Dan’s vision was to transform the established and overgrown backyard into a more personal, social and liveable space for the family. There were some established citrus and fruit trees but the family struggled with green fruit not ripening. There was also a beautiful view of the water and yachts in Panmure Basin but overgrown lavender bushes and shrubs partially obscured it.

Dan and Goran spent a non-stop two-days transforming this back yard. They built a fertile garden bed in front of the fence line, using Tui Garden Mix, Tui Sheep Pellets and Tui Mulch & Feed, and planted a variety of fruit plants: Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Black Current, Grape, Passionfruit, so in the future the family would be able to enjoy delicious berries, citrus and fruits straight from the garden.

They cut back a huge amount of overgrown plants and shrubs to allow the existing citrus trees to see the light again. Giving these some space to breath and a good dose of fertiliser should see the fruit ripen again. 

And lastly they creating an outdoor entertainment space with a feature fire bowl for family and friends to enjoy whilst looking back at the Panmure Basin (which they can now see a lot more of!)

Plants we used

A citrus tree.
Mint, Thyme, Rosemary, Hot & Spicy, Maiden Hair Fern, Boston Fern.
Tecomanthe Speciosa, Ugni Molinae.
Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Black Current, Grape, Passionfruit, Malus Ballerina.

Tui products we used

  • Tui Garden Mix
  • Tui Sheep Pellets
  • Tui Citrus Food
  • Black Tui Mulch
  • Seasol
  • Tui Herb Mix
  • Tui Novatec  Premium

How to plant a citrus tree for optimal fruiting

  • Dig a hole double the size of the rootbase
  • Get some garden mix in the base then stir in some sheep pellets
  • Soaking the rootball in Seasol solution before planting
  • Place the tree in the hole and backfilling with a mixture of garden mix and sheep pellets
  • Sprinkle the citrus food on the surface of the soil, under the tree’s dripline
  • Add a top layer of mulch, mixing it in with the citrus food
  • Water the plants

Visit the Tui website for all you need to know about growing your own urban fruit forest and WIN everything you need to get started.