Getting Your Garden Ready for Spring

It might be difficult to believe but spring is on its way. You may have noticed the tantalising sight of daffodils shooting up through the grass or a tentative glimpse of snowdrops. The days are slowly growing longer, and it won’t be long before the temperature rises. It’s probably a good idea to prepare your garden for spring, so why not start with essential garden maintenance.

Clean Your Tools

Make sure you clean all of your tools before using them. Check for repairs and throw out anything that’s beyond help, keeping what needs a simple tweak and a five minute repair job. Wash your tools in simple soap and water, and you should aim to do this at least once a year.

Rake Soil And Remove Stubborn Weeds

Turn the soil with a pitchfork or a rake, and this should help get rid of any stubborn weeds. You can also add some compost if you wish, and if you already have some that’s great, but if not, don’t be too worried as you can always buy fresh from a gardening store.

Trim And Cut Back

You may want to trim your flowers and plants making room for new ones by cutting dead ones away. Perhaps you want to plant more flowers and plants and if so, plan it out first. See if you can get some recommendations from local gardening experts, your local garden centre is an ideal place to start. Think about height and placement, considering whether some plants or flowers may be too tall and drown out the smaller ones and whether you want annuals and perennials together – not an altogether bad idea.

Tidying Up Is Essential After Winter

Hopefully you’ll have tidied up your garden, and it will have been one of the first things you did. You’ll need to clear away all of the debris left over from winter removing broken furniture, branches and clearing away any other rubbish as well as leaves and old flower heads. It’s important you try to get this done as soon as possible, because new flowers and plants will be popping up through the ground, and you don’t want to make gardening hard for yourself. Therefore, the sooner you clear the ground and clear the way, the better it is for the new plants with less opportunity for them to be damaged.

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services For Effortless, Quality Garden Maintenance

If you don’t think you can be bothered with the extent of garden maintenance, or perhaps you’ve had a period of illness or you’ve suffered an injury, then don’t hesitate to give us a call for all your spring-cleaning needs. We’re here to help and we’re experts on garden maintenance. We can carry out your instructions perfectly, and can wok with you making some useful suggestions.

Give us a call today and let us help you take care of your garden.

Thinking Of A New Garden Fence in 2019?

Is your garden looking tatty and in need of some serious grooming? This could include the fencing that rings your garden in, the container of all that heavenly peace that you call home. If it’s starting to look a little dilapidated and unkempt, then in order to preserve your privacy, resist trespassers and keep your garden tidy, some new garden fencing may be in order.

A New Year - A New Garden Fence

The early part of a year is a good time to get a new fence installed, so you have the better months to enjoy your garden. Garden fencing is sometimes an are of your garden that you don’t always pay a lot of attention to, but the perimeters need as much attention as the rest of it. And it doesn’t have to be boring, your fencing is an important part of your home, so make something of it.

Choose From A Wide Range Of Garden Fencing Materials

Here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services you can choose from a wide range of garden fencing materials that will fit in with the design of your garden, and what’s more we can help with the planning, consultation and design of your fencing too. We have a specialist knowledgeable team who are happy to work with you to find the right fence for your garden. We know that your garden is unique to you and it’s important you find the kind of fencing that will work with you garden. There are some interesting trends on the horizon for 2019 that will help your garden look amazing, so we’re going to help you think about how you can make your garden look fantastic, which includes fencing.

Containers And Boxes - Make Your Plants Come Alive

If you have a small to middle sized garden you may think you’re limited in what you can do with it, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. You can use really unusual containers such as pails, wheelbarrows, and different sized wooden boxes, small or large, long or short, that wouldn’t normally be associated with gardening, and use them for flowers, plants and small bushes and trees. Paint them unusual colours, we’re talking pails, wheelbarrows, different sized wooden boxes, small or large, long or short.

Decorate Your Fencing

Walls or fences aren’t just there to hold people out or to simply hold the garden in, they can also be a form of decoration. You can have vertical plants growing up it, otherwise known as climbers, and it can even be painted with a mural or just a plain colour.

Fruits

In terms of plants why not try berries, such as blackberries, or mulberries, herbs even and possibly a fruit tree with a decent harvest annually. Interesting foliage is becoming popular and distinctive and unusually shaped leaves and colours will look good in any kind of garden.

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services – For Quality Garden Fencing

As long as you give your garden an outpouring of love, then that in itself will become a trend, because there is no greater gift than an enthusiasm for your garden. Involve everything – including your garden fencing. If you’re finding it hard to find something suitable for you garden, then let us help you here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services. We’ve a fabulous range of garden fencing, to suit all budgets and garden, so give us a call and we can discuss all of your gardening needs.





Look After Your Garden During The Winter Months

The winter months doesn’t mean you simply abandon your garden until Spring. It’s important to remember your garden needs care and attention throughout the year, and not just during the warmer months. Today, we’ll be looking at how you can take care of your garden during the winter period.

The garden will look better, and your back will thank you if you maintain your garden throughout the winter

One of the first things to do is clear the garden. Clearing it of what you may well ask, but we’d suggest you start with leaves, tree branches and any other debris whether it’s nature’s or man made. Whatever’s blown in, clear it away and try to stay on top of it throughout the winter months, that way you won’t have a mess to clear up in spring.

