Fairtrade Home Improvements - Garden maintenance

Garden Work

Prune Hedges:

  • A well-maintained hedge provides a good, smart boundary to a garden, but if left unchecked, a hedge can soon lose its shape and end up casting unwanted shade. With a good pruning schedule you can keep hedges under control without too much effort.
  • Hedge Trimming

  • Most evergreen formal hedges like to be trimmed two or three times a year, while they're actively growing. Conifer hedges such as leylandii need regular pruning or these fast-growers will soon outgrow their location.


The tools we use:

  • Hand shears are fine for short runs, but if it's a long hedge, invest in an electric, battery or petrol-powered hedge trimmer.

  • We keep hand shears sharpened and let the tools do the job it was designed for, rather than trying to hack away with blunt blades.

  • We also use an electric trimmer, and would need to plug into a safety socket fitted with a residual current device or circuit breaker, so that the engine will cut out if there's an accident.

  • When trimming we keep the cable away from the blade, ideally draped over one shoulder rather than trailing on the ground.

  • Our staff always wear appropriate protective equipment such as goggles and gloves.


Call Us at Fairtrade Home Improvements if you are thinking of having your lawn re-turfed.



  • New Turf Looks Great, you have an instant lawn unlike waiting for it to grow if you plant seeds.

  • Although you need to ensure the new laid lawn is watered, it doesn't require the type of maintenance that planting seeds would take.

  • Turf helps purify water entering the ground because the root mass and microbes act as filters and capture and breakdown many pollutants.

  • Turf absorbs noise.

  • Turf prevents soil erosion.

  • Turf has a cooling effect – the temperature over a turfed surface on a hot summer’s day will be 10-14 degrees cooler than over concrete or tarmac – beats air-conditioning!

  • The net carbon intake of a well managed lawn is 5-7 times higher than the carbon output of mowing it.



Artificial Turf - examples

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf is becoming popular as the instant lawn and with little maintenance required.

Many people find they have little time for the maintenance a garden requires, and the installation of artificial turf makes life much easier.

The area still needs to be well prepared.

The advantages are obvious, no more moving the lawn, you can relax in your garden without the added stress of mowing it on a regular basis.

There is a choice of the type of artificial turf available, in colour and size.

Artificial turf is child friendly and pet friendly.


We install a variety of fencing, which is available in different sizes, types, and heights.

Whether you require a fence to maintain boundaries between properties, or for privacy we will be able to accommodate you with your choices.

Fencing in your garden also provides a safer area for children to play in, or to keep pets enclosed.

Fencing is a cheaper alternative to brick walls.  We also install the posts.

Fencing can also be painted to protect it from the weather, making the structure last longer.

Contact us for more information.