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Time-Saving Home Gardening Tips for Busy Gardeners

Do you want to see your home garden flourish but just don’t have enough time? Today we go through the best home gardening tips for busy gardeners that will hopefully save a few extra hours that you could otherwise be spending enjoying your outdoor space. This includes getting your garden waste removal sorted out with a bin hire. So read on and check out our Green Garden Waste Guide.

Home gardener digging soil with a spade

1. Mass Planting

Find hardy foundation shrubs or ground covers you really like & plant them in large masses, repeating each mass plant in at least 3 different areas. This will not only provide a strong visual aesthetic, foundation, and flow to your garden, but they’re also typically low maintenance. This will mean you spend less time working in your garden and more time enjoying it!

2. Compost to Give Your Soil Superpowers

By dressing your beds with a heavy (8cm) layer of compost every spring, you can suffocate weeds and give existing plants a boost. This will provide a rich base of soil for annuals and new plantings and keep weeding duties to a minimum, meaning your plants will be healthier and ultimately require less work in the long run.

3. Weed Wisely

Does weeding make your backache? A great home gardening tip is to weed when your soil is moist — it makes the job easier and quicker. Also, aim to catch those weeds when they are small, so they are easier to pull as they haven’t established a strong root system yet. It is worth also getting your skip bin hire sorted ahead of time, so you have an easy place to put the green waste.

4. Water Less Often & For Longer Periods of Time

A deep soaking once a week is better for your plants than frequent shallow drinks. Thorough soakings encourage deep roots, which means you’ll water less as the summer wears on due to the plants being able to draw water from deeper down, leaving you more time to spend enjoying your garden.

5. Use Mulch

Mulch not only instantly decorates a garden but also conserves moisture, suppresses weeds, and insulates the soil. One application in spring is all you need. As it breaks down, this annual layer of mulch will also reduce the number of amendments and fertilizer you’ll need to add to your soil, saving you time.

6. Grow Plants with Similar Requirements Together

Arrange plants in the same location according to whether they require full sun or shade, as well as those that require moist soil or low watering needs. This will not only help your garden flourish, but it will also provide more order and ease in figuring out what parts of the garden need to be attended to, which will save you a bunch of time in planning.

7. Let Your Crops Self-Seed

Growing self-seeding plants will not only save you a few bucks, but it also means you don’t need to buy seeds every year since they reoccur annually, saving you time and money overall. However, choose self-seeding plants carefully as some species are very invasive.

Hire a Skip with BookaBin

With these home gardening tips, you will have your garden flourishing without stress or excess fatigue. To help further, we have Green Garden Waste bins, green bins, and garbage bins for any landscaping projects you may undergo. Get an instant quote and book your skip bin with BookaBin today.

The 6 Key Things to Consider When Redesigning your Garden

When redesigning your garden for a home or property it’s important to have a solid grasp of what your goal is. You could be looking to save money, add aesthetic value, add monetary value, or perhaps all the above. No matter your goals, Bookabin has the skip bin sizes you need for any scale of garden renovation you wish to undertake. Today we run through the key points to consider to make sure your garden overhaul is affordable, stylish, and practical.

Lush green garden with well kept lawn


1. Garden Renovation Cost

There is a range of financial aspects to consider when reviewing your garden’s renovation cost:

Property Value

You should keep in mind that a well-designed garden or landscape can add a lot of value to a home and property. It may even be possible to recoup the entire cost, or even double the cost spent when it’s time to sell.

Maintenance and Utilities

Well-thought-out garden design can also save you money on maintenance and utilities. For instance, it’s possible to reduce a home’s water bill, air conditioning and heating costs by using trees, shrubs, and drought-resistant plants to:

  • Block wind
  • Offer shade
  • Cut down on water consumption

2. Future Garden Work

Affordable landscaping ideas don’t have to be ordinary, but they must be manageable. There’s no point going for the most extravagant design possible if it is going to create a lot of maintenance work in the future. It’s important to understand how much time is involved in caring for your new garden in the future.

If you don’t have time for a lot of upkeep, consider plants, trees and landscaping ideas that don’t need a lot of extra care. Typically, a simple garden requires occasional weeding and trimming back shrubbery, which can be easily collected if you rent a skip bin. Our Garden Green Waste Guide is useful to read as well.

3. Compliment Your Home & Lifestyle

When looking for cost-effective garden ideas, consider options that complement your specific lifestyle and the property’s overall design. A new garden may be functional, aesthetic or both. Consider whether you want to be able to plant food or not, and make sure your design accommodates that.

