Monthly Archives: March 2015
Posted: March 20, 2015|
Summer is arriving earlier than usual this year, with reports indicating that the UK is about to face one of the hottest Easters on record. The country’s famously unpredictable weather is expected to exceed 26 degrees Celsius (80 Fahrenheit), outdoing parts of Spain, Greece and North Africa.
High pressure and an uncharacteristically deviating jet stream will send the mercury rising and no doubt send plenty of us outdoors to enjoy the glorious sunshine. Of course, one of the easiest ways to get outside is make good use of your garden, but in order to do that you’ll need to make sure that your fencing is in good order.
Although keeping your garden secure is important, fencing isn’t only about keeping out prying eyes. A newly purchased fence can prove a beautiful addition to any garden and is available in a number of varieties. Whether you’re after traditional fencing panels or something more decorative you should be able to find
The act of gardening engages people with nature in a healthy and constructive manner. However, there are some ways of maintaining a garden that can affect the environment in a harmful way. These harmful effects can be the result of the pollution from petrol-fuelled lawn mowers that enter the atmosphere, chemical fertilisers, and even water wastage from keeping plants watered. Fortunately, there is a common concern most gardeners have that has created the demand for gardening tools, products, and gardening methods that make the gardening process more eco-friendly. The following information includes tips for becoming a more eco-friendly gardener, by using eco-friendly gardening methods.
Planting indigenous plant species is one way to lessen the negative effects of gardening upon the environment. Typically, indigenous flowers and plants are suited to the environment, atmosphere, and soil so they require less maintenance than non-indigenous plants. This means there will be less
The process of pruning is important to the health and growth of garden plants. When the process is carried out properly it improves the vigour of the plants, stimulates the growth of the plants, and makes the shape of the plants much nicer. Proper pruning encourages and enhances the abilities of plants to flower and bear fruit. It takes the right combinations of artistic skill, scientific knowledge, and the proper tools for the pruning process to be safe, healthy, and produce beautiful results. This may sound complicated, but it is not. It simply requires an understanding of when to prune what plants.
In general, fruiting and flowering plants prefer to be pruned during late winter through to early spring when they are dormant. Other plants like spring-blooming shrubs and trees need to be pruned shortly after flowering as they start setting new buds as soon as the old buds have fallen. Pruning these plants shortly after flowering reduces the risk of pruning off the new buds w
As spring arrives it is time to begin prepping the garden areas ready for guests. One way to spruce up your garden is with various DIY outdoor decorating ideas. Decorating a small garden nicely makes it more visually appealing and feel more welcoming. The following DIY decorations can help spruce up the small garden with items that can be both appealing and useful with little added cost, and a much larger sense of self-accomplishment.
Give flowerpots a mosaic look
Make use of broken porcelain or pottery by creating a one-of-a-kind small garden DIY decoration. If there are no broken or cracked ceramics at home, seek them out at a local market. Chipped and cracked pieces can be bought for next to nothing and they are ideal for the purpose of making a mosaic on flowerpots. For the best results the colour scheme should be kept simple; the common blue and white patterns can be most effective and attractive. For those with a more creative sense, a unique c
Many people do not know that there is an art to composting. Though it is relatively easy to do, there are specific steps to getting the process right. Making good compost is a pleasure while a poorly maintained heap of compost can be a really bad experience.
When it comes to creating compost for the garden there is a great deal of information available. Some of the information may even seem to contradict what another source says. However, there is an abundance of consensus on what items are good and not good for use in home compost.
Most people also agree that composting is the first true step towards green gardening. In fact, home-made compost is a personal on-site and biological recycling system. Compost is the real beginning of healthy soil because the compost recycles nutrients and builds the structure of the soil. This improves water retention and/or drainage as needed by the garden. In addition to the benefits composting provides the garden, when done correctly