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Landscaping and Drainage

Landscaping is in essence as much about what you don’t see as what you do see. Aesthetically landscaping needs to look good and it also need to be structurally sound and functional. one of the most important aspects of landscaping is the drainage. The only time drainage is appreciated is when it is raining. The rest of the time it doesn’t even really get noticed, especially if the drainage is well done. Anyone can dig a large trench through the middle of your yard to give the water somewhere to run, however it does not look very good.
Drainage should be considered as part of the landscape project as a whole and include solutions such as:-
-setting landscape levels to ensure that water is directed to drain points, street, away from the house.
-implementation of swales and spoon drains
-the use of gravel drains and agg pipes
-the use of pits, strip drains and concealed drains.
-underground piping of water, including extra drain lines if required to accept flows of stormwater
-as a last resort the use of pumps, sumps and pit drains.
Most drainage solutions are not very aesthetically pleasing ,so good landscaping will be built around making the drainage work whilst making it, if not invisible, at least as well concealed as possible. When you are planning your landscape project make sure you consider the drainage first. Ask your contractor what solutions they intend to implement during the construction of your landscape project.

Gold Coast Landscapers

What is landscaping. Is it an art form, is it engineering solutions, is it construction, is it problem solving to create the best possible solution for every individual situation, or is it just plain hard work? I would suggest that landscaping is all of these things and more. If designed and installed correctly landscaping address any drainage issues, create usable outdoor areas, be constructed with integrity to last the test of time and provide a eye pleasing finish for you to enjoy for years to come.

Whilst it is possible to teach different elements of landscaping the only real way to bring them all together is years experience of dealing with different challenges  and creating the solutions needed to overcome them and deliver the best possible finish to any landscape project. Any landscaper who aspires to be good at their job needs to learn through solving problems on the job and creating the best solutions. The question is; do you want someone learning on your job or do you want to feel sure that the person you engage has the experience to complete  your project professionally to the highest possible standard?

When you engage a contractor for your landscape project there are things you should check; 

Ask for and check references.

Check QBCC license details and history. 

Ask your contractor about different options for your works i.e fences, retaining walls, concrete etc. A good contractor will have at least 2 or 3 options and be able to explain the pros and cons. Make sure you feel comfortable with the person you engage for your project. Remember experience counts, not all good landscapers have been around for a long time but all landscapers that have been around for a long time are good ones.

When you engage a  contractor to deliver your landscape project ensure that they can complete the scope of works required to deliver the finished product. If other trades are to be engaged, such as plumbers, electricians, renderers ensure that the contractor you choose has a  Builder Restricted to Structural Landscape license, otherwise they will not be able to engage other contractors to perform your works legally.Potentially leaving you to deal with and organize other trades and contractors. This can be time consuming, add to construction time and costs and frustrating if you don’t understand exactly what has to happen to finish your landscape project. If you engage a contractor who is capable of quoting all of your works there should be nothing left out of the pricing, everything should be considered and the quotation should reflect the true cost of the project to be undertaken so that you don’t end up with a costly extras bill at the end of the job. This also means that the project is considered as a whole, all sections of works being performed in consideration of the next stage to provide you with the best possible finish to your landscape project.

Bluestone Landscaping has been servicing the Gold Coast/South Brisbane area for more than 10 years. Our staff have been landscaping for more than 25 years and are ready to provide you with the best possible service. We specialise in refurbishment and restoration of existing private residential landscaping. From repair/replacement of retaining walls to garden rejuvenation and full landscape refurbishments. We value our customers and endeavour to provide them with the best possible solutions, personalized service and an experience that means you will want to  refer us to your friends. Whether it be our polite, courteous staff; attention to detail; site cleanliness and organization or our willingness to go that extra yard to make sure our customers are happy.

If you are considering a landscape project that involves;

retaining walls; timber, concrete sleeper, linkwall,  block

retaining walls higher than 1 metre fences; colourbond, timber,  blueboard,  pool fencing.

concreting; plain, exposed, covercreting drainage

deckspergolas and patios paving 

tiling turf and gardens water features irrigation design  and consultation

Please contact us at Bluestone Landscaping for an obligation free quote. We Service all areas of the Gold Coast and South Brisbane. From Coolangatta, Elanora, Southport, Ormeau, Willowvale, Hope Island, Maudsland, Ashmore, Robina, Logan, Springwood and all areas in between. Whatever your needs we look forward to servicing you landscaping requirements.

Sustainable Gold Coast Landscaping Solutions

Sustainable landscpaing

Our core business is to provide a structural landscaping service for the Gold Coast. However we are preparing to provide our clients with some exciting new possibilities by incorporating sustainable practices into our landscaping. Fruit trees, rainwater harvesting, vegie gardens, aquaponics and many other ways for you to receive added benefits from your landscaping projects. The intention is to create landscaping that provides an interactive experience whilst producing something of value. The yard need no longer be a maintenance/mowing issue.

Types Of Gold Coast Retaining Walls

Types Of retaining Walls

Are you thinking of building a retaining wall? Retaining walls are an expensive item and you should do your homework.

Some things you should consider:-

  • is the type of wall right for your particular situation
  • is the wall aesthetically pleasing and will it complement your landscaping.
  • is the wall structurally the best choice for your landscape project.
  • how long will the wall last, how durable are the materials.
  • are you receiving value for the money you are spending.
  • make sure you engage a licensed contractor to perform your works.

At Bluestone Landscaping we build all types of retaining walls, including :-

  • block, rendered and core filled
  • concrete sleeper
  • link wall
  • timber sleeper
  • stone pitch
  • boulder
  • sprayed concrete

Because of this we will recommend the retaining wall solution that is best suited to your landscape project. Many contractors will only recommend the walls they specialise in, i.e boulder, timber sleeper etc.

Please call us for all your retaining wall requirements.

Bluestones’s Gold Coast Landscaping Ideas

Looking for landscaping or gardening ideas?  Why not try our new consultation service. Our consultant will spend time onsite with you to crete the best solutions for you landscaping challenges. Use our 20 years expierience to create the most effective solutions and ensure you get the best value for your money. This service could save you thousands and all for $110, fully refundable if you engage Bluestone Landscaping as your landscape contractor. So for landscape solutions and ideas contact us at Bluestone Landscaping.