Smart Water Saving Tips for Lawn and Gardens

Smart Water Saving Tips for Lawn and Gardens

Whether you’re directly affected by water restrictions or not, conserving water should be a priority for every Australian.

However, late last month the Tweed Shire Council released a media statement urging the Tweed areas such as Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Kingscliff, Pottsville and surrounding towns to look at saving water usage to delay restrictions.

Following the El Nino declaration by the Bureau of Meteorology and less-than-average rainfall now forecast for the Northern Rivers, water restrictions are inevitable.

REFERENCE: https://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/council/news-updates/latest-news/media-releases/1431739-tweed-urged-to-save-water-to-delay-restrictions

What does this mean for your garden and lawn landscaping and maintenance services?

Reducing water usage in the garden doesn’t have to mean having to watch your plants wilt and turn brown, it just means being clever about the water you do use.

Here are our top 8 recommendations for lawn and garden maintenance services around Casuarina, Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah & Pottsville.

1. UTILISE RECYCLED OR GREY WATER

Reducing freshwater usage around the home not only saves vital community water supplies, it can also decrease household water bills. Purpose made hoses can be connected to washing machines and other outlet pipes to redirect Grey Water to your lawn as well as garden beds and veggie patches. Before using Grey Water in your garden, check what type of washing liquid or powder you use, as some chemicals will be harmful to plants.

2. DON’T USE WATER WHEN ANOTHER TOOL WILL DO THE JOB

Use a rake, broom or outdoor blower to clean paths and driveways rather than a hose, if you’re looking for a way to save water. Similarly, if the car’s looking a little dusty sitting in the driveway, resist the urge to grab the hose. Waterless car cleaning products on the market can help you save water and keep your car sparkling clean.

3. ONLY WATER YOUR LAWN WHEN IT NEEDS IT

If your lawn springs back after stepping on it, it doesn’t require watering. Also remember a solid ground watering is far better than a light sprinkle, as this encourages deeper roots, giving you a stronger, more drought resistant lawn.

4. WATER AT THE RIGHT TIME

Watering your garden in the early morning or evening reduces water loss through evaporation. Don’t put the sprinkler on if it’s too windy.

5. MULCHING PLANTS IS KEY TO RETAINING MOISTURE

As well as reducing evaporation and water run-off, good quality mulch will also provide nutrients to the plants and restrict weed growth.

6. LET YOUR LAWN GROW A LITTLE LONGER

When water is scarce, we recommend allowing your lawn to grow a little bit longer than usual. By keeping the lawn mower cutting height as high as possible, this will help the lawn retains all the moisture that it can.

7. GET A WATER SAVING NOZZLE

During Level 1 water restrictions, gardeners can only water before 10am and after 4pm and all hoses must be fitted with a trigger or water-saving attachment.

An easy way to save time while conserving water is by using a tap timer. Once set to a specific length of time, it can be left unattended and will automatically turn off, so you can get on with your day without accidentally overwatering your lawn.

8. DON’T WALK ON THE GRASS

No seriously. Reducing foot traffic can really help your lawn survive during a drought. The weight from the foot traffic compacts the soil, making it harder for the lawn’s roots to reach moist soil.

 

Our Best Advice for Lawn and Garden Maintenance this Spring

Our Best Advice for Lawn and Garden Maintenance this Spring

With the weather improving and Spring imminent now is the time to start preparing your Lawns and Gardens for the upcoming season. Our local areas of Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah and South to Pottsville are known for their agreeable temperatures in Spring, with temperatures ranging between 18 to 24 degrees. However, with experts predicting higher than normal temperatures and lower rainfall, our lawns and gardens are going to need extra love and attention this spring, if we want them to flourish during the summer.

Therefore, here is what we recommend you do.

Gardens

Commence in your gardens by removing fallen leaves, sticks, and other debris that might have accumulated over the winter. This helps prevent pests and diseases from finding shelter and gives your plants a fresh start.

Have a good look at your plants and trim away any dead or diseased looking branches to encourage healthy growth. Remember proper pruning promotes better air circulation and prevents overcrowding, which can lead to fungal issues.

Apply a layer of mulch around plants and trees to conserve moisture, suppress weeds, and maintain more stable soil temperatures. Organic mulches, such as wood chips or straw, also break down over time, enriching the soil. If you are not fortunate enough to have a garden to resurrect, now might be the time to introduce new plants or transplant existing ones. Native plants that thrive in our climate are a great way to go e.g., Grevillia or Bottle brush, as they provide nectar and pollen that welcome pollinators like bees, birds and butterflies into your garden. Pay attention to your planting depth and spacing, and water thoroughly after planting will help them establish their roots. (a handy little tip is to add a squirt of dishwashing liquid to your watering can when watering your new plants in as it works as a great wetting agent)

Lawns

The forecast is for another long hot summer and therefore our lawns are going to need extra love and attention this spring.

