Gardening galore is definitely where it’s at in Ed’s. Gardening is our business and June is such a wonderful time to be a gardener. It goes without saying that Ed’s gardeners are really busy at the moment. However, it is glorious to be working outdoors in the summer sunshine. Furthermore, it’s wonderful seeing the glorious results of our gardeners’ hard graft.
Gardening galore – Showcase
We thought it would be good to give an insight into some of the gardening that our gardeners have been doing recently. It gives a flavour of the work that we do. We love our stripy lawns at Ed’s but it is not all about that. We pride ourselves in the transformation and ongoing careful maintenance of a whole range of sizes and types of gardens. Furthermore, we focus on what our customers really want from their gardens. The old adage that beauty is in the eye of the beholder is key when it comes to gardens.
Without further ado, and firmly handing all the credit over to our excellent gardeners, here is a little flavour of their recent gardening endeavours…
Ed’s gardeners at work
So we do love our stripes at Ed’s! Our gardeners are masters of the stripy lawn. So we’ll start with a nice stripy lawn…
They don’t come much more stripy than this one. All credits to Marcus, our gardener in Streatham.
Peter, our gardener in Eastleigh has been creating some wonderful stripes in this large garden…
Peter‘s team are also good at vertical gardening. They have been scaling some impressive hedges earlier this year…
And Ali, our gardener in Cambridge (North) is clearly demonstrating that beautiful gardens can come in all shapes and sizes…
Kevin, our gardener in Raynes Park, has to get the prize for the greenest garden. He assures us no filters were involved in this photo!
Matthew, our gardener in Folkestone, has been very hands-on working closely to his customer’s spec by creating this lovely outdoor space.
Finally, in the summer of the staycation, Mark, our gardener in Ramsgate, has been creating a perfect Mediterranean oasis for this delighted customer.
However, our gardeners do have their helpers to assist in delivering all the magic. Here’s a very fine example of an Ed’s little helper…
Moreover, this is just a flavour of what some of our gardeners have been turning their green fingers to. We’ll share more snaps with you as in the coming months.
Ed’s gardeners are happy to work with all different types of gardens. If you think we can help you with yours, please do get in touch.
Our Ed’s Garden Services Gardener, Bob, who runs his business in Horsham was very excited to take on a big challenging lawn transformation project last year. It was a difficult remit in challenging times. However, Bob’s results were outstanding and his customers were delighted.
We invited Bob to tell us about how he tackled the project.
” My customers bought their property a couple of years ago and its garden had been neglected for ten years or so. Their previous home had a beautiful manicured lawn. It was their dream to recreate that. However, it took an enormous leap of the imagination to believe that this garden could ever look like that.”
Taking Stock of the Gardener Challenge
“When I first discussed the project with my customers, the garden looked like nothing short of a disaster zone. Tree surgeons had removed a number of dead trees. The garden was full of stumps and a mess of uneven and boggy land. In short, the area was large, the site was in terrible condition and the customers had very high hopes. All in all, a very challenging project!”
“I think what gave me the confidence to take on such a daunting project was the attitude of the customers. When I talked about the different phases we would need to go through to reach their end result, they understood the scale and complexity. I could see that they grasped that it would not be a case of waving a magic wand. I got the clear impression that they had patience for me and my team to work towards the end result that they desperately wanted. Furthermore, I love a challenge and knew that it would take a lot of work but that we would get there. I really wanted to help them to achieve their dream.”
“I sat down with the customers and scoped out the project with them. We would clear the debris and get a mini digger in to level off the ground and tree stumps in the first phase. Then we would put down lots of topsoil in the next phase. Following that. we would lay approximately 750m2 of turf. Finally we would add copious amounts of TLC to coax it to become that lush and stripy show lawn we all had in our heads.”
“And so I was given the mandate, had the motivation ….now my team and I just had to get on with it!”
Gardener Challenge – Off to a Flying Start
“My team and I got off to a brilliant start with the project. We cleared…and built up an impressive log pile for my customer’s wood burner!
