DIY Garden Makeover

Expert landscape architect Brendan Moar shows you how to give a tired garden the 'wow' factor.

Footballer Luke Ricketson has had his Sydney home recently renovated by interior designer Suzanne Beniac. The inside looks fantastic but it's the outside that needs help. It's divided into two equal spaces – one paved, and then stairs leading up to the other half – which is really just bedraggled grass with a few plant beds. This garden needs help!

Renovation How-To:

  • Treat the garden like another room of the house when planning your renovation. It needs distinctive features and visual interest.
  • Haul in family and friends to help clear the whole yard. Pull out the unwanted plants and level the soil ready for paving.
  • Transform the two equal spaces of the garden into one big and one small space. The top space will be made smaller through the use of plants.
  • The patchy lawn will be replaced by checkerboard and paving stones, and decorated with a circular motif of light stone to keep in line with the curved shape of the garden and the curvy wall that's already there.
  • Decomposed granite will be laid around the top section as a softer, more tactile surface in contrast to the hard area below. It's great for walking around barefeet! To top it off, two recycled hardwood posts will be installed for a hammock for Luke – a great way to utilise a previously-neglected area of his garden.
  • Just as inside your home you can choose floor coverings that are either hard or soft, it's the same with your garden. We've made the main section of Luke's new garden, where the outdoor table is, hard with smooth paving. The upper section, in contrast, will have the softer option of decomposed granite. This is still firm but has a visual and textural softness to it.
  • Equipment and Suppliers:

    Suzanne Beniac
    Interior designer
    Ph: 0416 165 168

    Australian Native Landscapes
    317 Mona Vale Road
    Terrey Hills NSW
    Ph: (02) 9450 1444
    – Soil improver, brown granite/cement mix, mulch and ecopebbles

    Aussie Skips
    PO Box 376
    Five Dock NSW 2046
    Ph: (02) 9712 5356
    Fax: 0(2) 9712 3028
    www.aussieskips.com.au

    Kennards Hire
    (Australia Wide )
    www.kennards.com.au
    – Tools and van

    Second Hand Building Centre
    432b West Botany Street
    Rockdale NSW 2216
    Ph: (02) 9567 1322
    – Cobblestones

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