The Key Benefits of Using Native Plants in Your Garden

The Key Benefits of Using Native Plants in Your Garden

Australians love a low maintenance garden, so using native plants is a great option to consider when planning your front and back yards. Aside from their resilience to our harsh climate, a native garden has many more benefits. Here at Early Up, our team of landscape garden designers have compiled our list of reasons native plants make an excellent choice for your backyard landscaping.

What are the Advantages of Planting Natives?

Most native plants are wonderfully unique to Australia. They are also invaluable to our environment, wildlife and much more.

Plant Survival

For those who don’t have a naturally green thumb, native plants may be your saving grace. Highly resilient in Australia’s ever changing and extreme conditions, native plants can survive through droughts and excess rain. They require minimal watering in their first year of growth. After that, native plants can thrive on rainfall alone.

Birds and Bees Love Them

There’s a beautiful harmony that exists between Australian natives and local wildlife. Using a variety of different native plant species in your garden offers different food sources for native birds, bees and other local animals.

Native flowers provide sweet nectar, attracting pollinators such as:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Native bees
  • Butterflies
  • Moths
  • Bats

Nuts, seeds and fruits sourced from native plants can also entice wildlife including:

  • Reptiles
  • Small mammals
  • Frogs

Your native garden also provides shelter, protecting wildlife from predators. Sit and watch your backyard flourish as a beautiful and functional wildlife sanctuary.

No Chemicals Required

Regular fertiliser and pesticide treatments are necessary for maintaining exotic plants and lawns. The main ingredients in fertiliser include phosphorus and nitrogen, which can cause excessive algae growth. This will result in a significant reduction to oxygen content in water, risking serious harm for aquatic life.

Chemical pesticides can be equally detrimental to the natural environment and wildlife. When used excessively, the toxic elements in pesticides are prone to contaminating soil and waterways.

Native gardens, on the other hand, are generally chemical-free. By using native plants in your garden, you’re helping protect remaining native vegetation, which is a vital source of food and shelter for local wildlife. Also, native plants help preserve biodiversity.

Overall, native plants contribute to thriving eco-systems which help to:

  • Clean water
  • Purify air
  • Maintain healthy soil life
  • Regulate climate
  • Provide natural resources for food

Your native garden will also be your significant contribution to a healthy, natural environment. There is no reason more meaningful and valuable than to keep native plants and animals alive and well in your backyard.

Early Up are your local Gardenologists. With our extensive experience and knowledge in native plants, we will help you create your native Australian oasis. Providing expert gardening and landscaping design, our services are available in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Tweed Coast and across the beautiful Far North Coast of New South Wales.

Would you love to have a native garden, but don’t know where to start? Do you need more information about using native plants and which ones are best suited for your backyard conditions? Let us help! Call us today on 0448 300 736.

How to Create Your Own Edible Garden

How to Create Your Own Edible Garden

Creating an edible garden can provide a sense of joy and a great reward for both the young and the young at heart. This may consist of a simple garden bed or a raised vegetable garden and possibly an irrigation system installation. Let us give you the inspiration to get started!

Here’s Your Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Edible Garden

Setting up your edible garden can be easy and is a great way to create fun for the entire family. All it takes is some space, sunshine and a little planning. Follow our simple guidelines and watch with pride as your favourite vegetables, fruits and herbs grow and thrive, ready to feed your family.

Step 1: Which Plants to Use?

Before getting started, think about what types of fruit and vegetables you’d like to plant in your edible garden. Consider the types of fruit and veg your family enjoys eating – there’s no point in growing something you don’t like eating.

Are you keen on growing a lemon tree? How about harvesting carrots or broccoli to encourage your kids to eat them more often? Your salads will taste fresh and healthy with parsley and lettuce from your own backyard, or whip up a tasty pesto with your own fresh basil.

Step 2: Choosing a Suitable Container for Your Edible Garden

Get creative with pots and containers. Wheelbarrows and old bathtubs are becoming a popular trend and add a unique touch to your backyard.

Building raised vegetable gardens makes a great weekend project for the kids. Painting it will also guarantee hours of fun for the little ones.

Step 3: Location in Your Garden

After deciding what you would like to grow, choose a suitable location. Make sure that the ground is flat with good sunlight exposure.

