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Garden Design in the North Shore: Our Top 5 Tips

We happen to be North Shore Auckland experts! We know the soil, the weather and the best ways to get the most out of your beautiful garden.Our team at Sculpt Gardens got together and decided to share our top garden design tips specifically for this part of Auckland; with these little know-hows up your sleeve, you’ll be creating a successful and stunning North Shore garden in no time at all....

March 23, 2020

The 10 Garden Makeover 'Must Do's That'll Literally Add Thousands To Your Sale Price

Get your trees & hedges trimmed.Get weeds under control - weed beds, weedspray pathways, driveways & front kerbway.Mulch garden beds and top up aggregates such as pebbles, shell or stones.Weed & refresh pots and containers - make sure there is something simple & attractive at the front door.Put away or fold down washing line.Remove all dead or ugly plants and remove dead / brown leaves from remaining plants.Feed and weed lawn 4 - 6 weeks before you sell.Waterblast pathways and driveways if ...

February 3, 2020

Tropical Garden Design: Everything You Need To Know

A tropical garden design style is all about the density of planting. Tropical plants are mostly about the leaves rather than the flowers; many have glossy, and often quite large, leaves with patterns on them, or foliage that has distinctly different colours on the top and underside.  In a tropical landscape, the aim is to create a closely planted garden where plants appear to jostle for space. Plants should be chosen based on their height, size, shape and texture of their lea...

January 8, 2020

Garden Ideas For A New Zealand Summer

If you haven’t been out in the garden much over the wet winter, one of the first things to tackle is your outdoor furniture – yip, we’re talking about giving it a good clean! A scrub with warm water & sugar soap will get your furniture looking as good as new. To clean your deck, brush the timber down with a soft broom to remove any dirt or leaves. A high pressure cleaner will wash away any remaining dirt. Next up we suggest you use a deck clean product to thoroughly clean the area, before...

October 19, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This October

Now is the time for planting tomatoes & all your other summer vegetables.  Prepare your beds by adding new compost & sheep pellets....

October 1, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This September

It is officially the start of spring! With the evenings getting longer, we have a few more daylight hours to potter in the garden in the evening. Spring is about preparation and getting the soil ready for all the growth that will occur in the warmer months....

September 1, 2019

Low Maintenance Gardens | Easy Landscaping For Rental Properties

More often than not, when we chat with clients with rental properties we hear a common question, “What’s an easy landscaping choice for a rental?”. Rental property gardens need to be low maintenance, while still looking attractive to potential tenants (us Kiwi’s love the quarter acre dream!).  By making smart choices right from the beginning on garden layout, plantings, and surface choices, you can achieve a low maintenance solution which still looks attractive, adds value to your...

August 24, 2019

How to Landscape a Small Backyard

Just because you have a smaller garden, doesn’t mean you can’t stand out.  Make the most of your small backyard with these easy garden landscape design ideas. Maximum impact with half the space!...

August 5, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This August

We get excited in August as it is rose pruning time.  Roses aren't really meant to grow in Auckland.  It never really gets cold enough for the rose to 'hibernate', rest and recover before having to produce those beautiful blooms.  That is why they need to be regularly fed to keep them growing & producing and why we try to prune in the coldest months, when there is less chance they will actively grow. If you have roses and would like them to be professionally pruned this year, get...

August 1, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This July

Welcome to July - in NZ gardens this is a great month to continue winter planting with seasonal plants. Roses, fruit trees & camellias are all looking fresh & healthy in garden centres.  Remember to use a good quality garden mix & fertiliser when planting. Now is also a good time to mulch to suppress those weeds, keep plant roots warm & improve soil structure. If you are wondering about roses - we are August rose pruners here & will be sharing rose pruning tips & techniques next month. Here...

July 1, 2019

8 Top Tips From a Garden Designer

Creating your ideal backyard is all about designing a beautiful garden that’s perfect for your needs. However landscaping your garden to a professional standard can seem like a massive feat when you’re looking at a blank canvas -  where do you start? Do you have a consult with a garden designer, hire a landscaper, or give it a go yourself? It’s crucial to note that homes that are landscaped can increase in value; which is essential if you are looking at selling in the near future. The...

June 27, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This June

Welcome to June - I hope you are enjoying the colourful display from the Camellias this month.  They can be slow growing, but the pretty petals and glossy leaves are hard to beat as a hedge or as a stand alone shrub at this time of year. Prune in June is a bit of mantra for our team for those trees that have finished fruiting - such as feijoas.  Make sure your tools are sharp and clean to help prevent disease spreading between your plants.  We use Dettol wipes for our tools betwe...

