Thursday, 30 January 2014

New fence trellis - installation

If you need a fence trellis to obscure view from/to your neighbours..

Good neighbours are always welcome but sometimes you need that little bit more of privacy. I supplied and installed a fence trellis on top of a brick wall to provide that extra privacy.

Here’s a couple of photos. Before and after.

Materials for this project:

- lattice diamond fence trellis

- 4×2 pieces of timber in required lengths – nicely finished with smooth edges, that will look much better.

For even better finish you might want to cut one side of supporting posts at an angle. ( see the picture )

Obviously drill etc but if you have a similar situation to the one in this garden you might also need a grinder to cut a piece of a slate at the top of wall so that the supporting wood sits flush with the wall.

The rest is pretty obvious.

Do it yourself or give me a call.

New fence trellis - installation

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Fencing job after previous fence got damaged in a storm.


Fence made of:

- 4″ fence posts

- metposts bolted down into a concrete.

- wooden gravel board

- closed board panels

- lots of nails :)

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Fencing job after previous fence got damaged in a storm.

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Garden clearing

Garden clearing

I had to cut down a line of conifers and remove their roots.

garden clearing-conifers to be removed

Also to be removed two bushes

garden clearing-shrubs to be removed

Below photos of what it looked like after

garden clearing-trees removed

garden clearing-garden cleared

Tree roots removed as well.

garden clearing-tree root to be removed

garden clearing-tree roots removed

Garden clearing

Paul @Tidy Gardens

I never had any photos of myself working in a garden simply because there was no one to take them :)

However this weekend I did some work for a passionate photographer and he offered to take some for me!

Good or bad ?

Here they are..

Paul @Tidy Gardens

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Landscaping - preparing ground for caravan

Here’s some photos of a completed landscaping project to prepare ground for a caravan.

Landscaping - preparing ground for caravan

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Fence repair - panel / post replacement

Fence repair

Timber fencing looks lovely and utilises a beautiful natural resource, but

inevitably it will rot. Pressure treated fence panels usually have a 10year guarantee and they will most probably last that time, but fence posts might not even last half of that time. The most important factor is the amount of moisture they are

exposed to over the years.

Fence repair – post replacement.

wooden fence repair post replaced

What you need:
  • spade or better a fence post digger

  • digging bar, ideally a jackhammer :-) – to break up concrete around the post

  • some gravel to put at the base of a hole – help to drain water away from the post

  • bag of postcrete – sets in around 20min

  • spirit level

How to do it:

Dig out old post. Post hole depth = 1/3 of the length that will be above the surface.

Put some gravel at the base of the hole

Stick new post in

Make sure it’s level

Fill 1/3 of the hole with water and add postcrete

Cement will set soon so make sure post is levelled well.

Fence repair – panel replacement

fence repair panel replaced

How to do it:

Remove old panel, easy if you have a decent crowbar.

Stick new panel in and secure with galvanised nails ( 75mm ) or use fence panel brackets.

Sometimes it won’t be that easy. New panel might not fit in just like that. If the gap is slightly smaller than your new panel then you are going to have to cut it to size.

That’s fairly easy:

Take off ( pull nails out ) two vertical battens that run along the edge of the panel.

Cut off as much of the planks as you need.

Reattach battens.

Job done.

Fence repair - panel / post replacement

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Fruit tree pruning

Apple tree pruning

Pictures of “before and after” apple fruit tree pruning.

Winter finally and the right time to prune most of fruit trees.

We moved here in summer 2013 so this was my first opportunity to sort this tree out.

There were loads of apples this year, but majority of them were small and didn’t taste well.

Tree itself looked weak. Hopefully this years pruning will give us great apples in the following years !

Fruit tree pruning

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Autumn leaf clearance service, leaf clear up.

Leaf clearance season is still ongoing.

This years warmer autumn contributed to a later leaf fall, but inevitably it’s with us and will be for few more weeks. Possibly until the end of November.

Do you know a term “Sisyphean labours” ? It is very true in relation to leaf clearance. Comes spring and we look forward to thick and lush foliage on our trees and shrubs, but that will have to come down sooner or later. Nevertheless leaf clearance is an annual chore. Boring but has to be done, especially if there is a lawn in your garden and you want it in good shape, or you simply care for your safety. ( slips )

You might think that leaving leaves in your borders will help protect your precious plants from frost, but actually by doing so you are inviting slugs to set up home. They do not hibernate, instead they breed awaiting spring when they come out and munch on your seedlings and tender new growth. Some perennials look simply untidy if not cut down and leaving dead leaves on top of them will deprive these plants of light in spring and affect their growth.

Depending on weather leaf fall can be fun as well !

- dry weather results in crisp and crunchy leaves therefore possibly a lot of fun for your little ones.

- wet weather on the other hand ( here’s UK for you ) results in slimy and slippery leaves that create more danger than fun.

If it ain’t pleasure for you to keep your beds, lawns and patios cleared of leaves then book me for the job.

With proper equipment I will clear your garden in no time !

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Autumn leaf clearance service, leaf clear up.

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Mr Sikka, Reading, December 2013

My garden was a mess and I was trying to find someone who could not only help but also guide me to keep it in good shape. After looking around a lot and not finding the right person, I came across Tidy Gardens website and met Paul.

All I can say is that I couldn’t have asked for a better person. Not only Paul did a fantastic job of cleaning the garden but also gave it a good shape and came up with fantastic suggestions that I couldn’t even think off.

And it doesn’t even end there. During the last storm, one of the trees fell over and one call to Paul, it was sorted. He came over immediately in high wind and heavy rain and cut the tree off before it could do any more damage and sorted the whole mess. He made sure that the tree didn’t break any fences by taking it down immediately from the fences it had fallen over.

Paul is very flexible and will come around even when we are not at home and complete the job he started. All i can say is, fantastic job done at reasonable price. Don’t think will look for any one else after working with Paul

Mr Sikka, Reading, December 2013