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Black Pebble & Adbri Pavers are a Match Made in Heaven

Kylie Pitt - Monday, August 06, 2018

Sometimes on a building project, you find yourself with fiddly little "dead spots", that are a bit of a pain to try and do anything with. On this build site, the owners were in that exact position. There was a long, narrow gap between the home and the shed, that needed a bit of a make over, without blowing a huge stack of cash on product. 

As you can see, it was a bit of a scene of devastation! Thanks to Wayne Johnstone of Bushlandscaping, a plan to create a little tropical oasis here came together in just two days! 

Wayne chose a combination of our Black Pebble and Adbri pavers to lay on top of the bare dirt area, in a design that bridges the buildings with each other, as well as the larger paved area at the front of the house. He then selected tropical plantings and a laser cut screen to dress the area and give it privacy and definition.

As you can see, the design itself is quite simple, but the product has been meticulously laid, giving the area a very upmarket look. Wayne selected materials that fit with the owner's outdoor furniture, fittings and the natural surrounds.

With a clever selection of plantings and product, any tricky spot in your garden can be transformed into something special.



Sandstone is a Favoured Product with Coast Landscapers & We Have Loads of it in Stock

Kylie Pitt - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sandstone has become the hero of home garden design, where it traditionally was mostly found in large scale commercial designs. Happily it is more available now, and accessible to people with a broad range of tastes and budgets. At the moment, we have got absolutely LOADS of odds and sods of sandstone in the yard, and we would really like to clear it in time for our 10th birthday (which is coming up on the 15th of August). 


At a glance, here are some great reasons to consider using sandstone in your garden (or home), design:

  • Superior durability and strength
  • Is available in a huge range of shapes, colours, patterns and forms
  • It is suitable for both residential and commercial applications
  • Neutral tones radiate heat during winter and are cool in summer
  • Comes in a wide array of colors making it easy to match existing décor
  • It requires minimal maintenance and is easy to replace if they get damaged
  • Sandstone is easily sealed against the elements to prevent corrosion and accumulated moisture
  • It retains its colour a lot better than many other landscaping materials, even in extreme climates and weather conditions

Did you know that many sandstones have unique features according to their different colours?

1. Pink and red sandstone has a slip-free surface that is impervious to weathering
2. Yellow sandstone is highly resilient to acidic water and salt, even salty ocean breezes. That is why you very commonly see it used in coastal settings.
3. Dark brown, chocolate and auburn sandstone is composed of iron oxide which hides smudges and stains
4. Light grey, beige, cream and white sandstone are perforated with red or purple lines. This type of sandstone is often used for sculptures and statues due to it's beautiful and unique patterning and colours.

As we said, we have heaps of bits and bobs of sandstone in the yard at the moment, so please, drop by and take a look. There are some real gems amongst it all.

Hoop Pine Bark is a High Quality Mulch Which is Perfect for Sunshine Coast Landscaping Projects

Kylie Pitt - Monday, July 30, 2018

We have recently had a huge truck and dog load of 1" Hoop Pine bark delivered from one of our favourite local suppliers. This is a product that we really love, because it is such a terrifically easy product to work with, and it is so incredibly versatile. There are just so many places where it is the perfect choice to mulch garden beds.

As you can see, Hoop Pine bark has a deep brown colour and a thick, curly texture. It looks very rich and luxurious when applied to garden beds. Because of it's curly structure, Hoop Pine bark is renowned for its ability to cling on to sloping terrain, it's resistance to high winds, it's ability to absorb and retain moisture and it's longevity. All of these features give it extremely low maintenance properties. It is very popular for use on sloping sites and raised gardens, domestic gardens and high class resorts, office blocks, convention centres, new estates etc.

The product is so named because it is produced in strips approximately 1" wide. It is a by-product of the timber milling industry, where the pine timber is used for building and furniture making. The bark is waste product that has been converted into a very handy, usable garden material.

Generally, there is a small amount of Hoop fines mixed in to the bark, making it an ideal product to keep the weeds at bay, retain moisture and eventually break down and add precious nutrients to the soil. Happy days!

Installation should be to a depth of 100mm to 150mm. We have this fabulous product on special at the moment (even though it is generally not easy to get hold of - but like we said, we have a LOT of it in stock!). You can buy it here.


