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Title: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 31, 2014, 05:07:39 PM
Yep, show ya back yard off time.

Now for those who like to garden with Roundup and Gravel please hit the back button now...    ;D

To kick it off, here is some of my handy work.
First the front.
The drive way is fenced of so kids can't escape and get ran over. Gates are to get to wash cars on the front yard.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7466/15531139094_9f4a037767_c.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8580/15966161870_0c06b7fb4e_c.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8567/16152720952_2158e1e176_c.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8649/15967715617_bca4e456db_c.jpg)

Now for the back, I had someone make the patio and glass fence, but I did the rest. Below the timber decking is a curtain style water fall, best bit is, I didn't pay the $1600 the thieves wanted, I paid about $30 and built my own.  :cup:
(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8632/16151584931_eea39e88e4_c.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8614/15533768183_601bf0b736_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7572/16153496715_a2f53278c9_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7493/15533758343_5b424334bb_c.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7570/15966189660_594c01ff81_c.jpg)

(https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8646/15966174110_9258b1f0e6_c.jpg)

This is the west side, I made this to keep it cooler, and have a nice place to sit for breaky in summer.
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7487/15531148514_b0db823e9a_c.jpg)

Now the mango tree, its almost ready, will be for a day after I go back to work..... >:(
(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7559/16152745072_437db6f3cd_c.jpg)

As I am guilty is stealing a few of these ideas from the interweb, thought it be good to put some back to share.
Yes I know, I should spend more time under canvas.....
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: V8CRSA on December 31, 2014, 05:24:33 PM
DaveR,

I love the "green" grass, I have 2 dogs and lots of shade can't get grass anything like that  :cup:
Looks great mate.

Matt
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: D4D on December 31, 2014, 05:28:07 PM
Nice frangipani, how did you set your pavers in with the rocks?
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Steffo1 on December 31, 2014, 05:34:37 PM
Mate, that looks great! The only thing I'd be a bit worried about is that Mozzies love mango trees.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 31, 2014, 05:36:23 PM
how did you set your pavers in with the rocks?

They sit on plastic and that is it, sometimes I shuffle them about a bit to line them up again.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 31, 2014, 05:37:48 PM
The only thing I'd be a bit worried about is that Mozzies love mango trees.
Not much of a problem here, more bats then anything else. OH, and birds fighting over the shade on a hot day as it seems to be always cool in the canopy.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: oldmate on December 31, 2014, 06:02:16 PM
Looks great dave, 1 billion times better than my yard. I like camping too much ;)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: McGirr on December 31, 2014, 06:08:33 PM

Dave

Mate, I could get a couple million for your home, call me when your ready to sell  ;D

Mark
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 31, 2014, 06:14:47 PM
Cash up front?  ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: SteveandViv on December 31, 2014, 06:47:42 PM
That looks great, nice lines and order :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: xcvator on December 31, 2014, 06:58:07 PM
C'mon Dave, that's just showing off, get a life, go camping or fishing or both  >:D Geeze I'm glad Bronny doesn't look at "myswag" or my life wouldn't be worth living if she saw those pics ;D ;D ;D ;D





















and what's wrong with a bit of roundup and gravel ?  :angel:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 31, 2014, 07:01:25 PM
PLEASE Don't be tellin me I am the only 1 here.......
NOooooooooooooooooooo
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: McGirr on December 31, 2014, 07:12:19 PM

Living in a unit.

The best I can do  ;D

Mark
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Garfish on December 31, 2014, 07:47:26 PM
I grow weeds in the garden, unfortunately not even the weeds you can sell.   

I forgot to run the lawnmower over the garden this week
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: berlitza on December 31, 2014, 08:14:12 PM
wow noice dave very posh,,,,, I've got some tall green things a bird bath and some guy shows up one a fortnight to mow the weeds,
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: xcvator on December 31, 2014, 09:22:39 PM
PLEASE Don't be tellin me I am the only 1 here.......
NOooooooooooooooooooo
Yeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssss  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Kangaron on December 31, 2014, 09:41:01 PM
Not much water around here.

Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: markg66 on December 31, 2014, 09:41:46 PM
I generally "garden" with roundup or a bobcat.

I payed a bobcat dood to do this................ as I'm building three of these................


Hmmmm sorry maybe off topic.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: berlitza on December 31, 2014, 10:00:26 PM
bobcat sounds like more fun   :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Paul (SA) on January 01, 2015, 09:54:25 AM
Yep, show ya back yard off time.

Now for those who like to garden with Roundup and Gravel please hit the back button now...    ;D

As I am guilty is stealing a few of these ideas from the interweb, thought it be good to put some back to share.
Yes I know, I should spend more time under canvas.....

Great - next time I am on the coast, I know where I am headed with the kids for a free swim! ;)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2015, 06:32:18 PM
Great - next time I am on the coast, I know where I am headed with the kids for a free swim! ;)
With the beer fees, it is cheaper to go to the theme parks....
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Clouty on January 01, 2015, 06:41:50 PM
Very nice Dave  :cup:

I bet there was alot of sweat spilt in construction..
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Snake on January 01, 2015, 06:42:57 PM
Typical QLD'er, pool, bright green grass, sunshine. Mate i'm in Melbourne and my yard is either soaking wet from pissing rain or yellow from 42' weather all summer.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: oldmate on January 01, 2015, 06:51:04 PM
Typical QLD'er, pool, bright green grass, sunshine. Mate i'm in Melbourne and my yard is either soaking wet from pissing rain or yellow from 42' weather all summer.

