This was a new build, where Debbie Rimmer designed the gardens, including the planting. A builder constructed the decks and paths and walls. Debbie recommended me to the client to prepare and plant the gardens. This arrangement has worked well for several jobs.
The client has built the new house to be sold as soon as possible after completion. He requested the gardens to have a mature and established look.
The site suffered from poor drainage and very heavy clay soil. This had to be deeply dug to break the compaction, and improved with the addition of gypsum, compost and fertiliser.
To achieve this large specimen trees, shrubs and hedging were supplied and closely planted to give that established look.
The large trees needed to be carefully staked to stand up to Christchurch’s windy conditions.
The gardens were finished with black bark to give a crisp, modern look, complimenting the house nicely.
With the brand new house, decks, white walls and freshly seeded lawn, we had to work mindfully in the wet winter weather to avoid damaging the new surfaces. The use of boards and tarps was essential in keeping the site clean and free from damage.
The two week project was completed on time and on budget, with the client very happy with the final outcome.