Cut back and clean up

Cut back on any dead leaves, branches, plants. If you cut back, you’ll make room for the healthy plants and leave plenty of space left for new buds coming through in spring. It’ll make for less work next year, and that’s great news, because once it gets warmer you don’t want to be spending time doing hard work in the garden. You want to be outside enjoying it.

We have a wide range of garden maintenance services for you to choose from

If you do have some garden clearance that needs sorting out either now or in the spring, and for one reason or another you can’t do it yourself, get in touch with us here at Brian’s Garden and Fencing.

We do a wide range of garden maintenance jobs that you don’t do, so you won’t have to face it next year when the weather is better. We do hedge cutting, tree felling, grass cutting, garden and driveway clean up and snow clearance. That’s a whole lot of garden maintenance services from a team of experts with many years’ experience under our belts. If you’re looking to make life easier for yourself and your garden, then get in touch. If you leave your garden for too long without any maintenance, then it’s going to take much longer to deal with once you go back to it. That’s not only going to be back breaking work it’s also going to be more expensive.

Brian’s Garden and Fencing Services for premium garden maintenance services.

Whatever you garden needs in preparation for spring, Brian’s Garden and Fencing Services have got it covered with a friendly, knowledgeable team. We’re fully qualified and experienced, so get in touch today for a quote because no job is ever too simple or too complicated for us to undertake – we’re here to help.




Installing a driveway - what you need to know

In this blog, we’re taking about the benefits of installing a driveway and what you need to know in order to get it absolutely right for you and your home. It might seem pretty daunting but once you have it done, it’ll have been worth it.

Driveways are usually installed at the front of your home and as a result they are the first thing people see when they visit. So, as far as first impressions go, it’s quite important that you make sure your driveway is well installed and well situated so you get the most out of it, aesthetically and functionally.


The principles for a beautifully laid driveway are relatively simple. You need to make sure there aren’t any trees too close to the driveway just in case you wind up with roots coming through, and also consider keeping shrubs away too as they could scratch cars. Your driveway ideally, needs to be at least 10 feet wide. This should allow enough room for vehicles which are that little bit bigger, and also consider that if your driveway curves it must provide the right amount of space for cars to turn.

When should you install your driveway?

Ideally, have your driveway installed when there’s dry weather so it has enough time to settle before it sees wet weather.

Driveway designs and materials

There are different materials you can use to create your driveway. Each one has their advantages and disadvantages. Driveway materials are many, but the five most popular are, exposed aggregate, concrete, bluestone, clay bricks, timber sleepers and asphalt.

You can create some interesting designs with all of these materials so don’t be put off by some materials rather than others. If you have a creative eye for detail, or you’ve hired someone who does, then your driveway has the potential to look amazing.

Drainage

As you can imagine, drainage is very important. You need to know where your water is going to go, and you can create soakaways or ditches for your water to travel. Soakaways are great because they can disperse rainwater from drainage pipes and drains, but remember that they should not, under any circumstances, flow into a sewage system. There are laws that state that rainwater needs to go into the ground where it falls.

Using a permeable surface for your driveway is probably one of the easiest ways of providing good drainage. More and more surfaces are becoming permeable now but ask your retailer about this before buying if you’re unsure.

Digging your driveway installation – how far do you go?

Don’t excavate too deep when you start, 12 inches should be the maximum, this helps allow surfaces covering the base to settle or compact well. If you don’t do this then your driveway could sink over time.

Planning permission

If you’re having a dropped kerb and/or a driveway, you’ll essentially need planning permission. The Town Country Planning Act 1990 is applicable when applying for permission, especially if your driveway needs access to a classified road. Sometimes, if your driveway only drops on to a non-classified road then you may not need permission. Ask your local planning department or your builder, if you’re not doing it yourself, for the standards and requirements to be met before creating your dropped kerb.

How does Brian’s Garden and Fencing Services install a driveway?

Whatever driveway project, or paving design you have in mind, no matter how ambitious, you can guarantee that our dedicated team will make an expert job of it.

We can provide you with a comprehensive overview and help you make the right choices when it comes to your requirements and what’s going to work for your driveway.

We always maintain the highest level of standards and we prize communication with our customers .Our schedule of work will be clear, and we’ll meet all deadlines. Unlike a lot of companies, we’ll also make sure we dispose of all rubbish after we’ve finished and clean up after we’ve gone, so you won’t be left with the mess.

Why not give us a call today for all your driveway needs?





Preparing Your Garden For Winter

With days getting shorter and colder, it’s evident that winter will soon be upon us. It’s therefore, time to get your garden ready for the onslaught of rain, storms, snow, wind and hail.

And if your garden is properly prepared , you’ll feel safe in the knowledge that come spring, there’ll be a lot less to do, and you’ll have much more to work with.

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Pave Your Way to a New Patio

Yes, you can have a brilliant patio, and you can pave it yourself too. Today, we’re talking about paving your way to a new patio, making garden design and patios a far more interesting prospect than they have been in the past. A well-designed patio can have a dramatic impact on your garden, so it’s worth careful thought and consideration before you begin.

