As the weather begins to change, we may find ourselves spending less time in our gardens. In this article, we will be exploring all the secrets that come with maintaining a vibrant and colourful garden in every season, with your gardening design team, including the autumn and winter. From bursts of spring blooms to the slumber of winter, we want to ensure that you are enjoying your garden, all year round.
Plan Your Garden’s Palette With Your Garden Design Team
When it comes to planning your garden space, it’s a good idea to get a specialised team in to help. Selecting a diverse range of plants will allow you to bring colour to every season - making your garden an enjoyable place to be in all year round. By speaking to your local gardening design team, you will be able to get a better understanding of different bloom times and colours you can have.
When it comes to estate management, the style of your landscape will greatly influence your colour choices. As professionals in this area, we recommend balancing your warm and cool colours. By combining those distinctly bright tones, such as red, orange and yellow with your colder palette like blue, green and purple, you can create a garden with great visual interest. A balance of both these colour palettes will lead to a harmonious blend and be visually appealing to the eye. You can also play with foliage as an additional colour element. Green is the perfect neutral colour in gardens, which can provide the ideal backdrop for many other hues.
The Art of Seasonal Planting
When experimenting with colours in your garden space, it’s important to take seasonal changes into account. As summer turns to autumn, you will need to plan for year-round interest by selecting plants which can provide a completely different colour palette in different seasons. To ensure a vibrant and continuously appealing garden, implement a strategy of succession planting. This means planning for various plants to bloom in the same area sequentially. As one set of plants naturally fades, the next set will take over, providing ongoing colour and visual interest.
For the UK, it's essential to align planting times with local climate conditions. Research the average bloom times of your chosen plants and stagger planting dates accordingly to maximise the impact of each variety. Group plants with similar bloom times in clusters, allowing one cluster to take over when another is past its peak.
We would recommend selecting long-blooming plant varieties, both perennials and annuals, that can provide colour for several weeks or months. To maintain interest even when flowers are in bloom, incorporate evergreen trees, shrubs, and plants with colourful foliage. For those with vegetable or herb gardens, plan for continuous harvest by staggering plantings throughout the growing season. This approach will keep your garden vibrant and captivating year-round.
The Best Autumn Plant Choices
According to Home & Garden, November is the time to ‘plant up autumn/winter containers, to provide colour throughout the colder months. Evergreen shrubs, Hellebores and Skimmias, Cyclamen and winter flowering Violas make great displays, lasting until early spring’. By choosing the right plants, you can add a touch of warmth and colour to your outdoor space, during this typically grey season. When it comes to the best autumn plant choices, there are so many to choose from.
For flowering perennial plants, some of one of our favourites has to be Asters. We consider Asters the true stars of autumn, as they offer a wide range of colours, including the cool-toned purples, pinks and white. These daisy-like blooms can add a touch of elegance to any estate or garden. We also love Helenium, as a flowering option for your garden. According to Horticulture.co.uk, ‘if you look after them properly, they'll come back year after year’. These flowers are rich with warm hues like deep reds and oranges, which can make the perfect choice alongside Asters.
If you are on the lookout for some annual bloomers, we would also recommend Pansies. They come in various shades, so can fit many aesthetics. They also have a long bloom period which often extends far into the autumn season. Finally, for shrubs, we would suggest Witch Hazel and Euonymus Alatus.
How To Get The Perfect Autumn Foliage
Incorporating trees and shrubs into your stunning autumn foliage can also increase how visually appealing your landscape can be. Firstly, we would suggest working with your gardening design team to select focal points within your garden or estate space. You can choose deciduous or evergreen trees and shrubs which will have vibrant autumn foliage and then place them strategically in eye-catching spots. Not only can these draw the attention of visitors, but they can also add seasonal interest.
We would also suggest looking at contrasting the colours of your trees and shrubs. By combining trees and shrubs with contrasting autumn colours, you will be able to create a visually striking effect. For example, pairing a maple tree with red foliage and a smoke bush with purple leaves can be eye-catching.
Or, in autumn, the Euonymus Alatus changes into a beautiful shade of red, which can make a stunning focal point in your garden. Witch Hazel is also extremely popular. These plants smell amazing and come in eye-catching shades of yellow, orange and red. They often bloom in late winter, but can sometimes have a second flush of flowers in the autumn season.
Preparing For The Winter Months
As well as planning out how to bring colour to every season in autumn, you will also need to consider how to maintain your garden space in the colder months.
Pruning Your Plants Ready For Winter
Firstly, pruning your trees and shrubs during their dormant season, which is typically late winter or early spring, while promoting further growth when spring comes. Your gardening design team will remove any dead or diseased branches in order to maintain their shape and stimulate new foliage to grow.
