The Ben Lannoy Landscapes Blog

Welcome to the Ben Lannoy Landscapes Blog. Thoughts and views from Ben, we invite your comments and feedback here as well as on our Forum and Video Diary.

Business, pleasure and Planting Design at Milland Rural Fair

This was our first stall at the Milland rural fair and it was great to meet our community and get a feel for what people were looking for. It was a sunny day and with a last minute change from a camping table to

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Our new online planting design service

Here at Ben Lannoy Landscapes, we are always striving to utilise mordern technology to provide our clients with the best possible service – which is why we are extremely excited to launch our new online planting design service. Ideal for the client with a

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Bed of the week: south-facing hilltop garden in Haslemere

Welcome to a new series in which we will be showcasing some of our favourite beds and borders across Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex. We will explain the conditions the plants are exposed to and how you can replicate the designs for your

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Plants to attract wildlife to your garden

Every year I am reminded just what a wonderful time of the year spring is. Not just for the new colours and scents appearing in the garden on a daily basis, but also for the amazing wildlife on show. Taken from the ‘50 Popular

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A special gift for Mother's Day

If you’re stuck for ideas as to what to get your mum for Mother’s Day this weekend, why not treat her to a garden spring clean? Because we know how special mums are, we’re offering 5 hours of garden maintenance for the price of

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Garden Spring Clean, Haslemere, Surrey

It’s around about that time that we’re looking to do that all important garden spring clean, the question is where do we start? March/April is the perfect time of year to look at what’s beginning to happen so take note and get working to

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Spring at RHS Garden Wisley, Surrey

With spring now well and truly under way, I thought what better time than to pay a visit to the botanical gardens at Wisley in Surrey. As the flagship centre of the RHS, Wisley is stunning at any time of year, however early spring

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Spring has arrived

After enduring the wettest and windiest winter since records began, I think all gardeners will be in agreement that the recent change in the weather has felt like stepping into paradise. Not only have the waterproofs stayed in that van all week, but gardens

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Using raised sleeper beds to transform a family garden in Surrey

It’s been an extremely busy start to 2014 for BLL so far (hence why the blog has been so quiet recently), and we are delighted to have just completed our first design and build project of the year in Haslemere. With a toddler

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National Nest Box Week 2014

February 14th is not only Valentine’s Day, it also marks the start of National Nest Box Week – set up to encourage the British public to provide homes for our feathered friends. Read on to find out the benefits of attracting birds and how

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Make your own Christmas Wreath

We’ve patched up and mended our synthetic Christmas wreath more times than I can remember, adding in plastic holly berries to fill the gaps, re-spraying with snow from a can and pulling out last years attempt to bulk it up. So this year, after

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Composting in a nutshell (or eggshell)!

With a wealth of organic matter dropping on our lawns and beds this time of year it’s a great time to learn more about your compost bin, what you should be doing with it and when. We took an opportunity to take some video

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The sustainable garden - making leafmould

It seems to be the case that more and more people are becoming concerned about the world around us – starting with their own garden. Sustainable gardening has really taken off in the last twenty years and we are often asked to maintain gardens

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Kitchen Gardening, birdie cakes and a homebrew weedkiller that works!

The kitchen gardener As the nights get longer and the days get colder, there is inevitably less time that can be spent in the garden this time of year than during the height of summer. This doesn’t mean however, that you have to neglect

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Gardening tasks for November

November is some what of a transiston month in the garden. The month begins with autumn still in full swing with the vibrant leaves of Acers, Euonymus and Dianthuses stealing the show. However as the month draws to a close and winter arrives, dogwood

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Gardening tips for autumn - Collecting seeds, planting spring bulbs an...

With a distinct feeling of autumn all around us, Steve and I wanted to take a break from Plant identification videos and get back to filming some more actionable videos that you can implement in your gardens. In this video we look at gardening

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Planting a mediterranean courtyard garden, Guildford with Reside Devel...

We were recently given the go ahead for the planting of a Mediterranean courtyard in Guildford and although time definitely wasn’t on our side, we think we delivered! Although we had more than enough shelter provided from the courtyard, we still wanted to provide

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Cutting back perennials in August

It seems crazy to say but some summer flowering perennials have flowered and have started to go over! Below is a video we filmed in Guildford, Surrey where I show you what type of garden service we offer at this time of year. Just a

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Word of mouth gets our garden services known in Milland, Liphook and R...

