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Design ideas for big gardens: giving character to a large space

September 6th, 2017

Gardens have long been a sign of wealth and style. You only need to go to an old stately home to see just how important gardens were to the nobility in days gone by. They would spend millions on their gardens and their design in order to impress their friends and other visiting nobles.

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Whilst we don’t need to impress any visiting nobility nowadays, it’s nice to take pride in our gardens if we have neighbours or family round – or simply for us. Luckily, you can now have a gorgeous garden for a fraction of the price of our ancestors! Read the rest of this entry »

12 Beautiful Landscape Lighting Ideas

July 28th, 2017

If you’ve invested in landscaping your garden, you’ll want to complete it with the perfect finishing touch – outdoor lighting.

Not only will landscape lighting mean you can enjoy your garden well into the evening, but it can also highlight and show off certain areas of your newly designed outdoor space.

Whether you want to illuminate a striking feature or create a magical twinkling seating area, we have some of the best landscaping ideas:

1. Lighting to highlight shapes and angles

If you have a concrete patio (growing increasingly popular due to their low cost and maintenance) you can build in lighting to compliment the shapes you create. Because of it’s versitility, often people experiment with angles with concrete patios and seating such as this modern garden space, and utilising lighting when you have it installed (or afterwards) to highlight the beautiful angles and shapes of your garden features can really bring the design to life.

concrete landscaping lighting

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How to build a raised garden bed: Step-by-step guide

June 14th, 2017

When landscaping, we often get requests for raised garden beds since they are excellent to build a garden design around as a main feature, or are a common feature that many would like incorporating into their design for easy maintenance and efficient plant management.

We’d like to take you through what a raised garden bed actually is, why you might want one and explain the step-by-step process so that you, other landscapers and budding gardeners can build your own.

What is a raised garden bed?

A raised garden bed is generally a large planting box that offers perfect drainage, protection from pests and easy access to crops. It not only boosts vegetables above potentially waterlogged grounds, raised garden beds are easier to keep free of encroaching grass in comparison to ground level beds, whilst elevated soil warms quickly in spring and drains more easily after a rain.

Planting, thinning, weeding and harvest also become a lot easier in raised beds, helping to turn your backyard into the farm of your dreams!

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Beyond these benefits is the control—as you grow your favourite foods or plants, you feed and soak your plants with simply what they require for optimum growth, since the soil can be of the composition you need as you are not planting directly into the ground.

A raised bed is efficient for growing as well as making an attractive centrepiece for your garden when fitted as a bottomless frame set into a shallow trench. The edges can be of any durable building material, including rock, brick, concrete and interlocking blocks. Watering troughs or claw-foot tubs will also work as long as they have the capacity and drainage.

Want to grow fresh veggies and flowers but worried about the limited space? A raised garden bed is a perfect solution. Here’s a step by step guide explaining how to make one.

Step 1: Choose the right location

Before you choose the right location to build the raised garden bed, keep in mind the type of plants you want to grow and how much sun, shade and wind they will need. Choose a place that fits your plants’ needs as much as possible, or find a spot that compromises on a few needs of multiple plants to get the best results.

Step 2: Building the Garden Bed

Before building the bed, you need to check out how big you want it to be. The size of the bed should be at least 6 inches high to provide easy accessibility and gives roots plenty of space to grow. For 4-foot by 6-foot bed with 2X4 untreated lumber, mark the lengths on the wall and cut the boards accordingly.

You can even cut posts for easy installation along the walls which give additional strength to the bed. Depending on the length of your support posts, drill two to three holes in them and connect all sides with screws to form a box. The posts should be on the inside of the bed.

Step 3: Prepare your Location

Place the frame in position and mark the outline with a shovel. Putting in the bed on the ground instead of a tough surface — like concrete — permits correct root growth and drainage.
Set the frame aside to get rid of the grass. Remove the dirt to help new plants grow deeply into the bottom. Before setting the bed, staple wide-mesh to the bottom of the frame to help prevent weeds and earthworms from ruining your crops or other plants.

Depending on the material you would like to use for your border, your will need to lay foundations accordingly. Check out these guidelines on the foundations you need and more information on preparing your raised garden bed base.

