What I don't do
- Regular grass-cutting (unless
combined with other garden tasks e.g. weeding, planting, pruning,
dead-heading, planting, mulching, hedge-cutting)
- Use a hedgecutter to carve shrubs
into an unnatural lollipop shape - or intentionally prune shrubs in
a way that will reduce flowering.
- Rely on hoeing or weedkiller to
control weeds. There's nothing inherently wrong with hoes or
spraying, but they both carry a risk to treasured plants/bulbs, and
I believe it's better in the long run to hand-weed.
- Tamper with a plant
until I know its identity and requirements.
What I do do
- Weeding. Yes, I love weeding! It's
true! Real hands-and-knees stuff.
- Garden maintenance customised to the
needs of you and your garden. Many experienced
gardeners find they are not able - due to either time constraints,
illness or old age - to look after their plot in the way they would
like. Many maintenance services simply "prettify" your
garden by indiscriminate harsh pruning, leaf-blowing and hoeing. My
interest is in being a real gardener.
- Garden make-overs ... has your
garden got out of control? Are you wanting to sell your property and
need it sorting out for the estate agent? I love this kind of thing.
- Garden design ... I am fascinated by
plant combinations and appropriate use of plants for all year
interest. Happy to advise on "gaps" in your borders - or
to do rather more! (See photos, right, of my elderly mother's garden
before and after, which I designed, dug over, plant-sourced and
Where do I do it?
How far I will travel depends on
what/how much you want me to do, but mostly I am working in the
How much does it cost?
Depending on the amount of work
required, the distance to travel, and the requirement for fuel for e.g.
mowing or strimming, I work at a rate of £10-20/hour (no VAT to add).
Concessions only available for clients in Wicken or adjacent villages.
|A garden I created for my
Existing garden, early 2014
Not long after planting, August 2014
From the far end, August 2014