For any new features, choose complementary or contrasting colours, and opt for features that highlight the best attributes of a property. Good examples are a paved path for a summery Mediterranean-style home or a gravel pathway for a vintage-style villa.

4. The Size of Your Space

Scale is an important thing to keep in mind when planning your design. A small space will typically cost less than a larger area due to the extra materials needed for a larger space. Larger spaces do however allow for more elaborate ideas and open designs. Plan the spacing of any features out ahead of time to make sure everything fits and in a way that maximises the space you have.

5. Use Existing Features

Do you have an existing planter box that could be revitalized with a fresh coat of paint? Or maybe you have trees or other natural features that can be trimmed up and used as a centrepiece for you to design around. This saves money up front, but also provides some nice legacy value to the garden, keeping some of its original uniqueness in place.

6. Do it in Steps

Not having a plan is one of the biggest mistakes you can make. Break down the work that needs to be done into manageable portions so that you can do it in steps.

This not only allows you to clearly track progress and maintain focus but also gives you the flexibility to put the project on hold if need be, to gather more funds or source different materials.

Contact BookaBin Today

Getting the correct skip bin for your garden or soil waste is particularly important when undertaking a new garden design. Check out our easy-to-follow Waste Types Guide. For any other information regarding renting a skip bin, contact Bookabin today!

How to Organise a Community Clean-Up and Bring Aussies Together

We believe community clean-ups are a great way to bring Aussies together, particularly during these tumultuous times. Organise your community to spruce up your local school, college, community hall, or sports club with a good clean-up, and Bookabin will be there to help take away all the rubbish you collect in our clean-up skip bins. Today we go through some useful suggestions for event organisers who want to know how to get started!

Father and Son Picking Up Rubbish in Community Clean-Up

Good Initial Planning

Good planning encompasses a whole range of things you will need to consider when setting up your community clean-up. Here are some of the main things to consider for your community clean-up event:

The Right Personnel

Enthusiastic leaders can make all the difference in a neighbourhood clean-up. Choose people who are well-respected in the community to lead the different groups. This will help people feel more comfortable and focused on the day of the event.

The Right Timing

Choose a day that is slated to have good weather and you will see a much better turnout. You also need to make sure your community event lines up with the dates your local clean-up skip bin company is open, which in the case of Bookabin, is seven days a week!

The Right Area to Clean

The community is much more likely to engage in a clean-up event if the project is chosen well. Choose a target that is significant to a lot of people for example a beach, park, sports club, school, natural reserve, community house, or any other area with which you think your community connects. By choosing the right area people will feel they are contributing to the community in a more significant way.

Promote the Event

The next step is promotion. Tell neighbours, friends, community members, local businesses, and other organisations about your event by creating a flyer highlighting the details of the clean-up and distributing it. You can also promote the event on social media and ask neighbourhood organisations to promote the event in their newsletters.

Have the Right Equipment

So, you have the date, time, place, and people – now you just need the right equipment. Along with gloves, bags, and pick-up tools, you also need a place to put the garbage. Use our skip hire website and it will search our large network of skip suppliers’ current stock and prices, and instantly present you with the best price available for a skip bin meeting your specific requirements.

Bring Your Community Together Today

With the right planning, promotion, and equipment you can bring your community together to do something great for the planet. Bookabin is here to make it that much easier! Contact us today to speak to our friendly team if you would like more information or, if you live in the Melbourne area you want to know more about Melbourne skip bin hire, you can read more here.

Cost-Cutting Tips for a Cheaper Skip Hire

Skip hire is a lifesaver for those who need to get rid of a mountain of waste and rubbish. Whether you are renovating your property or need to clean up after hosting a party, the convenience of having a skip that fits your needs and can be collected whenever you want is worth every dollar.

If you’re on a tight budget, there are several simple ways you can cut skip bin costs and waste management in general. Below are five tips to enjoy a cheaper skip hire.

Cheaper skip hire for construction and household waste

1. Order the Right Size

Knowing exactly how much waste you need to get rid of will help cut costs as it allows you to order the right size skip bin. Ordering a skip too small will result in overfilling while ordering a skip too large will result in overspending.

Use our skip size guide to get the right skip that meets your needs.

2. Collect the Right Waste

Waste management authorities can be strict sometimes, refusing to collect waste from a skip if it carries certain types of waste (green waste, hardfill, general waste), meaning you’ll have to wait until the next collection, potentially extending your hiring date.

Have a look at our waste type guide, to identify the right waste.

