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Pro landscapes offer a wide range of services at a professional level. We ensure to always keep our customers smiling with quality materials, professionalism and paying great attention to detail on every project. We specialise in fencing, turfing, patios, property maintenance, hedge cutting, retaining walls, shed bases and much more. We believe great customer service and care is essential and strive to meet all customer expectations, needs and demands.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance, Garden Shed / Playhouse

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Reviewed by Natasha on 20/5/2018

Having had numerous people out to quote, I got an instant vibe from Ross that he knew what he was talking about and understood my requirements, even suggesting ideas to bring it to life. He and his team have transformed my garden. I now have a lovely deck area and new flat level lawn! Perfect. I am more than happy to recommend Pro Landscapes. Fantastic job.

I have 15 years experience of gardening any kinda gardening land scaping tree surgery turfing ext and I can make your garden look amazing and I am sure you would be happy with our work and services

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Irrum on 20/5/2018

The only reason I don’t give five stars for promptness is because they had to deal with a flat tyre. Apart from that, they were fast, friendly and very good at tidying up after themselves. I’ll use them again.

Marshall's Property Solutions are a friendly company with many skilled tradesmen that can cover a wide range of services from property maintenance to extensions and conversions. Our reputation is built on recommendation.

Trades serviced: Bespoke kitchens, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Complete Kitchen Refurbishment, Conservatory

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Reviewed by Kevin on 20/5/2018

Come and had a look at what we wanted Said would take 5 days to give a quote but never got back in touch despite several phone call to him Shame really

Hello, we are old in construction business ,but new here.We like to make all our clients a family friends doing good works on a reasonable prices, our client know every time what his paying for, no hide interests, no tricks.Kind Regards, R&I Construction

Trades serviced: Access Control / Door Entry, Aerial & satellite dish installation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration, Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation

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Reviewed by seyi on 20/5/2018

Great guy.iulian is very knowledgeable and punctual as well.He did a fantastic job in changing the floor tiles and the wood underneath in my bathroom.He explained what I needed in details and was able to complete the job on time. I will definitely recommend him.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Chimney Building / Repair, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Damp Proofing

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Reviewed by Craig on 19/5/2018

Excellent job, got stuck in and did what I asked to be done in rapid time, good lad.

Jb building and landscapes. Been in the building trade for 9 years. Cover all all types of building working from a simple doorstep to a new build house. Jb building and landscapes undertake the following. All brick block work. Stabbing fencing gardening.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Crown Reduction

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Reviewed by Iain on 19/5/2018

Jay did good work, provided materials and cleaned up after the job. He knew what he was doing and the cost was advantageous.. I recommend Jay's work.

We are a family run business with over 25 years experience.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Allan on 19/5/2018

Excellent service, good work and the garden looks 10 times better now

D & M brickwork have over 20 years of experience in all aspects of building and landscaping .We are a fully insured professional team. We are totally trustworthy and reliable, providing a tidy service.

Trades serviced: Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Conservatory, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning

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Reviewed by John on 19/5/2018

Our large terrace was beginning to look rather sad, wonky slabs and broken pointing. However I need not have worried for Mark and his team have restored it to its original immaculate condition. Well done guys a job very well done.

I have over 25 years in the business we do everything to do with landscape gardening and all building work including stone features also dry stone walling and all types of stone work I have many pictures to provide on quotes thankyou for reading john

Trades serviced: Garden Design, Garden office / Studio construction, Garden Shed / Playhouse, Garden Wall, Landscaping

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Reviewed by Dean on 18/5/2018

Good job done replacing my front lawn and clearing and tidying border. Left all nice and tidy did exactly what I needed

At Barefoot we are striving to be one of the leading companies in supplying a professional, reliable and trustworthy landscaping and property services. All work comes with a minimum 12 month guarantee.Quality work at a reasonable price.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Drains - installation / unblocking / cleaning, Floor Sanding & Finishing, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by Charlie on 18/5/2018

My garden and fence where in a right state but Gareth and team done a great job clearing the area and putting the new fence in what was a real jungle. On time, tidy and to cost. No changes to plans to much trouble. Would recommend. ??

