Why Fencing is the Ideal Addition to Your Garden

When you think of the perfect garden what do you imagine? Probably something along the lines of tranquil, peaceful, quiet, pretty, right? Where in that list does unsecured, exposed, noisy or dangerous fit in? It doesn’t. That’s why you need a decent fencing solution. Whether you’re looking for a safer environment for your kids, a quieter and more private garden, or want to stop your dog getting out, fencing can be a great, attractive and tasteful solution. With quick installation time, generally over a single weekend, and a myriad of options concerning colour and style, fencing can define, secure and improve almost any garden. Here are a couple more reasons why you might want to think about adding fencing to your garden.

Safety and Security

Having a secured garden can do a lot for the overall security and safety of your house. Maybe you’ve got young kids, or dogs or other pets you want to let run free, without the risk of their escaping? Fencing is a great way to create a safe and attractive play area where they can be free to explore. As well as this, fencing can prevent and deter any unwelcome individuals accessing the rear or sides of your house, and therefore have a positive impact on the cost of home insurance.

Peace and Quiet

Fencing can block sound and facilitate privacy allowing for tranquil and peaceful garden. Do you live near a road, or a busy area? Are you sick of the constant roar of traffic, roadworks or people passing by? Then fencing could be for you. By providing a solid and tall sound block, you can literally stop noise from entering your garden to a degree, and create a peaceful and calm inner sanctuary, away from the rest of the world. Plenty of research has been done to verify the importance of destressing, relaxing and winding down, for health, mental and physical, so you really do need somewhere you can totally get away from it all, especially if you have a particularly busy or stressful lifestyle or work. Relaxation can allow you step away from the world, and come back recharged and renewed, fresh to tackle whatever life throws your way. Having a peaceful, quiet and private garden can be the space for you, but only if you feel safe and calm in it. That’s where fencing comes in, presenting a great barrier between you and the rest of the world.

Design Options

                When someone says fencing, you might find yourself switch off mentally. I know, it’s the world’s most invigorating or riveting subject. However, you’ve also got to bear in mind the sheer amount of potential for design and garden enhancement inherent in fencing. Ranging from the colour, wood choices, as well as styles and designs of fencing, you can really customise and select the perfect fencing to enhance your garden. Fencing doesn’t have to just be a wall between you and the rest of the world, it can also be a beautiful focal point of your garden, especially if you utilise beautiful woods, vibrant colours and innovative designs. Look at improving your garden with fencing today.


Why a Professional Should Install Secure Fencing

Why a Professional Should Install Secure Fencing

Obviously, DIY is fantastic. No one is saying it isn’t, but the fact is, sometimes you have to give over and yield to the professionals, who can usually get a job done much better, quicker and more effectively. Okay, so you maybe lose some pride, but you gain a better done job and the time you might have wasted attempting to do it yourself. You don’t really want to play around when it comes to the integrity of the security of your garden, especially when you might have pets or young children you really don’t want escaping! A sturdy fence can also keep dogs and foxes out, as well as keep your garden secure and separated, with the degree of privacy that only a fence can offer. There are some key reasons why you don’t want to set about this mammoth task yourself, and instead get some professionals in. Here are a few.

It’ll Take You a Lot Longer

Fitting a fence that encircles a medium to large garden is a surprisingly time consuming task. You’ve got to remember you’re acquiring the materials, marking out and clearing the areas, digging post-holes, concreting posts in said post-holes, and then fitting the actual fence panels. That’s at least a couple weekends of work by yourself. When compared to getting a team of professionals in for, tops, one weekend, you’d be making a massive saving of time, and really, isn’t that as important a currency as money itself?

The Professionals Use Expensive Specialist Tools

Beyond expertise, skill and experience, professionals also have access to the proper, commercial tools, such a larger cutting machinery for removing potentially troublesome tree stumps, as well as cement mixers. Also, due to their use of a van or pickup truck, they will be bringing the construction materials. For the average Joe to do that, it’d necessitate the hiring of a van or truck. They’ll also be able to get cheaper trade prices on the necessary materials. This is invaluable, because a lot of wood goes into a good quality expanse of fencing.

With the Greatest Respect…

The fact is, most people do not fit fences weekly. This is a rare occurrence for you, and for most people, will be something they’re not skilled at or used to. This means that even if you invest weekend after weekend, and hire the specialist equipment, all while doing thorough and intense research, it will not be the same quality as the job done by a reputable company. When it comes to fencing, you want it to last, hopefully, ten years plus. In order to guarantee this, you need consistency in the construction to achieve the greatest strength and sturdiness possible.