Why Mushroom Compost is the Choice of Champions

Kylie Pitt - Friday, July 27, 2018
Mushroom compost is one of the best all 'rounder styles of mulch for gardeners. We love the fact that it is environmentally friendly, organic, makes use of recycled waste, and saves water. We have a mountain of this beautiful product in the yard at the moment. You can see the dense richness and texture of it - it's almost good enough to eat; like chocolate cake for your soil! 



Application of  mushroom compost to your garden beds could not be simpler:

  • Spread mushroom compost on the soil surface 
  • Incorporate the compost into the top 10 to 30cm of soil
  • Allow about 1 week for compost to settle and blend with the soil
  • Sow your seeds or transplant the plants as desired
  • Give it a great start with a good water 
Incredibly, mushroom compost can store up to 70% of its own weight in water! It is a powerhouse product that also improves the transmission of water through the soil. It helps to keep the soil cooler in warmer weather, and increases soil resistance to both wind and water erosion. Just perfect really, as we are heading into August, which is typically one of the windier months of the year.

Mushroom compost is a scientifically developed recipe of recycled organic ingredients 


For those who enjoy a few facts about these things, mushroom compost contains products such as stable bedding (including manure), wheat straw, poultry litter and cotton seed hulls which are pasteurised to kill any harmful bacteria. In fact, it contains almost all nutrients needed for good plant growth. Mushroom compost delivers the nutrients slowly, which helps seedling emergence. It dramatically improves the structure of the soil to conserve soil moisture, and produces no harmful decomposition products

Mushroom compost is suitable for most flowering plants, trees and shrubs, vegetable gardens and herbs and establishing lawns.
However, it is not recommended for some native plants and acid-loving plants such as azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons. Also, be aware that it can make your fur babies sick if they eat it!

Right now, as we mentioned, we have an huge pile of mushroom compost in the yard at the moment, which we are selling for $50m3 (it's normally $59m3), while stocks last, some conditions apply. You can go ahead and order your mushroom compost here.

Hardwood Mulch is a Champion in a Tree Filled Garden

Kylie Pitt - Wednesday, June 13, 2018
As you know, there are many, many types of mulch on the market today (in fact, we have lots of them!). Sometimes it is difficult to know what type of mulch is best suited to your needs.
Today, we are looking at Hardwood Chip mulch, and some of the many benefits of using it on your garden.


Hardwood Chip mulch is a long-lasting, decorative mulch product with approximately 2.5cm sized particles. This mix contains no fines (fines are small particles that usually have a ‘soil like’ texture), and this means it will generally last longer than traditional mulches. Unlike some pine chip mulches, it will preserve its earthy tones, rather than turning black over time. 

This mulch is largely comprised of hardwood, rather than soft pine making it a safer choice for those who are concerned about termites.
It is a champion when it comes to moisture retention. By covering the soil with 5cm of mulch, moisture evaporation from the soil is significantly slowed. Hardwood chips block the sun and help keep the soil cool, and weeds have a hard time emerging from beneath a cover of hardwood chips

If trees are a dominant feature of your garden landscape, hardwood chips represent one of the best mulch choices for trees and shrubs. The chemical and physical diversity of these materials resists the tendency towards the compaction often seen in sawdust and bark.

Hardwood chips supply nutrients slowly to the soil system, and at the same time they absorb significant amounts of water that is slowly released back to the soil. It’s hardly a surprise that wood chips have been cited as superior mulches for enhanced plant productivity. Hardwood chips have been especially effective in helping establish trees and native plants in urban and disturbed environments. Wood chips also provide incredible weed control in ornamental landscapes.

So you can see there are plenty of compelling reasons to consider it for your garden.

Combining Landscaping Products to Create a Tropical Resort Style Garden

Kylie Pitt - Monday, June 04, 2018

There is nothing more exciting than seeing a carefully planned garden design come together to create something special. We are fortunate to do business with some wonderful people here on the Sunshine Coast, and we have recently had one of our favourite customers share pictures of his exceptional landscaping design with us. By combining some key products, he has created a tropical style oasis which has not only enhanced the value of his property, but is now a stunning outdoor living space where happy memories will be made for many years to come. 

