Garden Gallery 18 by Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes – cottage garden

Tim Brayford Landscapes – late summer border

Tim Brayford Landscapes – ivy archway

Tim Brayford Landscapes – natural stone paving

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction.
Our services encompass the initial ideas through to landscaping and aftercare.
We are experienced in a broad range of projects including the design & planting of entire gardens or the addition of individual features like lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools, ground shaping and cultivation, installation of irrigation systems, tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, establishing wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows. We undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning.
We offer professional garden advice and artisan hand drawn garden plans which are a particularly good starting point for the more elaborate projects.
To learn more about what we have to offer please visit our website www.timbrayford.co.uk, email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or call 07890869918

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Growing a Wildflower Meadow by Tim Brayford Landscapes – Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Growing a Wildflower Meadow

 

In the days before improving grassland became the norm our meadows were a haven where wild flowers, herbs, insects and birds might be found. During the 20th century much of this was lost but the good news is that it is possible to restore things back to how they were, both on a large farm scale down to a corner of a small garden.

So how do you go about recreating one of these natural grassy miracles?

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Wild Flower Meadow

Start by assessing your site, what kind of soil are you on, is it sunny or shady, dry or wet and what is covering it at the moment and how fertile it is are all questions to ask.

The site must then be cleaned up and cleared, simply neglecting a patch of ground and leaving it to nature may not lead to the floriferous bounty that you are seeking, with just a few of the more vigorous species such as ragwort, dock, nettle and bramble along with cultivated ryegrasses becoming dominant instead.

Clearing may involve cutting down whatever vegetation is present, treatments with herbicides and in the case over fertile ground clearing off the top few inches of soil to reveal the less fertile ground underneath.

Once the ground is free of vigorous regrowth of unwanted species it is time to move on to establishing the new plants. The soil may be cultivated to form a seed bed and a number of options to reinstate with wildflowers are available.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Rotary Cultivating

The quickest and perhaps most successful way of doing this is by laying wildflower turf, although excellent value for money it is also the most expensive method. The turf may be laid all year round and will contain mixed varieties of flowers and non-competitive grass species.

Individual wildflower plugs are also available during the cooler months September – April . These are less expensive than wildflower turf and have the advantage that species selection may be tailored to individual areas within a plot. They may also be planted into existing areas of grass if the growth is weak*

For larger areas seeding presents the most affordable option, after the ground has been prepared the seed may broadcast onto it and ideally lightly rolled, late August and September are the best times to be doing this.

*Whether planting into existing grass or starting from scratch it is advisable to include some yellow rattle within those species to be planted,  it has a beneficial parasitic action on grasses making them less vigorous allowing other wildflowers too thrive.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Yellow rattle is an essential plant in a wildflower meadow

Once established take a hay cut around mid-late July, it is important to remove as much cut material away as possible to avoid increasing soil fertility but allowing some seed to set and fall to earth is beneficial, essential with the yellow rattle.

Please visit our Tim Brayford Landscapes website or contact us by email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or phone 07890 869918 to discuss how we can assist you with your landscape garden project.

 

 

Garden Gallery 17 by Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Culinary Sage

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Decking

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Natural stone paving & rustic sleeper walls

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Damsel flies enjoy marginal pond plants

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction.
Our services encompass the initial ideas through to landscaping and aftercare.
We are experienced in a broad range of projects including the design & planting of entire gardens or the addition of individual features like lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools, ground shaping and cultivation, installation of irrigation systems, tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, establishing wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows. We undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning.
We offer professional garden advice and artisan hand drawn garden plans which are a particularly good starting point for the more elaborate projects.
To learn more about what we have to offer please visit our website www.timbrayford.co.uk, email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or call 07890869918

The Wildlife Garden by Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A flowering currant & bee

Well before wildlife friendly gardens became fashionable Tim Brayford Landscapes was in the forefront of their design and installation on the Isle of Wight.

Here a grateful client recounts her experience:-

She had bought a pair of run down country cottages in a rural setting complete with badly overgrown neglected gardens.

She said that “I simply could not visualise what to do with the garden and although I am keen gardener I am not  very knowledgeable” so she turned to us for help and said “Tim picks up on what I want and makes it better, we work together and he makes suggestions as to what might work”

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Tim Brayford Landscapes – Wildflowers attract wildlife

The cottages are built into a slope so it was necessary to integrate level grassy areas into steeper banks, our client was concerned that her grandchildren might slide down these banks when the grass was wet. She wanted to create a natural break and barrier.