Then we got the mini-digger in and got down to some serious levelling.
We quickly moved into our next phase and laid more than ten tonnes topsoil.
Gardener Challenge – the Best Laid Plans
And then, abruptly, we were hampered by the COVID lockdown of last March. I can be quite self-critical but even I could see that there is no way we could have anticipated that risk to progress.”
“Whilst we could continue with garden services during the Lockdown, we had to make significant adjustments to how we worked. For example, I couldn’t work closely with my team so would have to do the work on my own. My customer was also happy to get involved whilst adhering to the lockdown rules. We could still make progress but it would be at a slower pace.”
“I found it quite difficult to get turf in the first Lockdown as garden centres were closed. My strategy was to source what I could where and when I could and lay it piecemeal. I found that I could source 60m2 at a time and laid the lawn gradually. I realised that the lawn aftercare would be even more important to mitigate the risk of a patchy lawn.”
Foiled by Fungus
” I finished laying the full lawn. Some patchiness was inevitable at this stage but I knew exactly what to do to sort it out. However, I had not anticipated an emerging fungus issue. This was as a result of the decomposing tree stumps left behind by the tree surgeons. It was a bit of a setback but I addressed the issue swiftly and soon our goal was in sight again.”
Gardener Challenge Complete
” We were then challenged by the very dry spell late last spring. We were almost obsessive about our watering programme with the brand new lawn. However, our commitment paid off. Lo and behold, despite all the challenges, by the summertime we had an absolutely glorious green and stripy lawn!”
“My customers were ecstatic with the final result. I achieved my goal on what was already a difficult project but made much more challenging by external circumstances.”
“We are now in lawn maintenance mode. In this phase I have also been planting their borders which will make the garden even more stunning. I planted a whole range of colourful borders and can’t wait to see the plants bloom in springtime. I thoroughly enjoy continuously improving gardens, especially ones as lovely as this has become. “
We love gardens at Ed’s. We love our customers. And we also love challenges. Indeed, we thrive on them. It’s true that we love delighting our customers and we consistently go above and beyond for them. We offer a whole range of gardening services to meet all of your gardening needs. This includes tackling big turfing projects like this to much smaller maintenance tasks and we are enthusiastic about them all. We love to take the problem away so you can just enjoy your garden.
If we can help you with any of your gardening needs, please do get in touch.
Ed’s Garden Services gardeners meet quite a lot of little hedgehog friends as we go about our day to day gardening jobs, especially in autumn. All of our gardeners have their own stories about encounters with our prickly garden companions and we are rather fond of them.
Ed’s Garden Services Dan to the rescue!
This particular little fellow was given roadside assistance by Dan, who is our gardener in Great Bookham. Dan says ” I do come across a number of hedgehogs while working in my customers’ gardens. However I spotted this little guy wandering on a really narrow grass verge of a busy road. He looked like he was about to wander on to the tarmac. He looked very young too. I parked the van up safely and ran back to lift him to safety.”
Beyond looking cute, hedgehogs are delightful little creatures who diligently go about their gardening work of eating insects that can be harmful to plants. By nature, they tend to be quite shy and they do enjoy napping. Hedgehogs love nothing better than curling up in any piles of leaves and twigs which have accumulated in gardens.
Bonfires are bad news for hedgehogs…
An unlit bonfire is a very attractive place for a hedgehog for a quick autumn nap.So, please do be very vigilant this evening.
Make sure you check through the unlit bonfire for any sleeping hedgehogs before you set the bonfire alight. If you find a hedgehog, use a handkerchief or dish towel or even a bunch of autumn leaves to gently pick him up. Then move him to a quiet spot before the bonfire and firework festivities begin. He will be very grateful for it!
Tiggiwinkles Wildlife Hospital are experts in treating poorly hedgehogs, some of whom have been casualties of bonfires. Some hedgehogs survive with painful burns but others are not so lucky. Tiggiwinkkles gives this advice about how to make your garden hedgehog-friendly throughout the year.
