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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A simple guide to gardening

Posted on September 24, 2020 at 1:01 pm

You do not have to be an expert gardener to keep your garden neat and tidy, Often, only basic gardening skills are needed to keep on top of a fairly low maintenance plot.

A very simply job that you can do to totally transform your lawn is to mow it. A mown lawn can really make it look tidy and will also help the grass to look healthier as it grows. There are a number of different types of lawn mowers out there, but unless you want to rake the lawn afterwards, I would suggest investing in one that has a collection basket on the back.

 Weeding is often on of those jobs that many of us don’t enjoy, but again weeding a patch of soil and then turning over the soil can make it look smart and well kept. The beauty of this type f gardening is that it doesn’t cost anything and you can do a little section at a time.

If you want to add a splash of colour to your garden you can add some bedding plants such as pansies and primroses.

You may decide that even these simple gardening tasks are not for you in which case you can hire a gardener to come a few times a month to keep on top of it for you.

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Adding additional security to your garden

Posted on August 22, 2020 at 2:03 pm

People are always looking for ways in which they can improve their garden and home security. Often petty thieves will scourer gardens and sheds to see what they can find, which is often easier to take than to break in to a house.

There are a number of things you can do to try and improve your security and avoid becoming victim to a burglary. The first thing you may want to do is to install a fence all the way round your garden with a good quality gate as an entrance point. Ideally you want to gate to be lockable.

Next install some outdoor CCTV. Think carefully about where you are going to position it so that it covers as much of your property as possible, especially over entry points.

You could install motion sensors or intruder alarms that pick up movement in the garden, the only issue is you may find it goes off if a cat walks through your garden.

Be sure not to leave any valuable items in your garden. Bikes, kids ride on toys and lawnmowers etc should all be put in a lockable shed or bought in to the house if possible.

You can never completely avoid a break in but you can try and take these simple steps to help.  

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Tackling Weeds on your Lawn and in your Garden

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 3:33 pm

Weeds are never easy to tackle and they have always been a problem for people who want their garden to look nice. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent weeds – though they might take some work, and weeding isn’t the most enjoyable of gardening jobs! However, it is worth it to keep your garden looking beautiful and to justify all the hard work you put into it.

If you want to tackle weeds on your lawn, you will usually need to use a selective weed killer. This will kill off the weeds, but will not kill or damage the grass. This will need to be sprayed onto the lawn, sometimes regularly when there are already a lot of weeds. Some weeds, like dandelions, can be removed by hand. Look after your garden, in general, to prevent weeds – weed borders by hand, and scarify your lawn to keep it healthy and aerated.

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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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