the project. The Growing suburbs fund has contributed $2 million and a further $3 million has been contributed by the  Community Sport Infrastructure Fund.

How the finished Mill Park Leisure landscaping, gym, swimming pools  and other facilities will look

To be continued as the landscaping project progresses.

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Tennis court repair Balwyn

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 commercial editor of the Argus, Andrew Murray built house named Balwyn which gives the area its name.

 

How far is Balwyn from the Melbourne CBD?

Balwyn is only 10 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD and in an easterly direction. It was once serviced by the outer loop railway station at Deepdene.

 

Balwyn Community Centre

The Balwyn Community Centre at 412 Whitehorse Road Surrey Hills was upgraded to ensure it would continue to support the needs of the local Balwyn Community. As well as the upgrades to the buildings, there were landscaping works for the parkland, natural wetlands,  exposed aggregate concrete pathways and tennis courts. For this project we were able to showcase all of our commercial landscaping services.

 

Landscaping Balwyn Community Centre. The Scope of works.

 

The hard landscaping for the Community Centre

The scope of work for this project included the following hard landscaping construction;

  • Plain, coloured and exposed aggregate concrete,
  • In-situ or poured in place concrete garden retaining walls,
  • Exposed aggregate concrete driveway crossovers,
  • Concrete upstands, edges, ramps stairs and landings.

 

The soft landscaping for Balwyn Community Centre

The scope of work for this project included the following soft landscaping installation;

 

  • The planting of advanced indigenous trees
  • The application of appropriate fertilizers
  • Lawn areas
  • The planting of native grasses and ornamental plants
  • Aggregate and Gravel
  • Imported top soil to Australian Standards
  • A sophisticated Irrigation System
  • Areas of mass planting
  • Mulched garden beds
  • Planting of Australian Native Shrubs
  • Garden edging.

Existing trees at the Balwyn Community Centre

The existing tress on the site included the following;

  • Pin Oak (Quercus palustris),
  • River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) ,
  • Narrow leaved black Peppermint (Eucalyptus nicholii),
  • Lemon scented gum (Corymbia citriodora),
  • Prickly leaved Paperbark ( Melaleuca styphelioides)
  • Forest Oak (Allocasuarina torulosa),
  • Drooping She-oak (Allocasuarina verticilata)
  • Smooth Barked Apple ( Angophora Costata)

Nearly all of these existing trees were kept in the new landscape design.

 

Native Urban Wetlands

Later in the project rehabilitation of native wetlands was added including a child proof fence.

 

Tennis Court Repairs and reconstruction

Part of the landscaping included repairs to a tennis court and the construction of another tennis court. A good sport surface must be stable, therefore the new tennis court was constructed with asphalt over 300 mm of roadbase.

Synthetic clay Tennis Court surface

 

A low maintenance synthetic clay tennis court surface was required to laid over the asphalt. Therefore, the surface chosen was Grassports Policlay. In addition to being low maintenance, Grassports Policlay is a fast draining low maintenance water free tennis surface resulting in the ideal surface for public tennis courts.

A high quality sporting surface was required, therefore the asphalt layers were flattened rigorously in preparation. The very thick roadbase foundation will also help to maintain the stability of the playing surface. Root barriers we also installed to prevent invasive tree roots causing any unevenness to the playing surface.

 

Soft play surfaces

The soft play coloured surfaces in the landscape was required, so an EPDM wetpour rubber was chosen. In addition to its great colour range, EPDM is a synthetic rubber widely used in the automotive industry. Similarly, its mechanical properties make it ideal for this application. For instance, it has great UV stability, abrasion resistance, ozone resistance and it is water proof. So, the material used was Playkote which was installed as a rubber wet pour over SBR underlay. In addition to the added height, the SBR underlay makes the play surface a little softer. The colourful kids scooter track in Teal, Lime Green and Light Blue Laykold was constructed by Grand Slam Surfaces.