 

Using a thoughtful combination of materials, our customer has cleverly created distinct areas in his garden for particular purposes. He has used gold tumbled sandstone and natural stone steppers to mark out pathways around the pool and raised fire pit areas.

The contrasting colours, shapes and textures of the products are not only extremely functional, but very nice to look at. The lush tropical gardens have been generously mulched with a combination of cypress mulch, and hardwood mulch. This will help suppress weeds, and lock in the warmth and moisture over the coming cooler, drier months.

Interest has been added to the tropical style pool with natural granite rock. This makes a very beautiful and natural style top step to the pool. 

Finally, drainage gravel and aggi pipe have been put to use to ensure that the area drains well in the wetter months, and pitching rock has been used to add interest, texture and colour to the surrounding garden beds. 

You can clearly see the character of the property has been greatly enhanced by the use of these beautiful, natural landscaping products. If you have a dream design in mind for your garden, but are unsure what products might best suit your design and block, give our friendly staff and call and we can give you the advice you need to bring your dream garden to life.

Tips For Choosing & Laying Pavers

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, May 24, 2018
At the moment, we have a special on our Aspenstone pavers, and there are plenty of reasons why your should consider using them in your design.

These pavers have a beautiful washed stone appearance, and are available in Vanilla, Cappuccino and Buttermilk; all neutral tones that fit in with most landscaping styles. They come in a large and striking rectangular size, making them perfect for paving larger areas.




The Aspenstone range are recommended for walkways, steps, living areas and around pools. Their bull nose makes them particularly good for steps.

Good news for DIYers, the Aspenstone range offer flexible installation options, require little maintenance and most are thick enough to be laid directly on to crushed rock and sand. This saves you time and reduces costs, making it incredibly fast and easy to bring your outdoor design dream to life.

There are a few tips you should bear in mind when you are choosing and laying pavers:

  • Always look at pavers outside in the natural light. 
  • Select pavers that match internal floor coverings to ensure the transition from indoor out is subtle and blends with your decorating style. 
  • When paving a small space keep the design simple and use a neutral coloured, large format paver to create a sense of space. Large format pavers, such as Aspenstone® speed up the laying process. Having trouble growing grass in heavy traffic areas? Consider a paved garden path. Paved paths also help direct traffic and can reduce the amount of dirt carried into your home. 
  • To make a path appear more substantial, use a stretcher bond laying pattern across the width of the path. 
  • If paving a slope, it is important to start at the bottom and pave up the slope. 
  • Paved areas should fall away from buildings and towards areas where run-off can be absorbed by plants. 
  • Keep labour cost down by clearing the area first by removing grass and existing pavers, and potting any plants you want to keep.
  • We recommend that concrete pavers be sealed with a quality penetrating sealer following installation.

    The Aspenstone range are 600x400x40 and are available while stocks last for $15.99.

    *Image courtesy of Boral

Tree Mulch is a Low Cost Way to Spruce a Drab Garden Bed

Kylie Pitt - Thursday, April 26, 2018

Tree mulch is one of our most popular products for a range of reasons, none the least of which is that it is an extremely budget friendly way to fill out and spruce up a tired or drab looking garden bed.

Tree mulch suppresses the weeds that compete with your plants for all the important resources; nutrients and water. After the incredibly warm and damp early Autumn we have enjoyed, it is a particularly effective way to "tuck your plants in" in preparation for the colder, drier coming months.

Being an organic product, tree mulch breaks down slowly and releases nutrients gradually, over time. It provides a stable soil temperature, which not only promotes plant growth and saves water. What's not to love?

Tree mulch contains both wood and bark bits of different shapes and sizes, so it breaks down over time at different rates, allowing water to penetrate, and reducing compaction. Because it decomposes at different rates, it creates a diverse environment for soil organisms.

At the moment, we are running a special on bulk loads of our tree mulch. You will save a bundle by purchasing 10m3 (that is a LOT of mulch, BTW!), and having it delivered on the Sunshine Coast for just $175*

Give us a call on 5453 7100 or order online here.