Why Mulching Matters
During this season, it’s also a great idea to apply a layer of mulch around the base of your trees and shrubs. This will increase their chances of retaining moisture and regulate soil temperature. When it starts to get frosty, the delicate root system your plants have created can be affected. Mulch offers a protective layer and even enhances the overall appearance of your garden.
Winter Watering Schedule
It’s vital that even in the autumn and winter, your trees, plants and shrubs all receive an adequate amount of water. You may have to slightly adjust your watering schedule with the seasons changing, but to help maintain healthy foliage and vibrate autumn colours, knowing when to water your plants is a must.
Pest & Disease Management
It’s also important to not forget about pests and diseases in the colder months. Your gardening design team will be sure to inspect your trees and shrubs for any signs of pests and diseases. It’s vital to address issues like this promptly to maintain the health and appearance of the plants.
Designing Your Garden For Autumn
As well as adding a bout of colour through your tree, plant and shrub choices, you can also add some fun design elements which can make your garden an exciting place to be in, even during the autumn and winter.
Country Living states that ‘lighting is the best way to add interest and personality to your garden’ during autumn. With the days getting shorter, it can mean that we have less daylight to spend outside - festive lighting can be the answer. Why install a string of fairy lights around your pergolas, or along mapped out garden paths to create a warm and inviting ambiance? As well as being able to enjoy the garden lighting outside, you can also find pleasure viewing your landscape from your house’s windows.
Another way to get the most out of your garden in the autumn is to install a fire pit or outdoor heater. If you are planning on entertaining this festive season, a fire pit can create a unique and cosy gathering spot, where you can enjoy the garden with guests on the cooler evenings.
Peppered in between your arranged shrubs and flowers, we would also suggest adding an array of garden ornaments. These decorative elements can be strategically placed throughout your garden, catching the eye and reflecting the warm autumn light.
How Our Groundwork Services Can Help You
Here at BZ Gardens, our team of professional gardeners have the expertise and experience to help you craft a tailored garden design which will perfectly align with your requirements and space. As the colder months roll around, we want to ensure that your garden is still flourishing to its full potential. Our groundwork services can help make your space functional, and well-organised. If you have any questions, or would like to set your garden up in time for winter, don’t be afraid to contact one of our team at
For achieving a lush, green lawn, you will be faced with two main options; turf laying and grass seeding. In this article, we will be taking a deeper look at both of these tried and true techniques, so you can make an informed decision about your own lawn's needs.
A Brief Overview Of Both Techniques
Turf laying is the technique of installing a new lawn by laying down pre-cultivation rolls of grass. Your professional garden team will do this by preparing the soil and measuring your garden space. After getting a general understanding for the size and shape of your garden, the turf will then be cut down to fit the area.
The turf will be rolled out in staggered patterns and watered thoroughly to ensure it thrives in its new position. Turf laying can be an extremely effective way to create a healthy lawn immediately. It is often used for both residential and commercial properties to give off that sleek and well-maintained look.
In comparison to turf laying, grass seeding is the process of planting seeds which will establish new grass growth over time. If you have a damaged or patchy pre-existing lawn, this could be a great way to bring it back to life. Typically, grass seeding is done by spreading seed over a prepared area and then regularly watering it. If done correctly, you will notice a new lush lawn begin to grow in.
What Is The Best Time Of Year To Carry Out Each Technique?
When To Lay Turf
In our expert opinion, we would recommend laying turf between the end of August and the first half of October. Alternatively, you could also look to lay turf between the second half of April and the first half of June, at the latest. During this time, the soil is more friable and with the temperature being much more optimal, the grass will root much quicker.
Gauging the weather is of the utmost importance when it comes to turf laying. If you wait until the weather is too warm, you may run into problems such as sod heating. Whereas, during the winter months, there is harsh frost and unpredictable weather - again, making laying turf a more difficult task.
When You Should Sow Grass Seed
For grass seeding, when you sow will depend on what type of grass you plan to use. We would recommend early spring, between March to May or early autumn, between September to mid-October. According to Mowwy.co.uk, ‘grass plants go dormant during the winter after the temperature drops below 10ºC – so it stands to reason that they won’t germinate in those conditions.’ By planting in seasonably warm weather, you will garner much better results.
During March through to May, the heat of summer is beginning to arrive, meaning that the soil temperatures will start to rise. This can aid in grass germination and help your grass take root much faster. Between September and mid-October the soil is still warm from the summer sun, encouraging further germination. But also the cooler autumn weather can actually massively reduce the stress on the young grass seedlings, giving them much higher chances of surviving.
How Long Does Each Technique Take?
For both turf laying and grass seeding, it can depend on the size of land you are working with. For large estates, with acres of land, you will find that you will have your professional gardeners set aside more time than if you are working with a smaller lot.
