Category: Environment

The first steps to a Sustainable Home

November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Sustainable building is more than just a ‘buzzword’ these days. What was once a trend has now moved to a necessity; with more people every day thinking green. Sustainability starts with simplifying your life; minimising what you use, maximising what you repurpose and prioritising what really matters. Too much time, money, energy […]
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What is Landscape Architecture? | WLAM 2016

April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments


April is World Landscape Architecture Month. But what is Landscape Architecture? To be reading our blog you are probably aware of what landscape architecture is and maybe a little of what we do here at Genus.  If not then welcome to Genus Landscape Architects and please read on! World Landscape Architecture Month (WLAM), is an […]
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Save Water at Home | Top 5 Ways via Houzz

March 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Houzz is always a great source of information for any house or garden project.  You can set up your own ideabook and save images and ideas for your dream home. While the basis of this article is an American climate, these water saving tips are quite universal to any home in Australia.  Click through these […]
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6 Tips for Organic Gardening | via Patio Furniture Articles

February 21, 2014 | 0 Comments


A great article by Cheryl Kahn at Patio Productions with tips for getting back into your veggie patch! 6 Tips for Organic Gardening Growing your own organic garden can serve many benefits for you and your family. Aside from the money that you will save by harvesting at home, organic foods have inherent qualities that […]
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5 Things To Consider When Planning Your Garden Pond | Guest Post

February 7, 2014 | 0 Comments


by Ricky Peterson – Swallow Aquatics As well as adding variety to your yard, ponds also attract an abundance of wildlife that can be beneficial for your garden, making them both practical and pleasing on the eye. If you have children ponds are a great educational tool, too. And, of course, they look stunningly beautiful. […]
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Use tender measures to survive the harsh reality | Via Domain

January 15, 2014 | 0 Comments


This article featured in Domain back in November and at the time was a good reminder for how to maintain your garden through Summer in Australia. The extreme heat in Melbourne this week suddenly accentuates the importance of these ideas, so read on for how to look after your plants during extreme weather! Use tender […]
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How to Water your Garden | the ripple effect

November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


This is well worth a read from Michael Smit at The Ripple Effect How to Water Your Garden “As the days grow longer and warmer the plants in your garden may need additional watering. Some simple advice will help you use your valuable water to make a great garden. Before you even consider watering, push […]
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Exotic, Native, Indigenous. What is the difference?

October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus gets asked this question often. While most people have an understanding of what is an exotic plant and what is a native plant, it is the definition of what is indigenous that causes confusion.  Much of the work we do is governed by guidelines of local councils and there is a […]
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Reforms to the Treatment of Victoria’s Native Vegetation and Who to Talk to About it

June 13, 2013 | 0 Comments


Recently the State Government reviewed the regulations for clearing native vegetation.  For 10 years, the landscape and development industry has operated according to the ‘Net-Gain’ guidelines.  These have now been superseded. So where does this leave the industry and what does it mean to you? The article below provides a good starting point to understanding […]
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Why should we install raingardens?

June 11, 2013 | 0 Comments


While we have experienced a little more rain in Melbourne of late, it is still important to recognise the value of our stormwater and how we should re-use it in our gardens. The benefits of this include: Allowing water that falls on the site to be returned to the soil and maintaining as close to […]
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Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters | Feature Post – IOTA Australia

April 8, 2013 | 0 Comments


Today’s post is brought to you by Nicholas Jones – Managing Director at IOTA Australia.  IOTA are a major sponsor of our ‘Autumn Garden Revival’ and provide top of the range garden pots and planters. Planting Bamboo in Pots and Planters Did you know that you can plant most types of bamboos in pots and planters? […]
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The Australian Garden is complete | Melbourne Australia | TCL and Paul Thompson « World Landscape Architecture

March 6, 2013 | 0 Comments


Thanks to World Landscape Architecture for these amazing images of the Australian Garden (at the Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne), which is newly completed and open to the public!  This is such an important project for the story it tells of the Australian landscape and also its setting within the fantastic native bushland of the Cranbourne […]
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Against invasive plants, underdog natives hang on | Urban Choreography

January 22, 2013 | 0 Comments


An interesting article from ‘Per Square Mile’ via ‘Urban Choreography’. “Invasive might not be as bad as some environmentalists think –  from Tim De Chant  @ Per Square Mile – hold on tight we might be blasted by the fanatics…. One of the scourges of our globalized economy is invasive species. In California, annual Mediterranean […]
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