Landscaping Milton Keynes For A Greener Garden Thu, 24 Dec 2020 17:13:43 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Landscaping Milton Keynes 32 32 Garden Landscaping For Beginners – Our Guide For Your Own Design Mon, 23 Nov 2020 09:31:37 +0000

Landscaping Your Garden

Landscaping and maintaining your garden can increase the value of your home, and provide a place that you and your family can enjoy.

The question is, do you pay for a landscape gardener, or do you try to create your ideal landscaped garden yourself?

It comes down to how much time you have and do you enjoy gardening.  

If you have a good amount of time, maybe at the weekends, and you enjoy getting out in the garden then creating your own landscaped garden would be well worth trying.

We have put together a few basic design principles for garden landscaping for beginners that will help you plan and prepare, along with avoiding mistakes by many beginner gardeners.

Think About How You Will Use Your New Landscaped Garden

Take a few moments to think about your dream garden. What do you need in your garden and whereabouts would you put it, to make your garden work for you and your family’s needs.

We have put together a few ideas for you to think about:

Is your garden a place where you can relax and enjoy your surroundings?  

You may want to consider a dedicated area with comfy garden chairs and tables that you can comfortably relax in.

Do you have people round to entertain in your garden? 

Think about a large area where friends can gather to socialise, maybe with a big table and chairs where you can offer food and drink to entertain.

Are you overlooked when you need to create privacy, or do you see an eyesore that you’d like to hide?  

Consider fitting a trellis that can grow plants up, a fence or an area where you need to plant a conifer, shrubs or trees.

Do you have a beautiful view at the end of your garden you want to enjoy?  

Avoid planting anything that will grow tall to cover the view.

Do you want a maintenance-free garden or do you enjoy planting flowers?  

If you don’t have green fingers and enjoy working in your garden, then designing a more evergreen garden, with fewer flowers, maybe the way to go.  

If you enjoy a vibrant garden, add flowers and herbs to your plant list.

Does your garden have a good amount of sun exposure and you need a shaded area?  

You may need to design an area that you can fit a patio umbrella or plant a large tree for shade.

Do you have young children or pets? 

Consider an area for the children to play or a way of keeping your pets off your flower beds.

Make a list of the top priorities you want to achieve for your newly landscaped garden.

Assess Your Garden Area

Assess the whole of your garden area, whether that’s the front garden, the back garden, or you just want to landscape a small proportion of your garden.

Start to think more seriously about how your garden will look and what features you want to include.

Would you like to add a pond with fresh fish and water lilies, or a place the kids can enjoy a paddling pool in the summer months? If so consider a location near a water point, or include a water source within your gardening plans.

What’s The Typical Climate like in Your Garden?

What time of the day do you get the sun and what time of the day would you typically sit out in your garden?  

If your garden typically gets the sun in the morning and you’re looking to sit out in the evening then bear in mind that you could be sitting out in a shaded area.

Likewise, does your garden get sun in the evening and therefore do you need to consider a shaded area.

Also, consider the rain and the wind. If the rain and the wind are typically in the area that you want to chill out in, consider shielding the rain and the wind with tall trees.

This thinking will give you a more in-depth vision of how you would like your garden to look and will help you to put a plan together to landscape your garden to fit your needs.

Create A List Of All The Plants And The Design Ideas That You Would Like To Include

A good place to find plant ideas is using the Google search engine, but selecting ‘Images’.  

Viewing different images of plants on Google will provide you with a visual of what the plant will look like when it grows in your garden.

Also look for garden catalogues that show completed garden designs, whether they are online or in your local newsagents.

Understand Basic Garden Design Concepts

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Create individual outdoor rooms within your garden space

depending on how you design your garden and what you’re looking to achieve, you can create a garden room that opens up an area or one that’s smaller and cosier.

To provide shade and privacy with an area to relax, a garden room will include:

  • A patio area
  • At least one privacy screen, whether that’s a large tree, trellis work or a fence
  • A shaded area in the form of either an umbrella, a large tree or a shaded garden structure

Think about creating different garden rooms and how you can connect them to create one complete design.

Garden Design Principles

There are 3 main garden design principles that we are going to focus on today that will provide the most benefit.


