Three Peak Challenge

Ed’s Garden  Maintenance Operator John who covers the Woking area recently set himself the challenge of doing the Three Peak Challenge.  John started at the foot of Ben Nevis at 8am Saturday morning, then Scafell Pike at midnight and finally reaching the top of Snowdon on Sunday morning feeling tired, aching but elated.   John is back to his day job now enjoying being outside caring for his customers gardens.

John climbing Snowdon

Top Tips for Mowing Lawns

Ed’s Garden Maintenance Operators really enjoy mowing lawns.  Clive who covers the Hampton and Middlesex area sent in these photographs of lawns he cuts on a regular basis and gave these top tips on how to keep a well maintained lawn:   keep the lawn well fed to encourage the root system,  airate and scarify alternative years, mow weekly during peak growing times on a medium height blade, do not cut too short during the dry weather,  keep edges neat.  Please contact Ed’s Garden Maintenance for a free estimate to have your lawn regularly maintained.  PS you need to be able to walk in a straight line!

Tall Hedge – Tall Ladder

Ed’s Garden Maintenance Operators Pierre and Penny sent in these photographs of a hedge they recently trimmed.  The request was to tidy a hedge and fortunately they carry the right ladder for a tall hedge in the van.  The customer was very happy with the finished result.   Please contact Ed’s Garden Maintenance if you require a hedge trim.

Great Review

 Ed’s Garden Maintenance Operator Mark who covers the Bournemouth area recently did this garden tidy up for a customer.  The customer was delighted and said

 “Juliette and I have had a good look over the garden and are both really impressed with your work. The garden and borders look lovely and we can see the effort you have put in.  We now look forward to seeing the development of the garden over the coming months.”

Please contact Ed’s Garden Maintenance if we can help with your garden maintenance requirements.   Ed’s Operators offer a free no obligation estimate service before carrying out any work.

River Ouse, Cambridgeshire

Ed’s Garden Maintenance Operator Richard Weightman who covers St Ives, Cambridgeshire sent in this photograph of a garden backing onto the River Ouse.
“The work started in the spring on this garden, with cutting down the old reeds and irises on the river bank and treating moss in the lawn.”

Please contact Ed’s Garden Maintenance for a free estimate to help with your gardening needs.

Elderflower Cordial

Ed’s Operator Stuart is seeing a lot of Elderflowers coming into peak season in his customers gardens at the moment and has been sharing his delicious recipe for homemade cordial with them.  It’s made every year at home and lots of his friends enjoy it on visits.
At times when customers are more and more interested in the provenance of their food and are conscious of food miles, its great to share ways of using their own produce.  Children enjoy helping to make it too.
Elderflower Cordial
Ingredients
2.5 kg white sugar, either granulated or caster
2 unwaxed lemons
2 unwaxed oranges
20 fresh elderflower heads, stalks trimmed
85g food grade citric acid (available from chemists or Amazon)
Method
  • Put the sugar and 1.5 litres of water into the largest saucepan you have.
  • Gently heat, without boiling, until the sugar has dissolved.  Give it a stir every now and again.
  • Pare the zest from the lemons & oranges using a potato peeler, then slice the remainder of the fruit into rounds.
  • Once the sugar has dissolved, bring the pan of syrup to the boil, then turn off the heat.  
  • Fill a large clean bowl with cold water.
  • Give the flowers a gentle swish around to loosen any dirt or bugs.
  • Lift the flowers out, gently shake and transfer to the syrup along with the lemons, oranges, zest and citric acid, then stir well.
  • Cover the pan and leave to infuse for 24 hours
  • Line a colander with a clean tea towel or muslin if you have it, then sit it over a large bowl or pan.
  • Ladle the syrup – let it drip slowly through.  Discard the bits left in the towel.  
  • Sterilise bottles (run glass bottles through the dishwasher, or wash well with soapy water.  Rinse then leave to dry in a low oven)
  • Use a funnel and ladle to fill sterilised bottles.
 The cordial is ready to drink straight away and will keep in the fridge for up to 6 weeks.
You can also freeze it in plastic containers or ice cube trays and defrost as needed.
Enjoy!

Help the parents are coming round!

Ed’s Garden Maintenance Operators Pierre and Penny sent in these photographs and said

 “Unfortunately some students had been too busy with their studies to worry about the garden but when overseas parents planned a visit they needed some help and quick.  We were happy to oblige.  Thankfully we achieved A1 results!”

Please contact Ed’s Garden Maintenance if we can help with your garden maintenance requirements, we aim to offer a prompt and reliable service.