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Reviewed by Adam on 30/7/2020

Dave and Steve did a superb job clearing my overgrown garden and designing and putting in a fantastic deck, which has transformed the space. Everything was done with great care and attention to detail - and quickly too, on time and on budget. Good sense of humour as well! I will be definitely asking them back to work on the front garden later in the year.

A Bellu Landscape well-maintained garden can boost moods and make any living or working environment a whole lot more pleasant. Whether your garden is overrun and needs trimming or you want some landscaping to be done, we can help. At Bellu Landscapes, we offer a friendly professional gardening service from a full garden design or weekly maintenance. Our services are designed around each customer’s unique needs and vary from installing fencing and decking to irrigation. From daily maintenance to one-off work, we offer advice and help to residential and commercial properties around Surrey, Woking, Chobham, Weybridge and Guildford. Our commercial clients include schools, business parks, medical facilities, property management companies, residential care homes, hotels and restaurants. We help with anything you need: lawn maintenance, turfing, landscaping, fencing, lawn mowing, out builds, and much more. So whether you want us to install a new chain link fence or a trellis, trim hedges, weeding, create a water feature, install a shed, etc., our gardening specialists will take care of your every wish. We use the best quality equipment and products and our gardening experts ensure a high level of service and attention to detail. We work on gardens and grounds of any size and in any state so please get in touch to chat about how what you have in mind and we look forward to bringing your vision to life. You can count on Bellu Landscapes to create the garden of your dreams at cost-effective rates. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you and making sure you will be delighted with your outdoor,Many Thanks Gicu

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Reviewed by Amol on 15/7/2020

Gicu and team came to help us while our garden was left in incomplete status by other Company. Gicu came with his guys who were energetic and pleasant. They helped us fully to correct job done by other company and prepared our garden to complete all the rest of work. They came early to finish and worked hard to get things right. Gicu's behaviour with my family was extremely good. Gicu promised us that he will keep in touch if we have any problem etc. I am happy to share photograph of my garden on this web.

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Reviewed by Sophie on 31/7/2020

Sori-Mar and team transformed both my back/front and my roof. They did a fantastic job at reasonable price. They asked me what I wanted each stages and I am very happy with the work ????

At Ernest D3sign5, we pride ourselves in being unique and specilaise in delivering excellence in everything we do. On and away from this site, we are well known for being honest, genuine, professional, conscientious, quality-driven, friendly, kind, considerate, prompt, panctual, polite, helpful, thoughtful, agreeable, efficient, versatile, hardworking, resourceful, knowledgeable, going an extra mile, tidy and more. To find out more about the good things satisfied customers say about us, check our ratings and reviews for projects successfully delivered in Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and outer London. We always aim to deliver the highest possible quality of output within the time and budget that suits your specific needs by utilising a unique blend of skills and experience of our dedicated, friendly and customer focused team.

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Reviewed by Kim on 29/9/2020

Great friendly service

My name it’s Cris. I am a person with many qualities in handyman.What a handyman means? A handyman, also known as a handyperson or handyworker, is a person skilled at a wide range of repairs, typically around the home. These tasks include trade skills, repair work, maintenance work, are both interior and exterior, and are sometimes described as "side work", "odd jobs" or "fix-up tasks". For me a handyman means the person who helps the people who are in need or not having the necessary training for that thing and at the same time the one who later gives a smile to the people's face. For this, please contact me in any need you have

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Reviewed by Lydia on 7/10/2020

It is a pleasure meeting you and your team Cristian. You have done a brilliant job, fast and clean. The fences look lovely, I'm so very happy. Good price too. I will definitely call you again for other jobs.

Total Landscaping completes work to customers standards. We don't leave until we please! All work is carried out to high standards, currently rated 5 stars. Check out our customer reviews for details of our results.

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Reviewed by scott on 16/9/2020

James is a very professional tradesman, very honest and went above and beyond to get the job done and done to perfection.I will use James again 100% and recommend him.

Our company is a family business run by 6 people. We’ve started working in the landscaping business 6 years ago and we are focused in hard landscaping and we always aim to deliver the best service that we possibly can.

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Reviewed by Buki on 20/10/2020

George and his team were amazing. The work the did for us was of an incredibly high standard. They were polite, friendly and professional at all times, and were extremely knowledgeable and helpful. The pricing was very competitive, and the entire experience was an absolute pleasure. The garden has a new lease of life and we are very happy customers! We would definitely use their services again and have already recommended them to others.

We Only take on one job at a time so we give you our full attention.So give us ago.

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Reviewed by Glynis on 31/7/2020

Andrew was true to his word all the time. He turned up at the times he specified; he quoted competitively and he did a great job with laying the patio. Andrew listens to the customer and nothing appears to be too much trouble for him or phases him. His assistant Tim was also very amenable. Would definitely recommend and use again.

Welcome to Mersey paving solutions ltd we provide all kinds of driveways patios paving and garden landscape services . We can manage projects from large to a small. We only use quality materials for all our projects for years of good service, together with free estimates and advice we can provide good value services. All our work is guaranteed so why not call our team a no obligation quotation!!!! Finding out is free and won’t cost you a penny....

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Reviewed by Lee on 26/8/2020

Good all round job, would recommend and use again. Thanks

Wee are a small family run business that thrive on job satisfaction wee aim to keep our customers happy in all aspects. Most of our work comes from referrals and from people wee have met over the years. all our portfolio pictures have names and numbers if u would like to contact for references if u so wish.

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Reviewed by April on 28/8/2020

Really nice guys and did an absolutely brilliant job on our garden - including helping with some extra bits we hadn’t even thought about. Highly recommended!

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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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