3 Alternatives If Grass Will Not Grow In Your Landscape Garden

For most landscaping projects, whether they be a large project or a small one, the use of grass in some capacity is almost certainly going to be included. However, there may be some circumstances where using grass is not possible and alternatives need to be considered.

Apart from the person who owns the garden deciding that they do not want grass, the main reason for having to look at alternatives is that the grass simply cannot grow properly. The main cause of this can normally be attributed to the lack of one of three things which grass needs to grow and to thrive, which are water, nutrients, and sunshine.

This means that in locations that have low levels of rainfall, soil that is dry and lifeless, or where the sunlight is blocked, perhaps from tall buildings, then the grass is at best going to less than healthy, and in the worst cases, not grow at all. This brings us to the alternatives which are available to you, and in most scenarios one of these three choices is the one that the majority of landscape gardeners opt for.

Patio / Decking

Ok, so maybe two alternatives in one, but in effect what you doing here is building a surface or platform where the natural grass would have been. There are several materials that can be used with patios able to be built from gravel, concrete, bricks, or wood. Decking panels can also made from wood, but the most durable and easy to maintain is decking where the panels are made from man-made composite material.

Decks and patios are great for entertaining guests – having a barbecue, a nice shade sail from oneshade.com.au, and relaxing outdoor furniture are easy people pleasers, and the other advantages that they have are that, in the main, they require a lot less maintenance than grass, and they should last for many years.

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3 Ways In which Landscaping Can Boost Your Home’s Value

There will be many people who instigate a landscaping design project for their home, for the pure and simple reason that they love gardening. For others, the motivation will be that they want a beautiful outdoor space on their property where they can relax or invite friends and family to.

Beyond these very personal benefits of having a newly landscaped garden, there is one benefit, where for some, it does not even register a thought, but for others, it will be the prime motivator, and that is an increase in the value of their property. There is no denying that a property with a beautifully landscaped garden designed & sculptured by Landscapers Perth versus an identical property with just a plain back yard, is always likely to be worth more.

Another consideration is that where there is a more urgent need to sell a property, perhaps because you have already agreed to purchase your next home, you have a far greater chance of finding a buyer quickly if you have a landscaped garden, than if, once again, all you can offer them is a dull, boring backyard.

Before everyone starts calculating how much more their property might be worth, it is important to understand that simply having a garden, landscaped or not, is not the key factor here, especially with respect to adding value to your property. Any landscaped garden, in order to increase the likely sellable value, needs to be created in a certain way. By that, we mean that some thought must go into your landscaping design.

In order to help you with that task, we are going to outline 3 simple, but highly effective, strategies with regards to the design of your landscaping that can help boost the increase in your property’s value even higher.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your Bathroom

7 Reasons Why You Should Renovate Your Bathroom

Given that a bathroom renovation is one of the most expensive projects in the average home, you may be wondering if it’s even a necessity. If your bathroom is still functional, it will surely last a few more years, won’t it?

The truth is, renovating your bathroom can bring all kinds of benefits, even if you believe it’s not quite on its last legs. A new bathroom can increase the value of your property, be easier to clean and be a more comfortable space to use. If you’re not yet convinced, here are a few of the many reasons why you may like to consider renovating your bathroom.

It’s Damaged

Bathrooms do not remain in the best condition forever. In fact, experts recommend minor or significant renovations every 10 years. Over time, showers can start to leak, tiles can loosen, and mould and rot can begin to become a problem. If you notice any of these signs above, it can signal a pressing issue you need to address sooner rather than later.

It’s Dated

If you have renovated the rest of your home, walking into your bathroom can be like stepping back in time. Even if it is the most expensive room in the house, it can complete the look of your freshly renovated home. A dated bathroom may be functional, but it can be limiting how house proud you are.

