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.
Latest news from Calcot ! Another garden there got a brand new lawn 🙂
What have we done ?
- Stripped old grass destroyed by builders. Yes they know how best to do it. And they don't even use a weed killer!
- Added 10m3 of compost. Oh yes we love compost so much. A quick whiff of fresh compost works better and longer than any coffee available in the UK 😉
- Rotovated using a perfectly suitable and powerful machine for it.
- Levelled, rolled and laid new turf.
- Watered !
- Broken up concrete, added soil and converted into another small lawn.
- Of course we've tidied up as well
Two day job completed with big thank you from a customer. Involved brick edging, levelling and turfing and a small ( 8x6') shed base construction.
- Around 400 paving blocks laid along the perimeter of the garden. Edging is very useful. See other posts about edging here
- 2.5m by 1.9m concrete shed base built.
- Lawn area levelled and 80m2 of premium turf laid
We left it like that. What do you think of it ? Let us know by writing a comment below.
Are you thinking about how best to present your house ?
but what about the garden ?
Do not forget a well presented, tidy, clean garden can make a huge impact upon your potential buyers.
Believe me it's not about trying to charm your buyers or you might think cheat them by making the garden look better than it really is. No it is not about this. It is actually about showing your potential buyers the full picture of the garden, the full potential, full size.
I have seen and worked in many gardens. Many of them so overgrown that even it's owners after we've done our work were amazed how big their garden really is ! Don't make that mistake and book us in to do work in your garden before it goes for sale!
Our first job in 2017 was to tidy up front and back garden of the house that was going for sale very soon.
This time there's no photos instead just few words left for us as a review of this job. House sale garden tidy up review
Major Tidy up To my eternal shame I only ever call Paul when my garden has got completely out of control…. This time a major hair cut was required, including lopping trees, trimming shrubs and removal of saplings and rooting out ivy brambles and weeds…A large job completed over several days.- As last time I’m very pleased with the result, and I’d recommend him and his team without reservation.
May - 2019. Mick Pollek Awesome effort. Excellent work with great attention to detail
Jill C. Ascot, August 2013 I have been very pleased with the work undertaken by Paul. It is a relief to finally find a gardener who is diligent, committed & reliable.
Paul always turns up when expected and just gets on with the job in hand. It is important that you discuss your needs & requirements with Paul ideally ahead of his visit so that he is able to work without any delay.
Also this makes sure that you understand how much the work will cost and how long it will take.
Paul is very knowledgeable regarding plants &… Read more
Gardening in Tilehurst Paul and Eddie were back to trim our tree, grub out old buddleia and rampant ivy – all quickly and more importantly, professionally. Unlike previous firms we have used, every scrap was removed afterwards. Tidy Gardens have been our go to firm for years, and we wouldn’t dream of using anyone else. They’re the best.
Excellent garden service Paul has done several large jobs for us in the garden over the last year – getting trees out, creating beds, reducing boundary tree height, fence building – and he has always provided an excellent service.
He has proved to be a reliable and hard worker, and has always given us very fair prices.
He’s a nice chap too 🙂
Really impressed May 2019
I was really impressed by the service provided by Paul.
I had a garden full of weeds and no real idea of what to do with it, Paul helped me make decisions about how I wanted it to look.
The work was completed within a week and I am delighted with the results.
I would definitely recommend Paul and his team.
Great Job - Very good price for the hard work!
Paul came to give us a quote to clear and tidy up our garden. I could see that even through our messy garden, he could name the plants (invaded by the weeds!)
, but he could also tell us about various weeds, and what needed to be done (other gardeners did not have that approach unfortunately – showing your knowledge is key and this is the reason he got the job).
The garden is looking like I never seen it before. The house is ready to go on the market! Thank you Paul!
Excellent experienced people. Phoned Paul to quote for cutting a large conifer hedge in my daughters garden, he arrived on time and quoted a very fair price so we agreed a day to do the work. On the day he was prompt and set to work straight away and didn’t really stop for about 4 hours!! Everything was cleared away and he even used a blower on the lawn to remove the last pieces! Excellent bloke and would certainly use him again. Highly recommended.
October 2018. Taming the jungle!
I had an overgrown garden where trees had merged into one. I couldn’t see where one plant started and the next one ended!
We needed help and Paul was on hand to help! We arranged a visit within a few days and fortunately Paul could fit us in just a few days after that.
The end product is a thinned out space where we can now plant some small shrubs. Paul gave me some ideas about what we could plant.
Paul worked tirelessly on the job and I would have no hesitation in recommending …
January 2017. Good Job, well done. Paul and his colleague had their work cut out with our very overgrown garden. Turning up promptly at the time they said they would, they cracked on and very soon had cleared the ivy, brambles and nettles that had taken over. They also trimmed two mature and large hedges as well as mature shrubs and gave the patio area a very thorough weed and clean. All the waste was swept up and taken away. I could not have asked for any more from them – Thank you both very much.
Excellent service and workmanship Tidy gardens cleared an area of garden and laid new turf with some landscaping.
Did a great job as per quotation and always turned up as expected.
Would use again and happy to give a recommendation.
Garden Tidy up Paul did a great job clearing my garden which had been neglected for nearly six months and was heavily overgrown with bamboo & ivy. He arrived on time, work was done exactly as discussed and I’m really pleased with the result.
Front garden renovation We had Paul last year to sort out our back garden after we moved to a new address as it was so overgrown. We were extremely pleased so he returned to renovate our front garden after we had finished the house refurbishment. Again Paul and his colleague Eddie worked tirelessly and after only a few days the garden was looking lovely and pristine, and easily manageable, just what we wanted. He has good ideas and again it is better than if we had done it ourselves without his input. We would defi… Read more
March 2018. Job well done We asked Paul to come and tidy our very overgrown garden. He did an excellent job. He is hard working, professional and well priced. We would definitely recommend him and may even have him back for further work in the future. Big thanks
On Time ,Very Tidy. October 2014 I Contacted Paul , After Seeing His Website And Arranged For A Call.
Very Prompt Service Even Though I had Changed The Original Date.
Our Garden Is Unloved , But Paul And His Team Arrived And Looks So Much Nicer, And Work so Tidy I have An Incentive To Work In It.
Pauls Quote Was We Think Very Good For The Work Completed , and Have Already Made A Note In The Diary For the Next Visit .
Final Note , Would, And Have Already Recommended Paul To A Friend.
Mrs. L. Shinfield, September 2013
Paul has been reshaping and clearing my garden borders which has involved removing ivy from a wall, digging up some small trees, taming the climbing plants and clearing and turning over the soil in order to plant or relocate new shrubs.
I can now see the small garden path which had been covered in weeds for years! The shrubs now have a chance to thrive and survive the winter. Throughout, he has been industrious and thorough in tackling each of the problem areas. He is also knowledgeable…
Does not need to improve Requested a garden tidy last week. Paul and his team arrived on time yesterday and within a day had transformed an overgrown garden to something presentable. Would highly recommend
September 2020. Professional, good quality work Paul carried out removal of the existing lawn and re-laying new.
He and his colleague turned up on time, carried out the work as agreed. The quality of work and materials was excellent and he kept me informed as to what he was doing, ensuring the work was being done to my satisfaction. After each day and upon completion he tidied up and left the premises clean and tidy. I would not hesitate to recommend his company.