Be careful on the typical Qlder stuff, or I will be forced to post a pic of my yard to prove you wrong lol
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 01, 2015, 06:54:53 PM
Be careful on the typical Qlder stuff, or I will be forced to post a pic of my yard to prove you wrong lol

Yer, too right, wot he said. Some of us live on a trendy looking former swamp with high soil salinity due to the rising sea water below, hey Oldmate..... ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: GeoffA on January 01, 2015, 06:58:04 PM
.......Some of us live on a trendy looking former swamp with high soil salinity due to the rising sea water below.... ;D

We have them down here too, complete with Greg Norman designed golf courses.......
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: oldmate on January 01, 2015, 07:57:37 PM
Yer, too right, wot he said. Some of us live on a trendy looking former swamp with high soil salinity due to the rising sea water below, hey Oldmate..... ;D

Yes mate, some of us do mate  ;D ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Woodsie on January 01, 2015, 11:47:49 PM
We are on an Acre in West Aus, here are some pics of the yard....
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: jeeps on January 02, 2015, 12:11:33 AM
Here's mine DaveR:


Front yard:


(http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp300/jeeps_photo/Home/fire1_zpsbd6556ef.jpg)


Backyard:


(http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp300/jeeps_photo/Home/byard1_zpsb3fe1a46.jpg)


I don't mow my backyard down near the creek ;)

cheers
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: speewa158 on January 02, 2015, 05:47:22 AM
l have 154 acres to look  after  , mow , edge, weed , water 7 improve . The novelty wears off when l get home so sometimes l do the 3monthly mow to keep it looking nice  >:D >:D No lm not joking  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: GeoffA on January 02, 2015, 05:50:34 AM
We are on an Acre in West Aus, here are some pics of the yard....

Very nice Woodsie. Love the stonework... :cup: :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: xcvator on January 02, 2015, 08:41:08 AM
Here's mine DaveR:


Front yard:


(http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp300/jeeps_photo/Home/fire1_zpsbd6556ef.jpg)


Backyard:


(http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/pp300/jeeps_photo/Home/byard1_zpsb3fe1a46.jpg)


I don't mow my backyard down near the creek ;)

cheers

Now that's my kind of garden  :cup: :cheers: :cup: :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 04, 2015, 09:14:25 PM
My previous home had a garden a lot like your jeeps, well, no garden at all, just bush with wallaby tracks. I spent time pulling the weeds all out and that was it.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: muzza01 on January 08, 2015, 06:43:56 PM
Here are a few pics of my place Dave. Unfortunately I use roundup a fair bit. I do all my edges with roundup, haven't used a whipper snipper for years.

I took a couple of snaps today but it is a bit overcast here ATM. It looks like the wet season has finally arrived with our first wave of the monsoon. Some heavy rain coming and I expect our lawn to change to a rich dark green by the end of the month.

First two pics are the front, the next two are the back. If you zoom in on the first pic, you can see a waterfall on the mountain in the background.

Front yard
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac155/muzza01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps96141b8d.jpg)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac155/muzza01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zps2147c73f.jpg)
Back yard
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac155/muzza01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsec564621.jpg)
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac155/muzza01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpsdf37bfcd.jpg)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: V8CRSA on January 08, 2015, 06:52:58 PM
I would kill for some of that qld grass down here in Melbourne,so green and lush....looks great muzza :cup:

Matt
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: xcvator on January 08, 2015, 06:57:16 PM
Do you run a few sheep or do you mow that lot Muzza  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: muzza01 on January 08, 2015, 07:12:25 PM
I would kill for some of that qld grass down here in Melbourne,so green and lush....looks great muzza :cup:
Matt

Do you run a few sheep or do you mow that lot Muzza  ;D ;D ;D

Thanks guys.
I use one of these, average about 65-70 minutes, but I can mow it all well under an hour if I am in a hurry.
(http://i895.photobucket.com/albums/ac155/muzza01/Mobile%20Uploads/image_zpse4a7bd91.jpg)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Clouty on January 08, 2015, 07:50:53 PM
Very nice muz :cup:

Nice tinny in the backyard ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2015, 09:23:11 PM
Hey Muzza, how to you have a refreshment when driving these mowers, look a bit anti social to me for an hours work in the garden?
Looks great by the way,
When I lived in Edge Hill, an old mate lived near you on a big plot and I got volunteered to fix his ride on to carry a small esky
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: oldmate on January 08, 2015, 09:26:09 PM
Hey Muzza, how to you have a refreshment when driving these mowers, look a bit anti social to me for an hours work in the garden?
Looks great by the way,
When I lived in Edge Hill, an old mate lived near you on a big plot and I got volunteered to fix his ride on to carry a small esky

If it's like my neighbours torro zero turn, it has drink holders  :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: muzza01 on January 08, 2015, 09:38:37 PM
Hey Muzza, how to you have a refreshment when driving these mowers, look a bit anti social to me for an hours work in the garden?
Looks great by the way,
When I lived in Edge Hill, an old mate lived near you on a big plot and I got volunteered to fix his ride on to carry a small esky
I like to keep my weekends free so I usually mow during the week after work. I normally mow the front one arvo and then the back the next arvo which is about 30 mins or one beer.

If it's like my neighbours torro zero turn, it has drink holders  :cup:

Yep, defo has a stubbie holder but I normally hold my beer in my hand and drive at the same time  :angel: :police:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 08, 2015, 09:41:20 PM
I assumed your hands must be on the controls at all times, quiet a skill to hold the beer to then.....
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: JD-120 on January 08, 2015, 09:50:58 PM
heres our's, we live northside of brisbane.

bought the house, this is the only original pic of the front yard I have

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-vDPQIs2NafQ/U8BDgyiLHfI/AAAAAAAAEVk/xd6uf-IPd-E/w800-h600-no/Streetview.jpg)

ripped out al lthe trees in the front yard, got the machinery in to remove the hill and replaced with sandstone walls

(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-uADKkJPeQBY/TUxnutCOYVI/AAAAAAAABpU/RqDOjcNRCDI/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1012.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-F_oxjLZkjJc/TUxnviHLS2I/AAAAAAAABpk/4L1yFDEixek/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1013.JPG)
(https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-H9S5x6mXuLY/TUxnyZQGQJI/AAAAAAAABpw/HLSnXsgvGY4/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1056.JPG)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-L7yeSpNln2o/TUxn4Hd3jXI/AAAAAAAABqM/_-m0CnFIlVY/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1062.JPG)
(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-l8ku55IGi-w/TUxn8kqN8QI/AAAAAAAABqk/Nwwhdd_zfs4/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1068.JPG)

next was to build fromt fence to keep the animals in and the kids safe.

