Timber fencing looks lovely and utilises a beautiful natural resource, but
inevitably it will rot. Pressure treated fence panels usually have a 10year guarantee and they will most probably last that time, but fence posts might not even last half of that time. The most important factor is the amount of moisture they are
exposed to over the years.
Fence repair - post replacement.
What you need:
- spade or better a fence post digger
- digging bar, ideally a jackhammer 🙂 - to break up concrete around the post
- some gravel to put at the base of a hole - help to drain water away from the post
- bag of postcrete - sets in around 20min
- spirit level
How to do it:
Dig out old post. Post hole depth = 1/3 of the length that will be above the surface.
Put some gravel at the base of the hole
Stick new post in
Make sure it's level
Fill 1/3 of the hole with water and add postcrete
Cement will set soon so make sure post is levelled well.
Fence repair - panel replacement
How to do it:
Remove old panel, easy if you have a decent crowbar.
Stick new panel in and secure with galvanised nails ( 75mm ) or use fence panel brackets.
Sometimes it won't be that easy. New panel might not fit in just like that. If the gap is slightly smaller than your new panel then you are going to have to cut it to size.
That's fairly easy:
Take off ( pull nails out ) two vertical battens that run along the edge of the panel.
Cut off as much of the planks as you need.
My garden was in need of a lot of TLC.
I contacted Paul who arrived straight away and gave me a quote.
He arrived at the weekend in the rain and did a fantastic job of clearing weeds, cutting down dead trees, pruning roses, cutting back ivy and much more.
He completed the job, even e-mailed me with ideas of what to plant in the space I now had.
I would definitely recommend Paul. Thank you very much.
Apple tree pruning
Pictures of "before and after" apple fruit tree pruning.
Winter finally and the right time to prune most of fruit trees.
We moved here in summer 2013 so this was my first opportunity to sort this tree out.
There were loads of apples this year, but majority of them were small and didn't taste well.
Tree itself looked weak. Hopefully this years pruning will give us great apples in the following years !
After a good prune of your fruit trees the previous year, there should be plenty of blossom and finally delicious fruits the following year !
My garden was a mess and I was trying to find someone who could not only help but also guide me to keep it in good shape. After looking around a lot and not finding the right person, I came across Tidy Gardens website and met Paul.
All I can say is that I couldn't have asked for a better person. Not only Paul did a fantastic job of cleaning the garden but also gave it a good shape and came up with fantastic suggestions that I couldn't even think off.
And it doesn't even end there. During the last storm, one of the trees fell over and one call to Paul, it was sorted. He came over immediately in high wind and heavy rain and cut the tree off before it could do any more damage and sorted the whole mess. He made sure that the tree didn't break any fences by taking it down immediately from the fences it had fallen over.
Paul is very flexible and will come around even when we are not at home and complete the job he started. All i can say is, fantastic job done at reasonable price. Don't think will look for any one else after working with Paul
Tidy Gardens - Tree service
I was doing some garden maintenance in a Lower Earley / Reading area yesterday.
It was in the morning and that was the start of the windy period that last until the morning following day. There was one dead tree in the garden and it started moving about at the base of the trunk when wind picked up a bit.. It wasn't a huge tree but was about 8m high. Big enough to cause damage to the house if fell down on it. I adviced for it to be cut down. It was a rented place and landlord was informed. I left, but few hours later I had a phone call asking if I could come again to cut it down as wind was picking up..
I set off as soon as possible, and just after I arrived that tree has fallen down. It collapsed onto a fence. I cut it up and removed it off the fence.
Lucky that it did not fell onto a house.
Act in time !
Tree service - Tidy Gardens
Thanks Paul for the quick follow up to provide a quote for garden work in Lower Earley. Fast and reliable service, will definitely use again in the future for regular gardening services.