Why choose a limestone retaining wall?

Allscapes WA have been in the industry for over 20 years, and are experienced in both the design and installation of limestone retaining walls throughout Western Australia.

Why choose a limestone retaining wall?

A limestone retaining wall is appealing as a design feature, but this doesn’t mean it won’t be functional. Limestone blocks are strong and long lasting and will withstand the elements for many years to come.

These blocks are the perfect size and mass for a retaining wall and their durability has made this sedimentary rock a popular choice for our customers. In many areas of Western Australia, the climate is warm and mediterranean which is well suited to this building material.

When using limestone it will generally be more cost effective than other options. It may feel like an investment, but it is low maintenance and will outlast many competing products. At Allscapes WA we pride ourselves on sourcing only the highest quality materials, and will work with you to choose the right solution for your soil conditions, environment and style preferences.

Will my home suit a limestone retaining wall?

Limestone retaining walls have a natural appearance and give older, character homes a rustic finish when the textured surfaces are kept in tact.

Newer, modern homes can still enjoy the benefits of limestone, but are generally more suited to cleaner, polished edges. Limestone is a versatile material and its density and range of sizes and styles will give you the look you want, while maintaining the structure of your landscaping. Keep in mind that these walls are generally light colours such as grey, white or yellow.

Adding a retaining wall can change the function and style of your outdoor living area, and when done correctly will increase the value of your home. We will design the look and feel of your wall to suit your needs, it can even include additional extras such as steps, garden beds or seating.

Your retaining wall can be built on a flat surface or a slope, there is something to suit every area and our experts can guide you through the best option for your space. Use your retaining wall as a feature in your garden, or as a more subtle addition to showcase your greenery.

Our promise to you…

At Allscapes WA, we pride ourselves on offering quality retaining walls which are straight, clean and visually appealing. We treat your home as though it is our own, and you can be confident in our high standards of workmanship.

When we complete each job we leave our workspace clean and tidy, and are dedicated to maintaining our reputation of being reliable and trustworthy. Many of our clients are referrals or repeat customers, and we have a long history of creating personalised designs for Western Australian homes and businesses.

We can create retaining walls out of a variety of materials. If you prefer the look of brick, concrete or synthetics, these are just some of the alternatives we have available.

Contact us today for more information, or request a quote to see how we can make your landscaping dreams a reality.

 

 

 

Keeping gardens in Perth alive since 2010

privacy fenceKeeping gardens in Perth alive since 2010

Anyone who’s lived through a Perth summer knows the climate is hot and dry. Many locals believe that spring is arriving earlier and hot conditions are lasting longer. This is great for many of our lifestyle pursuits, but with only an occasional summer storm, it’s not unusual for Perth to go weeks or months without rain. Combine the hot temperatures with the sandy soils on Perth’s coastal plains and you have the perfect recipe for dead or dying lawns and garden beds.

Hydrophobia

It’s not fear of washing… it’s how the professionals describe sandy soils which tend to be non-wetting or water repellent. In Perth we have some of the most hydrophobic soils in the world which means water doesn’t soak in and reach the roots of the plant, it simply runs off. Given that we pay for every drop of water that we use, hydrophobic soils are both inefficient and unsustainable. Enriching the soil and using a good surfactant-based wetting agent will help the water to penetrate. Installing an efficient watering system will help the water get to where it needs to be to do its job.

Reticulation

Talk to any real estate agent and they’ll tell you that establishing a beautiful garden is a really cost-effective way of adding value and improving the street appeal of your home. Supporting the new landscaping with efficient garden reticulation will protect your investment while it becomes established. Proper reticulation or irrigation is more than installing a couple of sprinklers, it should be an integrated and controllable system, customised to the space and style of garden you are trying to create.

Integrated watering systems

Allscapes take a stepped approach to designing and installing a watering system which is configured to cope with the climate conditions you find in Perth. Before we start we develop an overall landscaping plan which takes into account the aspect of your home, the style of garden you want to achieve and the type of plants which will flourish and thrive.

Step 1 Soil preparation underpins everything you do the garden. If you start with good quality soil that can retain moisture and nutrients, your new garden will be off to a good start.

Step 2 Our professional garden reticulation system incorporates:
controllers that can be adjusted to accommodate seasonal adjustments
rain sensors to avoid wasting water
professional quality master solenoids and duel check valves to keep the system operating efficiently
water wise driplines and sprinkler heads which use the least amount of water to maximum effect

Step 3 Once the reticulation infrastructure is in position, the exciting part starts with plant placement. There are literally hundreds of water wise plants you can choose from, and placed or grouped correctly, your new garden will start to take shape quickly. It’s important to remember that plants will grow and mature over time, so resist the urge to overplant.

Step 4 Mulch, mulch and more mulch… a good think layer of mulch suppresses weeds, keeps plant roots cool and locks in moisture by preventing evaporation. Mulch is essential element to every garden in Perth’s hot Mediterranean style climate.

