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Specialist Horticulturist

With over 20 years of experience in the market place.

SB Horticulture

We provide a client experience that is traditional in its values whilst being dynamic in its service We operate in a sector that uses all too familiar phrases such as “gardener” and “landscaper”. Though we provide routine garden care we also have the experience and knowledge far broader than most of our rivals with an understanding of horticulture which we believe is a winning formula

Mission

Our ultimate aim is to give you enjoyment and pleasure from your outdoor living space. Whether you require assisted seasonal care or “turn key” year round maintenance the service you will experience will always be professional, and in our opinion, unrivalled.

Values

I will offer advice that is honest and transparent and I will provide you with the facts to enable you to make an informed decision.

Garden care

Our approach in managing your outdoor space is simple. We treat all our clients gardens as if they were our own. Attention to detail professionalism and care are second nature and is not something we need to enforce.

Work with

Liaising with landlords, letting agencies and tenants, Working alongside hard landscaping contractors and garden designers, Working alongside your pre-existing garden care provider.

Manage

We are entrusted to remote manage our clients gardens. Whether you have ownership of multiple properties, travel abroad for work or simply don’t have the spare capacity to dedicate time to care for your garden we will work with you. We will deliver a care package and service that is unrivalled with consistent quality workmanship.

Access codes

Our clients trust us to be key holders for their outbuildings and external access points. We hold security access codes on file allowing us to enter your garden in your absence with the peace of mind that your premises will be secured upon completion of our visit.

Plant care

All plants, in varying degrees, require some form of aftercare and maintenance. This is best completed periodically depending on the season, weather, plant and maturity.

Please click on the plus button to read answers we have given to our most frequently asked questions

What if I don’t prune my plants?

Failure to complete this aftercare. may, over time, make your plant unproductive, “woody” and “leggy”. One common sign of this growth habit can be long, clear stems with growth only visible at the tips, limited flower and fruit production and reduced vigour. Therefore, the plant will focus its energy on sourcing light, space, water and nutrients and will therefore have limited surplus energy to perform to its full potential.

Can all plants be rejuvenated?

No. Care must be taken to ensure the correct pruning methods are applied to the right plants. Not all herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees will respond to having this method applied which , in some circumstances, result in the plant dying. There will also be occasions when the plant is simply beyond the point of rejuvenation and therefore the only realistic option is replacement.

Why do my plants need this attention?

Plants require certain basic elements to survive and be resilient to pests and diseases. These consist of light, space, water, nutrients (food) and air. By removing one or more of these elements you are putting the plant under unnecessary stress thus reducing the overall health of the plant.

My plant looks worse than ever!

Quite likely! This method of pruning can be extreme resulting in minimal foliage and the plant size greatly reduced. Flowering and fruiting may also be reduced in the following months and seasons. It can also be time consuming to apply this method of pruning with varying degrees of recovery once completed. However, over time, the plant will start to show signs of benefiting from the additional light, space and air created with the addition of new growth with better fruiting and flower production.

If this didn’t answer your questions please get in touch via our contact form.

Plant scheme design

We provide three levels of plant advisory and plant scheme design services.

Bronze

Best for a slightly overgrown garden


From£60

This will be an area of approximately 120 metres square or (half a tennis court) and include up to 15 plant recommendations


  • Tick iconPre-arranged appointment at your property to discuss your objectives, ultimate aim and future vision.
  • Tick iconTo gain an understanding of your gardens enviromental conditions and general fact finding
  • Tick iconCompletion of our additional information document
  • Tick iconAn email sent to you with our findings and recommendations
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Silver gilt

Best for an untidy garden


From£75

This will be an area of approximately 120 metres square or (half a tennis court) and include up to 15 plant recommendations


  • Everything in Bronze and...
  • Tick iconPhotos taken of your garden
  • Tick iconA pre-arranged return appointment
  • Tick iconOur recommendations presented and explained to you. Best for an untidy garden
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Gold

Best a full revamp


From£90

This will be an area of approximately 120 metres square or (half a tennis court) and include up to 15 plant recommendations


  • Everything in Silver and...
  • Tick iconA pre-arranged appointment to return to review and check on plant health and establishment since completion of works.
  • Tick iconApplication of any feeds, fertilizers or pest control required since planting.
  • Tick iconTo adjust, tie in, and provide additional plant support if required
  • Tick iconPruning or deadheading to those plants in the scheme design
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All prices shown are in Pounds Sterling

* You can take the information I have provided you with and continue on your own or, as the majority of clients choose, use my services to deliver the final project.

* This may include soil preparation, weed treatment, localised pruning, plant staking and support, fertilizer application and aftercare.

What is gardening to us?

