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?

We’d love to help!


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.