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12 Beautiful Landscape Lighting Ideas

Friday, 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.

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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Thursday, 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…

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Five Tips to Care for Your Lawn in Winter

Tuesday, 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. (more…)

Kite Landscapes: Make The Most Of Your Garden This Winter

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Now you’ve already tackled the mammoth task of improving your home, it’s time to start work on the garden. You may not associate garden improvements with winter as many of us only use our gardens in the summer, but now is as good a time as any, to make a start on our garden improvements. After all if you’re going to make a mess you might as well do it when your garden’s not in use, that way it’s ready for spring.

It’s time to bring your garden to life.

Outdoor Heaters

Just because the weather is a little chilly at the minute it doesn’t mean that your garden is off limits. There’s something about watching the moonlight twinkle in the sky on a cool, crisp autumn evening.  Now might be the time to invest in an outdoor heater that way you can still enjoy your garden and you’ll still keep cosy and warm.

Bring the Indoors Outside

Treat your garden like an extra room. Create some outdoor living space by incorporating a table and chairs or a seating area so you can enjoy your gorgeous garden. For events and parties bring out blankets and throws so your guests can enjoy the magical fireworks and keep warm under the stars.

Lights

Make your garden sparkle with outdoor LEDs or fairy lights; these are the perfect way to set a beautiful scene despite the wintery weather. Not only will they add a little bit of magic to the garden it will also provide soft dim lighting for watching the stars in the evening.

Water Fountain/ Feature

Having a water fountain in the garden is just stunning and will become the focal point in the garden; water features are great in the garden in both summer and winter. In the winter the icy cold water will glisten in the early morning sunrise, making your garden look like something out of a fairy tale and what better time to get it done than before spring.

Patio

You may have a nice outside seating area but having to traipse over a muddy garden to get to it in this weather can somewhat dampen the mood. Now is the best time to get your garden patio sorted as garden designers get booked up quickly come the spring.

Here at Kite Landscapes we specialise all aspects of garden design from patios to water features. Our experienced team are committed to your garden project. For more information please feel free to browse our website or contact us directly for a quote.

Prepare Your Garden For Spring

Monday, January 14th, 2013

The New Year may have only just turned and with winter still well and truly here, the idea of taking care of your garden may be the last thing on your mind. But now is the perfect time to tidy up and prepare your garden for the blossom of spring.

With garden maintenance one of our many specialities, at Kites Landscapes, you can have faith in our vast knowledge and years of experience in our industry. Operating domestically or commercially, we pride ourselves on being able to offer an all-round service which is tailored to you and your outdoor needs.

With our regular garden maintenance, we can transform your overgrown and untreated surroundings. Whether you’re looking for garden design in Windsor, planting in Chobham or new decking in Ascot, our specialist set of skills will transform your property.

But what can you do to prepare your garden for the spring time?

Cut Back The Dead

Dead and dry foliage can be an unsightly and unsafe nuisance in a garden. By trimming back overgrown hedges, shrubs and trees; you will create space not only in your garden, but for the plant to grow come spring. Rejuvenation is often associated with spring so give your garden time and space.

Keep Off The Grass

Grass is not known for growing well in the colder months, which is why you should avoid walking on it whenever possible, especially when wet or damp. If you trample over your lawn, you risk damaging the grass plantings as they will not be able to grow back or repair themselves.

Get Weeds Early

Although not as prolific, weeds still grow in the winter months. So save yourself time and effort by eradicating them early. The last thing you want is bedding that is infested with weeds, so remove when the ground is soft to allow an effective removal.

With these tips, you can be sure to keep on top come the dawn of spring. For more information on our complete range of services, be sure to check out our website.

 

How to Choose the Right Garden Designers

Monday, January 7th, 2013

Your garden is a very important part of your home that’s why when you invest in a garden design project it’s essential you choose the right company for the job. Whilst designing your own garden may be fun, choosing the professionals has obvious benefits including the real peace of mind you get, knowing you have chosen the right company to help develop your garden where it needs to. Here a few tips to help you find the right company for your project:

Experience

Every garden is different so it’s important that you chose a landscaper who has the confidence and expertise required to take your ideas from paper and transform them into reality.

Communication

For your project to be successful, like anything, communication is vital. Make sure you are involved with the team and interacting your ideas and wishes with them right from the off. The only way to achieve the garden of your dreams is to let them know your feeling and desires.

Services

Some landscape gardeners cover a variety of different services including fencing, decking, patio and turf laying. However others’ expertise lie in specific areas so make sure you are aware of what your chosen company can do for you.

Past Projects

Landscape gardeners are proud of their work so will be more than happy to show you photos of this. You can check the quality of the work and look for inspiration from their past work.

Testimonials

Check out your chosen company’s testimonials. If previous customers are happy with the work then the chances are you will be too.

Taking the time and effort to choose the right garden landscaper is almost as important as choosing the right garden. This will ensure your project is on schedule and the end result is the garden you’ve always dreamed of.

Here at Kites Landscapes we have a wealth of experience to tailor make a design to transform your garden into the garden of your dreams. Our garden designers in Ascot, Chobham, Windsor and the surrounding areas are fully trained and will provide you with nothing but the best service. For more information contact us here.

 

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Mr Mines, Sunningdale

Competent and friendly staff made the garden build so much easier. Superb workmanship.

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Mr and Mrs Driver, Lightwater

The extension to our patio and retaining wall gave us much more space and levelling the lawn and re-turfing just completed the job. The new fence has kept the dog in also

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

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 […]

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