So are you interested in having more free weekends, a better quality fence and a cheaper overall installation? I want to reiterate, DIY is fantastic, but being prudent and realistic are also essential. DIY at the expense of time, money and quality is definitely reductive overall. So sit back, relax, and get a quick, easy quote on getting your fabulous new fence fitted.

Garden Landscaping Ideas

Hard Landscaping

Are you tired and bored of your garden? Do you have an outdoor space that you could make better use of? Have you entered the summer months, longing for a spot in the garden to house a barbeque, entertain friends and relax?
If you can identify with any of these points, take a closer look at hard landscaping. To clarify the term ‘hard landscaping’, think of an array of more long term features that you could include in your garden, including:

(1) Paths, steps and driveways
(2) Decked areas and patios
(3) Foundations to accommodate sheds, garages, conservatories and greenhouses
(4) Fencing, walls
(5) Ponds
(6) Garden/pond rockery’s

The trick is to plan carefully, before jumping into your garden attire ready for the big dig. Once you’ve decided on what to add to your garden you can then enhance it further with soft landscaping, which covers plants/shrubs. This can really add character to your new feature turning it into the focal point of your garden.

Pen & Paper

Before heading off to your local garden centre, write down what you are aiming to achieve, what it will look like and the materials that you will need. Sketch out a drawing of your garden, visual what can be done to enhance it, or simply make it more useable.

Space – Measure the area that you intend to make-over, so you know exactly what you can fit in.

Positioning – Which area of your garden attracts the most sun? If you are planning a patio, decking or conservatory it needs to be in the right position so that it is a smooth transition from the property.

Materials – When choosing materials, visualise how you expect your garden to look at the end of the project. Materials are affected by weathering, so choose wisely if you want to avoid excessive maintenance.

Cost – So, the plans are drawn up, you have decided on the materials you’d like to use and you are already imagining yourself relaxing in your garden, but before all that, have you considered the cost of the project? Make sure you have enough if your budget to cover materials and labour should you require assistance.

So what is actually available?

There are a number of materials which lend themselves to hard landscaping, to cover a few:

Stone – A hard wearing surface, developing character with age.

Brick – Versatile and readily available, bricks are perfect for straight uniform lines, or can be cut to varying sizes to create a pattern.

Wood – From fences to decking, wood can be treated to look modern and sleek, or left natural for a rustic look and feel. It also provides the option to either paint or stain in whatever colour you choose.

Gravel – Relatively cheap and ideal for covering large areas, quickly and fairly easily. Invest in a decent membrane to minimise the chance of weeds growing through.

Plastic – Not widely used in the context of hard landscaping (yet!), outdoor plastic flooring is the ideal surface if you are intending in creating a child friendly play area.

Concrete – A cheaper alternative to stone and it can be moulded to take on forms such as stone-substitute bricks, flag and brick pavers.

Mosaic – This alternative is not used enough, yet visually it can really enhance any area. Decorative floorings made up from broken tiles, vivid and eye catching, a real feature for any garden.

Be wary of including too many materials and too many features – unless your garden is exceptionally large! Over-crowded gardens can detract from the features themselves. Aim for a beautiful, tranquil space that can be enjoyed by all.

Hard Landscaping

So what is meant by the term Hard Landscaping?

To the average homeowner hard landscaping may not mean a lot, but to landscape gardeners, tree surgeons this simple term covers many aspects of what can be achieved in outdoor spaces. Using various materials hard landscaping techniques are used to change the design and appearance of the outdoors, which results in visual benefits, in addition to financial benefits.

Examples of Hard Landscaping

The term covers a multitude of ‘structures’ which can be created in the garden. The following are a few examples:

Patios – A hardwearing floored area which usually leads to, or is attached to your property. A variety of materials can be used, from natural stone, concrete pavers to poured concrete.

Raised vegetable/flower beds – An area defined by stone or wood, purposely built to grow flowers, vegetables and fruit. As the area is raised it will improve drainage to your plants, and allow you to introduce a new soil to your garden.

Garden walls – Whether you are building a decorative garden wall, a retaining wall, or a wall to define a specific area/boundary, incorporating stone walls can really change the dynamics of your outdoor space.