 

 

Balwyn Outdoor Gym Equipment

 

Balwyn Landscaping. Outdoor Gym Equipment ant Balwyn Community Centre

Balwyn Landscaping. Outdoor Gym Equipment ant Balwyn Community Centre

 

Environmentally Friendly Garden Furniture

Garden furniture including picnic tables, benches and seats were installed to add to the public amenity. In addition to the the amenity and aesthetic provided, recycled materials were also used. To this end, the material used was Enviroslat.  Enviroslat is an environmentally friendly low maintenance material produced from HDPE waste mixed with recycled cellulose. The recycled cellulose hardwood waste and rice husks.

 

Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete. Commercial Landscaping at Balwyn Community Centre

Outdoor Furniture on Exposed aggregate concrete. ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

 

 

Table Tennis Table

Outdoor Table Tennis Table with bespoke surface treatment. Commercial Landscaping Balwyn Community Centre.

Outdoor Table Tennis Table with bespoke surface treatment.

 

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The finished Balwyn Commercial landscaping Project

 

About the Balwyn Community Centre  Commercial Landscaping Project

 

Landscape Architects: ACLA Consultants landscape architects.

 

Building Construction: CICG

 

Customer: City of Boroondara

 

Hume Global Learning Centre – Sunbury

 

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Commercial Landscaping Melbourne

Commercial Landscaper Melbourne

Commercial landscaping requires people who are experienced allrounders. For landscaping public spaces the commercial landscaper needs skills and experience.

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 dollars of materials on the commercial sites.

What is commercial landscaping?

Commercial landscaping is landscape construction primarily for commercial properties and public spaces. In some cases it may also involve landscape design or it may require working  with a landscape architect instead. Commercial Landscaping also requires many of the skills of commercial concreting.

Hard Landscaper at work. Commercial and Architectural concrete construction. Concrete being poured for an in-situ wall.

Reds Landscaping using a boom pump to pour architectural concrete walls

What skills does a commercial landscaper need in this field?

These landscapers needs to be skilled at reading and interpreting building plans, project management, people management and material estimation. In addition to this the  landscaper needs to have a thorough understanding of horticulture, concrete construction and the principles of landscape design. It is also important to have spatial skills and artistic flair in order to convert what is seen on a 2D drawing into a real commercial landscape.

Landscaper bringing materials to the worksite to build the formwork for the insitu concrete .

Landscaper bringing materials to the worksite to build the formwork for the insitu concrete .

 

To achieve the required aims in this landscaping field detailed planning is essential. This involves working with landscaping contractors such as concrete form workers, commercial concreters and horticulturist to the ensure everyone knows and meets the work schedule. Working in commercial landscaping also requires an eye for detail. When working with the local councils or other local authorities, the drawings are provided by the landscape architect. There is a great deal of skill for the landscaper to interpret the drawings and ensure an accurate high-quality interpretation of the landscape architect is brought into fruition.

Negotiating with clients is part of the landscaper's role.

Negotiating with clients is an essential part of commercial landscaping.

What are the properties commercial landscapers develop?

These landscapers work on landscaping projects as diverse as office buildings, hotels, apartment buildings, factories, and public spaces around community infrastructure. Professional landscaping is also used around freeways and railway lines.

 

Landscaper unloading plants. Plants arriving for a big landscaping Project.

Landscaper unloading plants. Plants arriving for a commercial landscaping Project.

 

 

What else is important in this type of landscaping?

Landscapers need to be aware of their responsibilities to protect the environment and maintain a safe workplace as well as a safe facility for clients and members of the public. The quality of materials brought onto the work site as well as disposal of material from the site is important. These landscapers need to be true allrounders. As well as the horticulture, project management and business skills, the landscaper will need to have excellent knowledge of drainage and heavy duty irrigation systems.

What is a public space?

Public spaces are often parks, and also includes streetscapes, public squares and shopping centres regardless of who owns the property. An urban or rural outdoor place designed to produce benefit for the public. Even though the space might not be owned by the public, well designed and constructed landscaping will greatly add to the public amenity of the area. This could be through the installation of well designed at attractive exposed aggregate concrete pathways, the aesthetic of the landscaped garden.

