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Reviewed by Leyla on 20/7/2018

I have waited quite a long time to write this review as I wanted to give David and his team a chance to rectify the situation. I was promised something completely different from what I received. David seemed like an honest and hard worker but as the work began he was far from. My garden has been left looking like an absolute wreck with my planting borders filled with awful "soil" and rocks. I have tried to call and text but continue to be ignored. Please do not waste your time and money with this company.

Grafting garden's is a family run business who take pride in keeping the customer happy and providing the best service possible. We under take any outside work no matter how big or small and provide and friendly proffession service

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Reviewed by Jenny on 20/7/2018

Not sure if this the people who contacted me as it is a different but I assume it is. Failed to turn up twice once they let me know the second time they did not.

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Reviewed by Rod on 20/7/2018

Very expensive for an average job.

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Reviewed by Alan on 19/7/2018

I am very happy with the quality of the work completed by Hoyland Homewares Ltd. Walter and his colleague quoted the job quickly and completed works on time to a high standard. I would use this company for future projects.

My name is Simon and I possess over 12 years experience within landscaping. As such, I take pride in all the work i carry out, to ensure my work, maintains a meticulous high standard of quality

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Reviewed by Natalie on 19/7/2018

I am absolutely delighted with my new front and back gardens. Simon and his team worked incredibly hard in a very short time span and have transformed my garden. I could not be happier. I found his quote fair and good value for money. I have no hesitation in recommending Simon and his team. We had a new patio laid by Simon with excellent precision. We had artificial turf laid which looks wonderful. Simon also replaced all of our fence after fitting concrete posts. Simon chose the best quality materials.

Family run business, with years worth of knowledge and experience in Building and Landscaping

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Reviewed by Martin on 19/7/2018

Excellent job undertaken in a timely manner.

We are friendly family run business here to help and advise people for the best and cheapest way for people to have there work done no job is to small or to Big

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Reviewed by Geoff on 19/7/2018

Although didn’t turn up on time explanation was Reasonable,work was carried out as discussed and left clean and tidy ,highly recommend !

We do all tree and garden services. Grass cutting, Edging, Prunning, Hedge trimming, Total garden clearances, Fencing, Decking & Artificial grass. All Tree services including, Crown Reductions & uplifts, Limb Removal, Tree Felling, Stump Grinding & Waste removal. With over 20yrs experience, your in safe hands. A reliable service, Fully insured, Free estimates. Tidy Gardens

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Reviewed by Craig on 19/7/2018

Excellent work, really happy with result

We are a small family run business based in the Barnsley area with 40 years experience in the landscaping sector. Offering a full range services incl. garden prep, turfing, hedge cutting, fencing, planting, maintainence and sleeper work no up front costs

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Reviewed by Joanne on 19/7/2018

Excellent service highly recommended

A-TECH BUILDING SERVICES LTD is a building company based in St Albans & Luton, we are a family run business who pride ourselves on our workmanship. All our staff are time served and have many years experience in their given trade. Please see our website.

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Reviewed by Rosina on 17/7/2018

Tony and his staff created a lovely garden patio for me. I would highly recommend them worked hard all day, they were a pleasure to have about. I will certainly use them again for my next project. Rosina. Milton Keynes.

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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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