Monthly Archives: November 2014

  1. Designing a garden on a budget

    Designing a garden on a budget

    Designing a garden does not have to be an expensive task, there are lots of beautiful gardens all over the UK that have been created on a limited budget. In this guide, you will find some useful methods to save money on many aspects of your garden design project.

    Low-cost garden design tips

    Before you start to garden, you need to decide on your available budget, because, without a decent start-up plan, it is often hard to know how to proceed. The other things you need to ask are, what do you want to do in your garden and what are your priorities? For example, will you need a place for children to play, a seating area, vegetable patch or water features. Make some rough designs on paper. Once you have these initial ideas in place you can easily find some free garden design apps on the internet or on some garden centre websites, in orde

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  2. How to Grow Plants and Vines up Your Fence

    When you look out of your window do you see lovely flowers and garden displays to be proud of or do you have an unwanted eyesore, perhaps an unsightly chain-link fence or old wooden fence? There is a perfect answer, you can plant a living screen, not to just cover this area up but to make it smell sweeter and/or to look better. Trailing plants come in all different kinds to suit different soil types and for fences that are either in sunny places or less sunny areas.

    You will find that planting climbers to grow on fences is not rocket science and it is a relatively easy job even for new gardeners, whilst it can offer an interesting enough challenge for the more seasoned planter!

    First steps

    Before deciding on the ideal climbing plants or vines that you want to use to brighten up your garden, you need to find which way your fence is facing, is it sunny side up or more in the shade! Use a compass because just guessing can cause you heartaches la

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  3. How to Make Your Fence Taller

    pMany people choose to make their fence taller for various practical reasons. Most want to heighten fences for privacy; they either want to have freedom to use their garden without neighbours looking in, or so as not to see their neighbour's house or garden. Taller fences can provide shade from the sun, they can hide an eyesore such as a garage or old shed, and higher fences lead to improved security. Higher fences can also offer increased safety for exercising dogs and for children playing. Here we provide some steps you can take to make your fence taller to meet your specific requirements.

    Below is a step by step guide to making your fence taller:

    First steps

    • The first step is deciding what your problem is, why is your fence not tall enough? And then you need to find the solution to that specific issue. This sounds obvious, but it isn’t, because your next steps will flow from the first step! 

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  4. Simple garden ideas

    Gardening is a fun relaxing activity. Not only is it therapeutic, but a garden can contribute to your in home décor, provide fresh organic herbs and vegetables, or even both.
    Contrary to what many believe, anyone can be a successful gardener, even young children. Just as with most endeavours you only have to follow a few simple rules, and a few simple garden ideas:

    Do some research 

    Your first step is to decide what you wish to grow; plants and shrubs, flowering plants, herbs and vegetables or various combinations. Do a little research on what grows best in your climate and in your soil type. Check the sun conditions in the area where you plan to place your garden. Does it get full sun, shade or partial sun? (This has a direct effect on the type of plants you can grow).

    Start small

    To most people a garden is a large area. When you are just starting out, smaller is better. Even if you have a lot of spa

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  5. How to build a hit and miss fence

    Installing a fence, while a bit time consuming, is a fairly easy task to accomplish.  You don’t need to have anything other than basic building skills. As is the case with most home improvement tasks, make sure to give yourself adequate time to finish.  
    If you are looking to achieve a combination of privacy and eye appeal your best bet is a hit and miss fence. While they may look more complicated than the standard side-by-side picket fence, the difference in difficulty is minimal. While they take slightly more time to complete and use about 15% more pickets, the difference in style and increased privacy make them worth the investment in time and resources. 
    Tools and supplies
    Here are the tools and supplies you will need.
    • A helper – building a fence is not a one person job. Make sure you have at least one other person, two is even be
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  6. How long can it take for my landlord to fix my fence?

    A fence is essential for any garden, creating a divide between the land you own or rent between your neighbours. The fence must be in good condition to maintain a visual appreciation of the garden and allow for safe play for your children/pets. If you have recently moved into a new house which you are renting and the fence is in bad shape, the landlord must fix or replace within a set period of time which we will explore. Similarly, if you have been renting and the fence has finally fell over, it must be replaced.

    Landlord damage

    Your Lanyard has the responsibility of keeping your home in a fit and safe condition to live in. Therefore, if the fence has perished on its own through no fault of your own, it is then his responsibility to fix it. If the fence has fallen down through harsh weather then the landlord insurance will cover the cost of replacement. If the fence has been left for a long time and has not been maintained then the landlord needs to

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  7. Gardening spotlight: Phil McCann

    Gardening spotlight: Phil McCann

    Recently we were lucky enough to interview Phil McCann. Having worked on BBC's Gardeners' World and previously working as a horticultural consultant for the Royal Horticultural society Phil is truly an expert in his field.

    Our gardeners spotlight gives us a chance to gain expert advice and pass it on. The beauty of gardening is that there is always something new to learn. So whether you're a budding beginner or a well-seasoned gardener, Phil's commentary around the following topics is bound to provide you with some great tips and insights into keeping your garden.

    Protecting From Frost Damage / How to Winterize Your Garden

    It's that time of year – the first frosts, plants being blackened and the furrowed brows of greenhouse owners around the country. It is, however, a great time. You can clearly see the structure of the garden and a bit of cold will kill off some pests and diseases. But your treasured tender plants need help. Plants lik

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  8. Gardening spotlight: Janette Merilion

    Gardening spotlight: Janette Merilion

    Recently we were fortunate enough to speak with Janette Merilion, a highly experienced horticultural speaker and gardening specialist. Janette runs her own garden design business as well as finding time to lecture in horticulture and speak to groups about a variety of gardening topics. We asked her about the following topics to get some more insight into the gardening world.

    Preparing the garden for winter

    One of the things that I do not do is make the garden too tidy. Fallen leaves and dying foliage provide cover for the soil during winter and also help to preserve moisture - this in turn proves to be helpful for foraging birds and other animals. It brings the birds into the garden where they can scramble around and find worms hiding beneath the foliage along with other insects.
    I do, however, remove any leaves from lawns as they will damage the grass and I usually store these in a bag with holes in to rot down and become a good mulch to put am

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