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-hataaV-nfNA/TWBShpTdiAI/AAAAAAAABro/kZLb4pt14JQ/w1185-h889-no/IMG_1091.JPG)

lay the grass. plant the shrubs

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CuoVWyBJ_AI/VK5tIxMsnwI/AAAAAAAAXOE/KwAmPFyCw8E/w1185-h889-no/IMG_0035.JPG)

add a deck at the front entrance

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-YKanQUtTUvE/VK5tPq6LITI/AAAAAAAAXOQ/mA6jP6xbPbw/w1185-h889-no/IMG_0036.JPG)
(https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-on_5io36K6Y/VK5tVX-ttUI/AAAAAAAAXOc/GCV-FUnacjA/w1185-h889-no/IMG_0037.JPG)


next project is the back yard, its a bit of a mess, so no pics of that :)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 09, 2015, 02:48:58 AM
Very nice work there Justin, you'd have to be happy with that  :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: muzza01 on January 09, 2015, 10:15:23 AM
Very nice work there Justin, you'd have to be happy with that  :cup:
Agreed, big project.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: JD-120 on January 09, 2015, 10:27:20 AM
Yeah thanks guys, it is satisfying to sit back and look at the finished product. These pics are about 18months old, so the garden has filled in now finishing it off nicely.

the missus has some grand plans for the back yard, but this is going to require some serious saving and will probably span a few years or phase's
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on August 11, 2016, 07:07:49 PM
I have decided that my front yard is in need for a face lift.

It was nearly 30 years and two divorces since I built up the front yard with off cut sleepers. They have been repaired/replaced a couple of times but it is time for a new look .

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050002.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050002.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050003.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050003.jpg.html)

My front yard as it was last week.

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110016.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110016.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110015.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110015.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110014.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110014.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110012.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110012.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110009.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8110009.jpg.html)

My front yard as it is now.

I am pretty happy with the transformation that a bit of hard work and time has made .

Next up is to transform my drive way native garden area, again this was built up with sleeper off cut some years ago and between time and white ants it is in need of a face lift as well.

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050006.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050006.jpg.html)

I intend to block this up with a combination of the Bauxite colour blocks mixed with a random pattern of Charcoal coloured blocks , then I intend to concrete the drive way with Charcoal coloured concrete.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: muzza01 on August 11, 2016, 07:12:40 PM
Nice work Duggie
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Proudy on August 11, 2016, 07:20:44 PM
Just finished this in the backyard so now have a nice spot to sit with dogs in winter. Pool for summer. Fire pit for winter (http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160811/c5a89d4981fa61ecc6c9d8c8516c8885.jpg)(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160811/ff75f7ad891bfad5ecefb94e98e61871.jpg)


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: rags on August 11, 2016, 08:26:52 PM
Yep, show ya back yard off time.

Now for those who like to garden with Roundup and Gravel please hit the back button now...   

A couple of those picture look like they contain gravel and from my experience roundup is the only effective gardening tool to use with that landscape feature.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Hairs on August 11, 2016, 08:52:51 PM
Just a modest 2 acres in a small country town.
God's Country really  ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on November 27, 2016, 07:40:30 PM
I have found some time over the past two weekends to carry on with my front yard face lift. I still have a fair way to go with the block work up the driveway but it is all starting to look like it did in me head.

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg.html)

Looked very close to this last Saturday morning.


(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0004.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0004.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0001.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0001.jpg.html)

Looked like this this morning

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0005%201.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0005%201.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0007%201.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0007%201.jpg.html)


Looks like this this arvo.

Time for a beer or three , me thinks.  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Hairs on November 27, 2016, 07:53:12 PM
Nice work mate  :cup:
Has come up a treat
Enjoy your cold  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Cruiser 105Tvan on November 27, 2016, 08:08:03 PM
Geeezz, you've got big rats there Hairs!! >:D >:D >:D :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Bullant4x4 on November 27, 2016, 11:24:54 PM
An oldie but a goodie. I loved waking up in the morning.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: tryagain on November 29, 2016, 10:43:10 AM
Well, I landscaped it, maintain it, and refer to it as my garden. Downside is I don't own it, upside is I get paid to do it.

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee228/Timandbecphillips/20141015_170905_Android.jpg) (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/Timandbecphillips/media/20141015_170905_Android.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: tryagain on November 29, 2016, 10:55:36 AM
And another one, although I should have a lot more and better photos but seldom think to take them.

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee228/Timandbecphillips/20141128_162841.jpg) (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/Timandbecphillips/media/20141128_162841.jpg.html)

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee228/Timandbecphillips/20141128_162850.jpg) (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/Timandbecphillips/media/20141128_162850.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Skipper on November 29, 2016, 01:11:02 PM
Awesome looking Dave.

Can I ask what you have running along the top of the fence line and on the fence? Is it a climber and vine?

Also keen to see a better picture of the frames... I have a neighbours fence that would suit that set up...

Cheers,

Adam..
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Bullant4x4 on November 29, 2016, 01:32:58 PM
Well, I landscaped it, maintain it, and refer to it as my garden. Downside is I don't own it, upside is I get paid to do it.

