4 Things to consider when redoing your back garden

  • by REUBEN ABTAR
  • 29 Sep, 2017

Giving your garden a makeover, whether that’s with new fence panels and a tidy, or a complete redesign, is an exciting process. You’re making changes that can enhance the appeal of your home, and increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space. But before you rush out and begin, here are 4 things to consider:

 

  1. Utility. One of the biggest questions to ask yourself is how you want to spend your time in the garden. Are you big socialisers? If so, a prerequisite will be a large dining space perhaps with a raised patio or deck. Space to run around for the kids would necessitate a decent sized lawn, or do you seek peace and solitude in your garden, provided with a perfectly positioned bench in the garden’s sun-trap surrounded by foliage and a pretty arbour. A garden can be many things to many people, but having a good idea of your needs will help you to begin to formulate a plan.
  2.  The long term . Gardens take time to evolve and mature, and as with a house, it is best if you can consider your needs longer term. You might have young children and want space for a playhouse or sandpit, but think about how this area can evolve over time. For shorter term needs opt for moveable rather than fixed features, and that sandpit can soon make way for a hot tub!
  3. Time investment . How much time do you want to invest in your garden on maintenance? Some planting schemes and even joinery, whilst beautiful to look at, will be very labour intensive and need lots of love and attention lavished on them to keep them looking their best. If you’re looking for something with still has wow factor but is easier to manage, your landscaping professional will have solutions that can minimise the upkeep.
  4. Noise and privacy . A big issue for many homeowners is noise pollution, from passing cars, even noisy neighbours, but a clever garden design can maximise privacy and minimise unwanted sound. If noise is a big issue, hardscaping with stone walls can be extremely effective, whilst fencing combined with evergreen planting and hedging works to protect privacy and reduce noise. And to distract from noise, consider adding more pleasing sounds with a water feature.

 

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscaping and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please contact us on 07949 768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com

by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

The time and effort spent choosing the right garden landscaping company will ensure your garden project runs to plan, is on schedule, not overpriced and the end result is the garden you’ve always wanted.  Choosing a landscape designer is an important decision for any home owner. The right landscaper can improve your summer fun, create beautiful gardens, and increase your home’s value.

       Here are our 4 Tips to ensure you select the best company

  • Write a brief –Take the time to write a brief before you have spoken to anyone. Having a clear idea of what you need to achieve is essential, especially as all traders should be given the same information. It’s fairer to them and important for you to be able to compare what they say on a like-for-like basis.
  • Communication – For this to work effectively communication is absolutely key, so make sure you get involved with the team right from the start. Let them know how you feel about what they are proposing.
  • Request for proposals/quotes – Once you have made a list of landscapers and zeroed in on the designers, ask them to send across bids containing all the specifics. We recommend collecting quotes from a minimum of 3 landscapers to make an effective comparison. You might receive varying amounts but always remember that the lowest bid may not be the most economical or the highest bid need not necessarily consist of top-class materials.
  • Case studies – ask to see examples of their work. Landscape gardeners are proud of their work and they will probably have loads of photos or even a video for you to look at. You can check the quality of their work and see if you like what it is they do.

The time and effort spent choosing the right garden landscaping company will ensure your garden project runs to plan, is on schedule, not overpriced and the end result is the garden you’ve always wanted.

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscape and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please contact 07949 768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com 


by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

We absolutely love stumbling across these small back gardens as they hold so much potential for creating a stunning outdoor space. Whether you are looking for that contemporary garden with warmth or that enticing cottage garden, maybe it’s that tropical paradise with sense and sustainability, the choice is yours.

Using space intelligently is the key to making a small garden work. Here are a few of our tips for achieving these looks:

Lead the way with a pathway

 A simple feature you can add yourself is a pathway. There are all kinds of materials you can use, including, stones, flagstones, bricks or even wood. The way you install the path will depend on the material you use. But, to start, determine where you want the path to be .

Pots and Containers

The bigger the better! Anything as long as it’s big. Plants need a lot of root space and water and stability from wind. To make the plants happy and to minimise how much human effort is required to keep them going, choose big.

Try a Trellis

You see trellises in garden centres all the time, and you’ve probably never even thought about picking one up, but these architectural details can add a quick and easy accent in the yard.  Place toward the back of the garden as a focal point, perhaps using it to mark the entrance to a sitting area or vegetable bed.