It can be difficult to understand and visualise plants as they mature within garden areas, along with other structures within your garden design.

The best way to visualise a plant is to place something of similar physical size in the proposed garden area.

Also within your design be fully aware of the maximum size your plants will grow to when they mature.

Grouping Your Plants Together

Try to avoid planting the same flowers in rows. Instead of grouping different types of flowers, that grow to the same size, together.

Also, consider the plant water requirements. Avoid planting plants that require less water and thirsty plants together


A good garden design will have some colour, but not be overwhelmed with colour. To avoid looking like a rainbow, choose a colour palette of 1 to 3 colours of each group of plants.

Also consider the contrast of a plant against this background. If you plan plants next to a wall or fence, ensure the colour of the plants contrasts with the wall or fence. If the wall or fence is dark, then choose colourful, vibrant plants.

For each plant bed group, consider whether you want a cool or a warm colour palette. Colours such as yellow, red and orange are warm energising colours, while greens and blues are cool relaxing colours.

Selecting The Plants For Your Landscape Garden Design

When selecting plants for your landscape garden design, we have detailed below are a few factors that you need to consider:

Where Does Your Garden Get the Most Sun or Shade

I’m sure you’ve already considered this as part of the previous steps, therefore it is important to only select the plants that will survive with the level of sun that you get in your garden.

Other Factors to Consider within Your Garden’s Microclimate

There are other important factors to consider over above sun exposure, these are:

What soil type you have in your garden? A hard clay-based or a soft sand base?

  • Is your soil typically wet or dry?
  • Are you planting on a slope?
  • How windy is the bedding area in the garden?

Once you’ve established your garden’s microclimate, you can choose the right plants that will survive in your garden.

When the Plants Mature How Much Room Do They Need?

It’s important to know exactly how big each plant or bush or shrub will grow when they mature to plan your space accordingly.

When you plan your landscape garden design, ensure each plant tree or shrub has adequate room when it matures.

What’s the Best Position for Each Plant in the Bed?

If your garden bed is next to a wall or fence, add the tallest plants towards the back and work your way forward with the smallest plants at the front.

If your garden bed is in the centre of the garden at the tallest plants within the centre and the smaller plants around the edge.

Choose Plants That Match Your Required Colour Palette

Most garden landscaping beginners aim for a very bright and vibrant garden. However don’t get carried away with too much colour, and different colours that don’t match your ideal colour palette.

Aim to limit yourself to just one to 3 colours, as well as green.

How To Draw A Garden Plan

You now have enough information to start your garden plan. I find using graph paper the easiest to use to ensure that your design is to scale.

One of the most common errors with beginner landscape gardeners is underestimating the garden beds and plant size. By drawing everything to scale using graph paper will help to eradicate this issue.

  • Before you start, it’s important to understand the exact size of your garden.
  • With the correct garden outline measurements, draw a border of your garden.
  • Next draw the buildings, fences and walls, required patios and any walkways.
  • If you have existing trees, shrubs or garden beds that you would like to leave, then add these to scale.
  • Make a few copies of your garden design, so that, if you make any mistakes, you can easily start again.
  • Next, start landscaping and designing, adding your new garden beds, shrubs, trees, patios, structures, anything else you want to include.

How Much Maintenance Your Garden Needs

It’s all very well adding an assortment of plants trees and shrubs, but everything that you add needs to be maintained. Decide how much time you have to maintain your garden and plan your design accordingly.

If you are a garden landscape beginner, start small.

Mark out Your New Garden Landscape Design

Using either spray paint, marking foam, flags or string, go outside in your garden area and mark out your new garden landscape design. This will give you an appreciation of your garden area and what your plan will look like in situ.

Spend a few days weighing up all the options. Look at your marked out area from the inside as well as the outside and get thoughts and opinions from your family members.

Marking out your new garden design will give you an appreciation of your selected colour palette, the position of trees working in the correct position, adding hedges for privacy, and a patio area for entertainment.

Finalise Your Garden Plan

When you are happy with all aspects of your garden design, finalise your plan.