Coring or aerating are the best ways to alleviate soil compaction within your lawn. This improves water and nutrient absorption for stronger grass growth. You may want to overseed bare patches with an appropriate lawn seed to fill in those unwanted bare patches you may have.

Fertilize both your lawns and gardens with specific balanced fertilizers and commence a watering routine accordingly. When watering your lawns, the recommendation is always to water deeply but less frequently to encourage deep root growth.

Early morning are the best time to water, as it minimizes evaporation and gives plants and grass a chance to absorb the moisture before the heat of the day.

Once you notice the grass is starting to grow, you should gradually lower your mowing height. However, as with everything in our gardens, there is a process for this as well, as we need to avoid cutting more than one-third of the grass height in a single mowing to prevent stress.

In summary, Spring is a time of renewal and growth, and your lawn and garden deserve your thoughtful attention. Hopefully following a few of these tips, you’ll be well on your way to creating a vibrant outdoor oasis that brings beauty and joy throughout the season.

Remember, the key to successful spring lawn and garden maintenance is patience and consistent effort – the rewards will be evident in the stunning display of nature’s wonders in your own backyard.

Local Experts: Landscaping Trends for 2023

Local Experts: Landscaping Trends for 2023

As your local gardenologists, the team here at Early Up are well placed to showcase the new and emerging landscaping trends for 2023.

We see the personalisation of outdoor spaces and a connection with the environment becoming popular. During the lockdowns of COVID-19, most people spent more time at home and realised there’s potential to create their own outdoor sanctuary. Whether you’d like to create a beautiful outdoor space at your home or for use in a larger commercial setting, we’ll share what’s trending for the coming year in this blog post.

Here are 5 of the Emerging Landscaping Trends for 2023…

1. Outdoor Entertaining Areas with Firepits

In 2023, more people will be enhancing the ambience of their outdoor entertaining area with firepits and lights, to create a unique atmosphere that is both comfortable and inviting. With the warmth of the firepit and the soft glow of the lights, outdoor entertaining can offer an experience like no other. Whether gathering family and friends in a welcoming and cosy setting or simply taking some time to yourself, roasting marshmallows over an open flame is always enjoyable.

Many of our landscaping clients have been investing in striking furniture pieces, fire pits, pizza ovens and water features, as well as lighting that will make their backyard the perfect spot to unwind.

2. Rustic & Homely Looks

Creating a rustic garden brings a less clean-cut and more homely feel to your outdoor space. From weathered wood and vintage accents to native flora and natural stone, the rustic style combines charm and beauty with a sense of history. Planting various trees, shrubs and flowers at different heights gives structure and texture to complete the look. Furnishings such as handmade benches or upcycled furniture add the perfect touch to create a cosy environment where you can relax, entertain or just enjoy some quiet time.

By embracing the rustic vibe, you can create a unique backyard oasis that both looks good and also helps sustain wildlife in 2023 and beyond.

3. Native Plants that Wildlife Love

Turning your yard into a haven of native flora, pollinator-friendly flowers and bird habitats has become a popular trend, especially for younger gardeners. You can nurture nature by including native trees, herbs, shrubs and edible plants in your garden. Because these plants have adapted to the local climate, planting them helps produce a fantastic green space that is full of sustainable seasonal homes and feed for birds and wildlife.

Native plants can create an oasis where humans and wildlife can thrive as one. Fortunately, there is growing awareness around the importance of sustainability and the small part we can all play in our own environments.

4. Keeping it Simple – and Relaxing

Less is more when it comes to a calming space where you can cool down and relax.

Drawing inspiration from European influences, this sophisticated style captures the essence of elegance, history and tradition. Taking some time for yourself is always beneficial, and this trend gives you the feeling of being on holiday without ever leaving your house.

When creating simplicity and relaxation in your own outdoor setting, consider limiting yourself to a specific colour palette rather than too many colours, while repeating shapes through rows or mounds can provide an especially strong optical effect.

Property owners seeking a beautiful, simplistic and relaxing landscape often enlist the help of an expert for design and installation. Our landscaping experts are happy to assist you to create your outdoor oasis. (link to landscape design services)

5. Vegetable Gardens that Feed the Family

With grocery prices escalating to an all-time high, it is no surprise that edible gardens are among the landscaping trends for 2023. Besides saving money, nothing compares to the freshness of homegrown produce. From the juicy tomato plucked right from your garden to a wholesome vegetable salad, home-grown fruits and vegetables have no parallel. Veggie gardens provide the opportunity to live off the land and give you the satisfaction of growing your own produce.

