November 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Awkward customers - well neighbours of customers - truly challenging!

I've never come across an awkward client before - I've been lucky enough to get on well with all my clients but this week has been the most challenging one of my life!

We've been building a party wall and have come across a very awkward and actually abusive neighbour.

I find it difficult to be 'nasty' back but don't want to have to stand and take abuse. I think she will just have to be one of those I chalk up to experience and hope to never come across anyone like her… Continue

Added by Kirsty Blair on November 28, 2009 at 20:36 — 2 Comments

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New Website

Hot off the press!!!

Ouzel landscapes have just launched their new website, go check it out at;

Have a look as some of the photos and even get in contact and get a competertive quote.

Kieran Ray

Ouzel Landscapes

Added by Kieran Ray on November 26, 2009 at 20:35 — 3 Comments

Christmas Specials

10% off All Bulk Bags Through Out Dececember,

Including Soils, Bark and Compost.

Premium Soil £42 less 10%
Eco Soil £30 less 10%
Landscape Bark £38 Less 10%
Ornamental Bark £44 Less 10%
All Purpose Compost £64 less 10%

Added by Sunningdale Turf Supplies on November 26, 2009 at 13:29 — No Comments

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Flooding in the UK - Surface water run off and landscaping.

The recent tragic flooding in Cumbria follows a line of extreme 'once in a lifetime' flooding events in the last decade to hit various parts of the UK. It is interesting that this time there have been more reports focusing on human activities compounding the situation, more so than in previous events. There is some truth in this, although it is perhaps prudent to note that the more localised and unreported events are the ones which do have a direct link back. The large scale flooding, which may… Continue

Added by Pip Howard on November 25, 2009 at 17:00 — No Comments

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Ultrascape's Mortar Paving System sets Granite paving at the Savoy Hotel, London

Ultrascape’s mortar paving has proven high class results once again in London, contributing to the £100 million restoration programme at The Savoy Hotel.

The Savoy’s restoration programme is one of the most ambitious refurbishments undertaken in Britain with an estimated cost of over £100 million. The restoration that started in 2007 is close to completion with the hotel due to re-open in early 2010.

Ultrascape, a leading Streetscape Systems brand as part of… Continue

Added by Instarmac Group on November 25, 2009 at 12:32 — No Comments

Let Sleeping Rats Lie?

There I was at the end of a long day on my hands & knees pulling ivy from a bed and raking out about two years of leaf matter when my rake prodded something soft. After clearing some more leaves away I was surprised (actually bloomin shocked) to find a sleeping furry bundle of grey RAT! And this thing was straight from the pages of a James Herbert novel.

So I put my long handle onto the rake so I could prod from a distance, I worked out my exit plan, practised my girlie scream and… Continue

Added by Paul Rogers on November 24, 2009 at 21:12 — 5 Comments

Death on the DLR.....

So.... what happened to November? All I remember was anticipating October.... then it was Halloween.... tons of candy and about 10 kids show up.... then I was in the Big Quiz for the Heart Foundation or Cancer Research... I can't recall which... but it was all for CHAR-ID-EE, man.... then my shoulder nearly got 'sanded' by Dragon's Den outcast Richard Fairleigh's overgrown designer stubble while I scurried to keep pace with my boss as he scuttled through the Barbican.... my boss was not… Continue

Added by Cat Fereday on November 24, 2009 at 0:05 — 6 Comments

Getting started in Landscape Design

One of the first things students should be doing after graduating, is contact their local Architects.

They are a ready made source of work and because of new planning regulations, many applications now require a planting plan as part of the planning conditions.

As qualified designers, you should be able to offer architects:

A full planting service to include specification and 5 year maintenance schedule.

A… Continue

Added by Duncan Heather on November 22, 2009 at 11:46 — 4 Comments

Retaining a little girlie ness while puddling around in the mud!

I refuse to wear mens boots to work - I refuse to give up any feminine ness I may possess just because of the job I do. I have therefore just purchased my 2nd pair of Pink steel toe cap boots!

I'm also very disappointed that my favourite Pink gloves aren't stocked in my plant suppliers anymore and have had to revert to purple.