What Landscaping Materials are used?

In this field the materials used can be quite different to residential landscaping. Public space landscaping often uses soft rubber surfacing, in-situ concreting and alternating coloured exposed aggregate concrete.

 

 

Where can I study to become a landscaper?

In Melbourne landscaping can be studied at Holmesglen. A Melbourne suburb near Glen Waverley.

The Certificate 3 course in Landscape Construction provides skills in areas including building with concrete, with brick, and with block or stone. Important landscaping skills include constructing paving, installing drainage systems, and building different types of retaining walls. Students also learn about plant health and topsoil structure.

 

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Environment - Clean Water

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:

  1. a planned and proactive approach
  2. commitment and involvement of managers and officers at all levels
  3. meaningful and effective involvement of employees and other workers
  4. identification and control of potential sources of waste and pollution
  5. the development of a workplace culture that recognises the importance of environmental management and sustainability.
  6. appropriate provision of instruction, training, information and supervision

 

Environmental Protection Policy Responsibilities

 

The importance of environmental management requires that employees, sub-contractors and visitors take steps to safeguard the environment. Not only because of the potential legal implications, but also because it is the duty of companies to exceed the requirements of environmental legislation.

Employers and self-employed persons should be proactive and take all reasonable measures, to ensure a high standard of environmental protection;

Employers and employees should exchange information and ideas about risks to the environment and measures that can be taken to eliminate or reduce those risks;

Employees encouraged to submit ideas regarding waste minimisation, continuous improvement, health and safety and environmental protection. These are agenda items for the tool box meetings.

Environmental and Sustainability Policy Mission Statement

Environmental Policy

Red’s Landscape Gardening will comply with, and exceed, all local, state and federal laws and regulations on:

  • disposing of hazardous waste (including EPA’s list of prescribed industrial waste), trade waste (i.e. waste added to the sewer) and waste water.
  • safe handling, storage and transport of hazardous waste and dangerous goods
  • noise
  • land use
  • air pollution and carbon emissions

 

Procedure

Red’s Landscape Gardening will set targets each year to increase energy and water efficiency and seek opportunities for reducing and recycling waste. To do this, we will:

General

  • investigate ways to reduce consumption or recycle waste. E.g formwork recycling.
  • give preference to maintenance and other contractors using green products

Energy

  • buy electrical and lighting systems rated as energy efficient
  • use accredited GreenPower, either in part or whole

Water

  • buy appliances rated as water efficient
  • install irrigation systems that are designed to save water and minimise losses due to evaporation.
  • Select drought tolerant plant indigenous to the area where possible.

Waste

  • look for opportunities to improve waste management. Sustainability Victoria has tips on good waste management. Regular site inspections to identify potential safety and environmental hazards as well as potential waste reduction opportunities.
eco friendly recycling

Eco friendly recycling must be used were practical.

 

 

 

 

Environmental Policy –Soft Landscaping

  • We are committed to conservation and protection of trees, especially large canopy trees that take many years to mature.
  • effective mulching to reduce losses due to evaporation.
  • Use natural fertilisers where possible.
  • Identify and report any noxious or problem weeds.
  • The application of garden chemical shall supervised by suitably qualified and experienced personal. The supervisor must hold a recognised chemical handling license. All chemicals must be clearly labelled and food containers must not be used for chemicals.
  • Chemicals must be stored under lock and key with appropriate measures for spillage or leakage. An MSDS must be on site with any chemicals.
  • Materials brought into the worksite must be certified to the appropriate Standard.

 

 

 

Environmental PolicyConstruction and Demolition Waste

 

Building and construction sites create pollution, including different types of waste, noise and dust. Measures must be taken to minimise the impact of our work on the health of people and the environment.

Environmental Protection. Legal demolition waste disposal

Responsible Waste removal. Waste receipt dockets from an approved waste disposal facility are the only guarantee that waste from the site is going to the right place.

