Landscaping Adelaide Back Garden With Feature Privacy Screens.
The initial consultation and briefing for this landscaping project was to remove the Yuccas that were pushing over a boundary retaining wall and good neighbour fence and replace the garden with pavers and a Modwood composite timber privacy screen.
The yuccas root base and trunk had grown large enough to push the fence and wall out of alignment, as you can see in the ‘before’ image below and the real concern was that the roots would eventually buckle the side wall of the swimming pool.
When landscaping Adelaide back gardens with pools, it’s important to look at what’s likely to happen tomorrow, not to just look at creating a garden sanctuary for today. Some plants look great to about 6 foot, but some do grow way beyond that and some like Yuccas do have a strong, aggressive root system. In this landscaping project at Golden Grove, if not attended to, would not only take out the fence altogether but would damage the pool wall beyond a cheap repair.
When landscaping Golden Grove gardens, the amount of clay hiding beneath the topsoil needs to be taken into account when installing fencing posts, with deeper holes dug and more concrete used to counter the ‘heave’ or movement with change of seasons, wet to dry.
The complete landscaping project consisted of the following elements:
- Removal of the Yuccas and stumps and excavation of the existing garden bed.
- Removal of the existing Colourbond fence including fence posts and sleepers, the retaining wall was also repaired
- The concrete sleepers were re-instated and the Good Neighbour Fence was re-erected
- Installation of 65mm galvanized posts, set in concrete formed the frame for the new privacy screen feature wall
- Preparation of a quartzite quarry rubble base for paving
- New pavers that matched the existing pavers were laid seamlessly
- Modwood Composite Timber Slats (68mm x 18mm) were attached to the frame
- Supply and installation of feature pots and deck lights were added to showcase the area at night
- Supply and installation of feature plantings in pots, Stralitzia Bird of Paradise was selected as a good low maintenance option that looks striking against the warmer tones of the Modwood screen behind
As you can see from the ‘after’ image above and the image below, the landscaping transformation created a clean, open space the residents can relax in and enjoy with less maintenance, without the worry of further damage to the fence, or swimming pool.
Tips For Landscaping Adelaide Back Gardens:
When landscaping Adelaide residential gardens, the team of licensed landscapers from Visual Landscape Gardening look at the local conditions and how the project will look in the future. Adelaide’s northern suburbs, especially around Golden Grove, has many pockets of highly reactive clay, so preparing a good compacted base of quarry rubble is important before paving.
Similarly, when erecting fencing panels, the fence posts need to be set in deeper and wider holes, with more concrete used, compared to Adelaide suburbs with less clay content.
Read more about the types of privacy screens Adelaide residents can select from to match in with your garden’s theme on our website.
Modwood Composite Timber Slats were used for the privacy screen in this landscaping project to create a more modern look and to provide a contrasting background to the feature pots and plants, so they ‘pop out’.