I spend endless hours writing, shooting videos, recording podcasts and it’s a good thing I enjoy it! Word of mouth has by far been the most reliable form of advertising for us and the last few weeks has been real proof of this for

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5 Gardening tips for July

As the weather warms and the rains keep coming it seemed like it was time to put together another post based on some quick gardening tips. It seems our readers have got a fair bit of use from past ‘things to do’ posts so

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How to Summer Prune Wisteria - July/August

With July fast approaching I wanted to share a quick video that I recorded a year or so ago on how to summer prune your wisteria. In the video I was a bit behind schedule with pruning in September but this won’t effect growth.

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Planting schemes, our garden services and the launch of Garden Geeks p...

  Since the plant consultation service became official only 3 months ago we’ve had numerous enquiries and I’m pleased to say we’ve just about got the go ahead on every planting scheme that has been put forward. I wasn’t too certain it would take

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Ecotherapy holds the key to helping people with mental Illness to 'thr...

Image courtesy of Thrive Gardening has long been seen as a way to break away from the stresses of life and 9-5 but there’s new evidence to show that it actually has a positive effect on people with mental illness. The feeling of having

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Planting Consultation Service in Hampshire, Surrey and West Sussex

A planting consultation was something we had been offering on and off as an add on to garden design or casually to a garden maintenance client since the business started in 2010. Over the past 5-6 months however, we’ve found that often customers and

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Shade Loving Plants - Lily of the Valley

With north facing gardens being one of our biggest challenges I wanted to start showing some more shade loving plants that will help answer your ‘shady’ questions and bring light and colour into a dark corner of the garden -Lily of the Valley is

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A busy fencing service in west sussex - Wind isn't all bad!

The winds have been battering the south coast of Britain in the past few days and we’ve taken a lot of calls with people looking to have their fencing re-erected. In an uncanny twist it also seems to have been a time of huge

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Garden Design Hampshire - A parterre garden to add formality

We were asked to come up with a garden design in Hampshire which included adding a parterre garden to allow for a formal element to an otherwise natural and mature landscape. The most commonly used shrubs for parterre gardens is box (or buxus sempervirens)

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Buy plants online - The arrival of our online shop

Clients love to get involved in the planting stage and often ask us if they should buy plants online to pick and choose what they’d like but I always recommend a trip to one of our local nursery suppliers. Truth be told, we will

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Plant identification - How to care for your Hydrangea

We’ve had a great response from our plant identification videos so I wanted to keep posting them on the blog for you all to have instant access to them right here rather than having to go to YouTube, so here is another instalment aimed at

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Spring Garden Maintenance in Hampshire - A Draft that was never posted...

There is no better time to start thinking about what garden maintenance you might need as we quickly move forward into spring. The daffodils are all up, the grass is growing and the vegetable garden sprouting ready for the constant care that’s needed to

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Garden Maintenance in Hampshire and a Garden Maintenance Podcast for M...

Our garden maintenance service in Hampshire has picked up of late and it’s great to be working on properties across 3 counties. After moving to Milland near Liphook,Hampshire with my family over 2 years ago I was confident that our local garden maintenance service

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The First Proof of the New and Improved Ben Lannoy Landscapes Website!

Something I’ve regretted since starting my business is not having enough interaction with my readers and my customers so adding comments to the blog section as well as a ‘suggest a blog post’ section where you’re able to leave suggestions for what you’d like me

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When to Prune Lavender - Spring Garden Maintenance

The more filming we do, the more I want to do it and today we focused on when to prune lavender. Although Lavender is a very easy shrub to look after, there are a few things you need to remember if you want to

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Garden Planning and Where to Gain Your Garden Inspiration

Spring is finally upon us and a mere glimpse of a sunny day is enough for most of us to start doing some serious garden planning. As I have written about previously in my post   ’3 Free Garden Design Tools’ there’s nothing to stop anybody getting out and sketching

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News About Our Garden Maintenance Team across Liphook, Haslemere, Pete...

As a Liphook based garden maintenance team we had originally planned to stick within Liphook, Haslemere, Milland, Petersfield and the immediate areas, but it doesn’t always work out as you had planned. We have now also taken on some commercial landscaping in Guildford as well

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5 Plants For a Seaside Garden

I’ve recently been asked to write a post on plants that thrive in coastal positions after a potential client contacted me with some questions on his garden located on the sussex coast. He ended the email with ‘perhaps a subject for your next blog

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How to Prune Roses in January/February

A question that we get very often is how to prune roses and rather than try to go through it in a written post I thought it’d be a good idea to feature it as another plant identification video. That way you can see exactly what

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Western Red Cedar Horizontal Fencing - Liphook

There’s no doubting that one of our most enquired about projects is our new build development garden with very little character which we transformed into a modedrn city garden lined with the Western red cedar horizontal fencing in Liphook. I wanted to write a quick

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Plant Identification Guide - How to Care for Fatsia Japonica

As we’re shooting a lot more videos I wanted to keep posting our plant identification guides for gardener designers, amateur and professional gardeners – This video was shot in haslemere, surrey and focuses on How to Care for Fatsia Japonica. This is one of my personal

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Protecting Your Plants Through Winter- Wrap Up Your 'Hardy' Banana....