Add Your Chosen Plants To Your Plan

Now that you’ve finalised your garden design plan, work out the best places to position each plant type, taking into account the sun and shade areas, along with the soil type.

Aim to balance the plants that you add to ensure there is a variety within each garden bed

While Waiting For Your Dream Garden To Grow

Once you’ve finished your garden design, it will take a while for the plants to grow and take shape.

While waiting for your garden to develop, think about what areas you can improve to make better. Think about what you feel works, but what doesn’t work that you can improve.

Home gardens are always evolving. Your original garden plan might have seemed like the perfect layout, but you may need to tweak and change the design.

Don’t be afraid to change your views or perspective on your garden as your garden evolves.

It’s time now for you and your whole family to make use of your new landscape garden to enjoy for many years to come.

I hope you have any enjoyed out garden landscaping for beginners guide. If you need any help with landscaping gardening in Milton Keynes UK, contact us.

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When Is The Best Time To Cut Grass Thu, 19 Nov 2020 12:06:05 +0000 You should know the best time of the day and year to cut the grass in your garden to get the best from your lawn and improve the aesthetics of your property. 

Within this article we will explain the best time to cut your grass during the day and when the best time to cut your grass through the annual seasons.

When To Cut Grass During The Day

As an experienced gardener, you know that a finely-manicured lawn requires a lot of hard work and care on your part. 

In fact, it doesn’t just happen. There are many tasks involved in maintaining a beautiful lawn such as watering, fertilising, and mowing to help the grass of the lawn stay healthy and lush throughout the year.

The Best Time To Mow Is Mid-Morning (In The Summer Months)

Typically, the best time to mow the lawn is between 8 and 10 am, and there are some significant reasons for these times. 

If you try to mow the lawn before 8 am, the grass will be damp from the morning dew, the night rain, or an irrigation system. 

In fact, around 5 am is the best time to give the grass a drink of water. But by 8 am, the lawn should be dry and ready to mow.

After 10 am, the outside temperature will begin to rise that will make the task much difficult for you, the grass in the garden, and your mower. 

The grass is under increased stress when it’s too hot outside. On the other hand, the lawnmower may overheat, and not a great experience for you as working when it’s too hot isn’t fun.

The only time mid-morning may not be the best time to mow is if your lawn is facing the north. In this case, the shade cast by your house will affect the evaporation of dew in the garden, causing the grass to be too damp to mow. 

Use The One Third Rule

Make sure that you follow the one-third rule when mowing the lawn for the first time. 

Which is, don’t cut more than a third of the blade of grass in one go. If you cut more than this, it may stress the grass. 

Gradually reduce the length of the grass over a couple of weeks to reach your desired length. 

Cutting the grass to fast or too short is known as scalping and may lead to weed infestation and disease over time.

Times Of The Day That You Should Avoid Cutting Grass

Midday: 2 Pm – 4 Pm

Midday is a time that you should avoid mowing your lawn as the grass will be busy photosynthesising when the sun is at its peak. 

The grass will be producing food and trying to retain its moisture at these times. Even if you edge the lawn at these times, it will cause the grass to turn brown since the sun will dry it out. 

On the other hand, pushing a heavy mower around at midday isn’t fun. Petrol mowers can easily overheat. 

Midday: 2 Pm – 4 Pm

Mowing a lawn late in the evening is as bad as mowing early in the morning. 

When you expose the cut grass to overnight dew, can result in fungal infestations over time. 

When Is The Best Time To Cut Grass Throughout The Year

The lawn care and mowing calendar are so different depending on where you live.

The times that we are working too are based in the south of the UK.

If you live in the north of the UK, you will be running a week or two behind during spring and a week to two ahead during autumn. 


Since growth will be starting in spring, you should mow the lawn with a high cut on dry grass, if possible.


Grass growth increases during this month. In fact, the mowing frequency should increase, such as 2 weeks and then 10 days and down to weekly mowing.

May & June

You now should aim to cut your grass weekly. You can lower the cutting height if required. 

But don’t go below 4 cm or 1.5 inches unless you want more work than necessary.

July & August

If the weather is dry, grass growth is going to slow down. But you need to mow every two weeks. 

