Upon meeting our client Philip at our initial consultation, we realised this job would be both fun and rewarding. As it turns out I was meeting Philip at his daughter’s property and he wanted us to complete a full front yard makeover with a low maintenance design and we had four days to complete this while his daughter would be on holiday. Challenge accepted!
I designed a simple garden scheme utilising a lot of the products already within the existing landscape. The concrete stepping stones were removed, the entire site excavated to remove existing slope and hump throughout the front yard. We rebuilt the existing bluestone edge and re-laid the stepping stones central to the front door. Using 90mm x 45mm treated pine as edging, we created narrower garden beds around the perimeter to both increase the usable space and give the area a sense of formality.
A 75mm layer of crushed rock was installed, levelled and compacted with a 20mm layer of dust screeded and compacted installed ready for our synthetic lawn installation. 38m2 of Signature Tuff 30mm was installed and cut in to encompass the stepping stones instantly providing a big splash of green to the property.
We installed an automated drip irrigation system throughout the garden beds and plant a perimeter hedge of Ficus Hillii Flash. Our border plantings consisted of Dianella mass planted along both side boundaries with Dwarf Agapanthus blue planted at the entrance and stairs for a splash of colour. Across the front wall, the Ficus were under planted using Anigozanthos and White Azalea’s were used in the raised bluestone garden opposite the living room window.
With this project successfully completed on time and on budget, we awaited Philip’s feedback once his daughter returned home. She was over the moon with her new front courtyard make over providing her with a place to relax and enjoy a coffee on the weekend and with very little maintenance required to keep the space looking sharp.
This was very enjoyable project to be a part of and I believe we achieved a great outcome in a short space of time for our clients. If only all dads were like Philip!