Need advice?

Allscapes are an experienced Perth based company that specialise in residential or commercial landscaping and reticulation. For advice about our reticulation services, contact us here.

Ideas for Landscaping Your Front Yard in Perth

rose shrubsLandscaping is an investment in your property and can dramatically increase the value of your home. When landscaping your front yard, not only will the curb appeal be improved, but it will give you something to enjoy every time you walk out the front door.

The right type of landscaping will vary depending on a variety of factors including where you are located. Read on for our top front yard landscaping ideas in Perth:

Choose a Theme

Before landscaping can begin, take the time to plan the design. Brainstorm ideas and find images to determine your style. Having a theme will keep your front outdoor area consistent. Here are a few examples to get you started:

Those near the ocean may prefer a beach theme, incorporating pebbles, oversized rocks and sand coloured paving. If you would rather a natural look, opt for a native theme with plants and shrubs which are local to the area.

For a structured finish, Japanese gardens are popular with visual interests such as small bridges and statues. If colour is more your style, choose plants which are big, bold and bright, with roses, green grassy areas and a bird bath.

Consider the Environment

Where you live is going to determine the quality of the soil, and what can grow there. For example, coastal regions often have high levels of salt in the soil and this can limit your landscaping options.

Water restrictions may mean you need artificial lawn instead of the real deal. Be prepared to be flexible and choose the right front landscaping design, determined by the environment of your Perth home.

Find the Right Features

In addition to the right plants, features will add to your design. Retaining walls may be required, or you may like to utilise oversized rocks.

Perhaps the centre of your front yard will be a water feature or solar lights. Or, you may just like to implement some large pots for planting fresh herbs.

Go back to your theme and think about what would fit. Remember, this is your front yard so choose features which add to the design, rather than create a feeling of a cluttered space.

Think about Long Term Maintenance

There is no point in spending money on extravagant landscaping if you don’t have time to maintain it. Be realistic about your habits and whether you are prepared to spend your weekends gardening.

If the answer is no, choose a low maintenance style which requires minimal watering and a clean, finish. This can easily be achieved with smaller garden beds, pavers and rocky areas.

Function and Style

When planning your front landscaping in Perth, you need to consider the function as well as the style. A footpath needs to lead to the front door and act as a friendly welcome to your visitors. A footpath can be made in a variety of different materials, colours and styles.

Consider whether you want any additional shade and privacy, keeping in mind that concealing front windows can act as a cover for potential criminals.

Getting started

Getting started is the hardest part, but once you have planned your theme and determined your budget the process can begin. If there is an existing garden which needs to be renovated then rubbish removal may be required.

Some items may need council approval to be either built (or removed) but we can guide you through the entire process.

Allscapes WA are experts in landscaping with over 35 years experience. We can assist you in creating the yard of your dreams, please contact us today for a free quote.

Reasons To Choose Artificial Grass over Real Grass

artificial grass Perth

Everyone adores a beautiful landscape with bright and healthy lawn all year round. But not all of us have the time for regular maintenance to keep the lawn looking good in every season. If this is the case, you may find yourself considering synthetic or artificial grass as an alternative to real grass for your yard. Below we discuss several reasons as to why choosing artificial grass is a smart move for your front and backyards.

Look good all year round

The times when synthetic turf looked overly artificial and plain have become something of the past. Nowadays, artificial grass from high quality brands looks and feels like real grass, with much variety in terms of colors and the faux leaf-blade types. A huge advantage with fake grass is that you get to keep the finished result looking stunning all year round regardless of the seasons. While real grass will require dedicated maintenance to keep it look good during the summer and winter months, artificial grass is extremely resistant to weather conditions like rain and wind, heat and cold. So you will never have a dull or damaged looking lawn when opting for artificial lawn.

synthetic grass looks good all year round

Save money on water bills

Synthetic turf doesn’t need water to stay vibrant and green. Having artificial grass installed instead of regular grass can help you save as much as 70% on your monthly water bill. Judging by the heat of summer in Perth, you can rest assure knowing your water bill won’t sky rocket in order to keep the lawn in tip-top condition.

fake grass will save on water bills

Sustainability

Apart from water reservation, using high quality artificial turf also proves to be a more sustainable landscaping option. In other words, you won’t need fertiliser to keep the lawn ready for the winter months, which is known to be harmful to the environment. Besides, there is no need to use carbon-emitting lawnmowers, which also helps you save energy and fuel. With natural lawn, pesticides may be required to help get rid of weeds and pesky bugs. Having a synthetic lawn will help you stay away from those harmful chemicals that may eventually find their way down your drains and perhaps river systems.

artificial lawn Perth is more sustainable

Less maintenance needed

Taking care of artificial lawn is easy with no mud and no mess involved. You can easily brush away all the dirt and grime on the artificial turf. Occasionally, a bucket of water is enough to remove mud or stains or when you feel like the artificial lawn really needs a scrub-down. No more routine trimming, mowing or weeding, which are associated with maintaining a natural lawn. This is also one of the major selling points of artificial grass, as you can just sit back, relax and use your free time for more pleasurable things in life.

artificial grass Perth requires less maintenance

Durable and Long-lasting

Durability is among the key characteristics of synthetic grass through which the turf often lasts around 15 years before replacement is required. It is also UV stabilised to prevent fading from extreme sunlight, and constructed in a way that enables the synthetic grass to dry out fast if exposed to rain. You won’t also have to worry about the turf being damaged or dull from garden bugs.

