25 Jun 2015

2 SUPER SIMPLE LANDSCAPING PROJECTS

Posted by Leo

2 SUPER SIMPLE
LANDSCAPING PROJECTS

1. Undulating Berm

Create an eye-catching front or back yard feature by shaping a few cubic meters of topsoil into an undulating berm (little hill).
Topped off with mulch, groundcover and bushes and small plants, a berm adds interest and buffers street noise.

What you’ll need
Around 3 cubic meters of soil is enough for a good-sized berm as well as some ground cover like mulch. If unsure of the amounts you need, measure out your berm and ring our sales team on 8543 3400 or bring your measurements into our Taren Point or Mascot yards and talk to staff. Tools: Wheelbarrow, spade, shovel, garden rake, Hose and a trowel.
Instructions

Use a charged hose to outline the berm, you could make a simple circle, a kidney shape, a rounded corner rectangle. Remove soil about 1/2 a meter in from the perimeter and start building up your berm. The secret is to channel your inner child and remember all the times you built sand castles on the beach (and burried your little brother up to his neck and got yelled at by dad).
How long?
A day to form the berm, another half-day for planting and mulching.

 

2. Tree Surrounds

Installing a surround for your trees eases mowing, protects them from being ringbarked by your whipper snipper and looks great. All it takes is digging a circular trench, adding some edging, and shovelling in some ground cover like the pebbles, mulch, decomposed Granite or one the myriad of other ground cover options.
What you’ll need
Edging; Either Bricks, Gardenstone blocks, Linkedge (super easy to install and very subtle), Treated Pine Sleepers or a pre fabricated concrete tree surround. Plus some ground cover to put in your circle. If unsure of the amounts you need, measure out your surrounds, ring our sales team on 8543 3400 or bring your measurements into our Taren Point or Mascot yards and talk to staff. Tools: Rope, spade, trowel.
Instructions
To create a nice, even circle around the base of your tree, tie a big loop of rope around your tree. Adjust the length of the loop so when you pull it taut, the free end is right where you’d like the outer edge of the surround to be. Set your spade inside the loop with the handle plumb – straight up and down. Now, as you move around the tree, the loop of rope keeps the spade exactly the same distance from the base of the tree, creating a nice circle.
Use the spade to cut into the turf all the way around the tree. Remove the rope, and dig out a circular trench to suit your particular . Add a layer of sand. Set bricks at an angle for a pleasing saw-tooth effect or lay them end-to-end. Fill the surround with around 100mm of chosen ground cover.
How long?
3 hours per tree.

 

All products from this post can be purchased online or instore.

CALL: (02) 8543 3400 I Email: sales@bcsands.com.au
ONLINE: bcsands.com.au Order online (including delivery day and time) 24/7!
IN STORE: Taren Point: 26 Atkinson Rd, Taren Point (at the end of Bay Rd)
Mascot: Ross Smith Ave Mascot (Off Butler Rd Exit, near Blu Emu Long term carpark at the airport).


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