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The Hidden Dangers Lurking Within Dirty Carpets

The Hidden Dangers Lurking Within Dirty Carpets

One of the difficulties with regards to carpet cleaning is that often, what is being removed when they are cleaned is not always obvious. The experts at www.brilliancecarpetcleaningperth.com.au tell us this can apply to things like pieces of grit and dirt and grime which is embedded within the fibres and are so small that they are not visible to the human eye.

Perhaps this is why there are some who suggest that at any given time, a carpet which is not cleaned can hold up to four times its own weight due to the undesirables within it. Now that might seem staggering, and we are not suggesting you rip up your carpets to test this theory, but it does make you think what could be contributing to that.

There is going to be obvious answers like dirt and grit, but there are others which might be lurking in carpets which apart from being too small to see, create another problem. We are talking about those tiny and microscopic undesirables, that can actually be a risk to the health of anyone who regularly walks on that carpet.

Here we are talking about mould, pollen, and bacteria to name but a few. Actually when we say ‘few’ that is certainly not the word to describe the extent to which these all exist within dirty carpets. In the worst cases, it is believed that there can be as many as 200,000 bacteria living within one square inch of carpet. To put that into context, the number of bacteria on a single lavatory is thought to be 500 times less than that.

Bear in mind these numbers are worst-case scenarios but even if your carpets are 1,000 times cleaner than this example, that is still a lot of bacteria in every square inch of your carpets, be that in an office or at home.

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Common Mistakes People Make When Renovating Their Kitchen

Common Mistakes People Make When Renovating Their Kitchen

A significant part of learning involves making mistakes. You make them, and then you learn from them. However, make mistakes during kitchen renovations, and those mistakes can be costly.

If you’re just about to launch into a large kitchen remodelling project, be aware of the following common mistakes. You can then do your best to avoid them.

Thinking You Can Renovate Yourself

If you’ve never so much as picked up a screwdriver, then undertaking a significant kitchen renovation may not be the wisest idea. Even flatpack kitchens can be complex, with any mistake you make also being costly.

Even if you see a price disparity between a flatpack kitchen and hiring a custom kitchen cabinet maker, don’t be in too much of a hurry to become a DIYer. Your skill level and desire for a quality build could see a need for the experts at www.kitchenprofessionals.com.au.

Not Planning Enough Storage

One thing that frustrates many homeowners about their kitchens is a lack of storage space. Even if the kitchen itself is large, not every functional kitchen space has been planned to make the best use of it. Don’t make that mistake.

Planning is one of the most critical stages of a kitchen renovation – or any renovation. Make sure you have factored in enough storage space before you get the process underway.

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7 Top Tips For Landscaping In Locations That Get Little Rain

7 Top Tips For Landscaping In Locations That Get Little Rain

The world over, you will have gardeners whose landscaping designs and activities are affected by the climate they live in. For some they will need to take into account excessive amounts of rain, others might be living somewhere where temperatures are cold for most of the year, and then there will a group whose landscaping is impacted by a lack of rainfall.

You might think that this last group of landscapers have the biggest problem to deal with, given that anything which you would want to grow in a garden needs water in order to survive. You might be right, so to help anyone who does indeed live in an area where rainfall is limited, here are some ways you can address this issue, and even turn it into an advantage with regards to your landscape gardening.

Research Your Plants: There are many plants, flowers, shrubs, and trees which thrive in dry conditions, and so you should research which fall into this category, decide on which ones you like the look of, and then use these in your garden instead of those which require a lot of watering.

Plan Your Planting: As part of your research, and especially if you wish to still include plants that need a fair degree of moisture, you should categorize each group depending on what the experts say about the amount of moisture they require. Then, you should plant each group of plants who have a similar need for water together, thus preventing one or two plants from depriving other plants nearby of the moisture they need.

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Moving to a New Home

5 Mistakes to Avoid When You Are Moving to a New Home

Moving to a new house is not something we are likely to do very often, so unless you work for a removalist, you are unlikely to have much experience of house moves. This is often why people tell their experienced removalists at www.brillianceremovalistsmelbourne.com.au that moving to a new house is one of the most stressful events they experience in their lives, but it need not be that way.