There’s so much you can do with your patio.

When redesigning your patio, there’s a huge variety of designs from which to choose, and you don’t have to go with fancy colours and patterns either. There are some more simplistic textures/materials/colours that can have an impact, giving your patio a smooth and polished finish. You’d be surprised at how many designs and combinations there are, which means you can do whatever you like with your patio and have it fit in perfectly with the style and theme of your home.

Have a chat with one of our landscape gardeners.

Need some help? If you’re looking for inspiration for your garden, then you can always talk to one of our landscape gardeners and we can help you find a place from which to start. We can help you think about colours and laying patterns, so you get a feel for what you’re doing. 

Why stick to a pattern?

Randomly does it. Although we’ve talked about patterns, there is no reason why you have to stick to a uniform one, you can have a random design with slabs of various sizes laid without a repeat pattern over the entire area. Any kind of material is good for random layouts, but sandstone or simple inexpensive paving slabs will do just as well. 

How about a Herringbone Pattern?

A herringbone pattern is a more traditional pattern and unlike a random design, herringbone will use pretty uniform slabs in size, usually rectangular. It’s a stylish formal look, one which is copied and used in kitchens and living rooms indoors. This is particularly good for driveways, so if you’ve been looking to sort the front part of your house out, then this pattern may be a good one to go with.

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services – for paving that transforms your patio.

If you feel you’re ready for a spectacular patio and you want to get some advice so you can start, why not get in touch with us here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services. We could even lay your patio for you and come up with a design on your behalf that suits exactly what you’re looking for. Contact or call us now! The sooner you do, the sooner you can get started. 

Low-Maintenance Garden Design Ideas

Garden design doesn’t have to be hard and we’re all for making things easier, so we’ve created this post on low maintenance garden design ideas.

Remove Your Lawn

If you want it really low maintenance you’re going to need less greenery and perhaps even less plants or even less lawn. It will certainly lower your workload and give you less to do. By removing the lawn, you’ll rid yourself of weekly and biweekly cutting. Instead, you could gravel, pave or deck your lawn. You could create a small square with a limited amount of lawn, and perhaps even replace the lawn with artificial grass, that will certainly cut down on mowing altogether. 

Keep Your Garden Tidy

It only takes a little brushing and raking every now and again, and you’ll create less work in the long run. If you leave it indefinitely, you’ll end up with one big job once it gets too much and looks a real mess, so don’t let it reach that point. 

Seating and Potted Plants

Preferably where you’ll catch the sun and give yourself some shade for when it’s at its hottest with an awning, gazebo or parasol. You can have a few modest potted plants if gardening isn’t your thing, just don’t create anything that’ll be hard work to maintain. 

Low-Maintenance Plants

Naturally, there are certain plants you’ll want to avoid if you don’t want the hard work of maintaining them. These are usually plants such as annuals, bedding plants, and staking plants, or plants which are cat nip to rabbits, slugs and other insects. Also, stay away from climbers as they will need a lot of work or they can really get out of control, and at some point, will need tying up or they’ll be climbing every which way they can. Of course ones where the seeds need sowing are going to give you more work, so no vegetables. 

Shrubbery

You could think about evergreen shrubs such as lavender, holly and daphne. And as well as the gazebos, awnings and parasols we mentioned earlier, you could also try arches and pergolas as these would not only provide a certain degree of shelter in the garden, they also look really good. They can transform parts of the garden, and they don’t have to cost a fortune. 

Garden Accessories

Find unique accessories for the garden, look in vintage stores and garden centres, try to find something that was originally made for something else and use it in the garden for your plants. You could have a theme that’s matched with both accessories and garden furniture. You could also think about using agricultural accessories such as feeders, troughs even, and fill them with plants. 

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services – Garden Design Experts

As we’ve seen garden design doesn’t have to be hard work, and our low maintenance ideas could really change your garden into something beautiful but without the blood, sweat and tears. If you’d like more advice on how to design your garden with low maintenance ideas, or you have more questions on what we’ve suggested today, why not contact us here at Brian’s Garden Fencing, we’re always happy to help.

A Guide to Laying Lawn Turf

We’re covering how to lay a lawn turf and we hope you’ll find it useful for when you’re doing it yourself. Of course, you can always get us to do it for you and save yourself the time, but you may be one of those people who prefers to be hands on and that’s okay too, with our help you’ll be able to lay your lawn down perfectly with no hassle. 

When should you lay your lawn?

You’ll need to prepare your soil before laying the turf, so you sowing seeds is much easier. The best time to lay it is in the middle of autumn and before late winter, and the reason for this is that the soil won’t be too hard with frost or too wet from rainfall. You’ll also be able to avoid the watering that’s needed in dry spells over the summer season which can stress the grass. By avoiding the need for repeat watering your giving your turf time to settle. 

Clear Those Weeds Away

Always clear any weeds and clean the surface through before starting. You can also remove any grasses or bindweeds which can harm the turf and to do this you can use a weed killer or just weed manually. You may find this is kinder to the environment and if you have pets and children you may not be over keen on using a chemical. 

