Landscape for Entertaining

How to Landscape for Entertaining

If you love nothing more than spending time with family and friends, then your home setup and landscaping are essential. You wouldn’t, for example, invite your entire family over for dinner if you only had enough chairs for two people.

That’s why landscape design is essential when you’re catering to specific requirements. If it’s not right, you’re not able to do everything you had planned. Here’s how to incorporate your need for entertaining into your landscape design.

Plenty of Seating

When Australia puts on a show in the warm summer months, you can often be in the mood to invite all your friends and family around. You can share a cold beverage outside and enjoy the sun beating down in your lovely surroundings. If that sounds like your idea of fun, then ensure you incorporate plenty of seating and seating areas into your landscape design. Consider brick, wood, or concrete benches to encompass the outer edges of your deck, or invest in outdoor tables and chairs.

Provide Shelter

It can reach over 30 degrees-Celsius in Australia during the summer with no trouble at all. If you pride yourself on being the best host, then don’t let your guests cook in the heat. Provide shade options – be it permanent or temporary. Buy sun umbrellas and shade clothes that form a vital part of your overall landscape design.

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Pool Safety Regulations

What Pool Safety Regulations Exist In WA?

Swimming pools are dangerous. Drowning hazards pose a significant threat to pets and young children, which means that there are a range of safety regulations associated with swimming pools in Western Australia. The most notable of these surround the installation and maintenance of pool fencing which meets certain technical requirements.

Pool fence laws are very specific, and they outline what does and what doesn’t pass as an acceptable barrier. The good news is that your fence can be versatile – even things like glass pool fencing are acceptable under WA law.

Below is a brief outline of WA’s pool safety laws:

Pre-May 2016 & Post-May 2016 Pools:

The regulations are slightly different for pools built before and after May 2016. Before May 2016, your swimming pool barrier could include a door that was permanently fixed shut, and the rest of the barrier had to comply with the Australian Standard 1926.1-1993.

Post 2016 the laws were tightened to make swimming pool fences safer for children. Any pool built after 2016 must be enclosed by a barrier that meets the Australian Standards AS 1926.1-2007 and 1926.2-2012. One of the major changes under the new standards is that doors can no longer form part of the barrier surrounding a swimming pool.

The rest of this article will focus on the new post-May 2016 laws.

What Technical Requirements Does My New Pool Fence Have To Follow?

The technical requirements for WA pool fences are very strict, and must be followed closely. If they aren’t, you risk substantial penalties – including fines. Some of the technical requirements that you have to follow include:

Glass pool fences – All glass pool fences need to comply with the safety standards listed above. They also need to comply with the Australian Standard AS 1288-2006.

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Landscape Design

Low Maintenance Landscape Design

The modern world is an extremely busy place. People have more things to do and less time to do them than ever before. This has led to a rise in the popularity of things like low maintenance landscape design.

Sydney landscapers intreeglandscapes.com.au explain that in simple terms, low maintenance landscape design refers to the construction of outdoor spaces that look great, that can be enjoyed in whatever ways appeal to you and which don’t require a lot of time or effort to keep them looking great. I know how hard it can be to create a low maintenance outdoor space, so I’ve put together a list of my top tips to help you along the way:

Plant Things That Don’t Need A Lot Of Attention

One of the best ways to create a garden or outdoor space according to Landscape Design Perth that doesn’t need a lot of care is to plant things which look after themselves. In most cases, this will be tough, hardy plants which won’t become sick or die if they get a bit dry or if you don’t fertilise them for a while. Choose plants that don’t need pruning regularly.

In Australian conditions, one of the best ways to create a low maintenance garden area is to plant native species. These are usually tough, drought tolerant, and need little care. Do some research and find out which species are suited to your climate and soil type, and plant them. Native gardens can also become a refuge for wildlife, and who wouldn’t love to have a family of possums or colourful birds move into their backyard!

Consider A Minimalistic Style

Minimalist outdoor areas generally have few elements. The things they do have are simple and require little care. For example, you might choose to install a few concrete paths, a large lawn area (using a tough grass of course) and a few hardy trees.

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Backyard Entertainment Area

Your Pool and your Backyard Entertainment Area

It’s taken a while but you finally have the pool in your yard that you have been dreaming about. But it’s not over. It’s time to add accessories. Some unique landscaping and decorating will enable you to personalise your backyard. There are so many ways to do it as well. A landscape design that includes outdoor pool furniture, rock gardens, water features, trees, and flowers, will look simply great. Here are a few ways you can give it that wow factor look

Plants
According to The Landscape Association, landscaping is not just about plants. Proper landscape design goes way beyond that concept. Your pool needs to be in an environment that will be appealing and comfortable and more importantly, accessible. Once you have constructed the deck and your patio, the plants you choose to dress up the area should be ones that will flourish in our Australian weather. If in doubt, check with your landscape designer. Things to look at in your plan will be coordinating your landscape design to mesh with that of your house and in a sensible proportion. You do not want plants and flowers that shed leaves all year round and causing debris to fall into your pool or onto your deck. Don’t forget that trees and plants are great for privacy, but never let them overtake your backyard as they create problems with root systems and hence the drainage.

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Landscaping-Trends

5 Great Landscaping Trends to Consider for Your Garden

According Lone Pine Landscapes, landscaping trends come and go and it is nice to ensure your home always looks modern, with at least some of the latest trends. It is not always just about looks, but about enhancing your lifestyle. After all, life is meant to be enjoyed and the right kind of landscaping can help us relax, get back to nature and even be healthier. Here are some of the latest trends for your outdoor space.

  • Living spaces – when you can get outdoors and enjoy nature more, it reduces your tension and stress. To that end, people now like to create an outdoor space or ‘room’ they can utilise as an extra room. Whether it is a gazebo set up as a reading room or a deck combining plants with an outdoor kitchen – or even a paved area with a fire pit, it will help you and your family to enjoy more time in the outdoors without having to leave home to do it.

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