How Landscaping has become popular in Liverpool

Over the last few years, the city of Liverpool has seen a massive transformation, not just across its city centre or key attractions and world heritage sites, but also across a large number of its popular homes.

Although there has been a lot of property extending, renovation and transformation, nothing comes close to the boom in landscaping design that the city is going through.

Since the transformation of baron industrial land in the city’s southern district, JL Landscapes Liverpool have been at the forefront of this boom and are constantly asked for more unique, custom styles in terms of landscape design and installment. UK’s leading garden locations – The International Garden Festival, it seems as though Liverpool residents are looking to replicate this horticultural experience across their own gardens and lawns.


The different styles of Paving that are popular today

How many times have you stepped out recently, maybe in your front garden or back garden and seen how tired your current paving looks?

If you fall into this bracket then you will be forgiven in thinking that as summer approaches, you want to do something about it.

Well, in this article we will be discussing some of the different paving styles that are popular with home owners across the country.

Block Paving:

Block Paving has always been a firm favourite because although it adds a lot of cosmetic appeal to a property, it is also usually made from solid sandstone which means that it will last a very long time and will be able to withstand heavy erosion from the harsh weather seasons.

Another positive for using Block Paving is that it has a lot of variations in design, colours and of course, when it comes to specific patterns, you really can create any design you want.

Pattern Imprinted Concrete:

Pattern Imprinted Concrete is the other form of paving which is really coming into vogue these last few years.

Pattern Imprinted Concrete is abit like Block Paving however the blocks are more smaller which usually means you have more flexibility in design.

The one thing that really stands out when you use Pattern Imprinted Concrete is that you tend to get a better finish as you can get much more tidier cuts and sealings.

So there you go, the above two styles are the ones that everyone seems to be going for these days so if you feel you need to upgrade your paving, its worth looking into them further.


JL Landscapes are one of Liverpool’s premier Landscaping Contractors and specialise in installing Paving across Liverpool.

Why a Hog Roast is a great way to show off a new garden

The summer season is close and you have just completed a huge amount of Landscaping work on your garden.

You have battled through all the mud, rain and dirt. You have dealt with all the problems that come with major landcaping work. You have paid the final amount to the landscaping contractor and now you can finally enjoy the fruits of your investment.

After a few days of relaxing in the sun on your new perfectly installed turf, admiring your new flowers, trees and fencing, you now decide it is time to show off your new garden to your friends, family and neighbours but are unsure as to what you want to do.

You maybe thinking about having something similar to a ‘house warming’ party, or you could just opt for the standard BBQ however after all the investment you have made, you feel that you want that something a bit more special.

Well, as a possible answer to your problem, have you ever thought about hiring the services of a profesisonal Hog Roast?

Hog Roasts are fast becoming the new party choice simply because they are a great way to serve food to a vast amount of people but also, it enables you to bring in something more unique.

So next time you are looking for a way to show off your new garden and impress your friends, family and neighbours, you could do a lot worse than higher in a professional Hog Roast catering company.

Why a Tree Surgeon should always use a Scissor Lift

When people think about Landscaping, its fair to say that dealing with problem trees (especially the bigger ones) is usually last on peoples minds.

They will often look to tackle the obvious things such as lawns, plants, fences, patio and decking before tress even come into their minds.

Fortunately, there are professional companies who specialise in just this, dealing with problematic trees and they are called ‘tree sugeons’.

If you do have a problematic tree that you want dealing with, maybe as a one-off job or as part of a bigger landscaping project, then it is always advisable to hire a tree surgeon instead of attempting to deal with it yourself to avoid serious injury (or even death).

So, you have recognised that you have a tree which needs attention, you have contacted a few local tree surgeons and identified the best company for you. The question is then, how do you know they are operating in a safe way?

The key to answering this question is the use of a Scissor Lift. By using a Scissor Lift, a tree surgeon dramatically improves safety for them and everyone else in the local vicinity as it allows the tree surgeon to work higher in a more controlled way.

A Scissor Lift basically acts as a raisable working platform that lifts the tree surgeon to the specific height they need to work at, maybe to cut some big branches or to cut sections at strategic locations to help the tree fall in a specific  direction.

So there you have it, if you do hire a tree surgeon, make sure they have access to a Scissor Lift so that safety is always at the forefront of the work they do.

Author Bio:

Carl Smith is the Brand Manager for Kimberly Access Group Ltd, One of the UK’s leading Scissor Lift Hire companies.