EnvironmentalWaste generators

As a waste generator, Red’s Landscaping and Civil is responsible for ensuring waste is taken to a facility that can lawfully accept it. Waste receipt dockets from an approved waste disposal facility are the only guarantee that waste from the site is going to the right place.

Construction and demolition (C&D) activities generate a wide range of industrial waste materials including:

  • excavated material such as rock and soil
  • waste asphalt, bricks, concrete, plasterboard, timber and vegetation
  • asbestos and contaminated soil.

If not managed responsibly, these waste streams can pollute the environment, pose a public health risk (particularly asbestos and contaminated soil) and pose amenity issues.

How to dispose of Construction and Demolition waste

“Under section 27A(2) of the Environment Protection Act 1970 (EP Act), any person (including a waste generator, transporter or receiver) who dumps or permits the inappropriate disposal of industrial waste at a place that cannot lawfully accept that waste type faces a fine of more than $7500, or up to $777,300 (5000 penalty units) if prosecuted. EPA can require the waste generator, transporter and receiver to clean up and pay for waste to be taken to a lawful place.”

Tips for managing Construction and Demolition waste

  • Know what types of waste will be generated during excavation, demolition and construction.
  • If a quote for managing waste is low, find out why. The company may be avoiding costs by taking the waste to a place that cannot lawfully be used as a waste facility.
  • While not a requirement, preparing and implementing a waste management plan ahead of demolition is an effective way of managing lawful waste disposal. A good plan would include:
    • details of each type of waste that will be generated, and the management action proposed for each type of waste
    • procedures that ensure the waste is dispose of at a lawful place
    • a description of the roles and responsibilities of everyone who manages the waste, including the site supervisor and subcontractors.

Remember:

  • The level of detail in the waste management plan should reflect the size and complexity of the project’s waste issues.
  • Regularly update the waste management plan to record how waste is managed and audit where waste is taken.
  • Provide adequate supervision to ensure waste management plans are implemented and complied with, and regularly audit everyone who manages waste on your behalf.
  • Provide training about the waste management plan and protecting the environment.
  • Keep accurate written records such as:
    • who transported the waste (company name, ABN, vehicle registration and driver details, date and time of transport, description of waste)
    • copies of waste receipts from the waste facility (date and time of delivery, name and address of the facility, its ABN, contact person)

Drainage and runoff

Melbourne has many beautiful waterways that are very sensitive to the effects of pollution.

During construction rainwater may flow into onsite or nearby drainage systems as well as nearby creeks and river systems. This can lead do contamination of the water from the worksite or clogging of drains or waterways from picked up sediment or litter. Appropriate measures such as bunding must be taken to mitigate against this. Potential contamination of groundwater must also be considered.

Wetlands require environmental protection during landscape construction.

Wetlands require environmental protection during landscape construction.

Environmental Protection Agency – Works Approvals

 

Works approvals are issued by EPA Victoria under the Environment Protection Act 1970 .They are required for industrial and waste management activities that have the potential for significant environmental impact.

A works approval permits plant and equipment to be installed, the operation of which will result in one or more of:

  • the discharge of waste to the environment
  • an increase in, or alteration to, an existing discharge
  • a change in the way waste is treated or stored.

 

CO2 emissions

To minimise CO2 emissions Red’s Landscaping and Civil has introduced the following strategies.

 

  • Car-pooling amongst employees.
  • Selecting vehicles that run on alternative fuels. Such as;
    • 30% Ethanol.
    • PHEV (where feasible.)
  • Keeping the vehicle in good condition and getting the longest possible life out of them.
  • Use local suppliers as close as possible to the worksite.

 

Clinker

The construction industry is one of the largest contributors of atmospheric carbon dioxide, with concrete alone responsible for up to 8% of all anthropogenic carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide is released as a by-product when limestone (calcium carbonate) is heated to produce cement.

To minimise CO2 from the use of concrete Red’s Landscaping and Design has the following strategies.

