Garden clearing

Garden clearing

Garden clearing

I had to cut down a line of conifers and remove their roots.

garden clearing-conifers to be removed

Also to be removed two bushes

garden clearing-shrubs to be removed

Below photos of what it looked like after

garden clearing-trees removed

garden clearing in Reading

garden clearing-garden cleared

Tree roots removed as well.

garden clearing-tree root to be removed

garden clearing-tree roots removed

Paul @Tidy Gardens

Paul @Tidy Gardens

I never had any photos of myself working in a garden simply because there was no one to take them 🙂
However this weekend I did some work for a passionate photographer and he offered to take some for me!

Good or bad ?
Here they are..

Fence repair - panel / post replacement

Fence repair - panel / post replacement

Fence repair


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.


wooden fence repair post replaced
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


fence repair panel replaced
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.
Reattach battens.

Job done.

Fruit tree pruning

Fruit tree pruning

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 !
fruit tree after last year pruning

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