Thank you for taking the time to read the answers to many of the most frequent questions we are asked about landscaping. We hope that you find the answer to the question you have. If not, please contact Visual Landscape Gardening and we’ll be only to happy to answer your questions about our extensive range of landscaping services.
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Yes, Visual Landscape Gardening welcome the opportunity to provide free no-obligation quotes on any aspect of landscaping you have in mind, whether for residential gardens or for commercial businesses across Adelaide.
If you would like your garden landscaped, but have no idea of what you would like, Visual Landscape Gardening offer, for a small fee, an hour long landscape design service.
At Visual Landscape Gardening, we use the best possible materials on the market with a preference to Adelaide, South Australian manufactured products where possible. Many landscaping companies are using imported materials that are cheaper but don’t last. We have frequently been called out to repair or replace materials that have failed, replacing them with a better quality, local products.
We’re happy to look at any comparative quote, however in our experience, cheaper quotes generally means using cheaper materials, using unlicensed and uninsured individuals who pay their employees ‘cash in hand’. Our company policy is never to compromise on quality, safety and the integrity of our professional landscaping company because our solid reputation is so important to us.
If the correct base preparation and compaction is achieved, pavers are less likely to move or sink. A silicon or cement based grout between the joints; such as Pave-Lok® will also reduce the risk of movement, as will the pattern you choose to lay your pavers. In areas where the soil is highly reactive you may experience some small movement and we would recommend removing at least 200mm of soil/clay before compacting quarry rubble and quarry sand as the base. Paving can be simply lifted and re-laid, concrete by contrast will crack and there is no cost effective way to repair it.
Read more about paving Adelaide driveways, paths, under a verandah and around pools.
Weeds can be eliminated by using a silicon or cement based grout such as Pave-Lok between the joints; not allowing seeds to dig and germinate, while also locking the pavers together, reducing the risk of pavers cracking. Killing all weeds before removing 100mm to 200mm of soil and replacing with quarry rubble and quarry sand for the new base the pavers will be laid on will also reduce any weeds coming through. It is also important to maintain a weed free garden and poison or remove weeds before they flower and spread.
Read more about laying pavers.
Generally, a good quality clay paver will last forever and enhances the natural earthy tones of the environment. However, there are some good quality concrete pavers on the market which are becoming increasingly popular; especially if a large format paver is desired around a pool for example.
Concrete pavers are the cheapest pavers available and come in a wide variety of colours, sizes and thicknesses.
Read more about the best pavers to use for your situation.
An interlocking pattern such as 90° or 45° herringbone is the strongest paving pattern to lay for driveways. Finished with a silicone or cement based grout such as Pave-Lok will reduce the chance of pavers cracking under the pressure of tyres turning. Another popular paving pattern used for driveways is stretcher bond. Patterns such as stack bond should only be considered if there is a concrete plinth, beam or reinforced edging to eliminate the chance of your pavers moving as vehicles turn their wheels. Read more about paving patterns for driveways.
Concrete sleeper retaining walls are by far the strongest, most decorative way to retain on a boundary and a fence can be easily attached to the top of the wall, increasing privacy to your property. A concrete plinth is often used when the wall will not be seen.