conserving water and resources with xeriscapes
Garden and landscape designs that conserve
water are often referred to as ‘Xeriscapes’, pronounced ‘zerry scape’. This is a term derived from the Greek word
‘xeros’ meaning dry and from the word landscape, to form a new term for water
A water wise, easy care garden is easy to
create and has numerous benefits. Not
only does it save water and resources, it also saves time and money on
maintenance (with fewer weeds and less fertiliser and pesticide use). By incorporating smaller, drought tolerant
lawn areas with improved soils, effective use of mulching and an efficient drip
irrigation system, water wise gardens are less work than conventional gardens.
using efficient watering practices for lush gardens
A water wise garden doesn’t mean a desert
garden, nor does it have to mean a lawn free garden - you can have a lush green
drought tolerant lawn and healthy abundant vegetation. A water wise garden uses efficient watering
practices that means taking advantage of rainwater, recycled water, grey water
and reducing reliance on mains water.
designing for sustainability
There are numerous things you can do when planning,
planting, reinstating and maintaining your garden, all of which will reduce
your reliance on mains water, benefit the environment and make your garden
healthy and pest free. Blending
protecting tree canopies or shade structures with outdoor living areas, low
water use plants, space for food production and clever water storage solutions
are the way of the future. Following the
principles of water wise, easy care gardening in a water sensitive design,
you’ll create a beautiful garden environment that will require minimal water
and maintenance, and be sustained in the long run. Provincial designs cleverly for permanent sustainability.
our design services
Provincial’s creative and professional
design team can provide you with a range of services to design or re-design
your outdoor spaces. We can provide all
or part of the following:
- site appraisal and analysis
- site and/or botanical surveys
- concept landscape plans
- detailed landscape plan
- environmental / building design
- ecological land use planning and whole farm planning
- permaculture design
- water sensitive urban design
- water wise garden design
our design process
Before our initial site visit you’ll receive a fee schedule and
acknowledgment of terms so you’re fully aware of design and consultation costs.
We will then undertake a site visit to discuss your needs and desires
and assess the opportunities and constraints of the site. We can then advise on design options and species selection.
Plans can be arrived at on site or in greater detail back in the studio.
CONCEPT PLAN, REPORT + SPECIES SCHEDULE
Ideas raised at the site visit are developed and drawn to scale for
client presentation and further discussion.
One or several concepts can be prepared depending on individual client
Preliminary analysis of authority regulations and requirements is undertaken
and recommendations for the appointment of other consultants will be made if
required. A report is generally provided
including findings and recommendations and information about appropriate site
preparation, plants, planting and maintenance.
A pictorial species selection is provided.
This stage can be as simple or detailed as you require.
||CONCEPT PLAN DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
When design concepts are finalised, plans can be taken one step further
to resolve their character and specify particular items or materials. Plans can be used to estimate the total
project costs including site preparation, hard-scaping (such as decking and
paving) and plant supply and installation. A planting schedule is provided.
For most residential projects, there is some cross over between stages 2
and 3 and this level of service and plan development is sufficient.
||DETAILED LANDSCAPE PLAN
Once the final concept is approved, a fully scaled and detailed plan can
be provided for development application or other council submission.
A standard specification is prepared describing the quality of
materials, finishes, workmanship and the like.
Pricing for these services depends on the scale and scope of works and
is charged hourly as outlined in our fee schedule.
SITE PREP, CONSTRUCTION, PLANTING + MAINTENANCE
Provincial is the Principal Contractor on all the projects we
design. We may engage sub – contractors
to undertake hard-scaping works such as garden lighting, decks, paving or
earthworks. These select contractors provide quality services and know how we
work and our expectations for suitable site preparation and finish.
Once these works are complete and plant numbers are confirmed in the
planning process, planting can be undertaken by our professional team, or you
may choose for plants to be supplied and to do the planting yourself.
Provincial can provide you with a watering and maintenance regime to
ensure your garden establishes well – or we can look after it for you.
||CO-ORDINATING + ADMINISTERING YOUR PROJECT
can manage your revegetation or landscaping project from design through to
implementation. We can provide a total
or partial service tailored to client needs.
Provincial will co – ordinate and integrate the work of any consultants
or contractors. Our association with
local building and landscape contractors allows us to provide the ultimate new
space or remodelling service.
You will receive one estimate and one invoice (or progress payments as
applicable) from Provincial regardless of the number of sub contractors we
engage – this keeps the process simple for you.
We will undertake periodic site inspections, check work in progress
regarding design quality control, materials selection and performance. You’ll be kept up to date with progress
When complete, we’ll issue a job completion certificate so you know that
all works have been carried out to specification.
Please contact us
to discuss your needs or to arrange a site visit.