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Article - 10 things to consider if you’re building a pool house or cabana

CABANA LIFE: 10 things to consider if you’re building a pool house or cabana

Today’s pool houses are a fun and functional extension of a home’s living space. If you’re looking to build a pool house or cabana to give you and your family and friends more room to relax this summer, here’s our guide to some of the most important things to consider.

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CABANA LIFE: 10 things to consider if you’re building a pool house or cabana
Article - Best Air Purifying Plants

Best Air-Purifying Plants

We look at the study by NASA revealing the plants most efficient at purifying air. Here is our pick for the top 5 super-power air-purifying plans. 

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Best Air-Purifying Plants
Article - What is xeriscaping and how can I achieve it in my garden?

What is xeriscaping and how to achieve it in a garden?

Xeriscaping is a landscaping concept that doesn’t require water, irrigation or regular maintenance. Xeriscaping is becoming more and more popular as people want to conserve resources such as water. But how can you implement this concept in your garden?

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What is xeriscaping and how to achieve it in a garden?
Article - Plants that naturally repel slugs and snails

Plants that naturally repel slugs and snails

Snails or slugs, whatever you want to call them, are unwelcome garden visitors. Zones landscapers gives their best tips to prevent snails invading your garden.

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Plants that naturally repel slugs and snails
Article - Tips for outdoor showers

Outdoor Showers

Drop the garden hose, outdoor showers are here! With various types and materials available, creating an outdoor shower has never been easier. We will cover choosing the right type of outdoor shower, where to put it, and what to plant around it.

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Outdoor Showers
Article - Plants that keep pesky mosquitoes at bay

Plants that keep pesky mosquitoes at bay

It's the perfect summer evening as you're sitting down to have a delicious al-fresco meal when you hear it. The dreaded buzz of mosquitoes! Sound familiar? Bug repellent is an option but not a cure... Did you know basic planting work in your garden can keep mosquitoes at bay? Follow Zones Follow Zones Landscape Architect Nicola Vague’s tips for choosing plants that repel mosquitoes.

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Plants that keep pesky mosquitoes at bay
Regional Article  – Waitakere Landscaping Specialists

Waitakere Landscaping Specialists

Waitakere, located in Western Auckland, is a growing area that attracts both homeowners and visitors with its beautiful nature. From kauri trees, beaches to black sand beaches.. Waitakere has it all!

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Waitakere Landscaping Specialists
Article - How can I turn my tiny backyard into something special?

How can I turn my tiny backyard into something special?

Small outdoor space and are not sure what to do about it? Tiny backyards can be good looking and functional if you just know what to do. Read Zones Landscape Architect Nichola Vague’s tips on how to update your backyard space into something special. 

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How can I turn my tiny backyard into something special?
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
Article - Garden design trends for your outdoor living

Garden design trends for your outdoor living

Here is what’s growing hot and what’s not on the garden front.

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Garden design trends for your outdoor living
Article – Decking options for your outdoor living

Decking options for your outdoor living

It’s easy to write off a phrase like “good indoor-outdoor flow” as real estate jargon. There’s no denying, however, that a seamless flow from inside to outside is a great asset in a home.

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Decking options for your outdoor living
Plant Article – Grow your own fruit and vegetables

Grow your own fruit and vegetables

Over the past decade we’ve started to see a shift in peoples’ attitude towards food. Questions are now being asked; Where does my food come from? Is this seasonal produce? Has it been grown sustainably and what nasty chemicals has it been exposed to? More and more of us are choosing to 'grow their own', and cut out the middle man. Lets get the facts on fruit and how to introduce exotic super foods into your own backyard.

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Grow your own fruit and vegetables
Article – American inspired urban garden designs

American inspired urban garden designs

Times are changing. No longer are there ample green areas for a substantial piece of land in your backyard. The city is becoming more and more built-up with urban dwellings and apartments being designed to satisfy the demand for housing. From modern vege patches to rooftop greenery - we bring to you four gardens delivered in well thought out urban spaces - demonstrating options for living in high density locations.

