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6 Low Maintenance Garden Ideas & Tips

Posted on: January 6th, 2014by Admin

We all love making use of our gardens when the British weather permits, but as we live in a more time crunched society, the time to maintain and keep a garden looking lovely seems more and more to be left to retirees and the most obsessive of the green fingered.

So with that in mind, in what is becoming time honoured tradition, we have listed a few quick tips below for creating a low maintenance garden, less time pruning, more time barbequing or relaxing!

  • Low Maintenance garden we designed & created (if you ignore the 5th tip of our article!)

    First up, hedges, they need at least one major clipping and sculpting a year with minor ones also. A nice strong wall or fence do not require a trimming. If you really want a bit of green bordering your garden, consider the compromise of a trellis of some sort.

  • Have less small hanging baskets and instead have a few large ones scattered about. Smaller hanging baskets dry out faster and will need watering more often than fewer large baskets.
  • The lawn will never need mowing if you don’t have a lawn will it? For smaller gardens consider a patio or even just paving or decking  a large chunk of the lawn to cut down on mowing time.
  • But keep in mind not to leave the ground bare if you take the lawn up, weeds will grow faster and longer in bare open ground. So put down gravel, decking, plants to prevent this.
  • If you’re planning a grand landscaping project, be wary of lots of curved borders, these are hard to maintain when mowing or initially paving, leading to an unkempt look in patches.
  • Water features, consider a waterfall instead of a pond. With a waterfall the water is obviously continually moving which will stop stagnation . If safety is an issue, waterfall features are generally much more shallow as well.

We’ve only skimmed the surface of these issues and are happy to go into a lot more detail.

We have dealt with gardens of all shapes, sizes and ambitions.

But if the time you can dedicate to your ambitious design is not enough, it can end up being a disaster.

For more landscaping, decking or paving tips don’t hesitate to get in touch with us!

6 Tips for Perfect Christmas Tree Care

Posted on: December 2nd, 2013by Admin

We get a lot (A LOT!) of questions about Christmas tree care this time of year, you would think most tips would be a common knowledge to people outside of landscaping and would be something that has been passed down as it’s an annual thing.

But no, so we’ve listed everything you need to know to keep your tree alive and looking fresh and green until New Year.

  1. First off, when buying the tree, run your fingers up and down a few of the branches on different areas of the tree. None of the needles should fall off, it’s a sign of a fresh, healthy tree so it should last longer.
  2. The average tree will need 1-2 litres of water a day (2-3 pints), make sure the water level never goes empty, as the end of the trunk will fill with sap and harden, so it won’t be able to drink if the water level is empty for more than 3-4 hours, meaning it will die sooner.
  3. With this in mind, one should also give the trunk hat is called a fresh cut, saw an additional 1 inch (3cm) off the bottom of the trunk. As sap will have covered the drinking pores and capillaries at the bottom of the trunk since it was cut down, sawing off this inch will open them up the tree will be able to drink more, keeping it fresher for longer. You can see in the picture below what we mean.

    xmas+tree+stump

  4. Do not put soil in the stand, this will also affect its ability to drink, the pores and capillaries need to be clear for the Christmas tree to drink. So clean, fresh water only in the base.
  5. Having said that, it’s been said adding sugar to the water can benefit the tree, we’re not too sure on this one and it might depend on the species, but enough people swear by it we thought we should put it hear anyway.
  6. It’s not very often you’re told to keep a plant or tree out of sunlight, but keep the tree out of direct sunlight! As well as away from fires and radiators, heat and sunlight will dry out the needles a lot faster than if it’s placed in a cool, shaded place.

Quick & Inventive Winter Landscaping Tips

Posted on: October 31st, 2013by Admin

With winter well and truly upon us, gardening and landscaping in Liverpool are not something many people consider (Looking at our work schedule, believe me, we know!) but for the green fingered, it can be the perfect time to get creative. Of course, there is the usual maintenance to take care of to reduce the work in the spring, one last lawn mowing, raking the leaves, removing the mulch, you know the score,  but what about the quick, inspirational out of the box things we could do to give a drab winter garden a bit of colour?

One tip we usually recommend are to plant shrubs and trees that grow berries, such as Holly or Crabapples. Not only do they add a splash of colour in all that white and grey, but as the winters get harsher each year, they provide a good food source for robins and other non-migratory birds.

A more obvious but overlooked example would be to fill all your summertime containers window boxes, hanging baskets with plants such as rhododendron as an example.

Evergreens – despite their name, you can plant Dwarf Blue Spruce or Cypress Gold Thread for a bit of Blue and Yellow in thoe garden if masses of green are not really your thing.

Our last quick tip focuses on Hardscapes; yes it’s time to focus on trellis, benches, bird baths et al. You’d be surprised how many people put little or no thought into these in spring and summer as there’s too much work to do on the lawn and plants. With very little plant and lawn work on, now is the best time to give a good long think on how you might want to incorporate these features. The cherry on top being that hardscape features should be much cheaper at this time year, so a bit of bargain hunting can stretch your budget that extra mile!

 

(Image from http://www.lancswt.org.uk/discovery-center/wildlife-to-see-in-december)

Cobbletech Driveways Liverpool

Posted on: March 22nd, 2013by Admin

Marshalls Cobbletech Driveways.

 

Moss Landscapes Liverpool are the leading suppliers and installers of quality Block Drive way systems

 

Moss Landscaping & Liverpool One

Posted on: April 29th, 2012by Admin

Tom Moss Jnr , Chavasse Park-Liverpool One  July 2008

Moss Landscaping was involved with the £1 Billion Liverpool 1 Landscaping Project planting trees, shrubs and turfing the whole of the new Chavasse Park.