02 Feb 2019

8 Flowering Trees to Plant for the Spring

Give your garden the royal treatment this winter by preparing it for the spring.

 

Give your garden the royal treatment this winter by preparing it for the spring. By being proactive this winter, your spring to-do list won’t be as gruelling for the upcoming season. Think about planting one of these eight flowering trees to add a pop of colour to your gardening bed. These plants will bloom beautifully in the spring to improve your garden’s appearance at the beginning of the new season.

1. Judas Tree: In the spring, the Judas tree brings a mass of magenta-pink, pea-like flowers all over the bare branches.

 


2. Dessert Apple: The dessert apple tree is a striking beauty. Pink blossoms appear in spring then bright red fruit in fall.

 


3. Magnolia: Grand white flowers don the tips of the magnolia branches. These dramatic blooms make this tree a southern favourite.

 


4. Laburnum: Longclusters of golden yellow flowers set the laburnum apart from other spring bloomers.

 


5. Ornamental Cherry: Mid-spring brings clusters of pale pink flowers for the ornamental cherry.

 


6. Japanese Dogwood: The deciduous Japanese dogwood tree or shrub offers masses of dark pink flower bracts in late spring to early summer.

 


7. Hawthorn: The Hawthorn is a thorny, deciduous tree grown for its deep pink double flowers in late spring.

 


8. Crab Apple: Crab apple trees are famously beautiful. Mid- to late spring brings red buds that open to scented pink blooms that fade to white.

 

Now that you have a few suggestions of what to put into garden, it’s time to get started! If you don’t know where to begin, give us a call here at Dr. Garden (1300 374 273), and we’ll be more than thrilled to help you out! And don’t forget to read more of our articles down below!

02 Feb 2019

7 Insect Repellant Plants

Every garden is sometimes riddled with pests, such as grasshoppers, caterpillars, and spiders, and it can be hard to get rid of them. Most people go straight to some kind of pesticide spray, but that’s not always necessary.

There are certain plants that can be planted in your garden that can help repel insects, or at least confuse them with their strong scent. If you have other plants in your garden and they’re planted near the insect repelling plants, they will contribute to keeping insects at bay. Here are 7 plants you should consider adding to your garden bed to ensure a pest-free season.

1. Oregano

2. Marigolds

3. Lavender

4. Garlic

5. Basil

6. Sage

7. Rosemary

Get in touch with Dr Garden’s team of landscapers in Sydney here.
02 Feb 2019

5 Tips On Designing The Perfect Alfresco Area

Australian’s love relaxing in the great outdoors, especially during the warmer months. An alfresco living area can provide a great combination of shade, airflow and a comfortable place to entertain during the warmer days and nights.

It doesn’t cost as much as renovating the inside of your home but an alfresco area adds an amazing living space to your home as an extension and really adds great value to your property. The options are endless, you can choose from decking or tiling, adding a kitchen / BBQ area, large screen TV’s or even a pizza oven.

Here are 5 tips to design the perfect alfresco area by our team of landscapers in Sydney:

1. Size and Layout: This will largely depend on what activities you want to accommodate and the size of your block. Whether your alfresco is small and intimate or large and spacious, you’ll want to create zones to separate various activities-such as cooking, conversation and relaxation-while allowing for good traffic flow throughout the space. When situating your alfresco, you will need to consider natural elements such as prevailing winds and sun orientation.

2. Privacy: Your alfresco area won’t usually have walls, so if privacy and noise are concerns you’ll need to install a privacy screen, laser cut screen, fence or tall landscaping plants between you and the neighbors.

3. Compliment your home: It’s critical when designing your alfresco that it feels like an extension of the interior of the home. Extending your interior finishes to the exteriors ensures a seamless transition outdoors. Taking the flooring from the interior to the outdoors is a critical element. Utilizing the same bench top materials, similar lighting fixtures and even ceiling details are other areas to consider.

4. Go low maintenance: A high maintenance garden is a turn off for many home owners, who aren’t too keen to spend their spare time weeding, pruning and mowing. Consider paving or pebbles instead of grass, and opt for hardy native plants that will look good without needing too much attention.