Garden Services Folkestone – Meeting all your gardening needs
Garden Services Folkestone is one area where Ed’s Garden Services has a strong presence. Provision of garden services can vary greatly in nature of work. Of course, one factor is the changing seasons. However, another big factor is the fact that Ed’s gardeners do their absolute best to tailor their services to their loyal customers’ needs.
Garden Services Folkestone – Matthew May
Matthew has been an Ed’s gardener in Folkestone for almost ten years. During that time, Matthew has gained a great amount of gardening experience. He has also turned his hand to a very wide range of different types of gardening jobs.
Garden Services Folkestone – Matthew’s impressive track record
Matthew is a modest chap but we are only too happy to sing his praises. Not only is Matthew an excellent gardener but he unfailingly shows strong commitment to great customer service. We may be a bit biased but the British franchise association aren’t. Indeed, Matthew was a Finalist in their prestigious National Franchisee of the Year Award a few years ago. This was in recognition of his all-round business skills and commitment. A star indeed!
We caught up with Matthew recently to talk about what is closest to his heart. Providing excellent garden services in Folkestone, of course, but more precisely…
“I don’t feel like I’ve been running my gardening business for ten years. That is because the work I do is so varied that I never get bored. I am very lucky to have some great customers who trust me to get (and keep) their gardens looking great. This gives me a lot of scope for creativity and resulting job satisfaction. I enjoy nothing better than surprising my customers with a truly excellent gardening job that surpasses their expectations by a long way”.
Is it all about the mowing?
“Of course I do a lot of mowing jobs. Sometimes I have been asked if this gets boring and the short answer is… Never! Every lawn is different and I take great pride in getting all my jobs just right. I do love my stripes as well – here is a photo of one of my lovely local lawns.”
Variety is the spice of life
“Clearly, it’s not all about mowing. My hedge cutting jobs feature strongly as well as big garden clearances and jet washing patios as well. I really do anything my customers need to get their gardens looking as good as possible.”
“I do like to keep my fingers green – it’s gardener credibility to get some planting soil under the fingernails! Planting jobs can be fun and really creative. It is important to discuss with my customer what they really want in terms of colour, texture and of course blooming period.”
Any big projects?
“Sometimes, my work involves managing a significant garden redesign. My customer was delighted with the end result in this one. I was really pleased with how it turned out too.”
“This is the “before” photo…”
“The ‘work in progress’ one…”
“And the finished article…”
“My golden rule – always, always discuss with the customer what they really want. I may sound like I am stating the obvious but it is all too easy to get caught up in your own transformation vision. I take time to chat things through properly and give my customer time to mull things over in the process.”
“My life as a gardener is really fulfilling. I love the scope of my job and really couldn’t imagine doing anything better.”
If Matthew can help you with any of your gardening needs, please do get in touch
Fencing is a great job for the cooler months. Stuart, our Ed’s gardener in Norfolk (North and West), along with his team, recently completed an excellent local fencing job.
The Fencing Challenge
Stuart‘s customer was a bit tired of the part hedge/part picket fence which they looked out onto at the front of their property. They really wanted a uniform look. Their goal was a high fence which would effectively screen the front of their property. They also wanted a solution which would look attractive.
The Fencing Solution
Stuart discussed the project with his customer and they agreed on a high-quality and very smart fencing solution.
The Fencing Project
Stuart had his brief in place and it was full steam ahead…The job was quite a challenging one for Stuart and his team but was less daunting when they broke it down into different stages:-
Removing the old picket fence – this actually ran the whole breadth of the property but was hidden by the large laurel hedge;
Removing the large laurel hedge – this was a big job as the hedge was tall, wide and mature;
Erecting the new fence.
The Great British Weather!
Stuart says “We had been hoping for some nice crisp late-autumn days. Such weather is perfect for a precision job like this. However, as luck would have it, ridiculously wet weather hit. Consequently, we took the decision to stop for a couple of days rather than risk compromising the end result due to the terrible weather conditions. Fence erection of this type is very precise work and it requires the right conditions to get it absolutely right.”