When hot and dry, mow as above but raise the mowing height. When moisture levels are okay, cut the grass as for May & June. 


The end of August and September are good mowing times because of the autumn rains and should mow more frequently.  

If you raised the cut for the summer, you should lower it now. But if your garden is prone to moss, raise the mower height rather than reduce it. 


Mowing should be almost finished by this time. So, raise the cut to winter height.


This is the last regular cut of the year. If you are using a rotary mower, choose a dry lawn to pick up autumn leaves.

All About Winter Lawn Mowing

A high cut or topping is ideal for keeping the lawn looking smart. 

Before you start your grass cut check the soil, as it should be on the firm side and definitely not soft and squeegee the lawn if it’s wet. 

Never mow on a frosty lawn or if the lawn is supposed to freeze within 24 hours of mowing. 

Be cautious when mowing during this time of the year to prevent damaging the grass.

If Your Grass Is Really Out Of Control?

Is your lawn a little unkempt throughout the winter season? 

Don’t worry, you can still follow the one-third rule. But remember to take it in stages over several weeks. 

Decrease the cutting height on the lawnmower each time you mow to reach your desired grass length. 

You can apply this rule to a smaller area which you would like to maintain and don’t hesitate to embrace the wildness in the rest of the lawn by allowing it to flourish.

What’s The Best Grass Height For Winter?

Ideally, your lawn should be at least 2 to 2-1/2 inches high by the winter season. 

This height should be a sweet spot because it won’t be too tall to attract snow mould. 

On the other hand, it’s not short enough to get stressed due to the cold weather. 

When you cut your lawn to its ideal height, avoid cutting too much at one time. The rule of thumb is to never cut more than one-third of the grass height in one mow. 

By spreading the trims out, you can condition your lawn to withstand a shorter height.

Do NOT Water Immediately After A Grass Cut

Never water the lawn immediately after mowing. 

There are no specific amounts of water required by the grass. You simply need to water the grass whenever it needs moisture. But there are a few guidelines on the times it should be done during the day.

Watering the lawn late in the evening or at night could result in fungal problems, as the grass will not have time to dry out.

The middle of the day is when the sun is at its hottest, and the water will instantly evaporate. If it doesn’t evaporate, the water droplets act as a magnifying glass and scorch the blades of grass.

The best time to water the lawn is first thing in the morning. The air is cool, and the water can easily travel to the roots of the grass before drying up.

To Conclude Times Of The Day To Cut Grass

A Couple Of Caveats

All of what we have explained above will depend on your region having the perfect weather but is rarely the case in most areas.

In reality, the weather patterns will change frequently, and some days might be overcast and relatively cool. 

If this is true for your region, it is perfectly acceptable to cut the grass in the middle of the day. 

If it rains all night, mowing at mid-morning might not be feasible. 

Hence, you should use your common sense and adapt the mowing schedule to suit the weather conditions in your area.

In Conclusion

There are good and bad times to mow your lawn depending on the weather patterns in the area. 

You are the best judge to decide on the best time of the day to mow your lawn according to the weather conditions in the area. 

Mowing your lawn at specific times of the day matter a lot to maintain the health and aesthetics of your lawn or grass areas. 

Whatever time you choose to mow your lawn, you should never cut more than a third of the length of the grass. 

The blade of the mower should be sharp and cuts cleanly. Even the best lawn mower can ruin your lawn if it has a blunt blade.

After you have mowed your lawn, don’t forget to since back with your favourite drink and enjoy your work.

If you need help in landscaping your garden, contact us for a chat

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How Long Should I Wait To Mow The Grass After It Rains Wed, 18 Nov 2020 12:00:42 +0000 Anyone with a lawn has probably heard that mowing the lawn directly after it rains is not the best idea. 

However, they may not know exactly what the reasons behind this important rule of thumb are. 

These points also raise other questions like, “What are the risks of mowing the lawn after it rains?”, “How much rain matters?” or “How long should I wait after it rains before I set about mowing the grass?”

Read on to find the answers to these and other vital questions. 

What to Know About Wet Grass

The biggest problem is that wet grass can be a more significant strain on your lawnmower and can even cause it to overheat or even damage. 