What to look for in a new Driveway

When it comes to creating your dream driveway, it is always best to do some pre-planning beforehand as this will identify any issues which you may not have thought about initially.

A new driveway should be wide enough to accomodate easy parking, should be strong enough to cope with even the most heaviest of trucks whilst being weatherproof to withstand the most harshest of seasons.

In terms of materials used, again, it is always advisable to do your homework on different suppliers to get a better understanding of the different types of materials and the associated costs. Another good idea is to speak to a driveway specialist as they will usually have great contacts and will usually be able to source the same materials but at a reduced cost.

Once you have pre-planned your driveway and identified the type of materials you would like to use, now you need to select a driveway specialist that will create your dream driveway for you.

When selecting a driveway specialist, first and foremost you want to see their portfolio of previous driveway projects that they have completed. Most driveway specialists will have a website which you can consult, however, most will have a folder with all their previous jobs in with breakdowns of materials used and completion timescales.

Once you have established a driveway specialist with a good track-record, next you want to establish if they can source the exact same materials you have identified but at a reduced cost. If they can, great, if not, do not worry as they will usually be able to source more standard materials (such as grout, hardcore etc) at reduced costs.

Finally, once you have found a driveway specialist with a great track record and good supplier contacts, you now need to discuss the project timeframe. First you need to establish how long the job will take to complete from start to finish (so you can make other arrangements with car parking etc). Once you have established this, next you need to establish if any external equipment is needed such as skips, diggers etc and if they can cost that into the job.

Once this has all been completed, it will usually be a case of signing a form and exchanging a deposit. You can then inform any neighbours that building work will be commencing for a period of time.

This articl was supplied by Moss Landscaping Cheshire who specialise in Driveways Cheshire & Surrounding Areas.

What is the key skill needed for professional Block Paving

A lot of people may be wondering what Block Paving really is because what it means to one person is usually different to another person.

Block Paving is thought by some to be ‘paving flags’ whilst others consider it paving using special ‘bricks’ or blocks.

In reality though, it is a combination of both.

One thing is for sure though, no matter where you are, you can be pretty much assured that an example of Block Paving will not be far away.

Most city streets are a paved with a form of Block Paving whilst the majority of home driveways and paving is also completed using Block Paving. This is especially true when it comes to larger cities for example Block Paving Liverpool has some great examples that date back to the 19th century.

So, with Block Paving proving to be a key component in home and civil construction, what is the ‘key’ to good Block Paving.

The ‘key’ as some consider is utilising the most highest of quality materials you can find with the view that the better the materials, the better the completed project whilst other consider the ‘key’ to be expert craftsmanship i.e. neat cutting of the block so the finish project is as neat and symmetrical as possible.

In reality it is both these views plus a few more, however, one thing is for sure and that is professional Block Paving can really add value to any property it is installed in so if you are thinking about installing some new Block Paving at your property, whoever you decide to use, make sure they can provide examples of their previous work and the materials used.


How to find the best Landscaping Contractor for your needs

When it comes to hiring the services of a professional Landscaping Contractors, it can be quite difficult simply because the amount of different contractors in a particular area and not knowing how to find the really good ones whilst avoiding the bad ones.

In this article we will be discussing the key factors you need to know when choosing a contractor so that you can be guaranteed that whoever you choose, will do a good job and at a good price.

Below are some of the key factors you need to take into account when choosing the right contractor for you.


A professional landscaping contractor will be able to provide you with a portfolio of previous completed projects so you can inspect the quality, attention to detail and finish. If they cant provide a portfolio for you to browse, check their website. If they dont have a website then the chances are they are not as professional as you would think.


The really good landscaping contraxtors dont just do the work, they advise on potential designs and creative ideas. Although you may have a specific idea in your head as to how you want your project to look, by discussing it first with the contractor, they might be able to provide you with ideas that you never thought of originally.


When it comes to actually doing the work, a professional landscaping contractor will always approach any project with a committed attitude to finish the job exactly how they said they would and within the deadline they set. When discussing your project with potential contractors, ask them if they will adhere to a deadline. If they dont, then they do not have a committed approach to finishing the project properly.


One of the most important aspects people tend to overlook when hiring a landscaping contractor is that do they have any professional liabilty cover. There are always horror stories where a contractor has started work on a specific project only to rupture a water mains or gas pipe. If they dont have liability insurance then you could be liable for the costs of any repairwork so make sure that regardless of how professional they look, they have all the necessary insurance in place.