5. Lighting: People enjoy fresh air on a balmy evening. An outdoor space with suitable lighting can be used long into the night. Clever lighting will help create atmosphere and can highlight features of the home and garden.

For any landscaping requirements, please get in touch with our team of landscapers in Sydney at Dr. Garden here.

02 Feb 2019

11 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Small Garden

11 Tips To Make The Most Of Your Small Garden

Sydney has a lot to offer but sometimes spacious backyards aren’t one of them. Not to worry, here are 11 ideas to help you get more from your small garden by our team of landscapers in Sydney.

 

 

  1. 1. Tiered Plants: Optimise your space with an attractive tiered garden planter. Not only do they add levels and depth to the garden, but they look amazing filled with a mixture of trailing vines and plants.
  2. 2. Vertical garden: Gardening vertically means you can take advantage of all the space available to you. They add texture and interest, make tending to your plants so much easier and they’re a great way to add more life to your small space.
  3. 3. Raised beds: A simple efficient way to garden that often provides extra space on the sides for planting. They’re also a unique focal point for your garden.
  4. 4. Hanging garden: No matter how small your garden is there’s always room for a hanging basket or two. Get creative with colour and placement in your garden and create a sense of place.
  5. 5. Create a focal point: Small gardens benefit from a focal point just as much as larger gardens. They add a sense of flow and purpose take attention off the size of the garden. Placement is everything so find your focal point (a cluster of vibrant plants, quirky planter, large rocks etc.) and see what works best for your garden.
  6. 6. Avoid clutter: The more elements your garden has, the smaller it will feel. Try built in seating, incorporate clean lines, avoid bulky furniture and keep plants under controls. Less is more.
  7. 7. Murphy Bar: If there’s no room for a fancy bar try installing a murphy bar outside! It’s functional, provides extra storage and looks great.
  8. 8. Herb Spiral: Plant your herbs in a spiral to fully utilise the space you have. It makes a great focal point too.
  9. 9. Modular Deck Tiles: If you don’t have enough space for a built in deck have no fear. Modular deck tiles look fantastic, won’t break the bank and are your perfect solution.
  10. 10. Trellises, Arches, Arbors and Pergolas: Adding structures to your garden means you can extend your outdoor living time. They are great for creating an intimate feel which takes your garden to the next level of feeling like an outdoor room. They also provide a sense of height and depth and are wonderful supports for additional greenery.
  11. 11. Get design help when you need it: Small spaces are often more difficult to design than larger ones. Dr Garden has a team of qualified experts to help you make the most of your space.

To get your garden crafted by the best landscapers in Sydney, please get in touch with Dr. Garden here.

02 Feb 2019

10 Ways to Spruce Up Your Garden for Spring

Springtime in Australia is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about your garden.

It’s a great time to start a vegetable garden, establish new garden beds, plant just about anything, renovate your lawn, and spruce up neglected areas. Now is a great time to ‘spring clean’ your outdoor space. To help get you started, check out the checklist below that our team of landscapers in Sydney put together.

Spring Garden Checklist:

1. Feed

Gardeners love to nurture their gardens. Early spring is the best time of the year to give everything in the garden a good dose of fertiliser. After the next fall of rain, scatter slow-release or pelletised fertiliser over your garden. As it breaks down and filters into the soil, it is absorbed by growing roots and used to fuel growth and flowering.

2. Lawn update

Apply a slow-release complete lawn food to all grass areas. Use a metal rake to remove any buildup of thatch (dead growth giving lawns a spongy feel underfoot). If the lawn is looking sparse, reseed or returf bare areas. Before replanting, dig in organic matter and water over the area with a soil wetting agent. Keep everyone off areas that are being renovated until the new grass is growing vigorously.

 

3. Plant vegetables

Early spring is a rewarding time to plant vegetables, whether you’re starting a new garden or popping some herbs in a sunny window box. Vegies and herbs to plant now (or after the last frosts in frost-prone areas) include summer salad vegies such as tomato, snowpeas, capsicum or chilli, lettuce, cucumber, basil, rocket and parsley.