This issue also depends on the strength of the mower and the length of the grass that’s cut. 

A powerful mower with sharpened blades and top-quality cutting decks may not have such a hard time. 

If you’re not sure if your mower will have problems cutting the grass on your lawn, go ahead and try a row. If the mower becomes bogged down, best save the task for later. 

Wet grass Doesn’t Stand Straight

Another essential point to consider is that wet grass doesn’t stand straight. This point means the taller blades of grass may not get cut and just get pushed down. 

Once the lawn dries, the blades of grass will stand back up that the mow seems very uneven. 

Before you set about your task, take a closer look at the lawn and see if any blades of grass are bent over. Once they are all standing straight, your lawn is ready for mowing. 

Wet Grass Can Result In Larger Clippings

Wet grass is also less likely to cut evenly, and this can result in larger clippings. 

When these clippings clump together, they can also block the mower deck. 

Some lawn mowers, like the Aero Core, have air tapered decks which avoid this issue to some extent. 

Still, you should always be more careful when mowing a wet lawn and check the mower deck frequently.

Wet Grass Will Not Mulch As Nicely As Dry Grass

Wet grass will not mulch as nicely as dry grass, and this means the grass gets deposited on the lawn in heavy clumps. 

The clumps do not spread well across the lawn. Therefore the grass can get suffocated and kill off sections across your lawn. 

Mowing Over A Wet Lawn Risks Rut Damage

Mowing over a wet lawn also carries the risk of rut damage. Because the soil below is wet and soggy, the grassroots can be pulled up and damaged by the wheels of the lawnmower. 

However, some mowers weigh very little, like the light-weight Wright mowers. These lawnmowers have larger wheels that can easily move over the wet ground without the risk of rut damage. 

But, the first thing to do will be to check the soil. If the ground feels muddy or soft, it may be better to wait till the lawn dries. 

Other Reasons Not To Cut Wet Grass

There are plenty of other reasons to avoid cutting the grass when the lawn is still wet. 

For one, cut wet grass can introduce diseases to the lawn that will lead to some severe problems. 

Furthermore, you run the risk of slipping on the wet grass, and this can result in serious injury. 

Avoid Cutting Your Grass On A Baking Hot Day

In reverse to waiting for your lawn to dry out, avoid cutting your grass on a hot baking day.

The sun beating down on the lawn in the heat of the day can place undue strain on the lawn and lead to scorching. 

Furthermore, it is not always the best idea to handle this type of work in the heat of the sun as you risk sunstroke and dehydration. 

Our Final Conclusion

Ideally, the best time to cut the grass is when you can walk across the lawn and not end up with wet shoes. 

Cutting the grass when it’s not damp is not always possible, of course, so there may be times when you will have to mow a slightly damp lawn. 

But, if you follow our tips and pointers above and invest in a top-quality lawn mower, many of the risks and dangers of mowing a wet lawn can be avoided.

If you need help with landscaping Milton Keynes services, contact us for a chat

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What Are The Different Types Of Grass In The UK? Fri, 30 Oct 2020 16:38:43 +0000 Even if you deem yourself to be a big gardening enthusiast, It’s highly likely that you haven’t thought that much about the grass.

We all know that gardens need great looking grass to improve your garden’s aesthetic appeal.

However, did you know there are various grass types, even though the majority of them are seen to be green, short, and pointy at their ends.

Understanding the multiple grass types and the preferred conditions that they thrive in is vital to getting the best in your garden.

In this article, we take a look at the different types of grass found in British lawns today:

Dwarf Ryegrass

Also referred to as Lolium perenne or Turf Ryegrass, the Dwarf ryegrass is a perennial strain that’s explicitly bred for its ability to yield more tillers (the grass shoots’ stem).

The Dwarf ryegrass has a relatively short growth span, which leads to a thicker lawn.

You can identify this species with the reddish or purple colouration at the plant’s base.

Over the past 30 years, this grass species has become a popular breed when it comes to lawns, mainly because it entrenches itself so fast.

The Dwarf ryegrass thrives in moist soil conditions and doesn’t do well when grown under the shade.

