09 May 2021

C & A Landscapes May 2021 Gardening Tips

Planting New Shrubs

As growing conditions to improve in May with more sunshine plus an increase in rainfall it is a good time to plant new shrub beds. I always recommend planting small plants that can establish themselves without too much care. The larger the plant the more watering and general maintenance is required to enable it to establish. A great local nursery for perennials and climbers is Wood Cottage in Nettlestead who have plants from as little as £1.50 with a great variety to select from.

Lawn Care

Lawns need an early season weed and feed treatment to get them off to a good start. A liquid or granulated formulation can be used. We normally spray the lawned area with a good lawn feed and then ten days later follow this with a selective spray of the weeds. All in one granulated treatments can be purchased from any good DIY stores.


Do not be too impatient to cut the stems of Daffodils, Snowdrops and Bluebells after they have finished flowering. You need to leave at least six weeks to allow all the goodness to be retained by the bulbs in order that you can be sure that they will flower again next year.

We hope you gained some helpful advice from our May gardening tips.


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09 May 2021

Spring’s growth burst brings new landscape maintenance opportunities

May has at last brought sunshine and rainfall and Spring is now in a hurry to catch up. Our operatives have found April a quiet month waiting for grass, shrubs and weeds to start their normal Spring burst of growth but we have been busy responding to many opportunities to price work for new residential and commercial clients. It looks like 2021 is going to be a very busy year.

Maidstone Grounds Maintenance Team

We have noticed a growth in residential opportunities as each week we receive phone calls requesting turfing, garden renovation and garden maintenance work. We have undertaken further garden clearance work at a Headcorn site, which is a project we started in late March. We took a mini digger with breaker attachment through the residents garage into their back garden and broke up an old patio plus brick walls. We used a tracked high tip dumper to clear all the material into the front garden where it was removed by a grab lorry. We then transported 5 tons of type 1 roadstone through the garage to compact and create a base for a new patio.

Our Maidstone landscaping team have also undertaken a number of turfing projects which have transformed a variety of gardens. In addition to thiswe have also been asked to reinstate a number of neglected gardens including a garden in Bluebell Hill which required a tidy up and makeover.

For more information on our turfing services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/soft-landscaping/

For more information on our garden renovation services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/garden-clearance/

Canterbury Landscape Maintenance Team

We have priced two large residential developments for a new property management company in the centre of Canterbury. We seem to be seeing more opportunities in Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate as the demand for new housing in these areas increases. Our Canterbury landscaping team have been undertaking early hedge trimming prior to the bird nesting season at a number of sites in Margate. We have also won a large contract at a Faversham development which started on the 1st April which includes large residential blocks with gardens situated around the buildings.

Gravesend Landscape Maintenance Team

The Gravesend grounds maintenance team has undertaken a number of stump grinding jobs in Gravesend and Bexleyheath. These have been undertaken where trees have been felled but a stump has been left in the garden. Our team will grind the stump to around 150mm below the surface of the ground. This area of ground is then backfilled with top soil and seeded. We have also undertaken a number of fencing jobs in Bexleyheath where we have used close board panels and concrete slotted posts to create an attractive boundary. Our team has also cleared borders and undertaken planting to create borders at a number of the developments we maintain.

For more information on our fencing services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/landscape-construction/

Medway Landscape Maintenance Team

It has been a bit of a traumatic month for our Medway team where Andy, the team leader, had a heart attack while working on one of our sites. Luckily he was rushed to hospital and has made a good recovery and is keen to return to work. Three stents have given him a new lease of life and we are thankful that Ian, his fellow team member, was able to react to the situation so quickly!

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05 Apr 2021

April Garden Improvements


1.Many borders will quickly weed over as the warm weather starts to kick in. I suggest that once the weeds have been cleared a good 50-75 mm depth of bark mulch or mushroom compost should be put around the plants to inhibit any further weed growth and retain moisture within the soil. Bare soil will quickly weed over unless you are someone who is happy to spend your weekends hoeing through borders.

2. April is a great time to undertake improvements to your lawn. Top dressing bare areas and seeding them while the weather is mild is a great investment of your time. Don’t cut your lawn mower too low as the first cut should just tidy up the appearance of the lawn. Over the coming month the height of your grass cutting should gradually reduce until you reach the required height. A spring weed feed and mosskill would also be a good idea to undertake in April.

3. If you have a pond now is a good time to clear weed that has built up. I have just removed the net from my pond and have found weed growing through the mesh. I will put on a pair of waders and clear some of the excess weed leaving enough in the pond to keep the water clear. April is also a good time to lift your Lilly’s and divide them to give more coverage.

If you have any need of advise or help with undertaking any spring improvements to your garden please don’t hesitate to contact C & A Landscapes.

Telephone: 01622 739968
E-mail: office@candalandscapes.co.uk

Enjoy your garden!

