The Country Landscapes project Blog gives information on the work we have done. As we're always busy we don't put all our recent projects online, so please give us a ring and we'll be happy to show you our latest work!
Weare delighted to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary in August 2016, take a look at the Special Edition of Professional Edge 2016 for more details!
Year end works undertaken at one of the local bowling greens are showing through!! We adjusted the mower to a higher cut to "tip" the new sward over the winter and the green will be ready for an application of mosskiller within the next 4 weeks and early spring, depending on conditions.
This green was so compacted that grass root growth was seriously poor - so shallow that it couldn't sustain the green during the drier summer months. In addition to water, roots need air and oxygen to breath, and regular spiking is advisable on fine turf - vertidraining (deep mechanical spiking) annually to sustain the (new) sward and allow the roots to penetrate at least 6-8" or preferably deeper into the lower rootzone.
The green was deep scarified and we overseeded with 100% bent mix at the end of the season.
The Brown top bent mix is the most expensive grass seed available - the seed is so fine it looks like itching powder and required a calm day and skilful application! It was specially selected to allow for closer mowing conditions. The undulations of greens is often a feature susceptible to closer mowingwhich can stress the grass out and if the roots are not kept moist, the sward will die. Bents are able to withstand a closer mowing regime, the aim being to be able to maintain an even sward coverage, and therefore more consistent bowling speed over the entire green. Bents are not an easy grass variety to establish and requires regular maintenance, fertiliser, plus sustained watering (usually weekly by the club members) to establish and during the season. Hand spiking is also be beneficial (except areas where the sward is still re-establishing).
Before and after 1st cut in December 2015...
For more details about fine turf and bowling green maintenance please contact Lee Thorne on 01204 402222.
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Posted :18.7.2015 Wow...we've have been so busy with extra grounds maintenance - including another bowling green, plus several weed spraying contracts this year! Those wanting a job doing right are having to be patient - so book early!
November was a busy month keeping on top of all the leave and mild and dry enough to get on with scarification and top dressing the bowling greens. We are also on with applying moss killer to domestic lawns.
We have been busy pruning too, a garden revamp at Bradshaw was undertaken earlier this month, with many of the old shrubs and conifers removed ready for planting up with more decorative and attracted species.
Phil Robinson has also been busy bulb planting. Don't neglect getting those leaves of the lawns - If you haven't done, give Anita a ring on 01204 402222 and book in now!
July and August are fantastic times to see the best at Tatton Flower Show and Southport Flower Show and get ideas for your garden.
We welcome back Phil Robinson- one our our apprentices from the late 90's, who is qualified to NVQ2 and has tree and chainsaw certification. He is also a driver, so he's a definite asset to the Country Landscapes team on maintenance and landscape projects.
We have worked hard to complete all of our garden maintenance and green keeping routines according to schedule again this year. Well done to Anita and Phil Johnson and Phil Robinson.
Now is the time to start booking in the Autumn and Winter works such as jet cleaning, pruning, planting, tree works etc.
Posted : 26.4.2013Rain at last
After a relatively dry period since January, the rain has started and the lawns and plants welcome it!
Posted : 26.4.2013 New Apprentice!
We recently invested in employing an apprentice to ensure continuity to provide the reliability and quality you have come to expect from Country Landscapes. This represents a considerable investment and your continued support is appreciated in these tough times.
Although all our costs have increased we have absorbed most of these increases and made a loss during the 2012 season. With our hard work and your support we hope to turn that around this season. The new season started a month later so you have made savings already this year so if there are things needing doing just ask we are happy to help and many of our rates have been the same since before 2008! Don't forget! In summer a reasonable quality lawn needs mowing at least weekly - please see 12.4.2013 for the reasons why.
More info is available on this at the RHS Web site at rhs.org.uk.
If you want your lawn looking at its best it also needs treating (and we dont mean just wastefully throwing feed at it like some companies do) call Lee on 01204 402222 for a free lawn treatment quote and qualified advice.
Posted : 12.4.2013 Welcome Back!
We have recently had clients coming back to us having been let down by alternative "cheaper contractors". As they say you don't know what you have until it's gone and no one likes to be treated badly.
A big thank you to our clients who looked after us last season with a kindly word. We undertake a difficult job in all weathers (it rained 4.5 working days out of 5 last season!) and appreciate when a client takes the time to make what may be our only brew that day, or give an appreciative comment.
Many of our clients cut their lawns between our fortnightly cuts if they get the chance. The reason for this, is that if you remove more that 1/3 of the leaf blade of the grass it causes stress and deterioration as well as making a mess. Last year it rained all season so we have no choice but to cut itin wet conditions, to provide reliability. If you had used an electric mower last year you would have struggled to mow at all !!
