Client Project: Low Maintenance Cottage Garden

Recently we shared plans on social media for a low maintenance garden which we created for a client in a terrace cottage property with a 16m x 4m narrow garden. Now we’ve completed the work, we are able to show you the pictures of the finished garden also!

Our clients requests included:

  • Low maintenance garden
  • No lawn
  • Plenty of entertaining space.
  • Defined planting beds.
  • Height to the garden without using trees

Our thoughts on the design of the garden were to have nice tidy garden coming out from the house and as you go down the garden, then breaking it up a bit to make it a bit more random, in keeping with a cottage style garden.

We recommended slightly raised beds for planting defining patio and paths. We also recommended space for seating in different parts of the garden for entertaining, suggested using all the garden not just the main patio.

We carried out a variety of works on the garden including:
• Replacing fencing on both sides.
• Cutting back vegetation to once side to the boundary.
• Replace gate.
• Take up existing patio.
• New flowers beds made from sleepers
• Lay new paving stone and point patio
• New brick path laid in a herringbone style
• A new pergola which we built without giving too much cover, to give height to the garden and a distinctive zone. The Client is planning on hanging lights from this.

We think that our client now has a much more functional, usable space which they can enjoy.

Are you considering having your garden landscaped?

We’d love to help! https://www.longacregardenservices.co.uk/

 

Common Garden Pests

Common Garden Pests can be a nuisance when you’re doing your best to grow plants in your garden and keep them in tip top shape, but you keep finding they are being damaged. Many of these creepy crawlies can be managed with a few of these tips:

  • Erect Physical Barriers – Cover your crops with a fleece or in a cage to prevent pests from eating the crop.
  • Keep your eyes peeled for pests attaching your crops and take action as soon as you can
  • Encourage Natural Predators – Encouraging bugs and flies who will eat through Aphid colonies can help you to keep any infestations under control.
  • Keep your plants in tip-top condition. The better condition your plants are in, the more resilient they are to attack
  • Use Eco-friendly Chemicals. Using the right chemicals (safely) can help to keep some of these pests at bay.

We hope we haven’t made you too itchy looking at some of these common garden pests.

We’re always happy to try and advise on what you can do to stop your plants being attacked by garden pests, so why not get in touch!

Ideas for Plants for a Mixed Sunny Border

Ideas for Plants for a Mixed Sunny Border

We’ve certainly had a few days of beautiful sunny weather over the past week and it’s got us thinking about starting to get the garden ready for summer.  With everything going on in the world at the moment, it also looks like people will be spending more time in their gardens, so it’s a great time to make sure that your garden is a place to enjoy for the coming months.

You may be a seasoned gardener and be used to choosing plants which look fantastic in different spots in your garden, or like many we suspect, you may visit the garden centre, and pick up plants and flowers which you “think” could work in the garden, without really being sure whether they will, what other plants they mix well with, or what growing conditions they need.

It can be a minefield knowing what plants are going to work around the borders of your garden, so here are some suggestions of plants for lovely mixed sunny borders in the gardens of your property.

So there you have it, a few suggestions for you. Hopefully these should be common plants which are available from your local Garden Centre or to purchase online.

If you would like any help or advice on what to plant in your garden, or you would like a trusted company to help landscape or carry out maintenance in your garden for you, then why not get in touch, as we’re always happy to help. Give us a call on 01438 728176.

Planting of Snowdrops “in the green”

Planting of Snowdrops “in the green”

Although the weather this week hasn’t been the best, there are signs that Spring is on its way, and one of the first signs of Spring is often the appearance of Snowdrops!

Snowdrops are on the Snowdrops CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) list of plants. You should always buy Snowdrops from a reliable stockist.

Recently we purchased some “Snowdrops in the green” to plant alongside some established bulbs for a client where we felt that they needed some extra, more mature plants.

“Snowdrops in the green” are snowdrops that have been lifted from the ground while they are still in leaf, but the flower is about to go over. This is done because they establish more readily than stored snowdrop bulbs.