3. Reduce Waste by Donation

If you have waste that is still functional such as toys or clothes, why not donate to your local salvation army store? Reducing your waste will ensure your skip won’t overfill.

4. Share Your Skip with Neighbours

When you need to hire a skip bin, consider speaking to your neighbours to see if they would like to share it. This can save money for everyone involved and you can hire a larger skip bin at a lower price. This is an especially good idea if you live in a densely populated neighbourhood, where more effort is required to remove waste. It’s an excellent opportunity to get to know your neighbours a bit better as well!

5. Avoid the Avoidable Fees

One common and easily avoidable fee is waiting time charges that occur when a skip delivery driver is forced to wait for a long time because no room had been made on the property for the skip to be placed.

Find the Right Skip with BookaBin

Get the right skip for your property by looking at our online guidelines. We offer a wide range of skip bin prices, depending on the size and type of waste to be disposed of. Our bins are suitable for general waste, clean and hard fill, green garden waste, and soil. If you’re not sure what kind of bin you need for your property, then just check out our skip bin size guide! It will help you find the perfect skip to hire. Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss your needs in detail.

Check our Facebook page for weekly tips and COVID lockdown updates for skip hire. Skip hire is easy when you take some simple and sensible precautions. Bookabin Australia is here to make sure you get the best service.

Enjoy Life & Avoid Transfer Stations and Dumps

We’ve noticed that one of the side effects of life under lockdown has been longer queues to rubbish dumps and waste transfer stations, largely result of slower movement because of social distancing. This can also be due to new site procedures, which require you to first drive to the site’s office centre where to be instructed by staff, who will direct you to the correct location where you can dispose of your rubbish. Those waiting times can be an annoyance, but luckily, there’s a simple solution to maintaining your sanity; get a skip!

Rubbish truck heading to waste transfer station

How getting a skip can help

Lockdown has taught us many things, and one of them is how much we can change the routines that we have in our lives if we need to. Why drive miles to the dump, when you can have a perfectly good bin on your kerbside for collection? Not to mention that walk out to the kerbside gives you an excuse to wave to your neighbours and get some fresh air. Most of all, disposing of waste via a collection service means you have more time to yourself.

The reality is that queues for dumps and transfer stations are getting longer. Bookabin Australia has first-hand accounts from many of its suppliers, and they all generally relay the same message: avoid the dump at all costs if you want to enjoy your weekends! Our skip bin suppliers can sit in queues for hours on end. As Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth grow, so does the demand on their rubbish dump sites. Transporting your rubbish to your local tip and then waiting to dump it is not a great way to spend your time. Hiring your next skip from the Bookabin website is so much simpler and more efficient. Jump onto our home page: Bookabin.com.au to check out our range of bins.

Book a Skip Bin Online

Through BookaBin, you can easily get a quote online for your skip bin requirements, rent a skip from the best suppliers, and pay online. Our easy-to-use website and booking engine provides customers with a fast and easy platform to compare skip bin prices from reliable suppliers. This will enable you to get the lowest available price for disposal services. Location is also not a problem with us, as we provide a range of suppliers offering bin hire services in all major areas including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra, Hobart, and Perth.

You can book a skip through our site by following these simple steps:

  1. Enter your postcode (we have most of Australia covered).
  2. Select your waste type. You may want to check our Waste Type Guide first.
  3. Select your skip size.
  4. Select the dates, and we will get you the best daily price for instant booking your skip bin.

The whole process can take as little as a few minutes. Why not hire a skip the easy way and do it online!

Getting Your Place Ready for a Skip Bin Delivery

There are few factors you want to take into consideration when getting your property ready for that brand new skip bin you ordered from BookaBin Australia. We have helped tens of thousands of people with their rubbish removal, so follow the guidelines in this blog and you will be A-OK.

Large blue skip bin outside white house under construction

The Rules

The Australian government takes waste disposal seriously, so there are several responsibilities you must be aware of. If you’re planning to have your skip bin placed on the kerb or street, you will require a local council permit. Permit details vary from council to council, but all have codes of practices and legal requirements that you need to adhere to.

Common Legal Requirements

  • Most local councils can remove any bin that encroaches onto a road or if it obstructs the use of a road.
  • Local councils can impose fines on anyone who fails to get a permit for a bin, or who fails to meet Codes of Practice.
  • Overfilling a skip bin to the point that rubbish is littering the roadside can result in a fine of up to $7,500. It is against the law for waste management and skip bin companies to transport overloaded bins, facing heavy fines and demeriting.

