Blogs DIY Landscaping Advice

Landscaping Ideas For Small Backyards on the Gold Coast

If Ikea has taught us anything, it’s that a small space can be both inviting, functional and good looking. There’s no reason why your little slice of outdoor Gold Coast paradise can’t be too!

Create Visual Interest & Sense of Space With Zoning

It may seem counterintuitive to break up an already small garden into smaller sections. But, it’s not like in a house where you’re physically building walls between areas, instead, it adds layers and levels that function to make a small garden feel like it’s got variety and space.

Breaking up space adds contrast and texture, and when it’s not so clear where the garden starts or finishes, you can add the illusion of a larger, more visually interesting outdoor area.

A great trick is to create pathways to draw the eye. If possible, create a path that has a curve or leads into a section of your garden that isn’t visible from where the path begins – if a path disappears around a corner and you can’t quite see where it ends, this can give the illusion of more space.

You can create paths with paving stones or gravel cutting through grass – or even vice versa. Either way, the pavers you choose should be of a small to medium size; remember it’s all about proportion. Balance the size of the materials you use with the size of the garden to make it feel like a resolved space.

Using Colour In Your Garden

It’s so important to choose the right plants, trees and shrubs for your climate. Here on the Gold Coast, we’re blessed with fantastic sunshine for most of the year, but we can also have incredibly high intense rainfall. Not all plants can handle this weather, so sticking to native species is always a good idea, especially if you’re not an expert gardener or landscaper.

The good news is – Queensland has some of the most beautiful native plants! Adding lush, tropical palms and flowers that blossom in the most amazing shapes and colours can transport you to the rainforest, even from the smallest backyard.

A top tip for using colour in your garden is to plant flowers that have warmer colours near the front. Reds, oranges, yellows etc. catch the eye more easily than cooler colours. You can play with perspective in your garden by planting warm coloured flowers near the front, and cooler colours toward the back to add a depth to your garden that might not actually be there.

If flowers and plants aren’t your things, you could also use a colourful organic mulch.

The beautiful candle-shaped Banksia, with it’s yellow to red flowers ticks all the boxes – native to Queensland and just the right colour combination to achieve this optical illusion of extra space.

Do you have privacy issues in your garden? Or perhaps it’s not possible to add grass but you want that lush tropical feeling in your Gold Coast garden? Both of these concerns can be addressed with the iconic Hibiscus. The pleasing pops of colour when they flower are just a bonus to how easy they are to grow, and how well they can be used as a hedge to create privacy.

‘High Rise’ Gardens – Perfect For The Gold Coast!

Another great option to introduce some greenery into a small back garden is vertical gardens. Not only can they increase the feeling of size by drawing the eye up and adding another layer of texture, but they’re super low maintenance – no mowing necessary!

You can also use trees to add a sense of height to your garden. If you don’t have the space to plant a tree in the garden, dwarf varieties can do very well in large pots, and you have the added benefit of being able to style your garden by moving one or two varieties around to see how they compliment each other in your outdoor area.

Pave The Way

We love this trick – did you know laying your paving stones or decking in diagonal as opposed to straight lines can make the area feel bigger? It elongates the space and also creates visual interest to your outdoor area. If you think you might like to try it in your garden, have a look at our paving solutions to see which style you like, then give us a call on 07 5598 1377 or send us a message so we can help you out.

Blogs DIY Landscaping Advice

Tips for DIY Landscaping

Have you ever experienced getting awestruck by a lovely garden or a cozy front yard? Did you find yourself wishing you could have the same? or Have a Small Backyard? Well, look no further because here are some tips on how you could master the art of landscaping…as a beginner.


Look at your yard from a distance and try to imagine how it will look like. Start working on the hardscape before anything else. Ask questions like: Do you want your pathway to have pebbles, your sidewalk accented with big rocks, or have a wooden walkway? It is also important to clear the clutter before setting up the working on your soft scape.

Beautify with Flowers and Plants

If you wish to have flowers and plants, also consider toiling your soil. Making your soil healthy will help in the success of your gardening. You may also want to consider if you have a green thumb because not everyone has this skill. You can have a theme or sets of flowers and plants that will look good together. It is advisable to start on a small area first for a couple of days or weeks just to see what it will look like and if you will enjoy the scene. It is also best to start planting near your house as it will accentuate your house more.

Establish the View

When you are done with the garden, you can start planning where to put things or where to do the activities you want. Consider the sun and wind patterns. You do not want to stay on a porch directly under the sunlight, do you? If you prefer a little privacy, you may install a fence or gate according to your style. Remember that the view should be as enjoyable as it is relaxing if you want activities in your backyard. Planning this with your family is a good idea. Not everyone has the same thoughts on things they want to do in their backyards especially if you have kids. Make the area fun and safe for children too.

Accent it with your Style

It is a good thing to have a centrepiece that will stand out from the rest of the objects in your yard. It may be a fountain, a statue, a big pot, or anything that will catch the viewers eyes. You can do this while expressing your personality and taste. Always remember though that everything should look good together. The colours should complement each other too. It may not be pleasing if there is so much going on.

If you have made your mind and want to try out landscaping on your own, PBC Landscape Supplies will help you make it happen. They have a wide range of selection of landscaping supplies such as pavers, soil, pebbles, mulches products and the like. They can also give advice about DIY strategies and offer a free quotation to help you with planning. If you wish to see their supplies firsthand, you may visit their Display Center in Currumbin. Give them a call from Monday to Saturday at 07-5598-1377 to start achieving your landscape dream.

Blogs DIY Landscaping Advice

5 Advantages of Tea Tree Mulch

Choosing the right mulch for your garden often depends on what plants you have growing. Generally speaking, Tea Tree mulch can be used for most garden plants, but works best on long term plants, for example, trees and shrubs.

Below are 5 reasons why Tea Tree mulch can be beneficial to your garden.

  1. Prevents the growth of weeds – by laying Tea Tree mulch around your plants, you’re blocking new weeds from sprouting through.
  2. Water Retention – Tea Tree mulch allows drainage and holds moisture, meaning you can water your plants less regularly.
  3. Provides nutrients – Tea Tree mulch breaks down gradually, continuously providing nutrients to plants and soil underneath.
  4. Long Lasting – Tea Tree mulch can last for up to 2 years, meaning less maintenance while nourishing soil and plants.
  5. Temperature Protection – Tea Tree mulch acts as insulation and protects plants and soil against extreme heat or cold.

As you can see from the reasons above, Tea Tree mulch nourishes and protects your garden while minimising maintenance time. PBC Landscape Supplies have all your mulch needs taken care of, including tea tree mulch! Contact us today for a free quote.

Want to learn more about Mulch? Have a read of our handy articles.