For those growing container plants, protecting them outdoors through an english winter can be a worrying prospect. The next couple of months are forecast for below average temperatures, and some severe snow has already hit the southe east in most places. Snowfall has been predicted for both higher

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Plant ID guide for garden designers, amateur and professional gardener...

We’ve really started to get into the groove with our plant ID guide meant for garden designers, amateur and professional gardeners who are looking to find one place to learn more about plants in the UK. I try to keep them short because many

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Plant ID guide for garden designers, amateur and professional gardener...

Continuing the theme on our plant ID guide for garden designers, amateur and professional gardeners I talk about Choisya ‘Aztec pearl’. I go over planting, ongoing plant care and its number of uses in garden design.

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Plant ID guide for garden designers, amateur and professional gardener...

Continuing the theme on our plant ID guide for garden designers, amateur and professional gardeners I talk about Box hedging and Topiary, particularly buxus sempervirens. I go over planting, ongoing plant care and its number of uses in garden design. Box is a very popular evergreen shrub that brings

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Plant ID guide for garden designers and gardeners - Fuschia Plant Care

Aimed at garden designers, gardeners and people just looking to learn more about gardening I thought it was a good idea to start adding plant ID videos to the blog. I was also finding that Ben Lannoy Landscapes employees wanted to learn more and more

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Garden Design and Build, Liphook - Lawns, Fencing, Planting and much m...

As our garden design and build project in Liphook comes near to completion I thought I would write a quick bit about the brief and what we’ve done to meet it. I was called in only 2 and a half weeks ago to quote

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Garden Maintenance in November - How and When To Cut a Wildflower Mead...

Now that we have someone willing to go behind the camera in Steve and film some of the garden maintenance tasks, I’m looking at keeping you up to date more with video just as much as I do with writing on the blog. Forgive the

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Winter Fruit Tree Pruning - How to Prune your Apple Trees in Winter

As November sweeps in on a bitterly cold north westerly breeze, our attentions turn to pruning apple and pear trees. The pruning of apple trees can be a straight forward and rewarding job but it should be done right to increase productivity and longevity. Here

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Garden maintenance Services, Rose Care and The Leaf Clearance Begins!

  The autumn months of September and October are when plants like roses perform at their peak and although the grass slows down, garden maintenance tasks such as leaf clearance are becoming more and more prevolent. After faithfully following proper rose procedures up to this point, now, at

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My First Triathlon Booked and Some Vegetable Juice Recipes from the Ve...

After taking a giant u turn in my dietry habits 4 months ago and Olympic fever still running through our veins I thought it was fitting to give you a few vegetable juice recipes that i’ve found not only to be really tasty but

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Online Gardening, Are we Losing Touch of What's Important?

  Online gardening is a little bit like a grossly overweight armchair sportsman shouting at a TV screen. Surely you can analyse all you like but until you get out and really get dirty, how do you know what to do? In fact, I

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Front Walkway Landscaping Ideas

    First impressions are often the only impressions we hold onto so it’s best to make sure that the front walkway landscaping ideas put forward are going to make the most impact out of anywhere on your property. We get numerous enquiries about

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Garden Maintenance in August, a New Member for Team BL and Another 2 O...

  It’s been a while since I wrote about our day to day projects not because there’s nothing to write about but because I haven’t had a moment to spare. Garden maintenance is booming with and 18 hour a week client taken on last month

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Tips on Planting a Garden with Great Success, Rain or Shine!

Planting a garden comes in many forms and I’m a great believer of planting only for yourself and complimenting your immediate surroundings. For my own garden I don’t let fashion or normality sway me from achieving the perfect garden for me, and that often

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The Garden Design Addition that Nearly Killed Me!

There’s only so long you can tell your daughter she can have her trampoline dug to ground level without sounding like a broken record, so when there were a few gaps in the rain I headed out to get it done…by hand! This was

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Traumatic Beauty at the Royal Hampton Court Palace Flower Show

There’s always something about the Royal Hampton court palace show that makes it completely unique and this year it definitely seems to be the seamless balance of art and garden design. It’s very hard to achieve an art installation that looks natural and inviting

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5 Inspirational Garden Writers I Like to Keep Up With

There’s no doubt that I like to write for myself as well as my readers but there are so many other garden writers that keep me up to date with different aspects of gardening and help me to look at it from another angle.

