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Summer seems to have arrived at last. It’s time for a garden makeover! Flip flops are out and we have the obligatory bare-chested, British male sunning himself in every park. If you are lucky enough, you don’t need to worry about him!

I feel very privileged to have what is considered to be a pretty large garden for close to central London. It has played host to many a summer BBQ and now we have added a sense of ‘park’; with a big trampoline and a climbing frame – neither an eyesore somehow. However, up until a few weeks ago, said garden looked more like a huge field of weeds. We haven’t had a regular gardener for years and my fingers are furthest from green that you could imagine,(changing though after this experience).

So, with summer approaching I decided to find a company to give the garden the makeover it needed. A lot of work I was to find out and boy did they work hard! It’s not so easy finding a gardener either, unless you have a recommendation. some are lazy, some just don’t turn up to even quote; it’s their busy period now, you see.

I was recommended Fantastic Services by a friend. It’s one of those businesses that started up on the internet first offering cleaners but then branching out in to all types of home helps; from handymen to removals to pet care and including gardeners. It all could have been a bit naff and unprofessional – jack of all trades, master of none – but there’s a reason that these guys have succeeded in building a thriving business from their sofas in 2009, where so many have tried and failed and it’s pure hard work and professionalism. Not such a complicated combination but so hard to find.

One call to Fantastic Gardeners (there’s a 10% discount for booking online) and I was convinced that I made a good choice. They work on Sundays too, none of this faint-hearted weekday-only nonsense. I was able to get two men for 5 hours for that very Sunday.

Turning up in their van, – I seem to be seeing them everywhere around London now!- on time and with all the necessary tools, they set to work immediately.


Both in uniform and so polite, I was impressed before they had even started. Below you can see the state of the garden – just a load of weeds!

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Slowly starting to see some earth! Very hard at work..

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They cleared everything as they went and had to be coaxed into stopping for a cup of tea!

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The garden starts to take shape as they worked tirelessly…

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As the afternoon drew to a close, our gracious gardeners had managed to clear the entire garden.

All the flower beds meticulously turned over ready for planting and the trees and bushes cut back too.

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So, get your garden in order now, a few days of rain will just make it greener for the next hot weekend and Bank Holiday to come. A huge thumbs-up to Fantastic Gardeners. They even have an App! Now, I’m off to the garden centre to buy some seeds and turn my fingers green!

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