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Diary of a garden design project
Landscape construction
Planting design
DIY gardens


All designers rely on the skills of landscape contractors to implement their ideas. A good contractor is essential for reasons that should be apparent from the small selection of building techniques illustrated below. In addition to hard landscape, contractors are required to carry out a variety of horticultural and arboricultural tasks. Often, several contractors can be employed on one project, requiring the designer to have a high degree of project management skills.

Selection of hard landscape tasks


Entrances & driveways                              Drainage & earthworks



Building in brick                                       Building with precast concrete & stone



Building with timber



Constructing vehicle surfaces                     And pedestrian surfaces

And finally.........

Coping with the weather  

Coping with the weather



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