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Landscaping advice

We’ve put together a useful library of articles that share advice on outdoor renovations and landscaping projects.   However it’s not possible to convey everything on a web-site so please get in touch with us for further advice, assistance or to discuss your project.

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Article - How can I create a resort-style backyard at home?

How can I create a resort-style backyard at home?

The Zones landscaping team is often asked: ‘How can I achieve resort style landscaping at home.’ It’s a big topic so we asked Nichola Vague, Zones’ Landscape Architect in Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, who has worked on landscaping projects at a number of major international resorts, to share her tips on how to create a resort style backyard that can be enjoyed all year round.

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How can I create a resort-style backyard at home?
Article - FAQs for Outdoor Rooms

Outdoor Rooms FAQ

New Zealand is a nation of people in love with the outdoors. Well-designed outdoor rooms are attractive, inviting and practical. In this article, Zones landscaping designer Stuart Gill answers to the most frequently asked questions about outdoor rooms.

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Outdoor Rooms FAQ
Article - All you need to know about landscaping terms

All you need to know about landscaping terms

About to embark on your landscaping adventure? Before you set off into the green distance, keep confusion at bay with this helpful glossary of terms and words to know from Zones landscape designer Nichola Vague.

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All you need to know about landscaping terms
Article – Creating a sanctuary from native plants

Creating a sanctuary from native plants

New Zealand’s isolation from the rest of the world means that our much of our indigenous vegetation is unique to our three small islands. Colonisation brought with it a raft of invasive plants and pests, as well as logging and transformation of forest to farmland, and sadly only 10-15 percent of the country still exists in its original state. 

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Creating a sanctuary from native plants
Article  –  How to create a container pool?

How to create a container pool?

You grab your togs, towel, sunscreen and floating flamingo, and pop over to your neighbours’ for a quick dip in their new pool. You’ve always wanted a swimming pool of your own, but you’ve never been sure it’s worth all the hassle. All that digging, all that pool fencing – besides, you’re not even sure your backyard is big enough. Wait … is that a container?

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How to create a container pool?
Article – How to create a bee-friendly garden

How to create a bee-friendly garden

More than a third of the food we eat is reliant on bees for pollination. And it’s not just our food that bees sustain, even denim jeans wouldn’t be a reality without a healthy bee population. In this article, we give you tips and tricks to create your own bee-friendly garden.

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How to create a bee-friendly garden
Steve Strawbridge’s Planting Planning Tips

Steve Strawbridge's Planting Planning Tips

Landscaping Expert Steve Strawbridge recommends some careful planning to achieve the great outdoors in your backyard.

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Steve Strawbridge's Planting Planning Tips
Article – Create your own vegetable garden

Create your own vegetable garden

Why pay for vegetables when you can grow your own? Carly Flynn takes us on her journey of creating her very own vegetable patch at home and highlights the appeal of getting out there and getting your hands dirty.  

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Create your own vegetable garden