(http://i233.photobucket.com/albums/ee228/Timandbecphillips/20141015_170905_Android.jpg) (http://s233.photobucket.com/user/Timandbecphillips/media/20141015_170905_Android.jpg.html)


Whats the address? Just missing a camper pitched on the lawn  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on November 30, 2016, 11:46:43 PM
I've finally got around to going through the old hard-drive and uploaded a few photos from the work we've done on our place.

Firstly;
When we bought our block the only infrastructure was this first 5 meters of gravel into the cleared area at the front of the block and a walking track through the gully and up into the top back section with a foot bridge over the creek that runs through the middle of the property.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_2351_zpsd8co8lqt.jpg)

So we just camped on it for a while as we got a feel for the lay of the block and started making some rough plans.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_2732_zpsjviy1ybd.jpg)

After about 6 months we pushed in a lower driveway and got the start of a pad happening.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/earthworks%209_zps56exvbx4.jpg)

Then camped on that pad for a while longer...  ;D
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_4390_zps8s7gh5ii.jpg)

Then all the fun life stuff of building a house, having kids and working my a** off to pay for everything happened for a while.

Our little valley gets really good annual rain fall (even though you wouldn't know it right now), so the very first piece of civil works I did on the block was cut in a big drain that captured nearly all of the surface water from about 180m or so of our road frontage and pushed it all into a 375mm culvert. This pulled everything away from the top of the house pad and I knew I would need that water for something one day, just didn't know what at that stage....

After not too long the wife got sick of the big washout that was forming at the end of the culvert and mud pit that was supposed to be our front yard and she insisted that we get someone in to sort out something to retain the bank.
I reluctantly agreed (I have a problem paying people to do things that I can do myself), but the landscaper was a pretty cool guy and we bounced a round a few ideas about a dry creek bed, I agreed with the concept and got them started ASAP.

The first 12 tonnes of rock was delivered and the boys got to work.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6031_zpsfei0foxu.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6028_zpsuhdh2m11.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6048_zpsrhlwhftd.jpg)

In the end I was left with what looked like an incomplete job, but it was only the beginning of the whole project and that was really only what I had commissioned the guys to do.
It didn't look the greatest, but I wasn't too bothered at that stage.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6140_zpsn5euiaua.jpg)

Now I did mention earlier that I always thought I could do the job myself, didn't I? ;)

I'm pretty sure the "professional" job stayed for about a month or so (just long enough for the pasion fruit vine to grow on the fence), then I called up my mate, I got another 24 tonnes of rock delivered and did it my way.  ;D

Out it all comes.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6969_zpsh7aw15ix.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6966_zpsstlowf3l.jpg)

My waterfall at the end of the main culvert dug out and starting to be rocked up.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_6972_zpsods0ruzm.jpg)

Now it's taking shape.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_7006_zps4alsqkro.jpg)

And finished to a standard that I can live with now.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_7256_zpsggjzyk90.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_7273_zpsprtpep3r.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_7621_zpsaayaunig.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_8301_zpswlnoimka.jpg)

And I did mention it rains here, right?
This is a pretty poor quality video of the creek in an average shower of rain. You should see it when it's really pouring (like the January 2011 event, she was raging then)

You might want to turn down your sound before clicking on this.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Weather/December%20Rains/th_100_8002.mp4) (http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Weather/December%20Rains/100_8002.mp4)

So we're up to 36 tonnes of rock and 800m2 of turf so far for just the front yard.

Next I had to move onto the back yard.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on December 01, 2016, 12:50:40 AM
And on to the back yard.

The plan was to put in a 6x12 shed with a nice wide (and flat) driveway behind the shed.
So first up was the shed pad. We'd been going all of 20 minutes when this big old stump raised it's head, but the little 1 tonne chinese digger ripped into it, no sweat.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/ECE37CB4-7743-4354-A213-05C8C6552FF3_zps3quj9kps.jpg)

To get the shed pad big enough we needed to rob a fair bit more dirt from the top bank then I had planned.
So in with another 12 tonnes of rock, this time I ordered what was supposed to be 300mm pitching rocks, but I recon half the load were a good 600mm and I had to get a bit creative to move them around. ;)

The wife and I laid this 22m long wall on our own, by hand, in March (read that as sweating our a** off).
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/F274A26A-B780-40A2-8B5B-F59AAF4101D5_zpspzelntgw.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/F3BB3BE0-C94F-4C16-A2FE-7A8D5CD41673_zpsdzii8rvj.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/7AC68169-6C8C-481F-B680-461405A4D32D_zps1ebemyb9.jpg)

With that unplanned bit of extra manual labor out of the way, it was on with the real job.
For that we needed.... you guessed it... another 24 tonnes of rock.
And there was some big suckers in these loads, we had the 3 tonne bobcat wheel standing with one that was basically 1m cubed.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/86B4EE1D-ADC5-4B10-B2BF-6018B986F767_zpshrtmig3w.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/DB24F434-4CF5-43EB-A6BE-7F77AF357C67_zpsomcenalp.jpg)

Shed pad formed up and ready to pour.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/530B94E3-59BF-4D7E-BCB2-D00B7E64B7F8_zpsixmxzwnr.jpg)

Now the wife and I built this shed 100% on our own, just the 2 of us.
If you ever want to test a marriage, build a shed together...  :-X

I'm happy to say we made it though this one and now when we're having a glass of wine or a beer together out there in the afternoons the drinks are even sweeter.  :D
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/IMG_2121_zpsyunwhid7.jpg)

We're in the process of making our outdoor kitchen and entertaining area between the shed and the house.
It's only early stages now, but the concept is there.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/AF9EB1F6-2856-40CF-8E5F-1603307EA53C_zps7qgcascx.jpg)

To finish off the lower driveway I needed to put in a retaining wall along the bank behind the shed, but I was getting a bit tired of playing with rocks, so went with timber on this one.

