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Getting your Perth garden ready for summer.

Getting your Perth garden ready for summer.
November 7, 2018 Luke Porter


Spending time in the great outdoors is an integral part of our lifestyle here in Perth, and that certainly includes our own gardens.

Many families like to while away the long, hot summer days playing cricket on the lawn with the kids, dipping in the pool or having a barbeque and a few drinks with friends and family

And that’s all much more enjoyable in a beautiful garden with a healthy lawn and thriving plants.

Need some tips on how to get there?

Here’s our checklist for what to get done in the garden so it’s ready for summer…


Fertilise your garden

When the warmer spring weather hits, plants come out of their winter dormancy period and start showing new growth.

Give your plants a helping hand. A combination of both organic (such as Blood and Bone) and synthetic fertiliser (such as Osmocote) is very effective.

Get mulching

As temperatures rise (and boy, don’t they rise in Perth?!) over the next few months, it’s really important to keep your soil moist. – and its micro-organisms active. Mulch plays a big part in reducing water loss, so be sure to spread a layer of 8-10cm thickness over your garden beds.

 Bark mulch (pine bark) has the added bonus of stabilising the pH of your soil.

Mulching With Luke's Landscaping
Pruning With Luke's Landscaping

Prune (if you haven’t already)

Pruning is ideally best done during winter, but if you haven’t got round to it there’s still time – do it today!

If shrubs are flowering, wait until they’ve stopped doing so before you prune.

Check your reticulation

Spring is a great time to make sure your reticulation system is ready for the hot months that lie ahead. It’s essential that the right amount of water is used (too little or too much can cause real problems) and that your garden is getting the best coverage.

 Make sure that all your sprinkler heads are working and that they’re spraying water in the right direction – and covering all the areas you want watered.

Click here for some of our tips for doing your own reticulation repairs.


Checking Reticulation with Luke's Landscaping

Give your lawn some love

We all know that as the weather warms up, your grass will grow faster. But so – of course – will the weeds.

If you don’t want to use a chemical weed killer, then unfortunately you’ll need to physically remove them yourself.

If you’re happy using chemicals, we recommend that you apply your selected weed killer three to five days before mowing in order for it to fully penetrate the weeds.

Watch out for pests

Aphids and psyllids will start to show themselves around now – they’ll most likely be found on the stems of plants or on the leaf.

There’s a variety of treatments for pests out there depending on whether you prefer the organic or… less organic approach. From essential oils to chili and garlic… there are a lot of anecdotal accounts of success getting rid of pests through unconventional methods!



Need help getting your Perth garden ready for summer?Here at Luke’s landscaping we offer reticulation installation and reticulation repair as part of our service. Call us today and let us give you a hand.


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Need Us To Help With Your Garden?

  • Our front yard in Karrinyup was completely transformed in March 2015. In just one week, the team completed the job of removing what was there, replaced the topsoil, installed the reticulation and mulched with native plants. Four months on we are still so impressed with the job and delighted that we used Luke’s Landscaping. Highly recommended!

  • Our terrace house had a sad and seldom used rear courtyard which has absolutely no access other than via our living areas. This we thought would be a show-stopper but Luke’s landscaping had the expertise to take it on and swiftly provided us with a lovely design and costed implementation plan, which has simply transformed this area into a valuable extension of our living space. The construction work was carried out most diligently and despite having to transport removed debris, new limestone blocks and pavers, soil, mulch and many plants (including a very large tree) through our home, the professionalism of the whole process and the final cleanup left no sign of the major operation that had been undertaken, either internally or externally. Luke’s follow up on the project to address a couple of small issues has also been most helpful and certainly won’t hesitate in recommending Luke’s landscaping to others who have admired this transformed area! Thankyou.
  • Luke and his hard-working team did a great job transforming our home garden and lawn areas. His is attention to detail and expert advice were second to none. All staff assigned by Luke for our landscaping work were knowledgeable, courteous and considerate at all times. Luke has a long-term vision for landscaping projects - as evident from the careful choice of appropriate soil types and reticulation design/layout. Sustainable, beautiful gardens/landscaping is Luke's passion!
    Phil, Churchlands
  • It was a pleasure working with John and the team to re-create my garden and patio area. John was extremely knowledgeable and offered expert advice. The on site team was professional, friendly and hard working. The site was left immaculate after the work was complete. This was a big job, taking 7 days to do (retaining walls, re-paving, garden, soakwells, reticulation etc) and the result is amazing. If you are looking for a quality, professional well priced job I would recommend you call Luke's Landscaping.
    Nicole, Duncraig
  • I have used Luke’s Landscaping to do a major overhaul to the landscaping at my house and lots of other makeovers at my rental properties in the last three years. The professional service, fantastic results and the quick turnaround has meant that Luke is the first guy I call for my landscaping needs. I have been thrilled with the results and pleased with the attention to detail. I am happy to recommend this business.
  • We contracted Luke's Landscaping to design and construct our gardens for our new build. This included reticulation, concrete formwork, paving, hard- and soft-scaping. They came up with a fantastic concept, planting suggestions and executed the project well. There has been a high level of quality control throughout the process. John was extremely helpful, and was able to solve all technical issues arising from such a complex project promptly. He was also able to source all of the exotic plants we required. They have been a pleasure to work with, and I would highly recommend their services.
    Paul, Applecross

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Founder and Director | Having founded Luke’s Landscaping originally as a sole trader in 2008 with just a ute, a shovel and a whole lot of passion and determination, Luke’s Landscaping Co. is now a well-respected Perth landscaping company. Luke continues to work tirelessly to grow the company and his team to deliver excellence and the best experience for our customers. Luke’s passion lies in his commitment to growing the company, its people and the systems required to deliver the high standards that our customers deserve.