Hard Landscaping

We offer our professional landscaping services to both domestic and commercial customers.

As fully qualified professionals we understand that your outside space can be an extension of your home, where you can relax and enjoy spending time with friends & family.

At S.P. Landscapes we provide a wide range of both Hard & Soft Landscaping. Please feel free to contact us today to discuss your landscaping requirements.

Hard Landscaping Services

  • Ground works
  • Patios and paving
  • Raised garden beds
  • Brick and block work
  • Driveways
  • Decking
  • Fencing
  • Water features

Even if you don’t find the particular service you require mentioned on our website please give our friendly team a call. We’re always happy to hear about your project and will help you wherever possible.

For a no-obligation quotation please contact us.

Hard Landscaping FAQs

The main two types of decking material are wooden or composite decking.

The benefits of wooden decking are that it is a natural product that provides a traditional feel that is in keeping with the garden and nature. However, it does require a large degree of maintenance including annual staining and sealing to keep it looking good and to provide longevity. If not maintained correctly it is a risk of rot, warping, and can be damaged by pests. It has an approx. lifespan of 10 to 15 years, possibly more, subject to how well it is maintained and cared for.

Composite decking is made from recycled plastic and wood materials and, as such, is much more durable and hard-wearing. It required little to no maintenance, other than regular cleaning, and also comes with other benefits such as being slip-resistant. It should last 25, or more, years with no real maintenance requirements so has a better lifespan than wooden decking.

As composite decking is made from recycled materials, and wooden decking is made from felling trees, it is an eco-friendlier material but does come at a higher purchase cost. However, if you add up the maintenance cost of wooden decking, it will cost more over the course of its lifespan.

It comes down to personal preference taking into account cost, longevity of the product and maintenance requirements. Composite decking does not compare to the aesthetics and natural feel of real wood but does offer some great benefits in the minimal maintenance requirements.

We offer most types of garden fencing that are available. These include:

  • Traditional-lap or Close-board Panel fencing – This is the most commonly used fencing for gardens and is available between 3 to 6ft tall. The advantage of this type of fencing is that the panels can easily be removed and replaced.
  • Close-board fencing – Another commonly used fencing for gardens. The benefit of standard Close-board fencing (and not panels), is that the posts and horizontal rails are hidden on one side, and it uses a continuous run of feather edge boards.
  • Picket fencing – Ideal for front gardens where you want to cordon off an area and privacy is not an issue. These tend to come in 3 to 4ft heights and have a gap between each picket to allow you to see through the fencing.
  • Post & Rail fencing – Commonly used around paddocks or along the perimeter of a field. This is a cost-effective fencing solution, as it uses minimal materials and is easy to install, but does not provide any privacy or security.
  • Chain-link or Wire-mesh fencing – This type of fence is available at 1 to 3m heights and is mainly used for security purposes, where you want to prevent access.

The Traditional-lap, or Close-board, Panel and standard Close-board fencing can be installed with either wooden or concrete posts and either wooden or concrete gravel boards. The wooden posts and gravel boards are considered more aesthetically pleasing and more in keeping with the landscape, but, whilst slightly more expensive, concrete posts and gravel boards will last mush longer than wooden ones. It is also possible to mix these up and have concrete posts and wooden gravel boards, if you wanted.

A garden can be landscaped at any time of the year but there are certain aspects of landscaping that are better undertaken at certain times of the year.

Planting is best undertaken between November to March but container-grown shrubs and trees can be planted all year round.

Grass seed and turfing are best undertaken in the spring or autumn time, however turfing can be undertaken in the winter and also the summer, if regularly watered. Note, the ground preparation for both grass seeding and turfing can be more difficult in the summer, due to dry ground conditions, and in the winter, due to wet ground conditions.

Fencing and decking can be undertaken all year round and aren’t overly affected by the weather.

Patio installations are best undertaken between March to October when weather conditions tend to be milder and there is less risk of heavy rain. The outside temperatures need to be above 3 degrees Celsius, including overnight, to allow the materials to set and cure. Continuous heavy rain can also cause waterlogged ground that will affect the patio laying, so we tend to avoid any patio installations over the winter.

We receive the majority of our enquiries for garden landscaping in the spring time, when people are thinking of the summer, however please bear in mind it can take several weeks, sometimes months, to organize landscaping works. If you want your garden landscaped, ready for the summer, it is best to get in contact around January/ February to allow time for us to provide a quote, plan in the works and order in the required materials.

One of the reasons that patios are expensive is the materials required. This will include a protective ground-cover membrane, type 1 hardcore for the sub-base, sand and cement and, of course, the paving slabs and grout. Whilst most of the materials are relatively in-expensive in comparison, the paving slabs can cost anywhere between £20 to £50 per m2 with some flagship stone paving costing much more.

The second reason is the time that it takes to prepare and install the sub-base, ensuring the preparation is carried out correctly and to specification. Whilst the sub-base is not seen once the work is completed, it is just as important as the finished paving slabs and will be the main difference in regards to the longevity of the paving. A poorly constructed sub-base, using not the right materials and not to the required depth, will mean the paving may move, or lift, and the paving will not last as long compared to if it was done correctly.

Finally, the actual laying of the paving slabs is a slow process where each paving slabs has to be laid one at a time, in a continuous manner ensuring that it in the correct position, level and with equal width joints. Certain types of paving can take longer to lay than other with sandstone paving being relatively straightforward and porcelain paving being slightly more time-consuming to lay and grout.

It’s worth noting that a well-constructed patio will last 25, or more, year so it is worth investing in good quality materials and ensuring that it has been installed correctly, including the sub-base.

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