Artificial grass in Perth often comes with up to 10 years of warranty as offered by many companies, which is another incentive to give you peace of mind when choosing artificial turf.

 

Playground for kids and pets all year round

Imagine all the things your family could do on your backyard’s lawn. After a long play date with your children and pets, or perhaps an outdoor party, your natural lawn may not look the same, it could be very flat and muddy. You wouldn’t want that, would you? If this is the case, consider installing synthetic grass, which feels just as soft as real grass, and looks fantastic all year round. High quality artificial grass – like the one offered at Allscapes WA – is durable, soft and non-toxic, making it extremely safe around children and pets. It’s time to let your pets (especially dogs) run wild without worrying about them ruining the lawn.

artificial turf Perth is a great playground all year round

Given all the benefits of synthetic lawn over real lawn, it all comes down to personal preferences, your lifestyle and what works best for you. With those busy homeowners who don’t have the time for regular lawn upkeep, synthetic grass is definitely an appealing solution, which appears vibrant and healthy looking all year round with little maintenance needed. If you are looking for a reliable landscaper that installs quality artificial grass in Perth, give the team at Allscapes WA a call.

How Smart Landscaping Protects Your Home from Burglars

smart landscaping enhances home security

These days, home burglary and robbery incidents are all over the news, you won’t know if your home could be next. In saying that, there are things you could do to enhance the security of your home. Apart from installing cameras, clever landscaping design can actually stop unwanted guests from breaking into your home. Below are some smart landscaping tips to make your home more secure and beautiful.

1. Trim Bushes, Hedges, Shrubs

Bushes, hedges and shrubs normally create perfect hiding spots for burglars. It is recommended to keep your bushes length to three feet or less. Trimming them regularly will not only increase the overall visual appeal of your property, but also increase your visibility from your home to the street. Plant small bushes rather than giant ones if possible.

Trim Bushes, Hedges, Shrubs

Make sure you never leave any garden tools around in your yard as these can be used to break windows to gain access to your house. In case you are planning a getaway and no one will be at home, hire a garden mowing service to keep your natural lawn in tip top shape. A neglected or overgrown lawn may give intruders a clear signal that you are away and that it’s the perfect opportunity to invade the house.

2. Trim Trees

Trees provide shades and beauty to your property. However, overgrown trees with long limbs actually act as ideal entry points to your balconies or the upstairs windows. Make sure your trees are trimmed and planted as far away from your home as possible. Ensure the trees don’t block the street view from your entryways or windows as the more visible these areas from the street or a neighbor’s house, the less likely your house will be targeted by burglars.

Trim Trees

3. Plant Shrubs that have thorns

Another smart landscaping tip is to plant shrubs with thorns such as holly or rose. These make it hard for criminals to hide in your yard. Ensure they are not big enough to provide any hiding spots. These bushes and flowers can be planted near or under windows that are easy to get into. You can also plant a climbing rose on your fence to discourage burglars from breaking into your property.

rose shrubs

4. Use Gravel in Your Yard

Using gravel in landscaping can make a difference in keeping your home more secure. Simply pour gravel on your walkways, by the windows, back and side doors. This way, if someone walks on the gravel, the loud crunching noise will alert you.

Use gravel in the yard

5. Use Outdoor Lighting

Breaking into a house at night becomes much easier when there is no lighting around your home. Most homeowners often avoid outdoor lighting to save on electricity bills. But it is essential to install lights in your yard in a way that does not leave any prominent dark hiding spots.

Outdoor lighting
A popular lighting option is mount motion sensitive lighting. Having the lights installed in the front of the house will scare away intruders as they know they can be easily spotted. Consider mounting the lights near your entry doors, ground floor windows and at the back of your house to keep your house safe and secure at night.

6. Install privacy fencing

Privacy fencing is a great option to keep peering eyes and away from your home. Solid fences that are difficult to break through or climb over are ideal as discouraging thefts from intruding. There are many fencing options out there which not only beautify your home but also enhance your home security.

privacy fence

The above 6 simple landscaping tips can help prevent your home from being targeted by burglars. If you have any enquiries on how to keep your home more secure or need any assistance with smart landscaping design, don’t hesitate to contact Allscapes WA.

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