Easy access to water is essential. An irrigation system installation will ensure your thirsty crop of vegetables, particularly carrots and beans, have adequate water at all times.

Step 4: Using the Right Soil

Healthy, sustainable soil is crucial for a thriving edible garden. Here are our suggestions for maintaining the ideal soil type:

  • Add compost regularly to keep it rich in organic matter
  • Try to keep your soil at neutral pH to slightly acidic (ph6 to 7)
  • Ensure there’s a consistent balance of moisture and nutrients
  • Keep soil healthy and vibrant with living organisms like earthworms
  • Use organic fertiliser

Step 5: Ongoing Maintenance

You can enjoy fresh produce whenever you want by keeping your edible garden sustainable all year round. This will take a little effort, yet at the same time prove to be extremely rewarding. Here are our recommendations to keep your garden in tip top condition:

  • Crop rotation:
    Even for small gardens, planting different produce every season or every year will help your soil retain its nutrients. It will also reduce the risk of plant diseases.
  • Compost:
    It’s easy to make compost by mixing kitchen scraps with old garden leaves, then spread it around your plants for optimal garden growth.
  • Weeding:
    Keep plants and soil healthy by regularly weeding your edible garden. Bending down for hours at a time can cause back problems. Consider building a raised vegetable garden to make it easier on your back.

With all these useful tips, there’s no need to wait. Start your fruit and vegetable garden today!

The Early Up team are your local Gardenologists. We love helping our clients create their ideal edible garden or backyard. Contact us for expert gardening landscaping designs. Our services are available in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Tweed Coast, and right throughout the beautiful North Coast region of New South Wales.

Love the thought of having an edible garden but don’t have the time to create it? Speak to us at Early Up – Call 0448 300 736. We’ll get it growing for you.

5 Ways to Create a Winter Garden Wonderland

5 Ways to Create a Winter Garden Wonderland

As the weather cools, why not transform your backyard into an inviting winter garden wonderland and entertain friends and family with hot cocoa and heartfelt conversations. Our experienced landscape garden designers have the tips to inspire you. With our creative ideas for backyard landscaping and gardening, you will have a cosy winter oasis in no time.

Following are our expert tips for creating that cosy winter retreat in your garden

From luminous outdoor lighting to inviting outdoor fires, start getting snug and warm with these top tips for the winter months.

Tip 1: Add a landscaped firepit area

Nothing says winter garden wonderland like a fire pit. Imagine sipping hot chocolate while keeping warm from the amber glow of your backyard firepit. This is genuinely magical and welcoming way to bring your family and friends together, and ward off the chill at the same time. Complete your landscaped fire pit area with comfortable seating, such as:

  • Luxurious lounge chairs
  • Sturdy timber circular benches
  • Portable deck chairs
  • Chunks cut off tree stumps
  • Concrete stools

Add some big puffy cushions to bring colour and comfort to the area. Now you’re ready to have your friends and family over for a unique winter gathering filled with fun, laughter and toasted marshmallows.

Tip 2: Warm up your garden by adding outdoor lighting

With the days shorter and evenings creeping earlier during winter, outdoor lights can help create a warm ambience and welcoming atmosphere. Whether it’s simple string lights glistening on your patio or lighting fixtures illuminating the driveway, your home and garden will be glowing in style.

With so many options, these considerations can help you narrow down the choices:

  • How big or small do I want my fixtures?
  • Should I choose solar powered or LED lighting?
  • What kind of wattage does my backyard require?

By installing the right outdoor lighting for your backyard, you will create the perfect, warm ambience for your home.

Tip 3: Create inviting spaces using steel edging

Flexible steel edging provides a creative backyard landscaping solution and is perfect for:

  • Lawns
  • Pathways
  • Driveways
  • Outdoor dining areas
  • Flower and vegetable beds

The great thing about flexible steel edging is that is enables you to add curves and bends, creating welcoming spaces for entertainment or relaxation while maintaining neat and tidy edges in your garden.

Made from one piece of steel, there’s no need for extra pins, pegs or joiners, giving you a consistent, clean finish. Completely versatile, steel edging can be used in various soil conditions. It’s tough, water resistant and maintenance free once installation is done.