Nice rainbow colours out of the footings.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/4A62F240-D51B-44AB-867C-59409C1C962B_zpsn1wukesg.jpg)

This bank is mostly clay over sandstone (as you can see by the colours above), in the wetter months water leaches out of the toe on this bank.
So I thought I'd take advantage of nature and pull that water down into some garden beds.
I thought 350mm X 350mm trenches with agg pipe and filled with 40-50mm stones should do the trick. The agg pipe is coiled inside each bed and topped with stone before filled up with our garden soil we've been building for a few years.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/B5E76298-63C3-4AE4-B171-E7C7343EE756_zpsu5mzpjr8.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/E9551AB5-DDCC-4448-A0C2-2FD769C4E8FC_zpsumotlhn1.jpg)

Now we've gone from this.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/House/100_4914_zpssfn4ty3v.jpg)

To this.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/B1CD939F-7F44-43CD-87A4-4B858A3BA74A_zps2iluruhj.jpg)

And to finish it all off, I pulled in a new top driveway so now I can drive straight though front to back.
As with everything on our block, it wasn't so simple, but we're really happy with how it came up in the end.
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/BC6DE0AB-91D9-4D8B-B30F-1CD85255ED44_zpspfbjf773.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/65C775E8-37C1-446E-B308-942E74BF1155_zps2sfih6si.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/A14A1992-8E9D-406D-A1F0-3B356FE5534E_zpsbrmir34m.jpg)
(http://i844.photobucket.com/albums/ab10/Pete_79/Random%20stuff%20to%20share/38C6EB7A-C138-4717-BB9C-E47E6AD2B1F9_zps9gv1clqr.jpg)


Now that I've sorted all my photos on my hard drive, I guess I'd better get started on doing my trailer build thread here soon too......  ;D  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Watty2975 on December 01, 2016, 04:27:13 AM
Great job. A lot of hard work and good thought gone in there.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Fizzie on December 01, 2016, 07:14:56 AM
Awesome job Pete!  :cup:

& you have of course left a few 00 m2 of grass open for Swaggers to set-up on, haven't you  ???   ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on December 01, 2016, 09:29:18 AM
Cheers guys.
Yes a lot of hard work to get to this stage, but still so much more to go.
Thankfully I had a 5 year gap in between doing the front yard and the back yard (we moved to Sydney for my work for a while), but we're back in full swing now.
I've got 200 native tube stock sitting at our local nursery to collect now, I'm waiting for this darn rain to start so I can plant out my road side garden.

And yes Fizzie, there's a couple of nice flat spots put aside for visiting campers to set up on.
We had the whole family here last Christmas. At one stage we had 15 adults, with camper trailers in the back yard, tents in the front yard and plenty of beers and good times had by all.  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Hairs on December 02, 2016, 02:38:44 PM
Geeezz, you've got big rats there Hairs!! >:D >:D >:D :cheers:
Love the wild life that share our place  ;D
Found a 6' roo in the front yard the other morning, lucky I saw it before I let the dogs out.
We've had snakes, Red Bellie Blacks, Green Tree snake that lives under the solar panels, Blue Tongues, a kola, King Parrots and many other birds, even have a Wedge Tail nest about 400 meters away, an echidna got trapped inside the house yard one night, we have had a turtle bury it's eggs in the garden one year and a Plover that nest every year on the front lawn.
But those rats are the funniest buggars to watch when they get close to the three guinea pigs cages.
They have no idea what is in the cage, it kinda scares them, but they wont hop away.
 :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: ronmac on December 02, 2016, 02:51:34 PM
Hairs, are they paddy melons ( wallabies ) in your top picture. cheers Ron.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Hairs on December 02, 2016, 03:01:28 PM
Hi Ron,
Sorry, they aren't,
Just your normal garden variety Wallaby  (http://www.clarencecoastpropertymaintenance.com.au/images/smilies/roflmao.gif)

Couldn't help myself  ;D

This poor little bugger spent three days under the draw bar of the caravan one flood, it rained & rained.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: briann532 on December 02, 2016, 03:36:52 PM
Looking really awesome Pete.

Well done.
Also thanks for sharing the pics.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Green rv on December 02, 2016, 04:02:26 PM
Holly rock wall Pete
 like you landscape style

im doing a native vs veggie and fruit garden at home on a std size block in the suburbs 
still needs a lot of work
also need to finish my 35 tonne rock wall that i started in 2010 during the 2010-2011 floods

 :cheers:
Adam
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Joff on December 13, 2016, 12:37:30 PM
Nearly finished the new pond. We always wanted to live by a river

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/7f5893ef931e15caa06c38f9579f01e1.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/50ea27fd34d94c7bf9837b1f0296609c.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/c291189cd7ad2ffc35e5976ad9ce9a7c.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/15f52f7bdfe16f3a986531cab4f97116.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/509f01b36d9f3aa881bb821cc00c11ed.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/5d71a68a3f25d905389e9e351134c267.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/6116a8fc7f6cec40b31081c9dbf01724.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/2f8519763cf125e474ab2100bbf25ca8.jpg)

(http://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20161213/3653372b36977c8cc01b24a12459081a.jpg)

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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Joff on December 13, 2016, 12:40:55 PM
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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on December 13, 2016, 12:51:46 PM
Very nice Joff , you gotta be happy with that .  :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Joff on December 13, 2016, 01:54:01 PM
Very nice Joff , you gotta be happy with that .  :cup:

Send me down a couple 60cm Barra to stock it with  :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Fizzie on December 13, 2016, 02:05:22 PM
Sorry, can't help with the Barra  :'(

How about a 60cm Saltie to keep your's company?   :D

(& there'll be no more dangling toes in the water!  >:D)


BTW - looks awesome!  :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: KeithB on December 13, 2016, 02:22:23 PM
This was our last house on a tiny block of land in the inner west of Sydney. We quarried all of the stone for the garden walls out of our own bedrock. The pond is over six feet deep and the biggest fish is 85cm.

