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Love your landscape

To complement the natural bush backdrop and open spaces of Taylor, your own garden landscape can be a few drawings and digs away from realisation.

These are our top tips to help your new garden thrive – using minimal water and the best plants for the area – and be a low maintenance, leafy-green street stopper.

Plan your plot

Plan your plot

First things first: get planning. Draw a simple plan on grid paper (PDF 345KB) so you can work out where you want shade, lawn, pavers, hedges and colour. Make sure you watch the sun during the day so you can plot the areas receiving periods of midday or afternoon sunshine, and the zones that may remain shaded for most of the day. This will help you decide on plant selections later on.

Once you know where you want everything to go, try to visualise it by using string lines or hoses to mark it out. Then make adjustments on your drawing.

Also check any height restrictions for your block, especially if you want to plant adjacent to your property boundary.

Now is a good time to prepare your soil and clear the area of any debris. Try adding soil improvers, such as gypsum to break up clay and compost to improve the soil, before you plant.

Native plantsDecide on plants for Canberra conditions

While Canberra is home to beautiful local birdlife, we also have our share of garden pests. Get some answers to common garden questions – such as managing soil, recognising pest problems, choosing hardy shrubs or fire retardant plants – online at Yarralumla Nursery. You can also seek advice from your local retail nursery or a landscape gardener.

Some of the most reliable hedging plants for Taylor are the Photinia, Viburnum or natives like Westringia or Correa.

Water well

Your garden is only as good as your irrigation system. New plants need water, but long-term, you need an option for efficient watering, even when you’re away from home.

You can reduce evaporation by using drip lines for garden beds. Well-spaced pop-up sprinklers are best for lawns. Link all your irrigation to an automated system for low maintenance, and don’t forget to use your water tank or grey water solutions too.

Remember, once your plants are newly sowed, hand-water them initially to reduce shock. Add a seaweed solution mix to help them along. And keep any new turf damp for the first few weeks.

Keep mulching your garden beds. This helps with moisture retention, reduces weeds and prevents your soil from blowing away.