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Dahlia: A flower from a tuber

Posted on January 11, 2017 at 2:55 pm

 

Perennial plants are small flowering plants that live for two years or more. The word perennial is used to distinguish a plant based on its life span. Perennial plants are commonly known as they bloom spring and summer season and dies every autumn. Having a huge rebirth of its popularity, garden owners realised that one popular perennial plant named Dahlias provides a wide array of beautiful and stunning colours. These plants bloom its wonderful flowers from mid-summer season to the first frost. Similarly to other perennial plants, these Dahlias take the delight of the warmth to be reproduced in subsequent waves. Positioned in a sunny place with rich soil on its roots Dahlias will never fail to give you excellent blooming flowers. With the constant evolution range that Dahlias have, variety in different flowers that it reproduces from their colours as well as their looks, they have been common flowers that are sold both in flower boutiques and on online retail stores. (more…)

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Tidying Up Your Rockery!

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 6:22 am

The weather has mostly been great recently and there are more days of summer promised in the day’s ahead; providing the weather stays good in the coming days. So with this in mind, it may be worth getting to work in your garden and making it look great for the summer (if not already).

If you have a rockery feature in your garden that has become boring over the years, then you may want to remove all the stones and then redesign the rockery area; maybe even expand or shrink the boundaries. Then you can remove the weeds and put down some new topsoil afterwards; you may also want to clean the stones – if they wear well the stones can can be jet washed,. It may be a good idea to clean them before putting them back with the new design.

As an idea, you can have herbs in the rockery instead of the usual plants, and plant some rosemary, thyme, parsley etc… They will look great with the right arrangement, and you will always have fresh herbs handy for when you need them.

You can then get some small garden ornaments to dot around the rockery area to match the stones and herbs; when you have the right contrast and balance, it’s going to look super awesome for a few or more years to come.

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Improving Drainage In Your Garden

Posted on April 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

With the climate in this country shifting slightly to cause heavier downpours at at given time of the year, we now have more rainfall and flooding in some areas where harsh farming methods, dredging, straightening rivers and removing bends, as well as dodgy EU farming policies as the direct cause. This of course has affected towns and cities that would not have flooded to the extent they have if things had been done differently; our gardens have now been effected by this.

You won’t be able to prevent heavier flooding, but by adding a simple drainage system to your garden you can prevent large bodies of water forming in your garden with the usual downpours, and this will help keep your lawn healthy in the long run.

If your garden has dips and uneven areas, you may want to start levelling your lawn then and add hedges, shrubs and trees around the edges of your garden to absorb excess rain water. In addition to this you should start digging a channel around the edges of your garden with, a slight angle towards where your drains are and fill that channel with small stones; this will allow the water to drain and flow towards the drains, rather than building up in the uneven areas of your lawn.

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Garden Lighting

Posted on February 26, 2016 at 6:55 am

Sometimes it’s good to sit by a window and gaze into the garden, or read a book by the window. Often you will either have the curtain drawn or if open you will be staring into pitch black darkness and it’s just not going to have the same calming effect.

You can get a Sakura fibre optic tree for your garden if you don’t have any trees in your; preferably one that has phase lighting that fades from one calming colour to another. The lights will be low power, usually on the battery with some that have solar powered options in conjunction with a chargeable battery.

If you have a tree in your garden you can get some small led lights to put in your tree that don’t have to be wired up to anything, just battery or solar powered and almost invisible during the day due to their low profile.

This way when you gaze into the back garden at night and have low lighting inside as you read a book, you will also have low calming lighting outside and are free to gaze and wonder into your garden and let time pass by.

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Removing Dead Tree Stumps.

Posted on February 3, 2016 at 7:15 am

Uprooting a tree is no easy task, especially if the tree is old and has deep roots. There are special machines out there that help uproot trees and move them to other locations, but for the larger trees with thick trunks and well established roots, that won’t be an option; machinery may be too large to get into your garden, and it may be costly.

When you have to dig up the tree stump, it’s usually best to dig a whole from the base of the tree 6ft from the base outwards in a circle around the tree, and then start digging down to uncover the large roots. Once this is done and the roots are fully exposed you can use a circular saw to start cutting into the roots; some may be larger than the saws disk to cut through, so just cut an angled section, like a piece of cheese so you can start finishing off with a sharp axe.

You will need to cut the root at the base of the tree and follow the root down to the 6ft perimeter and cut the root off from there and remove that section of root; you could try to pull up more of the root that’s past the 6ft perimeter and buried under the ground in the part you did not dig up, but it’s not really worth digging up your whole garden to find the rest of the root system, so it’s best to cut what you can and leave the rest in the ground.

Once you have got all those sections of roots up around the base of the tree, you can start digging deeper until the tree stump becomes loose and easier to remove; you may find other roots further down and you can deal with the same way as you did the others. You can then get a sledge hammer to further loosen the tree root until it is ready to be taken out; be-careful as the root may be heavy and hard to handle, if in doubt get some assistance from a friend.

So you’re now left with a rather large hole, and refilling it with the soil you removed is not going to be enough, as you will need to get some more soil to replace the space left from the absence of the tree stump and roots. You can choose to just get top soil, some rocks and some garden decorations with solar lights and build a rockery instead, or you can fill in the hole and turf it over.

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