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Guidance, advice and ideas from the experts at Thames Valley Gardens on how to build, maintain and grow your dream landscaped garden. Find tips on what to do each month. Inspiration for creating the garden design of your dreams. Planting ideas for year round colour and scent, and how to guides for maintaining your garden and keeping your lawn in pristine condition.

Five things you’ll get from a BALI registered landscaper

on 26th Nov 2018 Comments Off on Five things you’ll get from a BALI registered landscaper

We’re under no illusion: It’s not that hard to find a landscape gardener in the Thames Valley region. A quick look online will present you with plenty of companies offering everything from basic gardening services to grounds design and architecture. But finding a reliable and customer-centric landscaper can be another ball game altogether. How can

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The Benefits Of Porcelain Paving

on 24th Oct 2018 Comments Off on The Benefits Of Porcelain Paving

If you’re looking for a clean, contemporary feel to your new garden scheme then look no further than porcelain paving.  Porcelain paving is a relatively new addition to materials that are suitable for garden paving, drives and patio. Man made from natural materials this type of paving resembles large tiles and provides a highly consistent

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Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Shingle?

on 24th Oct 2018 Comments Off on Resin Bonded or Resin Bound Shingle?

Resin bonded or resin bound shingle is an ideal paving choice when you want to have the decorative look of shingle, but without the problems associated with loose stones. By adhering the shingle to a sub-layer, you will no longer have the problems of these small stones getting caught in footwear and being walked through

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Autumn Lawn Care Tips

on 17th Sep 2018 Comments Off on Autumn Lawn Care Tips

At the end of summer our lawns can look a little worse for wear with bare patches in the shape of paddling pools, unwanted moss and weeds starting to creep amongst the carefully tended grass, and scuffs and dents from impromptu football matches with the kids. The good news is that autumn is a great

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Five Vegetable Crops That You Can Sow In Autumn

on 14th Sep 2018 Comments Off on Five Vegetable Crops That You Can Sow In Autumn

With the long warm days of summer now gone and the first signs of autumn starting to show, you might think the time of sowing vegetables is long past. The good news is there are a number of vegetables, that if you get in the ground now, will give you crops right through winter and

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How to Keep Your Garden Healthy Whilst on Holiday

on 6th Aug 2018 Comments Off on How to Keep Your Garden Healthy Whilst on Holiday

It’s typical. Just as you start looking forward to your summer holiday, your garden seems to look lovelier than ever! As such, you have to start thinking about making those necessary arrangements that will ensure the survival of your precious plants and flowers while you are away. Failing to take the necessary precautions when it

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Six Tips For Saving Water In Your Garden

on 30th Jul 2018 Comments Off on Six Tips For Saving Water In Your Garden

Keeping your garden hydrated during a hot spell can be a time consuming challenge. It can also be an expensive undertaking if you have a water meter fitted. But the need to save water during the warmer summer months is actually driven by factors that extend far beyond our own back yard. The uncomfortable truth

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Why Every Garden Needs a Bug Hotel

on 27th Jun 2018 Comments Off on Why Every Garden Needs a Bug Hotel

Bugs, critters, creepy crawlies – call them what you like. When it comes to insects people can have mixed emotions. But love them or hate them there’s no getting away from the fact that insects play a vital role in our gardens and are essential for sustaining our natural environment. If we want our gardens

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7 Things You Need To Do Before Tackling Your Garden Transformation

on 17th May 2018 Comments Off on 7 Things You Need To Do Before Tackling Your Garden Transformation

After a long cold Winter, Spring has finally arrived and the warm sunshine is tempting us back out into our gardens. However, our first forays outside are also the time when we start to notice those neglected patches of garden that we always said we’d get round to replanting or landscaping last year. Now is

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In the Night Garden

on 22nd Mar 2018 Comments Off on In the Night Garden

Are you someone who works on your garden all year-round only to head on inside the house once the sun goes down? If so, then you may already be pondering over some garden lighting ideas that will help keep you outdoors for longer. Thankfully, the benefits of installing outdoor lighting reach far beyond simply buying

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Choosing Garden Fencing

on 22nd Feb 2018 Comments Off on Choosing Garden Fencing

Garden fencing serves many purposes. It marks the border between adjoining properties and provides privacy from prying neighbours. It keeps escapologist pets (and children) safely in your garden, as well as helping to keep your garden secure from potential intruders. Yet fencing brings so much more to your garden. With the vast choice of available

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Introduce Scent Into Your Garden This Winter

on 13th Dec 2017 Comments Off on Introduce Scent Into Your Garden This Winter

One of the most surprising things about the garden in Winter, is just how much scent can fill the air on a clear, crisp, frosty day. Many hardy plants produce tiny flowers at a time when the weather is at it’s harshest, which exude more intoxicating scent than seems possible given their diminutive size. These

