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Creating the perfect garden

Your garden has a big impact on your lifestyle. A beautiful, well-designed garden can provide the perfect setting for outdoor activities with your kids, family gatherings and friends, for the perfect BBQ. Whether you prefer a garden that’s designed for entertaining or just relaxing with a good book, you can create the perfect environment where you’ll love spending your time year-round.

With some creative planning and the help of a Lw Landscapes, you can create your dream garden. Whether your garden is small or large, it needs to have both functional and aesthetic appeal. To create that, your garden needs to have proper height and depth, hard and soft surfaces and interesting textures and colors.
Make a Grand Entrance

First impressions count, so it’s important to pay special attention to your gardens entry. If your entryway consists of a rusty, old iron gate that’s off it’s hinges or a wooden door that needs new paint, the first impression of your garden may be less than great. If your guests have to walk through wet grass or down a muddy path to reach your garden, they’re likely to be unimpressed with your garden design.

To make a grand entrance, consider building a beautiful rose-encrusted arbor or trellis covered in scented climbing vines like honeysuckle or jasmine. Creating a lovely pathway into the garden with concrete pavers, flagstone pieces or wooden stepping stones. Line the pathway with soft foliage or colorful flowers.

Line the pathway with soft foliage or colorful flowers and light it for safety with beautiful pathway lights. A grand entrance will make a lasting first impression for your garden design.

A beautiful garden begins with great landscaping ideas. Selecting the right trees, shrubs and plants will give your yard good height and depth, soften hard edges on adjoining structures and create a enjoyable back garden atmosphere. Good landscaping will always set the stage for everything else you do in your garden.

Here are some important landscaping tips:

Create Depth and Height

When designing your landscape, create interesting layers. Plant tall trees and shrubs at the back of the garden or along the property line to create privacy, then shorter shrubs, plants and flowers toward the garden. Layering plants will create proper scale and emphasize height and depth in your backyard.
Use a Variety of Plants

Select a variety of plants with different sizes, shapes, textures and colors. Place plants with broad leaves next to those with slender, spiky leaves, and those with bright green leaves next to those with darker leaves.The contrast will make your landscape look fuller and look visually interesting.
Choose the Right Plants

When selecting landscape plants, choose the right plants that fit the size of your garden. If you plant seedlings or young trees, shrubs and plants, consider how large they will get when they reach maturity. If you plant the wrong size plants, it will create constant care and maintenance problems.
Choose the Right Grass

Most lawns require regular care, maintenance and water. To conserve energy and resources, consider using native plants and grass alternatives in your garden design.

Before planting, study your garden. Look for sun and shade areas, fertile soil, adequate drainage, pest problems and any existing landscape conditions that may impact growth and maintenance requirements.
Plan for Shade

Your garden won’t be very enjoyable without some shade, especially during hot spring and summer months. By planting several trees, you will provide adequate shade in a comfortable garden atmosphere for family activities and entertaining.

Trees not only create comfortable shade, they also give your house a look of permanence, soften hard materials and provide more privacy. Trees, whether tall or small, create good scale, height and depth and create impact in your garden.

Trees provide interest, shape, texture and color throughout the year. If you plant two or three trees, harmonize the shapes, landscape plant such as round, pyramidal, weeping, and vary the different size and shapes of leaves.

By creating flowing paths in your garden, you will add both functionality and aesthetic appeal. Garden Paths can create stunning footpaths from the front garden to the back garden, safe footpaths from the house to winding pathways to colorful garden areas.

Whether you prefer the elegant look of stone pavers, the traditional look of brick, the modern appeal of concrete or the natural appeal of gravel or stepping stones, the flowing paths will provide hardscaping that contrasts the softness of trees and plants and increases visual appeal and interesting texture and color.

When planning paths, follow these design tips:

  • Follow natural access patterns within your garden, otherwise, children and dogs will create their own pathways through your grass and flower beds.
  • Create straight paths where ever possible. Although they are less pleasing than a winding pathways, they create the shortest path to a destination and are the least expensive to build.
  • Use curves and steps only where there is a reason, not just to meander through the garden.
  • Provide practicality, safety and visual appeal by making paths at least 36 inches wide, which will allow two people to walk together. For an illusion of extra length and width, widen one end and add extra width at curves.
  • Never slope walkways more than 10 percent, one to five percent is ideal. If your back garden is sloped, incorporate curves, steps or ramps in your back garden design to compensate for the slope and provide safe footpaths.
  • Make steps as wide as the paths the they connect to. Never use just one step, two or three steps provide more safety. Make steps emphatic and noticeable with plants along the borders, contrasting textures or landscaping and lighting to prevent falls. Use materials on paths and steps that provide slip-resistance when wet.
  • Keep hedges and border plants next to walkways low and well-maintaned so you don’t crowd the foot path.

