Creating a Safer, Simple and Secure Front Garden

Creating a Safer, Simple and Secure Front Garden

When you think of home security deterrents, you may think of CCTV Cameras, Alarms, Ring Door Bells and the like, but did you know that as landscape gardeners, there is a lot that we can do to help improve the security of a property for home owners.

Recently this client contacted us. Her front garden had become very overgrown and the tall shrubs were actually hiding her front door from her neighbours.

Had anything of happened at her front door, her neighbours wouldn’t have been able to see, even though entrance to her home is not far from the road. The client wanted a much safer, simpler and security focused garden.

To respond to her wishes, we removed the tall overgrown shrubs to open up her front garden to the road and laid block paving around the garden. This means that her front door is now visible and can be seen from the road. Plus, the front garden is completely open, so nowhere for uninvited visitors to hide.

We also added two attractive bushes/shrubs and some gravel on her front garden to give it a landscaped look, but also, because gravel is noisy, so of course she would be alerted to anyone trying to approach her door, as would the neighbours.

To make the property even safer, we advised some floodlit lighting for extra security at night.

Here are some other ways we can help provide security to your property:

Gravel Driveway

Having a gravel driveway or path makes it harder for visitors to go undetected, as the gravel will make a loud noise underfoot, and this often puts off anyone who has unscrupulous motives.

Garden Lighting

Having well placed lighting can open up darker areas of your front garden and makes it harder for peoples to hide, especially if you use bright outside security lights so that intruders are spotted if they try to approach your home

Low Front Boundaries

A low wall or boundary at the front can be more advantageous than a higher wall, as higher walls provide a place for people to hide, whereas low boundaries mean that anyone who visits is visible to neighbours and those in the area. Obviously higher boundaries are better around the back of your property and provide extra security to the garden.

Defensive Planting

We can offer a “defensive planting” plan if you would like, with prickly plants which make it harder for people to climb over or navigate around in a hurry.

The Met Police recommend planting any of the following along your boundaries to act as a deterrent:

  • Berberis
  • Osmanthus
  • Forget
  • Poncirus
  • Crataegus
  • Pyracantha
  • Aralia
  • Chaenomeles
  • Ribes
  • Oplopanax
  • Elaeagnus
  • Robinia
  • Colletia
  • Ilex
  • Climbing roses
  • Maclura
  • Mahonia
  • Ligustrum (privet), or laurel
  • Smilax and Zanthoxylum

We’re always happy to discuss Garden Renovations and keeping your home secure by using your garden to create extra security features. For all things Garden Landscaping and Horticulture related, please do feel free to give us a call!

 

 

 

A Garden Makeover following Extension Works

A Garden Makeover following Extension Works

We do love a Garden Makeover and we were especially pleased with this one we completed back in June for our clients. Following an extension to the property, the builders had built over the existing patio and some of the garden, so the garden needed a redesign. The plans were drawn up and our landscaping team set to work on renovating the Garden.

Working full time and having children meant that the family didn’t have a lot of time to spend maintaining the garden. We worked on a design to transform their garden from an overgrown jungle to a simple, easy to manage garden, with a spacious new lawn as the focal point where their children could run around and play and be seen easily from the house.

The garden was previously completely overgrown, so we set to work cutting the vast amount of plants and shrubs back first. There was quite mature planting around the boundary of the garden already and so we cut it down to fence height to make it more manageable. We actually removed so much debris from the garden that we filled a twenty-ton grab lorry!

We also removed the old lawn and installed an irrigation system throughout the area of lawn. We then laid eight tons of soil over the top in order to level the ground, before laying the new turf over the top. It’s a good job we added the irrigation because June was extremely hot and so the grass needed constant water to keep it alive. This also means that the lawn can be easily watered during the warmer months moving forwards.

The family were hoping to spend a lot of their time outdoors and to be able to transfer easily from their bi-fold doors straight out into the garden. We laid a large porcelain patio outside the back of the house with two large steps up to the bi-fold doors, providing access inside.

To create a pleasant feel around the patio, we erected sleeper beds either side of the patio which we then filled with plants to brighten up the space.

Our clients now have a simple to maintain space where they can relax and enjoy the outdoors and also a garden which they can develop further in the future too.

