Should I employ a gardener to maintain my garden?

Posted on August 23, 2021 at 2:27 pm

A skilled gardener offers far more than just watering and weeding but what, exactly, should you look for when employing a gardener?

Gardeners, and the services they offer, are many and varied, and if you’re thinking of employing one your first step should be to decide what kind of work you need doing. A hard-working and reliable gardener can do the jobs you do not have time to do, freeing you up to enjoy your garden more. It is cheaper to employ an unskilled or novice gardener who should be able to do jobs such as mowing the lawn, raking up leaves or digging over beds. Gardeners with experience should be sought however if you are considering redesigning the garden and want an expert opinion on which plants to buy and where they should be planted. Keep in mind that you should not expect a gardener to do the jobs that a landscaper would do, such as lay a patio, build a wall or put up a garden building.

Whether you choose a novice gardener or a more experienced person they should be able to provide you with references. If you decide to take on someone who has not been in business long, try them out on a small job first, so that you can see the quality of their work.

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How easy is it to install a garden pond?

Posted on May 28, 2021 at 10:26 am

The trend for the garden to be an extension of a properties living space continues to grow as more and more people install lighting, cosy garden furniture, barbeques and hot tubs in their gardens. Large gazebos or awnings create areas that can be used even if the weather is wet so that these areas can still be enjoyed despite the unpredictable British weather.

One feature that can add interest to any garden is a pond which could be simply a small, raised feature on the patio or decking or a larger wildlife pond with a stream and waterfall. This will depend on the space you have available in the garden.

Some people are concerned about having a pond because they are anxious about the maintenance but once the pond is set up initially the ongoing upkeep can be minimal, and the pleasure far outweighs the effort required to keep the pond looking good.

Once you have decided on the type of pond you want the construction of it may be something you can attempt yourself or you may want to pay someone to do this for you. You will need to think about the type of plants that you want to have both in the pond and around the edges bearing in mind that they may grow substantially.

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Creating a cosy retreat in your garden

Posted on April 21, 2021 at 9:03 pm

With the weather still very up and down at the moment, it feels like summer is still not quite on its way. The flowers have started to bloom and we are having a few nice days here and there, yet the temperatures are struggling. Year on year the temperatures can be very different during the same month. Last year, April was lovely and warm and many or us took to our gardens to escape the loneliness of lockdown.

Now is the perfect time to get your garden ready to allow you to be able to enjoy it when summer finally does arrive. People often have very different opinions as to what they want in a garden. For some people, a garden needs to be filled with grass, trees and flowers but for others they would rather have a lovely decked area and plenty of comfy seating or a big area for the children to play in. Often this depends a lot on whether you enjoy gardening and how much time you have available to spend on your garden. If you are someone that enjoys to do gardening then you probably don’t mind having lots of plants to water, areas to weed and grass to mow. If don’t like gardening or simply do not have the time then you may prefer to have something that is much more low maintenance and doesn’t require a lot of time or skill to look after.

Creating a corner or an area in your garden where you can just go to relax and unwind is a must for everyone. It may be that you go all out and create a decked area with a lovely Rattan furniture set and a wood burner, or maybe you simply have a comfy chair to go and sit with a cup of tea and your favourite book. Sitting in a garden and listening to the birds can be really relaxing. Allowing yourself to get a bit of sunlight is good for your vitamin D levels and has been proven to improve your mood. So many of us work in busy offices, missing out on the sunlight, but this can really have a negative effect on our mental health.

Whether you want to go all out and give your garden the ultimate makeover, of whether you wan to just create a little quiet area for yourself, take the time this summer to make it happen.

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Formal or laid back what does your ideal garden look like?

Posted on March 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

When you decide to redesign a garden there are some important decisions to make the first being what sort of garden do you want? Some people prefer a garden that is well manicured, has short grass and edged lawns with borders and flower beds organised to look neat and tidy whereas others like a much more unstructured garden with meandering paths and wildlife areas that are left to grow wild. Whichever you prefer it is important to plan out your design carefully if you are considering changing your current garden so that you are pleased with the final results.

If you are planning on doing the work yourself make sure that you have all the necessary tools and materials or find out where they can be hired from. Good quality tools will make the job easier and less frustrating and will last for years to come.

Lawn areas if worn and in poor condition may need to be returfed as this is generally a better option than reseeding and the finished result will be seen quicker. A luscious, green grassed area is attractive for any type of garden and turf can be bought that is particularly hardwearing if there are going to be children playing on the lawn regularly.

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Is your garden a safe haven for little ones?

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Once the warmer months come people tend to spend a lot more time in the garden either relaxing with a glass of something cool, tackling some garden maintenance or playing with the children. It is important that if the garden is going to be used regularly by young children that it is a safe place to play and that any accidents are minimised as much as possible.

The most obvious danger in a garden is if there is a pond or water feature near the area that the children will be playing in. Children can drown in very shallow water, so any pond or water feature needs to be covered with strong netting to make sure that it is safe and prevent anyone falling in.

Plants around the garden should be non-toxic as some plants such as foxgloves are highly poisonous. A tree that should be avoided is the laburnum tree as every part is poisonous if ingested.

Trips and falls are inevitable with young children but to avoid serious injury fences and gates can be used to keep them away from dangerous areas. It is a good idea to use some type of safety flooring under swings and slides because should there be a fall, injury will likely be minor.

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