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Weston super mare, Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea and Yatton in North Somerset  Burnham on sea, Bridgwater, Street, Taunton in Somerset and the Bristol area.  


Hiring a landscape gardener

Probably the main reason for hiring a landscaper will be to improve the usability of your garden

  • Converting unworkable slopes into accessible terraces.
  • Turning an overgrown jungle into something attractive and low maintenance.
  • Creating outdoor space with patios or safe play areas for children to play.
  • Draining a waterlogged area, to enjoy the lawn, grow fruit, vegetable and flowers. 
  • Fixing badly laid or loose paving slaps to get rid of trip hazards and weedy gaps.
  • Or simply breaking up cracking 60s concrete and creating new paved areas and borders. 

Hiring a good landscape gardening company or costing your own time if you are carrying out the work yourself, isn't cheap. I have listed a few things to think about before starting work. 

Well thought out garden makeovers that are both attractive and practical can add value to your home as well as creating space and privacy.

Whatever the reason for changing your garden, budget will play an important part.


What's your budget for materials,  

Its worth spending a little time visiting your local landscape supply company, to see the many different natural stone and concrete slabs and other materials available and to check out the cost.


How much will experience/skill and labour cost

An experienced landscaper will cost around £200 per day or, if you are doing your own garden makeover, good labourers are worth at least £100 for a day's work.


Other factors affecting the price. 

Access to your garden, clearance, leveling, drainage and groundwork. 

Garden Design. 

You are going to have to live with the result for a long while after the garden designer has gone so have your own plan in mind and stick to it,  Be prepared to change stuff that just isn't practicable, but stick to the main points.

You shouldn't need to compromise because of budget restrictions, instead break the work down into affordable stages. An experienced landscape gardener will be prepared to work out a staged plan with you. 

Do you need to pay for a formal garden design?

 Designs can cost between £300 and £3000. If you have your own design in mind, ask your landscaper  to run through your Ideas and point out any that might not be practicable.


Landscapes that work. 

What are the practicalities to consider when changing your garden?  A multilevel patio or decking platform might look good, but is useless if the surface area is too small for family or guests to pull back their chairs, spread out a little without falling of the edge. It's not the wine it's the design.


Working out the space you will need for the dining area on your patio is easy.

1 Position your patio table in the area to be landscaped.

2 Place chairs all around the table to calculate the minimum space you will need for dining.

3 Pull the chairs back about 18" from the edge of the table and this is the room you will need to relax with a glass of red after dinner.



 A practical design is even more important if the makeover is  for a person who because of disability finds it difficult to get around or uses a wheelchair. Check out my disabled gardening page.



Often forgotten until it rains, but it's so important unless you want your expensive patio to disappear every time it rains. I have forgotten how many times I have been called out to sort out problems garden designers and landscape companies had not recognized and taken into account. Details here, Lawn drainage


Choosing the right landscaping contractor. 

Questions to ask the contractor. Has the landscape company had experience with the work you want done?  Will the person who calls to discuss the quote, also work on the job?  Can they give an estimated time scale for the work?  

The answer to all these questions should be yes. If they haven't had experience with the type of work you want carried out, can they recommend a landscape gardening company who has. Finally, will advance payments for materials and possibly labour be required.


Who to choose? The team you choose, will depend on how we have answered your questions, competitive quotes are also important, but if you go for the cheapest it may cost a lot more in the long run. 

Do the designer and landscape gardener both share your ideas and are people you can trust working around your home for a few days or weeks. 

A deposit to cover the cost of materials is sometimes requested and for large projects scheduled to take longer than two weeks, I agree stage payments, paid in arrears.

Areas we work Weston super mare, North Somerset, Somerset, Portishead, Clevedon, Nailsea Burnham, Bridgwater, Worle, Bleadon and Yatton.


My soil is very poor and my lawn is all worn and patchy 

what can I do?

  • You could take advice from green-lawn-man (Every neighbourhood  has one, he's the guy in love with his hosepipe and box of chemicals) and rush out to buy the expensive chemical "remedies" that claim to fix poor soil when in reality all you are doing is wasting money and creating a lawn that becomes shallow rooting and dependent on chemical fixes and wasteful watering schedules.
  • Or there's a better way, plant a lawn that not only thrives on poor soil, but improves it over time, making the greenest and easiest lawn to maintain you could ever dream off. It stays green all summer, without being watered profusely because it's drought-tolerant and it doesn't need chemical fixes. Read more

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