Saving water is a topic dear to the hearts of most Western Australians, for not only is water a scarce and essential resource for us all, it is also an expensive utility.
So, whether your goal is to create a, native, coastal, tropical or cottage garden that is water-wise, our team at Living Landscaping encourage you to initially focus on the following factors so as to ensure your project is both successful and rewarding. The hardscape landscaping is easy to implement but the garden will only really be a success if the soft-scaping looks healthy, lush and green.
- SOIL IMPROVEMENT – to be carried out before turfing and planting. We recommend using organic matter to improve the soil. It significantly increases the moisture and its capacity to hold nutrients within the existing sandy soil. Organic matter can be purchased as compost, soil improver or soil conditioner.
- MULCHING – is a must in this hot Perth climate. Without mulch, your plants will suffer from extreme stress and your garden beds will be more susceptible to weeds and water evaporation. It is important to mulch your garden beds at a depth of 100 mm. We recommend water wise mulch – that is mulch with large, chunky pieces of wood that will not retain water. By using mulch you are suppressing weeds and reducing temperature fluctuations within the soil, avoiding the roots of the plants to burn or stress. An added bonus with mulching is that it will eventually break down into the soil, adding further nutrients.
- IRRIGATION – efficient irrigation is the key factor to ensuring your soft-scaping is a success. This is done by delivering the right quantity of water at the right time with minimal wastage. There are several types of products that we recommend, from the sub irrigation system, integrated or attached drippers to gear drivers and rotary nozzles. Contact Living Landscaping to develop a system which best suits your requirements and budget so we can help you achieve a thriving garden, regardless of drought and/or water restrictions.
- HYDROZONING – is when plants with similar watering requirements are grouped together, ensuring water usage is utilised efficiently. Contact Living Landscaping to tailor a package to suit your needs.
By considering and implementing the above factors to your garden you will reap the reward of a successful looking garden, saving you money and time for future years to come.
Call us today on 9361 3000 or use the website contact form to arrange a no-obligation chat about how we can make your garden the envy of your friends and neighbours.