Home' Scoop Homes and Art : SHAA 34 Spring 2012 Contents 176 HOMES & ART SPRING 2012
Matt Leacy, founder of Landart
Landscapes and Garden Gurus host,
says spring is the most exciting time
of year for kids in the garden.
The home garden can be a
wonderland for kids without having
to look like a dayca re centre.
Trampolin es a re a mu st because
kids love them an d they’re great for
encouraging outdoor play, though
unfortunately they take up a lot of
visual space in the garden. Burying
them can make them safer a nd
more discreet – but it’s n ot as simple
as just sticking it in the ground! I
reco mmend excavating an d putting
in retai ning walls an d drainage to
bury a trampoline for the long term.
Storage is important in a garden
that is shared with kids. It is n ice
to have a space where – w hen the
kids have gone to bed – you can sit
an d have a relaxing drink without
having to look at a war zone of plastic
shrapnel. If you have already built, or
are planning to build a deck then you
have the oppor tu n ity to hide things
beneath it. Having a trapdoor that
opens to reveal a sand pit is a great
way to hide the kids’ zone and save
some space. B uilding a timber ben ch
seat with a lid can also be a great
place to put all of their ou tdoo r toys.
Landart Landscapes, landart.com.au .
• If you haven’t already, pru ne yo ur roses.
• Prepare you r soil, working sheep man u re and/o r
blood-and-bone into the top 100mm of soil. This will
help to activate the micro- organ isms an d pro mote
healthy n ew grow th.
• Under take majo r pru ning of shrubs an d hedges
to a height that allows a full season ’s gro wth.
• Con tin ue with you r regular garden mainten an ce,
including weeding and deadheading, mulching
an d re plen ishing fe rtilisers.
• Check for pest and disease on top and underneath
the foliage. Aphids an d scal e tend to be more ac tive
as the weather starts to warm up.
• Sand and re-oil your deck.
• Test you r reticulatio n fro m late October
to early November.
This time of year requires mi nimal top-u p watering other
than the n atural rainfall, depen dant o n yo ur soil an d
location. It is a great time to start training your lawn to be
less dependen t o n frequ ent wateri ng, so easy does it.
• Give your lawn mower a tune up. Chances are that,
like yo u r lawn , you r mower has been sitting dorman t
for a few months.
• Pull weeds o ut by hand, preferably befo re they seed.
If you r lawn is healthy, it should be able to choke-ou t
most weed types. If you have an abundance of weeds
or a type that tends to hang around, it may be worth
a trip to your nursery or speaking with a lawn-care
specialist for fur ther advice.
• Aeration is o ne of the healthiest things yo u can do fo r
your lawn in Spring. It helps increase the air, water an d
n utrien ts i nto the soil, which stren gthen s the grass’ roots.
• A light dusting of organ ic or chemical fer tiliser – about
half of the recommen ded dose – gives you r lawn a small
kick-sta rt. Yo u wan t to make su re the weeds have been
removed first, though.
Tim Davies La ndscaping, tdl.com.au .
Top tips from landscape architect Tim Davies, w hose
new maintenance department is getting Perth lawns
and gardens ready for Spri ng .
With a burst of activity in Spring, it is a great time to
re-shape and replant your garden. Add some colour by
plan ting an nu als, and shape those shrubs an d trees that
have beco me overgrown during the winter.
Plu meri a rub ra (frangipani).
Lagerstro em ia indica
Limonium perezii (statice).
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