How to keep a pond clean

If you are planning to build a pond in your backyard, take care where you put it. Don’t put it under trees or large shrubs unless you are going to cover it with a net, otherwise you will spend hours cleaning leaves out of the water.  If you don’t clean out the leaves regularly they will rot upsetting the balance in your pond.  Then your water will go green and algae will grow which takes a lot of effort to rectify.  Choose an open sunny spot which aquatic plants need to grow well or they will become leggy and won’t flower readily.  The plants and a few logs will provide shelter for fish.

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Garden design Melbourne

Angela can design a brand new garden for you or redesign an existing one, using design principles when drawing a concept sketch for your garden. These principles add to the overall success of a good garden design. There are a few principles that can be used to make a small garden seem larger. Paths on the longest diagonal draw the eye along a longer distance increasing the apparent size. Warm colours are advancing colours and make things seem closer so they should be avoided at the back of the garden. Use plants to make the fence line unclear but not too much taller than the fence so you can benefit from the borrowed landscape in the distance. You can increase the apparent size of a garden by arranging plants and features so that you can’t see the garden all at once. There are many skills a garden designer offers other than the knowledge of design princeples such as plant, soil and climate knowledge, the different products and materials available, problem solving and more. All of these things and more will result in an overall good garden design.

Planting design tips

Designing a garden needs knowledge of several disciplines including science and an artistic nature. I have put together a collection of tips to help you down the garden path.

1 Rather than having one of every plant, try mass planting.

2  Plant in odd numbers when planting less than ten plants in a group.

3 Mix plants with different textured leaves such as large leaves with fine leaves.

4 Mix plant forms such as tall and narrow with short and rounded.

5 Create patterns in long borders such as three daisy’s, one silver bush, three daisy’s one silver bush etc.

6 Layer plants by having the  2 meter  plant’s at the back then  1 meter plant’s in front of those then a ground cover as a border.

7 Fill your garden beds to make your beds look lush and reduce weeds.

8 Uses plants that are ground covers along your beds edges to frame your plants and soften edges.

9 Layer plants 3 or more rows this adds depth.