Presentation on theme: "Sustainable Landscaping – in the home garden. Presented by GUMLEAF GARDENS."— Presentation transcript:
Sustainable Landscaping – in the home garden
Presented by GUMLEAF GARDENS
A landscape that minimizes the need for high water usage. Minimizes the risk of ‘weed escapees’. Maximizes opportunities to accommodate local fauna. Minimize the use of products that are not sourced from a renewable source Create a garden that will bring long term enjoyment.
Identify North Soil type Size and position of trees and other plants staying. Existing ‘hardscaping’ Views External surrounds
What are you seeking from your garden? ◦ Colours ◦ Entertainment ◦ Recreation ◦ Vegies / fruit ◦ High shade ◦ A quiet retreat
Consideration be given where you will place: ◦ Shed ◦ Clothesline ◦ Rainwater storage
Other considerations ◦ Pets ◦ Children /grandchildren ◦ Curves, winding feel or straight and orderly ◦ BUDGET – how much are you prepared to spend to get your dream garden
WATER RETENTION HEALTHY SOIL Organic Matter Soil that is rich in organic matter retains moisture better
PLANT SELECTION; Plant at the right time of year plant choice? Ask an expert A sunny garden in Unley less than a year after planting
PLANT SELECTION; Choosing healthy plants An example of a root bound plant
Is it indigenous? Is it an Australian Native? If it is exotic – is it drought tolerant? What size will it grow to? Does the foliage change colour? When does it flower?
Low pressure inline drippers Make the watering work Sourcing the water ◦ Tanks ◦ Bladders ◦ Underground storage ◦ Grey water
APPLICATION OF WATER Match the way you apply water to the plants you are growing Subsurface drip irrigation Allow time for plants to adjust to drippers In-line drippers
Mulches can prevent up to 70% of evaporation loss and they are one of the cheapest and easiest ways to make the most of water in the garden. The best mulch is a well-rotted compost which will also improve the soil structure. 75 mm thick to reduce evaporation, help prevent weed growth