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Do your bit to save the bees!

The few bright sunny days we’re experiencing see my lavender garden humming with bees. The little ones in our family following their progress from stem to stem, learning about why it’s essential we provide food for bees, and the best place to start is at home. There’s very real concern about the massive loss of bee numbers throughout the world as this will lead to a worrying percentage of the fruit and vegetables we consume not be pollinated. Fingers are pointed to the Varroa mite, the wid...

September 28, 2017

A recent project...

A lot of our landscaping projects are based around making garden areas more usable for our clients - and the following is a perfect example. A couple got in touch with us recently to discuss their back section, part of which consisted of a steep bank that was fairly inaccessible. Now the area has steps and retaining making it much easier to navigate, and it's become a highlight of the garden.As often happens, the project grew in size - we also built and installed some planter boxes, and extended...

September 28, 2017

A recent project

Here's a before and after with a bit of a difference... the Groundcover offices. In October of last year we moved our business out of our house (hooray!), and into a commercial property. We needed a lot more yard space in addition to dedicated office areas for our growing business, and were lucky enough to come across this property in the central location of Frankton. Our awesome team got stuck in and whipped up a bit of landscaping to improve the frontage - new paving, planting, and a screen...

June 28, 2017

How to be proficient with plums!

The shortest day has just flown by – thank goodness, we hear you gasp - but there is still plenty of the cold stuff to come. Make the most of it; put dreams into action and plant that orchard or the couple of fruit trees you've been hankering after. Winter is the ideal time to buy and bed them in. Nurseries have an abundant supply; trees are dormant at this time of year, which increases their long-term survival rate because there's less chance of stressing them; and they have plenty of time...

June 26, 2017

A recent project

An integral part of the kiwi lifestyle is having a house with that all important "indoor/outdoor flow" - it's a real bonus to have a home that has a great outdoor area that you are keen to spend time in. Thoughtful and considered design can help homeowners take full advantage of the outdoor space for al fresco living and entertaining. And that's where we come in! Recent clients of ours had an existing area that didn't fit with their lifestyle as it was designed around a swimming pool they wanted...

March 29, 2017

Top tips for planting bulbs

The arrival of March flags the beginnings of the headlong rush towards winter, and yes, after our miserable excuse for a summer we want to bury our heads in the sand too. But it also heralds the arrival in plant nurseries of spring bulbs, and growers' brochures online and in our letterboxes. Phew, all that glorious colour! It's time to pore over them, establish which ones you absolutely cannot do without, and a few you simply fancy to bits. Many bulb varieties need a little winter holida...

March 28, 2017

A recent project

Clients Dennis and Alison got in touch with us a few months back - they'd recently had a new retaining wall built and wanted to revamp the surrounding gardens. It was important to have better access to the area, a usable, flatter lawn space, and new garden beds. They also had a large established liquidambar that needed to be incorporated into the design. We installed new paver edging to provide structure to the borders, and create easy lawn maintenance. We also installed railway sleepers as ret...

December 8, 2016

Silly Season garden tips

The wild winds have dropped, forecasted rain seems to be passing us by: summer and the Silly Season are here. At last. And that triggers a last-minute rush to have your garden looking its best for all those pre-Christmas parties and the big day itself. Key, is steadfast watering, but first things first. Have a good tidy up – nothing looks better than freshly mowed lawns, neatly trimmed edges and hedges, weed-free borders. Then take a fresh look at the garden itself. Would it benefit fro...

December 7, 2016

A recent project

Although the majority of our work is for residential clients, every now and then we do small jobs for commercial clients - and this was one of them. A business owner was unhappy about the view that her staff and clients saw out the office windows: an uninspiring white block wall. So she called up Groundcover Landscaping, and we set to work. We managed to fit in planter boxes, a pergola, and even a bit of grass for the resident pooches All of that coupled with some outdoor art on the white bloc...

September 30, 2016

Going potty!

September 1 strikes and we all go mad, cleaning the house, weeding gardens, plumping up our existing lawns or planting a new one, launching into the vegetable garden with such relish that some essential tasks get a little lost in the dust and stones in our wake. Your plants in pots are a case in point. Both the indoor and outdoor varieties. Spring is a good time to freshen their soil or give them a check-up, starting with their roots. Have they become pot bound? Are their roots growing through...

September 29, 2016

A recent project

Verda Decking is a new product that is becoming a really popular choice for our clients. It looks really impressive - there are no knots; the grain is straight due to the way it's milled; plus it's extra smooth so it feels great to walk on. Some recent clients of ours decided that Verda was the perfect choice to renovate the deck that leads out to their pool, and what a difference it has made....

June 28, 2016

Winter is pruning time

It's July and brrrr, it's cold. That signals time to wheel out the pruning shears, pruning saws, loppers and secateurs. Before you launch yourself at everything in the garden, however, check those tools over. They need to be scrupulously clean, oiled and honed sharp to avoid damaging plants and spreading disease. Pruning is necessary to tidy, control height and spread, and promote flowering, maximum fruiting and healthy growth on trees, shrubs and hedges. The task is best done in winter ...

