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Some Information About Garden Fertilisers

Posted on November 26, 2017 at 6:04 pm

You might often read that you need to fertilise plants and flowers. However, there are so many different varieties on the market. How do you know which one you are best to use? Here is some advice for you regarding fertilisers:

  • Most shop-bought fertilisers contain a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. This helps leaves, roots and shoots to grow for a happy, healthy plant. Different plants require different levels of these elements, so research your individual plants.
  • Don’t use fertilisers alone. Plants also require good soil, which needs adequate drainage. Improve compost with manure and compost.
  • Try to keep fertiliser use to a minimum. Plants will not need much in order to boost their growth.
  • Don’t buy too many different fertilisers. Often, one kind will be suitable for lots of different types of plant.
  • Use more of sandy soils. These tend to have fewer nutrients in them, whereas clay soils have more.

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Using the Right Type of Soil

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 11:16 pm

When gardening, one of the most important things to do is to make sure you use the right type of soil for the plants and flowers you are growing. This is one of the most common mistakes that new gardeners make and it will impact heavily on your garden. If you plant a bulb in the wrong type of soil, it either will not grow, or it will grow weak and unhealthy.

The first thing to do is to test your soil pH level. You can buy a simple testing kit to do this. Take a sample and add the sample to the solution and see what he results are. A pH level of 7 is considered to be neutral. Acidic soil’s pH level will be lower than this, and alkaline will be higher.

Once you know what type of soil you have, work with it. If plants need different conditions, e.g. ericaceous soil, plant them in containers.

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Growing Trees and Plants in Pots

Posted on September 23, 2017 at 3:48 pm

Growing trees and plants in pots is a great option if you don’t have a lawn or you have a small garden area. Here are some varieties that grow well:

  • Lemon trees. These are not hardy and will not fare well out of doors in the winter. However, they will grow well outside in the summer so just bring them inside during colder weather. Make sure they are planted in pots with good drainage.
  • Japanese maple. Use a loam compost and plenty of organic matter, then make sure the soil is kept evenly moist. Maples will need replanting every two or three years.
  • Camellias. Add some colour to your patio in the winter months with the delicate flowers of camellias. Sometimes soil can be too alkaline for them to grow well, so cultivating them in pots is perfect.
  • African lilies. These flowers grow well in large containers, though they may need to be kept in a greenhouse in cold weather.

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How to Landscape a Sloped Garden

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm

A sloped garden poses more challenges than a flat surface. It can also be very interesting and unique to plant and landscape, and lots of gardeners find it a fun activity to develop a garden like this.

The key to successful gardening within a sloped landscape is planning. You should make sure you plan everything in advance so you can work out different areas within the garden.

Create zones, so that the garden almost feels like multiple spaces. Make the zones that are lower down the places where you plant taller trees and bushes, to create a layered effect. This way, when you look down at the garden from your property, you will be able to see all the areas of the garden spread out in front of you.

Some other areas that might work well are a BBQ area, a patio, a wildflower ‘meadow’ using wildflower turf and a seating area.

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Is a Veranda Better than an Awning?

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 11:39 pm

Verandas and awnings serve much the same purpose but are very different structurally. It is difficult to say whether one is better than the other as it will depend on people’s personal preferences. There are many reasons to install both, so here are some pointers to help you decide which is right for you:

Verandas

Install these as a permanent structure in your garden. You will be able to benefit from verandas all year round and a well installed, well designed one can even add to the value of your house. Verandas are often glass to give a sense of space but they can be made from many different materials.

Awnings

Awnings are retractable and can be folded in when you are not using them. The mechanism will be either motorised or manual. They are available in many different colours and styles, giving plenty of options to pick the appearance you want.

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