June 1, 2019

How To Keep Your Plants Alive!

Unless you’re a landscaper (we know some good ones!), chances are you’ve been in this situation; you see a gorgeous plant at the nursery. It looks good, smells good, and you know it’ll look just perfect in that spot alongside your garden wall.You take it home and plant it. Easy! Surely the sun and rain should take care of it, right?1 week later you’re looking at a severely drooping plant and wondering where on earth you went wrong.Perhaps unsurprisingly, there are a few expert tricks to ...

May 28, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This May

Welcome to May - I hope that you have a source of juicy large feijoas, surely one of the best things about autumn time.   We were lucky last week to be tidying a garden with a huge feijoa fall, which weren't loved by the tenants.  We happily tidied them away and took them home to grateful children. We've highlighted a few May jobs that will keep you busy on sunny days in your garden. Enjoy the month of May.   Claire & the team from Sculpt Gardens...

May 1, 2019

7 Tips To Create a Low Maintenance Garden

A gorgeous garden that’s low maintenance, designed with impeccable style, and looks good all year around. Sound like a dream?Fortunately for you, a low maintenance garden is totally achievable. With a few simple tips and tricks you can create a gorgeous garden that you’ll love to spend time in, without the fuss.The key to this look is to embrace your inner minimalist, plan your landscaping with maintenance in mind from the beginning, and choose your planting wisely....

April 29, 2019

How To Plan Your Outdoor Entertaining Area

Landscaping in Auckland is often about utilizing outdoor space for entertaining! If you plan to use your deck or patio for entertaining, follow these guidelines for planning the right size space....

April 3, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This April

If you have trees & shrubs to plant, now is the time to do it so they can establish over the cooler, wetter months.  ...

April 1, 2019

How To Choose The Perfect Plants

Autumn is the best time of year to plant new specimens into your garden.  For many, plant shopping usually ends in one of two ways — buying a few random 'pretty plants' or not buying anything at all because you don't know what will look good or grow well. Read on to pick up some of our top tips to help you choose the perfect plants for your Auckland garden....

March 31, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This March

In our gardening calendar we have officially arrived in Autumn.  Here are some jobs to keep you out of trouble in the garden this month....

March 1, 2019

Create Your Best Garden Ever

Do you have big dreams for your garden this year, but don’t know where to begin with landscape design? Get started on the right path with these 7 basic design rules:...

February 1, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This February

Watering, weeding, mulching and feeding are the most useful jobs you can be doing this month in your garden.  In fact February is 'Feed n Fert' month, so grab a good quality granular fertiliser and feed all the plants in your garden.  It might be wise to wait for a day that we are expecting rain, so that the fertiliser can be watered in well....

January 31, 2019

New Year, New Garden

The New Year always brings about new intentions, plans to revitalise parts of our lives and our gardens are no exception. Tidy out the shed, rejuvenate garden beds and attempt to grow new plants, flowers, fruit & vegetables. Here are a few simple & inspiring ideas to kick start a successful gardening year. PLANT MORE Take a look at what plants are growing well in your local area & then add them to your landscape - why not take a look at natives, bird attracting or bee loving plants fir...

January 16, 2019

What To Do In The Garden This January | Top Garden Ideas

Now is the time to sit back and enjoy the garden with friends and family over the holiday season.  The abundance of flowers and summer colour and harvesting fruit and vegetables. Don't worry if you didn't have time to plant fresh herbs and lettuce.  There is still time now to pop to the garden centre, get some seedlings and pop them in.  I'm enjoying my basil and tomato plants that I only planted on the 23rd December. Here are my essential top 3 garden ideas for January......

January 1, 2019

How To Mulch Your Garden Perfectly

Picking the right mulch for your gardening needs is an important step in determining how much of the product you will need.  Fine Mulch: Fine mulches include products like ground hugger & forest floor mulch, which is partially decomposed wood products and shredded mulches commonly found in nurseries. These products are useful for adding a bit of colour to your garden, as well as improving your soil and encouraging the growth of your plants.  Coarse Mulch: Coarse Mulch includes bark nug...

August 13, 2018

The Ultimate Guide To Weeding

Loosen up the soil around the weed to ensure that you get as much of the roots out as possible - helps prevent them from growing back....

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