June 22, 2016

A recent project

Low maintenance gardens are hugely popular these days - it's certainly what we get asked for more than anything else. The owner of this townhouse garden spends a lot of time with her horse, so she had good reason to request a garden that would be easy to keep looking neat and tidy without taking up too much time....

April 12, 2016

Easy ways to look after your lawn

Autumn is the perfect time of year to give your lawn a bit of TLC. Whether you choose to rip the whole lot up and re-sow your lawn, or you just want to repair some patches after heat of summer, read on for lawn care tips. Plus - see what they do in California to keep their lawns looking great - it's a little weird, but definitely something to think about! If you are starting from scratch, and want to re-sow all your grass, you need to spray with an all-purpose weed killer. Wait until the gras...

April 11, 2016

A recent project

Phil and Justine wanted to make some changes to their outdoor area, so it became a better spot for entertaining, and more family-friendly. Top of the list was a space for their spa pool, and a built-in barbecue. They also wanted the additions to blend seamlessly with what they already had, so it didn't look like an "add-on"....

December 11, 2015

5 ways to keep your plants alive while you're on your summer holiday

After what seems like a long cold winter, we get pretty excited about the advent of warm summer weather - and for a lot of us the warm weather means we start looking forward to a summer break away from home. But the harsh summer sun can be tough on our gardens - there's no getting around that. And it's a little heart-breaking to come home from your well-earned holiday to find your plants and gardens looking dismal, wilted and… dead. So here's a few tips to keep your plants healthy and hap...

December 11, 2015

Winter Newsletter

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October 22, 2015

8 easy ways to attract more wildlife to your garden

With our towns and cities becoming larger, and our sections and backyards becoming smaller, New Zealand's natural wildlife is becoming scarcer in our urban gardens. We need a balanced eco-system to help our gardens thrive, therefore birds, bees, butterflies and geckos, bats, praying mantises, ladybugs and spiders are all examples of wildlife we need to be encouraging back into the garden. They will help pollinate flowers, keep insect pests at bay, and disperse seeds. Plus there will be more bird...

October 22, 2015

Don't hire a landscaper...

Landscaping is a great way to add to the aesthetics of your home, and is one of the first things that visitors and prospective buyers will get to see.Therefore, it is important that you take great care when investing in landscaping for your home. So here are the five most important questions that you must ask your landscaper before getting started…...

June 19, 2015

All about divaricating plants...

New Zealand has a number of species of shrubs and small trees that have densely laced, wirey stems, that are spread apart at a wide angle - they look like they are growing in a zig-zag pattern. While New Zealand is not unique in this, we do have more species that have this habit than anywhere else in the world. There are two theories on why some NZ plants are divaricating: one is that it was to avoid browsing moa; the other theory is that this shape suited a icy, dry, windy environment from a pr...

June 19, 2015

Recent Project

A trend that is emerging in landscaping and gardening lately is artificial turf. We are seeing more and more of it online and getting enquiries about it from clients. One project we worked on recently was for a family who wanted a garden that was seriously low maintenance. Initially they thought they would like as much concrete as possible, but then made the decision to go with artificial grass in conjunction with other hard surfaces....

June 18, 2015

Garden Trends for 2015

I know we're half way through 2015 already, but better late than never! According to the American website Gardenista, there are a number of dominant garden trends to take into account when you're designing or renovating your garden this year. Take these ideas on board, and you will have the trendiest garden in your neighborhood (at least until 1st January 2016!!) Here are some of our favourites:...

May 27, 2015

Garden Tasks for April

- Plant: Primulas, polyanthus, pansies, violas, cineraria, sweet pea, and stock - Trim shrubs and hedging before the cold temperatures of winter set in- Keep cutting back and dead-heading summer flowering perennials- Plant out your bulbs remembering to add some bulb food into the soil when planting- Plant up pots, containers and hanging baskets for autumn and winter colour. Plant with: bellis, lobelia, polyanthus, flowering kale, primula, violas, snapdragons, wildflowers, sweet william, cinerari...

April 9, 2015

Garden Tasks for March

Plant: gerbera, lobelia, polyanthus, flowering kale, primula, violas, snapdragons, wildflowers, sweet William. - Deadhead and prune back perennials, including fuchsias, that have finished flowering for the season.- Start thinking about what bulbs you would like to plant - garden centres should have them in by now. Wait until April or even May to plant them though - the soil will be cooler then.- Add thick layers of mulch to garden beds and pots to conserve water, reduce weeds and add valuable nu...

March 5, 2015

Garden Tasks for February

- Plant snapdragons, poppies, fuchsia, petunias, impatiens, dahlias, echinacea, verbascum (for spring flowering), verbena, alyssum, cosmos, gaillardia, arctotis, gazania, marigolds, nemesia, wallflower - Remember to prune back Hydrangeas once they've finished flowering, to encourage lots of flowers for the following season.- Dahlias will need deadheading in February to prolong flowering- It's time to start planting your bulbs now that it's February - Daffodils, Freesias, Ixias, Anemones, Sparaxi...

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