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American inspired urban garden designs
Article - How to create an outdoor space perfect for entertaining

Outdoor entertaining

There is something revitalising about being in nature, dining al fresco or even just soaking up the sun in your backyard. Getting your garden spruced up for outdoor entertaining will add valuable living space to your home.   

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Outdoor entertaining
Article – How to create an outdoor eating space

How to create an outdoor eating space

Renovators have innumerable options for creating dream outdoor eating spaces; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. And it doesn’t have to break the bank – there are great options for both the budget-minded and those looking for a touch of luxe.

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How to create an outdoor eating space
Regional Article  – Tauranga Landscaping Specialists

Tauranga Landscaping Specialists

It’s been said ‘Tauranga is the future’. With all the advantages of big city living and a booming economy, plus the relaxed vibe of a seaside resort, it’s not surprising.

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Tauranga Landscaping Specialists
Article – How to choose the right outdoor lighting

How to choose the right outdoor lighting

Turn your outdoor area into a safe and welcoming night-time wonderland with carefully chosen lighting.

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How to choose the right outdoor lighting
Article  – FAQs for driveways and paths

FAQs for driveways and paths

Creating a driveway or path on your property can be a tricky business. Using our Q&A will put you on track to mastering the art of placing concrete – from doing the groundwork, through to the cutting and curing.

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FAQs for driveways and paths
Plant article – How to use Karaka in your garden

How to use Karaka in your garden

When landscaping designs demand a leafy canopy tree, the native Karaka can be the perfect solution. And, while the glossy, dark green, leathery leaves are easily recognisable, it’s the bunches of brilliant orange fruit that make Karaka stand-out.

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How to use Karaka in your garden
Article – Outdoor covering options and prices

Outdoor covering options and prices

Don’t completely write-off your outdoor space for the cooler months. There are many ways that will make it last and feel comfortable for all types of weather. Here is just one option – outdoor area coverage – where we provide ideas and get estimated costs on shelter for your landscape design.

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Outdoor covering options and prices
Plant article – ‘English Box’  plant and care instructions

‘English Box’: planting and care instructions

When it’s dense green foliage, slow growth rate and ability to withstand close clipping, Buxus sempervirens or English Box has been a favourite for hedges and topiary for centuries.

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‘English Box’: planting and care instructions
Article – A home made up of layers of louver-like concrete planters

A home made up of layers of louver-like concrete planters

In our increasingly dense urban environments a home design such as this foliage-rich stacked dwelling in Vietnam offers some clever ideas on how we can create a spacious, cost-effective and ecologically symbiotic living area on a limited terrain.

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A home made up of layers of louver-like concrete planters
Article - Kids vegetable gardens

Kids vegetable gardens

There’s simply no better way of getting your kids to develop a love of vegetables than by growing their own. By seeing their seedlings spring to life and the fruits of their labour flourish, they will learn to experience the joy of munching on them too. This simple plan will help kick those little muddy thumbs into action.

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Kids vegetable gardens
Article – Outdoor flooring options and prices

Outdoor flooring options and prices

‘Solid composite decking’ and ‘porcelain stoneware pavers’ are the latest buzzwords when it comes to low-maintenance, long-wearing outdoor flooring solutions. Here’s why they are all the rage.

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Outdoor flooring options and prices
Article - Xeriscapes - How to make a ‘dry’ garden work

Xeriscapes - How to make a 'dry' garden work

With recreation time at a premium and a growing global concern for the supply of water, savvy gardeners are adopting Xeriscaping principles into every zone of their landscape design.

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Xeriscapes - How to make a 'dry' garden work
Article – Country style gardens

Country style gardens

Quaint, charming and quietly muscular, today’s country gardens influences draw on everything from rambling cottage backyards to the formal heritage estates of 17th Century England. With such a broad sweep of inspiration a country style garden may suit all manner of locations and tastes. Whether you live in a farmhouse, a villa or a ranch house, a well planned country style garden will not only be great to look at but should also productive too.

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Country style gardens
Article - Things you need to know before creating an edible garden

Things you need to know before creating an edible garden

Want to grow your own vegetable garden but don’t know how to go about it? Our six-step guide will get you off to a good start, covering everything from prepping your soil and choosing the most prolific crops, to organically bug-proofing your patch and giving it the TLC it needs to yield an abundant harvest.

