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  • If you've never had a backyard before, the maintenance can be daunting, and short of asking Dad around to mow the lawn, it can be hard to know where to start. To help first-time backyard owners and renters or those wanting to make light work of their yard, ABC Life spoke to some green thumbs and put together a handy guide. We discover how to keep grass alive, some basic gardening tips and what it takes to care for trees and shrubs. When I first moved out of home, I lived in a ramshackle share house in Brisbane with one of my best friends. We had chickens, a compost pile, fantastic indoor plants and a lot of lawn, which tended to turn brown and lifeless in the Queensland heat. As I soon realised, grass can be surprisingly hard to maintain. Regardless of the variety, or the climate, if you want your lawn to look green and healthy there are three things you really need to do, horticulturist Nic Feleppa says. Cut it regularly. All grass needs to be cut. How often depends on the variety, Mr Feleppa says. If you want your grass to always look green, you need to mow regularly: that means a minimum of every two weeks in summer for most popular varieties, like buffalo and couch. If you wait too long between mows, you'll be left with grass that's brown and straw-like. A good rule of thumb is to only cut off about a third of the grass each time. Water it. The right amount of water depends on the type of grass and the climate. Daniel Rawson, who works as a design manager at a Melbourne-based landscaping firm, says the trick is to give your lawn a good drink occasionally rather than shorter, more frequent waterings. It's best to water in the early mornings, or the late afternoon, to prevent the moisture evaporating. Feed it. Lawns are nitrogen-hungry and from time to time they need to be fed with fertiliser. Mr Feleppa prefers to use organic-based products, like a blood and bone, or a lawn feeder that releases nutrients slowly over time. Making a start in the garden There's lot of great reasons to get into the garden. It's been shown to be good for your health, quality of life, fitness and even social life. "It's quite therapeutic, getting back in contact with nature. We have a connection with our plants and our soil. Anyone who hasn't done it before needs to try it to understand," Mr Feleppa says. "I'll have a stressful day and I'll go out into the garden, and I'll just feel refreshed." Whatever you want to grow, you'll need good soil. Here's some tips for understanding and preparing soil from Mr Rawson. Soil tends to be either sand-based or clay-based. The sandier the soil is, the more it will drain. To test your soil, Mr Rawson recommends digging a hole in your garden bed or wherever you are thinking of getting to work. "We suggest looking about 200-300 millimetres under the soil," he says. At that depth, you'll have an idea about how much moisture is available to your plants. If the soil is dry the best way to improve it is to add organic matter, like compost or manure. Interestingly, using organic matter is also the best way to improve a clay soil. Once you've improved your soil, and planted something, adding mulch can help lock in the moisture and deter weeds. When deciding what to plant, there's a lot to think about. For starters, there's the maintenance involved, the climate and conditions, the appearance of the plant, and cost to consider. If you're not sure, or just want some ideas, the nursery is a good first stop for advice. Landscape architect Jim Fogarty also recommends taking a walk around the block and looking at the plants in your neighbourhood. "Your best bet is to use plants that grow naturally … they won't need a lot of water," he says. "Natives need less care, and they often provide food source for local birds as well as things like bees and butterflies." Grevilleas, banksias, kangaroo paw, callistemon, eucalypts and Australian wildflowers are all good options, he adds. If you're planting natives, keep in mind that some species are sensitive to phosphorus fertilisers. If you're renting, make sure to check with your landlord before getting stuck in, especially if you're thinking of planting something major like a gum tree. (The roots could damage pipes, and your landlord may not want a big tree on their property.) Looking after trees and shrubs Trees or shrubs can require a different approach. If you're renting, generally your landlord will be responsible for maintaining larger trees on the property. Regardless, it's probably a good idea to check before getting your hands dirty. If a tree is struggling, it's usually because the soil is too dry or too wet, Mr Fogarty explains. "Sometimes people water tress that are already too wet — they're actually killing them," he says. When it comes to pruning, it's best to get some advice before getting to work. While shrubs can respond well to a good prune, other plants — like lavender and some trees — can struggle or die if cut back too hard, Mr Fogarty adds. If you already have something in your garden, but aren't sure what it is, try taking a photo and taking it to your local nursery. "You can really deform the natural leader [a tree's main, vertical stem] on a tree [by over-pruning]. With a fruit tree you have more of an open licence. Ask someone at the nursery about or an arborist if you have some large trees," Mr Fogarty says. If in doubt, restraint is the way to go, he adds. It's a great thrill to see a plant that you've picked up at a nursery grow from a seed or sapling and thrive. By learning a bit more about how plants and gardening works, you'll be able to better enjoy the fruits of your labour. SOURCE ; https://www.abc.net.au/life/beginners-guide-to-garden-lawn-tree-care-maintenance/10750510
