Thursday, 27 February 2014

Lawn edging | block paving bricks | turfing

Most of us have lawn in our gardens. Most have some sort of lawn mowing equipment at home as well, but how about lawn edging?



If you are thinking about having a new lawn then think how you are going to maintain it.



Mowing along the edges, fences, deckings etc is not that simple unless you took some care in designing your space.



Think about lawn edging. These can be your friend every time you go out to mow your lawn. Bricks or stones put down flush with the surface of the lawn make mowing a pleasure. You don’t have to strim the edges or do anything else apart from running the mower with one wheel on the edge.



Here’s some pictures of a returfed area together with a newly created lawn edge along the fence made with block paving bricks.







Lawn edging | block paving bricks | turfing

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Fast, impressive and affordable

We had a laurel hedge which had grown out of control, over the two years we had been in our house. Paul contacted me on a Sunday afternoon and had the job done by 11 o’clock the next day. The job was completed to a high standard, with all the waste cleaned up and disposed of (there was a lot). Paul beat every other quote I had been given by a considerable amount and there was no compromise on the standard of work. I will use his services again and I will recommend without hesitation.



Fast, impressive and affordable

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Hedge cutting / trimming - Tidy Gardens

When it comes to hedge maintenance, regular hedge cutting / trimming is the single most important thing to do. Regular hedge trim will make your hedge compact and thick right from the bottom.


Why plant a hedge?


Hedge can be a perfect garden boundary, but the wrong one may give you troubles.


  • hedges provide shelter.

  • They dumpen noises, reduce strong winds

  • The obvious they give you privacy.

  • security but not all hedges. Thorny, prickly varieties like for example:

Common holly


Firethorn


Blackthorn


Barberry


Buckthorn


  • some hedging plants like photinia give you a beautiful seasonal change.

  • hedge supports wildlife. Birds love nesting in them as well as eating some berries.

  • unlike wooden fences, hedges won’t need replacing for many many years and they don’t require anything more than regular hedge cutting.

I can’t stress that too much.

Hedges need your commitment to regular hedge cutting / trimming.


All types of hedging need at least one hedge cut a year. Some varieties more than one.

A regular light prune is much better for you and your hedge then an occasional heavy cut.

Power tools do a quick job if done regularly. High and overgrown hedges often need costly specialist equipment or professional help

to get them back into shape.





You can avoid a lot of problems in future if you choose the right hedging plants for your boundary.

Hedge planting – the right choice.



The many benefits of growing hedges on your boundary depend on selecting the right plants for the situation. If you choose an unsuitable variety you could be faced with a range of problems, especially if the hedge grows too big. It will be difficult to trim and may cut out light to your garden or house.


  • Its roots could deprive other plants of water and nutrients, and even interfere with paths and buildings.

  • Oversize hedges will intrude on your garden space, and may cause problems with neighbours.

  • Oversize hedges can be costly and time consuming to cut back and most conifers, including Leyland and Lawson’s cypress, will not tolerate hard pruning.

  • If the hedge borders a road or path the local authority could get involved, and insist the hedge is cut back.


Luckily there is a wide range of plants available so it’s not difficult to achieve an attractive healthy hedge – one which will take only as much upkeep as you can manage, and create an attractive feature in your neighbourhood, not a bone of contention.

















































































































Growth ratehedge cutting – how oftenSize if unprunedFoliagePrickly?
BeechxxxOnceLarge treeD/LLNo
BerberisxxOnceLarge shrubEYes
Cherry laurelxxOnceLarge shrubENo
CotoneasterxxOnceLarge shrubENo
EscalloniaxxTwiceLarge shrubENo
FirethornxxTwiceLarge shrubEYes
HawthornxxxTwiceSmall treeDYes
HazelxxxOnceSmall treeDNo
HollyxOnceSmall treeEYes
HornbeamxxOnceLarge treeD/LLNo
Lawsons cypressxxTwiceLarge treeE ConiferNo
Leyland cypressxxxTwiceLarge treeE ConiferNo
Portugal laurelxOnceLarge shrubENo
PrivetxxThreeLarge shrubENo
RosexxOnceLarge shrubDYes
Western red cedarxxTwiceLarge treeE ConiferNo
YewxOnceLarge treeE ConiferNo

