Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Front Garden Finished!!

 It was a very wet week this week, but luckily the weather was kind to us on Sunday and we finished the planting and ordered a metre of mulch to finish off the front garden.   Very pleased with the result:
That was then

This is now!

 We still have the rest of the nature strip to finish and the sprinklers fitting off, but that's all folks.   Now we just need the plants to grow!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Front lawn & garden

Thank goodness the weather was kind to us on Saturday, as it was turf laying day!!!

So exciting, the turf arrived at 7.30am and Raymond at 8.00am, so we were off and running.   Raymond commenced the day installing the irrigation and sprinklers for the lawn and garden beds, I started on the planting, and made cappuccinos for the both of us to keep us going.   I did as much planting as I could at the time so once Ray started laying the turf, I offered to help.   So by the time we were finished I was absolutely filthy, not a good look, as our neighbours discovered - Janine with no makeup, hair not done and gardening clothes on that were disgusting, but boy I felt good by the end of the day despite the appearance and my aching knees, legs, back etc. etc., even managed to mow the back lawn as well seeing I was on a roll.

And where was David, you may ask, well he was keeping the country running at work for the weekend, so I sent him progress pictures as we went, he was very pleased when he came home to see the progress we had made.   Here's the pics: 

My little hedge along the front path -

Irrigation drippers for the garden beds.

The finished result, we had some turf left over so have started on the nature-strip, to be completed in a couple of weeks.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

More frontage progress & drainage

Sorry for the lack of updates but we have been at the mercy of the weather here lately.

Charlbury Stream
 Firstly, this is what Melbourne's downpours did to our sideway:

Charlbury River

After consultation with our plumber Darren from Sustainable Solar and Plumbing who I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who needs help with drainage or any general plumbing.   This is the finished result:

Now, we should have absolutely no problems
with water laying up against the slab or fence as it will all drain into the silt pits that are connected to our storm water drains.

Meanwhile, after two wet Saturdays in a row, the boys came back today and completed the brickwork for the front garden beds, around the taps and boxed out the naturestrip ready for the replacement tree which died.   The council said they will replace it during the cooler months.
Looking a tad more presentable

Next week (weather permitting) we should get a massive load of soil delivered and we will be topping up the garden beds out the back and spreading soil out the front ready for turf hopefully the week after (yay!).
I now have to start seriously thinking about what plants we need for the garden.   Hmm a trip to the nursery is in order soon.