How Long Does Turf Laying Take?
With the proper care, turf laying can take up to six weeks to develop a strong root system. During the first few weeks of laying turf, you will want to take extra care when using your garden. It’s vital that you avoid heavy foot traffic to newly laid turf. This can prevent both long-term and short-term damage to your lawn. Also, it’s recommended to keep your new turf moist, but not waterlogged.
To ensure the turf takes to the new ground with ease, you may have to water it daily or every other day, depending on the time of year you have laid it down and the weather conditions. Around the third week, the turf will begin to establish itself and the roots will start to penetrate the soil and anchor the grass in place. To encourage further deep root growth, we would suggest still watering the turf frequently throughout this time period.
How Long Does Grass Seeding Take?
Similar to turf laying, grass seeding can germinate at different rates. This can depend on varying factors such as; what grass species you are looking to use, what the weather forecast is looking like, what time of year you have opted to sow your grass seed at, and how moist/ prepared the soil is. For most grasses, the seeds will begin to germinate within a 7-21 day span after they have been sown. Whilst some grass seeds tend to take longer than others, in general, you can expect to see tiny grass seedlings pop up from the ground around this time.
After they have been sown, it will take 2-6 weeks for these new seeds to germinate. As they do so, they establish themselves even deeper into the soil and begin to root. For around the 6-12 week mark, it is recommended to avoid walking on your newly planted grass and to avoid heavy foot traffic. This is to not risk damaging the growing process and allow the grass to fully mature. It is also suggested to not mow or trim the grass seedinglings either during this time. Maturity in grass can take around 6 months or longer - again, depending on the grass type and the environment surrounding it. Look out for thick, healthy looking blades of grass, which make your lawn look full and lush.
What Are The Benefits Of Turf Laying?
Both turf laying and grass seeding come with their own benefits. For turf laying, one of the most advantageous aspects is that you will have an instantly green lawn. With grass seeding, you may have to wait weeks, or even months, before the grass is lush and established. Turf on the other hand can completely transform an outdoor space almost instantly.
Another benefit of turf laying that sets it apart from grass seeding is the fact that it will have a more uniform appearance. As the process is almost instantaneous, you will have an even lawn straight away. This is because the grass is already mature, and harvested. Unlike grass seeding, turf laying makes for a smooth garden, without any patchiness present.
Also, laid turf is great at suppressing weeds. A more established turf is way more efficient when it comes to preventing weeds from popping up. This is because the grass tends to be much more dense, and as it’s already mature, it can compete with those pesky weeds for the required space and resources they would take to grow.
What Are The Cons Of Laying Turf?
Laying turf can be quite an expensive feature, particularly if you have a large estate or garden space. Even with professional help on board to maintain your newly laid turf, it can be a costly venture if you are planning to fit your entire ground. Many people opt for grass seeding due to this reason, as it can be a much less expensive way to fill acres of land.
Another con of turf laying is that it is not as eco-friendly in comparison to its alternative counterparts. The general production and transportation of turf can add to our carbon footprint, which some consider to be much less considerate to our planet.
Also, turf laying has less of a variety of grass types available. As well as minimising our aesthetic design choices, turf laying could also promote less biodiversity for this reason. Also, with less grass types being available for turf laying, it may be difficult to find matching feed to fill in any gaps you may already have in your lawn - another negative for choosing turf laying over grass seeding.
What Are The Benefits Of Grass Seeding?
Grass seeding can help you fill in any bald spots or patchy areas you have on your pre-existing grass. Here at BZ Gardens, we understand the pain of getting all of your grass looking uniform and lush on large estate homes. Whilst turf laying can make your lawn look consistent, sometimes, you don’t need to lay all new turf. If you have a garden with a few grassless spots, your local garden service can lay grass seed to encourage further growth.
In addition, grass seeding is much more convenient. Living in the UK, the weather can be unpredictable. With turf laying, as soon as the grass gets to its final location, it will need to be laid down promptly - this is because the grass is already alive and mature. Whereas with grass seeding, the process can be delayed if the weather is unexpectedly poor.
The options with grass seeding is also endless. We all want a nice looking garden where we can relax and invite company over too. With grass seeding, there are many more options when it comes to what grass types you can have. You can design your garden to be as aesthetically pleasing as you would like with this technique.
What Are The Cons Of Grass Seeding?
Where there are many pros for grass seeding,, there are also some negatives when it comes to opting for this method. Firstly, it takes a much longer period of time for grass seeds to germinate in comparison to turf laying. With turf, the new grass will be there instanstanousely, whereas with grass seed it can take months to become mature.
