Your garden preparation checklist

Before the weather gets too hot, why not get out in the garden and do all those little jobs now. That way, you’ll not only have a garden that looks great when your guests arrive for Christmas, you can sit back and relax knowing everything’s done.

How to build a garden bed

A garden bed is a great addition to any garden this Christmas. It not only transforms the look of your outdoor area, it allows you to grow your favourite plants, trees, fruit and vegetables in the best soil possible. We’ll show you how easy it is to build a standard garden bed, raised garden bed with sleepers and raised kit bed.

focal point in garden

Create a focal point in your garden

Adding a focal point can draw attention to specific areas in your garden. Water features, statues, hedges, even plants and trees can be used as a visual highlight. We’ll give you a few pointers on which focal points can make a good addition to your garden.

pruning trees

Prune your trees

It’s important to prune your trees before summer as it will help them grow strong and maintain a good shape. It’s also a good idea to remove damaged branches and allow for new growth. Our handy guide to pruning trees will give you all the information you need to get the job done.

vertical garden

Create a vertical garden

A vertical garden is an ideal way to add some greenery to a small backyard, courtyard or even apartment. You can achieve a great result by using either hanging plants or a frame with flowering troughs.

Mulch

Mulch your garden

Using mulch on your garden is one of the best ways to keep it healthy. It is especially important in summer because mulch keeps the moisture in, maintains an even soil temperature and blocks the sun, inhibiting weed growth.

Automate your watering

If you’re going on holidays over summer, an automated watering system will help keep your garden healthy while you’re away. We’ll show you how to set up an irrigation system that lets you control the location, time and frequency of your watering.

vegetables growing

Get your veggies growing

You might think summer isn’t the ideal time for growing vegetables but right now is actually perfect for planting tomatoes, zucchinis and sweet corn.

Check out our step-by-step guide to growing vegetables if you’d like to find out more.

More fantastic ideas for your garden

For more great garden ideas, take a look at our D.I.Y. Advice.

dill

Planting & Growing Must-have herbs to help you cook up a storm Turn every meal into a gourmet affair with herbs from your own pot or patch. It’s easy to get started and gives endless rewards in both kitchen and garden.

How to control and eliminate garden pests organically

Planting & Growing How to control and eliminate garden pests organically Try controlling garden pests with these approaches from Eco Organic Garden.

Chilli Plant

Planting & Growing Growing chilli plant care guide Add a little fire to your food garden with a chilli plant. It’s not just a food plant, it can become a collectable obsession, too!

Cherry Plant

Planting & Growing How to plant and grow a cherry tree Sweet or sour, cherries are a popular summer treat around the world. Lovely and narrow, the cherry tree is suited to areas with cold winters, creating a stunning display of blossom in spring followed by the much-loved fruit.

Palm Tree

Planting & Growing How to grow and care for palm trees Nothing evokes a tropical island beach or desert oasis like a palm tree does. The coconut or date palms may be familiar to us all, but there is an abundance of palm trees, suitable for creating an exotic touch to our homes or gardens.

Bromeliad Plant

Planting & Growing Planting growing and propagating bromeliad in Australia Bromeliad offers stunning foliage, flowers that look like they’re from another planet, varieties to grow in almost any situation, and most are super hardy. What’s not to love?

Blueberry Plant

Planting & Growing How to grow blueberries Blueberries are nature’s superfoods, packed with antioxidants and filled with flavour. These pretty bushes make a wonderful dwarf hedge or in small gardens, try growing them in pots to enjoy flowers in spring and fresh berries throughout summer.

banana palm

Planting & Growing How to grow and care for banana trees Look after your banana tree, with our plant care guide. From ideal planting conditions to pests and diseases, our guide is the perfect starting place for garden enthusiasts.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. 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. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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