RSGL Ballina Landscape Building & Quarry Supplies

Ballina landscape, building and quarry supplies

12-01-2024

Richmond Sand & Gravel, a family-owned and operated business with a rich legacy spanning over a century, proudly stands as the trusted name in landscaping in the Northern Rivers region.
Our commitment to quality and service has made us the go-to source for landscape and building supplies in and around Richmond, Ballina, Lennox Head, and the broader Northern Rivers area.

Situated conveniently close to Ballina, our one-stop landscape, building, and quarry supplies shop caters to the needs of locals and tradies alike. Our Ballina Yard, located in Ronan Place West Ballina, provides easy access for those in the region. Additionally, we have another yard situated in Elliot Road South Lismore, ensuring that our comprehensive range of products is readily available to all.

More than just a bulk landscape supplies yard, Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping offers an extensive selection of top-quality products. As the oldest and largest bulk landscape supplies yard in the Northern Rivers, we take pride in our diverse inventory. From Concrete and Natural Stone Pavers to Turf, Synthetic Turf, Timbers (including Treated Pine, Hardwood, Railway Sleepers, and Bridge Timbers), Retaining Wall Blocks, Concrete Pipes, and recast Concrete Products, to Tradesman Tools and an array of Machinery and Trucks – we have it all.

RSGL is renowned as The Natural Stone Specialists, showcasing a brand new Beautiful Natural Stone Specialist and Display Centre right in Ballina. Recently adding a stunning range of Imported Natural Stone Tiles, Pavers, and Wall Cladding suitable for both indoor and outdoor use, our display is open Monday to Friday from 7 am to 4.30 pm and Saturdays from 7.30 am to 12 noon. Our Natural Stone Specialists are on hand to assist you in creating your dream home with the most stunning and on-trend designs, stone, colours, and sizes.

Being the Local Turf Specialists, Richmond Sand and Gravel proudly services Ballina with a range of top-tier turf options. As the local supplier of DNA Certified Sir Walter, TifTuf, Sir Grange, and various Couch varieties, we ensure the highest quality turf in Australia. Our turf farms, considered the best in the country, grow only the finest DNA Certified turf varieties. Our knowledgeable staff can guide you in selecting the right turf based on your individual site conditions, as we offer scientifically researched and modified specialty turf varieties that handle shade, drought conditions, pests, and weeds effectively. Visit our turf display or contact our friendly staff to make sure you’re getting the perfect turf for your home or project.

Richmond Sand & Gravel goes beyond supplying products; we also offer a Civil Division equipped with Bobcats, Excavators, Rollers, Loaders, and a grader. Specialising in building roads, farm roads, site cuts, shed pads, landscaping, trenching, drainage works, and clearing, we are your comprehensive solution for both product supply and professional services.

Choose Richmond Sand & Gravel for all your landscaping needs, where quality, expertise, and a century-long legacy come together to create the perfect outdoor environment.

RSGL How to build a vegetable garden

How To Build A Vegetable Garden

12-01-2024

At Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping, we’ve created a DIY guide to help you build your own Vegetable Garden!
Let’s get started… Richmond Sand & Gravel would firstly like to say good luck!! Please use this as a guide only, each person’s site is different therefor we can only offer a broad guide on how to DIY, however we cannot accept any liability in respect to the content of this guide or work conducted using these guides. If you do not feel confident let us recommend a qualified tradie for you!

INTRODUCTION

Growing vegetables can be fun. It’s a great way to spend time with children or have a place to get away and spend time outdoors in the sun.

Planting a garden with vegetables also gives you the pleasure of savouring a delicious, sun-warmed tomato fresh from your backyard. In almost every case, the flavour and texture of varieties you can grow far exceed supermarket produce.

Learning what to plant in a garden with vegetables, and how to tend them for the best harvest, is probably easier than you think. If you plan it right, you can enjoy a beautiful garden full of the fruits of your labour, without having to spend hours and hours tending it.

Planting a garden that includes vegetables and flowers means you’ve combined natural companions, and that can turn a potential eyesore into an attractive landscape feature.

START SMALL

At first, when deciding what to plant in a garden with vegetables, it’s best to start small.

One of the common errors for beginners is planting too much too soon and way more than anybody could eat or want.

 

STEP 1 – HOW MUCH SPACE DO YOU NEED

Keep in mind that when figuring out what to plant in a garden with vegetables, you don’t need a large space to begin. If you choose to grow in containers, you don’t even need a yard — a deck or balcony may provide plenty of space.

A good-size beginner vegetable garden is about 16×10 feet and features crops that are easy to grow. A plot this size, based on the vegetable suggested below, can feed a family of four for one summer, with a little extra for canning and freezing (or giving away).