 

  • Very accurate calculation of required concrete.
    • A professional estimator is used to accurately estimate quantities.
    • Accurate surveying of the worksite to drawing.
    • Accurate control of formwork dimensions.
    • Thinking ahead with form work to create a use for leftover concrete.
    • Checking drawings for excessively large foundation sections etc.
    • Issuing Purchase order with the correct quantity and grade of concrete.
    • Working with concrete suppliers on low clinker mixes when they become available.

References

This policy references following legislation in the State of Victoria;

 

 

 

 

Additional Environmental Protection Regulations – Queensland Government

Environmental protection regulation 2019

 

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Sketchup for landscape design

Sketchup 3D design of a swimming pool

Sketchup 3D design of a swimming pool

Sketchup is a key tool for Landscape design. Its features including he collection of plants and garden features in the 3D warehouse make it a great choice.

Key Sketchup 3D design software features

  • Sketchup can combine with Lumon to create beautiful 3D renders
  • Sketchups core routes are CAD which makes it a great tool for creating detailed engineering diagrams
  • A 3D archive with thousands of pre-made pools, spas pergolas, arbors, courts and buildings
  • using sketch ups tools you can download and of these pre-made objects, adjust and modify them into your desired piece. Then insert them into your drawing

How to use Sketchup

Step 1

  • After a meeting with your client, open google earth on Chrome and zoom in on your clients property.
  • Snap a screenshot of the property.
  • Edit the screen shot to just show the Clients property
  • Open Sketchup and import the screenshot image using the import feature under file
  • make sure the image is on layer 0 rename this to background

Step 2

  • Click create new layer under the default trey, call this layer Tracing
  • Proceed to trace your background image to your best ability the better you trace the better your drawings will be.
  • Be sure you have traced every last detail including property boarder. home, house, roofpitch lines, Driveway, curb and pathway.

Step 3

  • Click create new layer under the default trey, call this layer house,
  • proceed to create rectangles as each room of the house

Creating a 2D drawing from your 3D Sketchup Landscape Design

 

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Quality Landscape measuring

Quality Landscaping Services in Melbourne

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 Statement our basis for quality landscaping services in Melbourne

Craftsmanship is built into every stage of the landscaping project at Red’s Landscaping and Civil. From the quotation all the way through the design and to the project completion quality is built in to every process. During the initial quotation, and during the entire landscaping project, the voice of the customer as represented by our designs or customer drawings, customer specifications and regular site meetings is integral the landscaping quality process. Ensuring all of the requirements of the customer drawings and specifications are fully understood and met is of paramount importance. This is achieved by regular drawing reviews and customer inspection and sign-off milestones during the project. Red’s Landscaping and Design is committed to the principle of Kaizen or continuous improvement as well as our comprehensive environmental and OH&S policies. Our Landscaping Quality Manual is based on the requirements of AS NZS ISO 9001-2008 Quality Management Systems as well as the general landscaping specifications of local authorities. Our aim is to meet or exceed our customer’s specifications and expectations and deliver a quality outcome within budget and project timing. This is the foundation of our quality landscaping services in Melbourne.

 

All personnel involved in leadership positions and administration must be totally familiar with the Landscaping Quality Manual and associated Procedures and will ensure that they are maintained and observed.

 

 

Landscaping Quality Manual

 

Our landscaping  manual is based on the Landscaping specifications and quality standards published by local councils. Areas covered by the quality manual include the following;

  • Vegetation Management Plan
  • Tree Management Plan
  • Weed Management Plan
  • Native Vegetation Management Plan
  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan
  • Irrigation Layout and Design
  • Construction Management Plan
  • Site Management Plan
  • Environmental Management Plan
  • Litter Control Plan
  • Landscape Maintenance Plan
Quality Assurance Manual

Quality assurance manual with customer drawing.

Details included in the landscaping  manual covers such items as the correct staking of trees, and the quality of materials brought onto the site. Some examples of this are our requirements for garden topsoil to Australian Standard AS4419 “Soils for Landscaping and Garden Use” with a requirement for materials to be free of weeds and other contaminants.

