Gardening in Nelson

Landscaping industry thriving in the Nelson-Tasman region

The Nelson-Tasman region is seeing a boom in residential building and with it, a collateral boom in landscaping, as home-builders complete their exterior design by enhancing their outdoor spaces.

 

According to Statistics New Zealand, May 2018 saw the highest number of new dwellings consented nationally since June 2004. The increase for the year ended May 2018 was 6.5%. At a local level, Tasman’s residential building consents have reached half last year’s number in only 5 months. The Nelson region’s numbers are trending in a similar way.

 

A forecast by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment predicts the construction boom is set to continue for the next five years. The ramping up of the Coalition Government’s KiwiBuild programme will enhance this effect through to 2028.

 

Anecdotal evidence from the local region indicates landscaping businesses are thriving under these conditions. Here at Wholesale Landscapes, we have noticed products, such as screened soil and other staples for landscaping, have been selling in record quantities.

 

The increase in demand has seen an increase in work for landscape businesses operating locally.  Euan Milne, Contracts Manager for Nelmac’s Commercial Green Spaces Team for the Nelson and Tasman Districts, describes the environment as “buoyant” and predicts the upward trend is set to continue. He says their team have been very busy in the last 12 months meeting customers’ desire to offset the starkness of new builds and this is forecast to continue, along with landscaping for commercial buildings and new retirement village developments. 

 

Landscapers are increasingly centred on customising their range of services to meet home-owners’ specific needs. The latest research shows that a beautiful outdoors environment isn’t just nice to have, but a therapeutic outdoor space is important to people’s health and wellbeing.

 

So how can you best utilise your landscape artist to create the perfect outdoors to complement your new home?

 

Good gardens don’t just happen but are the result of careful planning and observation. It’s important to consult with your landscaper so they can incorporate your ideas and requirements into their design.

 

Don’t let money limit your creativity, but be realistic. Actual costs might require alterations to your preferred design. However, instead of going back to the drawing board, consider implementing one part of the plan at a time.

 

Figure out what you most want and what can be achieved immediately and what can wait until next year. You may find you can have it all, just not all at once.

 

Soft landscaping is also a cost-effective way to improve your outdoor spaces. The soft landscaping is the more changeable, living part of your landscaping, which excludes hard-surfaced areas such as decorative stonework, retaining walls, walkways or other landscape-architectural elements. The plants, the mulch, the dirt, the lawn, the trees and shrubs all make up softscape materials.

 

Achieving a balance between the hard and soft is important in garden design and a harmonious blend of the two is a function of great landscaping. Having an

outdoors area which is functional and appealing will not only improve your enjoyment of your home but will increase the value of your property.

 

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This product isn’t distributed directly by Wholesale Landscapes. We can only guarantee stock at our Lifestyles Yard located at 55, Saxton Road, Stoke, Nelson. 

If this doesn’t suit you or you require a smaller volume under 1.5m3, please see the list of retailers for the same or similar alternative products.

Nelson
  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Lifestyles Yard

  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes

Richmond
  • Bay Landscape & Garden Centre

  • Goldpine Richmond

Mapua
  • Mapua Landscapes

Motueka
  • Stonescape Landscape Supplies (Concrete & Metals)

North Canterbury
  • Woodend Landscape Supplies

Christchurch
  • Garden Box – Middleton

  • Urban Paving – Harewood

  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley

  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx               

  • Mitre 10 Ferrymead 

South Canterbury
  • Fulton Hogan Timaru

  • Ashburton Construction Ltd (ACL)

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Nelson
  • Wholesale Landscapes – Stoke Lifestyles Yard

  • Stoke Garden & Landscapes

Richmond
  • Bay Landscape & Garden Centre

  • Goldpine Richmond

Mapua
  • Mapua Landscapes

Motueka
  • Stonescape Landscape Supplies (Concrete & Metals)

North Canterbury
  • Woodend Landscape Supplies

Christchurch
  • Garden Box – Middleton

  • Urban Paving – Harewood

  • Pearsons Landscape Supplies – Bromley

  • Styx Mill Landscape & Nursery  – Styx               

  • Mitre 10 Ferrymead 

South Canterbury
  • Fulton Hogan Timaru

  • Ashburton Construction Ltd (ACL)

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Recommended depths

Typically you need a finishing layer of screened soil of 100mm when working with an uneven surface. 100mm of soil will allow to even out any hollows and give enough depth to create a flat surface

A general rule for compost is to allow for the depth of the current root structure of your plants with an additional 30-50% to mix in with the base. If you’re planting into holes or filling up a vege garden  you will need to accommodate for this prior to filling up

We recommend 100mm (10cm) deep for new bark gardens and planting into bare areas. For existing gardens with some cover, we recommend 75mm-100mm (7.5cm-10cm)

Note: Barked areas for playground impact protection need to meet NZS5828:2015 standards and is calculated on the fall areas and the height of the playground. Please contact us to discuss your barked playground areas

For paths and driveways which are often exposed to car and foot traffic, we recommend 100mm-125mm (10cm-12.5cm) on newly prepared areas due to settling of product.

This excludes preparation, compaction or drainage gravel underneath. For existing areas 75mm thickness is recommended for areas needing a small top-up. 

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3T Truck

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  • 6m3 Bark
  • 1.5m3 Stone
  • 3m3 Soil
  • 3m3 Supersoil
  • 4m3 Compost
  • 3m3 Shell

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  • 15m3 Bark
  • 4m3 Stone
  • 8m3 Soil
  • 8m3 Supersoil
  • 10m3 Compost
  • 8m3 Shell

11T Truck

Full truckload volumes
  • 25m3 Bark
  • 7m3 Stone
  • 10m3 Soil
  • 11m3 Supersoil
  • 15m3 Compost
  • 11m3 Shell
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