Red Fescue Grass

Best renowned by the Latin name Festuca Rubra, this grass species is more of a cool-season grass that does well in the shaded areas, which are for the most part challenging to maintain.

You can find Red Fescue at resorts, campsites, and anywhere that’s in the mountain shade.

Red Fescue is sought-after by many gardeners due to its low maintenance. It requires very little in the way of lawn mowing, irrigation, or fertiliser, making it affordable and labour saving.

While Red Fescue may thrive in shady, dry environments, it doesn’t do so well under hot climatic conditions.

Most gardeners prefer pairing up the Red Fescue with meadow grass to get an attractive covering in both sunned and shaded areas. It’s not as resistant as some grasses and can take a while to germinate.

You can recognise this species by its deep green colour and extremely fine blades. It has two varieties, Creeping Red Fescue, which spreads gradually with short root sequences, and Chewing Fescue, that’s a bunchgrass with an upright growth habit.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue Grass

Slender Creeping Red Fescue or going by its scientific name, Festuca Rubra Litoralis, is a more slender cousin of Creeping Red Fescue and is a common grass species that you’ll find in most British lawns.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue is a favourite among gardeners since it strikes a fine balance between looking aesthetically appealing and withstanding harsh environmental and weather conditions.

Slender Creeping Red Fescue will thrive when subjected to well-drained soil, do well in drought environments, and isn’t suited for moist soil conditions.

All you need to do is ensure that you’ve watered it at least two times per week.

The ideal conditions for Creeping Red Fescue are shaded environments and are perfect for tree-lined spots or areas that don’t receive a significant amount of sunlight.

You should know that when this grass species is planted, it takes hold pretty quickly and therefore is a perfect breed for new lawns with no grass.

Common Bent Grass

This grass species goes by various names. It is referred to as Agrostis Capillaris L. in Latin, while gardeners call it common bentgrass, brown bent, colonial bent, highland bent, and fine bent.

It’s renowned for being perennial (meaning it can live for more than two years) and rhizomatous (which means it has many roots).

Common bent is widely dispersed throughout the United Kingdom, thriving in varying terrains like acidic grassland, meadows, damp soils, rough pastures, and ground. It can also do well in nutrient-poor soil and is frequently found in upland areas.

This grass species is the real survivor. It can thrive under various climatic conditions and can be germinated in both autumn and spring. That’s why common bentgrass is the more prevalent wild grass and can be found in the Lake District and pretty much anyone’s back garden.

Smooth-Stalked Meadow Grass

This meadow grass goes by the Latin name Poa Pratensis.

In the United States, it is referred to as the folksy sounding Kentucky Bluegrass.

Smooth-Stalked Meadow Grass yields a hardwearing turf that’s distinguishable for its dark green leaf. You’ll realise it’s a bit broader compared to other slender breeds of grass species and benefits from a vast root system that makes it a survivor in droughts and with damage.

This grass species also lures various wildlife that makes it perfect if you envisioned your garden as a habitat for nature and a refuge to relax and enjoy a G’ n’ T and a good book.

The Smooth-stalked meadow grass attracts various wildlife, such as caterpillars that blossom into butterflies, and not forgetting the Common Sun Beetle.

Annual Meadow Grass

Going by the Latin name Poa Anua, this grass species is a staple of bowling and golf greens throughout Britain.

Annual Meadow Grass isn’t frequently used in seed mixtures, but it’s popular for cultivated turf and usually finds its way on lawns as a contaminant.

Annual Meadow Grass doesn’t do well in acidic soil or soil with low phosphate concentration and can especially be sensitive under drought conditions. This is why Annual Meadow Grass is more prevalent and thrives on lawns that are occasionally managed.

Note that Annual Meadow Grass flowers throughout the years, which means its seeds can be dispersed by getting attached to the undersides of shoes and tire treads etc.

To figure out which seeds the best suit your garden make sure you evaluate the landscape, note where the sun shines, check the amount of moisture your lawn has, and which seeds are more likely to come from neighbouring grassy areas and lawns.

Regardless of what your situation is, you are sure to find a grass breed that suits your garden.

If you need help selecting the best grass type for your landscaping project, check out our Landscape Gardening Services

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