Collectively in excess of 50 years of Horticultural experience.

Won tender for 40 acre Residential Estate in Kent

Grade 11 listed Aylesford property now under professional care. 

Mr & Mrs W of Aylesford report "we were a bit too pleased with the results and can we have more of your (gardeners) time?"

20 acre Residential Estate retained after a retender.

Mr B of Smarden recently stated that "it is amazing how much you achieve in such a short time".


Mr C P a Site Agent of 60 plus units commented "In two years here City Escapes are one of only two Contractors we can actually rely on".

Welcome to City Escapes - your garden and grounds solution provider.           

Professional, experienced and qualified providers of Trading Standards approved Garden Construction and Maintenance services in Sussex and Kent.

City Escapes specialise in bespoke professional gardening services and the  construction of individual gardens small or large.      

Services offered:     

  • Scheduled regular Garden and Grounds/Estates Maintenance around private houses and estates, Retirement villages and Nursing care units.
  • Garden Construction; Brickwork. Paving. Fencing. Living screens. Water features. Garden structures.
  • Garden Design
  • Large or small one-off garden works
  • Tree and hedging works
  • Full turf care, management, disease diagnosis and treatment
  • Soil analysis and Problem area solutions
  • Approved pesticide/herbicides operators. INCLUDING the control of Box blight
  • Bowling Green and Cricket wicket spraying
  • Flail mowing of meadows, woodland rides, pony paddocks, Rights of way, bridle and footpaths.
  • Large lawn cylinder mowing, playing fields and village greens with 8ft cut cylinder mowers. 
  • Timer controlled drip irrigation systems.
  • Decorated Christmas Trees and Festive displays
  • Snow Clearance.
  • Wildflower area maintenance
  • Habitat enhancement and management. Wildlife fencing, newt barriers, hiburnaculi


All Our Staff are:

  • DBS Checked.
  • Uniformed.
  • Well trained, capable gardeners. RHS certificated.
  • Reliable and capable

Seasonal Advice from City Escapes

What to do in your garden in June and July


  • Water all containers daily or consider a micro irrigation install. Just because it rains do not be fooled into thinking you are off the hook. If your containers dry out so much the peat contracts try adding a little Fairy Liquid to the water to help rewetting.
  • Dead head all bedding plants at least weekly to encourage more flowers.
  • Feed containers weekly.

  • Weed, weed, weed and more weeding cultivating the soil to about 2" as you go removing as many weed roots as possible. Remember the old adage "one years seed seven years weed". So true. Hoe, Hoe and Hoe!
  • Apply composted, mushroom compost or greenwaste wherever possible to increase moisture retention.  
  • Start clipping hedges to an A shape with the point removed. Such shaped hedges are far easier and therefore quicker to maintain and generally more dense all the way to the base than the traditional vertical sided hedges. Better for nesting birds.
  • Pull any suckers from Roses. This will also remove unwanted buds from the union that will only sprout if left-which they will.


  • If not done already apply shading to glass.
  • Ventilate to regulate temperature.
  • Regularly damp down the greenhouse to increase air moisture content.  


  • Prune back early flowering shrubs once over, Eg Deutzia, Philadelphus, Weigelia, by removing a proportion of the flower bearing growth. Trace stems back to base and remove.  
  • Prune back Wisteria side shoots to 6 or so buds to leave a section about the length of an old style pencil. Tie back to wires  any useful growth to increase coverage. 
  • Clip plants such as Heathers, Cistus and Hebe once flowers or passed best.
  • Trim up Yew hedges.
  • Cut back ivy and other self supporting climbers from windows, doors, gutters etc. Aim for one brick length horizontally and 3 courses vertically. Ivy and Virginia Creeper will mark your newly painted window frames so do not allow it to get a grip. Wisteria will snap gutter down pipes whether cast iron or plastic.
  • Yew hedges can be clipped any time of year whilst winter is generally best avoided for Leylandii.
  •  Cut back early flowering Clematis. Easily identifiable by old seed heads.


  • Treat lawns for weeds and moss as weather conditions allow. Do not treat whilst lawn is under drought stress. Ask anyone you consider engaging to apply pesticides to produce their Certificate of Competence which now must be held by any person applying "professional" grade pesticides.
  • Watch for Red Thread disease attacking your lawn. Red Thread is an airborne disease that attacks grass on primarily on less fertile soils or freshly laid turf. Easily identifiable by pinkish red threads with small brown patches of dead grass. More of an aesthetic issue as grass generally recovers. Indicative of a low fertility soil so organise a feed in autumn and spring.

    If you need assistance or advice in your garden RING Damian on 01435 883638 or use the contacts page .

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    Domestic - What we can do for you

    Services provided from Burwash, East Sussex and Canterbury, Kent. Our range of works is extensive within the domestic sector but encompasses:


    • Garden maintenance services in Kent, Sussex and Surrey. Garden size is not important. Regularity,reliability and skill is what we offer.
    • Landscaping of either whole or parts of gardens throughout Kent and Sussex.
    • Small one off garden works of as little as a man day.
    • Lawn Specialists fully equipped to attend to the needs of lawns throughout Tunbridge Wells, Kent and Sussex
    • Hard Landscaping - Decking, paving, walls, paths and fencing throughout Kent and Sussex.
    • Soft Landscaping - Plants, lawns, hedges and trees
    • Tree felling, reduction and assessment

    Commercial - What we can do for you

    Services provided from depots in East Sussex and Kent covering Sussex, Kent and London. Our range of works is extensive within the commercial sector but encompasses the following areas:


    • Residential blocks in Chelsea, Finchley,Docklands, Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone 
    • Residential care units in Kent and Sussex.
    • Retirement villages in East Sussex
    • Car dealerships in Maidstone, ington, Gillingham and Ashford
    • Hotels in East Sussex
    • Pubs in Sussex           
    • Industrial estates in Greenwich and Tonbridge
    • Cemeteries and grave yards throughout the South East and London