4. Quick colour

Flowering spring annuals can be planted now to give your garden a quick lift. Add instant colour with pots of cineraria, pansy, polyanthus or flowering bulbs such as daffodils and tulips. Also plan ahead for flowers later in the year. Buy punnets of late spring and summer flowers including petunia, phlox and impatiens (a good choice for shade). Seedlings can be planted in garden beds or popped into large pots for strategic bursts of colour.

5. Plant just about anything

Early spring is a rewarding time to plant trees, shrubs and annuals. Remove plants that have died or are past their best, or extend your garden to accommodate new plantings. Prepare for new plantings by clearing grass and weeds, then digging organic matter into the soil. When working out where to place a new plant take into account the amount of space that’s needed as it grows both across and up (see plant labels for information on plant size).

6. Clean and mend

Warmer weather means more time spent outside eating, relaxing and entertaining. Check outdoor furniture and outdoor sitting areas in preparation for convivial times ahead. Wooden furniture may need to be repainted or re-oiled. Nuts and bolts should be checked and tightened. Canvas chairs may need to be cleaned or re-covered. Also, clean the barbecue and replenish gas bottles. Paving and other hard surfaces benefit from a vigorous sweep to remove accumulated leaves and dirt. Mossy or slippery paths can be cleaned and treated with a once-a-year product.

7. Repot

All container-grown plants, including indoor plants, which have been in the same pot for several years, or that have outgrown their current pot, can be re-potted now. Place plants into slightly larger pots with fresh potting mix or trim roots and replant into the old pot but with fresh potting mix. If you only have a few pots, buy a bag or two of potting mix. If you have a large number of pots, buy a load of premium potting mix from a landscape supplier to save time and money.

 

8. Prune

Plants that have already bloomed or have frost damage can be pruned to encourage new growth. Also remove old canes from perennials and grasses to make way for fresh spring growth. To keep shrubs, perennials and annuals in bloom over the months ahead, remove spent flowers regularly.

9. Top up mulch

A quick way to spruce up the garden, cut weeds and save water at the same time is with a load of organic mulch. Remove weeds and encroaching grass from under trees and throughout garden beds and then spread mulch over exposed soil.

10. Water features

Top up water features and clean out ponds by removing accumulated leaves and rubbish that’s blown in over winter. Remove dead stalks from pond plants and scoop out algae. Re-pot water plants such as waterlilies before returning them to ponds.

 

If you’re overwhelmed with where to begin, give us a call (1300 374 273) or visit our main page to request an Onsite Consultation from our Garden Maintenance crew, and we’ll be right over to help you out.

02 Feb 2019

10 Ways To Decorate With Plants

Adding plants to your home is a great way to give an instant energy boost to any space! Not only to the look great, but the benefits of indoor plants go far beyond aesthetic. Research shows that indoor plants significantly improve a whole range of aspects of our indoor environment including; task performance and productivity. If you don’t have much of a green thumb not to worry, here are 10 ways to decorate your space with plants that are easy to take care of.

 

1. Vertical Gardens: Vertical gardens are a great indoor feature. Whether it’s a micro herb garden in your kitchen or a green feature wall there are so many ways to show your creativity!

2. Air plants: Air plants aren’t confined to a container with potting soil and are a great way to experiment with creative arrangements.

3. Air plant crystals: Attaching an air plant to a crystal looks gorgeous and is a great DIY!

 

4. Plants in pots: Place plants in pots that can be hung on the wall for a modern look.

 

5. Plant Stands: Use plant stands to lift plants off the floor and make them more of a furniture piece.

6. Hang plants from the ceiling.

7. Decorate windowsills: Placing plants on windowsills is a great way to fill space and ensure they get much-needed sunlight.

 

8. Succulents: Place a selection of succulents in a pot near a window. You can even decorate the pots for a DIY.

 

9. Frames: Decorate frames with leaves and flowers and add it to your gallery for a stunning look.

10. Jungalow: Create a bungalow by taking plants from ground level and lining them up on a bench. It doesn’t take up too much space but will make a huge impact!

 

Dr Garden provides many styles and we’ll ensure you get the right plants taking into consideration your space conditions. Our team of landscapers in Sydney guarantee they’ll stay in perfect condition as long as you hold a maintenance contract with us. Contact us on 1300 374 273 or here. to discuss installation.