Backyard Landscaping at McDowall, Brisbane involved a whole facet of quality landscape construction using a diverse range of knowledge and skill. As seen in the landscape before and after photos the job required the supply and construction of block retaining walls, paving, drainage and automatic irrigation which was connected to rain water tanks under water efficient guidelines.
Slate stack and timber screens were constructed as a major focal point of landscape construction. Native grass trees were planted in front of each feature panel. Mini spot lights on the grass trees shadowed their image nightly against the feature screens. Kwila timber decking extended out from a tiled alfresco area and was complimented by a paved stepper area in a decorative gravel finish.
A selection of clumping Bamboos, Liriope, Nandinas,Cordylines, New Zealand flax, Japanese blood grass, Lomandra, Pennasetum, Dianella silver streak, baby panda grass , Mondo grass and Zoysia grass, no mow grass and feature plantings of native grass trees and Pandanus trees gave the landscape a distinctive elegant touch.
At night the yard was transformed to a entertaining area with the use of sutle low voltage garden lighting. Up lights ,deck lights and spotlights were used to highlight feature areas and walkways through paved area. Light sensitive sunset switches for garden lights with a timer ensured lighting came on at dusk and would turn off at dawn or were programmable to allow efficient use of lighting.
The use of hard wearing Sir Walter Buffalo turf was chosen to cope with constant traffic of kids and two little very active dogs. Earthy neutral colours where used for the retainer walls, pavers and garden edges.
Drainage was a very important inclusion in the job to cope with the extensive amounts of water which will channel into to the rear of the property from the the neighbours above them on the hill. The use of ag drains as well as rigid pipes and drainage pits help the yard drain quickly after heavy down pours, also draining and relieving water build up behind retaining walls.
The use of clumping bamboos where chosen for there slender tall nature to give maximum privacy from the two story houses behind. Using a variety of four bamboos including Tiger Grass, Timor black bamboo , Grey Ghost and Budha belly bamboo gave different elements of texture, shades of colour and height requirements. The Feature screens where built from h4 treated hardwood and steel to form a solid frame to hold the dressed stained kwila timber slates and slate stack tiles attached on firm sealed blue board form work. The floating timber deck rests on concrete footings and treated timbers with additional drainage placed under the deck to avoid moisture. This job has inspired further landscape projects we have recently completed at mango hill, North Lakes and Brisbane’s suburbs of Ascot and Clayfield . See more of our Brisbane landscape works at www.greenscenegardenscope.com.au