Dig Now and Get the Manure Out

Dig to a depth of around 8 to 10 inches, and then place some manure in there or even just some organic matter and this will help hold any moisture. It should be quite well rotted and the reason for this is that it will help the surface to stay even, if it isn’t the surface can sink as it decays. 

Leave Well Alone

You must then leave it alone for several days, preferably just over a month at around 6 weeks. The next step is to remove any more weeds and again using a weed killer or doing it manually. Rake several times and in lots of different directions. Then rake in another lot of fertiliser, possibly around 2oz per square yard. 

Turf and Trim

Use a spade to help lift the turf and then trim each bit to a suitable size and depth. You can do this by placing it upside down in a wooden box. Always work across from one corner to another and try to avoid leaving any footprints. Butt together the sods while staggering the joins and in a brick wall pattern. You’ll need to ensure the turfs are quite level, you can level it if it isn’t by using a bucket of soil and adding or removing any as needed. 

It’s Laid Now, So What Next?

Now you’ve laid it you can use a roller or a piece of flat wood to firm it. Spread soil or sand to work into the joins and you can do this with a brush or a rake, you can fill in any holes or uneven bits with this. These first few days are very important for development of the roots. 

Lawn Aftercare

Aftercare will include watering in dry weather because you’ll need to keep it moist, but if you do lay it in warm weather make sure you don’t water it too much and always use blades which are quite high when mowing. 

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services – Turfing Experts

We hope you found our guide to laying lawn turf useful, however if you don’t think it’s for you and you’d prefer it if someone else did it for you, then why not give us a call? We can lay your turf for you and do an excellent job, saving you time. Just contact us today. 

Should The Cost of Fencing Be Shared Between Neighbours?

Garden fencing, amongst other things can cause a lot of friction between neighbours, especially if the relationship is already delicate. As far as fencing is concerned and the sharing of cost, there’s a legal responsibility, but who gets to pay can sometimes be a little ambiguous. 

There are boundaries, and these boundaries between the two gardens can be down to which part of the land is registered to which property. It’s a piece of the land that you or your neighbour officially owns. 

The paperwork can offer clues

Naturally, your new home will come with lots of paperwork that tells you all you need to know about the property you’ve purchased. There’ll be deeds and a planned drawing which will show the land boundaries, hopefully there will some indication as to which part of the fencing belongs to who, but that’s not always the case.

Ownership of fencing and walls can be a minefield

Fences and walls can be left slightly obscured and may not even be included along with the documents you were given, as we’ve just mentioned. Anything the previous occupants tell you about your new home won’t always be true once you’ve taken over and may have no relevance with a change of owners. 

Check the property deeds again

However, that doesn’t really help you in deciding who is responsible for the maintenance of the fencing. If you and your neighbours are still deliberating over their responsibilities in terms of cost, then it’s back to the property deeds where it may tell you whether it’s yours or the neighbours – however watch out for the potential for no information at all as we’ve already discussed. 

Start with friendly conversations

If you’re left stumped then perhaps it’s time to see how good a relationship you have with your neighbours and start up a conversation about who’s going to be taking responsibility for what, say perhaps who does the repairs, who replaces the fencing or parts of it when there’s been any damage. 

Have friendly discussions about who will take responsibility for what

By having a sensible and friendly discussion about it and about who will take responsibility for certain costs you can avoid any confrontation somewhere down the line. It’ll help both parties to feel more enthusiastic about engaging with the other and helping out and sharing responsibilities. 

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services – expert fencing services you can rely on

Finally, if you’re looking for someone to give you expert garden fencing services, regardless of who’s responsible for the cost, why not get in touch with us here at Brian’s Fencing Services? One of our team will be more than happy to discuss your needs and help plan a way forward.

Perfect Summer Flowers to Incorporate into Your Garden Design

We believe summer has arrived and naturally you’ll be wanting to spend more time outdoors in the garden. In order to improve on the experience of all that lounging around in the sun, we’re going to be talking about flowers, yes flowers that can give your garden that perfect summer feeling. So, read on and see what additions you can make to your garden design this summer to transform it into a beautiful oasis of calm.

Here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services we want you to love your garden, so we’re always happy to help with useful hints and tips on how you can improve things and have your garden exactly as you’d love it to be.

Foxglove and other summer perennials

There’s a new foxglove in town and it’s a distant cousin of the hedgerow variety. It’s been around for a while and was a winner at the Chelsea Flower Show 6 years ago. These flower every year and can be placed in pots or borders. How about some penstemon, or purple salvia too for some more impressive summer perennials?

Scented flowers and balmy evenings

This is a lovely addition to your garden and it’ll make it somewhere you’ll love to spend time in, especially in the lighter evenings. Again, you can put them anywhere, in pots or in borders. The smell is always stronger at night and this is because they attract moths for pollination. Think lavender, verbena which smells of lemon, pelargoniums, eau de cologne mint and thyme for something sweet smelling and magical.