As we mentioned, we do love working on Garden Makeovers. If you are considering a Garden renovation either for this year or next, then why not give us a call as we’d love to help you create your dream garden design!

Fun things to do with Pallets in your Garden

Fun things to do with Pallets in your Garden

Are you looking for some simple and inexpensive ways to spruce up your garden? We’ve been seeing some brilliantly creative things done to transform pallets for use in the garden recently, so we thought that we would share some of our favourite ideas for things to do with pallets in your garden!

Create a Herb Garden

Do you love cooking with Fresh Herbs but don’t have much space to grow them? If so, then a Pallet Herb Garden could be a great project for you! Pallet Herb Gardens are also great if you don’t have much space as they help to keep herbs separate and stop them overtaking the garden.

Create Pallet Furniture

Creating furniture out of pallets is getting more and more popular, and there are so many different pieces of furniture which can be made – tables, chairs, stool, even sofas! You may need to collect quite a few pallets for bigger pieces of furniture, but they can make unique and interesting pieces of furniture!

Create a Pallet Bridge

Connect one area of the garden with another using a bridge made from pallets. This can be a great way to use your pallets to create a pathway in your garden and it’s more environmentally friendly too! You could also use this idea to create an “obstacle course” in your garden.

Pallet Sign Posts

What better way to make your garden your own, than to create bespoke signage which can be displayed around the garden. You could theme it around your favourite things, something memorable to you and your family, or even create it for a special event such as a wedding, birthday or anniversary and then find it a home in the garden afterwards! This would also make a unique gift for a relative or a friend and could be even more special if you have kids and get them involved in creating it. As well as signs you could create pieces of art with pallets too!

Kids Play Equipment

We’ve also seen Pallets turned into great Wendy Houses and Mud Kitchens which can provide hours of fun for younger ones, and also make a great project to do as a family too!

Wooden Pallet Bar

Last but not least, don’t let the kids have all the fun! Entertain Friends and Family in the Summer with your very own bar made from Pallets. Perhaps a great way to socially distance from each other!

So, there are a few ideas from us on how to turn a simple pallet, into some interesting and unique creations for the garden.

We’re always happy to help and advise on garden improvements, anything from a simple tidy up or Lawn Cut, to a more substantial Landscaping project, so please do get in touch if you have a gardening project you would like carried out.

 

 

Garden Makeover: Creating a Child-Friendly Garden

Garden Makeover: Creating a Child-Friendly Garden

Lockdown has given us an opportunity to work on some of our own projects in our own homes, and so we thought that we would show you what we’ve been up to over the lockdown period.

Karen and Tony have had a pond in their own garden for a number of years and have enjoyed tending to the fish and seeing the wildlife which the pond attracted. Unfortunately, a heron came and took all the fish from the pond so it had become less of a garden centre-piece.

With the arrival of their grandchild in the last year, they wanted to make it a child-friendly garden and so this included filling the pond in Here are Tony and Karen describing how their garden has changed in recent months:

“We wanted to removed the long-established pond from our garden, so to start off with, we took out all unsuitable plants from the pond and re-homed them. We then removed the pond plants, newts and the few fish we found when emptying the pond, and these were taken to a clients’ pond which we renovated earlier in the year.

Once we were happy everything has been removed, we took out the water and then filled in the bottom of the pond with some of the hardcore from the construction of the pond for drainage.

We then added top soil to level up the garden and laid new turf over the garden.

Additionally we erected a new fence to the right side of the garden as the previous fencing had seen better days.

We then planted a june-berry and silver birch tree to encourage birds as we do love to see the wildlife visiting our garden during the year. There is also more planting to be added through spring, summer and autumn to give an all year-round colour and interest

We now have a much more functional space, which our grandchild can visit (once lockdown is lifted!) and which is also a. lot easier to maintain and look after!”

If you have a garden which has features in it which once were wonderful but have now seen better days, and you would love to simplify your garden space with a re-turfed lawn and borders again, or for landscaping of any kind then please do get in touch as we’d love to help!

Common Garden Plant Diseases

It can be hard to know how to treat Garden Plant diseases unless you know what you’re dealing with.

Here are a few plant diseases that we commonly see in our clients gardens. Hopefully by knowing what they are, you will be able to look out for them and identify them more easily.

We’re always happy to try and advise on plant diseases, so why not get in touch!

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?

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