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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.

Posted in Gardening, Gardens, Landscaping, Lawns

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.

Posted in Gardens, Landscaping, Lawns

Choosing and Maintaining Your Sectional Garage Doors

Posted on February 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

Sectional garage doors are a very good way to keep your garage and your house safe. It also adds a very good aesthetic piece to your home’s exterior. Choosing the right setup and maintaining your garage door is a good way to keep your investment’s worth. So to help you out, here are a few pointers on how to make the right choices.

Look at what you really need before buying. Make the proper measurements of your garage to know how big your sectional garage doors will be. These garage doors would take up a lot space from your garage so you have to maximise your garage space. Also as a very good option is to have garage doors that allow natural light to come through them. Look for garage doors with durable fibreglass panes or even windows on them. You have to take of natural lighting for garages to keep them from getting that dark damp smells.

Keep things simple as much as possible. Do not look too much on special features especially of they are just for making your garage look great. Set your priorities primarily on safety features and aesthetics as a secondary need. Make you sure you also ease of use as another factor to what you want to buy. (more…)

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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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