Soft Landscaping

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Soft Landscaping creates beauty and character in an outdoor space.

With Soft Landscaping construction, it's important to take into account colours, shade, grasses, accent pieces, soil condition and any water features that are of interest to our clients. The choice of plants and colours is almost limitless. Knowing which climate in which they grow best is also very important. Even simple changes in soft elements can create a significant improvement in outdoor spaces.

“ If you would like to speak to us about soft landscaping solutions? Call us today on 07791648825 or 07730570889.

Soft landscaping is always the evolving part of a garden incorporating plants, trees and hedges. Soft landscaping gives the garden its heart. Planting schemes, tree planting and lawns being laid can help create the garden you have always wanted. We provide a full range of soft landscaping services throughout Cumbria and the North of England. More of our soft landscaping service are listed below but if you have a special requirements or if you would like to discuss your project with a member of our team then please feel free to contact us and we will do our up-most to help.

  • Border Design
  • Seeding
  • Habitat Management
  • Pruning
  • Garden Design
  • Turfing
  • Hedgerow Restoration
  • Garden Maintenance
  • Hedge Planting
  • Tree Planting
  • Invasive Weed Control
  • Grass Cutting
  • Plant Supply
  • Boundary Restoration
  • Woodland Management
  • Weeding

Border Design

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In an ever changing society there is an increasing demand for inspirational, well designed gardens and planted borders.
A & R Landscapes Cumbria is able to offer a bespoke border design service tailored to your own specific requirements. If you need to redesign your garden due to a change of life style, we can help you achieve your ideal border. We work in gardens of anyy size, large or small.

If you are not too sure about what to plant where in your beds or borders, A& R Landscapes Cumbria are on hand to help. Sometimes we just need to update your flower borders, give them a new lease of life or even start again with new planting.
A garden is not static and after time it will need adjusting or improving. Your garden may not need a complete overhaul, but require a few changes here and there. With the right plant combinations you can create an amazing look and feel to your garden.

Every garden has some form of border so, let us help you create beautiful, easy to maintain, practical garden border designs. Whatever you want, from minimal and low maintenance to a jungle-themed paradise we can help you achieve borders with impact.

Commercial Border Design & Planting Services

A & R Landscapes Cumbria can design and implement border and bedding plant schemes on any scale. From organisations like schools and nursing homes who have specific needs such as sensory gardens, to hotels and businesses who need to create an impact with their outdoor space. Please contact us to discuss your ideas and aspirations.

Garden Design Services

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Well planned garden design is key to creating a beautiful functional garden.

A & R Landscapes Cumbria offer complete garden design solutions from consultation and plans, planting schedules, landscape construction and aftercare services.
If you are looking for the expertise, insight and inspiration to bring out your garden's full potential.
We can help to create a garden design that reflects your needs and ideas and will add value to your home and bring you years of enjoyment.

All gardens can benefit from a good design, no matter its size. Getting the design right before you add plants and features is critical for your garden design to be successful. If the layout of your lawn, patio or deck area is not well structured, your garden design will never look as good as you hoped regardless of the aesthetics of the plants you choose.

Gardens are organic things. Even though your garden may have a good foundation, over time it will need additional planting or even a total replant. Our planting service includes the preparation of planting plans, sourcing and selection of plants and finally the setting out and planting of plants.
A & R Landscapes Cumbria can offer on-going advice to our clients on landscaping, planting and garden styling issues.

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Hedge Planting

In a world where the balance of nature has to be addressed, wildlife is very important and needs to be provided for. With hedgerows providing wind breaks and shelter, habitat linkage for animals, insect and seed dispersal and nature's larder for animals and people, hedgerows are vital for habitat conservation.

A & R Landcsapes Cumbria hedge planting considers a diverse structure, and contains a range of tree and shrub species. We aim for unique species composition, dependant on location within the landscape, its size, shape and relationship to neighbouring natural habitats.

You can create an attractive boundary with hedges and tHey provide a place to live for wildlife as an added bonus. The best time of year to plant hedges in in the autumn as the soil is nice and warm still, it's not inundated with water and easy to dig. Deciduous hedges such as beech, hawthorn and hornbeam can be planted any time from leaf fall. This is typically from mid-autumn until late winter.



Hedging plants form an attractive boundary & provide privacy.

Hedging plants are cheaper than instant hedging and if kept under control are effctive hedges.
They are environmentally friendly as they are perfect for birds and other wildlife. Conifers, Buxus, Taxus, Hawthorn and Viburnum are popular choices and can help soften a fence line.



Screening trees help provide privacy.

If you require more privacy in your garden or you have a view you would rather not see, then screening tress are a good choice. Beech and Hornbeam are a popular choice, and with evergreen varieties not losing foliage in winter, this provides privacy all year round. A mix of evergreen and deciduous species can add interest while they hide the views behind.



Instant Hedging will make an instant impact on your garden.

Instant hedging is ideal for screening your boundary, softening fence lines or for privacy. Instant hedging can be expensive, but there are many benefits to pre-established hedging. Plant troughs are already spaced out and can be double planted for a dense hedge. It can also give you a uniform height and is great for wind and noise reduction.



The cheaper alternative.

There is a wide range of bare root plants available and they are significantly cheaper than instant hedging as they do not come pre grown in containers or troughs.



Established before the English Channel

'Native' hedging have been growing in the UK since before the formation of the English Channel. This type of hedging is beneficial as it is fully acclimated to the UK weather and soil and is low maintenance. Native plants are also resilient to long spells of dry weather.



Ideal low garden barriers.

Low hedging is very good for forming low barriers in a garden. If you have areas to separate off like decking or vegetable patches. In many cases low hedging can be more effective than tall hedging.

Plant Supply

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A & R Landscapes Cumbria have a wealth of planting experience.

We offer a plant sourcing, supply and planting service which is independent from our landscape designs.
We also supply quality plants and shrubs to our clients. We pride ourselves on our professionalism, reliability and providing clients with a bespoke service to meet your needs. We have access to a fantastic range of trees to choose from.
A & R Landscapes Cumbria provides the highest quality plants at competitive rates. Whether you are looking for that single specimen, or sourcing a complete planting list, we can fulfil your requirements. We can source and supply a wide variety of plants for projects of any size.

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