Grass seeds also could attract birds, such as pigeons, sparrows, finches, blackbirds and other regular garden visitors. Birds can pick up these seeds as they appear to be readily available to them on the surface of the soil. Or, if they have been absorbed into the ground already, you may find that they also scratch away at the soil to uncover them. This is because seeds act as a natural food and protein source. - this can, in turn, leave your garden with grass-less spaces.
In comparison to turf laying, grass seeding can be harder to maintain. Without ongoing professional advice, It can be tricky to get the watering of newly grass seeded lawns correct. With too much water, you can wash away the newly planted seeds, which can either prevent them from growing and result in a ruined sowing, or create bald patches once they start to germinate. As well as this, grass seeding can make it all the more difficult to achieve neat outer edges. With turf laying, the grass will be cut to the shape and size of your garden space. Whereas with grass turf laying, it can be a slightly more tricky task to get the edges around your patio or paving just right.
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Here at BZ Gardens, we understand what a well-maintained garden means to you. No matter what your preferences are when it comes to turf laying or grass seeding, we are here to help you make an informed decision, and to assist you in the process. If you have any more questions or queries, feel free to contact our professional garden team today.
Hedgerows create an intimate feel to the landscape of the downs and provide valuable habitats for wildlife. They were originally planted to contain livestock and formed boundaries before the introduction of fencing. They can also develop from woodland edges. The way the land is managed and used has shaped their appearance. Different soil conditions, climate and altitude all have an effect on hedgerows.
The Different Types Of Hedges
All hedges need management to maximise their value for wildlife and for the designs of gardens, and to boost the production of flowers and berries. The best hedges are managed rotationally for a diverse range of ages and structures. They include mature hedgerow trees which are of particular value for bats and insects, as well as standing dead wood. They are often complemented by buffer strips of ungrazed or uncut grassland, which provides additional habitat for wildlife. Where they occur, hedge banks of earth and stone-faced can be of great importance for reptiles for hibernation and basking.
The ‘Traditional’ Hedge
This type of hedge is commonly used to mark field boundaries. Where livestock such as sheep are present, it may also provide a barrier sufficient to prevent their escape. A healthy traditional hedge may vary in height considerably and can be anything from 1m to 2m. Comprised of between one and up to as many as fifteen native species of plant, but is often dominated by hawthorn.
The Shelter Hedge
This type of hedge is grown in areas where strong winds would otherwise damage valuable crops. In Kent, this type of hedge is primarily used for the protection of fruit and hop plants. Tree species grown are typically large-leaved, such as beech, poplar or alder, planted in single lines and allowed to grow on to 3m to 4m (10ft to 13ft) tall.
These large-scale hedgerows (effectively narrow woodland strips of mature trees) are a characteristic feature on the downs. These shaws contribute to a strong separation between the slope and the more open agricultural slope immediately to the south. Replacing these features with small narrow hedges can seem ‘fussy’, out of character and can disrupt the wider landscape.
The Screening Or Privacy Hedge
This type of management practice has sprung up in the last couple of years as a means of screening recent modern developments. The use of non-native species, such as the Leyland cypress and other introduced evergreens, in a rural area looks very unnatural in the landscape and can have a negative impact on wildlife, and is therefore inappropriate.
When Should I Trim My Hedges?
Each of these types of hedgerow requires a different type of management to maintain its health, vigour and appearance. The next few pages show how to look after each type.
Ideally, the hedge should be cut during the winter months when it is not actively growing, to ensure disturbance to wildlife is kept to a minimum. Cutting in January and February allows any fruit to remain available for wildlife until December. The hedge should not be cut between 1st March and 1st September (Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981), as it is an offence to intentionally damage or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is being used or built. Similarly, under the Hedgerows Regulations Act, 1997, it is a criminal offence to remove a hedgerow without permission.
It is recommended that the hedge is cut on a rotational basis once every two to three years rather than every year. This creates a more natural-looking hedge and adds more cover for wildlife. Similarly, the hedge should not be cut back to the same point every time - particularly if it is flailed. The cutter bar should be raised a few centimetres on each cut, then pruned back hard to the original starting point the third time round. This prevents unsightly scarring of the stems and encourages better, stronger, denser growth.
Traditional or boundary hedgerows require maintenance if the hedge plants are not to eventually grow into trees and lose their effectiveness as a stock-proof barrier and a valuable wildlife habitat. There are four types of hedgerow management: machine trimming, hand trimming, coppicing and laying.
Trimming Techniques -
Using The Flail Cutter
The practice of flailing a hedge is now very common, being quick and cost effective. Careful machine trimming encourages bushy, branching growth that helps to form a dense barrier. However, if done unsympathetically it can be detrimental to the hedge.