If you’re thinking of planting these kinds of Snowdrops then it’s important to handle the plants carefully when transplanting and to plant them as soon as you get them, in order to to stop any deterioration, You should definitely do this within 72 hrs of delivery.

Sometimes, Snowdrops can be quite tricky to get established. They don’t always come up in the first year and they are an expensive bulb to buy.

We planted 2000 bulbs back in November in this area, but in order to ensure that our clients had ample snowdrops to look at this year, we also decided to plant to Snowdrops “in the green” as an extra, at our own expense, as we were not happy with the rate that the snowdrops were growing at from the current bulbs for this year’s crop. There are various reasons for bulbs not growing. It could be down to “bulb stress” or perhaps they have decided to stay dormant until next year due to later planting. So after consultation with our client, we decided to add more.

Here is Tony, demonstrating planting a clump of Snowdrops in the green.

 

Here are some guidelines for planting bulbs in the green:

  • Choose a semi-shade where the bulbs will not dry out.
  • Ensure that the soil is rich with well-rotted organic matter.
  • Plant about 75 bulbs per square metre, try and plant in drifts if possible.
  • Ensure that the bulbs are planted at the depth they were previously grown. The stalks will be white where they were in the ground. This is normally about 8-10cm.
  • Wait until the foliage has completely died back before mowing if they have been planted in grass areas.
  • Established snowdrops can be lifted and divided after flowering.

Take a look at a time lapse of our hard work planting Snowdrops!

 

If you are looking for help or guidance with planting bulbs for different times of the year on your property then please do get in touch as we’re always happy to help and advise, and we look forward to seeing those snowdrops appearing in the next few weeks too!

Mulching Your Garden in Winter

Mulching Your Garden in Winter

Any seasoned gardener knows that mulching can be beneficial for your garden, but if you’re wondering what mulching is, and how it can help your garden then keep reading!

Mulch is the commonly used term for any kind of material which is laid or spread as a covering, over the surface of soil or compost.

Mulching is the gardener’s friend and has many benefits including improving soil texture, reducing weeds, helping soils to retain moisture in the summer and acting as a barrier to other crops.

Mulching in the spring is beneficial as it feeds and warms the soil.

However, believe it or not, mulching in the winter is just as vital for your garden and is something which can have a huge effect on your plants.

Wondering why? Well, when the temperature drops and the freezing conditions hit, it’s just as important to mulch now, as it is in the spring.

Mulches used can either be Biodegradable or Non-Biodegradable. Biodegradable mulches include wood chippings, straw, rotted manure, and garden compost.

Non-Biodegradable Mulches include pebbles, shingle. Gravel, stone chippings, slate, sea shells, crushed CD’s and glass. All of these are more decorative and can make a nice feature of your garden.

The reasoning behind winter mulching is to keep the ground frozen by shielding it from the warmth of the sun. This will keep the plants dormant and the beds watertight. When the ground freezes and thaws, the soil expands and contracts. This will loosen roots and break away from the plant where they are anchored underground, pushing the crown up to the surface.

Freezing temperatures and drying wind can damage the exposed plants, so mulching during the winter helps to protect them. Most plants are dormant in the winter so not growing.

here is also a thing as too much mulch, like in this photo! Too much mulch applied over the root ball or resting against the trunk can cause problems for trees, especially when there is a large range in particle sizes.

Roots often grow up and into the mulch causing stem girdling roots which can kill trees. This is especially troublesome on trees planted within the last 10 to 20 years. In addition to causing problems described below, mulch can also hide decay and dead spots on the lower trunk and major roots. Decay in this portion of the tree can cause the tree to become unstable. Keep mulch about 12 to 18 inches from the trunk for any size of tree.

 

 

Give mulching a go and you’re guaranteed to see improved grass, plants and greenery come summer.

We’re always happy to advise on whether your plants need mulching, and if you need help with mulching in your garden then please do get in touch as we’re happy to carry this out for you. Why not give us a call to get booked in on 01438 728176.