How to Landscape Your Front Garden
A flourishing green garden is essential to maintaining the overall look and feel of your new Aurora home. It is also important because once you have obtained your Certificate of Occupancy, your front yard landscaping must be completed within 6 months. Here are some helpful landscaping tips for designing the perfect front yard from the Aurora Design Guidelines.
At least 50% of your front yard must be landscaped with planted grass or gardens
A significant portion of these planted areas (at least 25%) should include trees or shrubs that must be at least 0.6 metres tall when you put them into the ground. These plants must be capable of reaching a height of at least 3 metres. You must have a minimum of 3 trees or shrubs in your front garden. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 1 plant per 1 square metre of garden bed.
These rules also apply to houses on a corner that have a secondary frontage. Plan your landscaping design to continue around the primary frontage and onto the secondary frontage remembering to include trees and shrubs in keeping with the overall look and feel.
Your garden area must include groundcovers, mulch and mid storey planting (smaller trees and shrubs).
You can get advice about the most suitable types of plants to use in your landscaping from the Aurora Sales and Information Centre.
It is your responsibility to maintain your nature strip
The planting of the grass on the council owned nature strip or verge will be provided by Lendlease. Once this has happened, it is your responsibility as the home owner to maintain your nature strip.
According to the City of Whittlesea website, your nature strip cannot grow to more than 30 centimetres high or you may be subject to a fine.
Separate your driveway from the side boundary by using plant beds
This not only helps delineate your home but can also provide privacy if you plant trees and shrubs.
Provide an additional separate pedestrian pathway to the front door
Good design principles state that the highlight of a home should be its front entrance. Draw attention to your front door by creating a dedicated path that is separate from the garage driveway. Not only is this safer for pedestrians, it provides an additional design feature for you to landscape around.
Don’t forget your recycled water front tap
It is a requirement of Yarra Valley Water that all homes in Aurora use the provided Class A recycled water from the purple pipes to supply their toilets and garden watering systems. You must include in your front garden a tap that is connected to the purple pipes.
For more information on external finishes for your home please refer to the Aurora Design Guidelines.