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Garden Style London , company offering creative and Tailored design /maintenance service for gardens of all sizes, courtyards, balconies and roof terraces. Each project the plants are hand picked and the best quality and are sourced in the UK and Europe to offer an amazing choice. Follow more on Instagram Gardenstylelondon

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Reviewed by Lorraine on 26/4/2018

My garden has been totally transformed beyond my expectations. Paul’s knowledge & love for the plants is exceptional. I cannot thank him enough for all the hard work he & his colleague put in to making my dream come true. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who needs their garden transformed. There were no hidden costs & no delays. This project was worth every penny spent.

Hello welcome to LF Landscapes,Driveways We are a efficient company that have over 17years experience in Landscaping,Driveways, with a reliable team to complete your job from start to finish with no hassle, After years and years in the Buisness we can accommodate your requirement Weather it's a small or large project We strive on reputation and have great feedback from customers like you and attention to detail is key is garden design and build. All work is guarantee for peace of mind. We are fully insured against accidental damage to your property while we are working on site Look no further if your looking for quality and great workmanship

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Reviewed by Luke on 3/1/2019

Very good job in a quick time would definitely recommend..

We are a family run landscaping company established in 2009. We are clean, tidy and professional in everything that we do. Our prices are incredibly competitive and our work is of the highest standard.

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Reviewed by Julie on 12/1/2019

Brand new fence Brilliant job Nice friendly guys who turned up on time did a fantastic job , very professional Quote was very good no added extras even though we had a problematic decking to work round Would definitely recommend them

RPL Contracts is a family run business with years of experience in Roofing and paving and landscaping nothing is to big for small from tree removal to full Garden design we take great pride in our work offer advice free quotation and fully guaranteed work

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Reviewed by Andy on 27/10/2018

Had my lawn rotivator, levelled and turfed. Michael was reliable and delivered a fantastic job for great value. Very pleased

We are are a civil engineering and hard landscaping company .we are a family run business with 30 years experience and offer expertise in house ,garden and driveway designs no obligation free quotations.

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Reviewed by Neil on 3/10/2018

Staff4dshire Developements were first class from start to finish. Having no set plan as to how my garden makeover would be achieved Nick and Adam gave excellent advice and guidance. They turned up punctually every day and any mess was cleared away on leaving. The Standard of workmanship was very good and the end result exceeded expectation. They weren't the cheapest, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for. I recommend this company to anyone unreservedly.

Hi, we are a 20 years established Building and Landscaping business who take great pride in detail and quality. All our tradesmen have a minimum of 10 years experience.

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Reviewed by Chris on 1/9/2018

Richmond Landscaping worked closely with me during the estimating stage to ensure I understood exactly what the end product would look like and provided a detailed cost breakdown with options allowing me to control my budget. The project started and completed on the agreed dates, the workmanship is outstanding with great attention to detail. The site was immaculate on completion.

Welcome to Jr roofing we have been going for over ten years we are new to this website. We would love to come to your home and work. We offer a very high standard of work St very competitive prices.look at my profile to some of our work

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Reviewed by Fiona on 2/12/2018

Excellent work and even in horrible weather, could not be happier with work. Strongly recommend David and his team.

Your mind is a garden, your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers or you can grow weeds!!!

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Reviewed by Philly on 10/12/2018

George was reliable, turned up early, did the job to a high standard and cleared up afterwards. And all for a good price - would definitely recommend.

MH Landscapes cover all aspects of landscape and design no matter how big or small, we do it all , Artificial Turf, Real Turf, Block Paving, Driveways, flagging, decking,Fencing,brick work all quotes are free. We are wirral based and cover 60 mile radius. We can supply our customers with a plan hand drawn to scale.

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Reviewed by alison on 19/12/2018

These boys were 100% genuine and reliable. Gave a fair and accurate quote and stuck to it. Job was completed on time, effficiently and to a high standard. What I particularly liked about them as a lone female, they were friendly, professional and didn't call me "love." If they said they were going to do it then they did it. I really liked them and the result of the job. Alison Pensby

Our business has been established for over 10 years and we specialise in mini diggers and various types of plant hire. We also do a variety of garden work which includes turfing, fencing, flagging, paving, tree surgeries, rubbish removals and lots more.

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Reviewed by barbara on 27/5/2018

I asked for tree removeing in the price quoted but was charged an extra 80£ for tree taking away not too happy with that .but the work done was excellent they worked very hard and did the job very quickly .would use again but with set price .

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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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