We suggested edging the area with Box hedging planting inside with ground hugging plants including Geraniums, Campanulas and Pulmonaria.

Our client was pleased that we had” translated her ideas into reality and wanted an easy care garden that also put something back to the countryside, but had to be practical regarding maintenance”

crab apples

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Crab Apples

It was important to her that wildlife should be encouraged with habitat for visiting birds and butterflies. We suggested putting in a small wood as with careful management this could be established in a confined space. We planted Silver Birch, Rowan, Crab Apples, Sweet Chestnut and Hazels together with indigenous Cowslips, Bluebells and Snowdrops, whilst Common Orchids naturalised in the surrounding grass.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Toad & Ivy

Fragrant climbing Roses and Honeysuckles attract insect life to some trelliswork and overall our client is delighted with the rich variety of wildlife visiting her garden, these include many different birds and butterflies and Dormice may even be feasting on the Hazel nuts.

She commented ” I still cannot believe I wake up in the morning and see all this. It is my idea of heaven”

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A visiting partridge gives his approval

Please visit our website or contact us by email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or phone 07890 869918 to discuss how we can assist you with your landscape garden project.

 

 

Garden Gallery 16 by Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

 

Tim Brayford Landscapes – An apple tree in spring

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Late summer colour

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Raised herb & vegetable beds

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A July flowering clematis

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Late summer plums

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction.
Our services encompass the initial ideas through to landscaping and aftercare.
We are experienced in a broad range of projects including the design & planting of entire gardens or the addition of individual features like lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools, ground shaping and cultivation, installation of irrigation systems, tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, establishing wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows. We undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning.
We offer professional garden advice and artisan hand drawn garden plans which are a particularly good starting point for the more elaborate projects.
To learn more about what we have to offer please visit our website www.timbrayford.co.uk, email us timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or call 07890869918

Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight- About Us

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A garden in spring

National award-winning landscaper and garden designer based on the Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes were established in 1980 and are British Association of Landscape Industries National Award Winners for Garden Design & Construction. Based on the Isle of Wight our services encompass the initial ideas through to landscaping and aftercare.

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A tranquil seating area

We are experienced in a broad range of projects including the design & planting of entire gardens or the addition of individual features like lawn seeding & turfing, raised beds, water gardens & pools, ground shaping & cultivation, installation of irrigation systems, tree, shrub & herbaceous border planting, establishing  wildlife gardens & ponds, wildflower meadows.

Tim Brayford Landscapes-A shady path leads to a focal point

We undertake specialist maintenance work such as fruit, shrub & rose pruning and offer professional garden advice and artisan hand drawn garden plans which are a particularly good starting point for the more elaborate projects. We also have a mini-digger and mini-tractor available for hire with various attachments available.

Tim Brayford Landscapes 16hp mini-digger for hire

To learn more about what we have to offer please visit our website  www.timbrayford.co.uk and call 07890869918 or email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com

 

Watergardens by Tim Brayford Landscapes Isle of Wight

Tim Brayford Landscapes – A formal water feature

 

A water feature adds tranquillity to a garden and here at Tim Brayford Landscapes we have experience of a wide range of imaginative uses. Construction of water features needs to be spot-on as water levels are very unforgiving and can show up any mistake. This makes preparation work for any potential pond very important and the use of a laser level is a normal part of our routine. Consideration needs to be given to what the client wants from the water feature, do you want the sound of falling water, to make a formal ‘statement’ or have a calm reflective surface?

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Water Spout Pool

One of our recent projects was a formal centrepiece fountain with a ‘catching’ surround pool but we also do garden ponds. Over the years we have constructed many ponds aimed at encouraging wildlife using skilful planting of native and non-native species to attract as wide a range of insect and bird life as possible. The marginal area for this type of pond requires careful planning too, possibly lining an area for bog plants to ensure that the whole thing sits at ease in the garden. Ponds for keeping fish have different requirements and we can install filtration and aerating equipment too.         

  

Tim Brayford Landscapes – Bee attracted to wildlife pond

Water features are increasing in popularity. The sound of water is very soothing and many clients like to have a water feature near a seating area. We have built water-falls and streams that are   pump powered as well as water ‘spill-over’ rocks which need an underground reservoir.

Please visit our Tim Brayford Landscapes website or contact us by email timbrayfordlandscapes@gmail.com or phone 07890 869918 to discuss how we can assist you with your landscape garden project.