Hardwood Decking in Central London, WC2

The instruction and brief was to re-vamp a dreary, albeit sunny, small third floor balcony in the heart of Covent Garden, London, WC2. Unattractive concrete paving had a cold, uninspiring effect on the size-challenged outside space:


Any outside space in central London is definitely worth exploiting, and creating a warmer, inviting space in with to enjoy the sun and entertain, albeit on a small scale, was what we had in mind. The material of choice to do this was Cumaru (Brazilian Teak), which has a warm, rich, medium brown colour and has excellent durability, decay-resistance and weathering properties. Firstly, the treated timber subframe was built:


The horizontal lengths of Cumaru were cut to length and prior to securing to the sub-frame, cores were cut in the Cumaru to house stainless steel LED decking lights before they were wired in. The Cumaru hardwood decking boards were then secured with stainless steel screws (specific for hardwoods) and were spaced 5mm apart from each other to allow for water to drain. This practical and visual spacing was then carried on up the vertical sections of the wall balustrade to two elevations to create the effect of a seamless run. Two coats of new wood protection were applied to the Cumaru, which helps fight against the damaging effects of sun and moisture in the first 6-12 months when the wood is vulnerable. The result was a stunning, inviting space, which simply required a few choice, well-placed plants in stylish planters to finish the simplistic, contemporary, yet traditional and stylish space:


Garden decking is available in a variety of widths and thicknesses in both soft woods, such as Southern Yellow Pine or the fantastic and dependable Western Red Cedar, and hard woods such as Ipe, Cumaru and Balau, and numerous profiles are available to suit your style and budget. We’ve built softwood and hardwood garden decking across London and Surrey, so whatever your garden decking requirements, please do get in touch for a free consultation and garden decking review.


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Turfing in Putney, SW15

The landscaping season is in full swing, and for us, that includes re-turfing many lawns in South West London, West London and Surrey. One such recent instruction saw us re-lay high quality lawn turf at a terraced house in Putney. The previous lawn was uneven in places and very patchy due to playing host as the dog’s loo:


Having stripped the patchy turf layer, we cultivated thoroughly, in several passes to fully aerate the rootzone. We raked and heeled the topsoil several times to remove any stones and debris that didn’t pass through the rake. A slow-release new grass fertiliser was added, gently raked into the newly-aerated and beautifully prepared, fine tilth topsoil:


Quick rooting, medium-textured, high quality lawn turf was laid in opposing directions, cut to the lawn’s shape, and within two days, we had created an instant replacement to a tired and dog-abused lawn:


The client was and remains delighted, and this is what she had to say about her beautiful new lawn: “After years of putting up with a patchy uneven lawn filled with stones, I now have the most beautifully laid, lush, flat lawn, all thanks to Jon! I was very impressed with the professionalism shown by Topia Landscaping – hard working, conscientious, reliable, courteous and extremely tidy (clearing up after each days work as if they had never been), it was a pleasure to have Jon and his assistant in my house and garden. I would highly recommend Jon to anyone who wants work done in their garden to a very high standard.”

Jon Cowling, owner of Topia Landscaping, is qualified to Higher National Diploma level in Horticulture and specialised in Turfgrass Management. For a stunning new lawn, prepared and laid to professional standards, please do get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Turfing in Wimbledon Park, SW19


Recently, we were successful in winning the contract to lay a new lawn at a newly built family home in Wimbledon Park. The house, valued at circa £3.5m, had undergone extensive ground works to terrace the very large sloping rear garden. The garden was divided into three terraces. The largest area adjacent to the house, consisted of poor, compacted, clay subsoil. The middle and lower sections were of better construction, although heavily compacted from the ground works. All terraces were undulated, holding water in places and generally in a poor state:


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Firstly, we cultivated each terrace to a depth of approx 150mm to break up the compacted soil. Several passes in several directions was required to break through and aerate the topsoil. Any stones and debris above what would pass through a rake, was removed during several raking sessions. Each terrace was then further cultivated and to it, a 50/50% blend of horticultural grade (washed, and free from lime and salt) grit and fine organic matter was then added to and further ameliorated into the root zone. Both elements of the blend aid the breaking down of the clay’s structure and improve drainage:


Each terrace was then raked and ‘heeled’ (gently removing air pockets and cavities without compacting the soil) several times in order to create a beautifully level surface for the turf:

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Quick rooting, medium texture, high quality turf (predominantly creeping Rye grass, with smooth stalked meadow grass and some Fescue) was then laid in opposing directions to create the instant, and highly sought after stripped lawn:

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Topia Landscaping source and supply high quality, yet cost effective garden and lawn turf, from hard wearing, shade tolerant varieties with good colour and texture that roots quickly, to those with grass mixes specific to your garden’s needs.  As professionals qualified to HND level in turfgrass management, we’ll advise you on the best grass for your garden’s turfing requirements and will skillfully create an instant lawn for your garden with advice on immediate aftercare and on-going care and attention to maintain a lush, healthy lawn. We have laid new lawns throughout South West London and Surrey, but are not restricted to theses areas. For a striking garden, expertly laid with high quality turf, please do get in touch.


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The Blogging Season


We’ll be starting, and adding too as regularly as we can, our landscaping and garden design blog this season, so be sure to follow the progress of our exciting projects throughout the year, and check in here to be updated with landscaping features and garden design suggestions and advice with each season.

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