 

Need help planning out your landscaped garden? Want to know more about the emerging landscaping trends for 2023? Speak to one of our experienced team. Call us today on 0448 300 736 to arrange a quote and find out why Early Up are your local landscaping and gardening experts!

These Self Sufficient Plants Will Help Redeem Your Neglected Garden

These Self Sufficient Plants Will Help Redeem Your Neglected Garden

 

Self sufficient plants guarantee beauty and appeal with little-to-no maintenance for any garden. They provide a much-needed solution for time-poor and neglectful gardeners.

The busyness of life often gets the better of us, leaving very little time for watering or pruning the garden.

Are you a Neglectful Gardener?

Do you long for a gorgeous garden? Does your busy schedule prevent you from giving it the attention it deserves?

Kids, work, and social commitments are part of a hectic daily schedule. It’s easy for us to become distracted and neglect our gardens. Fortunately, there are plenty of options for self sufficient plants to grow and bring colour while requiring little watering or maintenance.

Top 5 Self Sufficient Plants for an Easy-Care Garden

Check out our top choices of stunning and hardy plants:

1. Lily of the Valley

Blooming with blue or white bells in the spring, these beautiful perennials also have a lovely fragrance. Once established, the Lily of the Valley can easily be left to blossom naturally.

2. Russian Sage

Russian Sage thrives in dry conditions with their striking lavender-coloured flowers in the warmer months. Requiring minimal watering, they’re ideal for the busy gardener.

3. Oak tree

In Australia’s hot and dry climate, oak trees provide generous shade in any backyard. Enjoy autumn with its large leaves in shades of red and yellow.

4. Nandina

Originating from Japan, this multi-stemmed shrub brings out stunning-coloured leaves ranging from gold to pink. Nandina is durable in extremely low and hot temperatures, adding colour to your outdoor space all year round.

5. Peace Lily

As a low-maintenance indoor plant, the Peace Lily is perfect for apartment dwellers. Bringing warmth and charm to your home, they don’t need sunshine and are happy in a brightly lit room.

 

Expert Tips to Help Revive the Neglected Garden

Beyond using self sufficient plants, the following simple steps will help restore life and beauty to your yard:

  • Take a look at the different areas and conditions of your garden, and decide which plants will work best
  • Prune and trim existing plants and give them a new lease of life
  • Rejuvenate your soil with fertiliser – organic is best
  • While it can be a dreaded chore, weeding is essential to give your new plants the best start
  • Self-sufficient plants still need some attention in the beginning – water them thoroughly and add slow-release fertiliser
  • Place a generous layer of organic mulch to ensure water retention

 

Gardening doesn’t need to be too time-consuming or difficult. By establishing a low maintenance garden based around self sufficient plants, you can have a beautiful display without all the hard work.

 

Early Up’s team of gardenologists specialise in landscaping design, garden maintenance and garden makeovers that will have your garden thriving in no time. We are your local landscape garden designers in Murwillumbah, the Tweed Coast, Tweed Heads, Northern Rivers and the Far North Coast areas. Let us help you with all your landscaping and gardening requirements.

Are you too busy to create a low maintenance garden? We can help…  Give us a call on 0448 300 736 to chat about your garden or backyard landscaping ideas today.

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Plants as Gifts for Christmas

Plants as Gifts for Christmas

Presenting plants as gifts at Christmas time, birthdays or any special occasion, is a unique and thoughtful option. Loved ones and friends will appreciate the life and colour it will bring into their homes now and in the future.

Give Your Loved Ones a Living Gift

Whether the lucky recipient is an avid gardener or someone who can only manage to maintain a cactus, plants as gifts symbolise friendship and connection. It’s also a meaningful way of expressing that you care about their health and well-being.

Plants make fantastic Christmas presents because:

  • Plants bring happiness and joy with their natural green beauty
  • You help add a touch of nature into their home and surroundings
  • Offering something beautiful lightens and brightens up living spaces
  • As natural air-purifiers and oxygen providers, plants promote a healthy lifestyle
  • Nurtured properly, plants are long-lasting and sustainable

Beginners or Plant Lovers – Does it Matter?

Green thumb or not, plant gifts are suitable for everyone across all gardening levels. If you are concerned about giving a plant to a friend who has never owned one, we suggest looking into low-maintenance indoor options.

For friends or relatives who are keen gardeners, the choices are endless. You could even look for a rare type of plant that may require extra attention and care.

