So where do we start ?
I have set this site out in a similar fashion to the DVD and book that will be available shortly. Each chapter becomes a place of reference as you progress through your own scheme.
All the photographs were taken by me, as the work progressed, not one is staged in any way ! They are all of work we (my team and I ) have done, explanations with them are relevant to the particular item. They show what good practice is, how detail matters to the overall finish, finally some great combination's of materials that nearly always produce a beautiful finish.
Over the years a number of combination's of materials have been shown to produce excellent results, harmonising with the house and surroundings, weathering well, producing a quiet air of sophisticated elegance. You will find some in the features section.
Similarly untried and untested methods of materials have tended to be both expensive and unreliable. In fact we often added a significant percentage increase to an items cost simply because it was unkown to us and liable to cause much lost time in achieving a good finish.
Perhaps these chapters will turn out to be the most useful, as I will discuss various types of materials, how they can be used, what the effects of the elements can be, how they look when done well, how long they should last and finally what the typical cost comparisons are for each.
The trick with aftercare is, simply a little and often, and try if at all possible to avoid the instant topiary look, that seems to plaque Shopping Malls these days,it is so false and isn't how plants grow naturally, keep it natural and soft looking, by all means have set formal areas which are 'Designed'.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like some additional information
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One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to remove establised trees and shrubs without first considering if they could be better utilised in your revised scheme - trees take many years to grow and create dappled shade as shown in this picture ! They are also consuming CO2 during the day ! so are very environmentally friendly !