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6 Indoor Plants That Love The Dark - The Ones that survived!

It was a long search that took me more than ten years but finally I found it – the indoor house plant that will brighten up the end of a corridor 5 metres from my front door. The Aspidistra, commonly known as the Cast

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Landscaping a Surrey Garden

I took this on my flip cam and thought it would be good to share something a little bit different. This is a quick video of us at a Landscaping Project in Surrey. <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”http://www.youtube.com/embed/Zepgp01CFuk” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>

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3 Steps on How to Design a Garden

There’s no doubt that learning how to design a garden comes with some sacrifice. I felt just how much of a sacrifice it could be when I took my course Diploma at  Garden Design School. At the time, my wife was heavily pregnant, I

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6 'Must do's' on Every Garden Maintenance Visit

Everyone has their own way of carrying out garden maintenance visits but there is some degree of etiquette and planning needed to hold on to your valuable clients. Our plant knowledge, manner and general efficiency is something that has helped us acquire some fantastic

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5 Tips on How to Create a Low Maintenance Garden

We’ve had some very specific requests in past projects but there’s none more commonly requested, at least here in Surrey and Hampshire than on how to create a low maintenance garden. People who work full time don’t always have the time to carry out their own garden maintenance,

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Ben Lannoy Landscapes Garden Maintenance Services in a Nutshell

With garden design and build requiring so much attention it’s often easy to overlook the need for garden maintenance services. Without these, plants will grow into eachother, ‘weeds’ will take hold in bare soil and most of all, plants will go uncared for and

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Before and After Landscaping Projects 2011/2012 - A look back at some ...

As i scrolled through my increasingly packed iphone i realised that the photos from past projects are just slipping into none existence so I thought i’d get some togther to show some of the hard work we’ve been putting in over the past year..and

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Hydroponics and urban community gardening -The Future of Food Producti...

Along with the long and broken nights of having a newborn there’s been another reason why i’ve been so quite over the past few weeks and the reason is hydroponics and the part it has to play in community gardening. To grow commercially has

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Eliminating pests and disease to maintain healthy roses

Roses can often be the most important plant in many peoples garden and caring for them will extend their life and make general maintenance a lot easier in the long run. Below are a few tips that we always stick to and you should

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An Interview with BBC News thanks to Landscape Juice Network

Yesterday turned out to be one of the most surreal days I’ve had to date. I’ve been following our water situation quite carefully and writing on ways to harvest water in our own homes but Phil Voice, the founder of the Landscape Juice Network,

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5 Ways to conserve water for the UK hosepipe ban

With the driest 18 months in recorded history hosepipes bans are being put in place for the south east, parts of East Anglia and now parts of Yorkshire. The one place that will really feel the ban in the worst way are our gardens

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5 Easy to Grow Vegetables in Your Vegetable Garden

Over the past month I’ve been participating in seed swaps around Hampshire and the south east and have had the opportunity to meet a lot of gardeners who are passionate about growing from seed in their own vegetable gardens At the same time I’ve

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Garden Maintenance, A Baby on the Way and Landscaping in Liphook

It feels like a while since my last post and that’s probably because it has been! We’ve been continuing with our regular maintenance clients while landscaping a new development in Liphook, Hampshire, so the days and nights have been devoted to planning the project

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Composting For Free

The main aim in gardening is to help our environment to help us and gardening responsibly and sustainably is the perfect solution. Composting our green waste on site eliminates the need for landfill where no air is able to reach the organic matter and

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Free Seed Swap - Broaden your Beans!

Gardening in my view is all about sharing and preserving what we have and a seed swap encompasses all of that. Some seeds like lettuce are grown in succession which means you’re probably less likely to have much left to swap after your sometimes

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Sustainable Landscape Design - How we Can Save Water in our Own Garde...

Sustainable Landscape design needn’t be a cold and ‘practical’ process that should be used as a last resort. Designing in a natural way and using what we’re given naturally could very well be the answer to how we can save water in our own

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Wildflower Meadows of Hampshire, Surrey and Sussex

There’s no denying how much we need our native plants to be replicated and there’s no more of a picturesque site than a fully flourished wildflower meadow to introduce the insect population back into our grassland to do what they do best, pollinate. Believe

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3 Tips for Pruning Apple Trees in January/February

Pruning Apple trees in January/February is a garden maintenance job that needs to be thought about and studied before going into it all guns blazing. My idea of heaven is to own a big plt of land and grow an orchard with apple trees

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We're now Offering a Kitchen Waste Pick Up Service for Composting In S...

