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You have put it off for far too long. You have finally decided to take on.  And tacked.  That overgrown garden.


Maybe you already some great garden design ideas. Why not check out our garden design guides.  For ideas and inspiration. Now for the hard part.

The garden clearance. Exeter landscapes have cleared gardens of all shapes and sizes.  Here’s a selection of ideas and tips.  We have gleaned over the years.  Making your garden clearance quicker.  Cheaper and a lot less painful.




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This is your first hands-on job.  For your neglected garden.  The garden clearance, landscaping exeter.  Clearing a garden.   Clears the mind.  Allowing you to visualise your garden landscaping exeter.  It’s a good idea to have a garden landscape design in place.  Before starting any garden landscape design project.  It will save you time and money.  Allowing you to identify.  Plants that need to be left in place.  Plants that need to be removed.  Garden areas to be totally cleared.  Garden areas to be left alone.  Areas that be used to store materials or waste.









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What To Save What To Get Rid Of


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Time to be brutal. And start to get rid of your waste.  Particularly important in a small or courtyard design, Exeter.  It’s likely the project will generate a lot of old concrete and rubble.  Old footings, foundations, walls, and paving.  Remember you may need some hardcore later, in your landscaping project, exeter.  A base for a patio or artificial grass.  Or to fill a void, such as a pond.


Concrete ⋅ rubble

Get rid of the large lumps.  Otherwise, you will be continually moving them out of your way.  It’s hard and time-consuming to break up, for hardcore. It’s not worth the bother.  Find a place for the smaller, more usable pieces.  And stack until needed.



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    • CREATING  BASES ⋅ natural stone paths ⋅ natural stone patios

    • FILLING UP ⋅  SOAKAWAYSdownpipes for gutters ⋅ drainage channel

    • CREATING DRAINAGEtimber raised beds ⋅ tree pits

    •  GETTING RID OF  VOIDS filling ponds space under decking  filling wells




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Try to recycle as much hardcore as possible.  This will save time, and money spent on skips.  It will reduce landfill,  good for the environment.




If you can’t recycle enough hardcore.  You can always buy if from local builders merchants, and grab hire companies.


Road scalping’s  ⋅ cheap  ⋅ 1ton bags  ⋅ can contain some clay  ⋅ waste  ⋅ builders merchants




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Crushed concrete ⋅ grab hire companies  ⋅ large lumps  ⋅ very cheap for larger loads  ⋅ 10 tons plus


type 1 MOT 1-ton bulk bags  ⋅ processed  ⋅ spreads well  ⋅ more expensive  ⋅ binds well


 Enough ⋅ room ⋅ space ⋅ moving it

Space is always an issue.  Particularly in a small garden design, st albans. You need a lot of space, for a loose load.  Check the delivery charge.  It may be possible, to order a couple of bulk bags, at a time!

You’ll need a shovel.  A couple of wheelbarrows, and a friend.  It’s easier, to split the bag, onto aboard.  And shovel loose.  A mini digger could help for larger loads.


Bin ⋅ Re-use ⋅ Recyle




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the start…

Whatever you estimate.  You will always end up. With way more, garden waste.  Think of a figure, double it.  And you’re getting close.



It’s time-consuming.  It can become expensive. And it’s generally hard, dirty work.


Local recycling centre opening times ⋅ how to sort waste ⋅ what’s chargeable

 Green waste fill large builders’ bags ⋅ use loppers to cut up ⋅ don’t overfill

Burn waste local councils’ regulations ⋅ inform neighbours

Recycle on-site hardcore ⋅ paths ⋅ drainage soakaways ⋅   compost green waste

Hippo bags small-medium loads ⋅ easy ⋅ more expensive larger loads

Skip hire larger loads ⋅ road licence ⋅ hassle-free ⋅ economical ⋅ don’t overload

Grab hire exceptionally large loads of ⋅ space to stack waste ⋅ cheap



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 Grab hire ⋅ word to the wise…


Use for a large amount of waste.  Check what they are happy to take.  They like soil and rubble.  Don’t like turf or green waste.  Can damage driveway.

Make sure your waste pile is accessible to the grab.  Grab about 6metres from the kerb.

