Patio repointing

Patio repointing

Patio repointing

Proud of this quick but so beautifully finished patio pointing job in Reading. We haven’t laid the patio, but were asked to repoint it as whoever did lay it, put just a very weak mortar in joints. However even if that was a stronger mix it wouldn’t solve the issue. Cement / sand mix as a pointing compound is a cheapest option but never a quality one. Mortar cracks and crumbles .. You need a special pointing compound which we used here and use on many other landscaping projects that we do. It is not cheap but long lasting and very effective.

It is not our first job in this garden. In the past we relaid part of the lawn, scarified and reseeded the rest, laid brick edging, created a new flower bed including planting of our choice.

Photos below.

Edging in garden using paving blocks

Edging in garden using paving blocks

Never underestimate the importance of separating flower beds from lawn areas. Edging in garden can be done using various materials.


Most recommended material by us for edging in garden will be paving block ( concrete paving block ) Be it an edging block in red, brindle or charcoal colour. These are the colour options.

Cheaper of course would be materials like log rolls – various designs. We don’t recommend these. Will not last long and of course you still need a strimmer to cut the grass along this edge.

Most expensive one is of course natural stone. Comes in different shapes, colours, sizes and prices… Very good choice if your budget allows for it.


Ok.. so without further ado please see for yourself and let us know what you think.

Before and after edging work in a garden. Click on photo to browse.


Garden landscaping in Reading

Garden landscaping in Reading

Another garden landscaping project completed.

Simple, easy and clean makeover of this back garden, all discussed and agreed with the client. Work included decking, garden gate repositioning, new turf and brick edge around it, a border / raised bed made of oak railway sleepers, and new shed base. All finished off with some pressure washing.
We have also extended the driveway at the front of the house with paving blocks.

Please have a look at some photos of that garden before, midway and when we finished with it 🙂

Garden landscaping – Let us know what you think


Landscaping in Reading

Landscaping in Reading

Landscaping in Reading. Landscaping project now completed.

I reckon it’s best to show some before and after photos. I also have a movie before and after so you can judge for yourself how good are work had been.
We followed a vision of an owner who knew exactly what he wanted albeit not from the very start, which caused some problems along the way.
We at Tidy Gardens would stipulate on proper thorough plan before any work is carried out. We are happy to discuss, advise and suggest our best ideas that we think will meet your desires before we start the project.

For this garden, the owners first vision was to have a semi circle pathway running between two entrances to the garden, from either side of the house. Then a large lawn area in the middle and flower beds between newly created pathway and a fence. Owners idea evolved into a patio area and another line of flags to be added along the house. Ultimately the lawn area was closed inside a small ellipse.

There’s still planting to be done, which the owner wants to do himself.

Without further ado..

Photos before

Photos after


Please have a look at the video showing the garden before this landscaping project

And the same video after landscaping has been done

Majority of landscaping work was done in the back garden, as shown on photos above. However, we have also been asked to shrink the front flower bed, therefore extend the driveway to accommodate 2 cars. It’s been done using same paving blocks to match the existing driveway.

Here’s what the driveway looks like after our landscaping work.

If you are looking for a landscaping company for landscaping work in Reading, then why not give us a call or drop us an email

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