Groundworks on a Landscape Garden Exeter

An insight to the daily life of a garden design and landscaping build up on a rear garden located in Cullompton, Exeter, Devon.

Day 3

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Coffee.

Hand digging the footings

Hand digging the footings

Landscaping works continue to cut the remaining feature wall footings, again this must be undertaken by hand, as you can clearly view the lower wall is leaning towards my clients garden, this lean is due to the 100mm wall acting as a retainer, the neighbours garden is 400mm higher.

Step riser hand dig

Step riser hand dig

The excess material from the feature wall footings are removed by the excavator and the laser level set to dig for the raised seating area, this area is now at the correct falls and levels.

The trench for the risers to the step up is cut by hand as this is a narrow trench, I'm refusing to track around on the sub grade as the heavens have opened, at this stage I will do more damage than good to the open ground.

Shelter from the rain

Shelter from the rain

The team and I are constantly downing tools to take cover from the heavy rain, in all it came down heavy on and off for 4 hours today.

Feature wall Footings complete

Footings

Ground works and levelling on the feature wall footings, raised seating area, step riser, composite decking area, and exterior kitchen area are complete.

Landscape Levels

Landscape levels

I am able to start grading a small section of the reflection pool area, I'm hampered by the landscaping rubble stock pile. I'll be happy to see the Hi-ab grab lorry tomorrow.

Every day the garden will be kept tidy once we have completed our goals.

Tomorrows blog:

Sub-base, Landscape Garden installation

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10 hours ago
John F replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"There does not look to be any obstacles hindering your access Gary I reckon you will get the cutting job done in a morning  
Clearing up looks straightforward if it lands on the patio . 
There will be some volume of brash to handle Billybops…"
14 hours ago
Peter sellers replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Could not agree more, far too cheap."
15 hours ago
Billybop replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"problem with the hourly rate, being the customer doesn't know how fast you work, nor any idea how long it's likely to take"
15 hours ago
Adam Woods replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"THere is a lot of waste to get rid of there - another route maybe a light trim now (so that they can enjoy their garden, and the birds are not evicted), then return when the birds are finished to take it back further, mind you not sure how the…"
15 hours ago
Billybop replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"From other items in the photos looks like a family with young kids, so likely either renting or trying to pay big mortgage. I would have given the cheaper option of having the hedge done and clippings uncollected so they could either clear up…"
15 hours ago
robert pryor replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"I’d charge an hourly rate some you don’t come unstuck.
Assume youre clearing up and taking away? That usually takes longer than the actual cutting"
15 hours ago
Clive replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Miles too cheap, But if you're happy with that for a hard days graft... 
I hope that didn't include Green waste removal as well? "
16 hours ago
Neil Darby replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Gary. You can come & do all of my clients hedges for £270 !! Growth by Sept. will be twice as long, you will be cutting back & leaving lots of brown, dead patches. I would of said a day's labour plus debris, so around £350 right now, not Sept."
16 hours ago
John F replied to Mjc's discussion Robust hedge cutter.
"Are you propping a ladder against the hedge ?  You will be too close to the job and it's unstable. 
I generally use use a henchman or tripod ladder set back from the hedge which I find easier to determine the required height the hedge needs to be…"
19 hours ago
John F replied to Mjc's discussion Robust hedge cutter.
"Awkward in what way Martin ? "
20 hours ago
Mjc posted a discussion
Hi, I use a echo long reach hedge cutter which is great, but awkward to use when up ladders cutting the top of a hedge. I need another machine, not long reach, which will also cope with heavy work when doing hedge reductions. What would you…
yesterday
Mjc replied to Rob's discussion Petrol or electric?
"Can't comment on battery kit but if using petrol another vote for echo hca236 long reach. Really well made, my old husqvarna felt like a toy in comparison. "
yesterday
Gary Etherington replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"I have quoted £270 in September and she was happy with that, also very happy to leave it due to nesting season, thanks for the replies everyone "
yesterday
Fusion Media posted a blog post
Maintaining the expansive grounds of Repton School requires precision, efficiency, and innovation.For Andrew Butler, Head of Grounds and Gardens, and his team, the introduction of the Etesia Hydro 80 ride-on mower has not only streamlined operations…
yesterday
John F replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Gary if you need to leave it until September then allow for any extra growth . 
Personally always conscious of birds nests and you have difficulty checking so many customers generally say there are no birds nests here because the overgrown hedge is…"
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Robust hedge cutter.

Hi, I use a echo long reach hedge cutter which is great, but awkward to use when up ladders cutting the top of a hedge. I need another machine, not long reach, which will also cope with heavy work when doing hedge reductions. What would you…

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Petrol or electric?

I have been running stihl  AP battery range tools for about 5 years now, and was told back then they were more powerful than the  petrol equivilents, but is this still true?Mainly in regards to the hedge trimmers and strimmers.Thanks

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