As spring gives way to summer, green-fingered folk itch to get out there and start marshalling their gardens into a manicured precision. But wait! A new gardening trend, rewilding, is encouraging gardeners to let nature take its course on kept landscapes.
Technically a form of large-scale conservation dedicated to returning land to a degree of natural habitats, rewilding is taking on new meaning in home gardens.
Now, trendsetters are allowing plants to lose manicured neatness in favour of a more relaxed aesthetic.
Touted as the newest gardening trend by The Guardian, Living Etc, and The Telegraph, rewilding on a domestic scale is about embracing principals of stepping back and allowing natural processes to occur.
SIMPLE STEPS TO REWILDING:
Swap chemicals for organic methods – swap fertilisers for an organic seaweed feed.
Choose flowering plants that are ace pollinators – open shapes rather than densely petalled blooms.
If wilding grassy areas, choose plants that cope with competition – such as wild roses, meadow geraniums and poppies.
Plant native hedging rather than fencing to provide bird shelter – flower and berry hedges are even better.
Feed your soil – healthy soil creates a biodiverse garden from the ground up. Top borders and bare earth with a mulch of organic matter to increase soil health.
Carl Gildea is passionate about creating beautiful outdoor spaces. He’s a perfectionist who after 15 years travelling the world and improving landscapes along the way, finally put down roots in the Garden City. What did he want to do here? He wanted to establish his own company and build gardens that will stand long and strong as peaceful oases for people to enjoy and cherish. And that is just what he has done.
Symbolically Carl named his company Willow Landscapes after the strong, hardy, graceful and instantly recognisable tree. “Every deck, retaining wall, pathway, lawn and garden we design and create is constructed to last, just like our namesake.”
Carl‘s love of all things landscaping began on a working holiday in Australia where he thoroughly enjoyed laying paving and building retaining walls. “It was hard work, but I could be creative and it was very satisfying seeing the final outcome. Once I returned to the UK I knew this was the work I wanted to do and anyone who visits Westminster walks on paving I laid. Now I’m continuing that tradition here in NZ.”
Carl knows that preparation is the cornerstone for a garden. “My team and I put a lot of work into the foundations of everything we do. It’s what’s below the surface that makes the biggest impact. Even our mighty willow is only as good as its root system. We consider every element necessary to fulfil a client’s requirements – design vision, materials, environment and budget – to create a holistic outdoor area. Not only that but we really take great pleasure in every job. It’s wonderful to be outdoors and working hard.”
There is tremendous versatility to the Willow Landscapes’ portfolio. They can tackle everything from hard landscaping through to the softening final touches of planting. “Gardens come to life with plants. Since being in New Zealand I’ve developed a deep appreciation for this country’s native plants and I love to include them in the gardens we construct.”
Carl and Willow Landscapes take pride in the part they are playing in the legacy of our Garden City. For a free quote call Carl on 021 536 442.
Affordable Concrete and Paving is going from strength to strength. Since inception more than 30 years ago, the company has cemented its reputation as a leader in the landscaping industry, rebuilding Christchurch one pour of cement at a time.
From a residential driveway repair, right up to civil or commercial ventures, including car parks, concrete floors and kerbing, Affordable Concrete and Paving, as its name suggests, offers quality workmanship with competitive pricing.
The company knows the building process inside and out, and the experienced team can provide your project with all your driveway landscaping or repair needs. There is a no obligation pricing service available and quotes can be provided onsite or from plans.
Being a family business with strong Canterbury roots, Affordable Concrete and Paving has been involved in its fair share of earthquake rebuild projects. The team knows and understands just how stressful and messy people’s experiences can be and works with you every step of the way, whether on resurfacing, excavation, landscaping or crack repair.
Want to know more? Head to affordableconcrete.co.nz for more information or to chat with a member of the team about your next big concrete project, phone 03-354 2140.
Combining innovative design with practical expertise and sustainability, Sculptural Landscapes has been creating beautiful outdoor spaces in Canterbury for the past four years.
The company aims to incorporate an element of sustainability into every project. “We use recycled materials wherever we can, such as railway sleepers and old bricks, as well as sustainable, chemical-free options like macrocarpa,” says director Jon Russell, who leads the small, talented team.
Specialising in construction and design, Jon is dedicated to providing a space unique to the individual’s home and lifestyle, whether it’s creating from scratch, a renovation or general maintenance. He says the company’s success can be attributed to fresh ideas, friendly service and a genuine love of what it does. “It all comes down to quality work and a desire to keep our clients happy.”
Offering both residential and commercial services, the team has completed a stunning portfolio of projects in Canterbury. One of its many stand-out creations is a small section in Edgeware, which was transformed using Halswell Quarry stones sourced from earthquake-damaged homes, macrocarpa garden beds and a range of fruit trees and vegetable plants amongst a selection of native foliage.
To help turn your landscape aspirations into reality, call Jon on 03-390 9983 or email email@example.com for more information. Visit www.sculpturallandscapes.co.nz to view the team’s portfolio and follow on Facebook and Instagram.