Be ready. They don’t like to hang around!

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Remove above ground waste use a fork ⋅ plants ⋅ weeds ⋅ unclog soil before rotavating

Leave lawns ⋅ paths forming walkways for wheelbarrows

Prune branches shrubs ⋅ trees ⋅ overhanging branches ⋅ dead branches ⋅ shape canopy

Strim remove grass ⋅ weeds ⋅ remove thatch with a rake


Clearance ⋅ Order of Play


Weeds ⋅ roots ⋅larger trees shrubs

Remove weeds, with their roots indicted.  If left, the roots will easily regenerate into more weeds.  Start to remove larger trees and shrubs.



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The tree and shrub won’t budge.  Relax and get methodical.  Maybe one or more tap roots, are still intact.


Tools Checklist ⋅ trenching spade ⋅ reciprocating saw ⋅ loppers

Remove soil ⋅ feel for roots ⋅ tap root of root ball ⋅ cut with reciprocating saw ⋅ twist pull trunk


Using a winch

The last resort. Be careful, when tensioning your winch. Most have a fail-safe pin, which will break, under an unsafe load.  Preventing damage to the winch, and yourself.  Winches are available for hire. Use straps. Attached to the base of the anchor tree. Attach the other end, to the tree to be removed.  And winch, standing out of harm’s way.








Builders waste ⋅ clay ⋅ old footings

Scrape away your topsoil.  Dig a deep bed.  And you will probably find waste.  Plastic is unsightly and can cause drainage problems.  Remove and skip. You will have to live with some waste. Stones can be beneficial to lawns.  Offering good drainage.


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Footings from old walls or outbuilding.  Decide what can be left.  And what’s got to be removed.  Don’t make the process too painful.  Forget the hammer and bolster.  Use a pneumatic breaker, a heavy long bar, and a trenching spade.


Remove ⋅ Roots ⋅ Trees







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Gardens can be cleared efficiently using a mini digger.  Designed to fit through a standard doorway or gate.  A mini digger can remove tree roots and stumps which would otherwise be left by a stump grinding. Usually left by your local tree surgeon.  When landscaping exeter, consider hiring a landscape gardener to help clear larger areas in your gardens.



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Where possible.  Mature shrubs and trees should be saved and pruned.  Smaller specimen shrubs, trees or plants may be worth saving.  They can be replanted later on.   Fitting into your new landscape garden design.  Tagging is particularly useful.  Especially when hiring a landscape gardeners exeter.  He will know what to save.  What he can safely get rid of.  Potting up smaller plants and shrubs.  Removing them out of harm’s way.


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Temporary Planting Areas.  Should be areas that have been already been cleared.  Make sure these areas are not going to receive any hard landscape design.  You don’t want to move the plants again and again!


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Remove all green waste above ground level first.  Before tackling any roots.  Weeds or smaller plants.  Making your garden clearance a lot easier.  Preventing extra green waste clogging up in your soil.   Avoiding extra effort when rotating beds.

Remove paths and lawns areas towards the end of the clearance.  Preventing the garden from becoming a ‘swamp’.  Allowing you to easily barrow materials.   Using existing paths or turfed areas.  Reducing your overall effort!


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Think about hiring a turf cutter.  Soak the lawn the day before with water.   A professional landscape gardener will quickly remove your lawn with a mini digger, exeter.


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Most gardens contain some building waste.  Scrape away the earth.  And you will probably find areas.   Where your ‘friendly builder‘ has got rid of his waste.  Your garden clearance will also generate building waste.  You may knock down a garden wall.  Remove a shed.  Find an existing footing.  Usually where you don’t need it.  Decide which areas need to be cleared of building waste.  Decide if footing can be left in place. They are time-consuming to remove.  And generate a lot of waste.


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While it may seem a good idea to skip every bit of rumble you find.  Remember, some parts of your garden’s design might need a sprinkling of hardcore.  Bases for paving.   Patios and paths.  Drainage for soakaways.  Extra drainage for a raised bed.  Hardcore for filling up an old pond.

