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Planters: Two Spots Café. Swords, Co. Dublin

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It was absolutely lashing out of the heavens when I put these planters together for Aoife at Two Spots Café in Swords and whilst our Irish rain [it’s wetter than you think….] might get some a little down, one really has to give credit and take some inspiration from any business that tries to make their punters smile that little greater amid the January blues.

Hand made with aged, rustic if you will timber, painted and branded; I decided upon a hand picked select choice of [not bedding] plants that would last the full year through, throwing out a trickle of colour as the seasons pass. Bearing in mind, this being the starting month of the year, one can gather [see image above] they have yet to show their true colours, if you’ll pardon the cliché. Read more

Landscaping: Back Garden. Swords, Dublin

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There’s a wee bit of reeling in the years with this garden, but it cropped up [see what I did there ? cropped ? anyhow…] in conversation very, very recently and fair to say this garden and the people I made it for made me smile very much. The best ones always do. 😉

To the gardens advantage you might say horticulturally, there were neighbouring buildings overlooking and almost immediately that allowed the introduction of some younger lower in height growing tress and taller growing shrubs to be planted across the white-painted back wall. And though it may sound funny looking a little closer at the image above, the thinking behind this garden was for it to be of low maintenance. Not car park type zero maintenance, if you get me – just lower.

Wanna see what it looked liked before I got to the tasty bits ?

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Garden Bargain: Fingal Co Co Composter Bins

Credit where it is due, I don’t think I have honestly ever seen compost machines or composter tumblers at these prices. They let me know, i’m letting you know. Very nice work by Fingal County Council if I’m honest.

In reality there are a few contained choices in which to compost your veggie peelings, garden clippings and the like. The first option is you take a trip to somewhere like Sonairte Ecology Centre and see the composting display area they have there. If however you dont fancy tying four pallets together ~ it may of course appear a little untidy, I highly recommend these by far prettier domestic versions.

The difference between the compost machine and the compost tumbler is little, as far as the compost is concerned ~ it will all rot down eventually ~ apart from the fact that the tipping is made easier.

My advice, buy one for your Dad and wrap a big bow around it.

Where do you go: Estuary Recycle Centre, Swords

TyreLand

tyreland I’ve always tried to mention places where great service has been found. Even better when that service comes with a smile and at the right price.

Two weeks ago I went in search of tyres for my Daewoo Musso. What one may call a jeep in short.

Prices ranged from €95 to €135 including fitting.

I passed by Tyreland, on the old Dublin airport to Swords road. After a swift U-turn I popped in to say hello.

At the time, the shop wasn’t officially open but the gentleman I spoke to took one look at my vehicle and told me to return the following morning at 8.30am.

The tyres were changed around and two new Michelins fitted. The cost €55 each. €110 in total.

Two things of note. In a world gone mad RTE and the Primtime Reports news will never applaud a guy opening up a second store. Two. Service was good and the chaps who worked there were courteous.

Apart from that, two shops in Dublin means rates and taxes and jobs with wages.I think they deserve a note of applause. Simple as it may be, this is my thanks to Tyreland. I also mentioned them on this weeks radio show.

The website says a minimum of 75% thread. I’d say the ones I got were closer to the 100%. Not the greatest pictures, but you get my drift.

More info @ Tyreland.ie or call 01-8602020

Garden Maintenance

I have been maintaining gardens since before I was a teenager and after 10 years in business garden maintenance is still one of the services that I pride myself on. In 2007 I won the overall ALCI award for garden maintenance – in this case it was a private garden.

I provide both commercial and domestic garden maintenance outside of and including Dublin.

I find that it is the preparation prior to any gardening works taking place that ensures the relationship between you and I works best and also guarantees the best results from your budget and the time I spend with your space outdoors.

Garden Maintenance can be done by way of the following:

  • a one off garden visit
  • regular scheduled garden visits

Within a one off visit you may simply require a good honest tidy over of your space  to give it a lift for the upcoming season or you may simply require a more manicured approach to an existing outdoors to get it back to its finest appearance once again. Others simply require a helping hand to get the garden back on its rightful course where it has been let go for some time.

Services for regularly scheduled and one off visits also include:

  • additional planting to suit the season or for additional colour
  • mulching of beds and play areas
  • fertilising programme for trees, shrubs or lawns
  • grass cutting of open areas or small spaces
  • hedge cutting and shrub pruning
  • tree services
  • weed control in lawns or through existing planting and borders

Whilst some wish to complete the garden maintenance tasks themselves one can also get that little added direction and consultation. In this regard, garden maintenance schedules, checks and calenders can be put in place to suit your specific space in the great outdoors if required.

If you would like to talk with me about garden or grounds maintenance you can as always contact me via the following options.

  • by email info@doneganlandscaping.com
  • via this website: click the contact page
  • call mobile – o876594688

My qualifications:

  • Certificate in Commercial Horticulture (1996)
  • General Examination in Horticulture – Royal Horticultural Society (1997)
  • Advanced Diploma in Commercial Horticulture (1998)