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Formal or laid back what does your ideal garden look like?

Posted on March 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm

When you decide to redesign a garden there are some important decisions to make the first being what sort of garden do you want? Some people prefer a garden that is well manicured, has short grass and edged lawns with borders and flower beds organised to look neat and tidy whereas others like a much more unstructured garden with meandering paths and wildlife areas that are left to grow wild. Whichever you prefer it is important to plan out your design carefully if you are considering changing your current garden so that you are pleased with the final results.

If you are planning on doing the work yourself make sure that you have all the necessary tools and materials or find out where they can be hired from. Good quality tools will make the job easier and less frustrating and will last for years to come.

Lawn areas if worn and in poor condition may need to be returfed as this is generally a better option than reseeding and the finished result will be seen quicker. A luscious, green grassed area is attractive for any type of garden and turf can be bought that is particularly hardwearing if there are going to be children playing on the lawn regularly.

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Is your garden a safe haven for little ones?

Posted on February 8, 2021 at 12:46 pm

Once the warmer months come people tend to spend a lot more time in the garden either relaxing with a glass of something cool, tackling some garden maintenance or playing with the children. It is important that if the garden is going to be used regularly by young children that it is a safe place to play and that any accidents are minimised as much as possible.

The most obvious danger in a garden is if there is a pond or water feature near the area that the children will be playing in. Children can drown in very shallow water, so any pond or water feature needs to be covered with strong netting to make sure that it is safe and prevent anyone falling in.

Plants around the garden should be non-toxic as some plants such as foxgloves are highly poisonous. A tree that should be avoided is the laburnum tree as every part is poisonous if ingested.

Trips and falls are inevitable with young children but to avoid serious injury fences and gates can be used to keep them away from dangerous areas. It is a good idea to use some type of safety flooring under swings and slides because should there be a fall, injury will likely be minor.

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Install a pond or water feature to enhance your garden

Posted on December 14, 2020 at 8:23 am

If you want an idea to enhance your garden, an attractive addition to any garden whether large or small is a garden pond or water feature but how easy is it to install these features in a garden?

The first thing to decide is what size you want your pond to be. If your garden is small, then a small pond would be better whereas a larger garden could accommodate a larger pond with additional features such as a stream or waterfall. The shape of the pond is also a factor to be planned. It may be that a circular pond looks best in the space although many people choose a kidney shaped pond.

When you have decided on the size and shape of your pond you will need to decide on the type of pond you want. A wildlife pond which has soft edges with lots of planting allows frogs and toads easy access or you may prefer a more formal feature with a slabbed edging or even a raised edge.

Some people are wary about keeping fish in the pond as they worry about caring for them. It is a good idea to have common species of fish to start with as they are hardier than more specialist types. If you do decide to have fish, you will need to have a filter system in place to keep the water in good condition.

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Creating a beautiful low maintenance garden

Posted on November 12, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Gardening is often something your either love or hate but even if you do not enjoy doing it, most of us enjoy the outcome when its finished.

It may be that when it comes to gardening you really do not know where to start. If your garden needs a really big overhaul then you may even want to hire a gardener to give it a once over and then it is easier for you to keep on top of it.

If you want a garden that is easy to maintain you need to stay away from flower beds and too many shrubs. Grassed areas are not too bad as they can simply be mowed but flower beds will have to be weeded and even if you use weeding blanket you will probably find that they still come through. Shrubs and bushes will need to be pruned and this can be something that you need a bit of experience in. It also needs to be done at the right time of year for that particular bush.

Potted plants are brilliant for adding a splash of colour to an area and can be easily moved if you want to. Some plants come back year after year others will only last one season before they need to be replaced.

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Adding curb appeal to your home

Posted on October 17, 2020 at 4:37 pm

Curb appeal is something that makes your home look attractive from a nearby place such as a road or curb. It is often referred to when it comes to putting a house on the market as having curb appeal makes it more likely to sell and possibly achieve a higher selling price.

There are a number of ways in which you can add curb appeal to your home, and these hacks do not have to cost the earth to implement. If you are considering selling your house, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of money on it.

Add planters or a flower bed to the front of the property – adding plants to the front of your property will make it look welcoming and attractive. If you are not very good at maintaining a flower bed then you may be better to use planters which can easily be kept looking nice and plants replaced if they die.

Keep bushes neat and tidy – And hedges and bushes should be trimmed back to keep a nice shape and to look tidy. This is especially true if the bushes or hedges cover part of the windows on the house as prospective buyers will want to see the full view of the property.

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