Over the past year or two there have been constant gripes coming from our clients about how and where to get rid of their kitchen waste. Of course these can easily be thrown into compost bins in your garden but what about those who

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Bareroot Hedge Planting in Haslemere

Our hedge planting month is full steam ahead and today we were in Haslemere, Surrey planting some bareroot copper beech hedging to give some privacy from the surrounding properties and cover the existing stock fencing. If you were looking to get a hedge planted

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Our Very Own Plants For Sale throughout Hampshire, Surrey and the UK!

Something that I thought was worth mentioning was that for the past few weeks we have opened our virtual doors to our very own plant selling service. Already we have started to see a great response from our existing garden maintenance and garden design

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Garden Design through an Uncertain Economy

With the UK economy looking evermore uncertain, garden design sounds like it should be the last thing on our minds, but having your garden laid out for productivity could be the answer to many of your questions. Gardens don’t have to be floral showpieces

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10 Months on From Starting the Ben Lannoy Landscapes Blog

2011 has been a big year for me and my business. We’ve built a brand that i’m really proud of and we’ve kept up with promises to ourselves and to others. I’ve been writing blog posts since February 12th 2011 and it’s so strange

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Roof Gardens from London to Hampshire

We have had numerous enquiries about roof gardens in the past, mainly from city dwellers in London, Southampton and other Uk cities but more and more we are finding that the need to grow on our roofs has spread even to the smallest of

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Garden Maintenance Podcast Episode 3 - March

This is our 3rd episode in the garden maintenance series of the podcast. March is another true prepping month. The cold winter and blustery autumn has just passed, bulbs like crocuses are already in flower and it’s now your last chance for a tidy

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Garden Design with a Disability in Mind

For those with disablities or those that are growing old, gardening doesn’t have to be a distant memory. There is always and option to make planting and general garden maintenance a little easier for those wishing to carry on with the tasks they have

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A First Time Visit to my Local Milland Plant Nursery

I’ve never been more happy to keep it local than I was today when I finally got time to visit a very local specialist plant nursery in Milland. In a bid to find the best value for a client in Haslemere who has shown

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Vegetable Gardening and Food Storage

For those who know me personally, the idea of writing about vegetable gardening and food storage won’t seem to come too much out of leftfield. I’ve always been interested in the processes of growing and storing food and until recently I wrote every week

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A Sneak Peek at the '50 Popular Plants Used in Garden Design' ebook!

You may remember back in July that i had begun to talk about releasing an ebook to give away for free to everyday gardeners, designers and anybody else interested in reading about what sort of plants are popular in Garden design today. Well, little

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Garden Maintenance - End of Season Tidy Up

As the growng season winds down there are plenty of jobs that are to be done now to catch up for the time that 4 weeks ago would have been used fopr mowing and constant weeding. An end of season tidy up is a

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Garden Design, Haslemere - More Before and Afters!

As we’re on a garden design before and after roll it seemed only right to throw in a few more to show you why we’ve been so busy over the past few months. As i write i’ve finally found some time to record some

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Modern Garden Design, Liphook - Before and After

Until recently our garden design in Liphook was nothing but a (very tidy) building site! Once the fence went in and the trees were planted it, as so many others do, started to become its own entity and come alive. Although we plan down

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Maintaining your Garden in Autumn - How to Cut back a Buddleja

Now that we’re dead in the middle of autumn most of us think it’s time to kick back with a cuppa and watch nature die off with grace. In fact we couldn’t be further from the truth when it comes to maintaining your garden

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Pruning a Wisteria and Other Future Videos

The pruning of a wisteria is best off carried out twice a year to regain it’s structure after a long spring/summers growth. This is better off done later in the winter when all of the leaves have dropped off and then tidied up in

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5 Garden Design Ideas to Transform Your Garden

There are some aspects to an existing garden design that will bring the whole feel of the space down whether that’s a tree placed incorrectly, a fence obscuring the view or simply an eyesore of a fence screening off the neighbours. With a few

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What's happening in Our Gardening Services

With so many things to think about on our garden design projects it would be easy to forget about whats going on in our gardening services throughout the year so I thought it might be good to catch up. We’ve been mowing, strimmimg, planting

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Contemporary Garden Design, Liphook Part 8 - Constructing the Rendered...

