Customer care guides

Looking after your new investment.

In this section you will find information on how to look after and maintain your new landscaping installation. 


you will be able to find all the information you will ever need to look after your new investment.


we are so confident of our workmanship that we guarantee all our workmanship for 10 years (excludes pointing).

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block paved driveway care

Looking after your new block paving

  

Thank-you for choosing Love Property Maintenance and Landscaping to carry out the work on your block paved driveway. We suggest you read the following advice to enjoy many years of use from your new driveway. All of our paved driveways are installed with planning, precision and pride and they come with a 10 year guarantee. Please get in touch using our contact form if you are experiencing any issues with your new driveway that you feel we should be aware of.


Initial block paving maintenance


For the first few weeks after the drive has been laid, joints between blocks will be relatively porous. Water from rain or other sources may  flush out sand, particularly on sloping sites. It is important that the joints are topped up with jointing sand to prevent any damage to your driveway.


Block paving maintenance and cleaning


  • A good clean with a broom and suitable detergent (available from DIY stores and high street hardware stores)
  • If a jet washer is used, it should be angled at 30°and sprayed diagonally on a medium pressure. Not adhering to this advice may mark the surface of some paving materials and break up the jointing material 
  • Make sure all cleaning products has been rinsed away
  • Apply a weed preventative between joints of block paving
  • Re-sand and re-point any joints if necessary - contact us for advice if unsure how to proceed.


Removing difficult stains


If stains persist after general cleaning more purposeful methods or chemical treatments may need to be employed. A local hardware store or DIY centre should be able to help. We suggest the application of any treatment should be carried out on a small section of the affected area first, carefully following the manufacturer’s instructions. Wear suitable protective clothing at all times. Ensure there is sufficient ventilation when using chemicals.

Whilst using chemicals, extra care has to be taken to avoid damaging or staining connecting material. When diluting acids, remember to always add acid to water and not water to acid. Always read manufactures instructions.

Try to identify the source of the staining and repair it. This will prevent further staining to block paving. Eg., repaint rusty gates, downpipes etc.


Treating for efflorescence or calcium blooming


Wash the effected area with a propriety biodegradable citric acid based cleaner. Chemical methods of removal should never be used on clay products. Wire brushes should not be used for cleaning the clay paving surface. Always test a small area first and if in any doubt about using Citric Acid block paving, contact us for advice.

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decking and fencing care

How to take care of your new decking or fencing

 

Fencing and decking fitted by Love Property Maintenance and Landscaping comes with a 12 month parts and Labour warranty.


Love Property Maintenance and Landscaping uses only the best quality timber which has been pressure treated to enhance durability for all wooden installations. However, wet rot is the biggest problem for outdoor wooden products like fencing and decking. The following suggested tips and maintenance routine can help prolong the life of fencing or wooden decking for many years to come.


Wooden fencing care & maintenance



  • After installation, we recommend garden fences, rails, panels, posts are sealed with wood sealer, stain or paint. A water repellent preservative may also be applied to the bottom lip of the fence
  • Wooden fence posts are susceptible to wet rot, try to avoid planting directly in front or along the sides of any posts. Climbing plants may encourage wet rot to your fence, train such plants to use a separate trellis, clean and seal the wood each time the plant dies out
  • Check and maintain fencing annually,  reseal, stain or paint panels, rails and posts in early Spring
  • Autumn - to ensure there are no signs of rotten wood, which could make fence panels more susceptible to breakage or damage in high winds and rough weather.



Wooden decking care & maintenance



  • After installation, we recommend wooden decking and posts are sealed with wood sealer, stain or paint. 
  • Each Spring use of a stiff brush to remove algae or organic build-up that may have occurred - use a cleaning agent and pressure washing may be required, follow the manufactures usage instructions and wear suitable protective clothing, hose down the decking to remove any residue - take care walking on wet decking as it may be slippery
  • We recommend that decking be resealed with a brush on water repellent every year, for best results re-apply a water repellent when the deck is dry after cleaning - Always follow the manufacturers instructions
  • At the end of the season we suggest a repeat of the actions we recommend above for Spring, this will help prepare decking for rigours of Winter, making less susceptible to decay.

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turf after care guide

How to look after your new turf


Initial care advice


Care and maintain a new lawn the same as any other living plant. Watering is very important for newly laid turf, using a sprinkler is an effective way to ensure new grass receives the moisture it needs.

Make sure all turf receives watering as moisture is unlikely to spread. Lift a corner on a slab of turf to check water has permeated all the way through and reached the soil beneath the turf. Quantities of water will vary with soil types and temperature.

It will be important to water the turf twice a day for the first two weeks, early in the morning and late afternoon. Avoid walking on the grass after it has been watered.

Please keep off new turf for the first six weeks or longer if its laid on a steep gradient, this will allow time for the grass to establish.


Mowing


Start mowing after 6 weeks with the cutting blades set to a high setting to start and then mow again a few days later to reduce the height, if required. We recommend using a mower with a collector as raking can damage the grass in early days until it becomes fully established.

Try to avoid mowing any more than 1/3 of the sward length in one cut. Make sure mower blades are regularly sharpened. From experience we have found that petrol mowers tend to give the best results. We advise the grass should not be allowed to reach an unmanageable height.

Mowing may be repeated once a week from Spring to Autumn


General care of your lawn - weed & feed


Make sure turf is fertilized at least twice a year, we recommend in Spring and Autumn. An all-in-one weed and feed may be used but we would suggest using a dedicated lawn fertilizer instead, using a selective weed killer when required. Always use the fertilizer at least 2 weeks before the weed killer. Follow the manufacturers safety and handling instructions for garden chemicals and wear suitable protective clothing or apparatus. Use recommended quantities only. We suggest the use of a granular spreader as will achieve more even results.


Moss treatment


Moss may be treated with lawn sand, carried out in Spring will give the best results. 3in1 weed, feed and moss killers will not be so effective

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