How landscapers can help their customers this spring/summer!

Woman standing on a pathway between rows of tulips.

The sun is shining (mostly), the flowers are blooming, the birds are singing… it’s officially spring!

For many of our landscaping customers, spring and summer are the busiest part of the year. Homeowners have big plans for their yards, from building new garden beds and mulching to fixing the drainage and retaining walls… and they want to get it done before the weather gets too hot.

So let’s take a look at how landscapers can help their customers get ready for a BIG season of landscaping!

What to expect in 2020

We’ve been talking to our customers, and in 2020, it’s been even busier than usual for landscapers.

With people spending more time at home than usual (and with a few grants on offer), they’re looking to upgrade their homes – inside and out. Big jobs that have been sitting on the to-do list for years are finally getting tackled, whether it’s building a shed, putting in garden beds, or something else.

Overall, there’s much less travel happening this year, so people are preparing to spend their summer holidays and Christmas at home. Since they can’t leave the country, they want to make their home a holiday oasis – and they’re willing to invest in their homes since it’ll add value to the property and create a space they can enjoy any time (not just on holidays!).

Finally, this Aussie spring and summer are predicted to be wetter than average with models showing a moderate to strong la nina – not as wet as the 2010/11 floods here in Brisbane, but the weather experts are predicting a lot of rain. With heavy rains and storms likely over the coming months, smart homeowners are reviewing their drainage strategies for their homes.

With these trends in mind, here are seven important landscaping jobs homeowners are tackling this spring:

1. Build and edge gardens

Large landscaping rocks.

Homeowners can get ready for new spring growth by edging garden beds, replacing old edging, or building out new gardens. That way, they’re all ready to plant spring flowers, summer vegetables, and hardy perennials to enjoy for years to come. 

Popular garden edging materials include hardwood, colorbond, pavers, and rocks. Eco and budget conscious Aussies are also looking to use more affordable, durable recycled materials like larger pieces of recycled concrete aggregates (like the ones you can see in the picture above).

2. Mulch gardens

Recycled concrete aggregates used as mulch.

Now’s the perfect time for weed control and mulching! Gardeners can get in and pull out the bigger weeds and then spread mulch around the plants to stop weeds from growing back.

Recycled concrete aggregates can be a great option for some garden beds, especially with hard-wearing perennials, succulents, and natives – anything that likes dry conditions. Advantages include:

  • Design – Top quality concrete aggregates are an attractive, architectural feature
  • Durability – They last a lot longer than any other type of mulch
  • Drainage – Because they don’t hold water, they’re great for plants that don’t like to stay wet for too long

3. Check drainage systems

Recycled concrete aggregates used in drainage.

If water flows towards a home and not away from it, it’s a good idea to put in extra drainage to help move water away from the home and towards the road. Drainage is commonly placed around the perimeter of the home or low-lying parts of the yard.

If a driveway is prone to flooding, homeowners can install a channel drain in the concrete or dig trenches around the edges to help move water away. Exposed drains don’t look great and can create a hazard, so after digging channels and placing drains, it’s a good idea to cover them with recycled concrete aggregates to let rainwater through and stop debris from blocking drains and pipes. Recycled aggregates are a great alternative to drainage gravel, as the different shaped rocks leave air gaps or voids, allowing water to flow down into the soil and out to larger drains, away from the property.

You can see an example in the above image from one of our customers, Paul Page @Dusty Map Landscaping.

4. Lay slabs

For any homeowners planning to build a new outdoor structure like a patio, pergola, shed, or tank, now’s the perfect time to lay your slab – while the weather is still relatively sunny. Use recycled crusher dust, CBR80, CBR15, or compactable fill under the slab to create a firm foundation before pouring the concrete slab.

5. Update driveways

Crusher dust and recycled aggregates used on a rural driveway.

Muddy driveways that collect puddles or form potholes can be frustrating – especially after a day or two of heavy rain. Reduce the likelihood of vehicles getting bogged by levelling out and improving driveways to ensure water can drain away easily. For a budget-friendly, sustainable option, use recycled concrete products as an alternative to gravel.

For rural driveways, we recommend CBR80 for a cheap, stable option. 20mm recycled aggregate is fine for small suburban driveways, but it will usually need to be boxed in so that it won’t wash away. CBR15 is suitable for filling holes and patching up driveways. As well as this, both crusher dust and CBR15 are ideal to use as a base under concrete driveways, and CBR80 works well under asphalt driveways.

In the image above, you can see how a customer of Wights Mountain Delivery used Moreton Bay Recycling’s CBR80 product to affordably upgrade their (very long!) driveway.

6. Upgrade pathways

Crusher dust used as a compact base for laying a garden path.

Dirt pathways aren’t ideal during wet weather…. unless you want to wear gumboots all the time. This spring, more homeowners are upgrading their paths by laying down materials that are easy to walk on, great for drainage, and look good, too! Any depressions in paths should also be filled to bring it up to an even height with the rest of the area. Crusher dust, CBR80, CBR15, and compactable fill are all useful for filling holes in pathways or creating a firm base, before adding the final layer of gravel or 20mm recycled aggregate.

7. Build or reinforce retaining walls

Retaining wall with recycled concrete used as backfill.

In wet weather, landscapes can be prone to shifting, especially if a block isn’t flat and it experiences flash flooding. Retaining walls can help the garden and fencing stay in place, even if there’s run-off from neighbouring blocks. Build retaining walls using best practices and strong materials, ensuring water can drain through without the land moving with it. Recycled concrete aggregates are an ideal material for back-filling retaining walls to ensure drainage, just like in the photo above from our customer, Paul Page from Dusty Map Landscaping.

Get spring-ready with recycled concrete supplies

If you’re a landscaper looking to inspire your customers to refresh their outdoor areas ready for spring and summer 2020, please feel free to share any of the above tips with them via social media or email. That way, you can help them be as prepared as possible for the upcoming sunny/rainy/silly season!

And if you’d like to stock sustainable landscaping materials like recycled concrete aggregates for your customers to use in drainage, driveways, pathways, retaining walls, and edging – we’d love to help. We regularly work with local landscaping businesses in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, providing them with affordable, sustainable alternatives that get the job done.

Come and see us at 171-177 Potassium Street, Narangba (north of Brisbane, just off the Bruce Highway) or give us a call on (07) 3293 4949 if you’ve got any questions.

Hilary Dold, General Manager