Things have been full steam ahead with our Liphook project as we come to our last week where we have just finished constructing the rendered Walls…hence the lack of writing! Our Hard landscaper Bobby has been working like a demon to keep to schedule

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Google Sketchup - The Only Free, User Friendly and Professional 3D Gar...

In the early days I was always one of those people that thought 3D garden design software was defeating the object of the artist who had spent years developing their trademark drawings and unique ideas in order to bring a fresh approach to every

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Contemporary Garden Design, Liphook Part 7 - Carpinus Pleached Trees

Today was the day that the skyline changed forever at our project in Liphook! To coincide with the architectural planting and clean lines of the design it seemed perfect to go with pleached trees and although we had talked through a few evergreen options

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Garden Design Liphook Part 6 - Lighting Prep, Pleached Trees and Getti...

As the bad weather had stopped us from making the kind of progress we would always hope to make, a sigh of relief came to us once again when we knew we could carry on and book in our electrician to come and drop

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Contemporary Garden Design, Liphook Part 5 - Trenches, Rain and Going ...

Judging from the title you would think i had lost my mind and was going to talk about the horrors of WW1 and although i can’t get enough of reading about this kind of history, luckily for us, when it comes to garden design,

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Contemporary Garden Design, Liphook Part 4 - Prep for the Rendered wal...

Now that the fence is nearly up and looking better than we could have imagined, it’s time to dig the foundations for the low rendered wall and consider any aspects that will need to be incorporated with it. For the lighting, we’re bringing in

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Contemporary Garden Design Part 3 - The Horizontal Fencing Goes On!

We knew this would be one of the most significant transformations of the whole garden design and after building the framework last week that will support the fence (away from the neighbouring property) we began to start seeing the impact that the horizontal slatted

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5 Effective Medicinal Plants and Thier Uses

As a little change from the design and build stuff i thought i’d write a bit about some medicinal plants that are known to have physical and culinary benefits. Let me know if you’d like more of this aswell as what we get up

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Contemporary Garden Design Part 2 - Excavating the Area for The Patio

To get rid of the largest part of any of the waste that we dig out for the patio our hard landscaper Bobby has some connections that make it very easy for us to get rid of green waste and rubble for great prices

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5 Plants for a Sunny Border

Although the summer is past its peak it’s always nice to have a look at some plants that will bring real impact into your summer borders. These are all plants we use in our designs to give colour and structure during the summer months.

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Why a Small Garden Can Often Work Better

The need to have acres and acres of space is not always there for everyone and the cost of maintaining land of that magnitude will give one very obvious answer for that. With the insurgence of new developments popping up all over the place

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Sketching Freehand for our Initial Concept

We’ve been in discussion with a new client in Liphook wanting to get her garden designed to give her another space to entertain and enjoy on those sunny days that we seem to be having so many of at the moment! After downsizing from

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Contemporary Garden Design Part 1- Costing and Preparation

As we make preparations to start implementing a new design we come across new challenges to keep to tight budgets yet keep the asthetics as close to perfect as we can get it. It’s a common problem, and if I was to design my

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Garden Design on a Modest Budget

  Garden design is not known to be kind to a modest budget. But if done at the right times of year you can save quite a considerable amount of  money. At Ben Lannoy Landscapes we like to give the option of a fast track sketch design where customers with a

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5 Popular Plants used in Garden Design

If there was one thing that people will always choose to take part in when it comes to their own garden design it’s plants. The sheer volume of plants to choose from is quite overwhelming if you don’t know what you’re looking for, however,

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Permaculture Design

Permaculture is a merging of two words, permanent agriculture. Originally used as a systematic process in the 60′s by Austrian Farmer Sep Holzer but later founded, practiced and researched during the 70′s by Australian Bill Mollison. This is a process that works in harmony

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Growing your Own Mushrooms

About 2 years ago I had read about two business majors from Berkeley who had been given a project to build a business from scratch and using very little money. The main focus was to create each business with a view to being sustainable,

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What's New at RHS Tatton Park

Although there are some incredibly innovative ideas at the RHS Tatton Park show this year, what’s new is not whats exciting to me! The things that really get my heart racing are the traditional gardening methods brought into modern times which are also given

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Compare the Lawnmower Market.com

Out of all of the tools we carry, the one that truly needs to be fit for the job through the summer is a lawnmower. For daily use we go for nothing less than self drive rotary mowers with a heavy roller to leave

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3 Online Tools I Use to Run the Business

As I meet more and more people in the landscaping industry and I learn more and more online I realise that it’s not just advertising that keeps us growing sustainably without too much pushing.Through making connections, building relationships and showing who you really are,