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Garden Design specialists - what you need to know

Below you’ll find information to help you understand the different elements of garden design and the key things to be aware of before you start transforming your outside space. Find some initial ideas to talk through with a garden designer, including making the most of a small garden.

What does garden design involve?

Garden design is about more than mowing a lawn and putting a couple of plants in the ground. A good design takes into account a few key elements:

  • How you want to use the space.
  • The amount of light the garden receives, and at what times of the day.
  • The quality of your soil.

For example, you won’t want to put a shed in the best spot for catching a bit of sun, or have a patio that’s entirely in the shade.

A garden designer will help you make the most of the available space, no matter how big or small. They’ll also establish how keen a gardener you are to make sure the finished garden is either easy to maintain, or gives you something to get your teeth into – if you’re the green-fingered type.  

Cost of garden design work

The cost of the work will depend on what you’re having done and the size of your garden, but prices tend to start at around £200. A good garden designer will discuss what you want to get out of your garden and ask you about your budget before coming up with ideas.

Low maintenance garden ideas

  • You can stop a garden from looking untidy by dividing it into small sections. Plants, hedges, low walls and raised beds give a sense of order. Paths made from wood chips, slabs or bark help prevent weeds.
  • Growing plants at different heights can give the illusion of there being more than there are, so you get the look of a fuller garden, with fewer plants to keep healthy. Shrubs, herbs and verbena are low maintenance plant options for adding colour.
  • Rockeries and water features don’t need much looking after. Avoid shallow water features to save needing to top them up when they dry out. If you’d like a pond, avoid getting fish as the pH balance of the water settles naturally without them, giving you fewer algae problems so less cleaning time.
  • To save cutting the lawn, artificial turf could be your best friend but if you want the real thing and don’t mind doing a little cutting every now and again, slow growing or drought resistant turf could be better options.

Ideas for small gardens

  • To create more space, choose similar flooring to the inside of your home when picking the outside tiling.
  • Divide a garden into different sections and add diagonal or winding paths. Extending the time it takes to get from one side of the garden to the other will make it feel bigger.
  • Laying pavers at an angle to the property instead of parallel will draw the eye across the garden and extend the space.
  • Attaching foliaged climbers to wires across areas of your garden will give it an extra dimension.
  • Think about growing upwards rather than outwards with a trellis attached to your fence, or a vertical wall made up of climbers, grasses and ferns. A green wall can also help you lower your energy bills through providing more insulation and reducing the amount of heat that’s lost through the wall of your home. When it comes to choosing other plants, pick types that grow upwards like sweet peas and black-eyed susans so they take up less room.

Planning permission for garden design jobs

Planning permission only comes into play when you’re building or installing decking, fences, walls and gates. You’ll need to apply for planning permission if:

  • The decking would be higher than 30cm above the ground.
  • The decking or other raised platforms would cover more than half of the total area of the garden.
  • A fence, gate or wall would be over 2 metres high, or over 1 metre high near a highway that’s used by vehicles (or a footpath next to the highway).
  • The fence, gate or wall would form a boundary with a listed building or land.

If you live in a listed building or you have a front garden that you want to pave over, you should check with your Local Planning Authority as different rules may apply.

Insurance for garden design work

While it’s not a legal requirement, it’s a good idea for all garden designers to have public liability insurance so they’re covered for personal injuries or accidental damage to a property.

Questions you should ask your garden designer

  • How long have they been working as a garden designer for?
  • Can they show you examples of work they’ve carried out?
  • Can they give you a scaled design of what the finished garden will look like?
  • Do they have public liability insurance and what does this cover?
  • Will they give a guarantee for the work and how long does this last? Are there separate guarantees for different plants?
  • Does the quote for the work include waste disposal? If not, check with your local council how you would go about getting it taken away.

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