We’re away to Sheffield today to transform another garden in need. Check our Facebook Page and the Unreal Blog later for updates and photographs….
A real road trip this week has turned out to be – started out with a front garden to transform in New Waltham, Grimsby for a friend of a previous customer of ours. Despite losing one of our installers to a mysterious stomach bug which saw John dropping him at Princess Diana A&E, Grimsby, we managed to strip and transform the front lawn much to our customers delight in the day with just two of us.
Next, we headed out to Hull to make another couples garden a little, shall we say, different….
Mr Jackson called to ask if it was possible to give him a lawn instead of his block paved back garden….without creating a complete mess!!!! – ‘Course we can’ says John, ‘We aren’t called Unreal Gardens for ‘nowt yer know’
A week or so later we were in Hedon which is a village just out of Hull city centre completely transforming a dull back yard.
Mr Jackson had already built a decked area outside his patio, and we then came to his aid and fitted grass and a slate border to add the finishing touches and what a difference it made – we’ll post pictures to tomorrow as we’ve another transformation to do before we can download all the pictures….
After Hull we were due to land in South Kirkby, another village near Rotherham to the rescue of Mrs Eades who has a Passion for breeding Maltese dogs. Much as she loves showing her dogs, Mrs Eades couldn’t really enjoy a garden as dogs inherently ruin real grass. Mrs Eades decided on our Finesse range of grass and managed to convince her husband to have the front garden done at the same time which was great for us. Another stunning transformation if we say so ourselves, again pictures to follow tomorrow…
With South Kirkby done we checked in at The Rock Hotel, Halifax ready for the final leg of this weeks tour de grass…
Check back tomorrow for more updates on how we progress…..
Well, here we go – first of this weeks updates on the Unreal Gardens Transformation Roll Call….
Mrs Breckon called on us a few weeks ago at the end of her tether having struggled for what she swore was her last time with her ‘damned lawn mower’…..
Having recently lost her husband, Mrs Breckon now has to cope with all the household chores which includes tending the garden and whilst she quite enjoys pottering in the beds, she absolutely detested cutting the grass as that was her late husbands job….
Mrs Breckon also suffers from several debilitating illnesses which render her physically unable to push the lawn mower or do much else in the line of manual work, yet she loves nothing more than spending time with her Best friend and companion, Ollie the Shihtzu in the garden.
We started out as above and Mrs Breckon asked if we could move a few of her shrubs and bushes around – the conifer in the picture being one of them….
The tree had Glen’s name all over it and with a tug and a pull here and a grunt and a groan there, the conif was no more and took a ride across town to take its pride of place in the Unreal Gardens front garden on Waltham Road.
As you can see – Mrs Breckon’s garden isn’t massive but it was big enough for her and she struggled long and hard to keep on top of it….
Well not any more…. A beautiful, low maintenance garden fit for a lady who certainly deserves it.
And her dog Ollie reckons its pretty darned good too!!!
It took some doing but we completed this transformation and made the garden a stunning, low maintenance easy to enjoy garden for years to come. One of our greatest challenges to date and complete with a simple decked patio now too!!!
What do you think of this transformation and if we could cheer up your garden blues, do get in touch on 07984 380040….
Good morning all – we’re getting well into this mobile blogging now and figured today was a good day to post something which people will often not really take into consideration when thinking about what effects looking after their lawn has on the environment.
The below exerts were taken from the National Geographic Website section which covers the environment
Pay Attention to What Your Mowing
Once you purchase a mower, don’t overuse it. Lawns originated in England, where rainfall was sufficient to keep lawns watered naturally. When Americans adopted the green lawn, we realized that we needed to use lots of water in maintenance. A hose running a sprinkler is estimated to use nine gallons per minute, or 530 gallons per hour. Ways to reduce water waste include planting drought-resistant local grasses, leaving grass clippings on the lawn, using organic fertilizers, and using xeriscaping tricks, such as building zen gardens with rocks and statues. These water tips will help reduce the time you spend mowing.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
In 2009, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality found that an hour of gas-powered lawn mowing produces as much pollution as four hours of driving a car. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also recognized the alarming amount of pollution generated by lawn mowers. In 2008, the EPA created rules to enforce manufacturers of lawn mowers and weed whackers to cut smog-forming emissions from their products by at least 35 percent starting in 2011.
The EPA’s new rules will help consumers save money. The EPA projects that improved energy efficiency of lawn mowers will reduce demand for gasoline by 190 million gallons annually.
Although lawn mowers are not eligible for the EPA Energy Star label, there are cordless electric models that come equipped with an Energy Star-rated battery charger, which uses 35 percent less energy than standard chargers.
The new rules should also help improve the health of Americans. The agency estimates that five percent of the country’s air pollution originates from the more than 50 million people cutting their grass on any given summer weekend. With the anticipated emission reductions of hydrocarbons (which cause smog), carbon monoxide (a highly toxic gas), carbon dioxide (a major cause of global warming), and particulate matter (which causes breathing trouble for humans), reductions in lung damage, asthma attacks, heart conditions, and premature deaths from exposure to air pollution should occur.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the most deadly threat from lawn mowers is flying debris. Riding mowers cause 95 deaths each year, while walk-behind mowers cause three.
To prevent injuries, wear shoes while mowing. More than 80,000 people are sent to U.S. hospitals each year because of lawn-mowing accidents, mostly because of debris shooting out from the blades. It’s also a good idea to wear glasses, earplugs, and even a face mask.
In rare cases, lawn mowers have been known to spread fatal diseases, as was the bizarre result in 2000 on Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, a man died after his mower turned tularemia—an infectious disease spread by rabbits, beavers, and other animals—from a carcass in his yard into an aerosol.
And while it is always nice to get kids to understand the importance of a strong work ethic, the American Academy of Pediatrics notes that they should be at least 12 years old before mowing the lawn. Kids should also never ride along while adults are cutting the grass.
…..Did you also know that grass emits what are now more commonly known as VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) and that the presence of which also increases by about 100 fold after cutting??
…..The ‘green’ smell of freshly cut grass originates from the increase of the chemicals released into the atmosphere during mowing.
Surprising to think that merely mowing your lawn on a weekly basis is probably more damaging than driving most new Eco efficient cars to work for a week.
So looking after your lawn and doing what most people see as being environmentally conscientious really isn’t that environmentally helpful at all, and thats before we start looking at fertilizers and weed killers etc….
Now if that isn’t enough cause to consider an artificial lawn transformation, I don’t know what is…. do the world a favour, get rid of your real lawn and replace it with an Unreal Gardens Lawn….
Well here we go again – another fabulous week of Unreal Garden Transformations ahead, and we think there could well be a few stunners among them too…. Watch out for the pictures coming along in separate posts over the course of the week.
Although we’ve all probably moaned a little about the weather so far this summer (not that it’s been much of a summer so far) but the forecasters are indicating a slight improvement in July – lets hope the weather holds for those Olympic Barbeque’s – either that or I think we’ll see if we can develop an Unreal weather machine to go with our Unreal Gardens!!
We still have some slots left during July for garden transformations to be carried out but be quick as these won’t last long. The weather may be miserable but that doesn’t necessarily mean your garden has to be – our lawn transformations can’t be spoiled by the typical British weather..