Tallis DveContemporary Garden, Melbourne
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Be wise to signs of unhealthy soilThe symptoms of soil that’s crying out for improvement, include: It repels water (pools of water will sit on the surface for ages).It stays wet for a long time (common in clay soil).Or, dries out very quickly (common in sandy soil).Hard to dig.
Tackle the bigger jobsUse the cooler, quieter months to step back and assess what your garden needs in the long term. Is your garden looking a bit flat? If yes, introduce some colourful, winter-flowering plants.Do you have any labour-intensive tasks on your to-do list, such as building a new garden wall or an outdoor patio, or installing garden edging? If yes, now is the time to do them.Consider whether your backyard works for you year-round. For example, does the side of the house where the grass refuses to grow become a mud pit for three months of the year? Rectify this by adding a stepping-stone side path.