West Moors Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – West Moors

We cleared the entire front garden of all plants and turf and put in a layer of new top soil to bring the garden up to level and provide a base upon which to either lay new turn if they ever decided to have a lawn again or a bed ready for planting.

This was covered with weed membrane to prevent weeds and shoots from coming through. A circular area in the middle of the garden was left open for planting a palm tree and the perimeter was bordered with a triple course of charcoal coloured blocks with one, short side expanded and left open so a border of small shrubs could be planted.

We also added a close board fence for better privacy and separation from the adjoining gardens.

The Finished Landscape

Once our work was done the front garden did look rather sparse and empty with a layer of white stone chippings covering the front garden. However, it was what we were instructed to do and the addition of a palm tree to the centre circle would add some life to the scene. Some colour would also be added by new shrubs being planted in the border section.

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Ringwood Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Ringwood

Our client at this property in Ringwood was having a custom summer house built at the end of the garden and wanted an area of decking in front of it. They also wanted a new pathway leading to the summer house and decking built and new turf laid on the lawn area of the garden.

The Finished Garden Design

As you can see from the photos, there was a very large area of turf to be laid which we did after building the pathway to give us access to the lawn. Once that was complete, we began work on the decking while the summer house was being finished and it all came together very nicely to be completed at the same time. Our client could then happily add their sun loungers to the decking area and enjoy the new summer house and garden!

Which Lawn Turf To Choose

When it comes to choosing turf you might think it’s just a matter of which colour. Turf specifications always include detailed description of the colour and, despite some subtle colour variations between the different lawn grass species, grass is just green. Everybody wants their new turf to grow in to a healthy, lush sward of thick green grass but achieving this has very little to do with the colour.

Choosing turf is all about the environment. It’s all about your own garden environment and how you intend to use your lawn. Match your turf to these criteria and you will have a lovely green lawn.

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Landscape Gardening Poole

Landscape Gardening Project – Poole

This project in Poole was enormous and encompassed almost every aspect of our landscaping services. The entire grounds of the property required garden design with hard and soft landscaping including a huge patio which continued to the side and front of the house for a triple aspect patio/paving area. New turf for full back garden lawn with a border to accommodate existing trees and filled with decorative stone over a weed membrane. We also had to lay heavy duty, armoured cable under the border for spot lights to be installed.

The existing tarmac driveway was taken up, leveled and block paved. The front lawn was to follow an arc design and also be laid with new turf. The front door paving area was made more accessible with a step built up to the porch. Steps from the drive to the front garden pathway were laid with natural stone slabs and so were the two steps at the wide side of the house.

The narrow side of the house was leveled with stone and then covered with decorative, green slate and a new fence was constructed to prevent access to the rear of the property from the narrow side.

There was a large garden shed to move so the slabs could be laid and then replaced once they were finished. Scaffold poles come in handy as shed rollers and with the proper application of brute force we managed to move it effectively so the slabs could be laid.

Before any work could commence in the back garden we had to remove a tree and a fish pond and then the task of clearing and preparing the ground could get underway. We also cleaned the moss from the roof tiles of the wooden garage and painted the boards silver to be complementary with the colour of the natural stone slabs and the decorative slate.

The Completed Garden Design

As you can ascertain from the photos, the completed garden design is vastly different from the original state of affairs. We worked our way from the back of the grounds and inched slowly forward, crafting the new design of the landscape.

The double cobble border was set in place first to mark the border for the lawn and patio/paved areas and served as a barrier to hold the decorative slate in place. Twenty tonnes of fresh top soil was hauled into place and rotavated and raked evenly over the back garden for the 86 square metres of premium turf to be rolled out for the new lawn.

The natural stone slabs were laid in a random design and continued throughout the side of the house and along the front as a pathway to the front driveway.

The turf for the front lawn went down, the driveway was block paved, the narrow side of the house was filled with green slate and blocked off at the end, steps were completed and, last but not least, the slabs were pointed. Pointing an area that big was such a pleasant job!!!

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Mudeford Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Mudeford

The project for this property in Mudeford required a full garden redesign. The lawn was bisected by an old concrete path and dying shrubs and bushes were encroaching into the lawn area causing excessive maintenance issues. On one side the garden wall had become so overgrown with ivy it was obscuring light into the house.

Our remit was to provide a low maintenance, easily managed garden with lawn, patio area, pathway to garage and perennial plants which would not grow too big and require minimal attention. We also needed to replace a wall towards the end of the garden which had been damaged by a fallen tree.

We commenced work by clearing the ground completely and ascertaining levels for the lawn and patio and digging the trench for the foundation of the new wall.

The Finished Garden Design

We maximised the lawn area by making it a large rectangle and having a path to one side running adjacent to the new and existing wall. The other side was left with a border just big enough for small perennials to be planted and filled with decorative pebbles.

The patio area spanned the entire width of the garden behind the house from wall to wall and was big enough for outdoor furniture and barbecue area to entertain guests. We used natural stone slabs laid in a random design at the client’s request which was continued seamlessly into the pathway leading to the garage at the end of the garden. Potted plants were placed on the patio area to decorate the bare wall exposed by removing the old bushes and shrubs.

A separating, trellis screen fence was placed at the end of the lawn with a gate to provide some security and privacy from the cul-de-sac the other side of the garage. Once the garage was built, we returned to lay a block paved driveway from road level up to the entrance to the garage.

Our client was extremely pleased with the finished garden design and appreciated how little would have to be done to maintain it.

Natural Stone Patio & Paving Slabs

Natural stone has been the first choice for creating patios and paved areas for a long time and many examples of these areas still exist today. Even now, with many other man made options available, natural products are still a very popular choice for patios and pathways.