Rock or water features – Often used as the gardens centre piece, water features provide a calming and tranquil atmosphere, perfect to aid relaxation in your outdoor space.

Pergolas – A fixed structure which will provide a shaded area in your garden, ideal for relaxation, seating or simply a focal point adorned in climbing plants.

Driveways – From concrete to tarmac a professionally laid driveway will provide functional as well as visual benefits. Driveways should be hardwearing, suitable for vehicles and low maintenance for the homeowner.

Benefits of Hard Landscaping

If you are wondering how hard landscaping would benefit you and your garden, consider the following with hard landscaping monmouth:
With the right design and ‘feature’, hard landscaping allows you to completely change the overall look and feel of your garden. From incorporating patio areas, walls, to flower beds and driveways your outdoor space can be transformed to provide you with additional living space that the entire family can enjoy.

From a financial perspective you may have heard of the term “curb appeal”. This is a phrase used when selling properties; this is the time when potential buyers may be swayed depending on the appearance and functionality of your garden. A well-kept and useable garden will also add value to your property should you wish to sell.

If you are interested in finding out more about hard landscaping, what it covers, and the benefits you can expect contact Evolution Trees. Offering a high quality landscaping service, with experience in patio construction, disabled access, log retaining structures and driveways (to name a few), the design of your garden can be completely transformed.

Hard Landscaping – Patio Construction

When considering a patio it is important that you think about its purpose and what you expect to gain from it. A patio should be low maintenance, durable, yet attractive and functional. There are many materials to consider when incorporating a patio, including:

Concrete – Hard wearing, and easy to include design work, a concrete patio can be adapted to any style, poured into any shape, and is highly durable and low maintenance.

Flagstones – Providing a very natural appearance, in a variety of earthy colours which can be best suited to your garden and surroundings. Still offering durability, flagstones are naturally slip resistant and hardwearing.

Pavers – Available in a variety of colours and shapes allowing patterns to be incorporated into the design.

Brick – Many homeowners will opt for brick patios, which can really add character to a patio especially if exposed brickwork has been used on the property exterior. A durable material, offering an authentic look, with the added benefit that it retains its natural colour well.

Tiles – Usually made of clay, the variations of patio tiles are endless. If you are considering tiles for your patio speak to a professional who can advise on the best type to suit your requirements.
So once your patio has been installed by hard landscaping forest of dean you can expect to reap the benefits. Immediately the appearance of the garden will be transformed, and you can further add to this by including garden furniture, water features, potted plants and trees.

A patio area offers additional living space, somewhere to unwind and relax in the summer months, to entertain family and friends or simply to be used as an outdoor play area for the children. A patio can also be enjoyed in the colder, winter months, still providing a tranquil space to enjoy. Perhaps you could even invest in a patio heater?


Deciding to install a driveway also needs careful thought and, like a patio you need to consider its purpose before making an informed decision about the best material to use. The most common materials are:

Concrete – This is the most popular choice for residential driveways. With its strength and durability it is an ideal surface for parking vehicles, it can be adapted to suit any design features that you may want, and is also low maintenance.

Paver – Available in a variety of shapes and colours pavers lend themselves perfectly if you have a design that you want to reflect on your driveway. Pavers are durable, and rarely crack because of the flexibility between the joints that each paver provides. Repairs are easier as specific areas can be replaced as opposed to redoing the entire area.

Gravel – Gravel offers a natural looking finish to your drive. However, it is important to remember that a gravel driveway may require a level of maintenance. Often if not laid correctly the gravel can sink, it can be washed out of place by rainwater and you may also find the odd weed appears.

Asphalt – Tarmac drives are ideal for residential properties offering a durable surface for vehicles to be parked on. Although maintenance is minimal it is advisable for asphalt drives to be sealed every 3 to 5 years. This is one of the cheapest options available.

Driveways should not be considered as just an area to park a vehicle. Whilst this is their primary use, you can also use your driveway to improve the appearance of your property; you can add flower borders and potted shrubs etc. A useable driveway can also add value to your property, as these days with space at a premium; people are keen to be able to park their vehicles on their own property rather than on the roadside.

At Evolution Trees we can design and lay a driveway or patio that best suits your needs. With a wealth of experience in both forms of hard landscaping, using a variety of materials, contact us for further information and guidance, thus enabling you to make the right choice.