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How To Use Pesticides Safely

August 11, 2013

If you are looking to use pesticides on your garden you will need to take certain precautions as the chemicals used for spraying plants can be poisonous to both humans and pets, especially in their undiluted form. Every time our staff use chemicals we adhere to strict rules to eradicate themselves, as well as anyone else who comes into contact with pesticides, from any potential harm. If you are looking to use pesticides yourself, here is a list of safety precautions you advised to keep to, to Read More..

Lawn Care: A Yearly Maintenance Checklist

June 18, 2013

Turf Chelmsford

  Below is a list of seasonal maintenance tasks that will ensure your lawn stays looking in tip-top condition all year round.  

Spring

  • Rake to remove thatch and moss. Do not rake too vigorously as it may damaRead More..

Block Paving: Clay or Concrete?

June 14, 2013

Driveway Block Paving In Essex

There is now a wide range of block paving available on the market from various manufacturers such as Marshalls, Brett and Bradstone. It can now be quite a difficult task in choosing the correct type of block paving that suitRead More..

What Can Cause Plant Damage?

June 2, 2013

There are many causes of plant damage and not just those caused by pests or disease. Sometimes it can be due to natural causes such as wind or frost and other times it may be that your plants are being incorrectly fed or watered. In this article we are going to explore a few different causes of plant and tree damage in your garden.  

Over/Under-Watering

  One of the most common causes of damage to plant pots is either by under or over watering. It can be difficult to diagnosRead More..

What To Consider When Planning A Water Feature

May 26, 2013

Even the smallest of spaces can include a self-contained feature to bring water into the garden and extend the range of plants grown. However, water features can sometimes be difficult to maintain. When planning a garden water feature, the following factors should be considered:  

Location

Site a pond in a sheltered, sunny spot well away from deciduous tress whose fallen leaves will pollute the water in autumn. Usually informal ponds are best located in depressions or low points, Read More..

Garden Clearance Tips

May 19, 2013

Garden Clearance Tips

Before looking to add new plants to your garden it is recommended to clear the ground properly to prevent existing weeds from dominating the new plantation. Here are few tips to ensure a thorough job is carried out   • WRead More..

How to Spot a Paving Cowboy

May 10, 2013

If you are looking to invest a few thousand pounds on your property in the form of a new driveway or patio, it can be difficult to find a credible firm in an industry notorious for rogue traders. Below are a few tell tales signs:  

Not providing a written quote

  Verbal quotes are worthless as you cannot prove whether a builder agreed to a price or not. Unscrupulous contractors may give a price verbally, which will sound like a good deal and then when the work is complete, iRead More..

How to Create a Prize Winning Lawn

April 29, 2013

How to create a prize winning lawn

  To create a prize winning lawn you have to go above and beyond the basic maintenance tasks.   The first job is to slash the lawn to aerate it and loosen up the soil that has beRead More..

Garden Design: Common Garden Styles

April 26, 2013

  There are many different garden styles to choose from and some will suit the size and shape of your garden better than others.  Here are some of most common styles of garden that we design and build for our clients, along with their main characteristics.    

Formal

 

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How to Plant a Tree

April 24, 2013

The ideal time to plant a tree is during the autumn. This is because the soil will still contain some warmth, the new tree’s foliage will have dropped and its wood ripened. This means that it will be better able to heal the wounds created by root pruning and take root in its new place before winter sets in. The shorter the time between lifting it from its old place and replanting it, the better. Spring planting is more usual in heavy soils and cold situations.   A properly planted and cRead More..

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