(http://gallery.myswag.org/gallery/d/53098-1/110+Short+005.jpg)

(http://gallery.myswag.org/gallery/d/53101-1/110+Short+018.jpg)

(http://gallery.myswag.org/gallery/d/53104-1/110+Short+029.jpg)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 13, 2016, 07:26:42 PM
There is certainly some impressive work being done, glad I don't have to pick a favorite.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Joff on December 14, 2016, 07:48:32 AM
Sorry, can't help with the Barra  :'(

How about a 60cm Saltie to keep your's company?   :D

(& there'll be no more dangling toes in the water!  >:D)


BTW - looks awesome!  :cup:
Love too but i think it might grow

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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on January 28, 2017, 03:50:59 PM
G'day peoples,

Well I am pretty happy with the now finished retainer wall down my driveway.

Over 8 pellet's of AB junior blocks, 160 odd caps , 8 metres of soil , 4 metres of pine bark mulch and around 40 new plants as well as the micro irrigation

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/P8050008.jpg.html)

I have gone from this.


(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0016.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0016.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0013.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0013.jpg.html)

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0008.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0008.jpg.html)

To this.


(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0006.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0006.jpg.html)

Hired a Dingo to do the backfill/cleanup

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0003.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/IMG_0003.jpg.html)

Some of the 40 odd plants to ready be planted
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: GeoffA on January 28, 2017, 04:56:33 PM
That's a nice result duggie.... :cup: :cup:

Time for a :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Cruiser 105Tvan on January 28, 2017, 05:01:09 PM
Well done Duggie, looks like all the helpers are Camera shy.

 ;D :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: speewa158 on January 28, 2017, 05:15:04 PM
Like watching an ep of Ground Force , all done in 5 pics ( with the help of 50 Bastards that you don't ever see )        Well Done   :cup:    :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on January 29, 2017, 08:08:20 AM
Well done Duggie, looks like all the helpers are Camera shy.

 ;D :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:



Thanks Cruiser 105Tvan , GeoffA and speewa158

Here is a photo of the only helper that I had working with me , Top bloke , but don'y say / talk much.

(http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii547/dug59/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/XXXX.jpg) (http://s1259.photobucket.com/user/dug59/media/Front%20yard%20face%20lift/XXXX.jpg.html)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on January 29, 2017, 08:12:04 AM
Looks great Douggie, funny how that type of helper seems to cost as much as hired help some times?
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Jeepers Creepers on January 29, 2017, 08:40:59 AM
Was the dingo digger much help?

I was gunna hire one last year for our place at Lockyer and got told don't waste ya money... they're useless.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: duggie on January 29, 2017, 08:59:32 AM
Was the dingo digger much help?

I was gunna hire one last year for our place at Lockyer and got told don't waste ya money... they're useless.


You can't compare a dingo to a bob cat , but yes the dingo was OK , better than a shovel and wheelbarrow .

I was able to move around 8 cubic metres of dirt/soil for backfill plus use the trencher to cut out some fairly big tree roots in the driveway , do some roadwork ( fill in from where the tree roots were ) plus cleanup around the wall in 1 day , then I used the dingo to ferry and spread the 4 cubic metres of pine bark on the next day after planting and plumbing in the micro irrigation .

So yes , they have a purpose . But comes back to who and how you operate the thing.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Steffo1 on January 29, 2017, 09:06:32 AM
Really depends on what use you want. I hired one a few years ago, with bucket & trench digger. With the low  speed of the machine plus our uneven ground, the bucket was next to useless as I had a fair distance to cover. It was quicker to use the machine to load the back fill sand into a couple of wheel barrows & use them. The trencher, however, worked well even in our Shitty, shaley soil, albeit a little slow & jerky.
Perhaps you can hire a faster model theses days.
Steve
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on March 11, 2017, 01:28:41 PM
We managed to get 100 tube stock in during the week, 100 more going in today.

(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170311/51d1f63180ad9b92d2b0dacebf4a5dac.jpg)

Hoping to get at least 300 plants in the ground before the forecast rain gets here next weekend. 🤞
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: tryagain on March 11, 2017, 03:28:41 PM
Hoping to get at least 300 plants in the ground before the forecast rain gets here next weekend. 🤞

There is a saying in the industry when it's raining that it's good planting weather, there is some truth to this if it's not a muddy bog but it usually has as much to do with deadlines and keeping people working in the rain as it does with what good for the plants.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on March 11, 2017, 05:54:22 PM
There is a saying in the industry when it's raining that it's good planting weather, there is some truth to this if it's not a muddy bog but it usually has as much to do with deadlines and keeping people working in the rain as it does with what good for the plants.
Everything went in the ground on top of the sandstone the plants are leaning on.
I've got 2 choices;
1) bust out the breaker bar, smash the clay and try to time it so I plant as close as possible to a big rain event.
2) wait until after the rain and slop around in goo, shoving plants into mush.

I've had a lot of success with option 1, we've done well over 600 tube stock now (it's probably well over 700 now that I think about it) and haven't lost too many.
I also like to hand water for the first week or so anyway and try to control the moisture levels while their settling in.

Last time I looked at the long range forecasts all of the models where pushing towards 200mm or more for us after next weekend. Time will tell if it comes off or not.

Anyway, I managed to get 70 plants done this afternoon and finished in the worst sections.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: markeaust on March 13, 2017, 11:31:54 AM
My little bit of "bush in the city".............

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Loved the look of this old house...bit like an old cattleman's hut.... ;D

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View looking out the front door.....

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Still a work in progress......probably always will be............. 8)

Cheers,

Mark
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: speewa158 on March 13, 2017, 05:50:18 PM
Set up your CT in the back yard to dry it for storage ,,,,, then you can look forward to weeks of rain of Biblical Proportions  . That should help the new plantings     :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: speewa158 on March 13, 2017, 05:54:19 PM
My little bit of "bush in the city".............

