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Top Tips for Cleaning Your Driveway

Driveways aren’t just a place for parking your car overnight, or a means for getting it from a public road to your garage. They’re also one of the most visible parts of your home to the outside world, and if you care what others think about you, or you take pride in keeping a presentable home, you’ll be wanting to keep it in as good a condition as possible. Meanwhile, it’s also worth remembering that a well-maintained driveway is likely to last a lot longer than one that’s left to cope with the rigours of the British weather and day-to-day wear…

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5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Garden Decking

Decking continues to be one of the more popular additions to our gardens – and after being forced to spend large parts of the last two years at home, and therefore have even more time to think about its advantages, if anything it’s more popular now than ever.  Decking on its own is nice enough, but there’s so much more you can do to truly get the best out of it, so this month the team at Home View Landscapes is taking a look at some garden decking ideas that could help you to make the most of your garden decking. 1….

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Why Should I Hire a Fencing Contractor?

Spring is starting to feel that it’s not that far away and we’re all looking forward to getting out into our gardens and getting them back into shape. Many parts of our gardens can suffer from the rigours of winter weather, and that’s as true for fencing as much as anything else. Whether your fencing was already starting to show its age and winter has just helped it on its way, or whether it’s been damaged beyond repair by a winter storm, if your fence is in need of replacement it’s better to sort it out sooner rather than later. Fencing…

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The Benefits of Adding Decking to Your Home

When you’re thinking about what to do with your garden or outdoor space at home, you’re not short of options. One of the most popular choices in recent years has been having decking installed, and if you’ve seen some at a friend’s home, or even just seen pictures online or in a magazine, you may already be aware that it can bring a whole new aesthetic to any garden. So even before anything else, we can confidently say that good decking makes a beautiful addition to any property! But what else does decking bring to the garden? This month, the Home…

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How to Maintain Your Patio

Getting a new patio installed isn’t a quick, cheap or easy undertaking. So when you’ve had it done, you want to look after it well so that it continues to look its best for as many years as possible. Keeping your patio looking great with regular maintenance is a lot easier than having to carry out serious cleaning if you’ve let its condition deteriorate over time. But, of course, it’s easy to let things get away from you when you’re busy – and what about if you buy a house with a patio that’s been allowed to become worse for wear…

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How to Prepare Your Garden for Winter

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting longer and the weather’s getting colder and wetter. All in all, not the ideal set of conditions for getting out in the garden. Nevertheless, before you hang up your gardening gloves for the year, there are a few winter gardening tips that should be followed if you want your outdoor spaces to have their best chance of being ready when the weather starts to warm up again. So let’s take a look at a few ideas on how to prepare your garden for winter. Prune and trim trees and hedges Get your…

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Which garden fence type is best?

  Deciding that your garden is in need of some new fence panels is one thing. But deciding what kind to get is another matter entirely, because – as with so much these days! – there are so many different styles available on the market that it can be overwhelming when it comes to making your mind up. So this month at Home View Landscapes, we’re going to be taking a look at some of the main varieties you can get and discussing the advantages and disadvantages of each. Larch lap fencing This is probably the most popular style, mainly because it’s also…

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How to repair a wooden fence panel

  Wooden fence panels are something of a British garden staple, being a cost-effective and attractive means of marking out your territory and, if they’re high enough, giving you a bit of privacy from your neighbours. Brilliantly designed for their job, as long as they’ve been properly treated before installation, they should be able to withstand most of the worst the British weather can throw at them for years on end.  Nevertheless, like all wood, over the years they can inevitably yield to the combined effects of wind and rain or even the unwanted interest of insects. And, of course, they…

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What is the Difference between Hardscaping and Softscaping?

Probably everyone will have a fair idea of what landscaping is in the context of gardening. Basically, it’s the process of designing and forming a new layout for an outside space.  Fewer people, however, are likely to have come across the related terms ‘hardscaping’ and ‘softscaping’, although once you do realise that they are related, it’s relatively easy to work out what they might encompass. This month, then, the team at Home View Landscapes will be taking a close look at the difference between these concepts, and how they can be combined to create a beautifully balanced garden. Softscaping At its…

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Great Decking Ideas for Small Gardens and Spaces

Decking isn’t just for those with large outdoor spaces to play with. As a low maintenance area that can be used for socialising, al fresco dining and growing plants in pots and planters, not to mention simply lazing about on a warm summer’s evening, you don’t have to think big to make the most of all that decking has to offer.  Here are a few simple and practical tips on how to get the most out of decking in smaller gardens. Focus on what you want to use it for We’ve already mentioned some of the things people like to do…

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