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Things you need to know before creating an edible garden
Plant Article – ‘Pyramidalis’ hedges

Plant and care for ‘Pyramidalis’ hedges

It’s described as the conifer ‘for making exclamation marks’ in the garden, but thuja pyramidalis also makes a great hedge that requires little in the way of trimming to keep it in shape. Given its hardy nature, this attractive evergreen is finding its way into a surprising range of garden designs.

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Plant and care for ‘Pyramidalis’ hedges
Article – Create Indoor Outdoor Flow - Sliding door options

Create Indoor Outdoor Flow - Sliding door options

Blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces, sliding doors provide easy access to your garden or deck while letting in vast amounts of natural light, even when closed.

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Create Indoor Outdoor Flow - Sliding door options
Article – Macrocarpa - A stable yet soft surface solution for your outdoor living spaces

Macrocarpa - A stable yet soft surface solution for your outdoor living spaces

Macrocarpa is a softwood so durable and robust that it was originally used as railway sleepers. Add to that its attractive speckled lustre and high sustainability factor, and it’s easy to see why it is now also strongly favoured in landscaping for a multitude of uses, both practically and aesthetically.

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Macrocarpa - A stable yet soft surface solution for your outdoor living spaces
Plant article – Cupressus varieties for your garden

Cupressus varieties for your garden

Cupressus, part of the wider conifer family, are perhaps better known to most gardeners as cypress. The tapering columns and conifer shapes are a familiar sight in landscape designs and many varieties make excellent tub specimens.

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Cupressus varieties for your garden
Article – How to keep your garden free from aphids

How to keep your garden free from aphids

Extremely destructive by nature, aphids (aka plant lice) can cause some serious damage to your garden. Find out how to keep your plants free from these horrid little pests – without resorting to harsh chemicals. 

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How to keep your garden free from aphids
Plant article – Companion planting

Companion planting

When planning your flower, vegetable or herb garden, it’s important to recognise that many plants have a naturally symbiotic relationship and encourage each other to fully thrive when grown in specific configurations.

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Companion planting
Article – Making a shaded garden work

Making a shaded garden work

Landscape architect and designer Rachael Farthing advises on how to make a small, shaded garden work with the change of season. 

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Making a shaded garden work
Article – The art of topiary

The art of topiary

Topiary – the practice of clipping and shaping shrubs or trees into ornamental shapes – has become de rigueur again over the past decade. Which types of plants and trees are most suited to this practice and why?

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The art of topiary
Article - An urban garden design in a New York townhouse

An urban garden design in a New York townhouse

Complete with a cascading waterfall, fire pit and outdoor kitchen, this compact urban oasis is tucked away behind a typical New York Brownstone in the vibrant suburb of Brooklyn.

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An urban garden design in a New York townhouse
Article – Enhancing a steep garden

Enhancing a steep garden

Landscape architect and designer Rachael Farthing advises on ways to enhance a steep garden with options that suit your budget. 

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Enhancing a steep garden
Regional article – Rodney Landscaping Specialists

Rodney Landscaping Specialists

Rodney may be just an easy 30-minute drive from Auckland City, but as locals will tell you, it’s a world apart. With its mix of landscapes, relaxing indoor/outdoor living could have been invented for this area. 

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Rodney Landscaping Specialists
Article – Colonial revival style gardens

Colonial revival style gardens

A combination of classical gardening tradition, indigenous knowledge and rustic initiative gave way to Colonial revival gardens. Today, you can transform your backyard recreating local history in a contemporary style. 

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Colonial revival style gardens
Article – Japanese style gardens

Japanese style gardens

Reflect and ponder while walking through your new Japanese-style landscape. We go through the essential elements to achieving your own personal inner Zen.

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Japanese style gardens
Article – Vertical gardens on building facades

Vertical gardens on building facades

They date back as far as 600 BC when the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Fast forward a few thousand years and living walls – also known as green walls, vertical gardens and bio walls – are once again having their day in the sun.