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10 Drought Resistant Plants That Are Great At Surviving Dry Summers

on 24th Aug 2017 Comments Off on 10 Drought Resistant Plants That Are Great At Surviving Dry Summers

Climate change is making drought a common problem for avid gardeners. Thanks to an understanding of drought and how plants react to it, Thames Valley Landscapes have put together a list of the top ten drought resistant plants this summer

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Landscaping For A Small Garden

on 4th Jul 2017 Comments Off on Landscaping For A Small Garden

Small courtyards, urban back gardens and roof terraces need not be neglected areas of your home. Instead, by employing a few easy landscaping tricks you can turn an unloved area into an oasis of calm and tranquility that’s perfect for entertaining or escaping to at the end of a long day. Create Your Perfect View

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How To Get Stripes On Your Lawn

on 19th May 2017 Comments Off on How To Get Stripes On Your Lawn

For many people in the UK, their lawn is the pièce de résistance of their garden. It provides spectacular scenery whenever you look out your window, a comfortable place to sit in the Summer, and is evidence of all your hard work in the garden. One of the best ways to elevate the look of

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Growing Your Own Fruit 1/2

on 10th Apr 2017 Comments Off on Growing Your Own Fruit 1/2

Growing your own summer fruits is easy when you know how. This is part 1 of 2 about how to grow your own fruits at home. We discuss the best fruits to grow, and how to grow them.

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Why Every Garden Needs A Water Feature

on 17th Mar 2017 Comments Off on Why Every Garden Needs A Water Feature

The addition of a water feature whose size is in proportion to your garden will enrich your outside space in many ways…

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Add A Shaded Entertainment Area to Your Garden

on 7th Mar 2017 Comments Off on Add A Shaded Entertainment Area to Your Garden

If you are blessed with a large outdoor space, you are likely spoiled for choice with things to do with it. A particularly good idea is to add an open-air structure to provide a shaded entertaining area during the summer months…

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Ten Tips For Creating The Perfect Garden Path

on 15th Feb 2017 Comments Off on Ten Tips For Creating The Perfect Garden Path

When planning the new features for your garden, one important element often gets overlooked. The garden walkway or path that is dedicated to getting you from one part of your garden to the other. Here’s how you can make your garden path an attractive and practical centrepiece…

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Six Local Gardens To Inspire You

on 12th Jan 2017 Comments Off on Six Local Gardens To Inspire You

What better way to shake off any Winter blues than to grab hats, coats and gloves and head off to explore one of our local gardens to find inspiration for the year ahead…

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Looking After Garden Wildlife In Winter

on 29th Nov 2016 Comments Off on Looking After Garden Wildlife In Winter

A landscaped garden is not just a space built for your enjoyment, it is also an important habitat for many species of wildlife where the trees, structures and flowers form an eco-system that provides…

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Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter

on 28th Nov 2016 Comments Off on Getting Your Garden Ready for Winter

Winter is upon us. It’s the time of year for warm jumpers, fireplaces, and generally staying indoors. Unfortunately, your garden doesn’t have that luxury and has to brave the cold…

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Illuminate Your Garden

on 17th Nov 2016 Comments Off on Illuminate Your Garden

A newly landscaped garden is a pride and joy for many. Make sure you can enjoy yours all day, every day with strategically placed landscape lighting to illuminate key focal points…

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Spring Flowering Bulbs

on 28th Oct 2016 Comments Off on Spring Flowering Bulbs

Autumn is here. It’s getting cold, it’s getting dark. You can even be forgiven for thinking that your planting for next year can wait. But why wait when there are some fantastic spring flowering bulbs to get in now…

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Gardening Tips for September

on 20th Sep 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips for September

September is the month where the summer has officially started winding down, and there is definitely a feel of Autumn in the air. Days are shorter, the weather wetter…

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A Treehouse Adventure Playground

on 10th Aug 2016 Comments Off on A Treehouse Adventure Playground

Every so often, a really interesting project comes along, that we all fight over, and everyone wants to be involved in. Just recently, one of these projects came round…

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Gardening Tips For August

on 2nd Aug 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For August

The last month of the Summer, August brings with it weather that can reach scorching heights with very little rainfall. Keeping your garden well watered is essential…

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Gardening Tips For July

on 25th Jul 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For July

July is the warmest months of the year and a time when we get to see our garden at its very best. The flower borders are overflowing and vegetables and fruit starting to ripen nicely. However, with the heat comes a lack of water…

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Gardening Tips For June

on 14th Jun 2016 Comments Off on Gardening Tips For June

June is the time that the garden puts on its greatest show. Flower borders are full, lawns look healthy and fruit and vegetables are growing furiously. With the longest day ahead of us …

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How a Landscaped Garden Adds Value to Your Home

on 14th Jun 2016 Comments Off on How a Landscaped Garden Adds Value to Your Home

Landscaping your garden can transform it from a dreary dull space to a vibrant paradise. In fact, by giving your garden a well thought out makeover can actually improve the overall value of your house…

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