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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

The best low-maintenance plants for your garden

Planting & Growing The best low-maintenance plants for your garden Low-maintenance plants are a great choice if you don’t want to spend too much time tending to your garden. Here are the best plants for creating an attractive garden that’s also easy to care for.

Drought tolerant plants

Planting & Growing How to choose drought tolerant plants If you live in an area that doesn’t get much rain, you need to save water or you simply want a low-maintenance garden, then using drought tolerant plants is a great idea. Here’s a list of things to consider before you go out and buy them.

Geraniums

Planting & Growing How to create a low-allergy garden If you suffer from hay fever or other allergies, then being out in the garden can, at times, be less than enjoyable. But there are some steps you can take to create an allergy-friendly garden so you can spend more time gardening and less time sneezi...

Vegetable garden

Planting & Growing How to start a vegetable garden Nothing tastes better than home-grown vegetables. To make it easy for you, we’ll take you through some things to consider like where, what and how to plant vegetables, as well as how to feed and care for them.

Protect Your Garden From Snails, Slugs and Leaf Eaters

Planting & Growing Protect your garden from snails slugs and leaf eaters There is a wide range of highly effective and innovative products available to gardeners to help them care for and protect their plants against insects, snails and slugs.

A bee on a flower

Planting & Growing How to attract bees and butterflies Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are great to have in the garden. Unfortunately bees in some parts of the world are under threat due to climate change, parasitic mites and poor farming practices. As gardeners, we can all help!

Worm farm

Planting & Growing How to make a worm farm A worm farm can turn your organic waste into rich fertiliser to feed your garden. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to get the kids actively involved in the environment.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies

Planting & Growing Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies Using plants is a natural and effective way to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects from entering your home. Here’s a list of the six best insect-repelling plants.

sprinkler

Planting & Growing How to take care of your plants in summer With its combination of hot and dry weather, summer can be really tough on your garden.

Worm farm

Planting & Growing How to make a worm farm A worm farm can turn your organic waste into rich fertiliser to feed your garden. It’s also a fun and rewarding way to get the kids actively involved in the environment.

Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies

Planting & Growing Six plants that repel mosquitoes and flies Using plants is a natural and effective way to repel mosquitoes, flies and other insects from entering your home. Here’s a list of the six best insect-repelling plants.

protein

Planting & Growing 10 high protein foods you can grow at home Grow these high protein vegetables and protein rich foods at home in your very own garden. Whether you’re a vegetarian or are trying to eat healthier, here’s our list of top 10 high protein vegetables to grow at home.

Five reasons to plant a mature or advanced tree

Planting & Growing Five reasons to plant a mature or advanced tree Planting a mature or old tree in your garden can be a quick and easy way to create the backyard of your dreams. Here's a few good reasons why planting a mature tree might be worth considering for your garden.

A bee on a flower

Planting & Growing How to attract bees and butterflies Bees, butterflies and other pollinators are great to have in the garden. Unfortunately bees in some parts of the world are under threat due to climate change, parasitic mites and poor farming practices. As gardeners, we can all help!

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.

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Planting & Growing How to build a raised garden bed Building a raised garden bed is a simple project you can do yourself. Learn how to build a raised garden bed with this guide from Bunnings Warehouse.

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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