  • When I first met Ann she was a property manager working for a franchised group. I was extremely impressed with her ability to relate to people of all levels and backgrounds. I was also impressed with her level of knowledge and understanding of the real estate industry but more importantly her knowledge and understanding of property management. Over the years she has guided me with my investments and seen that those investments gave me good returns. She has always put my interests first and been very reliable in the advice she has provided I was more than willing to do this review. I believe that Ann offers the same service today as she did when I first met her and I'm very thankful for her continuity. Linda Ferguson
  • My relationship with Rental Trends works exceptionally well due to the work ethic that I have experienced over the time that I have been involved with them. Regular reports accompanied by photographic evidence following inspections ensures that I am kept well informed and therefore at ease with my selection of an agent who cares about me as an owner and making sure that my property is respected, rent is collected in a timely manner and Rental Trends can handle any situation in the event of maintenance. I have had dealings with other agents in the past which have left me absolutely stunned but finally, I am in the hands of a very professional agency, always helpful and easily accessible. Makes my life easier as I have every confidence that the property is well managed and couldn't be in better hands. I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Rental Trends to family or friends.  Terry Woodgate
  • Being an interstate property investor with multiple properties, Ann and the team at Rental Trends have managed my portfolio for some 7 years. My experience with Ann has been nothing short of professional, honourable, moral, ethical and principled. My properties are well looked after, I am well looked after and my tenants are always well looked after. The fake reviews on this are obviously keyboard warriors, perhaps competitors and really need to act in a more professional manner. I am glad my investments are where they are! Michael Watson
  • You are a wealth of knowledge with any Property Management related issue and we consider you to be the Expert! Your business is supportive, communicative and simply very good at what you do. You are the best property management service I have used over my 20 years as a investor and I sincerely thank you for looking after us and our properties.   Tony Palmer
  • We're used Rental Trends for about 18 months now and found them to be very good. There has been no staff turn over and communication is very good. Overall we are very happy with Rental Trends, they regularly keep in contact with us and respond quickly to our requests. Geoff Patrick Geoff Patrick
  • Very professional business. Known the team for more than 3 years and I'm very thankful for their support and diligence in managing my properties. I'm very happy and highly recommend them. Brad Fuller
  • My association with Rental Trends has been nothing but great! This hard working team of property managers have great communication. Nothing is too much trouble. I would highly recommend them. Jeremy Watkins
  • From the outset of presentation to the market to sourcing the right tenant and ongoing support and professional online documentation Rental Trends operates at a standard that's hard to beat. Ann Absolon is a manager par excellence who is honest and reliable, available to talk to and who is a diplomatic liaison with tenants.   Katherine Hopkins
  • This group of women handle my rental property in New Farm, and they couldn't be doing a better job! We've decided to put our property into Rental Investment for some time now, and i don't regret one bit changing from my old agents... the service is amazing and the hard work they do there is incredible!! Keep it up girls !!   George Kloonis
  • When my property sat vacant for 45 days I made the change to Rental Trends and haven’t looked back. Ann and her team worked tirelessly to not only inform me of a changing market but also show my property at every chance and rent it within 1week. I would recommend Rental Trends with no hesitation. Tyson Daley
  • The early termination of our tenant was dealt with efficiently and effectively. We can't thank the team at Rental Trends enough for their professionalism in dealing with tenants who abandoned our property. Having secured these tenants from a different agency, which we left due to poor management, Ann and Sarah managed their abandonment with such efficiency that the unfortunate experience has had little impact for us as landlords. I can not recommend Rental Trends enough Marie Manning
  • 5 stars all the way!! Great communication , professional and attention to detail. I could not ask for a better agent to look after my investment. Savannah Bolt
  • The team at Rental Trends are very good. They tell me exactly what needs to be done and I trust their recommendations, trust the directness and find all the team to be learned in the legislation. They are always willing to provide me with the facts.   Annie Longman
  • Really good operators. Happy with their service, communication and attention to detail. Harry Horronus
  • Rental Trends are great at what they do! As a tenant for over 3 years, they have been wonderful to deal with. If I owned an investment property, I would want them to manage it. I've looked at other rentals when my lease was due to end in the past, but, I was so disappointed with the quality of agents out there. I really value Ann & Greg over significantly cheaper rent in a comparable (if not better) unit. Thanks for being great team!! Mel G.