It was the right call. The weather improved a bit and the guys were able to work through some strong winds and heavy showers to crack the job. They finished the fence erection in ideal conditions on a beautiful morning. It felt a world away from the apocolyptic weather of just days before!
The End Result
A millimetre perfect run of superb quality double-sided fence panels. What a beauty!
Stuart says ” Jobs like these are challenging and can be a little nerve-racking. You are working with very heavy and expensive fence panels which need total precision to get optimal results and we don’t settle for anything less.” He added ” However, they are hugely satisfying jobs, there is nothing better than seeing a perfect fence at the end of the hard graft.”
Stuart’s customer was absolutely delighted with their brand new fence and thought it looked stunning. We have to agree!
If you have any fencing or general garden maintenance requirements in Norfolk (North and West), please do get it touch. Stuart would be delighted to help you.
Garden Services Great Bookham – Dan’s garden services
Dan Bates, our Ed’s Operator in Great Bookham, provides a long list of garden services. He loves keeping gardens looking shipshape. Dan covers lawn mowing, hedge cutting, pressure washing, fencing and turfing in East Horsley, West Horsley, Clinton and Effingham as well as Great Bookham and Little Bookham. However, Dan has just added a new garden service to his list. And the new one is…hedgehog patrol!
Our garden-friendly little friends…
Our Ed’s Operators are very fond of hedgehogs. We meet them on occasions when we are gardening and they really are a force for good . Hedgehogs are very effective pest controllers and love nothing better than a good compost heap to curl up in. They eat bugs and other pests and quietly go about their business without causing any trouble at all. They are quite shy creatures but we do meet face to face from time to time. When they see us, they tend to wander off to a quiet spot in the garden and mind their own business.
However, yesterday Dan was driving between gardening jobs in Great Bookham and found this cute little fellow wandering just a bit too close to the main road. Hedgehogs (as their name would suggest!) love sleeping in hedges and when these hedges border busy roads, it can lead to trouble when they wander out for a bit of fresh air.
Dan did what any reliable Ed’s Operator would. He found a safe place to stop his Ed’s van, parked up and walked back to move the hedgehog to safety. However, he just had to get a quick photo of the little guy first as he was so very cute.
Hedgehogs are quite topical today, with it being 5th November. As well as compost heaps and hedges, hedgehogs are very partial to curling up in leaves and twigs. An unlit bonfire is a very attractive place for a hedgehog for a quick autumn nap.
So, please do be very vigilant this evening. Make sure you check through the unlit bonfire for any sleeping hedgehogs before you set the bonfire alight. If you find a hedgehog, use a handkerchief or dish towel or even a bunch of autumn leaves to gently pick him up. Then move him to a quiet spot before the bonfire and firework festivities begin. He will be very grateful for it!
Garden services Bookham required? Dan is your man!
Garden services Bookham? Look no more!
Experienced Ed’s Operator, Dan Bates, has been providing excellent gardening services in the Thames Ditton area for almost five years now. Although Dan has loved running his business in Thames Ditton, a change of family circumstances is now bringing him a new business focus. Why? Well, like many families, Dan and his family have recently moved out to Bookham. Consequently, Dan is looking to grow his business on his doorstep. Furthermore, he is really looking forward to the challenges that will bring him.
Therefore, Dan is developing his business in Bookham and surrounding areas including East Horsley, West Horsley and Clandon.
Garden Services Bookham -Dan’s Business
“Although we loved our life in Thames Ditton when our children were younger, we are now into the realms of different considerations. The children are growing all the time. Furthermore, in recent years we have added a dog into the mix! Consequently we definitely needed more space! Above all else, we are an outdoorsy family and we all love Bookham and the beautiful surrounding countryside to walk our dog in. We have now moved into our new house are all really excited about fitting into our new community. Also, I am really thrilled to have the opportunity to grow my business in a more rural setting.”