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Vertical gardens on building facades
Regional Article – North Shore Landscaping Specialists

North Shore Landscaping Specialists

With a relaxed vibe to life, the North Shore has experienced enormous growth with both new developments and existing home owners spending time and effort upgrading their backyards and entertainment areas. 

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North Shore Landscaping Specialists
Regional Article – Queenstown Landscaping Specialists

Queenstown Landscaping Specialists

It’s not hard to see why Queenstown has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years, and with it, the landscaping options that allow residents to fully enjoy the wonderful local climate. 

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Queenstown Landscaping Specialists
Article – Creating an interactive backyard

Creating an interactive backyard

Hayley-Anne Brown, interior designer at Lou Brown, advises on how to create an interactive backyard where you can entertain lunch and dinner parties. 

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Creating an interactive backyard
Article – Tuscan style gardens

Tuscan style gardens

This guide of the principles and features of Tuscan gardens will spark your imagination and help you design an outdoor space that celebrates harmony and balance. 

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Tuscan style gardens
Plant Article – Kawakawa planting and care instructions

Kawakawa planting and care instructions

This guide will take you through how to care for your Kawakawa plant.

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Kawakawa planting and care instructions
Article – Desert style gardens

Desert style gardens

Desert style gardens are dry, simple and need little maintenance. Learn how you can transform your backyard into a beautiful, surreal oasis. 

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Desert style gardens
Article – Things to consider before installing a swimming pool

Things to consider before installing a swimming pool

There are a variety of factors to consider when deciding to invest in a swimming pool. Whether it’s the type of pool, installation, finish, or water type, you’ll want to make sure your choices serve your real needs. 

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Things to consider before installing a swimming pool
Article – French style gardens

French style gardens

Both productive and decorative, you can easily recreate your own French themed garden. These are some of the many elements of French flair that you can incorporate into your landscape design. 

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French style gardens
Regional article – Wanaka landscaping specialists

Wanaka landscaping specialists

Wanaka, the outdoor enthusiast’s dream region, has a laid-back vibe that makes for exciting landscape design that focuses on outdoor living and entertaining.  

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Wanaka landscaping specialists
Article – How to create fire pits and fireplaces to last and enjoy

How to create fire pits and fireplaces to last and enjoy

Outdoor fire pits are very popular in landscaping. It’s a good option for those short on space as they create cosy spots perfect for entertaining guests. 

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How to create fire pits and fireplaces to last and enjoy
Plant Article – Palm trees – planting and care instructions

Palm trees – planting and care instructions

For many of us, swaying palms epitomise the dream vacation; sun and surf, and relaxing with a cool drink under a coconut tree. Holiday bliss!

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Palm trees – planting and care instructions
Article – Tropical gardens

Tropical gardens

Tropical themed gardens are one of the most popular choices of backyard styles today. This is how you can transform your garden into your own tropical oasis. 

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Tropical gardens
Article – How to maintain your garden for summer

How to maintain your garden for summer

Summer is coming and the chances are you’ll want to entertain family and friends in an outdoor space that doesn't take all your time maintaining it. Whether you have a large backyard or a patio, these are the most important things to keep in mind. 

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How to maintain your garden for summer
Article – English gardens

A cultured garden: English gardens

What exactly constitutes an English garden? Learn how to channel some landscaping history and mix eras, styles and themes to transform your backyard into a lush and fragrant ‘cultured garden’. 

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A cultured garden: English gardens
Article – Things to consider before installing an outdoor shower

Things to consider before installing an outdoor shower

You don’t have to be an exhibitionist to enjoy showering outdoors. On a summer’s day, after a session at the beach, toiling in the yard or après workout, showering in nature is both practical and relaxing.

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Things to consider before installing an outdoor shower
Article – Swimming pool maintenance

Swimming pool maintenance in New Zealand

There is one word that separates a swimming pool from a murky “frog pond,” the big M, maintenance. 

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Swimming pool maintenance in New Zealand
Article – FAQs creating an outdoor kitchen

FAQs for creating an outdoor kitchen

There’s something seriously enjoyable about dining Alfresco. Somehow the sun and fresh air makes food taste so much better. However, things really heat up when you bring the entire cooking experience outside.

