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SHRUBS
Eye catching shrubs are available in many varieties. Easy to grow shrubs, including traditional favourites, are available year round from most nurseries and landscapers. For more information on how you can turn your mundane garden into a neighbourhood attraction with shrubs, click here.

FLOWERS
From reds & yellows to the deepest violets, flowers are the gardener's pallet. Some can be worn on special occasions like weddings and some are poisonous to pets. For more info on how to select the right flowering plants for your garden, click here.

HEDGES
As a boundary or privacy form the neighbours - plan, plant and grow your hedge. More info on hedges: click here.

TREES
Available in all sizes, trees provide shade, fruit, a child's swing or exciting tree house but they also can ruin your garden and home if not planned properly. More info on trees, click here.

 
   
   
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Lawn Care

 
Lawn Care Calendar

 

 

JANUARY

  • January is the month when there is the least work to do on your lawn.

  • If the weather conditions allow, aerate the surface using solid tines (fork) or an appropriate aerator.

  • Brushing off leaves, twigs and other debris will keep the lawn drier and reduce the risk of disease.

  • Avoid walking on the turf when the lawn is very wet or covered in white frost.

  • If conditions allow, top the grass with the mower set high to keep things tidy.

FEBRUARY

  • February is still a quiet month for lawn care.

  • Make sure your mower is fully serviced and ready for action. A further "topping" cut may be carried out if conditions allow. Do not do this if frost is expected within 48 hours.

  • Should worm casts appear, these should be brushed off to avoid creating seedbeds for unwelcome weeds.

MARCH

  • This is the month, in milder areas, when the lawn care programme should really kick-off.

  • At the first sign of real growth, give the surface area a light-to-medium weight rolling. This will consolidate any unevenness of the surface caused by winter frosts.

  • Vigorously brush the lawn in different directions using a drag brush or drag mat or do a light scarifying.

  • When mowing, never dramatically reduce the height of cut. Remove no more than 20-25% of the green leaf. Tidy up the edges around the lawn removing debris and re-cutting a sharp edge with an edging iron.

  • A light application of turf top dressing can be applied after mowing.

  • This is also the time to treat moss with Lawn Sand or similar products. Alternatively, you can apply the first spring and summer fertiliser.

APRIL

  • The fertiliser programme continues with another dressing around mid-month.

  • If moss is still prevalent it may be necessary to apply a second treatment.

  • Continue to gradually reduce the mowing height and increase the frequency of mowing from once to twice a week, not forgetting to always remove clippings.

  • Rake out areas of thin or worn turf or any damaged areas.

  • Apply a suitable grass seed mix with top dressing or re-turf larger worn areas.

MAY

  • Now you should be mowing once to twice a week..

  • It may be beneficial at this stage to over-sow with a fine grass mixture if the surface area is becoming sparse.

  • Apply fertiliser dressings if required.

  • Weeds should be treated with a selective lawn weed killer, weed and feed dressing or lawn sand. Always adhere to the manufacturer's recommendations. Try to pick a day when the lawn is dry on the surface and damp below and when there is no wind.

JUNE

  • Now that the growing season is well established, continue the mowing programme.

  • If you are enjoying long dry spells, raise the height of the mower and reduce frequency of mow.

  • When you decide to water, do so copiously. Give the lawn a good soaking then leave it a few days.

  • Further weed control treatment may be required.

  • If there is clover around then a light raking before mowing will help control this sometimes troublesome weed.

  • Lawn fertiliser should be applied again to maintain colour and plant vigour.

JULY

  • Mowing should continue at your chosen height.

  • Water when conditions demand.

  • If you're off on holiday for a couple of weeks try and arrange to have someone mow your lawn.

  • Follow up weed killing may be required.

AUGUST

  • In terms of lawn care, the first part of the month should be regarded as a continuation of July.

  • This a good time to apply a last treatment for weeds.

  • Apply a high nitrogen fertiliser to maintain colour.

  • This is also an excellent time for sowing grass seed.

SEPTEMBER

  • The frequency of mowing will now decrease and the height of cut can be raised gradually.