Hardcore can be purchase offsite.  Known as Type 1 MOT.  It’s essentially crushed concrete.  Some of your building waste can be used as hardcore.  Saving you time and money.  Including filling those expensive skips!  Choice wisely, an area to stack you hardcore.   Try to avoid moving the pile several times.   Throughout the entire project!!


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One of the last stages of the clearance.   Disposing of your waste.   You may be able to compost some of your green waste.  You may be able to ferry your green waste down to your local recycling centre.  Always check with you local authorities before burning any green waste.  And inform your neighbours.  All waste should be disposed of offsite using registered environmentally friendly companies.


Waste options ⋅ skip hire ⋅  hippo bags ⋅  trips to the recycling centre ⋅ grab hire – muck away. 


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Many gardens are on slopes. Causing the garden to be unusable. Levelling is crucial for a successful landscape design project.  Levelling creates the correct heights and falls.  Essential for each hard landscaping element.  Levelling should be carried out before any garden planting or turfing.   Remember planting will generate excess soil.   So don’t overfill beds!

levelling can be combined with terracing. For example, retaining walls. Transforming an awkward sloping garden.  Maximizing usable space.   Achieving the correct levels is paramount.   For any successful landscape design.


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Adding extra topsoil to any garden.   Is an expensive process.  Costly to purchase and to deliver.  Expensive to move, from the front of your house.  Into your back garden.  Preserve as much good quality topsoil as possible.  Topsoil is particularly useful when filling raised beds.  It is used to build up low areas.  Especially during the turfing process.  Once again.  Hiring a  mini digger will greatly speed up this process.





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Identify high and low areas.  Mark with spray point.  Start to reduce high areas.   Build up low areas.   Using excess soil generated during the process.  Any poor quality soil –  ‘crud’.  Can be removed be offsite by grab hire.  Clay removal may be necessary.  Especially in beds destined for planting.  Improving the beds’ drainage.  Creating successful planting areas.  Use a mini digger where possible.


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Now for the fun part.  Marking out your design.  You will need a long tape, several metal pins, builder line and spray paint.  Have builders square to hand.  For marking out right angles.   Once you have marked out your design.  You may want to ‘tweak’  you design.  Remember the Garden Design is there to help you.  It’s never set in stone.  Most Garden Designs need changing slightly on site!

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Not all of us a lucky enough to have good loamy soil in our beds.  The main culprit for poor soils is clay.  A clay bed becomes water-logged in wet months.   Backed bone dry in hot summer.  Planting can feel like breaking up concrete.  Plants are either water logger.  Or in drought conditions.  Not great growing conditions!



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Your soil can become hard and compacted over time.  This can reduce root development, particularly in shrubs.  give your plants a helping hand, Improve your bed’s soil structure.  Rotovate your soil, incorporating as much organic material possible.

For particularly dry or hard beds.  Water 2-3 days for a couple of hours before attempting to rotavate your compacted soil.  For really tough soils consider renting a large pneumatic rotavator.  For large areas, it may be worth hiring the services of professional Landscape Gardeners Exeter.


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Add as much organic matter as possible.  Incorporating manure is a start.  Digging is best done in those autumn months.  Why not make your own compost by building a compost bin.


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Sometimes the only options are to reduce the amount of clay in your beds.  For large areas, you are going to need the services of a mini digger.  Options for disposal include.  Moving the clay to areas of the garden that need building up.  Removing the clay offsite by a grab hire.  You may wish to employ the services of a professional landscape garden as this process is labour intensive.


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Create a raised sleeper bed on top of your problem area.  Fill your raised with good quality topsoil.  Drainage is a consideration.  Add broken bricks or general rumble, and arrange at the bottom of your sleeper bed before filing.  Finish includes softwood tantalised sleepers or green oak sleeper.


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Work with what you’re good.  Opt for plants that will thrive in clay soil.


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Give plants a good start.  Add coarse grit and compost to your planting hole.  Improving the drainage.  And nutrients available to each plant.





Perennials 1 ⋅ achillea ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ helenium ⋅ foxglove ⋅ heuchera ⋅ hosta ⋅ kniphofia.

Perennials 2 ⋅ rudbeckias.

