Soft landscaping is the soft side of the garden that enhances the hard landscaping. It’s the greens – the lawns, foliage and colours that soften the hard landscaping of the garden can bring it all together in making a garden visually interesting to the eye and to the other senses.
Lawns & Wildflower Meadows
Lawns and wildflower meadows are cultivated and created from rough ground or old lawns, transforming areas into rejuvenated, manicured lawns. Such features can make any garden a much more pleasant place to relax and enjoy and also an area for play which is especially important for young families.
We supply shrubs and trees, including all herbaceous plants, when creating the framework and structure of the gardens. Shelter and privacy with shrubs and trees worked in with herbaceous borders add interest and smell to their surroundings.
The four photos are of one garden near Castle Cary, Somerset. They are starting clockwise, of the wildflower meadow in flower. The mown lawn is shaped into a dell with a bench, from which to view the meadow. The weeping willow in the lawn leads to the second meadow in the near distance. Last year’s meadow was resown in February using the pictorial meadow seed mix. Four different mixes were used to provide a varied colour scene throughout the season. Even though the spring was dry, and the wildflower meadow was slow to establish, it still produced a colourful spring to autumn display.
Ponds & Water Features
Ponds and water features are built of various designs and constructions, created for the individual client’s taste and requirements. Large ponds are usually dug out with a digger. Excess materials need to be disposed of either by skip or grab lorry depending on site access and size of pond. Ponds can be sunken or raised and built in many materials, either from a synthetic liner, or in stone, and concrete, depending on the project.
Planting can be supplied, for created or natural ponds.
Pond equipment including pumps and filters can be supplied which will meet the latest specifications.
Tree surgery is one of the most important tasks undertaken, and includes pruning, topping, and felling.
When the garden is redesigned there are frequently trees either in the wrong place, too big, and in many cases the wrong type of tree has been planted.
These need to be removed, to allow for the new garden design which will include more interesting and suitable planting to be undertaken.
Sometimes pollarding will help with overgrown hedges or trees. Most hedges can be saved if not too large, apart from leylandii type hedges which are best removed. These can be replanted with more suitable hedging.
Trees that are neglected for too long before pruning take longer to recover. Therefore the only option is to remove and replant with another species.
The photos left to right are of a wall trained Ceanothus arborcus that was planted in 2005, followed by a white banksiae rose that had just been pruned. Next is a weeping willow that was been pollard down to two limbs. Tree pruning an Acer in a Hyde Heath, Bucks garden. Reducing the size of a Holm oak tree Kingsdon, Somerton.