Landscaping Your Outdoor Space

27 July 2023

When looking to landscape your area, it’s important to factor in how different plants, trees and turf types will interact. Using the right selection of plants in the right areas will help ensure your garden performs well seasonally and stay healthy and thrive.

Selecting Plants for Your Garden

When looking at plants to use in your garden, choosing the right plant for the right place is important. Some considerations to look for include the following:

  • Light availability
  • Plant growth habits
  • Soil type
  • Water availability and drought tolerance
  • Foliage

For information on the best plants to use around a lawn, check out our blog here.

Other options to consider are native plants. Native plants are a great option as they can usually survive on rainfall alone, are low maintenance, and improve biodiversity while providing shelter and food for native bees, birds, and insects.

If you want to grow your own veggies, having a raised garden bed is a great idea! Raised garden beds will be less susceptible to compaction and have better drainage. When choosing what to grow, it is important to consider what is currently in season.

Where to Plant In Your Garden

A popular option when choosing where to grow your plants is around fence lines and around your house. This can help soften any constructed outdoor space and can add another layer to your landscape. Having your plants across your outdoor space boundary lines and house will also allow more area for kids and pets to play.

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Picking The Right Turf Type for Your Home

When it comes to picking the right turf type for your home, it is important to consider a few different factors to ensure your lawn will look great and be fit for purpose. We recommend considering who will be using the lawn including pets and kids, how much shade your lawn will receive in winter and summer, and maintenance requirements.

Australia's best buffalo grass

For a shaded area, you will need to use grass with a higher shade tolerance. A shade-tolerant variety like Sir Walter DNA Certified Buffalo will need a minimum of 3-4 hours of direct light to thrive. If your area gets 5-6 hours of light, you can use a Hybrid Bermuda variety like TifTuf.

tiftuf hybrid bermuda

If your lawn area will have regular foot traffic, choosing a turf type with a high wear tolerance and a fast-repairing nature will be important. Sir Walter has a good wear tolerance; however, it will take longer to repair if it becomes damaged. If your area needs both a good wear tolerance and fast repairing nature, we look at TifTuf Hybrid Bermuda.

For a high-end show garden area, why not look at using a premium turf type like Sir Grange Zoysia! Sir Grange Zoysia is a slower-growing grass that has a beautiful dark green colour that looks great, both mown and unmown!

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As always, if you have any more questions please don’t hesitate to contact us for free expert advice on 1800ALLTURF (1800255873) or 07 5543 8304.


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