The tractor-mounted flail is a powerful machine capable of grinding through sizable stems. However, it is most effective on small diameter stems up to 25mm. Although larger stems may well be within the machine’s stated capacity, it often causes the stems to shatter and split. This causes ugly scarring and damages the plant, so its life span and growth is greatly reduced. This can also arise because the job has been rushed and the machine pushed through the material too quickly.
Trimming your hedge with hand tools is only practicable if the hedgerow is short in length or inaccessible to machinery. Petrol-powered, hand- held cutters are available, but are primarily designed for light duties and will not be able to cut through thick stems. If this is the only way to manage the hedge, it will probably require cutting once every two years. However, care should be taken not to over-tidy and create a manicured smooth-profiled hedge. Otherwise, all advice given for machine trimming applies to hand-trimming.
Not all hedges need regular cutting; where crop-shading isn’t a problem, free-growing hedges can be allowed to develop and then coppiced on rotation. This provides good habitat for a variety of wildlife. This technique can also be used when the hedge has gone past the optimum state for laying. It is more cost effective and requires less expertise compared to laying.
Coppicing involves cutting trees and shrubs down to a few centimetres above ground level. Although dramatic in initial effect, it is one of the most effective and cheapest ways of rejuvenating a deteriorating hedgerow. Coppicing encourages low growth from the tree or shrub, and is only required every 10 to 15 years (or longer if combined with machine trimming). Cut stems should be severed no more than 5 - 10 centimetres above the ground. This ensures that new shoots sprout directly from the base, ensuring the hedge remains bushy where it is required most. It also allows for easy “gapping up”.
As the visual effect of coppicing is so dramatic, and is temporarily detrimental to wildlife, it is recommended that the practice be staggered over a number of years. If a large stretch of hedgerow requires coppicing, then no more than a 100 - 150m stretch should be tackled in one year. This allows you to turn what may once have been a daunting task into a more manageable operation. The cost of coppicing is comparable to machine trimming when taken over several years and, compared to laying, requires less specialist skill.
Hedge laying is a skilled operation used to manage and rejuvenate hedgerows required for stock retention, and therefore more commonly practised on pasture than arable farmland. Traditionally, hedge laying was very labour intensive and time-consuming. Even today, this practice is relatively costly and requires specialist contractors.
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Trimming and pruning your hedges is a worthwhile investment of your time if you want slim/profiled hedges on or around your property. It can become a lengthy task which is why our experts at BZ Gardens can step in and assist with your gardening needs. We can help with everything from designs of gardens to estate management and more. Take a look at some of our services here for more information, or get in touch with us on 01483 299 797.
Kitchen gardens are a great way to grow your own ingredients, whether it's vegetables or fruits there is nothing better than eating your own freshly grown produce. It's not only tastier most of the time but also healthier, it could even save you money if your garden truly begins to thrive. Fruit and vegetable seeds are beginning to outsell flower seeds, there are multiple ways to promote the growth of seeds into plants. Keep reading to find out what kitchen garden layout would be best for you and your garden.
What Is A Garden Kitchen
Kitchen gardens are commonly known as places in your outdoor space that are dedicated to growing plants, fruits, vegetables and herbs that can be harvested for cooking and instant use. They come in all shapes and sizes, whether you have a small or large garden allowing the majority of homeowners to set up their own growing space with relative ease.
What Layout Would Benefit Me The Most
As briefly mentioned above, kitchen gardens can come in all shapes and sizes. Every garden/plot is different, working out the best layout and design for your garden will allow you to maximise the growing capabilities and space that you have for your seeds. Most kitchen gardens consist of several seeds/plants being grown simultaneously, dividing your space into quadrants will provide the roots with enough space to flourish.
An area around 2m x 3m is perfect for beginners looking to create their own garden kitchen. Make sure to keep sunlight in mind when allocating a spot in your garden. Raised beds are a desirable design for growing as they improve soil drainage which can allow soil temperatures to increase faster due to the absence of excess water. Find out more about raised beds here (add link on the 30th).
When You Need To Prepare For
Early spring is the most ideal time for growing seeds. Even if it's autumn or winter this gives you more than enough time to start preparing and planning for your kitchen garden. Soil is one of the most important factors that is often overlooked when homeowners begin their growing season. Soil is usually based on a spectrum, on one end you have clay based soil and the other end its sand based. Loose, crumbly loam soil is ideal for growing vegetables and other similar produce as it retains water, moisture and nutrients but can still drain freely.
You will then have to decide on what you want to grow, if you are a beginner gardener keep it simple at first. Radishes, carrots, cucumbers and kale to name a few are very easy to grow. Most vegetable seeds will have idealistic instructions and care guides on their packaging, if not a quick Google will certainly answer your questions.
Creating your own kitchen garden is a great way to save money on produce and ingredients, it always tastes better when you know you grew it.
