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OMHS Project Update: Garden Maintenance near Ashford, Kent

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It’s been a while since we brought you a project update from Oakleigh Manor Horticultural Services, so here you go! They’ll be another from the works we are carrying out for the Environment Agency next week, but for now, let’s have a look in Brabourne near Ashford in Kent, where one of the OMHS in-house teams are looking after a client’s large garden.

We are frequent visitors to this garden; twice a week all year round, where we dedicate one day a week to solely garden maintenance, as well as an extra half a day for lawn care, including mowing and strimming of the grounds. The photos featured in this blog post were only taken a week or two ago, and we caught the OMHS team in the middle of some maintenance and border care. Scroll down to see their expert work.




This was the external space as it appeared before a “maintenance day” commenced; to the untrained eye, the garden looks pristine and in many ways it does, solely due to the weekly efforts of Oakleigh Manor Horticultural Services throughout the year. However, there was still plenty for our team to do…


A lot of the work carried out on this particular day revolved around the bays that were situated in this large garden. This species of bayleaf, or Laurus nobilus, is a favourite of this client and rightly so; they look beautiful. There are nine of these trees, all recognisable with their long stems and the leafing at the top of the plant, growing out of Buxus hedging.


The client requested that the bays were pruned into cone shapes, like the one on the right of the photograph above. The soft appearance of the cone shape on a bay helps emphasise the ‘soft’ feeling of the garden that the client desires. Above you can see David Reade, our Horticultural Director, enjoying getting green fingers himself! He is standing on a specialist ladder – an A-frame ladder – which is designed to straddle an obstacle on the ground. In this case, it was the Buxus hedging itself. It is the safest way to conduct sheer work manually in this manner.


Apart from the bays, this day for OMHS in Brabourne involved the usual general maintenance we at Oakleigh Manor receive a high volume of enquiries for, no doubt because of our meticulous care and attention which can be seen in all of our projects, domestic or commercial. Click here to see what we can do for your external space; you’ll be in the best of hands with David Reade and his experienced teams.

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This article was written by Lewis