*Some conditions apply

Tea Tree Mulch is a Wonderfully Versatile Garden Mulch

Kylie Pitt - Friday, February 02, 2018

Tea tree mulch is one of the more versatile garden mulches we have in the yard, and it is also one of our favourite products. Applying mulch is like tucking a blanket around your plants, but it is not just to keep them warm. A good mulch regulates soil temperature, amongst other things, and one of the best things you can do for your plants is to use tea tree mulch in your garden. Tea tree mulch is an excellent product. It is made by grinding up the wood and bark of Melaleuca tea trees. Tea tree mulch in gardens accomplishes almost everything that mulch can accomplish. Tree pieces are ground up into a fibrous, rich mulch that you can use on any plant, and which will beautifully enrich the soil as it decomposes



One important function of tea tree mulch is moisture control. Mulch prevents the sun and wind from drying out your soil, leaving your plants less stressed, even if they aren’t getting maximum irrigation. Tea tree mulch in gardens dramatically slows evaporation. Tea tree mulch prevents weeds from crowding in by creating a physical barrier to weed growth. This stops weed seeds from reaching the soil, and also prevents weeds already in the soil from getting the sun they need to grow.

There are yet more tea tree mulch benefits in the garden. One is temperature control. Use of tea tree mulch in gardens keeps the soil surface cool in hot weather. It also warms up the soil in winter. Tea tree mulch is known to repel termites, sandflies, and midgies, but it is friendly to the earthworms that are so beneficial for your soil.

It has a pleasant, clean, astringent smell that makes your garden fresh and fragrant. And it disintegrates more slowly than some other mulches (up to a full year on the soil). And last, but far from least, when it comes to tea tree mulch adds vital organic matter to the soil. As the mulch deteriorates, it mixes with the soil and improves its structure.

You can buy tea tree mulch here, and we can supply any quantity you need, from the bucket to the bag, to the cubic metre. In any event, after this beautiful rain, head out into the garden and treat your beds to this beautiful mulch.

A Quick Guide to Cleaning Up Your Garden After the Storm

Kylie Pitt - Monday, December 11, 2017
How did you fare after the whopping storms on the weekend? We are now once again looking down the barrel of extreme weather during the coming summer months, including heat, humidity and aggressive storms which can cause extensive damage to your home and garden. 

In the aftermath of a storm like the one we endured over the weekend, yards are often covered with fallen trees, broken branches and scattered debris, leaving a giant mess for homeowners to clean up. The moisture and heat also create the perfect conditions for weeds to take over. Post-storm clean-up can present some risks, depending on how much damage your garden sustained, so it's important to take care as you get your yard back to normal. 

 
 

Here are some clean-up and safety tips to help you clean-up your yard after the storm subsides

  • Check the area: Walk around your property to inspect overall damage and take pictures as documentation. Check overhead for downed power lines and hanging branches. Never touch a power line that appears to be down or hanging. Instead, call your power company immediately to report the problem.
  • Wear protective gear: Eliminate injuries by dressing appropriately and using protective eyewear and durable gloves. Protective footwear is also important.
  • Repair trees: Damage can increase a tree's susceptibility to insects and diseases. If trees show signs of damage, they should be properly treated to maintain their health. Pruning damaged branches can help restore the tree. You should also remove broken and hanging branches to ensure safety, plus prevent additional property damage.
  • Use the experts: More serious damage to trees should be treated by a tree specialist. This is especially important if extensive removal of large branches is required. As always, never try to remove branches or trees from utility lines. Let the professionals do it.
  • Waste disposal: Materials from fallen or salvaged trees can be used in several ways. The larger branches can be cut and used for firewood, while smaller branches and twigs can be used as kindling or added to the compost pile.
  • Replace plants and trees: Following yard clean-up, you may wish to make some new plantings. To help reduce future problems, make sure the plants being considered are hardy enough for the area. For trees, it is helpful to know the approximate size and shape of the tree when mature. This will help determine where to plant it to avoid interference with utility lines or branches rubbing against buildings.
  • Repair paths/ driveways: Washout is particularly common following heavy rain. Repairing your driveway properly will help to prevent future wash outs. This is a quick guide to getting the job done properly the first time.
  • Weed and Mulch: While the ground is still nice and damp, take the opportunity to pull out weeds (they should come away as easy as), and apply a generous layer of mulch to garden beds. If you are unsure about the best type of mulch to use for your gardens, check out our handy guide here.
A thorough cleanup after the storm is also a great opportunity to prevent more damage when the next storm hits. 



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