Create Eye-Catching Edges and Borders

Edges and borders will create a neat, well-maintaned landscape with great form, contrast, texture and color. Interesting edges and borders, next to decks, patios, walkways and fences add a lot of visual appeal to any garden. You can create eye-catching edges and borders with landscape plants, as well as interesting building materials.
Plants

A border created with interesting ground covers, soft greenery or colorful shrubs and flowers will create stunning visual appeal in your back garden. Select plants and flowers that bloom during different seasons for all year round color or foliage.

Edges and borders created with hard landscaping materials will provide permanent form and neat outlines in your back garden, as well as interesting texture and contrast. You can design edges and borders with a variety of hard landscaping materials like stone, concrete and brick.

Create a visual interest by setting brick or stone diagonally or on end. Create a natural appeal with wood timbers or flagstone paving.

For added visual appeal and height, build a unique container gardens within your back garden. You can design container gardens around the back garden to create property boundaries or set them along pathways and patio areas. Container gardens can be built in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials that will complement the style and atmosphere of your backyard.

If you find these steps difficult, you can always call for professional help. Get in touch with us by giving us a call on 01244 490106, or leaving an email at lee@lwlandscapes.co.uk.

LW Landscapes will get the job done for you.

Get Your Landscape Ready For Summer Now!

Despite the fact that we’re not even halfway into April just yet, we’ve already been allowed to enjoy more than our fair shar of British sunshine this year. The overcast skies have made way for blistering sunshine, blooming flowers and singing birds, and it’s fair to say that we’ve left the frosty winter well and truly behind us.

Since it’s proving to be so nice outside lately- and with many forecasters believing we’re going to be in for a summer to remember- it’s only natural that you fancy the idea of putting your feet up in your back yard. You just can’t beat the feel of the sun on your face after a hard day at work, and you’re bound to ensure that you’re making the most of the weather while it’s hot.
Well, if you really want to be able to relax in the sun in style, then you’re going to need a gorgeous landscape! So go ahead and poke your head out the window and ask yourself- is this a place I want to relax in? No? Then here’s exactly how you could benefit from our landscaping services this summer:

• Relaxation
As mentioned above, a huge benefit to having a beautiful outdoor space is the sense of relaxation you’ll be able to achieve. If you end up sat in the middle of a cluttered, decaying landscape, then the effect just won’t be the same. Here at LW, we provide a range of excellent landscaping services that are all dedicated to giving you the garden of your dreams, which means that you can enjoy the sunshine in style!

• Property Value
It’s no secret that many people looking to buy a home will look at the outdoor space available to them. By using LW to completely transform your landscape, you’ll be significantly increasing your property value!

• Entertaining
With the summer season fast approaching, you’re bound to fancy a good barbecue or some sort of garden party to really make the most of the sun. Well, the best way to do that is with an incredible new landscape! By taking advantage of our expert services, you’ll soon have your guests gasping with admiration- and your barbecue could become the event of the summer!
Here at LW Landscapes, we provide the best landscaping in Wirral and the surrounding areas, so please get in touch if you’d like any further information regarding our services!

3 Big Benefits of a Paved Driveway

Let’s face it- we all dream of having an absolutely stunning outdoor space. Not only will this improve the selling value of your property, but it will also have the guy living next door peeking over his garden fence as he turns green with envy. By owning a beautiful driveway, patio and garden, your home will become much more inviting- and so it’s a good job that we are the landscaping experts here at LW Landscapes!

When it comes to finding the perfect driveway for you, you might start to feel a little overwhelmed by the huge amount of choice available to you. So how do you decide on which surface is right for you? LW Landscapes provide a variety of driveway services, and we’re here today to run you through some of the benefits of our block paving driveways:

  1. They Look Fantastic

When it comes to designing and installing a brand new driveway, the main thing you’re going to be worried about is whether or not it looks good. The last thing you want to do is spend a fortune on a driveway that doesn’t look quite right or just isn’t your cup of tea, and so it’s a good job that paved driveways are able to complement all manner of properties. Whether you own a home steeped in history or a brand new build, a block paving driveway will accompany it perfect- so you never have to worry about it looking out of place.