Quality Landscape Suppliers

The suppliers we use for topsoil, concrete, mulch and especially plants are the ones we know from experience are able to meet the high standards required by landscape architects for urban spaces. We use these same high quality suppliers for our residential projects ensuring a lower garden maintenance cost in the long term. Soft landscape materials and suppliers are an important part of our strategy.

 

Qualified Landscapers and Horticulturists

Qualified Horticulturist

 

Our experienced landscapers and horticulturists have the necessary Australian qualifications to ensure a quality outcome. We are experts in plant identification, nutrition and care. Our experience in creating detailed designs and drawings as well as working with landscape architects has greatly benefited our quality processes. We are now in a position to use this experience for landscaping Melbourne gardens in the same way we have delivered great public spaces. Fast, accurate , high quality and with attention to detail. Our rapid approach to landscaping projects and our advanced planning using Gantt charts ensures landscaping costs are kept under control.

Quality Landscaping Services in Melbourne

 

For examples of our workmanship take a look at our landscaping portfolio on our project page to get some landscaping ideas.

 

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Magnolia Landscaping Ideas for Melbourne gardeners

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 Exmouth and Magnolia Fairy.

Magnolia as a Landscape design plant with a neatly trimmed hedge providing contrast.

The Magnolia Genus

The Genus  includes more than 230 species of trees and shrubs that are originally native to East Asia, the Himalayas, and to North and South America. They can be either deciduous or evergreen which is surprising in itself. Although famous for their spectacular  and fragrant pink, purple, yellow or white cup shaped flowers, some are even a source of timber. It it is not just the huge flowers that make the magnolia an attractive plant.

The much loved features of the Magnolia

The vibrant green smooth leaves are also an attractive feature as well as the often colourful cone shaped fruit. Magnolias exist in the fossil records for more than 25 million years. Meaning that they are one of the earliest flowering plants on the planet.

How does the magnolia get pollinated?

Magnolias existed even before most of our flying pollenating insects had evolved. As a result, they depended on beetles for pollination. Even today, you can see many varieties have  tough leathery outer petals, and woody carpels to make the flowers tough enough to cope with beetles pollenating the plants. Magnolias flower for just a short time, but when they do flower, they are spectacular.

Landscaping Melbourne – Magnolia Exmouth in Flower
Landscaping Melbourne – Magnolia Exmouth in Flower.

The  Exmouth is an evergreen variety that originated in Exmouth in Devon in the United Kingdom. The huge heavily scented creamy yellow flowers, that appear in late summer and early Autumn, can be up to 25 cm across. The glossy oblong leaves are also an attractive feature. This plant will grow up to 10m high and 10 m wide, but will flower when still quite young. Planting a few mature trees in your backyard will very quickly screen out your neighbours.

‘Heaven Scent’ is a vigorous small magnolia tree with dark foliage. Large flowers to 100mm in length, cup-shaped with nine rosy-pink tepals, soon fading to pale pink.
‘Heaven Scent’ is a vigorous small magnolia tree with dark foliage. Large flowers to 100mm in length, cup-shaped with nine rosy-pink tepals, soon fading to pale pink.

Small Garden Landscaping Ideas with Magnolias

If you are looking for small garden design ideas, then there are small slow growing dwarf varieties and cultivars that will suit you. One of our favourites at Red’s Landscape gardening is Magnolia grandiflora Little Gem.  The little gem is like a miniature version  of the Exmouth. Little Gem is happy with both partial shade and full sun. It is a smaller version of the evergreen bull bay magnolia but it will slowly grow to a height of around 5 metres with a spread of around 3 metres. It has attractive oval or elliptical shaped leaves and small flowers.

Landscaping Ideas. Magnolia Grandiflora Little Gem as a Melbourne Street Plant. A great way to give your property instant street appeal.
Small Garden Design Idea. Magnolia Little Gem in a planter pot. Box hedge and lavender as well as pansies provide design contrast with the dark green leaves of the magnolia.

