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Tips for exteriors of houses: Kerb Appeal

Tips for exteriors of houses- Kerb Appeal

Kerb appeal is all about how your house looks from the outside. Too often the front garden can go unloved and under maintained, which is crazy when you think that the front of your home is all that the large majority of people will ever see. Sprucing up your home and adding kerb appeal doesn’t have to be expensive or ... Read More »

5 Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Tree Stumps

Ways To Make The Most Out Of Your Tree Stumps

It’s already a huge change to your yard and garden to cut down and remove a tree, and taking out the stump is expensive, frequently messy, often dangerous if you try to do it yourself, can take a huge amount of time depending on how old your tree is, and leaves a huge, nasty scar in your garden that needs ... Read More »

How to Add Drama on Garden Design

Add drama to the garden aboutthegarden

Mark Brandon loves to wander far and wide in search of get tips and inspirations for home improvement. He is a contributor for Safe and Sound Property Inspections and shares his expertise to other blogs as well. Below, he shares some tips on how to add some drama on Garden Design. Whether you live in the countryside or the cities, ... Read More »

Rosemary Wreath for Anzac Day

Rosemary wreath for Anzac Day fragrant herb

Rosemary pinned to the chest is a familiar sight at Anzac Day services around Australia. The tradition began when a wounded digger brought back a small rosemary bush from the shores of Gallipoli and sprigs of this bush were worn to honour the fallen. To mark 100 of Anzac in 2015, consider hanging a Anzac Day Rosemary Wreath on your front ... Read More »

100 Years of Anzac: Garden of Remembrance Creating a Living Memory

100 years of Anzac Garden of rememberance create a living memory in the garden aboutthegarden

In 2015, we honour the Centenary of Gallipoli, 100 years of Anzac and what better way to show commemorate then to create your living memory, a garden of remembrance.  There are many plants that not only symbolise the Anzac spirit, but are living history, brought back by returning veterans 100 years ago from the battle fields. These plants invoke both visual and ... Read More »

Gardening on the North Side in Australia

Gardening on the northern side in Australia

The North facing garden usually sees sun all day long. While for many this may seem like the easiest garden to create – most plants love sun right? It can be quite daunting as a garden that gets all day sun comes with a few down falls mainly hot and dry. As long as your ground is prepared correctly though ... Read More »

Gardening on the Western Side in Australia

Gardening on the Western Side in Australia

A garden that faces west will be subject to extremes of temperature. On a summer afternoon, this is where the sun can bake the soil, scorching all but the toughest of plants. Many beautiful plant species revel in a western location however, and clever plant selection can turn an ‘unusable’ section of your garden into an inviting living space. Western side flower garden Geranium Geranium, (Pelargonium sp.), ... Read More »

Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors

Kitchen extension ideas that spill into the outdoors glass walls

It’s time to renovate. If you’re planning to jazz up a drab and outdated kitchen this year, consider is it possible for the kitchen to be extended and spill into your outdoor spaces. The concept of a kitchen extension is simple, by creating open and seamless spaces between the inside of your home and outdoors, not only can you make ... Read More »

Easter DIY Garden Projects

10 easter #easterdiy projects for the garden #aboutthegarden

Are you currently honing in your inner DIY skills to tackle a home or garden project this Easter long weekend?  Easter is a great time to tackle a DIY project, particularly in the garden, as the weather is cooler, giving plants a better chance of establishing themselves before the cold winter months hit. Best of all, you have four (4) ... Read More »

Small Side Garden Idea – Creating a Herb Garden

Small Side Garden Idea - Creating a Herb Garden

After two years of cultivating nothing but weeds down the western side of my home, I decided to take action and plant a small side garden, but what to grow! After some deliberation, I decided the spot would be ideal for an herb garden, not only as most herbs are lower growing plants, but most have shallow root systems, so ... Read More »