“I am providing a whole range of garden services as follows:-
Garden tidy ups
Garden Services Bookham – Dan’s Priorities
” I have a lot of good experience to bring to my new customers. I take real pride in my work and I always focus on customer satisfaction. My reviews are testament to this. The way I see things is that I love a good job done. Above all, a job is only a really good one if the customer is delighted. That’s the real test'”
“However, I must confess, I really am very precise with how I like my lawns to look. This lawn is a very good example of some great stripes!”
“However, there is a lot more to garden services than just lawn mowing . Also, the demands of the garden change over the seasons. Certainly, that’s the beauty of my job – the changing seasons bring always mixes things up a bit and life is never boring. And I definitely enjoy taking on a whole range of different types of jobs. Also, I am happy to tackle big ones as well as small ones. As they say, variety is definitely the spice of life!”
Finally, if you think that Dan can help you with any of your gardening requirements, please do get in touch for a no-obligation estimate.
Lawn Mowing and other garden maintenance services …
David Ross would so much rather be lawn mowing than sitting in an office. David has just set up his own Ed’s business in Royal Tunbridge Wells. He tells us about his vision for his business…
“So how did I come to see my future in lawn mowing rather than Corporate life you may ask! My previous role was in Corporate sales but I have always had a real passion for gardening. I am so excited to have the opportunity to focus on my love of the outdoors and doing practical gardening work. It is great to be able to earn a living doing something I really love.”
“I am now fully trained and all ready to go. I havemy brand new Ed’s uniform and my vehicles smartly branded and I’m business-ready. It is my view (and the Ed’s ethos) that it is really important to have professional kit and vehicles as well as being able to do a very good job. I want to look smart for my customers to complement delivering excellent work. As far as I am concerned, it is all part of the package.”
“I shall be providing a whole range of garden maintenance services. In addition to lawn mowing, I am fully trained in:-
Garden tidy ups
“It is true that I have always done a lot of practical gardening jobs whenever I’ve had the opportunity. However, with Ed’s I’ve had comprehensive on the job training to ensure that I am ready to provide excellent service right from the start. I really liked that thoroughness about Ed’s when I was choosing the right franchise business for me.”
“My training has involved spending time with experienced Ed’s Operators to develop my knowledge and give me the right grounding for developing my business. I knew I had the underlying skill set for this line of work. However, I’ve really honed that and now have full confidence to go out and deliver excellent gardening services.”
“I mowed this lawn on one of my training days. I think the Ed’s Operator who took me out was really quite impressed. t’s true to say that I really do love my stripes!”
“My main goal is to focus on satisfying customers and go the extra mile for them. I know that excellent customer service is key to building a really strong customer base. My business will thrive if I can build a foundation of loyal customers who come to me for repeat regular gardening services. That is the absolute key to a good, sustainable gardening business. “
“I am more than happy to help you with any of your garden maintenance requirements. Please do get in touch if you think I can help and I will be delighted to give you a free estimate.”
Lawn mowing is quite a big thing for Bob Dulieu, our Ed’s Operator in Horsham. He tends to do a lot of lawn mowing, especially over the summer months. However, with one of Bob’s customers, lawn mowing doesn’t come into his service at all . It’s actually another of Bob’s skills that has come into play recently! Bob tells all…
The remit (no lawn mowing required)
“I’m very lucky to help to look after a beautiful garden locally. The garden is not only beautiful but is quite large as well. The first time I saw the garden, I could see that a lot of love and hard work had been focused on it.”
“The owners are a lovely couple who have lived in their property for a number of years. Over the years, the gentleman has spent a great deal of time in his garden. He has always taken great pride in it. Although taking care of it was always quite a big commitment, he loved seeing the results of all his hard work.”
“As time moved on, the demands of the garden started to be an issue. However, it was a difficult matter as the owner really didn’t want to get out of the driving seat, as it were. The couple really needed some help but it had to be someone the customer could get along well and trust to do exactly what he wanted done with his garden. It would have been heartbreaking for someone to come in and ruin the fruits of all his labours.”