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If you are currently looking for support or advice with your kitchen garden take a look at our Garden Services page. If you would like to speak to our expert team, submit a contact form here, alternatively give us a call on 01483 299 797. We'd be happy to help you.
A water feature can enhance your garden. It can provide ornamental interest and produce a soothing meditative sound, perfect for sitting out with a book or a cup of tea. An idea as simple as a garden waterfall will not cost a fortune whilst making a real difference to your garden space. As a landscaping and greenwaste company, here are some water feature ideas you should consider for your home.
Water rills are shallow channels that provide water that flows from one area to another. The noise of the flowing water helps add to the calming noise that can really add to the atmosphere of your garden.
Garden water bowls are often wooden and can be placed anywhere within a garden. They can also be particularly useful in shady areas as they can reflect light around to other areas that don’t get sunlight. They are very easy to set up and can come in a range of different styles. As well as wood, they can also be made of stone or sleek metal for a more contemporary look.
Another simple garden water feature you should consider is a garden pond. One benefit of these is that they can work in any size or style of garden. They also double up as wildlife havens packed with plants. You can also achieve a calming soothing sound by including a fountain or rill.
Decorative garden water features can be great for areas that need a fixed focal point. Like many water features, there are a range of different styles to choose from. These can include polished metal spheres, columns and stone monoliths .
Garden pebble piles are perhaps one of the simplest and cheapest water features you can set up. All that is needed is a pile of pebbles set up in an artistic way that conceals a pump and water reservoir beneath. Similarly, you can set these up with a millstone. A pump is hidden in the central hole of the millstone which radiates water out. If needed, these can also be concealed by a heap of pebbles.
From water bowls to ponds and rills, there are plenty of different water features that you can choose from for your garden. These can be great for adding an ornamental touch and creating a tranquil, calming atmosphere. As a landscaping and green waste company, we think water features are a perfect addition to gardens of any size or style.
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As a local gardens service and greenwaste company, BZ gardens can help with a range of gardening services, from waste disposal, estate management, landscape design and many more. We create and care for unique gardens and open spaces for residential, commercial and public clients across London, and Greater London. Need help with your garden water features? Contact us and we will be happy to help with your enquiries.
A good garden fence will help to provide privacy and protection from the elements. As specialist providers of garden and groundwork services, we have also seen them be used as a great landscaping feature. Wooden fencing is often the most popular type for property borders. However, there is a range of different types to choose from. This guide will explain how to install a garden fence.
It is important to plan your fencing carefully. Doing so will help you to save time and save you an awful lot of trouble later on. You will need to be accurate with your choice of materials and save on any cuttings or wastage.
Should your fence be marking a property boundary, it is advisable to talk to your neighbours first and let them know about your plans.
Here are some things to consider:
- Does a fence need to be removed? If so, whose property is it on?
- Do you need access to your neighbour's garden to install the fence?
Fences that are less than 2m high often will not need planning permission. However, it is always best to check with your local planning authority to make sure of this. It is also important to be aware that planning permission will be needed if your fence borders a public Right of Way.
Fences can be built at any time of the year. However, where possible, try to avoid harsh hot or cold weather conditions. Early spring to late autumn is often an ideal time as there is less disturbance to plant and soil health.
It is also best practice to use a CAT detector to scan for underground pipes and cables prior to starting your build.
How to Erect Your Fence
As a specialist garden and groundwork services provider, we have provided a few rules you should follow when putting up your fence. Firstly, ensure that your fence posts are soaked at the base in wood preservation before installation.
Always make sure to use treated wood and exterior grade screws to prevent any premature rotting and rusting.
If you install a fence onto an area with a slope, keep the fence panels along the horizontal line but fill the angled gap at the base. You can do so by cutting a gravel board to size. Some heavily sloped areas will require a different method of installation. For this reason, make sure to speak to a specialist on how to build in these circumstances.
If you use a Postcrete, wear a safety mask as well as goggles and protective gloves for safety. It is particularly important to wear gloves when handling wood and applying wood preserver. Also, ensure that you safely dispose of any offcuts of timber.
As specialists in landscaping and groundwork services, we hope you found this guide useful. Remember to check that you have legitimate planning permission before building. In addition, make use of the safety precautions we have outlined, including wearing protective gloves and goggles if you use a Postcrete.
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As specialists in landscaping and groundwork services, BZ gardens can help with a range of garden maintenance, from waste disposal, estate management, landscape design and much more. We create and care for unique gardens and open spaces for residential, commercial and public clients across London, and Greater London. Should you need support with your landscaping and garden design, contact us and we will be happy to help with your enquiries.
Dry stone walls have a long history, going back thousands of years. They remain a popular choice for many and will likely be seen in the distant future. As a garden service we know everything you need to know about hard landscaping and dry stone walls. This guide will help explain what dry stone walls are and shed light on their history. It will also explain how they are made and what materials can be used to make them.
