Landscape and gardening
Landscape and gardening section of your build project should be a very important part of your initial design.
A good designed garden can add thousands to the value of your property as well as making your house look nice.
If done properly, you do not need a big budget to deal with this area but it has to be planned as part of your overall project.
If possible and you can afford it, a professional landscape gardener should be employed to guide you through this process and if not, you should get as much advice as possible from your local garden centres.
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Garden Landscaper Owen Chubb offers some practical advice on preparing your garden for a House Sale.
The first thing to do before putting your house on the market is preparing your house for the sale. Research figures show that when it comes to forming an impression, prospective buyers form an opinion within 30 seconds of viewing the property’s exterior.
Referred to as ‘Kerb Appeal’, how the buyers initially react to the exterior can have a major impact on eventual interest. Since the exterior is the first thing a buyer will see, first impressions are very important. This relative short but critically important 30 seconds which determines the first impression could be the crucial difference for both the seller and the prospective buyer. More...
In many instances the design and layout of front gardens has been largely influenced by the apparent but all important need to provide parking for the owner’s car(s). The needs of the car are dominant to the extent that the garden has effectively become a parking space.
However, it doesn't have to be like this. A well executed driveway design is good for the car, good for the garden and good for the pocket. How does one resolve the apparent conflict of providing space for parking of cars as well as a garden? More...
For thirty years and more early environmentalists and scientists have been issuing warnings and raising fears about the relentless depletion of the earth’s natural resources including fossil fuels and the impending gloom of global warming.
Unless you use your garden as nothing more than a convenient storage area, you are more likely to share the same opinion of the vast majority of people who regard the garden as a sanctuary and somewhere special to enjoy and relax in one way or another. More.....
Even if your plot is no bigger than a few square metres it should be possible to develop a small charming garden. The design challenge is to utilise all space to create tantalizing glimpses of what appears to be a larger than life. Develop a sense of space by including a patio area to place seating and dining furniture. Be careful not to make this area too congested with furniture, use planters wisely to add some colour.
Use devices to create a sense of space or perspective, for example arches, screen might indicate more depth. A pathway which leads to a focal point be it a plant, a statue or a birdbath will provide more perspective. Similarly a large mirror will help create an illusion of more plants and a larger garden. Be sure to frame the mirror with planting, this way it the edges will be well camouflaged and difficult to see. More...
New Garden Lawn – installation and after-care
Ideally new roll turf should be installed as soon as possible after delivery, if for any reason, this is not possible, roll turf may be rolled out onto a flat surface and if kept moist, can be stored in this fashion for up to 48 hours.
Under no circumstances are the individual sods to be left rolled up for an extended period as new grass will quickly deteriorate and turn yellow.
Begin by the laying the sod along the longest straight line, and ensure that subsequent lines are staggered, i.e. row 1 starts with a full roll length, row 2 starts with a half roll length and roll 3 starts with a full row length. More...
The soothing sound of cascading water can create a relaxing and welcome feature in any garden. Spring months approaching might be a good time to prepare for the installation of a water feature to be enjoyed when summer returns.
Practically speaking, any garden can be improved by the addition of a water feature, but space and maintenance requirements will usually dictate that a compact (typically 1.0m – 1.8m diameter) Reservoir Water feature be used. The functionality of Reservoir features is simplicity in itself. Water is pumped from a sunken or concealed container up through the decorative element for example a stone boulder (but other popular choices are Stainless Steel and Driftwood) to trickle over the feature and drain back into the reservoir. More....
As perhaps the most used and certainly one of the most important elements of the garden, the perfect patio requires careful but creative planning and must be well constructed if it is to become a beautiful but integrated space within the garden. For many people the patio area provides valuable space for a wide range of social and outdoor activities including relaxing and entertaining with family and friends.
Oversized layouts and poorly executed construction not only represent an inefficient use of space and unnecessarily expensive but also surprisingly commonplace. Sprawling patio layouts have more common characteristics with the shopping mall car park and lack any sense of being an integral aspect of the garden space. But with some consideration of user requirements, site characteristics and careful execution will result in a pleasing perfect patio which is appealing, integrated and practical. More...
During the harsh cold days and months of Winter, it is very important to spare a thought and make some provision and offer some much needed winter cheer to our feathered friends with whom we share our garden spaces.
Recent surveys all conclude that the bird population and varieties are in decline, and in some urban areas some species are in rapid decline and on the verge of becoming extinct. Much of this has to do with the urbanisation of our towns and cities, but also the development of rural areas.
There is perhaps a sense of powerlessness to prevent the relentless development and consequential loss of valuable hedgerows and green spaces in the countryside, but within our urban environments, especially in our gardens there is much we can do.
We frequently hear ‘size matters’ but in gardening, very often small is very beautiful and therefore with careful planning and clever design, it is possible to transform even the smallest space or plot into an attractive feature rich garden oasis.
Before the process of designing a garden begins, it is necessary to first plan the new garden space. Other factors which will also require consideration include budget - how much are you willing to spend on features, plant varieties, stage of maturity etc, and how much time you are willing to invest in maintaining your new garden. More...
It does seem amazing how quickly DIY gardening appears to have been overtaken by GIY (grow it yourself) gardening! Not so long ago, growing your own vegetables, was seen by many to be a popular past time for a few old gardeners lucky to have a large site or allotment.
These days with large sites hard to come by and allotments much in demand, old gardeners or gardening junkies are no longer the sole exponents of GIY, no, many new entrants are young professionals, nature enthusiasts, people who are genuinely interested in getting closer to nature or reducing their dependency on mass market produce. More...
Garden Composting and all you need to know.
Too much grass will create a slimy mess; too much woody material will create a dry heap, which decomposes very slowly. Chopping and cutting ingredients into small pieces before adding to the composter will facilitate faster decomposition.
The most important balance to achieve is the proportion of woody, high carbon material (e.g. dried leaves, straw, paper, twigs, hedge clippings) to sappy, high nitrogen material (e.g. plants, weeds, vegetables & fruit, grass, manure). More...
The great thing about Herbs is that they can be grown practically anywhere in the garden, but best in the sun. If grown in free draining soil, they will reward you with a delightful display of aromatic and colourful foliage.
Whatever your interest, growing herbs is easy, and only a little planning is all that is required in order to maintain this perennial garden delight. Every garden deserves an herb garden, even if this means a few pots or tubs, or simply a window box crammed with parsley, thyme and chives.
Autumn heralds the time of year for planting spring flowering bulbs, one of the prettiest sights in the garden.Favourite varieties to name a few include daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths, tulips and snowdrops bring much welcomed colour and glamour to the spring garden.
For many garden enthusiasts the centrepiece of a beautiful garden is of course a lush green manicured lawn. Any thoughts of replacing a natural lawn with a synthetic or artificial grass would surely be greeted with cynicism and derision. However there are circumstances where the synthetic lawn is perhaps the only practical alternative to a real lawn.
Such circumstances include persistently damp sites where the owners find it impossible to retain any reasonable grass surface or lawn. In other cases the garden space may be too small and the presence of pets (usually dogs) with constant wear and tear, can severely impact the quality of the lawn area. This usually results in permanent bare patches or very weak and poor grass. More...