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Merley Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Merley

The rear garden for this client’s property presented us with the challenge of laying a patio with not only numerous right angles around an extension and built in barbecue but also running the entire length of a plant bed/retaining wall which was built to a long, sweeping curve. However, Kaleidoscape Landscaping loves a challenge and we never shy away from one so we started the process of preparing the ground.

The Finished Patio

We chose a slate grey, natural stone slab for the patio which contrasted perfectly with the colour of the house and sat majestically between the plant bed/retaining wall and garden. The random design with which the slabs were laid helped to break up what would have been a relatively uninteresting block pattern for such a large area if we had used square slabs.

Each slab along the curve was precisely cut by hand to maintain the parallel distance from the wall for a smooth, flowing appearance and allow for some decorative, coloured, slate chippings to be put in for a border.

The work also included the slabs to be laid as a pathway along the side of the house to the driveway

Our client was extremely pleased with the finished patio and praised us highly for doing such a skillful job.

Natural Stone Patio & Paving Slabs

Natural stone has been the first choice for creating patios and paved areas for a long time and many examples of these areas still exist today. Even now, with many other man made options available, natural products are still a very popular choice for patios and pathways.

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Highcliffe Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Highcliffe

This property has a road and public pavement to the rear and was a little exposed to passers by. The client wanted a fence tall enough to provide plenty of privacy and sturdy enough to present a deterrent to anyone who might be thinking of doing more than simply passing by!

Close Board fencing panels were used to provide the required level of privacy and security with a natural and organic appearance.

Secure Rear Garden Gate

We also had to construct a gate which could be bolted and locked and also tamper resistant from the outside.

Why We Used Close Board Fence

Some of the key benefits of close board are closeboard makes an ideal privacy fence, cost effective and easy to install, offers wind resistance, secures your garden boundary, pressure treated timber, ideal for uneven landscaping e.g. sloping grounds and hills or corners.

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Hengistbury Head Landscape Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Hengistbury Head

The road side fence panels to this property had deteriorated significantly and were in urgent need of replacing. The panels were betwixt brick pillars comprising part of a low wall. We also had to accommodate a 90 degree curve where the wall of the property rounded a corner. A close board fence was chosen to provide the sturdy versatility and strength required but without sacrificing the appearance.

Car Park Space Fence

We also had to construct a full height fence with gate to provide separation from the garden and the car parking space at the side of the house but with a security gate for ease of access. This was also constructed using close board fencing.

Why We Used Close Board Fence

Some of the key benefits of close board are closeboard makes an ideal privacy fence, cost effective and easy to install, offers wind resistance, secures your garden boundary, pressure treated timber, ideal for uneven landscaping e.g. sloping grounds and hills or corners.

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Patio Landscaping Christchurch Dorset

Landscape Gardening Project – Christchurch

Our brief was to construct a semi-circular patio area with step to access the garden via patio doors and a secondary, rectangular patio area to provide level ground for garden furniture to the rear of the house and back door. The natural stone slabs were placed in a random layout and bordered with red bricks.

Choices For Patios

Patios can be laid using a variety of materials. Concrete slabs are often made to recreate the natural stone look but are disadvantaged by weathering much quicker and losing their colour. Natural stone slabs have a number of advantages over their concrete counterparts. They are more durable, do not fade or discolour, are unique in every detail and can be easily shaped to suit any pattern. They are also currently cheaper than most concrete slabs. Many of our customers choose natural stone over concrete. Slabs can be cut to size where necessary and also come in a number of kits including circles, stars and features.

Which Patio Style Would You Choose?

To choose from the vast range of styles and materials we can build your patio from

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Creekmoor Landscaping Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Creekmoor

The client wanted to maximise space in the rear garden by removing dying shrubs and laying new turf on the lawn area. The concrete path, raised patio area at the rear of the garden and adjacent to the back of the house were to be removed and replaced with natural stone patio slabs, laid in a random design. Railway sleepers were used to construct a step to each level and provide a more natural, organic appearance for the garden overall.

We added a drainage channel to the lower patio at the rear of the house to help keep it clear of surface water. We also removed the old, broken fence panels at the rear border of the garden and new, stronger, concrete fence posts with traditional lap panel fences.

Which Type Of Fence Panel To Choose?

There are many things to consider when deciding which type of fence panel or, possibly, panels to choose for your landscape gardening project:

  • Your budget
  • The time and expertise required to erect a fence
  • The purpose of the fence – is it for privacy? or security? or a decorative feature? or both? or to keep wildlife out? or something else entirely?
  • Long-term maintenance of your fence

Depending on your requirements, there may be just one or perhaps several fencing types which are suitable for your needs.

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Ferndown Landscaping Gardening Project

Landscape Gardening Project – Ferndown

This project was for a very large, rear garden that required a fence for the entire rear border of the property and new, durable garden lawn which needed a hardy turf. The garden fence and laying new turf for the lawn was just the first stage of this project

Phase II

Our client had an extension built which left the level to the garden via an old concrete patio area too low. The whole side of the extension and around to the main house had to be brought up to level after removing the concrete patio and old paving slab pathway. This was replaced with a natural stone patio area with a step to allow easy access to the extension. The new, sweeping patio led to large planting boxes made from railway sleepers which also acted as a retaining wall.

Planting beds constructed from sleepers were also installed parallel to the rear fence, once the new turf had properly rooted. Each plant bed section was tiered to accommodate the slope of the garden.

Future Project Work

Our client has also instructed us to commence work on the block paving for the driveway. This will involve taking up and salvaging as many of the blocks as possible and then the surface will be covered with stone and compacted to create a solid base to keep the driveway even and level throughout. This will prevent the the blocks sinking and causing problems.

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