Tidy Gardens replaced about 10 fencing panels that had suffered in the recent storms. The new panels were of a high quality and were installed with great care and attention to detail. Paul and his staff were meticulous in tidying up afterwards, leaving the lawn spotless. My neighbour and I are delighted with our new fence and pleased that we chose Tidy Gardens to fit it for us.
It's been awhile since my last post, but it's not like it's been quiet. On the contrary, plenty of garden services going on.
Spring is here, summer's approaching so Tidy Gardens are very busy sorting out your gardens!
It is mainly regular garden maintenance now. So things like weeding, spraying, lawn mowing. Just keeping on top of it!
We still feel the impact of recent storms in a way that there's no fencing products available !!
We do have quite a few jobs lined up and we're still waiting for all the materials to commence work !
Hopefully all the fencing stuff will be back in stock by the end of April and we can then crack on and build these fences !
Below few pictures of what we've been up to recently.
Garden planting for this difficult space near a big oak tree
It's a difficult small garden. There is a big oak tree which overshadows most of that space.
I believe good plants have been selected and it will make it look much more presentable and enjoyable. Here's some photos of what it looked like before:
Raised beds did not impress, plants near the fence ( scotch broom, holly, rose ) did not thrive.
I have planted camelias in between 2 shrubs ( fatsia japonica, choicia and ... who knows that one? ) Camelias do well in half shade or even full shade. Soil is also acidic so that's a good combination for camelia.
Raised beds have seen a total makeover.
Replanted with hypericum ( John's Wart ) and Vinca ( periwinkle ) together with some other small ground covering plants.
Vinca can be invasive but in these raised beds can easily be managed or removed if needed.
Most of us have lawn in our gardens. Most have some sort of lawn mowing equipment at home as well, but how about lawn edging?
If you are thinking about having a new lawn then think how you are going to maintain it.
Mowing along the edges, fences, deckings etc is not that simple unless you took some care in designing your space.
Think about lawn edging. These can be your friend every time you go out to mow your lawn. Bricks or stones put down flush with the surface of the lawn make mowing a pleasure. You don't have to strim the edges or do anything else apart from running the mower with one wheel on the edge.
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:
- 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?|
|Cherry laurel||xx||Once||Large shrub||E||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|
|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
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.
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 ! 🙂