We consider gardening as being a constantly evolving experiment. Nature doesn’t stand still and its equally about personal preference as using correct techniques. We view one of the key elements to successful gardening is to work with what you have and embrace the conditions not fight them. Plants have this wonderful ability to communicate with us. This may be in the form of letting us know when they are suffering from drought or over watering, nutrient deficiency, pests, diseases, incorrect pruning, lack of pruning, site conditions and soil type. A horticulturist will be able to read and understand these signs and act accordingly.

Why do I charge for recommendations?

It is our belief that to provide a professional, targeted and tailored service we need to spend time either in your garden or working closely with you on your garden plans. This takes time and resources.
On rare occasions, we have committed researched and produced planting schemes for clients that unfortunately take our plans and recommendations without S B Horticulture being rewarded any follow up work. Therefore, we need to ensure we cover our resources while reassuring you that we take your project seriously and give it the level of detail and commitment it deserves.

Why do I need assistance in purchasing my plants?

Garden Centres are wonderful, inspirational places that entice. They are a stage for showcasing the best the season has to offer. However, like supermarkets, they are commercial retail businesses. They will have strategically placed displays with colourful and scented plants to grab your attention and ultimately your money! One of the common mistakes made in visiting a plant nursery or centre is to purchase what is in flower or drawn to purchasing it while its at its peak. In reality, what you’re buying is a plant that has been enjoyed by the retailer and therefore it’s likely you won’t get the full benefit or potential untl the following season. What drew you to your new purchase doesn’t guarantee continued success back at home in your garden.

Why do my plants keep dying?

It’s rare that it’s the wrong plant but more often the case of the wrong position.

Therefore, choosing the right plant for the right conditions is vital to success.
We like to think of buying a plant as an investment. If chosen correctly and given the correct conditions and aftercare your plant will continue to provide you with many years of enjoyment. There aren’t many commodities that have the potential to increase in time and maturity.
By opting to invest a little money now before you purchase, you are vastly increasing your success rate in the garden and helping to protect your investment.

Why are your services offered so limited?

To enable us to deliver a consist service we remain true to our strengths. By being selective in the work we undertake we can guarantee you receive the same experience whether it’s a one off visit or you become a long standing client.

We don’t undertake fencing, patios, brickwork, driveways, hard standing, snow clearance, pressure washing or decking. Our focus remains on plants and domestic garden care which gives us the confidence and you the reassurance of a highly professional and bespoke service

If this didn’t answer your questions please get in touch via our contact form.

Plant rejuvenation

The vast majority of plants require periodic pruning. This is best completed at least annually or more regularly depending on the plant, shrub or tree. This is to ensure they don’t outgrow their surroundings, reduces competition between neighbouring plants and encourages and stimulates new growth.

Overcrowded

To ensure each plant in your garden performs to its optimum it needs space to mature. A plant that is restricted in this way will underperform affecting vigour, shape and flower or fruit production.

Pruning

Pruning of plants is necessary for multiple reasons. These can include deadheading to encourage repeat flowering or fruit production, removal of dead or diseased material to improve shape and to stimulate new growth.

Pruned & spaced

Good plant selection at the design stage will take into consideration growth habit and eventual maturity size. However, in most situations, its still possible to undertake pruning to bring the plant back under control therefore allowing it and neighbouring plants to flourish.

What is plant rejuvenation pruning?

Rejuvenation pruning is a method of pruning applied to trees and shrubs when either incorrect or irregular pruning has been applied over a sustained period of time. This method of pruning may initially appear drastic, extreme or unsightly. However, with the correct pruning methods applied, plants will respond positively to this work and often result in the equivalent to that of replacing an old plant with new with the added benefit of already having an established root system.

What if I don’t prune my plants?

If pruning isn’t carried out periodically ,over time, plants may become unproductive, “woody” or “leggy”. The plant will instead divert their surplus energy to compete for light, space, water and nutrients. This may lead to reduced performance, vigour and overall health.

Can all plants be rejuvenated?

No. Care must be taken to ensure the correct pruning methods are applied to the right plants. Not all herbaceous, shrubs or trees will respond positively to this method. This can have the opposite effect of that intended and can result in the plant dying. There will also be occasions when the plant is simply beyond the point of rejuvenation and replacement of the plant is the only realistic option.

Why do my plants need this attention?

Plants, like us, require certain basic elements to survive and be healthy. These consist of light, space, water, nutrients (food) and air. By removing one or more of these elements you are putting the plant under unnecessary stress and reducing the overall health of the plant.

My plant looks worse than before!

Most likely! This method of pruning is extreme and time consuming so therefore the difference from the start to the end of the job will also vary hugely. This may not always result in instantly positive results! However, over varying degrees of time, the plant will show signs of benefiting from this method of pruning with the added benefit of having a mature root system to respond positively to the work carried out.

If this didn’t answer your questions please get in touch via our contact form.

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