The seaside scenery and stunning bushland landscapes are some of Northern Beach’s most iconic characteristics. It should be no surprise then, that the art of landscaping for this region lies in integrating these natural elements into your own backyard as seamlessly as possible. We have compiled a few great ways to take full advantage of your Landscaping Northern Beaches potential.
Working with the Environment
Adding greenery provides a substantial boost, not only to the aesthetic of your outdoor area, but also to your property value. However, before you rush out and buy your pick of the nursery, there are many factors to consider. Native soil quality tends to be an issue in coastal areas, with high-salt or sandy ground not being uncommon. Wind-exposure can also present additional challenges. Fortunately, these problems are easily remedied. If you have an older yard with poor soil nutrition-value, it isn’t too difficult to restore the area with a dirt and compost mix. Trees and large bushes can help counter erosion.
Choosing the Right Plants
Choosing plants especially adapted to the seaside locale can significantly reduce upkeep issues in this regard. Additionally, they can help create a sense of theme and continuity with the surrounding natural environment. Judicious selection and placement of plant species is key to establishing form and flow. As a general rule of thumb, larger plants should go towards the back, acting as natural screening, with progressively smaller plants being used to stagger the midground and foreground. Plants of similar type should be grouped together for ease of maintenance as well as for visual appeal.
Here are some great coastal plants you can use to landscape your backyard:
- Hibbertia Scandens (groundcover)
- Banksia Integrifolia (great for screening)
- Westringia Fruiticosa (also known as “coastal rosemary”)
- Adenanthos sericeus (or “wooly bush”)
Palm trees, of course, also can add that classic, seaside holiday feel.
As well as being absolutely critical to the success of any outdoor entertaining area, raised decking is an excellent way to create a sense of flow between the house and the garden. In order to get that professional look, you’ll need to consider the type, colour and quality of the timber you plan to use. Will it be exposed to the rain and harsh summer heat? Often Northern Beaches homes are close to the sea or to bushland areas where insects and moisture might pose a challenge to the longevity of certain timbers. Of course, your personal preference when it comes to the appearance of the deck will factor in too.
Landscaping Northern Beaches is one of our specialities, visit our services page to see what we offer. If you need any help or have any questions, feel free to contact us and have a chat with our friendly team.