Hands On Horticulture
There really is no replacement for a skilled pair of hands. Whereas many garden maintenance businesses base their trade around volume of contracts and the use of power tools, at Tender Graft we take a different approach.
We believe that in the long term, a good job well done and skilled hand work can at least match and often out-perform mechanical approaches for many aspects of your garden care in terms of the beauty of the result and the value for money. For example, a shrub subjected to a good annual pruning regime may only need brief attention once a year to stay in good condition for a long time and flower beautifully. Therefore, whilst we sometimes take a mechanised approach, we often work with hand tools, so that we can really attend to getting the detail right for you.
Whether you want a complete garden revamp or to cheer up a tired planting scheme, Tender Graft can (re)create your sanctuary for you, using neat working practices and curating your garden’s existing assets along the way. Unlike many contractors, we won’t necessarily strip out and throw away good soil or salvageable plants, and if you are having building work done we may be able to suggest ways in which you can minimise any incidental damage to your living outside space. By making the most of what you already have we hope to offer you the choice of a more environmentally-friendly landscaping service, and reducing waste saves disposal costs too. Tender Graft can also support you with the aftercare of your project, because we know how often this can be missed, leading to a poor result and expensive replacement costs. Instead, we can provide aftercare so that your garden continues to thrive, develops over time, and gives you pleasure for as long as possible. We love to suggest bird, bee and bug-friendly planting and management ideas, and when it comes to pest control and plant health management, we have lots of environmentally-friendly tricks up our sleeves, saving you the cost and risk of using chemicals.
Tender Graft is plant-focused and this means that even when we carry out hard landscaping work for you we are mindful of looking after your soil and plants. It makes us sad to see some building and landscaping companies treat these living assets with indignity, because we know that damage to soils and plants can take many years to put right. We continually take the time to train and to learn about horticultural science from the Royal Horticultural Society and other sources and whilst we can never know everything(!), we are always happy to share with you what we know.