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Your guide to a great garden year-round

Keeping your garden in top shape year-round can be a bit of a challenge. We’ve enlisted the help of Craig Smith, Redbank’s Landscape Maintenance Manager, to share a few of his pointers. Craig has been perfecting his craft for years now, ensuring Redbank’s beautiful greenspace and parkland are in immaculate condition for our residents. Read on for his tips for the garden, landscaping projects, and market trends you can use to add value to your home.

Start with the tools

To start, make sure you’ve got the right hardware. Craig recommends investing in a good quality hose and fittings, paired with a sprinkler on a tap timer. Your watering usage may depend on the weather and Water Restrictions – Level 1 allows “smart watering systems” for garden use.

Fences – the forgotten playground

Once the basics are taken care of, try dressing up your garden with some simple DIY landscaping. Craig’s first recommendation involves the humble fence. Vertical gardens are a great way to take advantage of the space on hand. You can get frames pre-made or build your own depending on your level of expertise. Climbing plants are also a great way to spice up your fence line. Use a trellis to encourage controlled growth and be vigilant with the secateurs – stay on top of those rogue off-shoots. Hardware options include a framed mirror will to the visual size of the area or frieze designs to soften harsher fence lines.

Time to step it up?

If you’re looking for a bigger project or a way to use your Landscaping rebate, we recommend integrating some of the most prominent landscaping trends into your home. Craig’s first tip is to create a focal point in the garden by using a feature plant. This centrepiece should then be complemented and contrasted by supporting greenery and natural tones on hard surfaces. Next, add some street appeal to your home with a textured driveway or path. This can be done in many ways, from a brush or stencil finish on a concrete driveway to large stone pavers leading to your front door.

There’s no place like home

Another way to get your gardening fix throughout the year is to bring the outside in with indoor plants. Craig has selected two perfect plants that thrive inside, the Zanzibar Gem (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) and the Peace or Madonna Lilies (Spathyphillum species). The Zanzibar Gem has arching compound leaves that contrast well with the lighter colour palettes we see in homes today. The Peace or Madonna Lilies both have soft white flowers suspended above luscious green foliage. These beautiful plants are a great feature piece, and as the name suggests, bring a calming mood to the room in which they’re in.

If this has inspired you to get your hands dirty, check us out on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn. If you’d like to check out Craig’s handiwork for yourself, you can book a visit with Keyline Property Group or join us at our upcoming Display Village launch. For more from the Community, visit our News section.