Backyard and Outdoor Living Issue14.3 Yearbook 2016

Welcome to the new-look Backyard, the magazine for those who don’t just dream of an amazing garden, they want to get out there and make it happen. If the backyard is where you gather with family and friends; if you want to do more in your backyard, be that build a garden bed or lay some paving; and if you want to get your kids involved too, Backyard is what you need. Backyard covers a wide range of topics for the consumer who is doing a complete makeover. Including but not limited to Planning a Garden, Makeover Ideas, Design Advice, Water Wise Gardening, Outdoor Lighting, Pool Design, Outdoor Furniture, Garden Art, Shade Solutions and Paving Options. Purchase includes the Digital Edition and News Service. Please stay in touch via our Facebook Page.

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2 min
editor’s note

The smell of fragrant flowers, freshly cut grass and sausages on the barbecue is a wonderful reminder that spring is here. The entertaining season has begun and people are starting to spend more time in their backyards once again. That means it’s also time to make sure your outdoor space is up to the challenge. Our outdoor entertaining guide this issue is packed full of useful information on how to create a comprehensive entertaining hub, from design, cooking equipment and storage to heating, cooling and lighting options. There is even information about including a television in your backyard! Could your outdoor area benefit from a little spring cleaning as well? Our spring maintenance feature has you covered, with plenty of tips to keep your garden in order. Think of it as…

3 min
don't miss a beat

GO TROPPO Looking for a unique way to incorporate timber into your backyard? Latte poles might be your answer. They’re crafted pieces of wood made from Australian Eucalyptus grandis. However, the wood is not grown here but in South Africa, where it’s known as latte. It’s grown in sustainable tree farms, which also provide opportunities for local communities. This ensures that we not only protect Australia’s indigenous forests, but also those of South Africa. Suitable for fencing, screening or pergola roofs, latte poles add a distinct tropical vibe to a EGGSQUISITE CHOICE An increasing number of people are getting chickens as pets. They are great for kids, supply delicious eggs, and are an all-round eggcellent companion (sorry, I just couldn’t resist). If you’re looking into getting chickens, there are some pretty nifty…

5 min
the makers

LEVEL GROUND Often small spaces are also awkward so they require some innovative design. “This site falls more than 3m from the brick fence to the back door. To deal with the fall and create usable spaces, we consulted an engineer and then built a series of retaining walls and planter boxes,” explains Don Thomson, principal of Gardenridge. “The retaining walls were constructed using large blocks that were laid on significant concrete footings with starter bars. Each block was core-filled and then finished with an acrylic render. By doing this, we were able to effectively handle the level changes and provide a series of separate zones for entertaining and active play.” Privacy is created and areas are separated into zones with strategic planting. SMALL PACKAGES The backyard of this home in Melbourne…

6 min
do it yourself

Many people imagine you might need acreage to be independent, but my partner, Paula, and I enjoy 80 per cent self-sufficiency on our small inner-city block,” says marionette performer, gardener and builder Asphyxia. The couple’s home and garden provide a model of how any of us can produce much of what we need, particularly food, anywhere from suburbia to the country, as long as we have a decent patch of dirt. The combination of managing their home, animals and highly productive garden, raising their son, Jesse, and holding down busy, successful jobs has been a challenging but rewarding experience for both Asphyxia and Paula, also a marionette performer. The creative pair is not unrealistic enough to strive for total self-sufficiency, however they aim to produce food and other items for as many…

7 min
taking to the street

In mid-2013 we decided to create a food garden on our nature strip for kids in our street. Our daughters, Jasmine and Alexa (then 12 and nine), delivered invitations to all the kids we knew of in our section of the street (plus a few more neighbouring streets), asking them to turn up at 1pm on Saturday with their gardening gloves and old clothes. We then waited to see what would happen. We knew a few people were interested but really had no idea if people would actually show up. On that first Saturday in August there were 23 of us: 14 kids and nine parents, most of whom stayed all afternoon! The grass was removed and a garden bed built using ACQ (alkaline copper and quaternary) treated pine —not the…

3 min
uptown funk

With its combination of plants, water and rocks with clean lines, there’s something so appealing about a Japanese-style garden. But there’s always room for deviation and when you think outside the square, the results can really be spectacular. Take Japanese food, for example; it is a delicious staple for many Australians though sometimes you might be in the mood for something a little out of the ordinary. That’s where Japanese fusion comes in — it combines the basics of the cuisine you love with a little added flavour. Such is the case with the Windsor project designed by Phillip Withers Landscape Design. “This garden is a play on the traditional Japanese garden — a contemporary fusion that we like to call ‘Japanese funk’,” says creative director of the company, Phillip Withers.…