Typical Code of Practice Rules for the Placement of a Waste Bin on Roadsides/Nature Strips

  1. Never impede traffic or pedestrians with a skip
  2. Do not cause obstruction to delivery vehicles
  3. Skips cannot be placed over walls
  4. Not obscure a motorists’ view of the road
  5. Not be placed in high volume pedestrian and vehicle traffic areas (visual pollution)
  6. Not obstruct access to and servicing of public utilities (eg, power poles, traffic lights, hydrants etc…)

Sometimes, residents/business owners are required by councils to place flashing lights or retroreflective tape on their bins, usually when they are in areas where they may become a hazard because of poor visibility, such as in high traffic zones, steep curves and hills, in unlit areas, or in narrow streets.

Guidelines for Preparing a Location for a Skip Bin

  1. Overhead Clearance: Choose a spot with no overhead tree branches or power lines. You want to make sure there are no low hanging trees, branches or any structure that could become a barrier for the delivery and placement of a bin.
  2. Preventing Scruff Marks: Placing a tarp or an old tarpaulin over your concrete will minimise scuff

Thinking of Getting a Skip?

We deliver a whole range of skip sizes, if you’re not sure about what kind of bin you need for your property, just check out our skip bin size guide, and it will help you find the perfect skip to hire. Alternatively, you can contact us to discuss your needs. Check our Facebook page for weekly Tips and COVID lockdown updates for skip hire. Hiring a skip is easy when you take some simple and sensible precautions, and Bookabin Australia is here to make sure you get the best service possible, so feel free to ask us anything you need!

  1. marks, keeping your driveway clean and neat looking.
  2. Bin Accessibility: You want to place your bin in a location that is accessible at all times. One common mistake for homeowners is to poorly position their skip bin in a driveway that would result in their parked car blocking access to the skip bin.
  3. Keeping Your Lawn Undamaged: If you’re going to have a bin placed on your lawn or a grass area of your property, it serves to lay down some wooden planks to keep the bin elevated from the ground.

3 Tricky Skip Bin Hire Questions Answered

A lot of the time, we don’t realise how many factors go into hiring a skip. Not only is there the type of waste, skip bin size and how long you want it for. But there’s also location, and visibility to keep in mind. So, before you hire a skip, consider the following questions:

1. How much weight can I put in my skip bin?

The average capacity and industry weight limit for a skip bin is usually 150kg per cubic metre, although there are a wide variety of skip sizes with larger bins having the capacity to hold up to 1,350kgs of waste. Suppliers are charged tip fees based on weight, but additional fees can incur if your bin exceeds the weight limits. Aside from avoiding the additional fees, observing the weight limits helps ensure that the bins do not overfill and that all contents are kept inside the skip.

skip bin filled with garbage and overflowing

2. How much space does a skip bin delivery truck require?

The amount of space required by a skip bin will depend on its size and the layout of the area it is intended to be placed in. For the average skip bin, a driveway would need to be at least three meters wide. Overhead clearance is essential because delivery trucks are high, so ensure there are no low hanging trees, utility lines or anything else in the way that would impede the delivery and placement of a skip bin. It is illegal in Australia for waste management and skip bin companies to transport overloaded bins, facing heavy fines and demeriting. Skip Bins are required to be placed in a location where they will not impede traffic and pedestrians or prevent authorities from accessing utility lines and poles.

3. How high can I fill my skip bin?

Skip bins should not be filled any higher than the top of their sides because any waste that might fall or protrude over the sides of a bin may litter sidewalks or alleys, obstructing passage and causing a nuisance for pedestrians and drivers. It is also a hazard, as sharp materials in the garbage bags could hurt pedestrians or puncture the tires of vehicles. According to Australian law, leaving excess waste outside your bin is considered to be illegal dumping and people caught doing it could face heavy fines of to $7,500. Waste management companies can also face prosecution for carrying unsafe or overweight loads. Long story short, don’t overfill your skip! If you can’t fit all your garbage into a bin, order a larger one.

Want to Hire a Skip Bin?

If you’re looking for cheap skip bin hire, Bookabin is the service for you! We have skip bin hire available across the country and we aim to save you both time and money by keeping a database of skip bin supplier rates so you get the best available price for skip bin hire anywhere in Australia. Contact us today, to get your skip bin.

Green Garden Waste Tips

Green waste is composed of any organic material that is biodegradable, and capable of being decomposed through the action of biological agents such as bacteria and fungi. These wastes are usually in the form of grass, twigs, and leaves – hence the name “green” waste.