For those late but sweet arrivals

For flowers that will bloom at the end of summer up until Autumn, then think rudbeckias, crocosmias in a variety of colours, and orange helenium. These will give your garden a final blast of colour. There’s also ice plants which are usually pink and anemones, the Japanese variety are great, pink again if you fancy it or even white or mauve. You can also have some climbers which also flower, climbers such as clematis but they will take a while before they flower fully for the first time.

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If you want to have a fantastic garden design then why not follow our useful tips or better still, get in touch with us today and we’ll do all we can to help you. We love connecting with like-minded people, those who love their gardens as much as we love working in them, so why not get in touch today?

Unique Flowers for Your Garden

We all want our gardens to look unique, and for those of us who enjoy spending time in the garden we’re more than happy to work hard in making it so. A splash of colour helps towards that truly unique garden, but how can you make your garden stand out from the rest? We think there’s some beautiful flowers out there that are really unique, and we’ve chosen five of our favourites that you can try planting in your garden for a truly unique display.

Korchia Balls

These may have a slightly alien appearance, just giant globes of grass, but they are so much more than that. You can sow inside, use some peat pots and it’ll take around a fortnight for them to germinate in the light. They look spectacular once they’re fully grown and will add a different dimension to your garden with all that luminosity of green.

California Firecracker

This is a beautiful scarlet flower, long, and with a gentle green frill at its tips. Its name was once Brodiaea coccinea and lives happily in boxes and rockeries, or anywhere really that comes with good drainage and a lot of sun. As the name suggests it’s a native of northern California in the US, however it survives quite happily in British gardens due to its toughness’ so don’t let its tropical appearance put you off, just make sure it’s kept well drained.

Devil’s Tongue

The Devil’s Tongue, also known as the voodoo lily, is a gorgeous pink flower that looks much like a lily but with a large tongue protruding from its centre, hence its name. You can grow in a spot where it won’t get too much sun, in the shade and make sure you have some rich soil for it to live in and keep frost well away from it.

Hoya

The hoya is what’s known as an epiphytic plant which out in the wild would grow from a tree or in the crevice of a bark. In your garden it’ll grow happily in soil, but a good mix and you’ll need to mist it on a regular basis. They like a nice sheltered spot, similar to the Devil’s Tongue but it’s shaded area must never go below 40F.

Juanulloa

Think tubes of lush shades of orange grown from thick stems, and that’s the Juanulloa. It’s another tropical flower that can easily bloom all year long if you live in a frost-free country. In which case it may not flower all year if you live in Britain! But there’s no reason why you can’t have some delicious flowering buds at certain times of the year and during milder winters. It grows either as a shrub or on a small vine.

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services For The Best Gardeners in West Lothian

We hope you’ve enjoyed our post today on finding unique flowers for your garden. If you’re looking for unusual flowers that will be the talking point for all your visitors, then why not get in touch with us here at Brian’s garden & Fencing Services who can advise you on what we think is best for your garden.

Tips to Spring Clean Your Garden

It’s the perfect time of year to spring clean your garden and make sure it’s ready for the summer months, when you’re more likely to spend more time in it with friends and family. In our post today, we’ve got some fantastic tips to get your garden spring ready.

Your Lawn

You want to make sure it’s ready for all that foot traffic it’s going to see. If there are some bald patches left over from the harsh winter months, then some seed and lawn food might be a good idea. You could re-turf the bald areas and water over with what’s known as a soil wetting agent. Before you do any of that, take a rake to the lawn and remove old debris, leaves, anything that’s blown in etc. and then you can start with the reseeding and feeding. Make sure no one goes on the lawn until you’ve finished with the care and attention.

Growing Your Own Vegetables

is a big trend for 2018, get away from the over packaged vegetables and grow your own food. Cover your vegetables as they grow with a sheet of plastic or an old blanket to keep the soil nice and warm. There’s plenty you can grow in your carefully segregated patch such as onions, potatoes, asparagus and courgettes, giving you a bountiful supply of vegetables that have grown naturally in your garden.

Repairs

It’s the perfect time of year to clean and mend now, especially your garden furniture, patio and/or decking. If you want to entertain this summer then you’ll need to make sure everything’s ready, and by sprucing it up a bit, you’ll be ready to start that barbecue once there’s warmer weather. If you have wooden furniture they’ll need a little more attention, possibly a complete repaint or re-oiled as part of a treatment. If you have canvas furniture make sure you clean them or even recover if necessary. You’ll need to make sure all screws are tight and that nothing is about to collapse.

Clear The Pathways

Make sure any pathways are cleared of slippery moss and debris, so no one has any accidents and that they’re clear for people to walk over. If need be, consider re-paving and replace any unsightly, cracked slates or stones. If you have gravel, go over it gently with a rake so it looks fresh.

How About Rethinking The Colour Scheme In Your Garden?

Now it’s spring, it’s the perfect time for a change to something new and fresh. You may want one or two dominant colours or perhaps one really sharp colour to brighten the whole garden.