The reason for many of those moving to a new house experiencing what they describe is a disaster, is that they make several fundamental mistakes which, turns what should be an exciting experience, into a living nightmare. We have outlined 5 of those mistakes, in the hope that when it comes time for you to move to a new home, you do not make them.

Mistake #1: Not Hiring Professional Removalists

Trying to move house or home office, either by hiring a van to do it yourself, or worse, paying for a bunch of amateurs to do it, is one of the primary reasons that a house move can become a complete nightmare.

Always do your due diligence and hire a team of professional removalists who can help you at every stage of the process and will ensure that the day of your move goes exactly as planned.

Mistake #2: Not Asking For Help

As well as hiring professional removalists, you should also be thinking about who else that you know that can help. There are all sorts of ways that others such as family and friends can help with some examples being:

  • Packing/Unpacking
  • Looking After Children/Pets
  • Lending You A Van/Car/Ute
  • Arranging for Snacks and Drinks for Everyone
  • Tradespeople: Residential Electricians/Plumbers/Joiners
  • Legal/Accounting Advice

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Home Security System

The Pros & Cons of Using a Home Security System

More and more people across Australia and the world are installing home security systems from Alarm Systems Perth every day. There are a few reasons for this, including because they help people feel safer and they help secure your property against intruders and criminals.

In saying this, security alarms aren’t all fun and games. There are plenty of downsides associated with using them as well, and you need to make sure that you’re aware of both the positives and negatives before installing a new system.

With this in mind, we’ve had a closer look at the pros and cons of using a home security system. These are listed and explained in more detail below.

Pros of Using a Home Security System

There are numerous pros associated with using a home security system, including:

You will be alerted anytime someone enters your home unexpectedly – The main function of home security alarm systems is to notify you when an intruder or other unexpected visitor enters your home.

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Landscaping On My Own

Should I Attempt Landscaping On My Own?

In general, landscaping can be a difficult and time-consuming process. And yet, many people continue to attempt to do it alone. It’s certainly not for everyone, and you will need to think very carefully before committing to completing your landscaping projects on your own.

Because of this, it’s important to understand exactly what landscaping involves and why it’s so difficult. Ultimately, we always recommend using a professional landscaping team, such as Landscaping Sydney but in the end, the choice is yours. We’ve put the following guide together to help you out.

When Can I Consider Landscaping Alone?

Ultimately, there are a few times when deciding to take care of your own landscaping projects is a good decision. Some of these times include:

  1. When you’re a handy person with gardening/outdoor building experience.
  2. When your project is only small. For example, installing a new garden bed or laying new artificial turf.
  3. When your budget is extremely low and you want the most bang for your buck.
  4. When you already have a strong landscape design plan and you feel you can take care of everything on your own.


Even if you do decide to do things yourself – and yes, it is possible, if a little difficult – you should still always start with a detailed design blueprint.

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Packaging Business Electronics

Packaging Business Electronics for Transport

If you run a business which relies on computers and other electronics, then you will have to think carefully about the best way to package them before moving office. If you use a professional removals company, they will be able to give you advice, but it’s a good idea to develop a clear understanding in your own time.

With this in mind, we decided to put together this complete guide to packaging business electronics for transport. Here you will find information about the best way to pack things like computers, printers and more to ensure they aren’t damaged during the moving process.

  1. Pack Things in Their Original Boxes Where Possible.

Packing electronics in their original boxes will help you transport them safely and without risk of breaking them. In a perfect world, you would have also kept the packaging that your computers and other IT items came with. If so, you can simply slot the items back into their box, add the original packaging, and transport them like that.

  1. Use High Quality Packing Materials

If you don’t have original boxes to pack things in, think carefully about what sort of packaging materials you’re going to use. Where possible, go for:

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