Posted : 2.1.2013 Happy New Year!
Enquiries have been coming in over the Christmas period. Clients who require work doing should book in now so that they are on the rolling programme over the next few weeks...ready for the next heat wave!
Posted : 13.12.2012 Project Complete!
Due to the considerable high pressure of the earth, water, and buildings, retained by such walls, its sensible to get all retaining wall properly designed with the calculations done by a qualified structural engineer. Typically there are over 30 pages of calcs for retaining walls. Typically walls around or above 1m required concrete foundation with steel reinforcements in the base and throughout the wall.
The construction should be checked at each stage by a structural engineer who can then issue a Structural Integrity Certificate upon completion.
All works at Horwich are now complete and the Structural Integrity Certificate issued.
Posted : 3.12.2012 Project Schedules Update
Due to the ridiculously wet autumn all our landscaping projects and much our our maintenance has been delayed. The Horwich project (below) - 6 weeks, took 12 weeks largely due to the weather.
Posted : 30.11.2012 Horwich, Bolton
All 22 steps,the patio and wall were completed and pointed up this week - and it looks fabulous! We have had to cover everything over due to the cold and frost, but will post some pictures next week when we have cleared everything away.
Posted : 17.10.2012 Horwich, Bolton
The Timbalok, timber crib retaining wall was completed yesterday! As you can see it's sturdy, eco friendly, and the product is guaranteed to last for at least 60 years.
The area is now ready for preparations for a patio as shown below...
Posted : 12.10.2012 Horwich, Bolton
Work continues in Horwich on the installation of the second section of Timbalok retaining walls, including the corner section.
Posted : 11.10.2012 Horwich, Bolton
Our mission was to replace three dry stone walls with two retaining walls of around 1.25m each.
In practice whilst it was apparent visually that the slope consisted of clay (which would normally be reasonably stable and suitable for constructing foundations and walls, the site was found to consist of an amount of unstable infill of clay and rubbish, which was unsuitable for constructing two walls due to the instability and exceptionally wet weather of September and October 2012.
An alternative solution had to be quickly found and agreed with the client, to minimise risk to the extension constructed on piles.
The footing was excavated and concreted on the 2nd October.
On day two the Timbalok solution was installed and infilled in 20 tons of aggregate providing a strong and solid retaining wall adjacent the extention on the 3rd October.
The above shows the second stage of Timbalok installation as at 11.10.2012
Posted : 11.6.2012 Bradshaw Bowling Club
I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you on the work you and your team have done in making Bradshaw Bowling green one of the best if not THE BEST bowling green in the area.
In my opinion it is in superb condition and a pleasure to play on.
It is in distinct contrast to the local park greens which only receive the minimum of treatments and basic cutting.
Keep up the good work!
Posted : Saturday 2.6.2012 Works completed from 18th May 2012 to 1st June 2012
Work completed 1st June at Stalybridge..
Thank you and your team for all your hard and excellent work, we will forward you some of the original garden photographs within the next week. Kind Regards. Jo and Frank
Work in progress at Stalybridge......before and during photos....this week we excavated around 30 tons off site.
Completion of terraced patio in natural stone flags is due within the next few days.....
Before and after....
An azure blue sky this week allowed the painting of our heavy duty pergola - note the solid 6" pillars!
Posted : Wednesday 16th May 2012
Greenkeeping is an intensive aspect of our service...correct adjustment of machinery prior to mowing ensures a perfect cut!
The 1st photo below shows one of the green we maintain before mowing, on Wednesday. It was previously mown Monday and is slightly mottled due to uneven growth rate in different parts of the green, caused mainly by varying growth rates on dry and moist parts of the green. The 2nd photo shows the green after cutting on the same afternoon, which is more even but still quite mottled. Regular watering and feeding is necessary to help ensure dry patches grow and to help ensure an even playing service.
Posted : Friday 30th April 2012
Fairfield Primary School - Willow Tunnel Workshops
Posted : Friday 30th April 2012
Highfield Primary School - Country Landscapes provided a free planting and team leadership session to Highfield Primary School, children actively enjoyed a bright sunny afternoon in the woodland eco garden!
Posted : Friday 23rd March 2012
Tottington Primary School - We are proud to be actively involved assisting the school free of charge in the vegetable planting sessions and children also undertook some sports pitch maintenance returfing a worn goal mouth!
Posted : 30th March 2012
Highfield Play Area - Community Centre - Completed - March 2012!
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