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So, we hope our ideas have inspired you with your own garden, so you can get it ready for those warm, balmy summer evenings. If you think you’ll be needing some help getting your garden summer ready, why not get in touch with us today and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Benefits of Garden Maintenance

If you’re struggling through winter and you haven’t given garden maintenance a second thought, then you may be surprised to know how beneficial it can be to look after your garden now in time for the warm spring months, in fact looking after your garden is a good idea all year round.

The peace and tranquillity of a beautifully kept garden

Naturally, having a well-kept garden has many advantages, and it can help you feel calm and relaxed, as well as giving you pleasant surroundings in which to take a break. More of this later, but in the meantime what other benefits are there to maintaining your garden?

Give the best impression you can with a well-maintained garden

Having a well-maintained garden helps to give an impression to visitors, it may be one of the first things they see when they arrive. If you have a front as well as a back garden, then this is even more likely to catch their eye. There’s nothing better than a beautifully arranged garden giving off beautiful scents and splashes of colour. It may feel overwhelming at first, but you can do it, and it doesn’t have to be Chelsea Flower Show level, it just needs to be prettier and tidier than it is now, and a true reflection of the personalities of the people that live there.

If you’re thinking of selling, a well-kept garden could be the thing that seals the deal

Another advantage is that prettier and the more beautiful the layout, the better the impression to anyone who’s thinking of buying your property. If you’re thinking of leaving and buying property somewhere else, then visitors are going to be taking a look around your home, and first impressions count. Your front and back gardens need to be able to give the best impression, so you can seal the deal and make a sale.

Great garden, great mental health

Earlier we briefly mentioned the beauty of nature and how being in a garden can be beneficial for your heath. By maintaining beautiful, natural surroundings, you give yourself a haven of peace and tranquillity, and it helps to promote good mental health. Not only that, by gardening you’re not just creating an area of relaxation, you’re also giving yourself some exercise which can in turn help to reduce stress and get your endorphins going.

Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services

Whatever you decide to do with your garden this year, we’re always here to help. We can help transform your outdoor space into an oasis of calm and an area you’ll be happy to spend time in. Get in touch today and let’s get that garden transformation started.

Grass Maintenance Tips

We're looking at grass maintenance, so you can keep your lawn turf in beautiful condition all year round. It’s especially important now to start thinking about lawn maintenance because spring is on its way, and you want to have your garden ready and willing to welcome in the warmer months.

Clear Your Lawn

Firstly, don’t leave your garden in a mess, before you do anything clear away any debris lying around. If you’re going to try mowing the lawn, you don’t want to end up damaging anything belonging to the kids or the pets, and you don’t want to break your mower on branches and any other sharp objects which may have blown in to your garden over the past few months.

Those mower blades can be dangerous

Keep in mind that lawn mowers use blades and if they do hit something this could end up going in your face or someone else’s, or passers-by, and it can also irreparably damage your mower forcing you to invest in a new one.

Check your mower thoroughly

If you’ve not used your mower in a while, check it to see that it’s in good working condition first. Is anything loose? Is the engine working properly if your mower is motorised? And how are the fuel and oil levels? If the blades on your mower are dull you can take steps to sharpen them, but be careful you don’t hurt yourself, wear something protect your hands while you’re doing it.

Newly laid lawn by any chance?

If you’ve just laid down new turf in preparation for the coming spring and the warmer weather, wait for a couple of weeks for the turf to settle before you start mowing it. It takes time for it to root, so it’s important it’s given time to settle, and with no one walking on it either. The rectangular panels of the newly laid turf can shrink if you disturb it too soon. A new lawn should be watered once a day every day for a period of 2 weeks and not cut for 2 to 3 weeks.

Feed your lawn

Once the sun comes out you should soon see your lawn looking healthy and green, and you can always add a lawn feed if it’s looking a little sorry for itself. If your lawn (if it’s a current lawn and not a newly laid one) is looking a little under the weather with a few bald patches, you can get some grass feed on to it.

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If you’re struggling to get that fantastic looking lawn all year round, follow our tips, or why not get in touch with us here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services? We’re here to help and we’d love to see what it is we can do to help you, so give us a call.

Garden Trends For 2018

We’re nearly through with the first month of the year for 2018 and as you survey your garden and think about prepping for spring, you may be thinking about an overhaul of your garden. Perhaps you’re thinking of new styles, some new ways of structuring the garden, that not only fits in with your personal likes, but with trends for the coming year. We’re going to be looking at how you can dress your garden fashionably and just the way you want it.

Asymmetrical Gardens

We’re talking perfect asymmetry here with one of the hot trends for 2018. You’re going to love it! Think crazy paving with coloured stones and geometric lines and broken-down edges. Combine plants where you want, it’s a garden of asymmetrical loveliness.

Mental Wellness and Air-Purifying Plants

We’re all starting to think of the benefits of mental wellness and with a mental wellness garden you’ll have a haven of peace and tranquillity, it’s also something other people with like-minded concerns will be doing this year as more and more of you feel the love. Choose some calming plants which are helpful in creating a relaxed place to go. If you’re close to plants then apparently, you’re going to be feeling a whole lot better, and happier, so try turning your garden into an oasis of calm. Try rubber plants, bamboo palms and ferns as these are apparently good for purifying the air.