Polish It off with a Garden Border

If you’re looking for a quick way to compliment your landscaping, add a garden border. Use cement pieces or bricks to separate your garden beds from grass and to outline mulch rings around trees. Garden borders enhance your landscaping and make it look finished. This seems like a small detail, but can make a big impact on the way your garden and yard look.

Light it Up

Many of our clients use their gardens in the evening as they are either at work all day or away at the weekend. There is nothing better therefore than illuminate the garden to extend its use. Well-placed patio lighting creates a warm, restaurant-like ambience if eating al fresco at night is your thing. If you simply want to make the borders, decking or lawns more attractive then go for lanterns or candles.

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscape and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please contact us on 07949 768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com


by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

With a little design know-how even the smallest back lawn, the most petite of patios or the tiniest of balconies can become an enjoyable place in which to spend time. Trick the eye with a colour scheme or clever use of lighting, make a feature of foliage, or simply adorn the small space with inviting accessories.

The right plants and accessories can set the tone for your ideal outdoor atmosphere — an invigorating escape or a relaxing retreat. You can embark on this gardening adventure yourself, or you can hire a landscape architect to help with advice. Either way, designing your garden should be a fun and rewarding experience.

Our Landscaping Director, Reuben shares 5 tips to create a great outdoor space

Create an Outdoor Room

Turn a tiny patio into a gorgeous outdoor room by adding a freestanding pergola. The pergola creates a sense of enclosure and makes the patio seem a lot larger then it actually is.

Go Gravel

Crushed brick or gravel is a beautiful and low-maintenance paving option for small gardens. It’s also easier to use and less expensive than brick or flagstone. Just be sure to spread a layer of landscape fabric underneath the gravel to keep weeds from popping through.

Add a Mowing Strip

Keeping turf grass from encroaching in your garden beds is a lot easier when you install a mowing strip at the border’s edge. This mowing strip was specially designed to keep weeds at bay and act as a low-maintenance garden path. It also provides easy, mud-free access to the garden for wheelbarrows, mowers, and other equipment.

Add Drama

Give small gardens a big boost of style by adding an oversize gate or arbor at one end to act as a focal point. It will draw the eye in and make the space seem larger.

Camouflage Trash

Nothing ruins the view in a small backyard faster than a set of garbage cans blown over in the wind. Instead of having your garbage in plain sight, build a wooden surround to keep them contained.

 

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscaping and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please contact 07949 921296 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com 


by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

Giving your garden a makeover, whether that’s with new fence panels and a tidy, or a complete redesign, is an exciting process. You’re making changes that can enhance the appeal of your home, and increase your enjoyment of your outdoor space. But before you rush out and begin, here are 4 things to consider:

 

  1. Utility. One of the biggest questions to ask yourself is how you want to spend your time in the garden. Are you big socialisers? If so, a prerequisite will be a large dining space perhaps with a raised patio or deck. Space to run around for the kids would necessitate a decent sized lawn, or do you seek peace and solitude in your garden, provided with a perfectly positioned bench in the garden’s sun-trap surrounded by foliage and a pretty arbour. A garden can be many things to many people, but having a good idea of your needs will help you to begin to formulate a plan.
  2.  The long term . Gardens take time to evolve and mature, and as with a house, it is best if you can consider your needs longer term. You might have young children and want space for a playhouse or sandpit, but think about how this area can evolve over time. For shorter term needs opt for moveable rather than fixed features, and that sandpit can soon make way for a hot tub!
  3. Time investment . How much time do you want to invest in your garden on maintenance? Some planting schemes and even joinery, whilst beautiful to look at, will be very labour intensive and need lots of love and attention lavished on them to keep them looking their best. If you’re looking for something with still has wow factor but is easier to manage, your landscaping professional will have solutions that can minimise the upkeep.
  4. Noise and privacy . A big issue for many homeowners is noise pollution, from passing cars, even noisy neighbours, but a clever garden design can maximise privacy and minimise unwanted sound. If noise is a big issue, hardscaping with stone walls can be extremely effective, whilst fencing combined with evergreen planting and hedging works to protect privacy and reduce noise. And to distract from noise, consider adding more pleasing sounds with a water feature.

 

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscaping and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please contact us on 07949 768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com

by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

Whether you opt for block paving, resin, tarmac, gravel or concrete, your driveway can say ‘welcome home’ or ‘no go zone’. But choosing the right driveway can be a real head-ache. What will last the test of time, what will suit your home the best, and what do you need to think about with each? We talk you through choosing the right driveway.

