Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Ayegardening is an APL Awards 2017 finalist

We are proud to announce that Ayegardening has been shortlisted for the APL Awards 2017.

The annual awards ceremony, sponsored by Bradstone, takes place on Friday 17 March 2017 at The Brewery, London, to celebrate and recognise the outstanding landscaping carried out by members of the APL.

Ayegardening’s project The Sunken Patio is in the running for the Project Value under £20,000 category. 

Ayegardening were absolutely delighted to be involved with the installation of all of the Hard and Soft Landscaping on this project designed by Gill Brewis from Gill Brewis Garden Design. It was a complete renovation of a garden in Ashtead, Surrey. Owners Tom and Susan wanted two seating areas for morning and evening, a small water feature, and the warm, rustic colouring of Autumn Brown Sandstone with a small lawn.

The standard of entries to the APL Awards 2017 exceeded expectations and Ayegardening was picked from a record breaking number of submissions.
For more information about Ayegardening’s project visit

To book and for more information about the awards visit

0118 930 3132

The Association of Professional Landscapers (APL) represents landscapers who meet a required standard of professionalism. Members of the Association are registered with the government endorsed TrustMark Scheme They are regularly inspected and agree to follow a customer charter with clients. The APL is a specialist group of the Horticultural Trades Association (HTA), the trade association for the UK gardening industry, dedicated to helping develop the industry and its member businesses, including most garden centres and other garden retailers, growers, landscapers, manufacturers and service providers.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Two of our Autumn Brown sandstone projects featured on the London Stone blog.

After hearing the story of how we landscaped two gardens next door to each other in Ashtead, London Stone asked to feature those projects on their blog.

We are also super proud that one of those projects has been shortlisted for an APL award!

You can find the blog on the link below...

landscaper, landscaping, patio installer, paving, Ashtead, Surrey

landscaper, landscaping, patio installer, paving, Ashtead, Surrey
landscaper, landscaping, patio installer, paving, Ashtead, Surrey

Thursday, 29 September 2016

Creating a more manageable garden for Harry and Lillian

With Autumn officially here and in full swing, we look back at a fantastic summer and a great project we got to be a part of in Ashtead

Having contemplated several landscapers, Harry and Lillian came to us when we were working on their neighbours' garden. Impressed with the work we had done, they asked us to work on their own.

Both in retirement, Harry and Lillian wanted to transform their 250m2 garden into something that would be easier to maintain and more family friendly. They asked us to level out the slopes, lay artificial grass to save on mowing, and create a larger patio area, perfect for family BBQs, as well as to remove one of their fences to claim back some extra land of theirs.

Before photo of garden Ashtead, Surrey
The before photo. 

Before photo of garden Ashtead, Surrey
Previously the patio was too small and the lawn had awkward slopes.

Aye and his team of four landscaping assistants began work on their garden on 12th August, and with a just a few delays for bad weather which slowed down the brick work (we can always rely on British summer weather), finished towards the end of September.

During landscaping transformation Ashtead Surrey
It always looks worse before it looks better!

During landscaping transformation Ashtead Surrey
Walls taking shape

During landscaping transformation Ashtead Surrey
The view down towards the house

Artificial grass installation Ashtead Surrey
Measuring the grass. Cutting to shape was very tricky!
Taking down and replacing a fence to gain access, the slopes were levelled, walls built and the artificial grass, which was supplied by Namgrass, being one of their approved and trusted installers, was laid. To the clients' brief, the bright 'green horizon' grass they picked out for it's vibrancy was laid with a striped effect, but though they didn't want to tell us initially, the clients let us know it wasn't to their taste. As it wasn't yet fixed down, and no extra materials were used, Aye kindly altered it to something more favourable for no extra charge.

Artificial grass installation Ashtead Surrey
'Green Horizon' by Namgrass
Sometimes, as a project progresses, clients realise that what they've initially asked for is often quite different to what they had pictured. As long as there is no extra cost for us, we're always happy to work with our clients and find an alternative – our clients' satisfaction is always our priority. Another last minute request we happily accommodated was to add lighting to the piers, for which we had used West Hoathly bricks, as well as adding pier caps. 

Harry and Lillian were fond of the Autumn brown sandstone paving from London Stone that we used for their neighbours' patio, so with the patio shape agreed and marked out, Aye and his team set about paving, avoiding the traditional sand and cement mixture, but instead using GftK: two part resin based, with the benefits of being frost proof and withstanding a jet wash, as well longevity.

All of the stone we used can be found at the London Stone showroom. We're also able to send out up to four free samples of artificial grass to give you a better idea of what option might suit your garden best.

Patio installation Ashtead Surrey
Pier caps and lighting will be arriving in October.
Having kept one large flowerbed and their summerhouse, Harry and Lillian's new garden was complete. They were so hospitable and accommodating throughout the project, ensuring our team were well looked after and always topped up on tea and biscuits. I also went along for a cup of tea at the end of the project to make sure they were happy with the result. In fact, we were all so proud of the result that our landscaper Ellantz even took some photos to send to his family back in Spain.