Ecological Beauty

If you care about the environment, then why not make your garden an ecological oasis? A garden which encourages the survival of wildlife and plants will be big this year as will edible planting. Just go for it.

Wabi-Sabi Imperfection

Who doesn’t love a bit of Wabi-Sabi, the Japanese way of appreciating imperfection. It works with internal design, but it can work with outdoors too. Why not try it and do something special with your garden, use broken used parts of old pots or paving and use to create something else, do some upcycling. Use the cracked pots and faded colours, they all work in their own way. Nothing has to be minimal and perfect to look good.

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We hope you enjoyed our post today on garden trends for 2018. Whatever you decide, if you need any advice or guidance, you know where to find us, just contact us and we’ll always be happy to help transform your outdoor space into just what you want it to be.

How to Brighten Your Garden This Winter With Flowers

Just because it’s the season of rain, wind and snow doesn’t mean you have to have a dull and depressing garden. Yes, the winter weather can wreak havoc on your garden, but there are ways you can brighten it up considerably. Today, we’re going to be talking about how you can brighten your garden this winter with flowers, so read on and find out more!

Winter flowers really do brighten up the garden with beautiful colours

You might be surprised to know that winter is a great time to plant some winter flowers. Flowers in winter will really give your garden a happy lift that will carry it through till spring comes. By picking the right ones you could be filling your house with your own beautiful flowers too.

Winter flowers include irises which flower in spring, crocuses and of course those winter favourites, snowdrops. You can plant some outside, and also place a few in some handy containers and allow them to flower indoors, so you can enjoy them as spring approaches. For those you plant outdoors, plant them in shadier areas as they will do better that way.

Heather is another beautiful winter flower, it looks great in both flower pots indoors as well as outside. Heather has some fantastic colours including purple, pink and white.

Perennials

It is possible to plant some perennials around the festive season and you won’t regret it because they have such delicate and beautiful petals. There are lots of different types, so choose the colour you like the best. Hellebores are lovely, but like the shade, they have an enormous number of flowers in winter, less so in summer.

Violas are small, but flower throughout the season. Outside you can use them to fill gaps in your borders and inside, if you save some in pots, you’ll have a gorgeous array of flowers for the home.

We mentioned crocuses earlier and they are quite the beautiful flower. They blossom in autumn or winter weather and they will certainly brighten up your garden this winter. They don’t like rain, so plan them underneath some trees if you have any so the rain doesn’t spoil them.

Other beautiful flowers that flourish in winter are Japanese quince, winter aconites, cyclamen and viburnum. They really do add a certain something to your garden and will certainly stop it from looking drab and grey as some gardens look at this time of year.

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How to look after your grass this winter

So, winter is upon is, the wind and rain and the colder temperatures approach. But what can we do about this inclement time of year with regards to our grass lawns? There are things we can do even in winter, to make sure our grass lawns are cared for and healthy enough for the spring months, when it’ll be warm enough to go outside again.

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean your grass wills top growing, just that it will slow down but grow quickly again once the temperature goes up. If your lawn sees some sunshine during the winter months and the ground isn’t frozen, then you can use this perfect opportunity to mow your lawn and take off a small percentage of the top grass. This will help stimulate growth and help it stay healthy.

No to Scarification, Yes to Mowing

It won’t be necessary to scarify your lawn at this time of year because the grass won’t recover once you’ve carried out the scarification process in winter. But mowing is a good idea because if you don’t take advantage of dry spells in the way that we’ve described, then your grass could potentially become diseased and much thinner and unhealthy.

Fertilise

It’s also a good idea to fertilise in early winter before the frost comes. The fertiliser will remain within the soil and help feed the roots throughout winter. When Spring comes, you’ll have a lush, healthy grass lawn that’s had an opportunity to feed on fertilizer nutrients beneath the frost.

Don’t Walk on a Frozen Lawn

To help your lawn through winter try not to walk on it when it’s hard and frosty, and make sure leaves have all been cleared away. Get to grips with any worm casts, and on mild days trim the edges as well as the centre of the lawn, unless it’s frozen. Don’t worry too much about removing snow from the lawns, leave it as it is. When the it’s milder apply a spring feed/tonic to help it get over the cold winter once spring is closer.

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If you think your grass is under attack and is looking more than lacklustre, then get in touch with us here at Brian’s Garden & Fencing Services, so you can have a garden that looks great throughout winter with our excellent turfing services. Grass in West Lothian takes a beating with the winter weather, so why not give your lawn a fighting chance? We’re here to help, and we have the expertise to get your garden back to fighting fit, so give us a call.

Garden Maintenance Tips to Prepare For Winter

Winter is almost upon us and we realise that that soon the frost and snow will be here. You may think this is the ideal time to forget the garden for now and just sit back and wait for spring. But you’re so wrong. What you need to do now more than ever is undertake garden maintenance for winter, but how?

Furniture, Plastic or Timber

You may have furniture in your garden, so it might be a good idea if you put this somewhere where it’ll have some protection. It can be in the loft, shed, or if you don’t have somewhere to store it, cover it with something, tarpaulin, or strong plastic if you have any. You’ll need to tie them down securely, so they don’t blow off. If you have outdoor furniture made of timbre, then hopefully you will have treated it, so it can withstand the weather.

