Sharp Yards at the Perth Garden Festival 2023
In 2023 Sharp Yards was invited by their friends at Soil Solver to create a garden display exhibit at the Perth Garden Festival. It was a new experience but one we couldn’t shy away from despite the busy schedule. How exciting to be amongst Perth’s industry leaders.
Thanks to Sharp Yards sponsors Benara Nurseries, Lawn Doctor and Nutrien Water who helped supply the needed materials. Spending time with Perth’s gardening enthusiasts discussing landscaping, reticulation, lawn installs, garden maintenance and much more was very fun. Special visits from family, friends and clients also made it much sweeter
Sharp Yards garden exhibit was inspired by the challenges Perth’s ever expanding urban sprawl. With smaller blocks, more houses and less room for gardens is causing an urban heating effect in our living spaces which is compounded with higher demand for household air conditioners to cool and warm our homes .
Despite our smaller garden spaces with creative garden designs Perth can reduce its urban heating effect with tactful planting of small deciduous that help shade the home in hot summers and allow the warmth in winter. Some may complain about leaf litter however they are an amazing resource for the backyard compost bin which can create rich soil for the vegetable garden. With ever increasing cost of living pressures for households being able to supplement food with fresh backyard produce is going to be an exciting trend for Perth Gardens.
Smaller space in a garden doesn’t mean you should not have a lawn. Turf is an amazing absorber of heat and even a small area can reduce the heat around your home. In the peak of Perth summer temperatures the surface temperature of paving or artificial grass can be between 20 to 30 degrees hotter than real fresh lawn.
Perth has a long way to go to combat urban heating. There are established suburbs with high densities of trees which create comfortable micro climates in Perth suburbs. Most councils are committed to planting more trees. Now people can start being creative and green up their homes. The small investment with reduce their power bills but most importantly help the local environment and make our living spaces more beautiful and enjoyable to spend time in.