Patio installation Ashtead Surrey
The Autumn Brown sandstone has lovely warm brown tones.

Patio installation Ashtead Surrey
Ready for chairs and table.

Landscaping in Ashtead Surrey by Ayegardening
We do love a good transformation!

We're now booked up until March 2017, but if you're looking to give your garden a new lease of life, please don't hesitate to get in touch, we'd be happy to get you booked in as soon as possible. You can find out more about our landscaping services here.

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Spring time... a time of renewal.

I have been meaning to write this blog for a few weeks but the past few weeks I don't even remember sitting down of an evening! It has been a really busy time with enquiries as a few weeks back we had this one sunny day and I think half of Surrey decided they needed to do something about their garden!

I have been spending every minute catching up with my quote writing, off on site visits, wrapping up our last project in Ashtead and starting the team on a new one in Horsham. All this and still managing to make an Easter bonnet with my middle son for nursery and chasing around a very mobile 11 month old who seems to be in the room one minute and the next has crawled out to the kitchen! Then I have a two year old who is very stubborn and wants to decide what she wears every morning and two minutes later take it off! Finally, there is my eldest boy who is 6 and wants to have conversations with me about possessive apostrophes and alliteration and is learning so much at school.

As you can imagine my life is quite full!

So this morning at 7am I decided to go out on a walk around the local woods with our dog and took my little bub with me. Aye had the other three. I needed to clear my mind as it had got so bogged up with work stuff. 

The walk really helped as it gave me a chance just to be and not 'do' anything or think about anything. 

Sometimes we need that. 

I felt a lot more 'me' by the end of the walk!

So, anyways, as I said at the start I had been meaning to write this blog a couple of weeks ago when we had a few days of heavy rain. We had quite a number of calls from clients who wanted their garden re-turfing, or to have artificial grass installed.

It seemed that a lot of people were getting frustrated with their boggy, muddy lawns and thought the only way out was to either rip it up and start again or get rid of the lawn completely!

It was around this time, and very timely too, that a lawn care company got in touch with us on Twitter. 

One thing we had never provided as a business was lawn care- in terms of regular treatments and scarifying and so on. But neither did we have anyone to pass these leads to or recommend. 

Tim, from Lawn master got in touch with us on Twitter and wanted to ask more about our business and also tell us about his. From our first conversation I could tell that Tim was passionate about customer service and providing a first class lawn care service to his clients. 

He too had come across clients who thought they would have to completely start again with their lawn after it had gone all muddy from a wet winter. Tim told me that his team spend their Spring reviving current and new lawns and with the right techniques and treatments they can rescue the lawn and bring it back to full health. Plus it costs about 1/4 of the price of re-turfing and the quality of the grass will be top notch and will fair through the winter better the next year.

There is obviously still a place for artificial grass and new lawns but I felt that it was great to talk to a knowledgeable and experienced lawn care professional whom had been able to turn many a lawn around to be a far healthier lawn than when they first started their treatments. 

A rescued lawn in Dorking, Surrey
A rescued lawn in Dorking, Surrey by Lawn Master.

A lawn brought back to health in Goring, West Sussex
A lawn brought back to health in Goring, West Sussex by Lawn Master.

Tim's team covers West Sussex and South Surrey for lawn care. I also found out about Scott who covers Sutton, Epsom and Banstead. Scott is very similar to us in that his wife does the admin side of the business while he concentrates on the manual side of things. 

While talking to Scott the other week he bought up a very familiar situation to us and that is the aftercare that a new lawn needs. I still remember one of the first lawns that we re-turfed and going back to see that the owner had hacked his new lawn with a Flymo and cut it too soon and too low! From that point we always gave out detailed instructions on how to care for the lawn in the first few months as although the responsibility to look after the lawn is passed to the client we didn't want our customers to waste their money getting a nice new lawn but not knowing how to care for it or worse for it just to go back to how their old lawn was!

Landscaping project in Ashtead, Surrey
A new lawn needs the correct maintenance to stay healthy. 

Scott can provide a great after care programme for new lawns so that mother nature doesn't take hold and turn it into the weed or moss bed it once was! 

Also, new lawns can struggle through the first winter but Lawn Master can improve and bolster them so that they are stronger. 
I am really happy that we have met a like minded company that are committed to an excellence and informative service. 

So this Spring, if your lawn is still looking a bit muddy and sorry for itself don't give up on it! Contact the guys at Lawn Master and see how they can help care for your lawn. 

Quite apt really writing this blog now as it is soon to be Easter which is traditionally a time for renewal and new life. I am planning to have some lovely time off with friends and family this Easter hols- a good chance to take a break and feel refreshed.

We have some great projects lined up this year, no project is the same and that is what I love about this job!