Gutters and Drains

Hopefully you will have had your gutters and drains checked, or you will have checked them yourself. If they’re working okay, then hopefully most leaves and debris will be washed away. Having said that, you might want to carry on clearing out your gutters to make sure you don’t get any blockages, which in turn could cause leaks.

Wildlife

You’ll have some wildlife in your garden, birds especially and they’ll be grateful for any snacks they can find. Therefore, leave your plants alone so they can get at the seeds. Put up some bird feeders if you can, now is the time. Birds will need that extra little bit of help once the ground is hard with frost.

Treat Your Decking and Fencing

Use preservatives and treatments for your decking and fencing and any sheds you may have. Wait until it’s dry and then paint anything that’s made of wood that’s exposed to the elements.

Don’t Dig

Try to avoid any digging, allow the soil to rest and it’ll be safe until spring, it’s better not to disturb it now, it can be nourished naturally and there should be no reason for you to start digging until early spring.

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We have a team of experienced garden maintenance experts in West Lothian who pride themselves on their vast range of experience in these areas, this makes us best at advising and guiding all our customers. If you have any questions about what we’ve discussed today, if you have any queries on how to make sure your garden is ‘winter ready,’ get in touch and one of our team will be more than happy to advise you.

The Best Climbing Plants for your Garden Fencing

Are you thinking of getting some climbing plants for your garden fencing? If you’re sitting on the patio facing the garden fence you might be sick of the sight of it. An expanse of plain wood isn’t a great view; however, a few climbing plants can transform a boring fence into an interesting one, giving you something to admire and enjoy the next time you sit outside.

Climbing plants aren’t hard to look after and take little time in establishing themselves on your garden fencing. Of course, a lot of this will depend on the type of climbers you choose, so you need to choose well, and take your time. Don’t rush to buy, focus on the different types, how much maintenance you think they might need and whether the conditions in your garden are sufficient for the type of climber you’ve chosen.

Rather than provide you with an exhaustive list of climbers, we’ll just go through the different types of climbing plants there are and it’ll give you a good idea of which types are best.

Tendrils

This type of climber will wrap itself around your garden fencing and then hoist itself higher. Sweet peas are one example, and there are many more. You will need to keep on top of them as they can easily get out of control, they have a tendency to wrap themselves around other plants as well as themselves creating a lumpy foliage that’s hard to unravel.

Twining Climbing Plants

This type of climbing plant will grab on to your garden fencing using its stems. They often need help to start their climb and once they’ve started to grow they won’t need much attention. There are different families of twining climbers such as morning glory, milkweed and the pea family. The devices they use to attach their stems can vary from coarse hairs, thorns or protuberances. Examples of twining plants are clematis and honeysuckle.

Aerial Roots

This type of climber will cling on to your garden fencing by its roots. Strawberries and spider plants are two examples of this type of climber. The roots come from the stem and not from the ground, ivy is another good example.

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Garden Maintenance This Autumn

It’s time to start thinking about your garden as autumn approaches. We’re here to help you with garden maintenance with some hints and tips we hope you’ll find useful. As the weather turns colder, gradually over the coming weeks, you want to make sure your garden is prepared. But how?

Changes in Weather

There will be a drop-in temperature, it won’t happen overnight, but over the coming weeks and months. It’ll be wetter too unfortunately, and your garden needs to be prepared for these changes. There’ll be less mowing involved soon, so that will be less work, although it might be a good idea to finish off gradually and raise the cut on your lawn mower, making sure the blades are sharp.

Lawn Treatment

Treat your lawn with the kind of things that will help it stay lush and survive the winter. Weed killer will help keep weeds away but naturally, you’ll need to make sure it’s animal friendly if you have pets. Moss killer is another great idea if your garden suffers with it.

Scarify

You can also use a process known as scarification. Scarifying your lawn involves removing the roots, dead grass and any other debris with a rake, or you can invest in an electrical scarifier. Why not use a lawn vacuum to remove more debris and dead leaves? This can be hired from a good DIY store or garden store, much in the same way as a scarifier. The lawn vacuum will suck up leaves, twigs and debris, and once finished you can dispose of the contents quickly and easily, which is better than having to pick it all up by hand.

Feed Your Lawn

Use lawn feed and it’ll keep your grass healthy and help it to keep its lush green colour. You can also plant some lawn seed in areas where it may have starting balding during the warmer weather, and over the autumn and winter months it will start to grow back.

Aerate

You can also aerate your lawn, this will involve spiking all over the lawn with a garden fork so the lawn will drain better and offer a relief for compaction. More air will get into the roots and your lawn will be healthier as a result.

Cut-Back

You can also cut back on shrubs, plants and trees so your lawn has better access to water and necessary nutrients. If you’re worried about worms this autumn don’t because worms really help improve the nutrients in your soil. Therefore, place some worm casts and leave them there until they dry. Brush them away once they’ve dried and hopefully your soil will be richer and your lawn healthier as a result.

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