11th November 2019

BLOG: Instant Evergreen Hedging

BLOG: Instant Evergreen Hedging

Instant Evergreen Hedging

There is a big rise in interest in planting instant hedging and screening particularly in new gardens where many houses are built very close together. Instant screening not only provides privacy for the occupants it also adds a natural softness to the garden against the vast areas of new red brick visible from every aspect of the house.

Griselinia littoralis -New Zealand Laurel

With its distintive apple green and small yellow green flowers in spring, Griselinia is a great choice for a quick growing dense evergreen hedge. It is particularly tolerate of seaside conditions as salt laden winds do it little harm.  Easy to maintain, it can be kept small otherwise if it isn't pruned it will reach up to 10ft high. Plant in full sun, although semi shade is okay too with its only intolerance being heavy soil. The local birds will enjoy feeding off the purple fruits during the winter months.

 Laurel - Cherry Laurel

The most popular of hedging plants in the UK the common Cherry Laurel with its glossy green leaves and its tolerance to grow very happily in the shade. Not only is it tolerant of shade it will grown in almost all soil conditions although do not allow a newly planted hedge to dry out.  If you don't want a conifer hedge then a Cherry Laurel is the next best thing. It provides a good screen and can grown 2-3ft per year.

 Copper Beech

The Copper Beech is great either for screening purposes or for a dense natural hedge. It works well as a hedge because it can be cut back hard, which also means it will keep most of its leaves. This in turn gives your local bird life a home in the winter months. 

 How to Plant your Instant Hedge

 Dig a shallow trench, approximately 1ft deep,the length of your hedge  and make it wide enough to spread out gently the roots of each plant. Dig in some well rotted organic compost and sprinkle the trench with bonemeal. Loosen the roots around each root ball before placing in trench and covering over with the soil. Plant each shrub approximately 2ft apart. Press in soil gently - do not over compact the earth.If the weather is dry water in well and check every couple of weeks if it doesn't rain. Then leave for the roots to become established over the winter months ready for strong growth in the spring.

30th September 2019

BLOG: Decorative Stone

BLOG: Decorative Stone

Economical & Attractive

What do you know about decorative stone? In recent years it has become very popular in our gardens due to the fact it is not only an economical alternative to laying a brick or stone path it is also helps to create attractive and low maintenance gardens. Furthermore, decorative stone can be used as an alternative to mulch as it keeps down weeds in the borders. 

So you will be pleased to learn we stock an extensive range of high quality pebbles, gravel, cobbles, rockery stone, slate and chippings supplied by Kelkay.

Colour & Texture

You can lay pebbles and aggregates over a large area, which is a great sustainable alternative to a lawn, as rainwater will naturally drain away just as it does through grass. Compliment water features by surrounding them with the colourful hues of decorative stoness, or use a mixture of sandstone setts and different size paving slabs to make an attractive and interesting path. Rockery stone and cobbles come in a number of sizes so you can create different effects along flower borders, edges and pathways. The vast selection of colours from warm Mediterranean tones to artic whites and blues means there is a decorative stone to suit any style of garden.

Transform your Garden Overnight

Paths are an integral to our whole garden, as they are not only functional but also provide focal points and boundaries, while  bringing colour and texture to soft landscaping.  You can use natural stone stepping-stones across your lawn to create patterns and to lead the eye down the garden. Perhaps you have a north facing area in your garden where nothing agrees to grow? If so, creating an imaginative area of hard landscaping will provide an attractive and low maintenance option. The best bit of all is you can lay these materials so quickly and easily you can transform your garden almost overnight!

Correct Amount

Depending on whether you are laying a path, creating a low maintenance flower border or simply creating a focal point you will need to ensure you buy enough of your chosen material to lay it to the correct level. Please do contact us for advice if you are unsure.

9th July 2019

BLOG: Artificial Grass

BLOG: Artificial Grass

Artificial Grass & Lawns

A Little Piece of History

Only a few years ago nobody would dream of fitting artificial grass  in their gardens and until recently, for most of us, the only experience we had of artificial grass was the green baize coverings that greengrocers once used as bases for displaying fruit and vegetables. 

Artificial grass or turf was first laid in the USA in 1964 on Rhode Island. A year later it was patented and sold under the name of 'Chemgrass'. It was in 1966 when it was intalled in the Astrodome in Houston Texas that it became known as 'Astro Turf', after the world's first multi purpose domed sports stadium.

From that day it became popular in the USA and was installed on both indoor and outdoor football and baseball pitches.It was slow to take off in the UK  and it wasn't until 1981 that the football club Queen's Park Rangers installed on their pitch. It took another twenty years before Chelsea Flower Show lifted the ban on artificial lawns and allowed it to be used for one of their Show Gardens and even then true horticulturits sniffed heavily at the very idea!

Today, we are now on what is termed the 'Third Generation' of artificial turf. It now has a much more natural look, is much softer, has a much higher fibre density in addition to a longer pile. Also the colours available are much more realistic. Gone are the gaudy greens!

Low Maintenance

In recent year the demand for good artificial grass has grown rapidly. It is now available in different grades from budget through to a more luxurious turf, and deemed to be a good alternative to the real thing. so there is an artificial turf to suit any type of garden - not just urban or courtyard gardens.

It wears well, it is child and pet friendly, there are no bare patches, no mud - so no more muddy footprints or paws trawling through the house!  It is ideal for shady areas in the garden where grass refuses to grow and requries very little maintenance. No need to mow, feed or water! It just requires a brush once a month to keep the pile looking fresh and upright and you can use a garden hose to give it a clean down.

A Great Looking Lawn all year Round!

It looks great all year round, it is porous so rainfall will seep through the backing and it does not fade. Most quality brands have at least a ten-year guarantee and overall artificial lawns make life much easier and certainly tick all the boxes in for busy lifestyles today.

Pick up our Leaflet

We have our own Artificial Turf Leaflet which gives clear instructions on how to lay the turf correctly and we are proud to say we have experience spanning over 10 years in laying artifical turf and pride ourselves on being one of the first landscapers in the UK to champion artirficial lawns.over 10 years ago. So if you don't fancy attempting to lay it yourself please do call us on 01489 779998 and we'll arrange for one of our specialist to come and out see you. Or buy it here.