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FAQs for creating an outdoor kitchen
Plant Article - Sun plants

Sun plants and ‘hot’ tips for sunny spots

Just as some of us are sun-lovers and others prefer a shady spot, so is it with garden plants; the amount of sun will dictate garden design and type of planting.

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Sun plants and ‘hot’ tips for sunny spots
Plant Article - The urban garden

The urban garden

Long gone – from our major urban areas at least – are the quarter acre sections many of today’s homeowners grew up with. Modern housing pressures mean living in close proximity to one another has become the norm.

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The urban garden
Article – FAQs for gardens and planting

FAQs for gardens and planting

We look at the FAQs of home owners wanting to do gardening and planting.

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FAQs for gardens and planting
Article – How to choose the right grass for your home

How to choose the right grass for your home

If your quest is to find the perfect lawn for your property, you’re in the right place. Let’s stroll up the garden path with the right tools to find which grass is right for your home.

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How to choose the right grass for your home
Article – How to make a fire pit work for your outdoor space

How to make a fire pit work for your outdoor space

We Kiwis love our indoor/outdoor flow, but relaxing outside is no longer restricted to firing up the barbie when the sun’s out.

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How to make a fire pit work for your outdoor space
Article – Swimming pool design ideas

Swimming pool design ideas

Nothing will make a bigger splash in your backyard like a swimming pool. From half-moon plunge pools to rock-lined resort sanctuaries, a pool can transform your section into an oasis of your dreams.

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Swimming pool design ideas
Plant Article – Tips and tricks for planting in a shaded garden

Tips and tricks for planting in a shaded garden

As sections shrink in size and houses become larger, many gardeners are faced with landscaping a space that enjoys more shade than sun.

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Tips and tricks for planting in a shaded garden
Article – Spanish style gardens

Spanish style gardens

Spanish gardens famously celebrate warmth, intimacy and serenity. Privacy, symmetry and architectural rhythm are the hallmarks of their design.

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Spanish style gardens
Article – How to achieve privacy in your backyard

How to achieve privacy in your backyard

With house sizes growing and section areas shrinking, life in the backyard can sometimes feel like living in a fish bowl. It’s time to get some privacy.

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How to achieve privacy in your backyard
Plant Article – A guide to indoor plants and their benefits

How to care for indoor plants

From anthuriums to peace lilies and palms, ferns, philodendron, orchids and many, many more – houseplants bring the outdoors in.

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How to care for indoor plants
Article – The benefit of solid composites

The benefit of solid composite products

When it comes to landscape requirements ‘low-maintenance’, is a phrase designers frequently hear; today, for many homeowners, outdoor space is about more enjoyment not more work.

With the introduction of solid composite products, your low-maintenance outdoor space has become more achievable than ever.

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The benefit of solid composite products
Plant Article – Hollywood Juniper planting and care instructions

Hollywood Juniper planting and care instructions

The intriguing looking ornamental Kaizuka or Torulosa, is perhaps better known as Hollywood Juniper and its funky form makes it one of the more popular conifers with designers looking for a tree with attitude.

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Hollywood Juniper planting and care instructions
Plant Article – How to use companion planting

How to use companion planting in your garden

As the song says, ‘everything old is new again’ and for a growing number of gardeners that means embracing the centuries-old technique of companion planting – a system of grouping complementary plants together, that enables bed mates to take care of others planted with them.

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How to use companion planting in your garden
Regional Article – Christchurch landscaping specialists

Christchurch landscaping specialists

With its unique blend of city sophistication and rural heritage, plus breathtaking views stretching from the beach to the mountains, there’s something special about Christchurch.

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Christchurch landscaping specialists
Regional Article – Franklin landscaping specialists

Franklin landscaping specialists

With its rich red soil and temperate climate, the Franklin region has been the ‘vegetable basket’ for Auckland city and beyond, for generations.

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Franklin landscaping specialists
Plant article – Peach Tree plant and care instructions

Peach tree plant and care instructions

Smaller sections with no space for a traditional orchard, plus the trend towards edible gardens, are seeing old favourites take on new and exciting forms; peach trees are a delicious example.
 