  • Now is an ideal time to hollow tine compacted lawns. Follow up with turf top dressings or sand/loam, depending on the nature of the soil. Drag mat and brush in the dressing making sure the grass is showing through. If the dressing is too thick, the sward will be smothered and will die out.

  • Over-sow grass seed to increase the population of grass in any worn areas.

  • Worms may become active at this time of the year.

  • Light rolling may be beneficial but only if absolutely necessary.

  • A light scarification can be profitable.

  • An application of an autumn fertiliser dressing can be made towards the end of the month.

  • Lifting and levelling before seeding or turfing can attend to local bare areas and humps and hollows.

OCTOBER

  • As growth begins to slow, your regular mowing programme should gradually decrease.

  • Disease may become prevalent at this time of year and suitable treatment should be affected.

  • Brush leaves and other debris and remove worm casts as required.

  • It is beneficial to apply liquid iron, as it will enhance colour, “hardening-off” the grass.

  • Give edges a trim as it helps with later leaf collection.

  • This is a good month to be doing turfing work as you will be using your lawn less and growth is slower.

NOVEMBER

  • When ground conditions allow, occasional mowing may by undertaken.

  • If you want good winter colour, the early part of the month is your last chance to apply a suitable fertiliser.

DECEMBER

  • There is not a great deal of work to be done at this time of the year.

  • Keep your lawn brushed or raked and free from debris.

  • If you missed an end-of-season mowing, pick a nice dry day to do this.

  • Keep off the turf during wet and frosty weather.

  • Take your mower in for a service and sharpening.

 

Steven Ogg Landscape and Design
33 Holborn Place
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2LG

e: info@gardendesignfife.co.uk
tel: 01383 271419


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Decking & Fencing Care

 
Decking and Fencing Care

 

 

Decking

Steven Ogg Landscape & Design Guarantee:

At Steven Ogg Landscape & Design we use only the very best quality treated timber for our customers to ensure against premature rotting. However, in the unlikely event that any part of your decking timber should fail within 1 year of construction we guarantee to replace/repair the issue free of charge.   Once your decking has been completed we advise the following points to help bring out the best in your timber feature and general maintenance to keep it looking good as new. 

Do:

  1. Once the decking has been completed, brush of any lose dust.
  2. Wait for a dry day and prepare to treat the deck with a good quality timber treatment
  3. There are quite a few colours available, if in doubt, purchase a number of sample bottles to try out on a section you will not see.
  4. After the first coat, wait 30 minutes and apply a second coat.
  5. While spray systems can be used to apply timber treatments it does not penetrate as well as a brush worked into the wood which is important if the wood is to be water resistant.
  6. If you experience a good deal of wet weather immediately after coating, it may be necessary to do a third coat on the flatter surfaces.
  7. We would recommend that the decking is given a coat of timber treatment every year from there on to keep it in good condition.

Don’t:

  1. Despite being timber treated do not leave your new decking unpainted, it will deteriorate much more quickly
  2. Do not use cheaper timber treatment materials, it is a false economy.
  3. If your decking is accidentally damaged, do not leave the splintered wood exposed to rain.
  4. We do not advise the use of a BQ on timber decking without safety procedures to extinguish an accidental fire.
  5. Fixtures such as hanging plants are not advisable without due care and attention.

How do I look after my Decking?

At some  point of the year you may need to address your decking or fencing and there are some things you need to check for:

  • Damaged timber
  • Screws or nails coming loose
  • Surface soil collection or moss
  • Underground subsidence

General Decking Care

  • When  cleaning your decking check what cleaning agent is  suitable for that surface.
  • There is a vast amount of decking surfaces out there and some are corrosive so check first before you clean
  • You can do this at any time of the year apart from extreme weather conations  such as frost and snow as the water temperature could make the surface dangerous to walk on.
  • Most decking  surfaces can be cleaned with a jet wash or brush  but check first.
  • Remove all moss, soil and weed  collection from boards and handrails
  • Let the surface dry and stain or wax
  • We advise you do this once a year so you prolong the life of the deck
  • Decking can be perfect solution for seating in you garden as you may not have the perfect conations for a patio area.
  • If you stay in the Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy ,Glenrothes or Edinburgh district please call or contact us via email if you require advice or a landscapers assistance.
  • If you stay in the Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy ,Glenrothes or Edinburgh district please call or contact us via email if you require advice or a landscapers assistance. See below for our contact details.