05 Apr 2021

C & A Landscapes Completed Works Round Up March 2021

Medway Fencing Team

Our Medway Landscaping Team has been constructing fencing at the Medway City Estate during March replacing old and dangerous will solid dependable protection. See photos below. In addition to the fencing work this team has been busy preparing for the new season which due to the cold weather has been slow to start. Early spraying of the sites with Glysophate as early weed growth occurs helps to keep the team fully up to date with the maintenance of the sites.

Maidstone Landscape Maintenance Team

Our Maidstone team has taken on  number of new residential developments in the Allington area. These contracts begin on April 1st and we are looking forward to working closely with new clients. C & A Landscapes are always looking to develop new relationships with developers, schools, management companies or residential clients. This year has seen a growth particularly in residential interest in the Maidstone area with a number of large individual properties requiring our attention.

Canterbury Grounds Maintenance Team

The Canterbury Team have taken on a number of new sites in Whitstable and Faversham. This particular team are helping to expand our service to the East of Kent undertaking regular work in Margate. The Canterbury team also looks after sites in Folkestone, Hythe and Ashford in addition to work in Canterbury City Centre. They have an interesting project starting this month on a roof garden in the centre of the city. Unfortunately for the client a company had destroyed a special planted area by cutting down established Wisteria growing on wire trellis. They had thought the climber was a weed and removed everything thus leading to the insurance job we have now taken on.

Gravesend Garden Clearance & Turfing Team

The Gravesend team has undertaken a number of garden restoration and turfing jobs in the Bexley area. The photos below show the team working in very difficult conditions where poor soil had to be enriched before turfing could take place. Half the garden had decent soil and the other half had a clay mixture. Rotavating was difficult through this material so we added a number of bags of good quality topsoil purchased from Travis Perkins. This lightened the soil and enabled the team to create a really good quality finish which can be viewed in the pictures below.

Lawn Preparation Rotavation Video

Tunbridge Wells Grounds Maintenance Team

The Tunbridge Wells team has completed the planting of the bank they had prepared in February. Over 250 selected grasses were set out to provide a feature border at the nursing home. This planting was a real challenge for the team as the plan provided by the plant supplier had missed off a large section of the area to be planted. Paul, the team leader had to reorganise the whole planting scheme to enable the plants to cover the bank. The client was very happy with the final design adjustments.

C & A Landscapes Construction Team

Our Construction team has had a very busy March undertaking fencing jobs in Bexley aswell as clearance work in Headcorn. The pictures below show a garden in Bexleyheath where the client required a replacement rear fence to blend with the sides of her garden and also to provide a hard standing area for her pots. We decided to use Charcoal coloured slate for the hard standing which provides a great contrast to the fence and also an excellent surface to place the clients favourite planted pots.

The Headcorn clearance job required a mini digger to clear the front garden of all vegetation and also to access the rear garden through the clients garage. The rear garden was in a terrible state which we managed to clear within two days. All green waste was brought back to our recycling centre in Hollingbourne.

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01 Feb 2021

Spring Season Ground Preparation And Maintenance + This Week’s Gardening Tips


Our East Sussex and Kent garden maintenance teams have been busy preparing the grounds for our many customers through a very difficult January. Constant rainfall has made conditions difficult but we have managed to undertake the garden work to the high standards expected by our clients.

Tunbridge Wells Grounds Maintenance Team

We have a team of four gardeners working from our Rusthall yard where we have been based for over 20 years. As seen in the pictures below we have been spending recent weeks preparing borders for planting at a local hospital and car showroom.

Gravesend and Orpington Grounds Maintenance team

We have an Orpington Bromley and Gravesend garden maintenance team led by Brad. His team have been preparing borders in Eltham at the University site and undertaking gardening work at our many Housing Association properties.

Maidstone Garden maintenance Team

This team is led by Andy and covers Maidstone and Chatham grounds maintenance. Andy has done some great work preparing the landscaped areas around a number of  Hotels and many Industrial sites in the Medway Towns.

Canterbury Landscape Maintenance Team

Pat is the team leader of our Canterbury garden maintenance team covering Sittingbourne, Ashford, Margate and Folkestone areas. We have been pricing new Landscape maintenance contracts in Whitstable last week hoping to extend our area of coverage.




  1. January and February are a great time to put garden machinery in for servicing. Get things sorted before the spring rush.
  2. Digging and preparing your veg patch is essential work. Work should include digging trenches and filling them with well rotted compost which ensures plenty of goodness for your plants.
  3. Preparing lists of plants to order for early season planting. The end of February and March are great times to plant new borders or specimens.
  4. If you would like C & A Landscapes to order plants for you we can supply and deliver at a greatly reduced price compared with Garden Centres. Minimum order £ 75.

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There are plenty of resources online to help you choose your plants ready for a beautiful colourful garden or site come Spring. Here’s one we found: