About Us

Does your garden look like it needs new life? Are you tired of the dull sight of the plants and flowers? If yes, then look no further because we have what you need. Platypus Country is a landscaping organization whose primary objective is to ensure that your garden always remains a beautiful and tranquil; a place where you go to seek inspiration.

Special Team

We boast a special team of experts who have an extraordinary knowledge regarding plant care and the tricks to keep your garden thriving. With our unique capability and work ethic, Platypus Country can breathe new life into any piece of land. 

Services

Basic Maintenance

This service includes weeding, bed edging, mulch raking and the removal of debris and browning leaves and branches. This ensures that your garden appears tidy and well kept.

Pruning/Hedging

This service ensures that the trees and plants in the garden are pruned at the proper time for their species which is crucial to their health and growth.

Disease Protection and Pest Control

Sometimes trees and plants suffer the most damage from diseases and pests. That is why we offer services for pest control in gardens and disease protection as well.

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How to get rid of invasive plants

Do you want to stay organic? So the best way to get rid of invasive plants is likely to require more work than it would for those willing to use chemical herbicides. For many people, staying true to their organic landscaping principles is more important than getting rid of invasive plants quickly and they will be happy to take on the extra work if it means they can stay natural.

Follow the path of chemical herbicides, carefully read what is written on the product packaging before purchasing. Information about some will indicate that they are specific to “woody” plants (for example, Ortho’s Brush-B-Gon product). Glyphosate is a very popular chemical herbicide (sold under the “Roundup” brand). It is a type of non-selective herbicide, which means that it will kill practically anything – including landscape ornamental plants, lawn grass, etc.

(so be careful!).

Since chemical herbicides such as Roundup are not selective, the best way to get rid of an invasive plant using such a product sometimes depends on the circumstances. For example, if you want to use Roundup on Japanese knotweed plants (Polygonum cuspidatum, see picture) sprouting in the lawn, you might want to use the herbicide injection method rather than spraying.

This way, you can control the Roundup so that it doesn’t end up on your lawn, as it would kill it.

Is it possible to get rid of invasive plants organically?
If you prefer to stay organic, you can try using vinegar as a herbicide. Some organic gardeners also use something as simple as boiling water to kill weeds. But don’t exaggerate your hopes, because the fact is that neither vinegar nor hot water will work on everything. They will have little effect on an invasive perennial plant as hard as the Japanese knotweed.

If vinegar and boiling water don’t work on a particular plant, try another method of getting rid of it. Staying organic is all about experimentation. In some cases, the best way to get rid of invasive plants will of course be by suffocating them by suffocating them with tarpaulins, etc.

Speaking of experimentation, some may opt for a multi-pronged approach, trying some of this and some of that. An example is the one presented in this article, where addressing the problem of eradicating the Japanese knotweed is analyzed in great detail.

Removal of tree stumps without grinders

You can hire someone with a grinder , but it’s expensive. Or you can rent one from a rental center and do it yourself, but this has two main disadvantages:

Grinders are heavy.
And they are dangerous.
Another method is manual, which involves literal removal of the tree stump (grinding and chemical methods involve disintegration rather than literal removal). Manual removal is inexpensive but has two drawbacks:

It is laborious.
After removing the stump, what do you do with it? Not all cities will collect logs together with the garbage (check first).
Below I present a brief explanation of the manual way, but this article will focus on another inexpensive alternative that has the advantage of being simple: the chemical method. But beware: the chemical method requires some patience.

I have also seen people make a hole in the middle of a stump, put the soil in the hole and use it as a planter. Talk about making lemonade when life gives you lemons! But since you are reading this article, I assume you are more interested in removing it than lemonade.

Manual method to remove a stump
Are you trying to get rid of a small or medium-sized stump?

If you opt for manual removal of the stump, use a pickaxe, a shovel (or garden spade) and an ax. A pickaxe has a wide end for digging and a sharp tip for slicing. Of course, different people have different preferences for different tools and experience levels with tools (and you can never have too many good tools around for a job like this), so let me mention a few other materials:

Heavy steel bar (sold under names such as “service bar” or “digging bar”), one end is sharp and can be used to cut roots. This tool can also help you uproot a small stump once you’ve loosened it enough.
Small arched saw. Use this to cut roots that you may have trouble reaching with the pickaxe. Large arched saw, as an alternative to an ax. This is a safer tool to use than an ax (see below).
Steel toe boots (for safety), gloves.

The extensiveness of all the services

The extensiveness of all the services depend upon the service package chosen by the client. Our service packages range from a complete garden makeover to specific small tasks such as only the pruning of trees. The cost and charges vary accordingly.
Chris Jones

Contact Us

If you wish to learn more about our services and how much we charge for the various packages, then please visit our website: platypuscountry.org.au. You can also arrange to avail our services online by setting up a prior appointment. We pride ourselves in our efficient work ethic and thus hold the highest standards of professionalism and dedication to the task.