Garden development and maintenance for London
When the overall structure of the garden has been restored, cleared of overgrowth and the growth of ornamental or damaged, misshapen plants have become accessible, maintenance and training can continue alongside each other while restoring other areas within in the grounds or garden.
The plants that have ornamental potential will now require training. This can be formal plant training or be allowed to grow soft and natural, with small amounts of pruning, reducing overcrowded branches, lifting branches from the base of plants and allowing naturalised growth that suits the surrounding environment.
Clients may require a more formal look to their gardens. We are happy to compliment the softer areas of their garden with plants that can adapt to this type of training (e.g. topiary) and that complement the surrounding garden environment.
For example; the visual appearance of and position of Wisteria, Nitida or Pyracantha can help one make decisions as to the type of potential training.
With the restoration stage complete, which can take anywhere between a year to three years – depending on the size of the garden, the enhancement of individual plants and borders can begin.
In the garden enhancing stage, we transplant any other ornamental perennials, seeds or young annuals into other areas of the garden. Clients may and do like to add new plants at this stage and we are happy to source and supply them.
These may be plants that the client loves, that complement existing, established plants or that deliver colours and textures that make the garden interesting all year round. We can develop planting schemes as we actively work in your garden as opposed to planning these in advance.
We will also work with the wildflowers in your garden so that they can complement the existing or planned planting schemes – sometimes we will encourage them but also control them. Every garden has wildflowers within them so we should encourage and embrace them.
In addition to restoring and developing your garden and grounds, there are a number of garden maintenance tasks that are required and that we will perform throughout the year. As well as watering, some of these tasks may include:
Tying Plants: We use string, raffia or soft ties for additional support and to reduce damage to the stem.
Deadheading: This encourages further flowers to form and enjoy.
Edging Lawns: A nice sharp edge enhances the shape of the lawn and borders.
Seasonal Maintenance: Seasonal garden maintenance works are tasks that are at performed only at certain times of the year in your gardens, even if we are there every week of the year! Examples of seasonal garden maintenance would include Winter fruit tree pruning from November to March, Summer pruning of garden hedges from June to September, Spring, Summer and Autumn feeding of lawns and also Autumn leaf clearance.
Cutting lawns: Depending on the climate and time of year we will reduce or raise the height of lawns to what is appropriate to reduce evaporation, keep the lawn as green as possible and look tidy.
Small tree pruning: We will look after your small trees (those that are accessible from the ground or a tripod ladder, extended loppers or saw), pruning out any dead, crossing or diseased branches at the correct time of year.
Container Plants: Whether they contain trees, Summer and/or Winter bedding or a mix of perennials or annuals, we can make your plant containers as interesting as possible. We will maintain your plant containers by watering and feeding them throughout the year. We will also happily move plants from containers to your garden, useful for annuals and perennials and ornamental grasses if and when the seasonal changeover happens. We also use mosses, stones, bark and cobbles to make your container interesting.
Leaf clearance: We are experienced at clearing large volumes of leaves, which we prefer to keep on-site for cold composting and mulching when ready.
Mulching and feeding your plants: We are happy to and encourage you to decrease your garden waste naturally. We use grass clippings and all types of leaves for mulch on our gardens to retain moisture, improve the organic content of the soil and encourage insects and worms. We have successfully controlled areas of large gardens using these naturally occurring, organic materials to protect bare areas of ground and to protect and encourage newly transplanted plants while we work on other areas. We can also arrange for bulk quantities of mulch to be delivered to your garden or grounds if required. But ideally, we really like to use what is available naturally as it helps reduce waste and cost for the client.
Composting: We will also compost on site if possible or alternatively we can use residents’/clients’ compost material.
We have used Miranda Munday at HM Gardens to maintain and develop our outside space for period of five years plus – we can confirm we are very happy with the service provided. We particularly like the proactive manner in which Miranda suggests improvements and supplementary works that once implemented add to the character of the gardens. We have no hesitation in recommending her to prospective clients.