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Welcome to our free tips and advice section where you will find how-tos, expert gardening advice, garden ideas and many more useful articles written by our team of knowledgeable gardeners.  We also offer free guidance on hard landscaping issues such as block paving, patios, decking, pergolas, driveways and paths.

SE Landscape Construction Ltd are a local landscaping and driveway contractor based in Chelmsford. They have a strong reputation for delivering a reliable and professional service throughout Essex; offering a complete landscaping service that includes garden design & build, garden maintenance, block paving and driveways.  Call today for a free consultation with a friendly local gardener.

9 Top Tips to Help You Increase the Lifespan of Your Patio

December 3, 2021

Patios have become a must-have feature for homes across the country as they help create a low-maintenance space that’s not dependent on the weather or season, and easily extends the living space of your home. It’s a great place to relax with a good book, dine out, set up the barbecue, and chat with friends. Better still, a quality patio will improve the value of your home. However, even the most perfectly-laid patio needs a little TLC to keep it looking its best. With a little care, your Read More..

How to Budget for Your Garden Makeover

December 2, 2021

Your garden isn’t just an area outside your home; used right, it’s an extension of your home. Your garden should be an area for relaxation and entertaining, that adds comfort and value to your home. If you decide your garden needs a makeover, you can relax knowing that it will be money well spent, but how do you figure out how much it’s going to cost you, and how much you should spend?  

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11 Tips to Help You Design A Low-Maintenance Essex Garden

November 23, 2021

The idea of maintaining a garden can feel overwhelming – many of us live busy lives even without an added list of outdoor chores. But with a few clever tricks, you can achieve a beautifully low-maintenance garden without sacrificing class and style. Whether you’re retired and spend all your time with friends and your grandkids or have a busy work life, your outdoor space can still look amazing without all the hassle. Read on to learn our top tips on how to design your low-maintenance gardRead More..

How to Lay Block Paving: A Step-by-Step Guide

November 15, 2021

How to Lay Block Paving: A Step-by-Step Guide

   

Step 1: Quotation

Upon making contact with us, we will arrange for a convenient time that suits you to conduct a full site survey of the existing driveway and surrounding grounds. Our driveway expert will discuss in detail your requirements to ensure your vision is realised. We'll discuss design details and help you to consider the various types of block paving that will enhance your property and its surroundiRead More..

Block Paving Planning Permission

November 15, 2021

Block Paving Planning Permission: Do I need it?

driveway block paving planning permission From 1st October 2008 the permitted development rights that allow householders to pave their front garden for hardstanding without planning permission chanRead More..

Here is Why You Should Hire a Professional Essex Landscaper for Your Garden Project

January 5, 2021

Here is Why You Should Hire a Professional Essex Landscaper for Your Garden Project

  If you’re currently considering landscaping your garden then you may be weighing up the pros and cons of hiring an Essex landscaper or taking on the project yourself.   There are several reasons why you may wish to carry out a DIY project. The first and probably most appealing reason is to save on labour cosRead More..

5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Landscape Your Garden

December 10, 2020

5 Reasons Why Winter is the Best Time to Landscape Your Garden

  There is no doubt about it, our busiest months for enquiries are during the springtime in April and May. When gardens start waking up and the weather starts to warm up after what can sometimes in the UK feel like a never-ending winter, many of our clients across Essex start to think about getting their gardens into shape. But, often, contacting a reputable landscape contractor or garden designer during sprinRead More..

6 Things to Consider Before Installing a Gravel Driveway in Essex

November 17, 2020

6 Things to Consider Before Installing a Gravel Driveway in Essex

    There are many reasons why you might consider installing a gravel driveway at your Essex property. When installed correctly, a gravel driveway is a fully permeable SUDS (sustainable urban drainage system) compliant form of driveway surfacing that will prevent the need to install additional drainage, as Read More..

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Patio Installed in Essex?

November 2, 2020

How Much Does it Cost to Have a Patio Installed in Essex?

  ‘How much does it cost to have a patio installed?’ is a question we get asked a lot. Unfortunately, however, it is not a straightforward question to answer. We do not have a set price per square metre. The reason for this is that there are far too many variables that can impact price. Paving choice, existing levels, the size of the area, whether or not retaining walls are needed, and site access, just to nRead More..

11 Reasons to Install a Porcelain Patio in Essex

October 9, 2020

11 Reasons to Install a Porcelain Patio in Essex

  With such a huge variety of garden paving available these days, choosing the best type of patio paving can be difficult. In recent times, we have seen a steep rise in the number of our clients opting for porcelain paving for their Essex patio or pathway. BRead More..

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