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Peach tree plant and care instructions
Regional Article – Wellington landscaping specialists

Wellington landscaping specialists

When it comes to designing and landscaping amazing outdoor living areas, Wellingtonians can hold more than their own. The key is understanding the area’s unique weather patterns and soil types, then planning and planting accordingly.

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Wellington landscaping specialists
Plant Article – Avocado tree plant and care instructions

How to plant and care for avocado trees

It’s hard to find a fruit that rates higher than the avocado; billed as ‘nutritious and delicious’, and listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world’s most nutritionally complete fruit.

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How to plant and care for avocado trees
Plant Article – How to plant and care for peonies

Peonies – Planting and care instructions

Peony or Paeony? Whatever the spelling they’re a glorious addition to any garden setting. They’re also famous for their longevity with reports of plants lasting over 50 years.

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Peonies – Planting and care instructions
Article – How to create the perfect lawn for your home

How to create the perfect lawn for your home

It’s a little ironic that as our lawns get smaller, there’s probably never been more information available on creating the perfect green space. So instead of doing tons of work trying to figure out where to start, we’ve compiled the essential information you need to begin creating that perfect lawn for your home.

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How to create the perfect lawn for your home
Plant Article - How to plant and care for feijoa trees

How to plant and care for feijoa trees

When return on investment in the garden matters, think no further than the feijoa, a backyard staple that’s more popular than ever as newer cultivars produce higher yields of larger fruit for little effort.

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How to plant and care for feijoa trees
Plant Article – Apple tree planting and care instructions

How to best plant and care for apple trees

If the secret to good health and longevity is indeed an apple a day, then most Kiwis are well placed to live a long and healthy life. Here are some planting and care tips for apple trees, for both rural and urban gardens, to make sure that you get that apple a day.

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How to best plant and care for apple trees
Plant Article – Hydrangea planting and care instructions

Hydrangea planting and care instructions

When it comes to an explosion of colour in semi-shaded garden corners, it’s hard to get past hydrangeas. These showy shrubs have been around for generations but they’re enjoying renewed interest as different varieties - many ideal for smaller spaces or containers - have become available.

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Hydrangea planting and care instructions
Article – Landscape design that adds value to your property

Landscape design that adds value to your property

If you’re looking to spruce up your home with a view to sell, the outdoors is the best place to start. There are a few tried and trusted ways to add an instant depth of character and appeal to your home if you’re looking to sell.

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Landscape design that adds value to your property
Regional Article – Auckland landscaping specialists

Auckland landscaping specialists

In Auckland even the most modest dwelling will invariably boast a colourful garden plot, and the regions diverse range of ‘open’ gardens attract a wide range of visitors, both local and international.

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Auckland landscaping specialists
Article – 10 steps to choosing the right Landscaping Specialist

10 steps to choosing the right landscaping specialist

TV tells us that DIY is easy – it’s in our DNA. So why should we hire a professional landscaper instead of doing it ourselves? Put simply, landscaping can be tricky. Here are ten steps you can follow to ensure you choose the right landscaping specialist.

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10 steps to choosing the right landscaping specialist
Article – How to create an inviting outdoor space

How to create an inviting outdoor space

Fiona Shine, director of Se3, answers how to make your outdoor area an inviting space for you and your guests.

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How to create an inviting outdoor space
Article – How to achieve a low maintenance outdoor space

How to achieve a low maintenance outdoor space

Teamturf answers how to achieve a low-maintenance outdoor space.

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How to achieve a low maintenance outdoor space
Article – Auckland Garden Design Festival 2015

Auckland Garden Design Festival 2015

Come and be inspired by some of the country’s best garden designers at this year’s Auckland Garden DesignFest.

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Auckland Garden Design Festival 2015
Article - Expert Advice - Affordable design ideas for outdoors

Affordable outdoor design ideas

Lead designer, Hayley-Anne Brown from Lou Brown Interior Design, answers readers question about simple and affordable design ideas they can use to prepare their outdoor for spring.