Unlike other garbage, green waste can be fully recycled as compost – fully decomposed organic material mixed together and used as fertiliser for growing plants. Green bins are used for garden waste removal, storing green waste, which is collected by waste management authorities and taken to a special site to be turned into compost.

Green Bin filled with tree parts
Green Bin filled with tree parts

What is and isn’t Green Waste?

In Australia, not all biodegradable rubbish is accepted as green waste by waste management authorities. This includes all food wastes like oil, fat, bones, and includes large branches of trees. “Brown” waste such as dry leaves is also separated, as these brown materials are more resistant to decay.

Painted timber, books, and shopping receipts are also rejected because the ink and chemicals in them can contaminate compost. Similarly, plants like weeds, cabbage, flax, and bamboo are also not accepted, because they are more susceptible to viruses that can also cause contamination. Pathogens in soil, faeces, and dead animals can spoil compost and should not be mixed with green waste.

Don’t Throw Green Waste Away

Green waste is rich in nitrogen and other nutrients that make it an excellent fertilizer for soil, so why waste it by throwing it away into a landfill? Composting is also an excellent way of helping the environment as it prevents green waste from releasing methane, which is twenty times more potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

By composting green waste into fertilizer, we are preserving naturally occurring nutrients that would either wise be lost and restoring the environment by returning green waste nutrients back to the earth where they originated from.

Collect Your Green Wastes Regularly

Green waste can be easy to ignore, so don’t neglect your property and the environment by allowing green waste to sit around and rot; clean it up regularly and dispose of it into a skip bin for your local waste management group to collect.

Need a Green Bin?

Hire or purchase a green bin today with bookabin! Our skip bins range in size from 2 to 30 cubic metres. For more information about the different types of cheap skip bins, look at our small, medium, and large skip bookabin guides.

Bookabin’s online booking service offers customers value for money by providing the lowest available price for refuse disposal, and our aim is to provide you with a high standard of service and excellent value. Find out more today!

Planning Your Landscaping Project

When contemplating your landscaping project this winter, don’t forget to book a skip bin as part of your planning. Proper waste management allows you to easily maintain your back garden. Remember to take your time to select the most appropriate and affordable bins for your landscaping job. Bookabin Australia can help you find the perfect skip bin for your project.

Gardening Projects Can Require Waste Disposal

Bookabin has specific bins for all the different types of waste you will encounter during your project, so for your back garden waste requirements. Green waste is composed of biodegradable waste products, which means they can easily break down and become a part of the earth again. This is typically made from garden waste, such as grass clippings and weeds. It is “green” because it is high in nitrogen instead of brown waste, which is predominantly carbonaceous.

Read our Green Garden Waste List

Although it may sound straightforward, it is essential to know what it means when referring to soil and dirt regarding waste and its disposal. Soil and dirt waste must not contain any contaminants or other forms of waste. It is purely only soil and dirt, free from pollutants or other rubbish. 

Read our Soil & Dirt Waste info

Bookabin offer dirt and soil waste removal around Australia, servicing Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane and Perth, and just about everywhere in between. To discuss the various waste types or skip bin hire in your area, you can get a free quote or use their live chat feature online to speak with a representative.

Download our FREEBackyard Landscaping Guide here!

How Wide is a Skip Truck?

Trucks come in a wide range of sizes, so it can be confusing. Bookabin and its suppliers follow a golden rule. Knowledge of it will make the delivery of your skip bin a breeze.

Woman in her twenties sitting inside a pickup truck with her arm outside the truck door window.
Let’s back this truck down your driveway

Driveways must be at least 3 metres wide for a truck to drive down to place your skip bin.

Please check nothing is blocking your driveway, and please ensure that no cars are blocking your driveway.
Suppliers run to tight schedules because, as the old saying goes, Time is Money. The driver cannot afford to sit and wait while cars are moved.
The skip supplier will often go straight to their next booked job, taking your skip with them! Follow this basic guideline to avoid hassles and unwanted charges.

You Should Know These Bin Tips:
Advice on Preparing For Your Skip Delivery
Never Over-Fill Your Skip – Here’s Why
Our Favourite Cost-Cutting Suggestion When You Hire a Skip Bin

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We service Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Canberra, Brisbane, Perth and just about everywhere in between.

We have something for everyone!

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No matter how BIG or how small your waste removal requirements are we have skips to suit your needs. With skip bins from as small as 2 cubic metres up to as large as 30 cubic metres.

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We have waste specific bins for all your rubbish removal needs. Including General Waste, Cleanfill/Hardfill, Green Garden Waste and Soil/Dirt.