Fencing

Once your fence has been completed we advise the following points to help bring out the best in your timber feature and general maintenance to keep it looking good as new. 

Do:

  1. Once the fence has been completed, brush of any lose dust.
  2. Wait for a dry day and prepare to treat the timber with a good quality timber treatment
  3. There are quite a few colours available, if in doubt, purchase a number of sample bottles to try out on a section you will not see.
  4. After the first coat, wait 30 minutes and apply a second coat.
  5. While spray systems can be used to apply timber treatments it does not penetrate as well as a brush worked into the wood which is important if the wood is to be water resistant.
  6. If you experience a good deal of wet weather immediately after coating, it may be necessary to do a third coat on any flatter surfaces.
  7. We would recommend that the fence is given a coat of timber treatment every year from there on to keep it in good condition.

Don’t:

  1. Despite being timber treated do not leave your new fence unpainted, it will deteriorate much more quickly
  2. Do not use cheaper timber treatment materials, it is a false economy.
  3. If your fence is accidentally damaged, do not leave the splintered wood exposed to rain.
  4. Do not allow unnecessary heavy objects to lean on the fence
  5. Beware of ignited BQ grills situated too close to the fence
  6. Beware of large tree roots undermining the fence
  7. Hanging baskets or other such items should not be affixed without care and consideration. 

 

 

Steven Ogg Landscape and Design
33 Holborn Place
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2LG

e: info@gardendesignfife.co.uk
tel: 01383 271419

 


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Driveway & Paving Care

 
Driveway and Paving Care

 

 

How do I look after my Driveway?

Steven Ogg Landscape & Design Guarantee:

At Steven Ogg Landscape & Design we use only the very best quality treated timber for our customers to ensure against premature rotting. However, in the unlikely event that any part of your driveway should fail within 1 year of construction we guarantee to replace/repair the issue free of charge.  

Once your driveway has been completed we advise the following points to help keep it in good condition.

Do:

  1. Once the driveway has been completed there is little in the way of maintenance required..
  2. Over time moss will gather and seeds will fall into the joins, depending on the type of driveway such as tightly packed herringbone mono-block, pressure water cleaning will quickly dislodge any plant life. For drives that use fine sand to bridge the gaps we recommend a stiff brush or the edge of a hoe to dislodge plant growth.
  3. Where there has been an oil leak from a vehicle, it may require for the stained sections of brickwork to be replaced.
  4. If you hare placing planters onto the driveway we recommend that you use spacers to raise the planter off the ground so that water can drain from the pot and thereby not staining the brickwork. It is always a good practice to move the planter for regular brushing away of plant debris that will collect at the base of the planter.

Don’t:

  1. Do make sure any car parked on the driveway is not leaking oil or break fluid etc..

How do I look after my Paving?

At some point of the year you may need to address yours patio, designed paving or stone wall. The things you need to know are:

  • Check for cracks or loss paving
  • Pointing coming lose
  • Surface soil collection or moss
  • Underground subsidence

General Paving Care

  • When cleaning your patio, paving or driveway ,check what cleaning agent is suitable for that surface.
  • There is a vast amount of paving surfaces our there and some are corrosive so check first before you clean.
  • You can do this at any time of the year apart from extreme weather conations such as frost and snow as the water temperature could crack the paving also making the surface dangerous to walk on.
  • Most paving and driveway surfaces can be cleaned with a jet wash or brush but check first.
  • Remove all moss, soil and weed  collection from paving and mortar joints.
  • Let the surface dry and re-sand or point up depending on surface.
  • Paving can be a perfect solution for seating in you garden creating a pleasant and warming environment for the family.
  • If you stay in the Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy ,Glenrothes or Edinburgh district please call or contact us via email if you require advice or a landscapers assistance.


Steven Ogg Landscape and Design
33 Holborn Place
Rosyth
Fife
KY11 2LG

e: info@gardendesignfife.co.uk
tel: 01383 271419

 


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