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Affordable outdoor design ideas
Article – Solutions for small gardens

Solutions for small gardens

Do you have limited or no garden space? We take a look at a clever solution to grow your own garden in the city.

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Solutions for small gardens
Article – Adding a deck to your outdoors

Adding a deck to your outdoors

We all love those long summer nights when we can sit outside, enjoy a barbeque and entertain friends on the deck. Outdoor living has become so much a way of life that for many renovators, timber decks are now a must-have design feature in any makeover.

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Adding a deck to your outdoors
Article – Shade and protection for outdoor areas

Shade and protection for outdoor areas

There are a lot of options out there for shade and protection over your outdoors areas. Here are some tips and advice for choosing the right one.

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Shade and protection for outdoor areas
Article – A tropical garden landscape introducing flow

A tropical garden landscape introducing flow

When Mike and Genevieve Broadbent decided to renovate their backyard in Herne Bay, they did so to make a statement. Their beautiful house would be well at home with a traditional classic look. But Mike opted for a resort style landscape.

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A tropical garden landscape introducing flow
Article – Resort style garden landscape

Resort style garden landscape

The coastal winds of Tindalls Bay have driven a change of scenery. A simple large driveway receives some therapy to become a calming, peaceful and exquisite resort style garden landscape.

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Resort style garden landscape
Article – Create indoor-outdoor flow

Create indoor-outdoor flow

Renovators have innumerable options for creating dream outdoor eating spaces; it’s just a matter of knowing where to look. There are great options for both the budget-minded and those looking for a touch of luxury.

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Create indoor-outdoor flow
Article - Tips for choosing the correct decking finish option

Tips for choosing the correct decking finish option

Choosing the correct decking finish can be a confusing process. How do you know which option is the best one for your needs?

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Tips for choosing the correct decking finish option
Article – Small garden landscape design

Small garden landscape design

Opposing angles from an existing retaining wall and steps with an angular entrance might have challenged many ‘reno’ experts but landscape designers, Matt McIssac and Designer Jules Moore, took this renovation to a different level.

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Small garden landscape design
Article – Improve drainage in your backyard

Improve drainage in your backyard

Here are some solutions to aiding drainage in your backyard to help improve growth of your plants, vegetables and fruit.

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Improve drainage in your backyard
Article – Decorative fencing to complement your home

Decorative fencing to complement your home

Technological advances have made way for new and innovative high-end decorative fencing and screening systems.

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Decorative fencing to complement your home
Article – Winter gardening projects

Winter gardening projects

Winter is the perfect time to plan and undertake bigger landscaping projects such as paving, as you’ll find it’s much more comfortable than working in the hot summer sun.

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Winter gardening projects
Article - Cedar cladding restoration

Cedar cladding restoration

An exterior restoration by TimberTECH transformed a tired brick and cedar home in Greenlane.

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Cedar cladding restoration
Article - Deck balustrades maximise your view

Deck balustrades maximise your view

Use balustrades to optimise the outlook from your deck as well as providing safety for you and your family. Noel Priestly from Provista provides different options.

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Deck balustrades maximise your view
Article – Titoki Tree - Planting and care instructions

Titoki Trees - Planting and care instructions

The Titoki tree is a popular urban Native that has attractive glossy green leaves and a spreading canopy.  With it’s small red fruits, the Titoki attracts native birds such as the New Zealand Wood Pigeon and it’s leaves and oil are a natural insect repellant

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Titoki Trees - Planting and care instructions
Article - How to maintain your property for Spring

How to maintain your property for Spring

After the cold and wet winter months, it’s time for the annual spring clean. Make use of the warmer weekends to repair any damage caused by storms or excess moisture, and get your home and garden ready for the coming months.

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How to maintain your property for Spring
Article – A natural way to protect wood

A natural way to protect wood

The elements can be very harsh on our decking and cladding – it’s worth investing a little bit of time and labour to protect them and keep them looking their best.

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A natural way to protect wood
Article – Top 10 New Zealand gardening trends

Top 10 New Zealand gardening trends

Create the ideal garden for your requirements with our top 10 New Zealand gardening trends.

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Top 10 New Zealand gardening trends