What are Dry Stone Walls?
As the name might suggest, dry stone walls are walls that are made simply with dry stone. No mortar is included and the structure is both stable and strong.
Within Europe, there are dry stone walls that date back to the Neolithic period (7000 B.C). This was an era where animals became domesticated and barriers were created to keep them from being lost. In upland areas, dry stone walls have left their mark on rural landscapes.
These walls can also be seen in parts of America. Mostly in areas with rocky subsoils, English and Scottish immigrants brought the skills to lay the dry stone. They can be seen in parts of New England where receding glaciers deposited rocks in the landscape.
How to Build a Dry Stone Wall
Firstly, in order to build a dry stone wall, you will need to remove turf and lay a base of large stones. As a rule of thumb, the larger the wall, the larger the base will need to be. This is because the walls taper in from the base upwards and inwards. From here, each course needs to be built up. Ensure that the stones sit harmoniously together.
How Long Will A Dry Stone Wall Last
In the Cotswolds, oolitic limestone is often used for these kinds of walls. However, these will often have a shorter life span of around 100 years. However, other regions such as Cumbria may use granite. Granite walls have a much longer lifespan due to the durability and hardness of the stone.
Dry stone walls have a long history and heritage within the UK and have spread throughout the globe. They are very simple designs that are easy to build when done correctly. As a garden service, we think these walls are a great choice for those looking for a more classic landscape design. These walls are also incredibly long-lasting when using the right materials.
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Artificial grass is the ideal solution for those looking to save themselves the trouble and time of maintaining real grass. However, artificial grass still requires some degree of maintenance. As a specialist landscape and green waste company, we recommend light maintenance once a month. This will ensure your lawn looks as good as new. It will also ensure that your grass is safe for both children and pets.
Artificial Grass Maintenance
Here is a few handy tips to ensure that your lawn is well looked after:
Make sure that you lightly brush your lawn on a regular basis. As a specialist landscape and green waste company, we suggest doing so once a week. This will help to remove any leaves or twigs. Best practices here include the use of a medium, soft bristle brush that is gentle on the grass. As you go about doing this, ensure that you brush in the opposite direction of the artificial fibres.
Especially as we approach the autumnal season, it is important that any leaves are removed from the turf. A regular leaf blower is the quickest way to do this, if you have access to one. To make this process easier, remove the leaves on a day with minimal wind. It is also important to remember that the dry leaves will be easier to remove with a blower in comparison to wetter ones.
Perhaps, you have decided to have a picnic and have spilt ketchup or wine on your new grass. Do not panic. Here are a few tips to help.
The first step in situations such as this is to act quickly. Make sure to remove as much spillage as you can before it hardens. In the instance of spilt liquids, soak up with a clean cloth or kitchen towel.
If marks still remain, mix a little bit of washing up liquid with some lukewarm water. Apply this mixture to the lawn with a bristle brush or a clean cloth or sponge. Make sure you work this solution in between as well as around the stained fibres. Following this, rinse the area thoroughly with water.
Lastly, if the spillage has hardened, carefully remove it with a plastic spatula or knife. A toothbrush can also be useful here to gently brush away stains.
A small level of regular maintenance will ensure that your artificial grass looks as good as new year round. To recap, remember to brush regularly in the opposite direction to the artificial fibres. Regularly remove leaves with a leaf blower or stiff brush. Also remember to act quickly on stains, washing them away with a clean kitchen towel or with soapy water.
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Less experienced gardeners may not give much thought as to when to prune roses. However, when you choose to prune your roses will make a huge difference to your plant’s health and longevity. So when should you prune your roses? As experienced experts in landscape and groundwork services, we provide you with this guide for a few tips and pointers.
Why is Pruning Important?
Before we discuss when to prune, first we should explore why this process is so important in the first place. To an extent, roses can fend for themselves without intervention. However, regular small maintenance can help your plants grow to their optimum potential. Pruning also helps to increase the longevity of your roses.
When Should You Prune?
Most roses in the UK are pruned in the late winter months. This is often around February and early March when leaf buds begin to swell. However this will be dependent on where you are and the climate conditions.
For those living in the south, you may prune roses in late February as the new growth begins for rose plants. Alternatively for those in the north, it is recommended that you wait until March after the last frosts before you start pruning.
Wind Pruning should be carried out in the Autumn to shorten the long shoots to avoid wind damages. The best time to do this is around the end of October to November.
How to Prune Roses
First things first, ensure to sterilise your tools before starting this task to eliminate any bacteria and viruses. The reason here is that roses are susceptible to diseases through open wounds. Start by making a cut up to 5mm above an existing bud with a sharp gardening secateur. If you are to cut any deeper than this, you risk the plant not being able to produce new growth from the stem. Best practice here is to angle the cut away from the plant. This will prevent rain water from dripping towards it, which can cause disease where it collects.