Top 5 Plants to Give As Gifts

Every plant is unique and different. With so many types and categories to choose from, we have compiled a list of top plant gift ideas for inspiration:

1. Spider Plant

Easy to care for and only requires weekly watering, Spider Plants are perfect for the gardening newbie.

2. Peace Lily

As an ideal indoor plant, the Peace Lily brings charm to a home with glossy green leaves and stunning white buds.

3. Monstera

A vibrant large houseplant with low maintenance, the Monstera needs minimal sunlight to flourish. Best suited for larger homes.

4. Fiddle Leaf Fig

This trendy indoor tree is ideal for experienced gardeners as it requires constant watering, plenty of natural sunlight, pruning and fertilising.

5. Calathea ‘Medallion’

Nicknamed ‘prayer plants’, their leaves will open and close throughout the day. Cathalea owners will only need to water it once a week, while placing it in moderate light.

 

We highly recommend giving plants as gifts this Christmas. What better way to provide the gift recipient with an ongoing reminder of how much you care about them?

When making your choice of plant, our team can advise on the level of care required and the most suitable location for each type of plant.

As your local gardenologists, we’re the plant experts. We specialise in garden maintenance, raised vegetable gardens, garden makeovers and landscape design in Murwillumbah, the Tweed Coast, Tweed Heads, Northern Rivers and the Far North Coast areas. We love helping your plants and garden thrive!

 

Still wondering which plants to give to your family and friends this Christmas? We can definitely help you …  We invite you to call our friendly team on 0448 300 736 to chat about plants as gifts, or your garden and backyard landscaping ideas today.

Tips to plant, grow and enjoy your edible garden.

Tips to plant, grow and enjoy your edible garden.

Edible Garden Tips for a Bountiful Harvest

Would you like to have a thriving vegetable garden? If so, you need the edible garden tips we share in this post. Read on ….

Even if your backyard has limited space, you can still create an amazing vegetable garden in a small area. Courtyards, balconies, porches and small gardens are all suitable. If you’re okay with growing your vegetables without requiring a raised garden bed, you can start planting your edible garden directly into the ground.

Your Thriving Veggie Garden Starts Here

With the warmer months approaching, there’s an endless list of what to grow in your vegetable garden this summer.

Raised vegetable gardens are a great idea for edible gardens, as they are easier to plant in and maintain. You can plant, grow and eat a healthy crop of veggies such as cucumbers, tomatoes, capsicums and beans. You could also start small using a few pots and containers. As they say, “From little things, big things grow.”

Get Your Vegetables Growing with these Simple Steps

As we delve into our tips, it’s helpful to understand the difference between a winter and summer veggie garden.

Vegetables that thrive in warmer weather include tomatoes, capsicums and eggplants. Alternatively, broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce will thrive during the cooler months.

It’s important to note that, while plants will grow slowly during winter due to the short days and lack of sunshine, there are fewer garden pests and insects.

Step 1: Deciding What to Plant

The best way to plan a thriving edible garden this season is to consider the herbs, vegetables, and summer fruits you enjoy the most. This will make the project more fun and bring the flavours you want to your plate.

For those creating a vegetable garden for a daycare centre or aged care community, consider plants with a sensory appeal, such as herbs with distinct aromas, like rosemary, thyme and mint.

We suggest strawberries and blueberries as a great summer fruit addition to your garden.

Step 2: Which Vessel is Best?

Using old containers or vessels for your garden will make your project fun and quirky. It also encourages recycling. Add holes to ensure drainage, and you can use:

  • Wheelbarrows
  • Old bathtubs
  • Wooden barrels
  • Laundry tubs
  • Terracotta pots

Step 3: Location Matters!

While you don’t need much space for an edible garden, choosing the right location during the summer is essential.

Some points to consider include:

  • A flat ground
  • Reasonable access to sunlight with some shade
  • Shelter from the wind
  • Close to a garden tap for easy watering
  • A safe, non-slippery walking surface

Edible Garden Tips

We hope our helpful tips inspire you with fun and unique ideas for the upcoming summer months.

Whether it’s a family project or a community initiative, the benefits of planting and growing a thriving vegetable garden bring people closer together. Also, growing delicious produce in your yard promotes healthy eating and well-being.

 

Here at Early Up, we create raised vegetable gardens, design landscaping and deliver garden maintenance to help your garden shine. We’re your local backyard landscaping experts. Whether you’re located in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, across the Tweed Coast or elsewhere on the Far North Coast, we can help with all your gardening needs.

Do you need assistance to create an edible garden? Our team of gardenologists are ready and willing to help. Call us today on 0448 300 736 to discuss your requirements and organise a quote.