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Landscaping Styles: Which One Fits Your Home?

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There are numerous landscaping styles that one could choose for their home, from the English garden, to the Desert Landscape, the Zen style and everything in between. Choosing and designing a landscaping style to suit your home will take some planning and considerations to ensure that the style you choose will be able to thrive. At Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre, we have a huge variety of plants to fit any style that you choose, but first, let’s work out what style is going to suit you and your home. Here are some of the questions you might like to ask yourself to make the decision clearer.

Climate and Conditions

One of the most important considerations you will need to make is about the climate and conditions of your garden space. Some plants will thrive in warmer temperatures in a sunny garden, while others prefer shade. Choosing a landscape style that is congruent with the surrounding atmosphere and conditions will assist the plants to thrive and keep the garden looking beautiful all year. If the area is very dry, then you would be mindful not to choose a landscaping design that has a lot of thirsty plants, otherwise, you would need to spend a lot of time on maintenance.

What Will the Space Be Used For?

Be sure to factor in space for everyone to enjoy doing what they love to do, otherwise, you will end up having a battle on your hands and your landscaping will likely suffer the most. If you have children and pets who will want to use the space for running around, playing games and getting up to mischief you may need to consider this when planning your landscape design. For example, you most likely would not choose to landscape the whole garden area into a Zen garden in this case – but you could decide to have a Zen garden area in one part of the garden, while keeping space for the family to spread out.

How Much Maintenance Are You Prepared to Do?

Some garden styles will thrive very well if they are watered regularly, and then left alone to their own devices, while others will need careful maintenance to keep them looking their best. A big question to ask yourself is how much time you are prepared to commit to your garden, and then make your landscaping choices accordingly. Be realistic!

What Style Will Fit Your Home?

If your existing home has a specific style, then you will want to choose a landscape style that fits in, otherwise in some cases, things might look and feel a bit weird. Having said that, if you fall in love with a landscape style that does not fit the current style of your home you could always give your home a bit of a makeover, or add in some design features that could blend them together.

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What You Need To Know About Australian Standard AS4013

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During the cooler months of the year, we often feel the pinch of the cold, and we are drawn to heating our spaces and places by any means necessary. Often the most pleasing way to do so is by burning wood, using a wood heater, which brings both the warmth of natural wood as well as the pleasant aromas that accompany this mode of heating. As many of us are aware, we have been burning wood for centuries without too much regulation, but like many things in the world of today, this too has become an area where things are being regulated. As a result, it is important that we are aware of whether our wood heater complies with Australian Safety standards.

The Science behind It

Scientists have been doing a bit of research and discovered that smoke from wood heaters has some distinct elements that include the unburnt fuel that goes into the atmosphere as well as some pollution, which can lead to respiratory conditions if inhaled. They tell us that minimising the wood smoke pollution by ensuring that your wood burning heater complies with the AS4013 will be beneficial to everyone, including your hip pocket.

Choosing the Right Wood Heater

A key inspiration for the Australian Standard is likely to do with the quality of some of the wood heaters that are now on the market. Manufacturing cheap products might work for some companies who save themselves money by not adhering to the Australian Safety Standards, but it will not do you any favours in the long run. Also, you could be contributing to your own ill-health. According to the Consumers Federation of Australia, it was found that in the smoke that is emitted from burning wood, there can be small particles that when inhaled are able to breach the lung lining and end up in the blood stream. Additionally, they found that there might often be other chemicals that end up in the blood stream, which could be detrimental to your health.

Minimising Harm

Thankfully, there are ways of reducing the likelihood of these health risks so it is important to research thoroughly the product you are buying, or talk to an expert who knows more than you do, such as one of our friendly staff at Bacchus Marsh & Redgum Garden Centre. One way of reducing the risk of chemicals getting from the wood into your blood stream is through using wood that is dry, as well as opening the air controls on the device for around 15 minutes after you have put in more wood. It is recommended to buy a wood heater that conforms to the AS4013, as well as choosing one that is more fuel efficient.

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