(http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb258/markeaust/House/IMG_0732_zps28b7ab6b.jpg) (http://s208.photobucket.com/user/markeaust/media/House/IMG_0732_zps28b7ab6b.jpg.html)

Loved the look of this old house...bit like an old cattleman's hut.... ;D

(http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb258/markeaust/House/IMG_0729_zpsdb5564a0.jpg) (http://s208.photobucket.com/user/markeaust/media/House/IMG_0729_zpsdb5564a0.jpg.html)

(http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb258/markeaust/House/IMG_0730_zpsd963c570.jpg) (http://s208.photobucket.com/user/markeaust/media/House/IMG_0730_zpsd963c570.jpg.html)

View looking out the front door.....

(http://i208.photobucket.com/albums/bb258/markeaust/House/IMG_0734_zps91fef19b.jpg) (http://s208.photobucket.com/user/markeaust/media/House/IMG_0734_zps91fef19b.jpg.html)

Still a work in progress......probably always will be............. 8)

Cheers,

Mark

Looks Good ,,, not sure that Cattle Huts have power connected , but it works well  :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Mallory Black on March 13, 2017, 07:27:48 PM
my take on a traditional old inner suburb brissy back yard
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on June 04, 2018, 02:18:37 PM
Got past a big milestone on my landscaping project over the weekend.

I don’t want to think about how many hours have gone into this, but I finally finished the front fence on the weekend.

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The last part of the job was the big gates down to the lower section of driveway and shed area and I finally finished them off yesterday afternoon.

Being a boily by trade I tend to over do some things, but I though 50x50 SHS and 21 lineal meters of 200x25 hardwood slabs was exactly what gates should be made out of on our property..... ;)

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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: tryagain on June 04, 2018, 03:48:54 PM
Looks good, each of those gates would have to weigh in at about 60kg+ each wouldn't they?
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on June 04, 2018, 05:36:28 PM
looks good.....we need a thumbs up emoji.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Cruiser 105Tvan on June 04, 2018, 05:53:42 PM
Definitely a top job, well done.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on June 04, 2018, 07:29:34 PM
Looks good, each of those gates would have to weigh in at about 60kg+ each wouldn't they?
I recon closer to 80kg each...
But the 125x125x5 SHS concreted 2m deep into a 450mm round hole should hold them up... ;)

I didn’t pour the whole 2m x 450mm, but there’s a good 10-15kg of concrete with heaps of rio welded to the base of each post. ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on October 25, 2018, 09:13:02 AM
I installed a new garden ornament yesterday. :)

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Was a tight squeeze, but we got it there.

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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Fizzie on October 25, 2018, 09:22:31 AM
Well, you used to have a driveway, Pete :'(
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on October 25, 2018, 09:28:31 AM
Yeah getting over 150mm of rain in the 10 days leading up to driving over 50 tons worth of truck, trailer and house on a freshly cut slope will often finish up looking like that.

The guys where absolutely brilliant and took all care possible to not damage anything, but some things are unavoidable.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Bird on October 25, 2018, 11:51:53 AM
Mowed the weeds last night.. looking much better for 4 days until they are 4ft high again :(
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: speewa158 on October 25, 2018, 07:21:15 PM
Went out & sprayed the compound 2 weeks back as it was going off  . Hit the trash with the brushie & now its not as vigorous as it was . Brown  , wilting  & Stuffed    :cheers:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on December 27, 2019, 05:47:40 PM
Reviving an old thread, cause I'm killing time waiting for the mortar to go off.

We've had a pond in the garden beside the deck for about 15 years. Its been patched and repaired a few times in its life, but the trees around it had finally caused some cracks that needed some more extensive repairs  :'( sorry, didn't think to take any before pictures).

Since we weren't camping this xmas, I decided to spend a few days and finally fix it properly. When I first built it, it was just done with a morter mix about 30mm thick and painted with a pond sealer. The base is fine other than a few cracks, so I've used wire bird mesh as the reo and put another morter mix about 50mm thick all over. Once the mortar has gone off, next week I'll seal it with a couple of coats of Cromolin concrete sealer, before adding 2 coats of Cromolin pond seal. Hopefully that should add another 15 years to its life.

Each pond is around 3m x 2m, and they both hold around 3000l each. The 2 ponds are linked by 2 small waterfalls and a short creek thing in the middle. There's a bricked garden bed on the inside of the top pond for some aquatic plants, and I plan to replace the water lilies that were submerged in terracotta pots in each pond. Mozzi lavea and toal eggs are controlled by having gold fish in each pond. The surrounding garden bed will get a good tidy up, and I've put down a mortar base to pave a sitting area along the front edge.

Work in progress, and should keep me out of mischief for a couple of weekends.

Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on December 27, 2019, 06:03:37 PM
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Title: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on December 27, 2019, 08:30:42 PM
Nice work mate!
Now for the fun bit of planting it all out. ;D

This afternoon the wife was just looking at the spot where I’m supposed to be building a pond out the back of our place.
I promised I’d get on to it right after the trailer build is finished... ;)

I did my own dodgy version of pebble-Tex in our landscaping creek.
We did pretty much the same as you with the 30mm thick concrete and chicken mesh for a section of creek between 2 waterfalls in the front garden.
But before troweling off the wet concrete, I packed in a top layer of medium sized Mary River stones (30-60mm). Then hosed off the top bit of concrete to exposed all of the stones before it fully cured.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on December 28, 2019, 07:39:29 AM
I did my own dodgy version of pebble-Tex in our landscaping creek.
We did pretty much the same as you with the 30mm thick concrete and chicken mesh for a section of creek between 2 waterfalls in the front garden.
But before troweling off the wet concrete, I packed in a top layer of medium sized Mary River stones (30-60mm). Then hosed off the top bit of concrete to exposed all of the stones before it fully cured.

