We specialise in:
Over the years, B.A. Boyle and Sons have undertaken many soft landscape contracts, which range from work for private clients to commercial and industrial work. We have a comprehensive portfolio of successful landscaping projects and references behind us because of our excellent workmanship and because we use the highest quality materials.
- Garden Design
- Fencing and decking
- Patios and rockeries
- Pruning and trimming
When is the best time to build a garden?
Despite the UK’s dreary winter weather, gardens can generally be built at any time of year – though it is important to note that building will progress significantly faster in the summer when days are longer, and conditions are more favourable – rain, mud, and frost create mess and slow down work. Snow will generally bring work to a halt – even for the most experienced landscapers. Frozen ground is a significant obstacle to work.
Whilst building can take place at any time, planting specifically is undertaken in the autumn, winter, and spring, to allow significant time for germination, and to reduce the need for watering throughout the main growth phase.
What is landscaping?
The term landscaping generally refers to the planning, design, and construction of an outdoor space or garden with the intent of enhancing appearance or creating a usable space for activity. Landscaping can include the construction of patios, decks, lakes, driveways, car parks, ponds, and swimming pools, alongside the addition of plants, terraforming, pruning, and trimming. Landscaping can be implemented on both a commercial and domestic basis.
B.A. Boyle & Son are proud to offer a wide variety of landscaping services, covering the areas mentioned above, and more. Whether you’re looking to improve your domestic property or undertake a large landscaping project on a commercial property, our expert team will conduct work exactly to your specifications.
Do I need a landscaper?
Anyone can complete landscaping work without the assistance of a garden designer or landscaper – their services are not a planning requirement. However, the assistance of a landscaper, or landscaping team, can be invaluable in bringing your vision to life.
Landscapers generally bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the board, and will be able to provide you with drawings, planning and regulation advice, and, of course, complete work to an expert standard, often offering guarantees.
Though landscaping may seem like just an additional expense – an outdoor space landscaped to a high standard can transform your property for the better.
Do I need planning permission for landscaping?
Planning permission requirements vary from case to case – it's always a good idea to check with, or consult a professional regarding whether or not your landscaping project will require approval from your local planning authority in order to avoid planning breach charges. With this noted – landscaping conducted in a back garden or more secluded area doesn’t generally require planning permission – however, front gardens are subject to high levels of regulation. Planning permission may be required with regard to trees, specific plant types, and fencing. In addition to this, regulation may also come into play for more significant hard landscaping projects.
Can landscaping increase property value?
Landscaping is generally proven to increase property value, though, exact figures vary from study to study, and are also heavily influenced by area. AXA suggests that a UK household spending £473 per year on gardening could make a £1954 return through increased value if selling their property. As previously mentioned, – regional differences also apply. Homeowners in East Anglia are most likely to make the highest return on landscaping investment.
If you’re looking to increase the property of your value through landscaping, don’t hesitate to get in touch with B.A. Boyle & Son for a free consultation. A member of our friendly team of landscape gardeners will be more than happy to assist you.
When is the best time to plant up a garden?
Planting season in the UK generally stretches from winter to spring, or, more specifically, October to the end of March. During this time, bare-root plants are available – a much more reliable, and cheaper option than potted plants. In addition to this, planting during this period allows landscapers to avoid overly-hot weather, creating specific complications relating to watering.
It is important to note that although planting season spans over a long period of time, and through Winter, planting in waterlogged areas, or extreme cold should be avoided. Soil should be in a suitable condition to be well-prepared for planting – this is often impossible in temperatures below freezing, especially after rainfall.
What is the difference between soft landscaping and hard landscaping?
Hard landscaping, as the name suggests, involves the manipulation or addition of hard components of a landscape, such as rock, stone, and masonry or brickwork. These elements anchor the space and are generally more permanent fixtures.
Soft landscaping, on the other hand, deals with the vast majority of living and changeable elements of the landscape, including plants, trees, shrubs, ponds, dirt, lawns, and general terrain. Soft landscaping can influence the entire look of a landscape or space – those looking to make significant alterations in this way often consult a landscaper, or garden designer to assist with the soft scaping design, and implementation process.
There is no one recommended balance or ratio between soft and hard landscaping – the way in which it is approached should be tailored entirely to your vision.
Which type of garden fence is best?
There is no one ‘best’ type of garden fence – elements such as design, material, and height should be selected with your individual requirements in mind. It is important to consider the purpose and function of the fence, the amount of privacy you require, the amount of wind the fence will be exposed to, the amount of maintenance you are willing to perform, and, of course, your budget.
Common materials used in garden fencing in the UK include timber, iron, steel, aluminium, and PVC – with timber generally being the most popular, primarily due to its versatility. Designs include ‘hit and miss’, solid fencing, picket fencing, trellis, and featherboard.
Do I need my neighbour’s permission to put up a fence?
Planning permission requirements for fences vary greatly in many cases, it is not required, however, it is best to review regulations prior to the start of work, in order to avoid planning breaches. Many joiners and construction companies, including B.A. Boyle & Son, are well-versed in these regulations and will be able to advise on what steps you should take when planning the installation of a new fence
Generally, planning permission is required if the planned fence is planned to be;
• Over one meter high and next to a highway or footpath
• Over two meters high in any area
• Built upon a boundary with a neighbouring listed building or its curtilage
• Built within the property boundaries of a listed building or in the curtilage of a listed building
Planning permission must also be applied for if your right to construct or alter fences is removed by a planning condition or article 4 direction.
How do I permanently get rid of weeds?
Getting rid of persistent weeds in both gardens and commercial properties can be challenging – conditions in these environments are often perfect for the growth of these hardy plant varieties. Though landscapers can assist with weed removal, there are steps property owners can take to reduce their growth. These steps are, of course, most effective if implemented early on in weed growth.
Landscaping fabrics and tarps should be used in flower beds and under gravel, - or, anywhere that weeds are not desired. Most landscapers should ensure this step is completed when undertaking soft landscaping projects. Weed preventers should then be used to discourage weed growth. Any present weeds should be pulled (including the whole root) at an early stage.
Weeds growing in cracks in masonry or cement should be targeted using herbicides.