How to Prepare Your Garden for a Wet Summer

How to Prepare Your Garden for a Wet Summer

With another La Nina weather event on its way, now is the time to prepare your garden for a wet summer. Above-average rainfall and cooler day temperatures are part of the weather predictions. But don’t worry, this post includes suggestions and tips to help keep your yard and lawn thriving and healthy, despite the weather predictions.

Rain Rain and More Rain – How it Affects Your Garden

La Nina will bring heavy clouds, causing frequent rain and storms. Such severe weather could potentially damage your plants and flowers. The additional water will also dilute soil nutrients.

A combination of warm weather and moisture during La Nina can produce unpleasant mould or mildew in your garden. Keeping a close eye on your growing fruits and vegetables is vital.

To prepare your garden for a wet summer, with its additional rainfall and humidity, follow these handy tips:

  • Move plants into a protected area such as a greenhouse or stand
  • Keep compost as dry as possible by adding dry materials such as garden cuttings or cardboard
  • Build mounds around your garden and vegetables to create soil drainage and increase airflow
  • Trimming and pruning will help rejuvenate and encourage growth while giving plants breathing space from all the humidity
  • Fertilise frequently and use slow-releasing pelletised fertilisers for better results in rainy conditions

Temperature Matters

The cloud coverage caused by La Nina reduces sun and heat, resulting in an uncharacteristically cool summer. When plantation usually flourishes during the warmer months, you may notice that your vegetable garden will slow down during La Nina. Try not to be disheartened. Your produce will take shape next year.

La Nina and Your Garden – The Downfalls

Your yard and vegetable patches will need extra love and attention during La Nina.

Every week, check your zucchinis, cucumbers and pumpkins. If you find powdery mildew or mould, spray a mixture of 2 cups of water with half a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda. A spray bottle filled with half milk and half water also works.

After heavy rainfall, there is the potential of finding unwanted garden guests such as spiders and snakes. Be sure to wear covered shoes or boots and always wear garden gloves.

How La Nina Can Actually Benefit Your Garden

La Nina weather is challenging to predict, and conditions will change frequently. However, there are some positives. You might be pleasantly surprised by thriving green plantations with a substantial amount of rain.

The cooler temperature is also an excellent opportunity to plant in your raised vegetable gardens for early autumn.

With the change of seasons upon us, we trust the above information will help you prepare your garden for a wet summer.

At Early Up, we specialise in landscaping design, garden maintenance and garden makeovers that will help your garden thrive. As your local gardenologists, we design landscaping 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.

This isn’t our first rodeo! We know how important it is to prepare your garden for the wet weather ahead. We have helped our clients with the effects of LaNina in the past and we’re certainly ready to do it again.

Give us a call on 0448 300 736 to chat about your requirements today.

Spring Gardening Checklist from the Experts

Spring Gardening Checklist from the Experts

We’ve created a spring gardening checklist to inspire you to spruce up your garden. After all, it’s the season for regrowth and new beginnings, so let’s get busy!

Our Top Spring Gardening Tips

As backyard landscaping and garden maintenance experts, we love Spring. However, it can be an overwhelming time for some gardeners when trying to prioritise what needs work in the garden.

Our spring gardening checklist helps break down the tasks and jobs for you. Once it’s all done, sit back and enjoy the blossoms and beauty of spring.

Get Your Vegetables Growing

Springtime is nature’s way of telling us to prepare our raised vegetable gardens for a bountiful harvest of summer produce.

Get inspired by planting summer vegetables like:

  • Tomatoes
  • Capsicums
  • Cucumbers
  • Beans
  • Zucchinis

Pretty Up Your Garden with Beautiful Flowers

While jasmine, wisteria and roses are popular spring flowers, don’t forget about stunning bulbs, like daffodils and tulips.

For a more Australian native feel, waratahs, bottlebrushes and kangaroo paws are perfect options.

Before you know it, your garden will be bursting with colour.

Weeds Begone!

It’s time to get down and dirty with some weeding. Weeds love sunshine and warm weather. At this time of year, regular weeding is essential, to prevent your garden from weed infestations.

Head over to our previous blog post for all the tips and tricks on how to get rid of these pesky plants.

Pruning is Key

Give your trees and shrubs a fresh start with a good prune. Cutting dead wood and clearing up the dead leaves from winter gives your garden a chance for fresh, new growth.

Be sure to use the right tool for each type of pruning, ensuring the tool is sharp and clean before your start. Cut back any weak or stunted growth and thin out problem branches to ensure air circulation for regrowth.

