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Tomatoes - The Worst Weather is Behind Us

The right materials and a harmonious garden design here in Nottingham. Andy at Greenscapes is passionate about creating environments which will add character and increase the enjoyment of your outdoor Garden Landscape space.

A Practical knowledge with a friendly and flexible approach, Greenscapes Garden Landscaping Nottingham brings your ideas to fruition. Greenscapes Gardening and Landscaping Services Nottingham offers a complete landscaping service to give you a beautifully crafted garden.

Tomatoes.... It's a sure sign that the worst weather is behind us when the local plant nurseries start selling tender bedding plants, hanging baskets..... and tomatoes. As I picked up  a variety of shrubs  and trees  as stock plants for the new season , three  little pots of tomatoes ( tumbling cherry, beefsteak and  sweet yellow varieties ) somehow ended up in the  cart  - as a present to self.

The only problem is where to put them, as I've only a tiny planting area and that's already pretty full.   The French have the right idea, they mix perennials, herbs and vegetables along side each other in the borders, alongside coarse gravel paths, and call it a "potager ".

The seemingly haphazard growing arrangement is a way of reducing the incidence of pests and diseases that can blight plants when grown in formal rows together.  Sometimes these mixed borders are raised so that new and improved soil can be incorporated  - as well as ease  of maintenance for  the owners.

To make your garden earn its keep with a new layout or a fresh approach ( or even French approach ) give Andy at greenscapes  a call.


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How much will it cost to do my Garden ?

How much will it cost to do my garden?

That's a question I'm regularly asked. It's a very important question and if not asked by the client, then at some point I've got to get round to the equally tricky question  "have you got a budget for the garden work ?"

Sometimes people would just like a quote, perhaps to compare with other contractors. But unless the work is easily specified or you have paid for professionally prepared to scale drawings/plans - with statements regarding levels, construction techniques and materials, no two quotes can ever be for the same work  

That's the  great thing about landscaping -  that no two jobs are ever exactly the same, but that simple fact makes it difficult to give a firm quote for work on the spot, especially when dealing with ponds, different levels, i.e. steps and retaining walls - groundworks, electrics or projects with bespoke joinery etc.

What is a pretty universal fact  though, is that hard landscaping is the most expensive part of a garden project.  Digging out soil, breaking out old paving and thick concrete, waste removal, possibly a digger, skips, permeable membranes, bringing in several tons of aggregate and sorting levels, all take time, equipment and knowledge even before the new paving or bricks arrive on site.

Decking  can be more cost effective than paving, and often better overcome problems of sloping gardens  - and using fencing or railway sleepers ( new or used) instead of traditional walling is also a less pricey option.

Re-turfing  and adding gravel areas are generally at the lower end when it comes to cost.

Sometimes just tidying a neglected garden and adding a few new finishing touches can make a real transformation with minimal cost, especially on older properties

Bearing these facts in mind and with 20 years experience in the landscape sector a realistic working budget can be discussed.  Sometimes this can involve commissioning plans/schedules and  work being done in phases, especially when other major projects around the property have been recently completed such as extensions or a conservatory built, and getting a patio relaid outside the new building is of prime importance.

If you'd like Andy to discuss the different options available for you and your garden, give him a call today


phone: 0115 8412011


Planting Choice is Critical


Whilst taking pictures for this month's notice board, the first thing that took my eye was the pot of miniature daffodils, from last month's posts, still in full bloom.

When you have a small garden ( like me ) the planting choice is critical. Every shrub or perennial has to earn its place with long flowering periods - like the tête-à-tête daffodils, year long interest in its leaves - such as  the acer palmatums or winter outlines ( to give an architectural background to early bulbs ) such as the various coloured barks of the dogwoods.

To get the most out of your garden space, whether it be a new planting scheme, paving  or decking project - or new feature such as a bespoke pergola or trellis, to set off your new planting, give Andy at Greenscapes a call to put your ideas into reality.

Andy Whitelocks - HND Landscape Design

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