 

  1. They’re Easy To Install

No matter how derelict their current driveway might look, many homeowners are put off replacing it due to the fact that they don’t like the idea of the work taking so long. If a landscaping job encounters unforeseen circumstances and is delayed, then people will worry that the project will never get finished. Fortunately, block paving not only looks great, but is also incredibly easy to install. This means that it won’t be long until the work is done and you’re back to normal- the only difference being the stunning drive sitting in front of your home!

 

  1. They Are Very Durable

After waiting for your new driveway to be designed and installed, it’s only natural that you won’t really fancy having to replace the driveway any time soon. Thankfully, block paving driveways are incredibly durable, meaning that they won’t cave under any adverse weather conditions and that it won’t need replacing for years to come- if at all!

If you’re interested in installing a brand new landscape, then get in touch with us today- we offer the best driveways in Wirral and the surrounding areas!

The Benefits of Purchasing Decking Just Before Summer

Decking is becoming a lot more popular throughout garden’s in the UK and it’s believed they are the perfect summer essential to make your garden look better than ever. As most people enjoy spending most their time in the garden as soon as the weather becomes a bit warmer it is important to create a social space and have a nice place where people can relax in the garden. Summer is coming up and now is the perfect time to get your garden looking stylish and contemporary and installing a decking and here are a few reasons why:

Aesthetics

Decking has a very attractive appearance, they can be easily shaped and coloured to fit your garden and make it look exciting and sophisticated. They enable the garden to be broken up a bit, and are a more modern and stylish feature.

Low Maintenance

In summer, most people are focused on making sure they have their BBQ techniques perfected, and enjoying family and friends company. With decking, the tedious gardening chores are minimised meaning there is more time to relax with company. Decking rarely must be cleaned except occasionally hoovering and the potential mopping, which is a massive incentive to most people that they can just enjoy their garden without worrying it will become overgrown.

Strength

There some researching when considering installing a decking as the suppliers want to ensure that everything is catered to your needs 100%. With the best wood, decking can resist the harsh weather conditions that the UK can sometimes bring, and resist mould therefore have a less likely chance of rotting. The long durability of decking is perfect for garden parties, with the strongest wood there can be parties and barbecue’s all throughout summer with no worry about the decking itself.

We believe that decking are a perfect social place that enables families to come together and enjoy the weather, it’s a faultless space for children to play and to include pets. Good landscapes add a sophisticated element to your garden and make it look effortlessly appealing which is an essential for summer.

Landscaping in Wirral hasn’t been better since LW Landscapes came along, with the experience and ideas LW Landscapes have, you can ensure your garden would have never looked better!

How To Landscape For A Small Garden

When looking to re-vamp your garden it can be hard to realise how to get the landscaping right-which will ultimately let you make the most of the small space and also make it look contemporary and exciting. After all, you’re going to want to make sure that visitors can indulge themselves in your garden and it be a comfortable outdoor space. There are lots of suggestions in how to cater to your garden, and make it look summer ready, so we thought we’d run you through some of the basics.

Focus on creating small backyard zones

It is important to create lots of small backyard zones. By breaking up your garden into different sections it enables your garden to feel bigger. If you have a variety of different seating areas, and paths leading to each area it uses the space successfully and enables your garden to look bigger.

Use colour appropriately

A small use of bright colours is important, when first walking out into your garden there needs to be a few flowers that catch your eye straight away. If people are focusing on certain flowers then the rest of the garden will recede into the background, therefore meaning that your garden will appear bigger than it actually is.

Perspective

Putting things into perspective enables you to trick people into thinking your garden is bigger than it is. The use of long, straight, thick lines will certainly make the garden appear bigger. Creating focal points, by slightly slanting lines at the end of your garden, can create a larger perspective.

Get plants that are vertical not horizontal

As your garden space is so precious, focus on buying plants that grow vertically rather than buying shrubs and bushes. By doing this you create more space for yourself, the garden can indulge in colour and greenery, however it doesn’t take up much room. Also try to get dwarf varieties for a small backyard, they take less room but look very effective.

Lw Landscapes doesn’t only just focus on creating the best landscaping Wirral can offer, no job is too big or to small and they have a team of experienced workers that know exactly how to make your garden look better than ever.