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Top 3 Free Garden Design Tools

  Garden design doesn’t always have to be for the garden design professional. Simple, free garden design tools can give anyone the chance to put the vision they have for their garden into a fully legible garden design.  It’s not always an affordable option to get a

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Turfing for the Masses

With our gardens finally getting a good drink we have found there are alot of people looking to get turfing done to get it in place before we are into a drought again. It seems strange to say but Southern England has had only

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Preparing Your Own Vegetable Garden

When thinking about a vegetable garden in your overall garden design always consider the aspect and the general position in relation to the sun, shelter and temperatures around the garden. The amount of light you get will mean the difference between a fantastic harvest

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A Plant Nursery Visit Like No Other

When i was asked by a client to go plant buying with them to Vanucci Piante (a monumental plant and tree nursery) in Pistoia, Italy i realised it was the perfect opportunity to get to see some specimen trees and plants i would never

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Garden Design School

It’s easy to think that garden design is something that anyone could do if they had an eye for detail and a soft spot for plants. Although that’s a great start there is so much more to it than that. As a garden designer

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3 Top Plant Finder Resources

I’m often aked by clients what websites they can browse to get inspiration when it comes to finding plants for their gardens. Although we provide both portfolios of 100 plants and 50 different hard landscaping materails created by us, there is something to be

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A Beginners Guide to Insect Identification- Part 1

We all have nightmares about waking up one morning with nothing left in the veggie patch but a slime trail and a few stalks alive with aphids. Realistically an infestation over night would put you in amongst the worlds unluckiest people as most pests

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The Bees Knees

There’s no denying the fact that we’re seeing more and more bees crawling rather than flying these days and shortly after most of them die, often without the chance to pollinate. Unfortunately bees have been decreasing in their numbers and alarmingly it appears to

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5 Reasons NOT to Keep Your Gardener

With the landscaping industry being as competitive as it is there are very few ways to differentiate yourself from the masses. Although many claim to give competitive rates this is often because they are pricing by the job and not by the hour enabling

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How to Turn a City Garden into a Sanctuary

As we all know, finding any kind of outside space in an over populated city like London can be difficult unless you’re willing or even able to pay a premium. Although buildings can be overpowering they can also have their advantages. Climbers Grow climbers

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The Posts take a Break but the Gardening Doesn't.

For all the dedicated readers of our blog out there I feel like its only right to explain why we’ve taken a break in writing about our gardening adventures! To get straight to the point, we’ve now moved to Liphook and our Internet connection

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50 Plants to Enhance any UK Garden - Our Ebook Goal Begins

As you may have already read, writing an ebook has been one of our goals this year and i’m happy to say that it is well underway and we’re loving every minute of it! We wanted to do this as a free product to show

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What's happening at the Chelsea Flower Show 2011

With a wealth of new trends, it’s no surprise that the Chelsea flower show is bringing more and more people each year. It’s not only the celebrities in the gardening world, it is undeniably breaking barriers throughout the world bringing actors, sports personalities and highly successful

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Garden Design Finale

With our project in Churt, Farnham at an end it seemed right to show you a few photos of the finished article..ahhh memories.. The perovskia, lavender, verbena, echinachea and buxus are all establishing themselves nicely and the irrigation is in place! In the heat

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Plant Buying Service throughout Surrey

We’re often asked to source certain types of plants and realise that it’s really hard for the client to see what they’re actually buying unless they see them themselves. For this reason we bring clients along to a reputable nursery that we have always

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How to Care for your Garden in Between Garden Maintenance Visits - Spr...

That title’s a bit of a mouthful i know, but there is no easy way to communicate how important garden maintenance can be, especially in our current drought here in Surrey and the rest of the UK! There have been times before that clients

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Cottage Garden Design Part 17- Irrigation with Leaky Pipes

Although we’re seeing an unrelenting drought in the UK there is nothing more important than giving our newly planted plants and hedging a good daily watering but you all should have been utilising those water butts for times like these nonetheless! After discussing the

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How to Make Compost

Compost not only gets rid of kitchen and garden waste, it also gets better with age. There are lots of ways to create your own and it can be as advanced as a high tech compost tumbler and as basic as a hidden away

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What's to Come for Ben Lannoy Landscapes!

