Horticulture: Advice & Services

Good Ground Horticulture provides horticultural advice and services that suits Canberra’s climate and soils. We are committed to learning and refining regenerative methods of horticulture so that the health of our gardens can grow stronger and more resilient to the challenges ahead.

One of our favourite horticultural services is facilitating the ‘second wave’ of a garden. If the first wave is the initial design and implementation, often around 10 - 15 years into an garden all kinds of problems start to reveal themselves: too crowded, not enough light, depleted soils, problems with watering, plant losses. We work with you to launch the second wave that brings a struggling garden into a new lease of life.

 
A wattle in late winter glory

A wattle in late winter glory

plants

Our passions are native, edible and medicinal plants, though we keep a good general knowledge of exotic ornamental species. We can help with pruning, plant health concerns, selecting the right plants, plant identification, food growing advice and general garden planning. We love working alongside people so if you’d like to work with us and ask questions, be our guest.

 
Rocks steps set amongst thick clay soils

Rocks steps set amongst thick clay soils

soils

Where there’s a health problem with plants, more likely than not it’s actually a health problem with soil. We are not taught the importance of soils which means we often don’t think to take care of them. A healthy soil is the foundation of ALL life in the garden: plant, fungi and animal. A healthy soil food web, protected by proper mulching, can transform a garden.

 
Water feature at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

Water feature at the Australian National Botanic Gardens

water

As we adjust to our changed climate, water will likely become the single most important element in our gardens. We need new ways of storing water, both in and out of the landscape. We can help with directing and capturing water, laying appropriate irrigation, and water sensitive design. Capturing the water from our roofs and making sure the soil can absorb and store every drop that falls on it are crucial to the future of our local gardens.

“Ben is punctual, reliable, methodical, encouraging and responsive in his approach. He was happy to work through my garden needs and constraints and to have me talk plant issues and to work along side whenever I cared to. He happily shared his considerable knowledge of plants, soil health and composting.

His help not only achieved the specific garden refurbishment results I wanted, but also showed me how I can look after my garden a bit better on an ongoing basis. And the plants and the soil are looking much better for that.” Anne, Curtin.