The Top Five Driveway Materials

When paving your driveway there are several considerations that you need to take into account- people don’t believe it’s a big feature, however when looking at a house it’s one of the first things noticed. It is important to pick the most suitable material for you, as it will affect the whole aesthetics of your house. Also, depending on the material, you go for will affect the cost of the material, durability and the maintenance that you do on the driveway. Therefore, meaning you need to ensure you’ve picked the best material for you, and it will be durable.

Exposed Aggregate

Exposed aggregate is known as the true beauty of concrete, therefore suggesting that it will develop the overall aesthetics of your house. The idea of exposing the aggregate has been around since the early 1900s and is a very effective driveway method. Exposed aggregate is a durable material, that requires little maintenance, which only needs to be resealed every couple of years.

Concrete

Concrete is a very popular material to use when paving a driveway, and is quite a versatile material that can create a variety of different looks for the front of your house. Concrete is known as a strong material, and is incredibly durable- however over time may crack causing you to have to relay the material. As concrete is versatile you can create many looks with it and create a look that’s unique to your house, and therefore aesthetically pleasing. Concrete is known as one of the more affordable materials.

Bluestone paving

Bluestone is a form of sandstone and is a material that is used to create a more elegant feel to your driveway. It can come in a variety of different forms therefore can be specific to your house and your driveway- enabling you to create intricate patterns. Bluestone can form with other materials therefore able to create a contemporary stylish driveway that’s suited to your needs.

Clay brick paving

Clay brick paving has been used for driveways for centuries now, clay brick is formed and set into a certain shape and then baked into a hot oven- like pottery. Clay brick are rich in colour, create authentic characteristics and set in different patterns and combinations. Due to the diversity of the paving it makes the driveway unique to you, you can create your own design. However, even though they are strong materials, the material can be chipped over time, with good maintenance and a good base enables the paving to last longer.

Timber

Timber is the eco-friendliest option. They create an exciting contemporary feel to your driveway and enable you to create new exciting designs for your driveway. Timber driveways can be cost effective, and environmentally sustainable. The surface of timber may be more suitable for rural environments rather than going for a concrete option.

LW Landscapes excels in making the most effective driveways Wirral can offer. LW Landscapes has years of experience and can create a driveway beneficial and effective to you.

Why You Should Build An Extension, Not Move

People often have the debate over whether to extend their home or just move to a bigger house, however we believe there are many reasons why you should extend your house rather than just jumping ship completely.

People are always looking for extra room or to upgrade their property, due to extending their family or adding a study or conservatory. There are several reasons why people would want to move, but there are many disadvantages with moving rather than just extending your current house. From having to find a decent removal company, to sorting the mortgage and caring for your disoriented, stressed children; moving to a new house is a stressful time and that’s why we’re big believers in the benefits of building an extension.

Saves time

Getting an extension over moving to a new house saves months of time. Moving to a new house can take several months to sort paperwork and contracts, to sorting removal companies and then waiting for other owners to move out their house. An extension wouldn’t cause you as much stress, and means you wouldn’t have to disarrange your whole house to get it sorted, where you would if you were moving. Meaning that whilst your extension is being built, you can focus on your family or other commitments you already have.

Saves Money

Extensions are pricey, however there is certain equipment you can get your builders to use that is cheap and affordable, which reduces the cost of the overall price. Moving to a new house means you must pay the removal companies, estate agents and high deposits- all these payments can quickly drain up your bank account. Therefore, you need to think is moving to a new house worth paying the extra thousands, over extending the current property you love and are happy in?

Comfort

Moving to a new house is always hard if you are comfortable where you are living, the amount of memories made in the house make it hard to depart and leave it all behind. Children develop a strong attachment to their surroundings and routine, and normally get stressed when moving to new locations. With an extension, you can have a luxury bigger home, but also have the surroundings you have grown very comfortable in.

LW Landscapes excels in building services, and can provide excellent service and care. LW Landscapes also provides the best Driveways Wirralhas seen, going above and beyond to provide excellent customer service to you, so you can relax in your beautiful home!

How To Maintain Your Resin Driveway

One perk of installing a resin driveway is the low maintenance involved, however there are implements in place that will make the overall life of your driveway a lot longer if you are able to keep up with the care. As your driveway is one of the first things people see, it’s important to keep it prestige to give a good impression to onlookers- also a good driveway adds to the value of the house and is an important selling point.

With a resin bounded driveway heavy vehicles aren’t permitted to drive over the driveway, and heavy objects such as skips shouldn’t be dragged around over the driveway. This is due to it ruining the overall aesthetics of the driveway and could cause cracking. Also, spillages of strong chemical toxins should be avoided, and can damage the resin and ruin the aesthetics.