Key:


Growth rate, for established plants

xxx – over 60cm/year

xx – 30-60cm/year

x – 15-30cm/year


Foliage:

D – deciduous

LL – dead leaves held in winter

E – evergreen


yew hedge




My favourite hedging plant has to be YEW ( taxus )

Classic choice but everlasting and makes an excellent hedge. Doesnt need that much hedge cutting either.


largest yew tree

Tidy Gardens can trim/prune most of hedges, but if you are that lucky and have spectacular yew like on a picture above then don’t us. Call for a crane ! :-)



Hedge cutting / trimming - Tidy Gardens

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Fence post replacement - Tidy Gardens - fencing

Fence post replacement including new overlap panels



Fence repair as ordered by the customer.



However it makes sense to consider a closed board fencing on arris rails if there is a slope along the fencing line.









Fence post replacement - Tidy Gardens - fencing

Monday, 17 February 2014

Hedge cut, Maidenhead - first one in 2014

Here we have a first hedge cut in 2014.





Laurel hedge, cut long overdue..



and it wasn’t raining for a change!













Hedge cut, Maidenhead - first one in 2014

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Excellent quality, efficient and conciencous

TidyGardens came in to fell 5 mid sized conifers, install a section of high quality trellis (supplied by them), and to do a general clean up and tidy of what was a quite messy front and back garden that we inherited from the previous owners. The work was carried out very quickly, to a very high standard, and always in consultation with us, to ensure that we were happy as the work progressed. All in all, I can highly recommend TG; they are very hard working, conscientious and very keen to ensure that the work meets to the customer’s expectations. And all this with relatively reasonable charges. Excellent all round service; will certainly by using them again.



Excellent quality, efficient and conciencous

Friday, 7 February 2014

New wooden fence installed by Tidy Gardens

Replacement of a collapsed fence.



New wooden fence supplied by the customer.









4″ wooden fence posts



6′ overlap fence panels



fence post caps







One bit of advice..



Just bare in mind that if you are going to replace a broken fence you will most likely be putting in new fence posts where the previous ones were. That means you will have to break up concrete in which your last posts were sitting in.



It would be a very difficult job without a jack hammer so make sure you have got one before you begin.



Happy fencing !









New wooden fence installed by Tidy Gardens

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Fencing project in Bracknell

Fencing project. New fence in Bracknell



See below some photos of what the area looks like now.





I dismantled today what’s been left of that former fence and prepared the area..



That fencing job should be finished tomorrow. If everything goes to schedule I’ll post some photos soon after.



The fencing materials for this project include:



- Concrete posts



- 30cm concrete gravel boards



- 1.5m closed board fence panels



Giving the total fence height of 1.8m





All above supplied by a local friendly fence suppliers based in Winnersh.



Soil level on the other side of fence is much higher therefore I opted for 30cm high concrete gravel boards – to create a strong barrier and keep fence panels off the ground and extend their life.



Obviously any wood that is in direct contact with moist soil will rot much quicker..



Finale…



Job finished on time.



Below final pictures of this fencing project.



On one of them you can see the fence from the neighbour side. Soil level is much higher there.





 





Fencing project in Bracknell

Monday, 3 February 2014

Fencing project in Bracknell

Fencing project. New fence in Bracknell



See below some photos of what the area looks like now.





I dismantled today what’s been left of that former fence and prepared the area..



That fencing job should be finished tomorrow. If everything goes to schedule I’ll post some photos soon after.



The fencing materials for this project include:



- Concrete posts



- 30cm concrete gravel boards



- 1.5m closed board fence panels



Giving the total fence height of 1.8m





All above supplied by a local friendly fence suppliers based in Winnersh.



Soil level on the other side of fence is much higher therefore I opted for 30cm high concrete gravel boards – to create a strong barrier and keep fence panels off the ground and extend their life.



Obviously any wood that is in direct contact with moist soil will rot much quicker..



Keep an eye on this post if you want to see the finale of this fencing project.







Fencing project in Bracknell