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Planting plan or planting concept - whats the difference?

Planting concepts for gardens often begin as a collection of elusive ideas in our heads, and many people head to the local garden centre or nursery without a clear planting plan in mind. It seems a logical place to start after all - brimming with colour, texture, fragrance and all that helpful, free planting advice! Without a planting plan to guide you, it’s easy to get caught up in the moment and find yourself with a boot full of horticultural booty but a garden created from a selection of im...

June 27, 2020

Backyard Landscaping Ideas

Gone are the days of newly built homes sitting adrift on a large expanse of lawn; large backyard gardens with barren landscaping bar the rotary clothesline and a lone citrus tree!   These days homeowners are full of ideas and are are keen to maximise every square metre of their expensive urban real estate. Fortunately, there is an abundance of inspiring backyard landscaping ideas to choose from, regardless of whether you have a tiny back garden to transform or a vast, empty rear garde...

June 10, 2020

Choosing a Landscaper or Landscape Contractor

1 . Professionalism We’ve all heard about disastrous building projects and work paid for but not completed by the contractor, so choosing a landscaper who operates professionally at a business level is a good first step. Look for registered master landscapers or members of professional industry organisations such as Landscaping New Zealand (LNZ). Member lists are a good place to begin searching for a local landscaper who can work to the high standard required to pass the accreditation testing ...

May 30, 2020

Gardening Gems For New or Novice Gardeners

With each garden I have owned, or had temporary guardianship over as the gardener, I have learnt valuable gardening lessons and landscaping tips that I wasn’t taught while studying to become a professional landscape designer.  Experience is a great teacher and these invaluable gems have stayed with me and influence the way I design, plant and garden.  ...

May 21, 2020

Include Flowers For Picking in Your Garden Design

There is great joy to be had in gathering flowers from your own garden, either to put into a vase or to give as an impromptu gift. When my children were young they were forever raiding my garden for small posies to give to their teachers or friends, and sometimes the pickings were pretty slim and even as an ex florist it was pretty challenging!  Plus, lets face it, if you’ve waited all season for those gorgeous lilies or iris to flower then chopping them down to give away or for just a fe...

May 10, 2020

Gardening & Planting in Clay Soil - Conquer the Conditions

Squelching about in the muddy clay soil might be fun when five, but not fifty five, or at any age when you decide to get serious about planting and gardening. Discovering your bit of paradise is covered in soggy, boggy clay is a moment for many New Zealand gardeners. But should it be?  Clay soil is actually packed full of beneficial nutrients that your plants will love, and it retains moisture, which plants also need to thrive. The problem lies with the fine texture and dense structure...

April 29, 2020

Week 4 - Daily Garden Advice & Tips for the DIY'er

Regardless of whether you are landscaping your property for resale or simply to enhance your own enjoyment of your garden, it’s a good idea to think about what adds value. Despite the differing garden styles, property types and lifestyles of my clients, there are certain elements that are repeatedly requested so if you are looking to invest your hard-earned cash into your garden, the top 7 most requested items might be a good place to start! ...

April 9, 2020

Week 3 - Daily Garden Advice & Tips for the DIY'er

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April 9, 2020

Week 2 - Daily Garden Advice & Tips for the DIY'er

When you are out and about you in your garden, you may notice yourself wearing a beaten track across the lawn or through certain garden beds. These are the routes that we prefer to take, usually because they offer the most direct way to get from A-B.Designers refer to these as ‘desire lines’ and making these routes permanent is a great start in improving the functionality of your garden. Instead of a worn makeshift path, create proper paths on these routes. These can formal, continuous paths...

April 9, 2020

Week 1 - Daily Garden Advice & Tips for the DIY'er

This is likely to be one of the first key garden mistakes made when you dust off the garden tools and embark excitedly on your garden clean up. While a great start to tidying up your garden, hard pruning flowering shrubs at the wrong time of year can cheat you of a seasons flowering. Do your research first, but the general rule of thumb is: Shrubs that flower in autumn or in late summer (aka shrubs that flower on new wood) should be pruned in early spring before new growth emerges. Shrubs that f...

April 8, 2020

Get started on your garden or landscape design

Many enjoyable hours have been spent drooling over gardens in Pinterest, which is a great tool for getting design inspiration and for keeping up with current garden trends. However, there comes a point when all those beautiful and clever garden & landscape design ideas can just start to get confusing and sometimes, overwhelming.  Are all those ideas going to fit together in a manner that look effortless and cohesive? And are they even the right thing for your garden and lifestyle? Here’s ...

October 11, 2019

How do I measure my property for landscape design?

 This blog is intended to show you how to measure your garden yourself to create a survey plan so that in the event you do not have a professional land survey or detailed property site plan, you can measure, draw and detail key features on your property yourself.  If you do it yourself, you can save the cost of having a someone visit your site to do it for you.  DIY Designs on-line landscape services are happy to use information you gather yourself to create a scaled plan of ...

September 29, 2019

Design by Screen-Sharing

The beauty of DIY Designs is that we save you money. One way we achieve this is to do everything digitally. No driving to site, no physical visit, no cups of tea you have to offer! All of this saves designer time and therefore saves you money. To do this though, we need you to be comfortable with digital technology. If you use Skype, Facetime or even watch You Tube then you won’t have any problems undertaking a Screen-Share consultation. Don’t worry, we won’t see you as we don’t use vid...

September 28, 2019

How to photograph your property for online landscape designers

It’s natural to want our photographs to portray things in their best light. When taking informative photos for your online landscape designer it’s a little different, because they want to see the good, the bad and the ugly! Around 20-25 photographs will usually encapsulate all the important information. Photographs roughly fall into 4 categories: Overview Contextual DetailBotanical...

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