 

STEP 2 – PICKING THE PERFECT SPOT

No matter the size of your vegetable garden, there are 3 basic requirements for success

Full sun. Most vegetables need at least 6-8 hours of direct sun. If they don’t get enough light, they won’t bear as much and they’ll be more susceptible to attack from insects
or diseases.

Plenty of water.  Because most vegetables aren’t very drought tolerant, you’ll need to give them a drink during dry spells. When thinking about how to plan a vegetable garden, remember: The closer your garden is to a source of water, the easier it will be for you.

Good soil.  As with any kind of garden, success usually starts with the soil. Most vegetables do best in moist, well-drained soil that’s rich in organic matter (such as compost or peat moss).

 

STEP 3 – PLANNING YOUR GARDEN

Row Cropping: This is probably what comes to mind when you think of what to plant in a garden with vegetables: You place plants single file in rows, with a walking path between each row.

Row cropping works best for large vegetable gardens, and it makes it easier to use mechanical equipment such as tillers to battle weeds.

The downside of row cropping is that you don’t get as many vegetables in a small space, as much of the soil is used for footpaths rather than vegetable plants.

Here’s a hint: Allow at least 45cm between your rows so you have plenty of room to work between them. And as you sketch out your plan, place taller vegetables at the north side of the garden. This includes naturally tall plants – like tomatoes and plants that can be grown on vertical supports, including snap peas, cucumbers, and pole beans.

Intensive Cropping: This type of vegetable planting means using wide bands, generally 1-4 feet across and as long as you like. Intensive cropping reduces the amount of area needed for paths, but the closer spacing of the plants usually means you have to weed
by hand.

Because of the handwork required, when thinking how to plan a vegetable garden with rows remember: It is important not to make the bands wider than you can comfortably reach.

Intensive cropping also allows you to design your vegetable garden, making it a good choice, for example, if you want to grow vegetables in your front yard. It’s a great solution for mixing vegetables with ornamentals, as well.

A specialised version of intensive cropping is the “square-foot method.” This system divides the garden into small beds (typically 4×4 feet), that are further subdivided into 1-foot squares. Each 1-foot square is planted with one, four, nine, or 16 plants, depending on the size of the plant when it matures.

It also makes sense to leave some areas of the garden unplanted at first. This allows you to plant a second crop to harvest later in the season. Lettuce, radishes, green onions, carrots, and green beans are commonly planted several times during the season.

 

STEP 4 – TESTING & FIXING YOUR SOIL

It’s best to test the soil before you begin planting a garden with vegetables. Check drainage by soaking the soil with a hose, waiting a day, then digging up a handful of soil. Squeeze the soil hard. If water streams out, you’ll probably want to add compost or organic matter to improve the drainage.

Next, open your hand.

If the soil hasn’t formed a ball, or if the ball falls apart at the slightest touch, the soil is probably too sandy. (Add organic matter to improve sandy soil.)

If the ball holds together even if you poke it fairly hard, you have too much clay in your soil. (Organic matter improves clay soil, too.)

But if the ball breaks into crumbs when you poke it – like a chocolate cake – rejoice! Your soil is ideal.

If your soil doesn’t drain well, your best bet will probably be to install raised beds.

Here’s a hint: Build raised beds on existing lawn by lining the bottom of frames with several layers of newspaper, then filling with soil. That way, you don’t have to dig!

 

STEP 5 – DIGGING YOUR BEDS

Loosen your soil before you plant a garden with vegetables. You can either use a tiller or dig by hand.

Once the soil has been loosened, spread out soil amendments (such as compost) and work them into the soil. Avoid stepping on freshly tilled soil as much as possible. Otherwise, you’ll be compacting the soil and undoing all your hard work.

When you’re done digging, smooth the surface with a rake, then water thoroughly. Allow the bed to rest for several days before you plant.

 

STEP 6 – CARE AND FEEDING

Most vegetables like a steady supply of moisture, but not so much that they are standing in water. About an inch of water per week is usually sufficient, provided by you if Mother Nature fails to come through. Water when the top inch of soil is dry. For in-ground crops, that may mean watering once or twice a week; raised beds drain faster and may require watering every other day.

Weeds compete with your vegetables for water and nutrients, so it’s important to keep them to a minimum. Use a hoe or hand fork to lightly stir (cultivate) the top inch of soil regularly to discourage weed seedlings. A mulch of clean straw, compost, or plastic can keep weeds at bay around larger plants like tomatoes.

Fertilising your crops is critical to maximising yields. Organic gardeners often find that digging in high quality compost at planting time is all their vegetables need. Most gardeners, however, should consider applying a packaged vegetable fertiliser, following the directions on the box or bag. Don’t apply more than recommended as this can actually decrease yield.