Climbers ⋅ clematis ⋅ hydrangea ⋅ Jasminum

Grasses ⋅ carex ⋅ miscanthus






Contemporary ⋅ acer ⋅ crocosmia ⋅ osmanthus ⋅ fatsia ⋅ echinacea ⋅ carex grass.

Traditional ⋅ white hydrandea ⋅ hosta ⋅ white  foxglove ⋅ heuchera.


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Most gardens will, need some type of storage. Allowing you to declutter the garden.




Heres our guide to sheds, storage and small offices!



Sheds ⋅ of the shelf ⋅ bespoke

Most gardens will, need some type of storage. Allowing you to declutter the garden. You can opt for a pre-made timber shed. Or build one yourself. Prices vary and so does the quality. If you are going to build your own bespoke shed. It’s a good idea to shop around, for your timber. Avoid the builder’s merchants and go directly to a timber merchant. The savings can be significant.


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Why not add some style to your timber shed. Add a slate roof and a galvanised down pipe. You could opt for a water butt. Or direct the runoff directly into an existing bed. And remember to think about lighting and electrics. For inside the shed and around the garden.


Leave it natural ⋅ oiling ⋅ too paint or not to paint

Timber cladding can be left bare. To silver up over time. Most softwood is tanalized, preventing the timber from rotting, over time. If the timber does age or blacken. It can be rejuvenated by treating with a solution of oxalic acid. Please follow any safety precautions. And be careful if you have pets.



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If you have opted for hardwood cladding. Why not enhance its colour by oiling the wood. Hardwood will naturally last longer, than its cheaper softwood cousin. Oiling hardwood will prevent it from drying out, and potentially splitting, overtime. Always allow hardwood to season a little before oiling. This will allow the woods pores to open a little. And will make the oiling process a lot easier.

Softwood can be painted to match the feel of your garden design. It’s a good idea to leave the structure to ‘weather’ for a couple of months before painting. And treat any knots before painting. There’s a lot of products available. Sadolin offers quality products. Zinsser All coat Exterior is a firm favorite.



Just remember once you have painted your time. You have committed to paint it every few years. Be wary of cheap products. Many a good garden design, has be ruined by orange creosote. Black always looks good. Especially when softened with climbers, grey is classy. Green can sometimes work well. Generally, opt for natural tones and avoid garish shades.


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Small storage ⋅ hidden storage ⋅ under seat storage


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When space is at a premium. Bespoke storage can work. Its needs to be large enough to practically store items. Wood for your chiminea. Char coal for your BBQ, compost, or garden tools.

Under seat storage can seem like a good idea. But under seat storage can be impractical: too small for most garden tools. And it’s hard to keep things fully dry! Why not opt for a tall thin bespoke shed. Or long squat storage, that can be hidden by pots or plants.


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Garden Offices


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Garden offices come in all shapes and sizes. From a simple summer-style house. To luxury accommodation, with kitchens, heating, and showers. Many companies offer off-the-shelf kits. Which can work out very economical. Most are timber-based offices. Some with insulation. Some without. If you fancy building one yourself. It’s worth pricing up the timber and fittings. You might find the savings, are not as great as you thought. One option is to buy an off-the-shelf office and customized it. When you install it!

Many people do construct their own bespoke offices or get their local builders too. Timber is easy to work with. Blockwork can also be used for a more ‘permanent solution. This can be clad with timber or rendered. It’s important to comply with your local planning laws. Which can affect the structure’s overall size and height.



Bases for offices ⋅ electrics ⋅cables ⋅ drainage


Most structures are going to need a base of some type. Depending on the size and weight. Most suppliers. will specify this. And it can add a substantial cost to the project. The area will need to be cleared, excavated, and levelled.


Shuttering is used to create the framework for the concrete pour. It must case it easier to arrange a ready mix company to supply the concrete. And this will usually require hiring a pump. Rather than barrowing the cement yourself! It’s important to ensure the cement is level and left a few days to harden, before carrying on with the project.


Cables will also need to be trench for electricity and internet connection. It’s a good idea to think about drainage. Especially if the office is low down. At the bottom of the garden. It might be necessary to build a soakaway to take any runoff. Especially if a significant amount of paving is going to be added.


Roofs can include simple felt, slate or roofing tiles or fibre glass.



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Date: October 03, 2018