As we learn more and more about how to bring our services to the wider community using technology that 2 years ago i had no idea existed, i get more and more excited about the possibilities of being able to reach out to so

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Cottage Garden Design Part 16 - Garden Maintenance

As the last few days of our 10 week project starts to wind down it’s time to finish up with the planting and hand over to our clients for the days we’re not there carrying out our weekly garden maintenance visit. Although we do

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Cottage Garden Design Part 15 - Installing the Path lights

This pathway to the right of the house was covered in concrete slabs of all shapes and sizes and has mostly been used for recycling and rubbish. We quickly realised after discussing our clients social life requirements that this would be an ideal walkway

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Scarifiying Made Easy

As we’re nearing the end of a 10 week design project i felt it was time to talk about a subject that many of our clients are interested in exploring and that’s scarification. For the long summer days and constant mowing, strong and healthy

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Cottage Garden Design, liphook Part 14 - The Final Plant Delivery

With the last of the plants being delivered today for the near completion of our garden design in liphook,  it seemed a perfect opportunity with the sun beating down on us to determine what will go where. I’ll be looking at how many hours a day certain plants

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Cottage Garden Design Part 13 - It's Planting Time!

As much as i’ve enjoyed this project it’s always good to see everything starting to become clean and tidy and that’s when we really feel lion’s share has been done. The clients are more than happy and for that reason so are we! The

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Cottage Garden Design Part 12 - A Lush New Lawn

As promised i would keep you posted on the newly seeded lawn and it’s coming along nicely. After all of the anxiety surrounding my relationship with the birds and the seeds i decided to go ahead and grow it naturally rather than with the

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Cottage Garden Design Part 11 - The Lawn that Time Forgot

You might have seen in previous posts what this lawn looked like when we started.  It was an undulating mess full of moss and self seeded ferns that were going nowhere other than downhill, literally! It wasn’t the levelling that was the hard bit

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Cottage Garden Design Part 10 - A Fresh New Lawn Appears!

After the process of levelling the main lawn, raking it to a fine tilth, reseeding and rollering it seems that it was just a matter of time before the weather was on our side to allow the seeds to germinate and relieve me of

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Cottage Garden Design Part 9 - Prep for Garden Lighting

In total we eventually designed 50 lights into the garden to pick up the glossy evergreen foliage of the Cherry laurel hedging and the structural planting around the property. Before we got into any lighting our part of preparation for the cabling began, this

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Cottage Garden Design Part 8 - Structural Planting

Now that the hedges have arrived i wanted to give you an idea of the core of the planting we’ve chosen for this particular design. As this is a traditional cottage we wanted to keep the planting around the house similar to the evergreen

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Cottage Garden Design Part 7 - How to Lay a Lawn

Laying a lawn has to be one of the most meticulous jobs but also one of the most rewarding. The difference between a space with bare soil and one with grass taken from the fields that very morning is huge. Here is how the process

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Cottage Garden Design Part 6 - Resting on our Laurels

After much deliberation with my clients we finally decided on Cherry Laurel, aka Prunus Laurocerasus. We went through the options we had by staying true to what the families needs were. The brief was ‘an evergreen hedge to give privacy to the front entrance

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Cottage Garden Design Part 5 - Grass Seed Preparation

With all of the digging for the patio and the hedging trenches that resemble something from the Somme we were left with masses of topsoil. With this we raked every portion of both lawns methodically to pick up any bigger stones and again if

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Cottage Garden Design Part 4 - Paving Decisions

The paving that seemed to be the most sympathetic to the property was a natural limestone as this seemed to bring out the lighter colours and reflect the natural light around the patio. My client was very open to the idea of a more

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Cottage Garden Design Part 3 - Preparation for the Paving

Laying a patio is a fine art and if done incorrectly it can be detrimental to the final design. Its long term inability to withstand the elements can often lead to problems within the property. Below are some snaps i took of the patio

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Cottage Garden Design Part 2 - Bring in the Roller!

This morning a vibrating roller was delivered to the property to help make short work of the looser topsoil that sat on the surface. These really aren’t for the faint hearted..it will control you if you don’t tame it! Nonetheless the lawn is as

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Cottage Garden Design, Hampshire Part 1 - The Big Dig

Some clients that have decided to go ahead with a fast track garden design had realised when they first moved in that both lawns were full of undulations, ditches and huge roots left from trees, shrubs and hedging we had pulled out previously. For

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Get ahead gardening

Many of us leave the garden until the sun comes out and everything begins to show life again, including me! The most exciting time is when you start seeing the Bluebells and Crocuses appearing and you will start to realise just how important it

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Welcome to Ben Lannoy Landscapes

Welcome to the new Ben Lannoy Landscapes blog! With March creeping up on us and the company in full swing it seems spring has come early when it comes to enquiries! Although i used to own a successful garden maintenance company serving clients from

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