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The Versatility of Shade Cloth

January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments


Author: Print My Fence Shade cloth is strong, very durable, extremely versatile and, best of all, reasonably priced. It can be purchased in rolls that make it an easy item to store at home and use as needed.  Below we list 8 DIY hacks using shade cloth around the house. Make your own sail shade […]
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Ideas for Your Small Alfresco

October 28, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson With outdoor living areas now a true extension of the home, it has become paramount for homeowners to create the ideal retreat. As patio and alfresco areas get more versatile, designing your own space to suit any home, budget and lifestyle has only gotten easier. And there’s so many ideas to help […]
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Ideas for a unique front garden

July 14, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Upgrading your home’s exterior doesn’t have to mean an expensive top-of-the-range remodel. A home can be made more welcoming and its kerb appeal beautifully boosted with a few clever ideas, DIY inspiration and creative thinking. The front yard of your house can set the tone for the entire home; so it pays […]
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From concept to completion – Part 2 | This is Landscape Architecture

April 26, 2016 | 0 Comments


Continuing on from last week’s look at what Genus does to get your landscape project in the ground, today we get technical. Concept to Completion – Part 2 Stage Two – Detail and Documentation Now that the concept plan has been presented to our client and finalised into how they want their finished landscape to […]
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Pergola Designs Taking Over Backyards

February 23, 2016 | 0 Comments


Author: Jayde Ferguson Outdoor living is constantly evolving. As more homeowners realise the value of merging indoor entertaining with smart exterior design, it’s become necessary to cater for best of both worlds and stay up to date with the latest trends. Elevating your outdoor living experience means getting the right set up for your needs […]
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5 Essential Tips for the First Time Landscaper | Guest Post

May 20, 2015 | 0 Comments


While your landscape architect can provide you with a great design, it’s the landscaper that makes it a reality.  Today’s guest post from Jayde Ferguson and Beacon Equipment is worth a read if you are considering getting into this rewarding industry. Of course nothing replaces the correct training and experience, however here are a few […]
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5 of the Best Mowers for your Lawn | Guest Post

April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments


Our first guest post on our new website comes from Jayde Ferguson for Beacon Equipment, who reveals the best brands of mowers to improve your lawn maintenance. Which Lawn Mower Brand Should You Buy? Here’s 5 of the Best to Get Your Lawn Looking Lush! Mowing the lawn doesn’t always need to be a chore, […]
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11 Plants to plant in Spring | Guest Post

October 2, 2014 | 0 Comments


Today’s guest post comes from Site Shade with some great tips on what’s good to plant right now in your garden! 11 Plants You Should be Planting in Spring Image link: https://flic.kr/p/ar2ceh Spring has sprung! And it is the perfect time to breathe some new life into your garden. Many plant varieties thrive this time […]
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Creating Kerb Appeal for Your Home | Guest Post

August 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Maybe you want your house to stand out from the crowd.  Maybe you are selling and are looking for something extra to grab the buyer’s attention.  Or maybe you just love coming home to a place that looks amazing! Today’s guest post comes to us from Jayde Ferguson and Fencemakers and has some great tips […]
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Trends in backyard design | Guest Post

August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments


The team at Genus begin every landscape project with an entirely fresh and site specific approach.  Every client has their own individual tastes and requirements and it is our job to interpret those into an amazing garden for them to live in and enjoy. While each client is different, there are always common requests and […]
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Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring and Summer | Guest Post

July 17, 2014 | 0 Comments


Winter is not always the easiest time to be inspired by your garden.  It is however the perfect opportunity to plan and start your outdoor projects to be ready for the warmer months!  Today’s guest post comes from Ricky Hee at Fencemakers with some great ideas for your landscape. Top Outdoor Living Ideas for Spring/Summer […]
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8 Hot Ideas for Winter Outdoor Living & Entertaining | Guest Post

July 9, 2014 | 0 Comments


Here at Genus we are all about creating outdoor spaces for people to live in.  Once the design and construction is over, your dream garden is yours to bring to life and there is no better way than by inviting friends over to share the enjoyment! While the Winter chill has well and truly set […]
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An Exciting Edible Garden Project! | via E and M’s Metricon Adventure

July 2, 2014 | 0 Comments


It is really quite amazing to receive feedback of this kind. I am pretty speechless and so excited to be working with these clients.  A project is never just a plan on paper for me.  I really try to view myself in the finished garden and how I could interact with the spaces and I […]
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5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect | Guest Post

June 20, 2014 | 0 Comments


Of course we recommend you use a landscape architect for your projects and here are some great reasons why you should make that decision! Thanks to Budget Temp Fencing for today’s guest post: 5 Reasons to Hire a Landscape Architect Time to update your outdoor space? If planting a few new bulbs or a raised […]
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The perfect time of year – To mulch that is!

April 28, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recent calendar events presented us with the perfect opportunity to get out into the garden.  That’s right, while others are off camping or shopping on the Easter or Anzac Day long weekends, Landscape Architects are gardening! After quite an intense Summer and a couple of months of neglect, our garden was in desperate need of […]
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Upgrading to Timber-look Aluminium Slats – A Buyer’s Guide | Guest Post

March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments


Recently the Genus team has specified aluminium fencing for a residential subdivision in Pakenham.  We saw it as a good solution for semi-transparent fencing to provide a level of passive surveillance between private yards and public reserves that cannot be achieved with a standard timber paling fence. Today’s guest post comes to us from Jamie […]
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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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What do want from your landscape? | Common design brief requests

February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments


As with all designers, our process begins with a conversation with our client and establishment of a design brief. Each landscape project is different and this conversation gives us an understanding of what is important to our client and how the garden will work for them.  It may be a family with young children who […]
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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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Synthetic or Natural, it’s your choice

January 30, 2014 | 2 Comments


Often labelled as an Australian icon, the patch of lawn in your suburban yard offers many benefits to you and your family. It is where you and your kids can relax on a sunny afternoon.  They can run wild, kick a ball, or even roll around while you can lie back on a rug without […]
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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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5 Facts About Bare Rooted Trees AND Why to Buy Them

July 10, 2013 | 0 Comments


It’s the middle of Winter and maybe the last thing you are thinking about is getting out and replanting that tired space in your garden. Did you know that right now is a great time to buy deciduous fruit and ornamental trees?  That’s because they can be bought BARE ROOTED and here are 5 facts […]
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