Tip 4: Plant some winter vegetables

Hearty winter soups and oven-baked vegetables are just what the doctor ordered for the cold weather. Carrots, broccoli, garlic and spinach are perfect to plant and grow in your vegetable garden during the winter months.

Stay healthy and make nutritious meals all year round with vegetables from your backyard harvest.

Tip 5: Plant some winter herbs

Who needs to go to the supermarket? Why not grow some delicious herbs, such as thyme, basil and mint, in your raised vegetable garden this winter.

You could add a sprig of parsley to your vegetable soup. Invite family and friends over for a rosemary and garlic lamb roast dinner. Herbs in winter are endlessly delicious.

Don’t hibernate this winter. Chilly weather shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the outdoors or socialising with family and friends. Planting some herbs and veggies will give you a great reason to get out and embrace the cold, and make your garden a unique outdoor space to enjoy all year round.

If these tips have inspired you or you want more ideas, our team of local Gardenologists are happy to help. At Early Up, we provide expert gardening and landscaping design, helping create beautiful, lush gardens and backyards in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Tweed Coast and across the Far North Coast of New South Wales.

We hope our tips have helped you see how much joy and entertainment a winter garden wonderland can bring. Let us help design and implement your cosy outdoor winter retreat. We invite you to contact Early Up today on 0448 300 736.

Presenting our Expert Autumn Garden Tips

Presenting our Expert Autumn Garden Tips

Discover Top Autumn Garden Tips from the Experts

As we say goodbye to summer, let our top autumn garden tips help you start preparing for the cooler months. It’s also an opportune time for backyard landscaping and planning your spring garden.

Our Top Autumn Garden Tips for ….

From pruning to keeping your lawn lush and green, here are our practical tips on how to keep your autumn garden in tip-top shape.

Tip 1: Why Pruning Your Trees is Important

Our expert Gardenologist, Dan, strongly recommends regular and corrective pruning, as it keeps trees, shrubs and woody vines healthy, eliminating some problems while preventing others.

“Pruning encourages new growth and vigour. Removing select branches lets light and air reach more parts of the plant,” explains Dan.

Dan also says that ongoing pruning is vital to remove any plant’s damaged, diseased, or dead parts. “When left on the plant, these parts become a harbour for pests and disease,” he said.

Tip 2: Removing Leaves is Key to New Growth

Raking up the autumn leaves is more than just keeping a garden tidy. By placing old leaves in your compost bin, you turn them into leaf litter, which makes nutrient-rich compost to enrich the soil and help retain its moisture, facilitating your garden’s growth. For even better results, you can mix garden leaves with your kitchen scraps

Tip 3: Nurture and Feed Your Lawn Now

Grass tends to grow slower in the cooler evenings of autumn, but the soil is still warm. These conditions make autumn the ideal season to fertilise.

Aiming to fertilise twice a year will help keep your lawn protected during the winter months, ensuring it is lush and green throughout the year.

Tip 4: Why Plant Fruit Trees?

We’re lucky here in Australia, with climate and conditions just perfect for planting fruit trees. Plant them in an area with plenty of sunlight and watch them thrive. Allow sufficient space for your trees to grow, avoiding overcrowding with other plants or fences.

Tip 5: Time to Plant Your Spring Flowering Bulbs

Spring will arrive before we know it! For your garden to display stunning spring blooms, start your soil preparation in autumn. Choose an area with good sunlight and well-drained soil. Mix in a few handfuls of fertiliser to maintain rich and healthy soil. Your garden will welcome spring with a display of vibrance and floral splendour!

As your experts in landscaping, gardening and lawn care, and passionate Gardenologists, we create beautiful, unique gardens throughout Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, the Tweed Coast, and across the North Coast of New South Wales.

We provide quality solutions for your garden, such as:

  • Backyard landscaping
  • Raised vegetable gardens
  • Irrigation system installation
  • Landscape garden designers
  • And much more

Have our autumn garden tips motivated you? Maybe your overgrown trees and shrubs are climbing the fence and creating issues for your garden? Don’t have the time required to whip your garden into shape – we can help. Contact Dan at Early Up for a quote and end the war between you and your outdoor space

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