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With the warmer months rapidly approaching, many of us are thinking ahead to BBQs and lazy afternoons spent sunbathing in the garden. May is a perfect month to get the groundwork in and ensure your garden is looking beautiful. If you’ve invested in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, a neat and well-tended lawn will show off your garden to its full potential.
After you’ve established a regular lawn mowing system, move onto grass feeding and fertilisation. Lawn fertiliser makes the grass grow thicker and greener, improving its strength, health and overall vigour, so that it’s better able to deal with attacks from moss, weeds and the stresses of harsh weather.
A fertilised lawn will quickly identify itself, so get the best results by treating your lawn to specialist granular feed over spring and summer. Look for blends which supply regular and balanced amounts of nutrients over a 2-3 week period.
There are many different lawn fertilisers on the market, each offering their own formulations and benefits. Head to your local garden centre and seek out advice from their experts if you are new to tending a lawn.
It’s important to apply granular feeds evenly over the entire lawn and follow the application instructions carefully. Built-in spreaders are ideal for this and many lawn feed packs now offer these for ease. If you spend time feeding the lawn in this way, it will stay strong and healthy, and look its best all summer.
Photo by Sean Hobson
11th May 2012
For many home-owners, a beautiful garden is a source of great pride and enjoyment. So if you’ve invested in a pattern imprinted concrete driveway, it makes sense to complement it with a neat and tidy lawn.
Spring is the perfect time of year to get both lawn and garden into shape. This means mowing grass correctly, feeding it with a good quality fertiliser and dealing with unsightly areas such as bare patches, moss and protruding weeds.
Regular mowing is the most important job for good lawn care, and a quick way to transform the entire appearance of your garden. The trick is to cut the grass regularly and whenever it is growing. In spring, this is likely to be every week, as the weather warms up.
Aim to keep the grass at a constant height throughout the season. An ideal guideline is about 2.5 to 4 cm in height. If you have a family or pets however, you might prefer a slightly longer grass height (of about 5 cm) to allow for extra wear and tear. Increase this up to 7cm for very shady areas of the garden.
Bear in mind that if you mow the lawn too short, you’ll weaken the grass and inhibit healthy growth. This tends to result in moss and weeds pushing through the lawn and spoiling its appearance.
Other tips for good lawn maintenance include trimming the edges for an attractive crisp line, or using a half-moon edging iron for a well-shaped and neat finish.
Take care of your lawn and it will take care of you – giving you a long summer of enjoyment to look forward to, and something for the neighbours to envy!
This is the first of four posts about Spring lawn care, come back soon to view our next post.
Photo by Sean Hobson
9th May 2012
Saving our wildlife with pattern imprinted concrete is not a bridge too far, according to US architecture competition winners.
Roadkill related accidents are costing the US $8 billon per year, and the problem is of a similar magnitude in other countries too. To solve the problem, the ARC: International Wildlife Crossing Infrastructure Design Competition was born, which asked engineers and architects to design a bridge for a particularly wildlife-hazardous stretch of road in Colorado.
The solution was simple, but elegant and clever. Landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates (MVVA) and the construction firm HNTB came up with a pre-cast concrete span 8 feet wide and spanning across the road, any number of which can be slotted together to create a bridge wide enough for any desired situation. The bridge is then covered in selected flora to mimic the local environment, meaning that wildlife will feel comfortable crossing the road via the bridge, rather than the dangerous highway.
There is still a problem – finding funding to actually mass produce these concrete bridges – but it shows that a solution is possible, which uses familiar tried and tested methods rather than high technology. It is great to see the same core attributes of strength and durability used to create pattern imprinted concrete driveways also being applied to much grander scale projects.
9th April 2011
The hot tub really is the ultimate in garden luxury. They’re becoming increasingly popular in the UK; while we might not have seen them popping up in our neighbours’ gardens yet, it can only be a matter of time. And they’re definitely being stocked by more and more retailers.
Whether you buy a high-street hot tub or have on installed by a specialist, you’ll need to think a fair bit about where you position it. In that respect, they’re much like our pattern imprinted concrete driveways; a little bit of thought and a little bit of money and you’ve got something that will really improve your property. When it comes to positioning your hot tub, remember you don’t want to be overlooked by your neighbours, nor do you want it to be overhung by trees; decaying leaves do not make for a great hot tub experience.
Something else you’ll want to consider is a path to your hot tub. You need a properly surfaced path – like a pattern imprinted footpath or driveway – as any detritus picked up on the walk from your house out to your hot tub is going to get transferred into the tub and end up clogging your filter.
If you’re having a hot tub installed, chances are you’ll want to place it on a reasonable base. Advice on this base varies from source to source, but follow what your supplier says. As with a number of other installation projects, we’re more than happy to work alongside another team in order to complete a complex installation. Of course, feel free to get in touch if you’d rather we dealt with everything.
13th August 2010
Driveways, like all home improvement projects, can really split opinion. Obviously, we’re keen on pattern imprinted concrete drives, and so are our customers. But we know that there are some people out there who are daunted by the idea of giving up some of their lawn to make space for a concrete driveway. And we understand that some people feel uncomfortable about hard surfacing in general. It’s our business to put your minds at rest.
Our pattern imprinted concrete driveways and patios are installed to the highest possible standards. You can see this in the case studies section of this website. Contractors who cut corners don’t provide drives that look like that. It isn’t just about visual appeal though. We’ve got years of experience pattern imprinting concrete, and years of experience designing and installing all kinds of surfaces.
That means that we know what to look out for when it comes to issues like drainage and manhole covers. It also means that we’ve got a real understanding of what’ll look good design-wise, and what the capabilities of the materials are. Happily, it means one more thing; we’re able to answer any questions that you might have. If you’d like to talk to us about a project, we offer free quotes. And while we’re at your property we’ll keep you as informed as you want to be about the progress of the project.
12th July 2010