Indigenous plants growing along the back fence

Indigenous today, native tomorrow

Back in May, we shared the news about planting indigenous seedlings along the back fence. At the time, a reader responded with an astute observation.  These plants might not be ...

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Landscaping about to start near the back fence

Landscaping begins

Since the land near the back fence won't be disturbed too much during the house construction, we took the opportunity to start on the landscaping of this area. Putting in a variety of trees & shrubs gives them a head start on the rest of the garden.

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Furze Hakea

Indigenous landscaping plans

With the layout of the homes on the block nearing completion, we can turn our attention to the garden. The objective is to create an informal garden based on indigenous plants. Using indigenous plants benefits native animals as well as providing a low maintenance garden for the residents.

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Ash tree removal starting point

Tree removal

After much discussion, we decided to remove the mature Ash from the north eastern corner of our property. It was infested with ivy and would cast long shadows over the third unit during winter. Removing a tree this size was quite an event. Later this year, several native canopy trees will be planted as replacements.

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War on weeds starts here

Weed war

The weed war began with a nudge from serendipity.  I had been thinking about attacking the weeds that were gradually taking over the bare patch near the back fence.  However, a series of fortunate events ...

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Indigenous garden ideas

Latest news on discussions with Council. Wheels are turning in the background with regards to the clarifying the link between our planning permit and Engineering’s idea to run a third easement ...

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New back fence

We thought that taking down the old side fence made our property look less run-down and more cared-for.  Putting in a new back fence had a similar positive effect. Anne started ...

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Indigenous plant ideas

While Ian is working on the detailed plans & elevations, Libby and I decided to look for indigenous plant ideas. It’s important that we know what indigenous plant choices are ...

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Swamp Gum located at the rear of the property

Looking after the mature trees

An important part of our landscaping plan is looking after the mature trees on the block.  We want to work with the trees, rather than develop a design which ignores ...

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Another round of clearing reveals the original land

Just like scraping away layers of grime on an old artwork, another round of clearing revealed the beauty of this block of land.  We had to get the area back to ...

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