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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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Maintaining Your Lawn

Posted on June 12, 2016 at 9:40 pm

We have had some fairly hot day’s over the past month and also some wetter days, so there has been a balance to keep your lawn nice and fresh. Though it’s a good idea to start preparing your lawn for the hotter day’s yet to come; where we could get hot dry day’s and not much rain.

It’s probably a good idea to get some Miracle grow; either buy some or use whatever is lying around in your shed if you have some (or have a shed). Then sprinkle some around your garden and leave to soak in the lawn and then water; if you have a series of consecutive days of heat then you should keep the lawn in check and sprinkle lightly with some water.

By keeping your lawn in check after sprinkling Miracle Grow, you should have a vibrant green and healthy lawn within a few weeks or more; you won’t have to worry about having a horrible discoloured lawn to scare away your family and friends.


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Daffodil Kingdom

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 3:06 pm

If you were to pick any random stranger along any street in the United Kingdom and ask them a random question about daffodils, they will definitely think of the colour yellow. That got me thinking, do Daffodils only exist in Yellow? To my amazement, there are many varieties of daffodils with the yellow hue a large feature. In the U.K, you can get these flowers from various vendors. These beautiful babies grow in masses and the can cause quite a stir. Although yellow is the main colour, you can get daffodils ranging from pink to white to even orange. Let us take a flowery trip and see what you can get for your lovely garden.

Narcissus ‘Tete-aTete’

These short daffodil bulbs have yellow petals and green stems. As flowers go, your patio, porch of kitchen garden will be transformed by this slice of heavenly goodness. They grow to a modest 6 inches (15cm). They are easy to grow, suitable for the sunny windowsill or hallway and go well with borders. They are affectionately called yellow trumpets and when grown in clusters, one can cut them and display them in a vase.  (more…)

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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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Mosaic Patio Garden Feature

Posted on March 11, 2016 at 7:08 am

Sometimes the paving options available for your garden patio area are plain and many gardens with patios may have the same style of paving. This is fine if you just want something plain and standard that does the job you want it to, but what if you want something different, and want something that reflects you and your personality?

If you are good at art, and want to attempt to create a mosaic mural for your patio you can start collecting fragments of old china and similar things around the home, and start piecing things together like a jigsaw puzzle; this of course will take some time to collect and sort out the pieces to make it work though.

The best option is to get mosaic tile pieces for the garden and start arranging the tiles on a large board or plastic groundsheet in the garden until you figure out the style you want and love; you can have a spiral effect, chequered, multiple circle spirals, shapes letters, or even an attempt at a famous painting. Just remember it will be a long term feature that you have to love for many years to come, so it has to really fit you.

When you are ready you can start levelling the patio area and start to put down a solid base to rest the mosaic tile pieces on, so they don’t warp and become uneven over time; if you can do this yourself then it’s even better, but if not you can ask for help, or hire somebody for the levelling and marking of the outline for the patio area you want to create.

Then you can start putting together your design and adding the grout as you go, and eventually your mosaic patio will start taking shape; it’s not an overnight project and may take a few weeks, so best to do this in summer and have some kind of covering available to work under for shade or shelter. You can get some 4 post temporary awnings for this, and they can work well for the task at hand.

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