Brisbane landscapers – Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How much does landscaping cost in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast?
→ As an indication, most Brisbane landscaping projects, including the Sunshine Coast cost in the vicinity of 5% to 15% of the property value. Generally horticultural based landscapes such as garden design including turf areas are likely to be in the range of 5%.
Landscapes where a moderate selection of structural elements are introduced in addition to soft landscapes may be 5-10%. Structural elements may include paving, retaining walls, decking, irrigation, lighting and drainage.
Landscapes with more extensive elements or larger areas of structural landscaping, 10% to 15% should be expected. Other influencing factors include site access, customers desired outcome and the actual size of your landscape works.
Q. Can we use irrigation systems in Brisbane & the Sunshine Coast to water our lawn and gardens?
→ Irrigation & sprinkler systems currently can be used in South East Queensland. Though, with the consideration of water conservation and rising utility costs, it is now more important than ever to consider the efficiency of irrigation systems in landscape design. Hunter, Rainbird, Wheathermatic, Irritol, Toro, Netafin, Onga, Grundfos, now manufacture a range of products Instant Greenscene utilize to ensure maximum water efficiency.
Q. What is the best option for a retaining wall, timber sleepers or blocks?
→ H4 treated timber is approved for in ground use and has a reasonable service life. Concrete block retaining walls and concrete sleeper retaining walls however are far more durable and have a greater life expectancy. This is based on suitable footings & good drainage. Both Blocks and concrete sleepers come in a wide range of colours, sizes and styles to create a more aesthetic landscape. Common styles of retainers walls to consider are timber sleep retaining walls, link wall or link block retaining walls and concrete sleeper walls.
Q. Will it be cheaper to complete DIY landscaping ?
→ Generally yes & DIY landscaping can be a rewarding achievement. On the down side, poorly planned or poorly constructed landscaping works can be detrimental to property values. Instant Greenscene Landscaping and Irrigation offer a landscape consulting service for those considering professional works or the home DIY landscaper.
Consider a Hybrid Approach , its a combination of professional installation and do-it-yourself landscaping. Most homeowners either can conquer much more or much less than they think they can. So you really need to think if you want to spend your next ten weekends breaking your back, or have someone help you.
Q. How much time will it take to maintain my new landscaping?
→ This is something we discuss during the initial landscape design consultation. These days, people tend to be time poor and low maintenance landscapes are now a very common design request. Our landscapes are individually designed to meet your need, and lifestyle. We have options available to suit just about anyone’s hectic schedule.
Q. What type of turf should I use in Brisbane , the Sunshine Coast or Gold Coast?
→ Turf should be selected based on its requirements. Some turfs like Sir Walter Buffalo and Tiftuf are selected for there ability to take full sun , right down to only 2-3 hours light. Along with their lower water and fertiliser requirements and improved disease and pest resistance compared to other lawns , they are great choices. However Sometimes a more cost effective option such as Nullarbor Couch is required. Other considerations like trafficking from kids and animals and site drainage should also be considered when choosing your turf. Consider our landscape consulting service for professional advice.
Q. Should I connect storm water pits to my house storm water drains?
→ The simple answer to this is no. Most houses are designed only to take water of the designed roof surface. Yard water drainage, or overland flow should always be independently plumbed. Under ground plumbing may also not be the best way to deal with overland flow. Other landscape profiling should always be considered in conjunction with yard drainage.
Q. What size rainwater tank do I need?
→ Consideration should be given to your watering requirements, location of rainwater tank (remembering to check council requirements), and catchment area. 1mm of rainfall will produce 1 litre of water per square metre of catchment. Dual water (tank & mains) may also be a consideration.
Q. Paving verse concrete?
→ Concrete is ideal for heavy traffic areas like driveways, though pavers without doubt have an aesthetic advantage. Modern Paving options are a great way to introduce colours and textures to your landscape, such as the natural stone in Adbri Masonries Eurostone product to the timber look alike option of Timberstone by Edenstone Masonry. See our Gardens and Pavers page for ideas
Q. Why choose Instant Greenscene Landscaping and Irrigation to complete my works?
→ Instant Greenscene has a diverse range of qualified specialist, rarely found in a small landscape operation. These include structural landscapers, garden designers, licensed irrigation plumber. We hold QBBC, QLD Plumbers & Drainers Board (irrigation) licenses and insured for public liability. Above all we take pride in our work with attention to details second to none.
Q. Payment options
Brisbane landscapers Instant Greenscene, offer a range of landscaping payment options for our landscaping , DIY landscape consulting and landscape design consultations.
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