Girlie Gardeners might still get a pink van but they're definietly all having pink boots - I know they don't stay pink for long but its a start.… Continue

Added by Kirsty Blair on November 19, 2009 at 14:00 — 2 Comments

Retaining Stone Walls in Cornwall - Failure in Older Structures

Following the recent adverse weather some older Cornish retaining walls have collapsed and there have been several enquiries relating to this, there have also been some real problems for clients with regards dealing with the insurance companies. Assessors tend to have a knowledge only within the construction industry which consequently leads to confusion and then often refusal of payment, this subsequently leads to the loss of a historical and traditional feature of the region. However often… Continue

Added by Sustainable Land Management on November 18, 2009 at 19:30 — 3 Comments

Your garden personality

I believe that like our pets our gardens give something of our personality away, especially to the strangers who walk up your garden path. So what does your garden say about you?

Well its only fair that I go first so while I was mowing the lawn (in my T-shirt in Nov silly weather) I examined what my garden says about me.

Well the front garden is well presented if not a little unorthodox, can I get away with saying that without sounding arrogant, oh and a little too… Continue

Added by Shadow Hall on November 17, 2009 at 17:37 — 3 Comments


Although we're unlikely to make it into iTunes top 100 (!), we've started to post some audio tracks onto our "Blogcast" site and iTunes (Mike - thanks for the idea). The thought is that it might help the suppliers and charities we work with to promote themselves by talking about their own businesses/causes, as well as to pass on useful tips from them. We will be… Continue

Added by Nick Mann on November 17, 2009 at 10:24 — 2 Comments

What pond liner?

You may have thought that deciding to build a pond and where to place it was the hard part but now you have to deciding how to line your pond. In order to make this decision a little easier I have listed the options below with some of the advantages and disadvantages.

Most gardeners no matter how amateur will have heard of the flexible Butyl rubber, Epalyn rubber or PVC liner and the majority will opt for this option which if laid correcting can last anything between 11 and 25 years… Continue

Added by Shadow Hall on November 17, 2009 at 10:21 — No Comments

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Ouzel Landscapes

K. A Ray Landscapers are changing their name to Ouzel Landscapes.

This Is due to competition having a very similar name to our selves, all of the contact details you already have will stay correct, and all that’s changed is our name.

Our details for people that have not got them are:

Tel: 01525 221037

Mob: 07800 888120


Address: 24 Northall Road

Eaton Bray



Kieran… Continue

Added by Kieran Ray on November 15, 2009 at 18:30 — 3 Comments

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Trader register

Shropshire , telford & wrekin (where i live)

have a 'register' similar to LJN charter.

your local council might have one and its worth registering on it to get on the list.

old / vunerable or proper people use it to source 'reputable' tradesmen in our area.

maybe they will/could start one for ''customers to avoid '' lists by tradesmen ?

Added by on November 13, 2009 at 23:25 — No Comments

Another Permeable Option

Better late than never I suppose, I've been threatening to blog for some time now and finally I've plucked up a little courage, as promised my blog this time round is all about the installation /maintenance of permeable Grassguard…..

Properties constructed pre 1920 may not have been built on traditional concrete foundation, therefore, if this is proved to be correct during excavation then the permeable system should not be installed.


These guidelines are for… Continue

Added by Jackson's Landscape Design on November 12, 2009 at 19:00 — 4 Comments

270 tonnes of soil to move!

Its going to be a busy few weeks for me, testing my digger driving skills, here's hoping it stays dry at least until we get it into the garden. I'm looking forward to doing some living willow structures in the new garden at the end.

MacDonald Blair Gardens

Added by Kirsty Blair on November 11, 2009 at 21:54 — 2 Comments

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Ultrascape's Mortar Paving System: A magnificent performance in Covent Garden

In the heart of London, Covent Garden is one of the city’s best known tourist attractions, drawing thousands of visitors from all over the world each year.

Once a lively marketplace, Covent Garden has now become an essential tourist destination with a vast array of gift shops, boutiques and restaurants and housing its infamous street entertainers.

After two years of planning for the redevelopment of Covent Garden plans were passed to renovate and restore the area, to… Continue

Added by Instarmac Group on November 4, 2009 at 11:10 — No Comments

Halloween with Fereday....


Added by Cat Fereday on November 1, 2009 at 15:44 — 1 Comment

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