Starting our landscaping

Outdoor room, with tropical landscaping

Back to the grind tomorrow. Three weeks off of work saw my family out from San Diego, California for the holiday season and the accompanying tourist activities that come with having visitors. Mixed in alongside all the standard tourist destinations was a bit of yard work. Okay, a lot of yard work.

Our grass was “installed” relatively quickly once we moved it – it prevented Jake (our dog) from tracking in the clay that plays a prominent role in our backyard, but the rest of our yard was still lacking.

After an additional 15 tons of garden soil being delivered, and an expensive trip to the nursery, we finally started planting our garden beds. Like any garden that requires layering, it will have to grow in over time and establish itself, but we had to start somewhere.

From Golden Cane Palms to Xanadu, our landscaping is finally starting to take shape. Our builder gave us the left over bricks from the build, and we roughly laid them out for garden edging. I’ve yet to bury them and cement them in, but I HAVE realised how big of a job this will be. I’m not really looking forward to it, but until then, I’ll admire what will soon be a very enjoyable, and relaxing backyard oasis.

Backyard LandscapingBangalow Palm, and additional landscaping

About Stefan
Stefan is the regular writer for Megan & Stefan, and hails originally from San Diego, California. A resident of Australia since 2007, he write about his experiences living abroad, his love of photography, and documenting the process of building a house here in this sunburnt country he calls home. Feel free to drop him a line - he's always up for a chat.


  1. Nigel says:

    The brampton bricks look fantastic against the green grass and garden!

  2. Brian says:


    Don’t bother about concreting the brick in I never have. I just dig a trench and throw some sand in to get the level right and then pack the sides with earth, faster and cheaper. Also set the level about 5-10mm above the lawn level to make mowing easier

  3. Shasy says:

    Hey Stefan, good to see you planting tropical as it is really easy maintenance and also very aesethically calming. You will find that mushroom compost is the best compost and all you need to grow your garden.
    Also move your Golden Cane more forward away from the house as they do get rather large. When planting imagine your plant in 10 to 15 years time. I hope this has helped you.

  4. Stefan says:

    Thanks for the comments and tips!

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