Category: Gardening and outdoor living tips

What is Hydrophobic soil and how to fix it with soil wetting agents

Hydrophobic Soil – What is it, and how to fix it?

Water is a key element for plants to live. Without proper watering, your garden has no chance of survival. Unfortunately, in a lot of regions in Australia, the problem of hydrophobic soils occurs, which means that getting the water to where it needs to be, can be a bit of problem.  Read on to find out what hydrophobic soil means for you and how can we fix it. Read more

Bioswales: The Natural Alternative

Note from Clint. Dom is an old work mate of mine, and is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve met when it comes to urban greening and bushland rehabilitation. He’s got more qualifications than you can poke a stick at, and has even been published in peer reviewed literature (which you can read here). So when he offered to write up a piece on urban greening around the home, I jumped at the chance to get his views. Read on as he shares a great little urban greening project he ran at his home in Melbourne. 

By Dominic Bowd.
Urban environments are characterised by hard surfaces – concrete, bitumen, steel and glass. Hard surfaces are often resource intensive to construct, increase surface run-off into creeks, rivers, and the ocean, and contribute to localised warming, known as the urban heat island effect. In recent years, many local councils have been investing in infrastructure designed to reduce hard surfaces. This includes green walls, green roofs, urban tree planting, community gardens and natural drainage systems aka bioswales. Whilst council initiatives are clearly integral to reducing hard surfaces in urban areas, home owners can also do their bit, just like my ‘at home bioswale project’.

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Design Series Part 3 – More Complicated concepts

Here at Aussie green thumb we’re always trying to help you get the most out of your garden. We want you to have the best possible backyard you can, really!

One of the most fundamental ways you can get the most out of your backyard garden is to have a sensible and effective garden design. You don’t need to be a qualified landscape architect, but knowing some basics will definitely set you on the right path. Over the next few weeks we’ll be releasing a design series taking you through the basics of garden design all with the intention to make your outdoors area that much better.  Be sure to also check out our 5 Backyard Landscaping Secrets as well as our 7 Rookie Landscaping Mistakes for some more tips

This is our final instalment for the design series, where we’ll cover some tricky concepts – Line, repetition, and continuity. Click here if you missed part two.
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7 Rookie Landscaping Mistakes to Avoid This Winter

Note from Jim: We’ve recently published an in depth garden design series put together by our resident expert Clint. This week, Revell Landscaping are sharing their thoughts on some common landscaping pitfalls and how to avoid them. Take it away! 

High quality landscaping is the type of thing that it’s certainly not impossible to create alone, but it is pretty tough. The larger the garden, the trickier the task. This is why Revell Landscaping is keen to help homeowners put their yards in order this winter. Whether you need some advice on how to fix blunders left by a previous occupant or you’re looking to repair some embarrassing mistakes of your own, the experts are ready to provide support. Read more

Glyphosate – Do you have to use it?

Here at Aussie Green Thumb, we try to give you our best tips so you get the best out of your garden, and you and your family can enjoy your own little patch of paradise just the way you want it. To do this, we like to give you guys a heads up on trends and ideas that we as professionals pick up along the way.

Now you may not have heard of the chemical Glyphosate before, but I almost guarantee you’ve heard of the brand names it goes by…Roundup, Zero, Eraze…starting to ring any bells?

So this stuff is AMAZING at killing weeds in your garden, so much so that it is by far, the worlds most popular pesticide. It is such an incredibly effective broad spectrum herbicide that it will kill almost any plant it touches, and can help you wrestle back control of an unruly backyard. But, it’s also a chemical and has a host of problems associated with it including big time problems like pesticide resistance and health concerns. So as a home gardener, do you really have to use it? Is there any real alternatives that are easy to get your hands on, and easy to use? Luckily, Yes! Read on for a few tips and tricks to help you use less glyphosate in your home.

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Build an Eco-Friendly Shed With These Five Tips

Gardeners and homeowners who care about both their landscaping and the environment should build an eco-friendly shed in their backyard. Not only will they gain a great place to store tools, plant pots and other gardening implements, but they will do so without negatively impacting the world around them.

Follow these five easy steps to design and build an eco-friendly shed you can be proud of: Read more