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Landscaping in Somerset

iDecking

The first and obvious question is what is iDecking? It is not related to iPads and iPhones nor Apple. It is in fact the latest innovation in decking installation solutions. The iDecking is an Eco-friendly, screw free solution to garden decking and even wall cladding. You can basically install the decking with just your feet.

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Pergolas and Rose Arches

Pergolas can be used as passage ways, seating areas or a structure to support climbing plants. pergolas are built with posts, cross members, and beams with supports and bolts to hold the structure sturdy. In many ways pergolas are extended arches. For example rose arches are popular additions to a garden entrance way. If this arch extends down a path and becomes a more permanent overhead feature it is said to be a pergola

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Front Garden Paving

The growth of the buy to let sector and a growth in renting has increased the need for low garden maintenance. Front garden paving is becoming an increasing popular option for both homeowners and landlords. In an attempt to avoid paying an annual fee or waiting for parking permits many homeowners are paving their front gardens to create their own parking space. In many ways this can increase your own personal safety as you can exit and enter your vehicle within the safety of your own property.

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Patios

The word patio is Spanish in origin. It is thought that patios and paved areas originated in Neolithic times and through a need to keep livestock safe at the back of the house. In the Mediterranean patios have provided an extra outdoor living area. It is possible that patios in the modern social sense were introduced to the UK and particularly the Somerset and the South West by the Romans. It is often thought that Romans found inspiration for their patio designs in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

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Garden Paths

Garden paths main function is to provide a route from A – B with solid footing. They are also important in introducing someone to your property and can be used to entertain by inviting guests to explore your property. The most important and most formal of all garden paths is the primary path from the garden gate to the front of the house. It is usually the most formal path as it sets the scene for your entire property.

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Railway Sleepers in The Garden

We covered how to install railway sleepers in an earlier post. This time we are taking a look at the different ways railway sleepers can be used in the garden. Railway sleepers are a great economical solution, they are particulary useful in gardens with a steep gradient.In gardens of this type they can be used to create retaining walls for steps and pathways.

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Garden Decking

Timber Decking is becoming very popular and there is no shortage of different designs as there are very few restrictions. No two timber decks are the same and with components available to meet most requirements.  All shapes and sizes are possible. Decking can incorporate steps, hand rails, balustrades and lighting. It can also be the perfect answer to a sloping garden by building multiple decking levels.

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Lawn Turfing

The soil is the foundation of a good quality lawn, a minimum depth of 100mm but ideally a depth of 150mm is required. The ideal soil type is a sandy loam with a ph level of 6-7.mTo start preparation for lawn turfing dig or rotovate the area set aside for the lawn. Ensure that any soil compaction is broken up.  All weeds, vegetation and stones should be removed. If you have poor quality soil, topsoil may need to be added to help impove the standard of your soil.

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Tree Pruning

Tree pruning is important to maintain the health and vigor of trees as well as controlling their shape and size. Deciduous trees are normally pruned when in there dormant stage which is from late autumn through to mid winter. Evergreen trees rarely need pruning except for the removal of diseased or dead branches which is done in late summer time.

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Hedge Trimming

Hedges have many uses, they provide shelter from the wind without causing turbulence which occurs when walls and fencing are used They can be used as living barriers, although they may take a few years to establish. Hedges provide colour, shape and texture for your garden and also make excellent barriers of unwanted sound.

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