Clearance, Planting & Maintenance
Land and garden clearance covers tasks such as breaking up and removing patios, sheds, concrete paths and masonry walls and other garden structures. It also includes clearing bushes, ground foliage and excavating trees, and levelling and flattening a site where a patio, lawn or other construction is to be laid.
Garden Clearance Services
The preparation of a garden before reconstruction usually involves the removal of waste and unwanted plants and structures. All garden clearance waste is either taken directly to the tip for disposal, or we will hire a skip if required. If necessary, skip permits and hire can be organised through InsideOut.
Direct access to the garden is ideal, but as you would expect, if clearance involves carrying waste through a customer’s house or business property, it is company policy to clean up thoroughly when the work is complete, leaving areas tidy and reducing inconvenience to the customer to a minimum.
Why not invite us to take a look at your property now and discuss the options available to you. Our advice is free, and there is no obligation on your part and no hidden charges. Request your free estimate now.
We offer a complete residential and commercial landscape maintenance and garden care service, which includes tasks as diverse as lawn care and maintenance, shrub reshaping and pruning, feeding and fertilising, hedge cutting and trimming, and anything else which keeps your garden looking at its best!
We also have a full range of lawn laying and maintenance services, and we can advise you on all aspects of care and repair.
Regular Maintenance of Your Garden
Regular care of your garden can bring many rewards, and it is this need for frequent attention that is to some people the best part of having a garden; watching plants which you have loved and nurtured grow and flourish.
As every plant lover will know, the garden is a place where you and your family can relax, unwind, and enjoy yourselves. It can reduce stress levels and improve your quality of life. Additionally, if the garden is kept in shape by regular maintenance, it can be a very enjoyable extension of your existing home and potentially add value to your property as a whole.
Our Maintenance Services
Whether it be a one off visit to simply get the garden into shape, or regular visits ensuring the garden stays in shape, the choice is yours. Our friendly gardening teams will be pleased to help you turn your garden into an asset by keeping it in good shape. Not all people are lucky enough these days to have the time or the desire to tend to their gardens in the way that is needed. They would rather not think about the upkeep of the garden themselves, and therefore bring in outside help in from people such as ourselves.
Why not invite us in to discuss the various options available to you, and take advantage of our free estimate service – you could have your garden transformed within a matter of days.
InsideOut can provide you with a complete new planting scheme designed to suit your preferences and your garden, or we can just advise you on additions or modifications to an existing layout.
From basic planting schemes, to more elaborate planting designs or mood setting arrangements, we can:
- Provide you with help and advice
- Design the planting scheme
- Supply the plants
- Conduct the planting & initial feeding
In choosing the right plants for your garden, you should ideally be aware of things such as your soil type, the amount of light reaching the flower beds, the aspect of your garden, and whether the beds are sheltered or exposed. If you need help in determining this information, we can conduct a garden survey and provide you with a personalised report.
Our garden survey is an assessment of your garden’s current physical characteristics written up as a report to assist you in deciding on your future plans and designs for your garden.
Your garden survey will consist of:
- Your Garden’s Aspect – is your garden north/south/east/west facing? – This will affect the type of plants you can grow, and which areas of the garden receive sun and at what times of day.
- Soil Type – is it heavy, light, dry, wet, acidic, neutral, or alkaline? – Again this affects the type of plants you can grow, and what soil modifications you may need.
- Plant Exposure – is it exposed to wind, frost, or sheltered? – This can affect the type of plants you can grow, and how well your plants do. It also affects your comfort in the garden!
- Soil Drainage – do you have areas of standing water, or is it dry? – Unless you want a bog garden, you may need to condition the soil to help excess water drain away.
- Garden Topography – is your garden level or is it (or parts of it) sloping, and to what extent?
Once have completed this ‘audit’ of your garden, you should have a much clearer idea of what is possible to achieve from it. For anything from the type of plants you choose, to the actual layout of your garden, this information will help you succeed in any gardening venture.
When designing your planting layout, consider using ground cover plants to reduce weeding, architectural plants to introduce focal points, and plants to add year round colour, shape and height to your garden.
Low maintenance gardens are a keenly sought after goal for many people – a garden that almost looks after itself would seem to be a distant dream, but it isn’t! The low maintenance and ‘care free’ garden need not be colourless or boring because there are many plant alternatives available which require minimal attention.
There have been many advances in gardening science and technology recently, and a lot of this is dedicated to reducing work in the garden. Plants are becoming more disease-resistant, and the process of regularly feeding and watering your plants can be automated to a high degree.
Imagine being able to have more time to enjoy relaxing in your garden rather than working in it! Well, here’s the good news… you can! By following even a few of the ideas presented here, you will be able to be helping to create a low maintenance garden for yourself.
Tips for Low Maintenance Garden Design
- Examine the type and condition of the soil, and also exposure and drainage so that you can plan around the limitations imposed by these physical constraints. If you need help, we can provide professional advice.
- Plan for the future now and you will save time and money later on. Work out what you need from your garden today, and what the future might hold.
- Designing your planting layout, try to cut down on areas of open bedding, in particular those areas which you will regularly change (eg: areas for annuals).
- Planning borders and beds, allow for easy access to all areas of the bed using paths or stepping stones. This will mean you never need to tread on (and compact) the soil.
- Choose your plants carefully. Make sure that they are suited to the location they will be planted in. Also try to choose varieties which do not need regular attention to do well.
Tips for Soil Preparation
- Prior to doing any planting, dig the bed area thoroughly to as great a depth as possible (at least 30cm, or 12 inches) and remove all weeds by the roots. Also remove any large stones, rocks or old roots – remember to leave small stones to assist in drainage.
- If you have a heavy clay based soil, dig in some washed sharp sand and/or small gravel, shingle or stones (up to about 10mm in diameter). Add to this some fresh organic matter or compost. This should help separate the soil & improve drainage.
- Feed and enrich the soil before planting your beds to provide your plants with optimum growing conditions. Use compost, and dig it in thoroughly – make sure you use a compost suitable for the plants you wish to use.
Tips for Weed Reduction
- Planting ground cover plants between the main ‘feature’ plants will help keep weeds at bay. This also gives you an added chance to introduce more colour and texture to your garden.
- Cover any bare soil areas within your beds with a bark or wood chip mulch. This will help prevent weeds from growing, and additionally will feed your soil slowly over time.
Why not invite us over to discuss the various options available to you. Our advice is free, and there is no obligation on your part and no hidden charges. Request your free estimate now!