Tidy Gardens are you there ?

Tidy Gardens are you there ?


It’s been awhile..
It’s May, it’s hot and above all it is dry !
I just wanted to say I’m still alive and still in business !

At the moment it’s all about mowing mowing mowing.. Long grass, short grass, thick grass, patchy grass, regular mow, one off mow.. mow mow mow..

lawn mowing

I haven’t got a minute to even scratch my bum ! not to mention writing another post.
If I get something worth putting on a website I will do it. In the meantime if you need me then call or text please

Enjoy everything because everything will end one day 🙂

Turfing service – Tidy Gardens Reading

Turfing service – Tidy Gardens Reading

Turfing service. A helping hand for my friend who had his back garden / patio revamped by builders but at the same time lawn totally devastated by the very same people.

Area rotovated, compost added and new turf laid.

Few photos from the day.

And another one few days later
turfing service

Lawn patch up | returfing bare patches

Lawn patch up | returfing bare patches

Bare patches on your lawn? Lawn patch up using rolled turf is the quickest remedy

Whether some parts of your lawn have been affected by a disease or taken over by stubborn weeds or it’s a result of a mistreatment like for example spraying your lawn with a general herbicide ( i.e. roundup ) instead of a selective one ( i.e. feed & weed ).
Your lawn can be repaired quickly by laying new turf from a roll.

How to do it ?
1. Remove existing turf. About top 5cm.
2. Rake or best rotovate lightly.
3. Add top soil so that new turf is level with the rest of your lawn.
4. Lay new turf
5. Water straight after and keep watering daily for another 2 weeks.

Lawn repair services

Hedge cutting / trimming – Tidy Gardens

Hedge cutting / trimming – Tidy Gardens

When it comes to hedge maintenance, regular hedge cutting / trimming is the single most important thing to do. Regular hedge trim will make your hedge compact and thick right from the bottom.

Why plant a hedge?

Hedge can be a perfect garden boundary, but the wrong one may give you troubles.

  • hedges provide shelter.
  • They dumpen noises, reduce strong winds
  • The obvious they give you privacy.
  • security but not all hedges. Thorny, prickly varieties like for example:

Common holly





  • some hedging plants like photinia give you a beautiful seasonal change.
  • hedge supports wildlife. Birds love nesting in them as well as eating some berries.
  • unlike wooden fences, hedges won’t need replacing for many many years and they don’t require anything more than regular hedge cutting.

I can’t stress that too much.
Hedges need your commitment to regular hedge cutting / trimming.

All types of hedging need at least one hedge cut a year. Some varieties more than one.
A regular light prune is much better for you and your hedge then an occasional heavy cut.
Power tools do a quick job if done regularly. High and overgrown hedges often need costly specialist equipment or professional help
to get them back into shape.

You can avoid a lot of problems in future if you choose the right hedging plants for your boundary.

Hedge planting – the right choice.

The many benefits of growing hedges on your boundary depend on selecting the right plants for the situation. If you choose an unsuitable variety you could be faced with a range of problems, especially if the hedge grows too big. It will be difficult to trim and may cut out light to your garden or house.

  • Its roots could deprive other plants of water and nutrients, and even interfere with paths and buildings.
  • Oversize hedges will intrude on your garden space, and may cause problems with neighbours.
  • Oversize hedges can be costly and time consuming to cut back and most conifers, including Leyland and Lawson’s cypress, will not tolerate hard pruning.
  • If the hedge borders a road or path the local authority could get involved, and insist the hedge is cut back.

Luckily there is a wide range of plants available so it’s not difficult to achieve an attractive healthy hedge – one which will take only as much upkeep as you can manage, and create an attractive feature in your neighbourhood, not a bone of contention.

Growth rate hedge cutting – how often Size if unpruned Foliage Prickly?
Beech xxx Once Large tree D/LL No
Berberis xx Once Large shrub E Yes
Cherry laurel xx Once Large shrub E No
Cotoneaster xx Once Large shrub E No
Escallonia xx Twice Large shrub E No
Firethorn xx Twice Large shrub E Yes
Hawthorn xxx Twice Small tree D Yes
Hazel xxx Once Small tree D No
Holly x Once Small tree E Yes
Hornbeam xx Once Large tree D/LL No
Lawsons cypress xx Twice Large tree E Conifer No
Leyland cypress xxx Twice Large tree E Conifer No
Portugal laurel x Once Large shrub E No
Privet xx Three Large shrub E No
Rose xx Once Large shrub D Yes
Western red cedar xx Twice Large tree E Conifer No
Yew x Once Large tree E Conifer No


Growth rate, for established plants
xxx – over 60cm/year
xx – 30-60cm/year
x – 15-30cm/year

D – deciduous
LL – dead leaves held in winter
E – evergreen

yew hedge

My favourite hedging plant has to be YEW ( taxus )
Classic choice but everlasting and makes an excellent hedge. Doesnt need that much hedge cutting either.

largest yew tree
Tidy Gardens can trim/prune most of hedges, but if you are that lucky and have spectacular yew like on a picture above then DON’T call us. Call for a crane ! 🙂

Call Paul