Realistically, resin really doesn’t need that much maintenance. It regularly needs brushing from leaves and debris, otherwise moss will grow throughout it due to cold damp conditions. To clean your driveway, you should use a cold-water pressure washing machine, this will remove all dirt from the surface. Ensure the water pressure isn’t too high as this could cause cracking in the driveway, and you must ensure its cold water as the water could damage the overall aesthetics of the driveway.

With most spillages, you can buy resolutions that are suitable for the resin driveways. If you put that on your driveway and get a brush in circular motions that should get rid of the spillage, but it’s important you try and sort the issue straight away instead of leaving it a few days.

It is important to get an effective resin bounded driveway installer to ensure the durability of the driveway. Here at LW Landscapes excels at paving in Wirral, with long lasting good quality driveways enabling you to be happy with your home, and a perfect view for onlookers passing by.

Which Decking Material Is Right For You?

Decking is a great way to add dimension your garden, and adds an extra feature perfect for your garden and enables you to have a social area where family and friends can sit and enjoy themselves in the summer. There are pros and cons to all decking materials, whether it’s hardwood, softwood or composite. Decking has a lot of planning involved and its important you pick the right material for you considering colour, durability, price etc.

Softwood Decking

Softwood has a faster growth rate and therefore is produced a lot quicker than Hardwood. Larch, Red Cedar and Spruce tree’s is mainly where softwood is produced from. Softwood is the cheapest form of decking therefore is  good value for money, however not necessarily the best quality of decking out there compared to others. Softwood is durable due to tightly packed wood fibres therefore is long lasting, so can be used for years. Softwood is the most popular decking material and therefore is very versatile and there are a variety of designs available, due to the way it’s smoothed and grooved. It is essential softwood is yearly maintained to re-stain and clean extra. If not stained properly the wood can turn to a grey colour and therefore doesn’t look aesthetically pleasing.

Composite Decking

Composite is an effective wood substitute, and mixes wood and plastic together- you can also purchase a wood free decking. Due to it being a manufactured there is a 10-year warranty there, and has a long-life span of over 25 years and beyond. Composite decking is child-friendly and due to the way it’s manufactured there is no maintenance such as painting, sanding etc- this however makes composite decking pricier than softwood decking. Depending on the style of your garden there is a range of different styles that your decking can come in, whether you are a younger couple and fancy a contemporary decking or you fancy a rustic decking for your children to play on in the summer.

Hardwood Decking

Hardwood is of a slower growth rate and therefore has a very strong durability, hardwood is grown from tree’s such as hickory, maple and oak. Hardwood is a lot more expensive than softwood- however has a more precise intricacy and is usually designed by highly skilled carpenters. The overall quality is impeccable and gives you the “wow” factor, therefore proves it is good value for money, therefore depends on the purpose of your decking. Hardwood must be yearly oiled, therefore involves some maintenance to keep on top of the top-quality decking.

There are lots of different factors to consider when installing a decking, however decking’s are a perfect feature especially in time for summer. LW Landscapes install incredible decking’s, taking all your considerations into account- we are able to help you pick the perfect material as well as providing the best decking in Wirral!

Ideas On How To Landscape A Big Garden

Landscaping a garden is in an important job and with a big garden it is important to landscape it properly to balance your garden sufficiently by using different paved surfaces, this can break the garden into sections and therefore can make use of the whole garden. To be blessed with a big garden it is important for it to look visual pleasing, also using colour makes the garden look vibrant to attract visitors to sit in your garden.

  • Using several different seating areas throughout your garden for different purposes is beneficial, such as relaxation and another for dining. This ensures you use all your garden space and you also have different areas for different purposes.
  • Consider a water feature flowing through your garden, if you have a problem already with drainage turn the problem to a solution with a massive water feature flowing through your garden. This is a massive focal point for visitors when seeing your garden, also the idea of running water is peaceful and adds an element of peacefulness to your garden when relaxing in the summer.
  • If your garden is a very flat landscape try and create different levels throughout your garden, this could be by using a decking to add variation and a bit of variety, or consider using different sized flowers some larger than others. It creates diversity throughout your garden and heightens the landscape.

It is important to focus on many different features before considering how you want your garden landscaping, there are many ways you can make the most of your outdoor space. LW Landscapes provide the best landscaping in Wirral and are able to create beautiful landscapes and work with you to create the perfect outdoor space for you.