Cheers Pete. I'd done similar with the creeky bit last time, but it was a bastard for catching all the leaves and crap so this time I've used the mortar to shape some lumps and hollows for the water flow, but kept it smooth to make it easy to keep clean. I'll be using a sandstone coloured pond seal paint, so hopefully it wont look too artificial?

The yard is an ever evolving beast, with works being dictated by time and money....with money being the main limitation  :'( The last project took me around 3 months to buils retaining walls and back-fill the batter behind the house to bring ground level up to the back deck and terrace the bit off the lower patio. It started with the neighbor putting in a pool and I took all of his dirt. Piled the dirt up to the back veranda and compacted it as I went, then built a block wall around the filled section.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on December 28, 2019, 07:44:19 AM
I dry hired 1.5t Kanga for most of the dirt shifting, but all the trenches for the footings were hand dug and all the concrete for the footings was done in a hand mixer.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on December 28, 2019, 07:50:44 AM
I was pretty chuffed with the way it turned out. The house is split level with the kitchen, lounge and dining areas on the split. Being able to walk straight off the deck instead of having to go down the stairs and walk up the batter to get to the back yard has really opened up the yard. The lower section is the man-cave and we've put a spa on that patio.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: rockrat on December 28, 2019, 08:18:15 AM
I’m glad my missus doesn’t read MySwag, I’d never hear the end of it .


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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pottsy on December 28, 2019, 08:46:10 AM
Great work, you should be justifiably proud of your work. Looks bloody fantastic. :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: DaveR on December 29, 2019, 02:51:43 AM
Looking good there.
I laid the same blocks about 10 years ago, and found they are best in full sun, the water sets in on the blocks I have in the shade and makes a stain which is hard to remove.
Yours should look great for a long time.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on December 29, 2019, 06:29:34 AM
Wow, that looks awesome!
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: GeoffA on January 02, 2020, 09:09:26 PM
Looks very nice indeed  :cup: :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: xcvator on January 03, 2020, 07:54:48 AM
You wanna come to my place Spada ?   :cheers:
Great job there mate   :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on January 03, 2020, 08:15:27 AM
Cheers for the kind words, The pond is still a work in progress. Got some paving down and tidied up the garden bed a little last week-end, 1st coats of sealer go down this week-end. There's been a little bit of settling behind the retaining walls, so I need to lift those pavers with about another 30mm of bedding at some point  :'(
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Fizzie on January 15, 2020, 02:26:13 PM
Some interesting ideas for saving water around the house & garden

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-15/rain-gardens-green-roofs-solutions-for-stormwater-problem/11843114 (https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-15/rain-gardens-green-roofs-solutions-for-stormwater-problem/11843114)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: tedota on January 15, 2020, 07:31:41 PM
Be good if the cities could utilize the amount of stormwater run off each year in some way. Would help with the annual water restrictions.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: alnjan on January 15, 2020, 08:23:34 PM
I use my tanks for all our water supplies.  I good never understand why urban areas haven't been allowed to use tanks for grey water supplies.  Guess it comes down to Council chasing a dollar in water rates.   
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: rockrat on January 15, 2020, 08:46:02 PM
The bottle tree blocking the driveway is gone! Next step is to finalise the driveway design and get that done asap.


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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pete79 on January 15, 2020, 10:35:35 PM
The bottle tree blocking the driveway is gone! Next step is to finalise the driveway design and get that done asap.


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I can’t let the wife see this, she loves our bottle tree.
 
Though we planted ours in pride of place AFTER the driveway was designed and built. ;)
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: rockrat on January 16, 2020, 06:55:39 AM
I can’t let the wife see this, she loves our bottle tree.
 
Though we planted ours in pride of place AFTER the driveway was designed and built. ;)
I promise it was done humanely and the tree didn’t scream one bit.



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Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on February 09, 2020, 10:07:51 AM
Rain has slowed progress on the pond for the last month, and I sure aint complanin bout that  ;D
Any way, it's finally all sealed, planted and filled (with rain water :D). The brightness of the yellow turns to a darker sandstone once the tannin from the water stains it a bit and gets some algae growth around the waterline. Just need to order a new pump for one of the filters to increase the water flow a bit and I need to glue in a sandstone lip on the top waterfall, but otherwise it's job done ;D
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Pottsy on February 09, 2020, 12:33:26 PM
Very nice Spada, looking the goods. :cup:
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: nab on February 09, 2020, 01:25:20 PM
Looks so green and lush, well done! Over here everything is dead and dry as a chip...
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on February 09, 2020, 04:03:15 PM
Looks so green and lush,

For about the first time in a year  :D We've had reasonably good rain for about the last 3 weeks and the grass is just starting to recover after a loonnng dry spell, but there are still quite a few bare spots. We've got fairly crappy sandy loam around here, I'd love to top-dress with an organic blended topsoil but Mrs Spada wont let me spend money on "dirt" :'(
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: gronk on February 09, 2020, 05:05:38 PM
Topdressing is really a thing you do to level a lawn.  If you are allowed, get hold of a coring machine and fill in the holes with the "good" soil.
If I get an area of lawn that is struggling, I fork it, and open up the holes a bit and go over with dynamic lifter and hose in.
Title: Re: The "Show us ya Garden - Landscaping" Thread
Post by: Spada on February 09, 2020, 05:41:06 PM
Topdressing is really a thing you do to level a lawn.  If you are allowed, get hold of a coring machine and fill in the holes with the "good" soil.
If I get an area of lawn that is struggling, I fork it, and open up the holes a bit and go over with dynamic lifter and hose in.

You're right, I cored and fertilized after the first couple days of rain and it sure helped, but would have loves something decent to top over the cored holes.