Prune out any dead or diseased stems and clear out the unshapely stems too. For those looking for an open shape, concentrate the pruning towards the outward facing rose buds.
Alternatively, if you would prefer an upright growth shape then prune above the inwards facing rose buds.
As an experienced team of landscape and groundwork service specialists, we hope you found this guide useful. Pruning is hugely important in order to look after the long term health of your flowers. Remember that most UK roses should be pruned in the late winter months when leaf buds begin to swell. However, there are instances where this may differ slightly as we have covered. Make sure to prune using clean tools in order to prevent disease. It is also important to remember to not cut too deeply, as this may prevent future growth from the stem.
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Autumn is an important time of year for gardening. Soil at this time of year is warm enough to plant spring bulbs, tulips and crocuses. It is the time of year to collect crops that have grown over the summer. As an expert gardens service, we have put together a few tips for garden maintenance over the autumn months.
Healthy Plants are Happy Plants
Healthy plants are not only important for the overall health of your garden. It is important for your health too. Keeping your plants healthy during the autumn also means that they will have a better chance at surviving the harsher winter months.
One tip is to remove leaves for plants that are prone to disease and pests. This may include roses and horse chestnut trees.
Another handy tip that will help ensure your plants stay healthy is to rake up your leaves. In doing so you can make leaf mould that you can use to feed plants next year.
Additionally for your lawn, it is important to apply lawn autumn fertiliser. This should be done around October or November at the latest. This will help to encourage the growth or roots and strengthen your lawn.
The autumn season is the perfect time to put down some new roots. At this time of year, the ground is the perfect condition, warm from the summer yet moist. From trees and shrubs to bare root roses, there are plenty of new additions you may plant for your garden. You may also grow a wide variety of vegetables. For example, garlic, onions and spring onions.
This is also the time of year to plant any spring flowering bulbs to ensure a bright and colourful spring garden next year.
The Compost Heap
Autumn is the best time to start a compost heap. At this time of year the garden generates a lot of rubbish. This may include old bedding plants from containers and borders, crop debris, raked moss and fallen leaves from trees.
Make sure to avoid using any thick woody material unless it has been through a shredder. Best practice is to use a proper compost bin in order to keep heat inside.
Autumn is the perfect time to prepare your summer for the harsh winter months. It is also the perfect time to plant a wide range of vegetables like onions and garlic. The warm yet moist conditions make it the perfect season for planting a range of other plants too from roses and spring flowering bulbs for next year. As a specialist gardens service, we hope you found these tips to be useful and help you to maintain the perfect garden this autumn.
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As Spring pokes its head and we move towards the summer months, now is the perfect time to think about your garden design. In 2022, you should approach your garden design with purpose. Think carefully about each plant, furniture and pot and what they bring to your space. Here are some popular garden and landscape designs presented to you from a professional garden service.
A well designed garden can provide you with the atmosphere of a far away and wonderful place in the sun. But what plants best help create this far away and tropical feeling. For example, caladiums come in varieties for both sun and shade. Alternatively, rose mallows are vibrant flowers similar to hibiscus. These varieties are great for that exotic garden aesthetic.
Something More Natural
In 2022, many are opting for a more natural feel to their garden design. Rather than having displays of metal and plastic, more natural materials like stone and timber are taking centre stage.
Additionally, the use of cement and concrete are also being reduced. Newer, more modern methods of brick laying help to reduce a need for traditional mortar. They also create more permeable substrates that manage storm water more effectively.
Reducing Your Carbon Footprint
Currently, we are facing somewhat of a climate crisis and many are doing what they can to reduce their carbon footprint. In this pursuit there is no better place to start than your garden. By reducing the need for large machinery and by upcycling materials in the garden, you can greatly reduce your impact on the environment.
For many, it has also become a priority to reduce the need for non-recyclable plastic in gardening practices. By reusing pots and only buying products made from biodegradable materials like rubber and wood, the environmental impact of your garden is greatly reduced.
There are many new and exciting ways to improve your garden design this year. From tropical plants that transport you to a far away place, to more natural garden designs, there are plenty of options that are trending in 2022. Additionally, environmentally friendly garden designs are becoming increasingly more popular. There are plenty of ways you can reduce your footprint with your garden design such as with the use of biodegradable products.
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Established in 2010, BZ gardens has grown to become a well-established and well-regarded business, working at the top end of our industry. We create and care for unique gardens and open spaces for residential, commercial and public clients across London, Greater London and more. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact us or even visit us in our office. For any of your garden and landscaping needs, we are happy to help!