Sunday, August 28, 2011

So, maybe we should think about landscaping?

So we've been away a little while on holidays - we hadn't taken any holidays since we started this whole redevelopment adventure back at the start of 2009!

We've pretty much finished with the house interior, just a few minor things to procrastinate further about of little consequence. Got a letter from Metricon while we were away, stating that the "90 day service items are now finished" with the exception of fixing our dodgy ensuite door, which is still bowed and scraping. That only took about... 11 months? And with still the bowed doorframe outstanding. Gotta get back in touch with them to find out how they're going to fix things.

Anyway, with the insides done, we might now have a think about getting the outside done. First admission upfront - we know NOTHING about outdoors, gardens, landscaping, stuff like that. If it wasn't for the dog we probably wouldn't go into our backyard at all. I had some excess soil dumped in our front yard months ago, spent an hour or so shovelling that and carting it to the backyard yesterday and didn't enjoy that at all, and it's only 1/4 done. Meh.

Seeing as it was a nice day, we headed down Bulleen way where there's a couple of outdoor-thingy stores and had a wander around.

Perhaps some of these big grey rectangular things along the side of the house where the laundry is?

And a whole lot of these little rocky grey things to go around the big grey things above?

And some bigger square things, which conceivably could cover our bare portico concrete. Grey of course.

Does anyone reading this have any clues on landscaping? f you can point me to any useful landscape resources to read, that'd be good (Except the homeone landscaping forum, I tried reading that and it's like an infant (me) reading a nuclear science manual. Too many complicated words and not enough bright pretty pictures).

I know I'd like some kind of raised vege/herb garden at the back of the house, except it doesn't get much sun there. And the less grass the better - unless someone's invented a new kind of grass that cuts itself, sweeps itself away and puts $25 into my pocket each time.



  1. If you find any magical websites .... link us up ;) We've got a heap of mulch and crap covering everything before we move in, but i'll have to dig half of it up and put proper soil in so stuff will grow (Like most of Bendigo, it's sitting on Sand and rock hard Clay).

  2. For landscaping ideas I've been going through the 'landscape' category on Heaps of photos in the gallery to narrow down ideas of what you like. I'd also recommend getting a professional landscape plan done. You don't have to get them to execute it for you if you'd like to tackle that yourself. Most companies offer a concept plan service, then the next step up of a detailed plan if you choose, and then can even tender & project manage for a % of the job. Most will also provide a plan you can tackle in stages too, if budget is a factor. Believe me, if you haven't the first idea of plants, light needs & soil type needs it's an expensive trial and error process!



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