By using vining crops like pole beans and snap peas when planting a garden with vegetables, you can make use of vertical space in the garden and boost yield per square foot.

RSGL how to lay your own pavers

How To Lay Your Own Pavers

12-01-2024

At Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping, we’ve created a DIY guide to help you lay your own Pavers! Let’s get started… Please use this as a guide only, each person’s site is different therefore we can only offer a broad guide on how to DIY, however we cannot accept any liability in respect to the content of this guide or work conducted using these guides. If you do not feel confident let us recommend a qualified tradie for you!

Step 1 | Setting Out & Preparing Your Area

Mark and measure out your area. You will need to get a m² measurement to allow you to calculate materials needed. ie. If your area is 10m long by 3m wide your area is then 30m²

Once your area is marked and you are happy, remove any excess grass, soil, debris etc – you may need to hire a bobcat or excavator for large spaces.

Excavate your area so that is not only level but allows for your sub base to be constructed & the thickness of your paving (note pavers are typically between 40mm-50mm depending on your paver choice). Richmond Sand & Gravel recommend allowing for 100mm of road base or metal dust, both are heavily compactable materials designed to set firm under your paving to ensure little to no movement of your pavers. You will also need to cater for a skim layer 30mm max of bedding sand – Richmond Sand & Gravel recommend washed river sand which will allow you to get perfect levels for your paving.

Step 2 | Preparing Base

Distribute road base or metal dust evenly over the excavated area to a recommended depth of 100mm, ensure your levels allow for general fall to drainage points.

Compact the road base with a plate compactor (Wackeracker). Richmond Sand & Gravel recommend wetting the metal dust or road base as it will allow you to compact better, and it is advised to compact your site twice to ensure that you have less movement once pavers are laid.

Begin to spread the sand over the compacted road base to a thickness of 25-30mm.

Screed the river sand with a timber float or straight edge. Ensure level both ways using your spirit level.

Step 3 | Laying The Pavers

Set up a string line running along the edge(s) of your paved area. The string line will help ensure your edges are straight and pavers are flush.

Begin laying pavers starting at one end of the project and working your way across. Leave a 3mm gap between the pavers for the jointing sand to be swept in later. Ensure each paver is square with the string line and level using the spirit level. Wriggle pavers into place and tap with rubber mallet where required to ensure level.

Step 4 | Edging & Locking In The Paving

Make sure to utilise sand and cement mix to haunch or lock in the header courses that are not up against a wall. This will assist in supporting the outer course of the paved area.

This is as simple of mixing sand and cement or you can choose to buy a premixed sand and cement mix and screeding the cement mix along the edge of your paving to lock your pavers into place, another helpful tip is to use the sand and cement underneath the outer header course, this will help set the pavers and give them even more strength.

Step 5 | Locking Sand & Sealing

Once  you have laid the pavers into place your need to lock them into place by sweeping a dry fine white sand or paverbond/gapsand product into the joining cracks between the pavers.

Richmond Sand & Gravel recommend you seal all your pavers both concrete pavers  and natural stone, not only will it protect your pavers from staining and wear and tear, it will also protect your pavers from fading and ensure your pavers stay in perfect condition and remain easy to clean. Have a chat with our staff today with regard to what sealer will work best for you!

Shopping List

  • Pavers
  • Metal Dust
  • River Sand
  • Sand Cement premix
  • Builders Cement / GP Cement
  • Gap Sand / Paver bond / White sand bags
  • Sealer

Tool Guide

  • Safety Gear – gloves, glasses, ear muffs
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Spade
  • Rubber Mallet
  • Spirit Level
  • Wacker Packer
  • Straight Edge
  • Broom
  • Trowel
  • Screeding Rail / Straight Edge

Landscaping

Landscaping

Immerse your landscape in natural beauty with our diverse range of top-quality supplies. From rich soils to decorative gravels, we provide the essentials for your dream outdoor haven at prices that won’t break the bank.

Quarries

RSG Quarries is a Division of Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping. Established in 1922 Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping has diversified its operations to now include its own Transport Division, Earthworks Division and Quarries. RSG Quarries has 3 local quarries Strategically located to conveniently service the Entire Northern Rivers with various sized quality roadbase, aggregates, metal dust, and fill products from 3 handy locations.

Earthworks

Elevate your earthwork projects with Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping’s proven expertise and reliable solutions. With a century of experience, we bring unparalleled knowledge to every earthworks endeavour, ensuring efficiency, precision, and success for your infrastructure projects in the Northern Rivers.

Transport

Experience reliable transport services with Richmond Sand Gravel & Landscaping, dedicated to seamlessly moving your materials and equipment. From haulage to truck hire, our fleet is equipped to meet your logistical needs, ensuring the timely and efficient delivery of resources for your projects in the Northern Rivers.