Small Garden Design Idea. Magnolia Little Gem in a planter pot. Box hedge and lavender as well as pansies provide design contrast with the dark green leaves of the magnolia.

 

Garden care and maintenance for your Magnolias

Once established, your plants will be fairly low maintenance. These plants prefer well drained fertile soil that is rich in humus and organic matter. Keep them well mulched. Some varieties may require tree staking if you have a wind swept coastal garden. The PH level of the soil will depend on the variety you choose, but most prefer slightly acidic soil. If possible, thy to position your magnolia with full sun in the morning with some shade in the afternoon.

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For help with the design  and development or your landscaping ideas, contact one of our experienced Landscape Gardeners.

 

We can help with small garden design all the way up to  Commercial Landscape design.

 

Our specialities include fast growing screening plants, plant health and horticulture, garden lighting  and outdoor pool landscaping ideas.

For more landscape garden design ideas, take a look at our Garden Design blog.

 

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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 landscape Design tool we use at Red’s Landscape Gardening is Sketchup. If you are designing a larger gardening on a sloping site, Sketchup has some great features. One of these CAD landscape design features is the ability to bring in the site topography into your design. This makes it much easier to design in the civil design infrastructure such as French drains and irrigation. If you have a site plan, you can also design in the existing services such as gas, electricity, fibre optic cabling and drainage. This can help to avoid an expensive mistake later on.

CAD Garden Design. Landscaping Services Melbourne. Using Sketchup to turn landscaping ideas into a plan

Landscaping Services Melbourne. Using Sketchup to turn landscaping ideas into a plan

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CAD Garden Design Using 2D site plans or photos

Another really useful landscape design feature is the ability to import 2D plans or photos. With some effort to get the scale right, your garden design can be quickly drawn over the top of your 2D site plan.

Landscaping Services Melbourne. CAD Garden Design - Designing the Landscape on top of the 2D Site plan

Landscaping Services Melbourne. CAD Garden Design – Designing the Landscape on top of the 2D Site plan

Library of Plants and Landscape Design features

With Sketchup Pro, there is a huge library of 3D garden design models you can import into your design. This includes many of the commonly grown Melbourne landscaping plants such as the Canary Island Palm, Banksias , Magnolias and Eucalyptus.

Landscaping Services Melbourne. Using the library of plants. Various palms, banana plants and other trees and shrubs are available.

CAD Garden design with water features, swimming pools, garden furniture, wall and fences.

As well as the library of garden plants, Sketch up Pro allows you to download models of water features such as garden ponds, swimming pools, garden furniture as well as retaining walls and fences. Garden buildings such as pergolas, outdoor barbecues, and sunken gardens are also available. These can really help to visualise your landscaping design concept plans.

CAD Garden design and construction

The ability to accurately visualise a garden design on computer is a great advantage when it comes to the construction phase of the project. With the services already designed in, construction can proceed knowing that the whole garden has been designed and planned down to the last detail on computer before a sod has been turned.

Garden maintenance and designing a low maintenance garden.

With a 3D garden design plan, the plants can now be arranged so that moisture loving plants are together in groups. This will help to save water and reduce garden maintenance. The same applies to selecting plants to suit conditions such as shade, part shade and microclimates. The garden can also be designed to anticipate the height the plants will grow to, so as to avoid any maintenance headaches later on.

Three-dimensional visualization of green design features.

 

Landscape Design. This Three-dimensional visualization of a garden shows the effect of clusters of brightly coloured flowers like tulips contrasting with grey green foliage. This rendered image is so realistic, it is difficult to tell from a real photograph.

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For all of your garden maintenance needs or help with the design  and development or your landscaping ideas, contact one of our experienced Landscape Gardeners.

 

We can help with small garden design all the way up to  Commercial Landscape design.  Our specialities include fast growing screening plants, plant health as well as horticulture, garden lighting  and outdoor pool landscaping ideas.

 

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