February 2, 2016
With spring on the way, allow us to take care of your lawn this season.
Here at Ben Lannoy Landscapes, we have been providing lawn care treatments as part of our regular garden maintenance since the company founded in 2010. However, due to it’s growing popularity and word of mouth spreading fast, we are now offering tailored lawn care packages in Liphook, Haslemere and surrounding areas.
We understand that while for many people, the lawn is the most important aspect of their garden, it can also be the most troublesome. Achieving a lush green, weed-free lawn can be a complex process, which is why our highly experienced team will be happy to advise you the best treatment programme for your garden.
The range of treatments we offer include fertilising, weed killing, moss treatments, scarifying, aeration and more. Unlike some companies though, we will only ever recommend services if we truly believe your lawn will benefit from it.
If you would like to find out more about our lawn care packages, lawn care programmes in liphook and Haslemere.
January 31, 2016
We often receive enquires from landlords and tenants, asking whether we offer an end of tenancy garden tidy up service in Haslemere, Liphook or Bordon.
The answer to this question is always yes. In fact we have built up positive relationships with numerous landlords who regularly book us in to tidy up their gardens in Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex, ahead of new tenants moving in.
We understand that the budget for this sort of task is often fairly low, so we work with either the landlord of the tenant to ensure they are getting the best value for money.
The two videos below explain how we usually approach end of tenancy garden tidy ups, ensuring the clients are left with a appealing outside space.
As you can hopefully see in the videos, we used our allotted time to reduce the size of overgrown shrubs, re-define flower beds, cut back flowered perennials, weed through the borders and to cut the grass.
If you would like us to provide you with a quote for an end of tenancy garden tidy up, please feel free to Contact Ben Lannoy Landscapes
November 10, 2015
As the deciduous trees shed the last of their leaves, our attentions turn to pruning apple and pear trees.
The pruning of apple trees can be a straight forward and rewarding job but it should be done right to increase productivity and longevity.
Here are five tips to help you along the way.
1. First of all, with all pruning it is always worth checking your secateurs, loppers or pruning saw are nice and sharp before you start, in order to ensure a clean cut is made. I recommend Felco secateurs- they are swiss made and will last you for years!
2. Start by removing crossing, rubbing, dead, diseased and dying branches. Making sure all cuts are at a slight angle to allow any water to run off to reduce the risk of disease.
3. Keep the centre of the tree open by removing larger branches. If several large branches need to be removed, which is often the case if a fruit tree has been neglected for a while, it may be best to spread the work over a couple of winters or more. Hard pruning like this will encourage vigorous growth in a healthy tree, but with major reductions it is often better to play it safe, and gauge your trees reaction to pruning over a few seasons.
4. All cuts should be made to outward-facing buds, this way the new growth heads either upwards or outwards, not into the tree. By doing this you will create an open space, allowing light in to ripen the fruit.
5. Remember, fruit will grow from last years growth so make sure not to take anything of that age too low, if at all. Keep to cutting back diseased branches, suckers below canopy level and any newer growth without buds.
6. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, really take your time with this job. The pruning of fruit trees requires a lot of consideration and thought, but done correctly the results can be, well…fruitful!
You can start pruning fruit trees any time from November to February and we will be starting the process in Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire very shortly
Alternatively, if you would like us to come out and have a look at your fruit trees just go to our contact page here – Contact Us
November 3, 2015
November is some what of a transiston month in the garden. The month begins with autumn still in full swing with the vibrant leaves of Acers, Euonymus and Dianthuses stealing the show. However as the month draws to a close and winter arrives, dogwood – with it’s amazing red branches, viburnum Tinus and holly (how picturesque with a robin feeding on the berries on a snowy day) among others will help to see us through until Spring.
While everything is starting to slow down and many of the plants are entering a state of dormancy, there are still plenty of jobs to do in the garden this November. Here are five things you can do in the garden this month.
Pansies, wall flowers, forget-me-nots and Primulas all need to be planted in the first few weeks on November before it starts getting too cold. Now is also the time to plant Tulips, as well as herbaceous perennials, shrubs, roses, deciduous trees and fruit trees.
Protect your dahlias:
Once the first frosts hit and have blackened the foliage, it is time to cut your dahlias to the ground.
If you have well-drained soil you can get away with leaving the tubers in the ground and covering with a thick layer (7.5 – 15cm) layer of bark chips or compost to protect them from frost. Otherwise lift and store the tubers and replant in the spring.
Take Hardwood cuttings.
Taking cuttings from yours (or a friend’s) shrubs is a great cost-effective way to add more plants to your garden.
You can take hardwood cuttings anytime between November and February from most deciduous shrubs, including Buddleja, Cornus, Ribes, Hydrangea, Philadelphus, Viburnum and Rose.
If you have a lot of leaves falling onto your lawn, you should collect these regularly to prevent the grass dying. You should also remove fallen leaves from paths (particularly slopes and steps) as these can become extremely slippery when wet. You don’t have to worry too much about fallen leaves on your beds (unless it is begins to look untidy) as earthworms will pull these into their burrows. You can then add the fallen leaves to your compost heap (see below).
*Top tip – shredding your leaves or collecting them with a lawn mower will help them to compost more quickly
Start a compost heap:
If you haven’t done so already, November is a great time of year to start a compost heap.
Creating your own compost is a great way to stop organic waste going to landfill or being burned and it can also save you money in your garden.
If you have space, it is wise to have at least two separate heaps, so that you can add to one while using the other. If you plan to add kitchen waste to your heap, make sure it is easily accessible from the house (although not too close as they do tend to attract flies and unpleasant smells).
September 10, 2015
We are very excited to announce that we have just acquired our first ride-on lawnmower, making us better equipped than ever to offer grounds maintenance for commercial and large residential properties.
Over the past few years, we have started to look after the grounds at a range of businesses in Haslemere, Liphook and Bordon – often having been told by the clients that we are more affordable than their previous gardeners.
Up until now though, we have had to turn a few jobs away due to not having a ride-on lawn mower of our own, however we will now be happy to provide competitive quotes for properties of any size.
If you are a business owner, or look after the contractors for commercial properties and would like to save money on looking after you grounds, please get in touch using the form below.
Our services include grass cutting and mowing, pruning and weeding in beds and borders, tree surgery, hedge cutting, sports grounds maintenance, line marking, gritting and snow clearance, cemeteries and church yards.
Our current commercial clients in Haslemere, Liphook and surrounding areas include hospitals, solicitors, churches, and a chiropractic clinic.
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