Irrigation Systems Simplify Your Busy Life

Warmer weather calls for more watering. An irrigation system will help reduce your water bill during the summer, while the automatic timer will ensure your garden is always adequately watered. At Early Up, we install garden irrigation systems – ask our friendly team about a quote.

Attracting Birds with a Feeder

Why not welcome feathered friends into your garden? In spring, a bird feeder can assist migrating birds to refuel and rest.

Clean out your bird feeder regularly and fill it with fresh seed or nectar.

Home-made bird feeders are a great project with kids, encouraging them to appreciate birdlife and the outdoors.

Your Handy Spring Gardening Checklist

Overwhelmed? Unsure where to start? Keep this spring gardening checklist handy, so you can reference it when you’re in the garden. Just tick the boxes as you get through each chore. Easy done.

  • Clear all winter shrubbery, sweeping up debris and dead leaves around the patio or veranda
  • Trim pathways with a whipper snipper or spade
  • Check garden hoses and taps, making sure fittings and watering systems are working
  • Clean, oil and sharpen gardening tools
  • Prune trees and shrubs
  • Nourish soil with organic fertiliser or compost
  • Add mulch around garden beds
  • Trim back and shape hedges

We hope this handy spring gardening checklist helps with your gardening tasks.

As your local Gardenologists, we’re here to keep your garden looking great. Early Up are your local North Coast landscape garden designers and landscaping experts in Murwillumbah, Tweed Heads, the Tweed Coast and across the Northern Rivers region of NSW.

Need help getting your garden ready to thrive in Spring? Need an irrigation system to keep your plants hydrated in the summer months? Early Up can help. Call us today on 0448 300 736 to arrange a quote and find out why we are the garden experts.

Professional tips for a weed free garden

Professional tips for a weed free garden

Professional tips for a weed free garden

Maintaining a weed free garden may seem like a daunting task. Especially during the summer months, you want to be able to enjoy time in your garden. In this post, we provide a list of helpful tips to guide you in keeping your yard beautiful and blossoming.

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Here at Early Up, we understand how stressful weeds can be, especially when they overtake your garden. Following are our suggestions to help you keep the perfect weed free garden.

1. Are Weeds Destroying your Garden?

Weeds are well-known for being stubborn, pesky plants. They grow and thrive anywhere and everywhere, from raised vegetable gardens to lawns and flower beds.

To prevent weeds from destroying your vegetables, flowers and lawn, it’s essential to keep an eye out for unrecognisable shrubs or plants in each of these areas of your garden. The more familiar you are with what is growing in your garden, the easier it will be to identify and promptly remove those annoying weeds.

2. Why You Need to Start Now

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy spending time in your garden as you enjoy the outdoors. However, weeds also love the sun and are most prevalent during the summer.

When growing fresh produce, it’s crucial to understand the impact weeds can have in your vegetable garden. They can stunt the growth of your produce by competing for soil, light, and water. As weeding requires a lot of bending over, having raised vegetables gardens can make this process easier by alleviating the need to bend your back or kneel down while removing weeds.

With the months warming up, now is the time to start protecting your harvest and flowers, while keeping your garden weed free.

3. How to Prevent Weeds Invading Your Garden

As the saying goes, prevention is better than cure, right? Here are three key preventative tips to help you maintain a weed free garden:

  • Mulch it up – Thick layers of mulch will create a barrier for weeds, stopping their roots from reaching the ground. Also, mulch will block weeds from direct access to sunlight, preventing them from growing.
  • Mow Regularly – While mowing keeps your lawn tidy and well-kept, you will also remove the heads of weeds and stop seeds from spreading through the grass.
  • Weed Every Day – Consistency is key. Taking 10 minutes each day to do some weeding will keep your garden in great shape, saving it from a more severe problem.

4. How to Effectively Remove Weeds

With the right tools and techniques, you can say goodbye to weeds for good. The most important tips are to:

  • Pull and Remove – Roll up the sleeves and grab some gardening gloves. Using your hands means you can reach down around the weed’s root ball and yank the entire weed with its root, giving it no chance to regrow.
  • Using Effective Tools – For the challenging or taller weeds, a small hoe, sickle or blade will help to cut them down at the base. Keep tools sharpened, especially after heavy use.

Keep your garden looking beautiful and healthy. Let Early Up whack your weeds in preparation for summer!

Early Up are your local Gardenologists. We deliver expert landscaping services and garden maintenance in Tweed Heads, Murwillumbah, Tweed Coast and throughout the beautiful North Coast of New South Wales.

Don’t have time to weed the garden yourself? Don’t worry, we can help. Your weed-free garden is just around the corner! Click over to this page for further information –

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.