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A Patch from Scratch!

The Problem

Our clients, nearing retirement, had a new build on an acre of land. There was minimal soil as the property was built on a sand bank, exposed to salty and strong coastal winds. Due to the sandy conditions, the owners wanted to quickly establish a mainly native garden with sweeping lawns as the sand would destroy their new timber floor surface. It also needed to be low maintenance and bush fire retardant. As the garden was so large, the owners opted to be water wise and not put in a watering system, so the entire yard had to survive and thrive on natural rainfall.

Our Solution

After consultation, it was decided that the use of curves throughout the lawn would allow a ride on mower to be used, as well as softening the visual landscape of the property. This was achieved by measuring the turning circle of their ride on mower and planning the lawn, gardens and paths to suit. Research was then undertaken to provide a suitable range of native xeriscape plants which would establish quickly. To deliver a more interesting vista from the house, and encourage investigation and meandering walks through the gardens, mulch paths as well as lawn lead you to discover the next informal garden room.

700 square metres of lawn was laid to suit the agreed upon plan. This incorporated large expanses of lawn for recreation, as well as providing a good buffer in case of fire. It also highlighted and encircled the plantings in some of the garden. The use of small river stones immediately around the house also supplemented the fire buffer zone. Planting succulents instead of natives in close proximity to the house also increased the fire-retardant ability while adding softening greenery to the space.

The owners were very happy with the immediate outcomes achieved and their new timber floor was protected from the gritty sand. The lawns, gardens and mulch gave an instantaneous, established feel to the build and took away the look of a new building site.

Several years on, the garden is growing well due to good planning and plant selection. The owners are thrilled with the outcome and spend many happy hours enjoying their beautiful, low maintenance yard. Many people ask to view the gardens and are in awe that this garden is only a few years old.

Working with the landscape, being realistic in what would work, and being flexible in design and plant choices made this job so much easier. Good planning and communication are always key to achieving a positive result.

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AWESOME 😎! Took on a neglected backyard of 3 year and got rid of a jungle that could hide a small Tibetan family in the grass alone! Tackled a massive overgrown garden 🪴 that was filled with useless vegetation to make room for new useful veggies 🥕 instead! Got control over a tree 🌳 hedge line that was touching power lines and blocking sunlight to the 2 front rooms! Amazing 🤩 job with ALL rubbish removed!
Ours is a small job but requiring attention and detail. Toby and his team have approached it with professionalism and the results are excellent.
Great bunch of guys, helped clean up our entire garden & will continue to maintain. We have tried many gardening service companies & these guys delivered a quality job & on budget. Thanks again
What a thorough and professional team. Urban Growth, under Lucas's guidance, have been doing our garden for many years now. I would highly recommend them.
Toby & his team recently did a wonderful job tidying our front & backyard (which included tree trimming, some planting and mulching), in preparation for our house going on the market. It looks great!
Efficient. Our hedges have never looked so perfect. Lucus and his team we so willing to do anything we asked. They are perfectionists. Even to the extent that I was worried about my garden bed being squashed due to all the branches being trimmed so they covered the bed for me. Highly recommend Urban Growth.Donna.
Lucas and the team at Urban Growth turned our backyard from a boring wasteland to a masterpiece.Lucas was very accommodating with design ideas and really listened to what was important to us as a family. The team were reliable, responsible and extremely hardworking. We absolutely love the new space and would highly recommend Lucas and the Urban Growth team.
Lucas, Toby and their team landscaped our garden after we put in a pool. They were fantastic in all areas including design, paving, privacy screens, plant selection, lawn and so much more. They were on time, reliable, professional, polite and delivered an amazing outcome we are thrilled with. Lucas and the team were flexible fitting in with our timeframes and delivered highest quality. Have used them before and would definitely highly recommend to all
I recently had Urban Growth do a garden tidy up for my client. Lucas was great at offering advice that worked in well with my clients budget. For a general tidy up, the garden look incredible once the team had finished. Thank you Lucas and Team
All my referred clients have been extremely happy with Lucas & his team's work. They call the client immediately, do the quote @ reasonable prices & do the job with a minimum of fuss & leave the place tidy-what more can you ask for?
Lucas and his team came and aerated our lawn, sprayed for weeds and fertilised it. From the rubbish turf that was put down after the roadworks on Warringah rd finished, it now looks nice. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Lucas and his team.
Love the professional work done by the team at Urban Growth. They built my outdoor shower which we all love and use all the time. The garden works were great too.
Toby from Urban Growth Gardening came with a team of three to do a major tidy up of our garden. They worked all day and have left the garden looking absolutely beautiful! I highly recommend Toby and his colleagues.
Lucas and his team provided really great advice, design and planning for our garden landscaping, right through to outstanding execution of the project. Could not be happier with the result, our garden has been completely transformed. Highly professional team and strong work ethic, you won't regret engaging Urban Growth!!!
The Urban Growth team were professional, responded to my request very quickly and were able to attend. I will be using them on an ongoing bases for garden maintenance, and wouldn't hesitate to recommend their services.
Lucas and his team are so incredibly professional. We utilise their services for our clients investment properties and have always been very impressed with their work.
I have used Urban Growth multiple times at my property from grass cutting and plantings to creating an outdoor area. They are fantastic and I would highly recommend them.
Awesome guys to deal with. Lucas kept us informed and we found them to be very reasonably priced for their service.Thanks guys!
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