“I was very sensitive about the situation from the outset. As soon as I met the customers, I realised that the garden really meant a lot to them. Letting go was difficult and I needed to really listen to what they wanted from me.”
” We managed to come up with a solution which worked really well. The gentleman wanted to continue to mow the garden on his own and I would work alongside him doing all the rest, exactly to his specification. In effect, we got on really very well. We have now been doing that for a few years and we have got to know each other quite well. I always find myself looking forward to my time spent working together in the beautiful garden.”
“Quite recently, my customers decided that it was time to bite the bullet and downsize. There is always the issue of leaving memories behind of a place where you have lived many years. In this case, it was even worse as there was the love for the garden to deal with as well.”
“My customers confided that, although it had to be the right thing to do, it was a real wrench for the gentleman to have to leave his cherished garden behind and he found it quite upsetting that he wouldn’t be able to see it any more. I was really quite affected by how upsetting the situation was for him”
Capturing the memories
” I found myself thinking about it quite a bit and then an idea came to me. In my previous life before Ed’s, I ran a professional photography business some years ago. We specialised in architectural and landscape photography and were one of the first companies to use drones in photography. We were acclaimed for our work and published in two magazines. I just knew that, given the mandate and the time to photograph it properly, I could do the garden justice and create some beautiful photographs to immortalise it for my client.”
” I was slightly nervous about suggesting it to my client’s wife. Not quite what you expect your gardener to suggest! She was really touched by the idea though and knew that her husband would just love the idea. She thought it would be even more special if we could keep it under wraps and just surprise him with the end result. A conspiracy was born!”
“We plotted together that the customers would be away for a long weekend and I would have a window of opportunity to take my time and take all the photos I needed. I thoroughly enjoyed the task. It was even more enjoyable due to the fact that I suspected the final product would be much cherished.”
The grand finale
” Having done all the editing work necessary, I sent off my photos and had it made into a really beautiful book. Then we presented it to my customer and it was such an emotional moment. To say that the gentleman was completely overwhelmed by the gesture is an understatement. Even his wife underestimated just how much it would mean to him.”
‘Since then, I have had a number of calls from my customer, saying how appreciative he is and just how much the book means to him”
“It has been a wonderful experience for me as well. Going beyond the call of duty I suppose but the job satisfaction I got from being able to deliver that was just immense.”
If Bob can help you with any of your garden needs in the Horsham area, please just give us a call…
Lawn mowing is something that Pierre and Penny Krycler know a lot about! Pierre and Penny run their Ed’s gardening business in Camberley and their days involve a lot of cutting grass. They really enjoy all their jobs but were tickled pink with this recent job. They have been running their Ed’s business for over five years. However, this was the first time that they have been asked to mow a meadow!
Pierre says,” It’s really good fun when we get new jobs such as this one as they are quite different from our usual garden maintenance jobs.”
Penny said,” We had a really good time doing this job. It was a challenging one on account of the size of the job. However, we always try our best to meet our customers’ needs and give each job our very best shot. The customer was very happy with the end result.”
Pierre added, “Penny also had some fun taking photos of this job. In some of them, it’s case of ‘spot the gardener’ – me!
…. and cultivating vegetables in their spare time
Pierre and Penny’s passion for gardening spills over to their home life as well. They are the first to admit that they have really caught the gardening bug since joining Ed’s. They take a lot of pride in maintaining their own lovely cottage garden in their spare time. Pierre and Penny are modest about it all but their vegetables are really quite something. It is no surprise that they tend to take their local village show by storm! Penny says, “It’s really funny but when we started growing vegetables it was just experimental. However, we realised that we are pretty good at it and now we take it a lot more seriously! You would think that, after a long day’s gardening, we would want to be couch potatoes. But no, we would rather be concentrating on the potatoes in the garden!”
Penny says “Our life sounds so quintessentially British – mowing meadows by day and cultivating our own vegetables for village shows in the evenings. In truth, it really is quite idyllic and we wouldn’t choose any other life.”
If you think Pierre and Penny can help you with any of your garden maintenance needs, please do get in touch.