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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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How to Make My Driveway Look More Appealing

Fed up with your driveway looking unfinished? We’ve got you covered! Find out how to make your driveway look more appealing with just a few tips and tricks from the professionals at Home View Landscapes. Pressure wash your driveway The most affordable way to give your driveway a facelift is to pressure wash it. Old driveways can look brand new after a hose down as it will lift stains, mildew, mould, moss, dirt and wash away weeds too! Pressure washing takes a lot less time than scrubbing your driveway and gives you great results, fast. Repair broken pavers or bricks and…

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Garden Design Inspiration

Having an outdoor space away from news alerts, notifications, emails and calls is said to offer multiple health benefits and we can see why! With proven results that the great outdoors can help to relieve stress and boost esteem, there’s no time like the present to get to work on your outdoor space. That’s why, this month, Home View have put together an article about the things to consider when designing a new garden, as well as the materials you can use to create your very own tranquil oasis. So let’s get started and breathe some character into your garden. Research…

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The 6 Vital Steps For Cleaning Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is extremely hardy, and it needs to be, as it takes quite the beating too – what with months of the glaring sun, chilling frost and pouring rain – it doesn’t fail to impress us with its stable coverage and luxurious all-year-round colour. That said, although artificial turf is well-known for being extremely low-maintenance, there are things you can do to ensure your artificial lawn’s longevity. By following our simple how-to clean artificial grass steps, you will be well on your way to being a guest star in the Good Housekeeping magazine.  A step-by-step process of cleaning artificial grass:…

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