 

Concrete: If the first thought that pops into your head when you think of concrete is ‘industrial’ or ‘grey’, you’ll be pleased to hear that things have moved on quite a bit. Yes, you can still go for the basic grey but you can also select a colour that contrasts or compliments your roof, or opt for an imprinted or pattern driveway where a pattern is stamped onto the surface of the concrete before it hardens. Hard-wearing and attractive, concrete is also a practical choice, and the plainer you have it the more cost-effective it will be.

 

Block paving: Made of blocks or bricks, block paving is the current darling of driveways due to the high individuality you can achieve. From huge sweeping driveways to intricate patterns, multiple colours to different styles and textures mixed together, block paying is attractive and can be modern and contemporary or styled to be rustic and weathered. It’s pretty hard-wearing, and the major benefit is that if a block becomes damaged you can remove and replace it individually rather than having to relay all or part of the driveway.

 

Resin bound: Another style of driveway that is increasing in popularity is the resin bound system which allows water to drain through it which is ideal for flood prone or water-logged areas, and makes them a good choice for a driveway. Looks wise, a resin bound driveway can compete with block paving with huge choice in colour, finish and texture, and it presents a practical, smooth surface that’s good for most people.

 

Gravel: Still one of the most popular driveways in the UK, a gravel drive allows huge spaces to be filled relatively inexpensively and quickly compared to other styles of driveway. Again, as you can pick your size and colour of gravel, or stone, you can customise to your taste and many of the issues traditionally associated with a gravel drive like bumpiness and stones seeping out onto the road or grassed areas can be overcome with good landscaping and delineation of the area.

 

Tarmac: Not just the preserve of airports, tarmac is extremely hard wearing and robust and it doesn’t have to be dull! Adding an edging kerb or a block paved apron can add interest to your driveway, taking the best of the practicality and adding an individual style.

 

Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscape and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information please call Reuben Abtar on 07949 768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com

by REUBEN ABTAR 29 Sep, 2017

As a famous girl once said: “There’s no place like home”, and savvy homeowners are more than happy to invest in not only their homes but their gardens too, creating an outdoor space that is eminently welcoming, desirable and can even add considerable value to their homes. We look at the top 6 landscaping trends for 2017.

Hygge:A huge home trend in 2016, we will see hygge extend more to landscapes in 2017 with a focus on pleasure in the simple things, small design details that surprise and delight by way of sculptures and water features, wonderful scents from planting that span the seasons and luxurious textures. This trend is all about being cosy so expect little snugs built at the bottom of the garden perfect for settling down for a read of the paper, fire-pits and trees festooned with lanterns.

Indoor outdoor:Even in Britain where the opportunity to get into our gardens can be somewhat limited in the winter months, we’re continuing to see demand for landscapes that draw from the interior, creating an almost seamless indoor outdoor feel. From contemporary or traditional design features to built-in social gathering spaces, this trend is all about reflecting a particular style whilst maximising comfort and the utility of the outdoor areas.

Al-fresco dining: There’s nothing quite like eating outdoors as you catch the last of the days sun, catching up on the gossip whilst the birds twitter around you. And in 2017, we expect to see many more requests for the accoutrements for outdoor dining, from pizza ovens and fireplaces to gorgeous dining areas and even complete outdoor kitchens.

Eco: Trending for a few years now, an eco-friendly garden is high on the priority list for both residential home owners and commercial premises. From preservation of water and the use of natural materials to planting that favours indigenous greenery. We also expect more ‘eclectic’ requests, gardens that blend more formal or styled areas with natural areas of the landscape that encourage wildlife, and even vegetable patches.

Lighting:Candles are definitely hygge but not as practical as fixed lighting and for a long term solution that extends the usage of their gardens, more homeowners are opting for lighting that adds both style and substance to their landscapes. Look out for the ubiquitous LED, but also the more unusual- from chandeliers in social gathering spaces to floor lamps.

Metallics:Hot shades for 2017 are the metallic, from gold and bronze to shimmering silver, we’ll see flashes of metallics across accessories and fixed elements, from silver decking to golden urns dotted around the garden, this trend will make every garden pop!

 Distinctly Different Landscaping provide a full landscape and garden maintenance service for residential gardens and commercial premises across London & Surrey, with a focus on creativity, longevity and a tailored service ensuring the best possible service and quality craftsmanship. For further information feel free to contact our landscaping director on 07 949768344 or email admin@distinctlydifferentgardens.com

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