  • Loved Renting with this agency, just moved out and everything went so smoothly... couldn't ask for a better group of people ! Ruby Blossom
  • Rentaltrends is a good rental agency. I felt a bit tricked by my former agency. They told me "of course you can transfer the money every fortnight" but it turned out that in order to do so I would have to pay for another agency collecting the money for them. With rentaltrends it was so much easier: I just created a reoccurring payment - done. Like most renters I was very worried about vacating the premises. But it was actually super easy. I got the bond cleaners in and had my final inspection on the 16th. It did not even take 10 minutes and all my worries "they are trying to find anything to hold back bond" were for no reason. On the 18th (so just two days later) the RTA provided a full bond return to my account. Thanks for making life so easy :) Sylvain Hohn
  • Great business. Professional, ethical and very responsive to an owners needs. Jack Miles
  • Rental Trends has been my real estate for the past 2 years and I have had an absolutely positive experience. Ann has guided me through the first time renting away from home and has been very patient and helpful when it comes to educating me around standard procedure. I absolutely trust Ann that if she says something to me her word is good and that it will happen behind the scenes without me having to worry!    Mason Robb
  • Best renting agent I have ever dealt with. Turnaround time for maintenance is great. Reported to Greg in the morning that my shower head was leaking, plumber there that afternoon. Thanks Greg, really approachable your professionalism. MIchael Lawson
  • Rented through this Business for about 3 years. I don't anymore however they have excelled my vision of what a Property Management Group should be!! Caleb Thomas
  • I haven't got a bad word to say about this business. The property managers are so knowledgeable and willing to help. The business has all my properties and I just can't praise them enough. Montanna Long
  • Good communication and helpful with providing us the information we needed to break lease. Thank you Sarah and Ann   Sarah Ryan
  • I have known Ann from Rental Trends for over 5 years.  As a property owner I can assure all landlords that you CANNOT find any better property manager in BRISBANE to look after your hard earned investment. In the   past I have dealt with many property managers who promise you the whole world but do not back you up by any service and in fact some dont even do regular property inspections.  I known Greg from Rental Trends visits the property as per their regular schedule and updates me accordingly to the condition of my property.  Therefore I have moved all my rental properties to Rental Trends.  Ann and her team are honest and hard working and always look after the landlord's best interests.  Rental Trends treat each rental property as their own in terms of care and well being of the property and the quality of tenant selection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Akhtar Sheikh
  • Rental Trends took over a particularly poorly managed investment property of ours from another agent. They have been a breath of fresh air delivering continual prompt and professional service. The owner of Rental Trends attention to detail and personal availability have been added bonuses to assist with a difficult transition. We look forward to a continued happy relationship.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Lord Tim Irish
  • Beautiful service from this Property Management Company. Walked into the office a week ago looking for a rental, was absolutely greeted with smiling faces and enthusiastic team members, while everyone did come out to greet me... Got a call back the same day saying I had been approved!! Very efficient work from Rental Trends, fastest I've seen! I am very happy with my choice of agency and property considering i was looking quite urgently, the Ladies there helped me extremely promptly, moving me in within a week...                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Robert Golding
  • We have known Ann from Rental Trends for approximately four years. We originally engaged her services to manage one of our Brisbane based investment properties  We have always found Ann to be very reliable.   The property management division has always run very smoothly to the point where we have no concerns.   Ann has always good tenants to lease our property and we are always very confident in relying on her decisions. Ann is knowledgeable when we need to seek her advice as we live interstate and we are not up to date with Brisbane tenancy laws. We also engaged Ann to manage another one of our Brisbane based investment properties as the previous property manager was not very diligent in managing the property effectively, hence causing us to spend thousands of dollars in restoring the property back to its original condition. Ann now manages all our Brisbane based properties as we know we are in very good hands and we have no hesitation in referring Ann to manage your investment property.  Luisa Manera and Eddy Rostirolla
  • As an out-of-state property owner, it has been very important to have a great property manager  who we can trust and who looks after our property as if it were their own. We are very happy with the service provided by Ann and her team and have full trust in their continued management of our property.  We would recommend Ann and her team to anyone who requires property management and have done so in the past.   Jacqualin Baldwin
  • Ann and her team at Rental Trends have been nothing but a pleasure to work with over the last few years. I had endless troubles with previous agents and I find that Rental Trends really delivers a personal and professional approach in the management of my rental unit. There is no problem too large or situation that Ann and her team can't handle. Rental Trends' knowledge of the market is great and they always provide honest, concise and timely feedback with all arising matters. I would definitely recommend Rental Trends for owners that seek quality property management for their assets.  R. Antrobus
  • Being an absentee owner, I have entrusted management of my Brisbane property to Rental Trends for a number of years now. All dealings I have had with Ann and her team have met my expectations over this time, and I would highly recommend Rental Trends for their professional management in protecting all property interests. Dan Phillips