Now christmas fever has passed we are back to our normal run of events …. we can think about long lazy days in the back garden. If hard landscaping is a feature on this summers wish list, then now is the time to be consulting the experts. Doing the labour ourselves is all well and good up to a point, but it can be much harder than you imagine. One of my neighbours had their son in law do a ‘patio’ for her a couple of years ago. Her original plan had been to section off one part of the grassed area and put new garden furniture there for the few occasions a year when she entertains. Having asked for assistance, it snowballed to him actually putting down patio slabs. It’s not a very good job, uneven and slightly wobbly. She so wishes she’d stuck with the classy new furniture scheme !