Step 4: Adding Soil and Plants

Raised garden beds can lose their nutrients sooner than normal soil, so fill the bed with a mixture of compost and nutrient-rich soil (this can be sterilised garden soil or loam). Set the plants gently and fill your bed, keeping the soil loose around plants so that water can easily reach the roots.

Step5: Watering

Try to water the plants in the morning when less water evaporates in the sun.

Step 6: Raised Garden Bed Options

Consider adding a mesh cover with wooden frames and PVC pipes to keep birds and insects away.

We hope you found this guide to raised garden beds useful. Check back soon for more helpful garnering tips and hints, and if you enjoyed this article, please share it on Facebook!

This article was brought to you by Kite Landscape’s expert landscapers based in Maidenhead, Windsor, Wokingham and surrounding areas. If you need some landscape gardening for your property or business, do get in touch, or visit our landscaping page for more information.  

The Best Ways to Maximise a Small Garden

May 30th, 2017

Space management techniques can be used to make your existing small garden actually look larger than its size.  Our garden landscaping tips and tricks will also serve the purpose of beautifying your garden and help it make look exotic and full of life. To first start designing your small garden, you will need a plan, alongside your choice of gardening objects such as pots, miniature gazebos, fountains and garden buildings, pallets, bonsai plants and trees, lighting, wine glasses, used paint boxes and any sort of containers that can hold sufficient quantity of mud and water for small plants.

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How to Make a Fairy Garden

April 6th, 2017

A fairy garden is a perfectly formed miniature garden complete with living plants that are a fun and creative way to add a little whimsical magic to your garden. Fairy gardens are perfect for whatever outdoor space you have and the only limit to what you can do is your imagination. This fairy garden adds a personal and unique touch to your garden that can be created by you or with help from expert garden designers.

So if you like the idea of Tinkerbell and her pals taking up residence on your patio, read on for some hints on how to get started…

container fairy garden

 

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How to build a raised garden bed: Landscaping made simple

March 6th, 2017

Raised garden beds are coming in more and more because of their many aesthetic and practical benefits, and are super simple to install – find out more below!

What is a raised garden bed?

A raised garden bed is generally a large planting box that offers good soil drainage, protection from pests and easy access to crops. It not only boosts vegetables above potentially waterlogged grounds but also turns your backyard into the perfect environment for farming your own crops!

Read the rest of this entry »

3 Easy Ways To Get Your Garden Spring Ready

April 7th, 2014

As the spring gets underway, many homeowners find that their gardens have been neglected or damaged during the winter. If this situation sounds familiar, now is the time to act and take some crucial steps towards minimising any damages caused to you garden during the winter and towards getting it ready for the upcoming spring season.
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Why is Garden Maintenance So Important?

February 7th, 2014

As you would with your home, your garden requires due care and attention to ensure it remains looking its best all year round, however sometimes this is easier said than done with a busy lifestyle to contend with and a lack of time to get the essential tasks done. Fortunately that’s where we at Kite Landscapes come in as we can complete those all important garden maintenance tasks on your behalf, at the same as ensuring all work is completed to the very highest standards. Read the rest of this entry »

Five Tips to Care for Your Lawn in Winter

January 14th, 2014

Winter is the season when your garden is ‘put to bed’. Growth nearly stops, and most plants lie dormant. Your lawn needs much less attention than in other months, but some thought still needs to be given to its needs, to avoid unnecessary damage and to ensure it survives winter in top condition. Read the rest of this entry »

Essential Garden Maintenance Tips For Winter

September 26th, 2013

As the winter season approaches, you are probably thinking of how to make your cherished garden ready for the coldest months of the year. To help you out, we here at Kite Landscapes are happy to provide you with some smart tips that you can use to maintain your garden for winter. Read the rest of this entry »

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Design ideas for big gardens: giving character to a large space

Gardens have long been a sign of wealth and style. You only need to go to an old stately home to see just how important gardens were to the nobility in days gone by. They would spend millions on their gardens and their design in order to impress their friends and other visiting nobles. Whilst […]

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12 Beautiful Landscape Lighting Ideas

If you’ve invested in landscaping your garden, you’ll want to complete it with the perfect finishing touch – outdoor lighting. Not only will landscape lighting mean you can enjoy your garden well into the evening, but it can also highlight and show off certain areas of your newly designed outdoor space. Whether you want to […]

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