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Overview

Having the right garden that suits your lifestyle can be a great addition to your home and family. We'll give you some handy tips when planning your garden, including advice about considering your lifestyle, climate and the aspect of the sun.

Steps

1Draw a garden plan

Draw a rough plan of the area of the garden you want to redesign. Include where your home is, any walls and sheds or existing structures and where there is paving. This'll allow you to work around these existing features. Also mark on the plan the aspect of the sun, where it sets, where it rises and which parts of the garden get the most sun.

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2Plan where your plants will go

After you've worked out which are the sunny and shady areas of your garden, you can then choose the right plants for those conditions. Your local climate and soil conditions will also help to determine what will grow well in your garden.
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3Check out what grows locally

If you're not sure what to plant in your garden, a good tip is to take a walk around your local neighbourhood. This'll show you what grows well in your local soil and weather conditions.

4Choose a garden type

You also need to consider what type of garden you want. If you have kids or pets, this may affect your choice. Different garden types include a native garden, cottage garden, tropical or even vertical gardens. Whatever style you choose, it's a good idea to keep it looking simple and stick to the same style throughout your garden. 

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More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.