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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..

What is Peat?

April 19, 2013

What is peat?

  Peat contains humus-forming substances, and is partly pure humus formed in peat bogs where it lays compressed, away from the air, storing up all its beneficial qualities. For garden use, peat is subjected to various processes of preparation and is sRead More..

Laying a New Lawn: Turf or Seed?

April 15, 2013

If your lawn has been abused by years of heavy use and neglect it may be worth re-laying the lawn to bring your garden back to life. A quality well-kept lawn can make time spent in the garden during the summer months more enjoyable and at the same time add value to your home. It takes time to create a new lawn, but if done properly a new lawn will last a life time.   There are two options available when looking to create a lawn; lay pre-grown turf or grow your lawn from seed. There are prRead More..

What is Efflorescence?

April 10, 2013

Efflorescence Definition

  All concrete products such as block paving, brickwork or paving slabs are susceptible to a naturally occurring phenomenon known as efflorescence. In chemistry, efflorescence is described as a growth of saltRead More..

How to Conserve Water in the Garden

April 6, 2013

Gardening Services Chelmsford   As well as providing your plants with additional supplies of water, it pays to conserve water already present in the soil. Below is a list of various ways in which this can be achieved:   • Mulch moist ground with an 8cm layer of organic matter such aRead More..

How To Train Climbers

April 3, 2013

Climbing plants are a great way to screen off parts of your garden as well as helping to merge walls and fences into the garden. However, climbers need proper planting, support and training to ensure they serve their purpose correctly. Below are a few tips to help you train the climbers in your garden.   • Before planting climbers at the foot of a wall or under a tree, use compost to improve the soil, as the soil will typically be of a poor quality in these areas of the garden. You willRead More..

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