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Not many people these days actually have the time or patience to tend to their gardens.Thankfully, MKJ THE GREEN TOUCH is here to help. Whether you want to spruce up your garden for that upcoming barbeque or create a haven to sit and relax,

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Demolition, Garden Clearance, Garden Design

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Reviewed by Alison on 17/2/2018

Marc has just completed this job for me. Excellent work, quick, tidy and just what I wanted. Have got him to quote for another job. Highly recommended

When the square hole does not fit in the round ,you know who to call POUND FOR POUND

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

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Reviewed by Simon on 17/2/2018

Decent chap. Did what he said.

Roofing Specialist , we offer a straightforward hardworking efficient roofing and building service .

Trades serviced: Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Brick & Stone Cleaning, Carpet fitters, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair

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Reviewed by Stuart on 17/2/2018

Dave and his team did an excellent job, and the price was right. Would recommend him to others.

Kitale Gardens - Concepts in Gardening Designing ~ Landscaping ~ Planting ~ Maintenance Visualising outside space to create atmosphere, colour and texture. Helping to create your perfect haven. A newly established garden designer based in East London, with over 20 years experience designing and maintaining gardens. In August 2017 I completed a garden design project, creating a lovely outside space from scratch; visualising the space to include a lawn, a summerhouse and a paved area for dining and entertaining. I selected a range of deciduous and evergreen plants for partial sun and shaded areas and did the landscaping and planting to create a colour palette providing interest through the Spring and Summer months. I also worked with paving and turfing contractors to bring the garden together. As well as designing and creating I maintain a large London garden. This garden care includes weeding, pruning, cutting back, planting and lawn mowing etc. In February I will be taking over the regular care and maintenance of another city garden. I am studying the Royal Horticultural Society Certificate in the Principles of Horticulture so that I can build on my knowledge and understanding of gardening and plants.

Trades serviced: Garden Clearance, Garden Design, Garden Maintenance, Landscaping, Lawn care services - grass cutting / turfing / seeding

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Reviewed by Catherine on 17/2/2018

Kathryn at Kitale Gardens offers an excellent, professional garden care service. She is punctual, hardworking and conscientious in her work and we can see improvements to our garden already. We are very happy to recommend her services and pleased that she will continue maintaining our garden regularly.

PC Building Solutions are a company with tradesmen that have worked within the construction industry for over 30 years. We specialise in all aspects of building work within London and Home Counties. Once you try us you will never go elsewhere again.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Conservatory, Decorative Cornicing / Plasterwork, Door / Window painting

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Reviewed by Stephen on 17/2/2018

Paul and his team were great! Nice guys who worked well to create some peace in a garden of chaos. I had paul and his team back for a second job to replace the garden fencing and like the 1st time I was completely happy with the work that they did for me.

with 40yrs in the building trade i have a wealth of know how and take pride in all my work. I allways give more. 100% satisfaction. heritage trained in lime motars,I specialize in traditional pointing,replacement of deteriorated brick work.exterior lime washes. Garden walls New or rebuilt.all paving and decking.Garage conversions.structural alterations and repairs.single story extensions .

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Cellar & Basement Conversion, Chimney Building / Repair, Demolition

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Reviewed by Anna on 17/2/2018

Peter came across as someone who takes great pride in his trade and work and, sure enough, that reflected in the very high quality of work carried out on my behalf. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

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Trades serviced: Bathroom Design, Bathroom Installation, Bathroom Repair, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture

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Reviewed by mahjabeen on 17/2/2018

Very good prompt quick and reliable !!

Hi my name is nigel i have been in the building trade most of my life my farther was a builder and I learnt all I know from him. I am a seasoned builder and landscape gardener. No job is too big or too small.

Trades serviced: Bathroom Installation, Bathroom, Kitchen and WC Plumbing, Bespoke furniture, Bespoke kitchens, Brick / Block Paving

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Reviewed by Julian on 17/2/2018

Nigel was friendly, efficient and very good at his job. He did a lot of work for a good price, and we would certainly use his expertise again.

Hi as you can see I am new to rated people but have vast experience in the work that I do. I specialise in tree maintenance, turfing, flagging, fencing and all other aspects of gardening, We aim to provide the best service to suite all budgets.

Trades serviced: Brick & Stone Cleaning, Brick / Block Paving, Crown Reduction, Crown Thinning, Garden Clearance

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Reviewed by martina on 16/2/2018

Absolutely chuffed.....thank you! ????

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

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Reviewed by nigel on 16/2/2018

Ross and Fraser recently completed an excellent job on our garden. It was completed on time and with a high quality finish. They listened to our ideas and gave excellent advice on what was achievable and they cleared up every day leaving the garden tidy at all times. They worked very hard every day to get the job completed . We are really very pleased with the result and would have no hesitation in recommending them to anyone.

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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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