My four core competencies are:
Garden Design is the first and the most important step in any garden project. Would you build a house without plans?
So before embarking on a landscape or a garden project it is important to get the plan right. This can save alot of trouble down the line.
A garden design will give an overall perspective on the site, and this is key, as it will solve problems like privacy, parking, shelter and safety. It will focus on good views, entrance and driveway, to patio and vegetable areas with strong emphasis on daily living and unity and flow from the house to the garden. It is important to have a long term view of the garden. Trees and shrubs need to be chosen and positioned carefully. Patio areas need to be large enough to accommodate a growing family. In short, the garden has to work for the present and for the future.
It is wise to spend the planting first, and hard landscaping (paving, walls, pergolas etc.) later. This will allow the trees and shrubs to begin to establish earlier. Hard Landscaping aspects can be the most expensive part of a garden design. It may be advisable, if budget is tight, to dig out the patio area and fill it with a nice gravel to have it looking good until the paving can be afforded. Don’t compromise the size of the patio to the budget, wait until the budget is there, phase the garden design. Don’t be tempted to reduce the size or to use an lesser quality material.
As part of your garden consultation I will evaluate your entire site for highlights and for problems. We walk the garden and discuss all the different areas of it. It is important for me to get to know what you want from the garden and how you and your family interact with and use the garden. I will question you on aspects like, daily parking routines, how the living area of the house is connected to the garden, what part of the garden gets most sunshine, what does and doesn’t grow well, your personal taste in plant type and garden style, to name a few.
Easy fix problems like concerns on moving plants, where and when to cut certain trees, and shrubs are addressed immediately.
Questions like how to transform a shady patio area, or how to develop a section of the garden require a more in depth discussion. We will go through solutions that may suit, all of this is done to help produce a garden design that works for you.
A fresh pair of eyes can often see an answer to a problem that may have been troubling you for some time!
I will also provide easy-to-follow maintenance plans that can be designed for your garden. These would typically cover pruning, fertilizing and transplanting. A tailor made plan is helpful to the garden beginner in getting the most from the garden.
Garden project management is vital to the outcome and success of the whole project. When the garden design is complete and we are all happy to progress it forward, the heavy work begins!
I will work with contractors to ensure that we get the best result for your garden.
Often there are a number of different disciplines required in a garden project. For this I offer a garden project management service. My aim is to ensure that the contractors, you, and me are all working together to ensure that the plan is being implemented in the best possible way.
I have built up relationships with contractors, over the years, and I work with them to ensure that the design is implemented to a high standard.
A County Council landscape plan is part of the process when applying to build a new house. The planning department often request this to ensure that new houses are landscaped in accordance with local planning laws.
Typically, councils and and local authorities will ask for details on all proposed site boundary treatments and a detailed planting plan stating species, varieties, quantities and sizes of the proposed plants. Use of native species and a timescale for implementation will also be requested.
I will visit the site, identify and list existing trees and shrubs and make recommendations for future planting. I provide plans that will satisfy County Council requirements.
Along with retaining any plant life that is not affected by the building works and my use of native trees and plants form a strong part of my landscape plans that are submitted to the County Councils.