The heat of summer is on the way and as the water dries up from the ground and plants need to be watered on a daily basis, your water bill starts to rise and talk of a hosepipe ban is in the air. However, 2019 could be the year that you change the way you […]
Lose weight, quit smoking… we’ve all heard the classic new year’s resolution. But as we move into 2019, why not consider what you can do differently in the garden this year? After all, if you’re passionate about gardening, it’s something you’re far more likely to stick to. It’s important not to get stuck in a […]
Although winter is generally considered downtime for gardeners, there are still decisions to be made regarding your lawn’s health that will keep it looking green all year round. Autumn leaves may look pretty swell as they change colour, but once the season comes to a close and they fall to the ground, they’re pretty much […]
A well-manicured hedge can truly define your garden, whether it is in front of your property or at the back. Straight hedges are the hallmark of finesse when it comes to making your home stand out from the crowd, but there are a few things to bear in mind before you get started. We’ve put […]
You may not realise it, but there are many different types of lawn. For those without young children or animals who need space to run or play, creating an ornamental law is a highly attractive prospect. However, a beautiful garden doesn’t come without slightly more maintenance. What is an ornamental lawn? Whereas a family lawn […]
Gardens take a lot of looking after. Watering regularly, trimming, weeding… There’s very rarely such thing as a quick fix. However, there is something fairly easy you can do to take your garden to new heights – as well as contribute to the wellbeing of the environment more generally. It is not some magic formula […]
It’s mid-summer, and maybe your garden doesn’t have the life in it that it had a month or two ago, and the garden decorations aren’t exactly inspiring. However, your budget right now just will not stretch to a whole new set of garden furniture with the kids off school and having to keep them entertained […]
A healthy, well-kept lawn is a sight to behold, but some gardeners aren’t just looking to keep their own gardens green. Eco-friendly lawnmowing is becoming more popular among gardeners, and there are several schools of thought on the greenest way of mowing and caring for a lawn. Fertilisers and Chemicals While fertilisers will help your […]
Every gardener develops their own tricks and techniques to use in the garden, and old wives tales are as important a part of the art of gardening as trowels and sun hats. If you’re looking to get more out of your garden or just find uses for common household waste, try these ten unusual (but […]
Couldn’t stay away, could you? We’re well aware that our summer gardening checklist is more tantalising than a Netflix series finale episode, so fear not: here’s the third and final part of the saga. Follow these tips and you’re sure to have the Joneses trying to keep up with you over the coming months.
Elevated temperatures and longer days have seen keen gardeners up and down the country tentatively return to their front and back lawns, as the invigorating scent of freshly cut grass once again fills the air – it’s summer. And now that it’s here there are a few things that all green-fingered enthusiasts would do well […]
Gardening is a traditional pastime for those who want to get away from screens and computers and enjoy the sunshine (when it comes) for a while, but that doesn’t mean that the gardening world shies away from mobile apps and technology. We’ve put together the best apps in the business to help you take […]
There’s a website for everything – and several thousand for most. It can make it a bit of a chore sifting through what’s out there and finding the best places to read up about you hobbies, and for advice which will make your life easier. Gardeners will know that with a topic as big as […]
Sometimes gardening can seem a bit too much like hard work, but lasagne gardening (also called sheet composting) is perfect if you want to avoid some of the pitfalls. Lasagne gardening is a no till, no dig method that as the word ‘lasagne’ implies is all about the layering. But layering what? Got a few […]
Once summer officially arrives, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better spot to enjoy the warm weather than your lawn. Our lawns are the backdrop for barbecues, plush beds for sunbathing and football pitches for a high stakes match. But all of this summer activity can spell trouble for your lawn if the sun-thirsty […]
Composting can seem a bit daunting if it’s not something you’ve attempted in the past. The good thing is though, it isn’t at all complicated. With so many benefits, it’s something every gardener should consider doing. And wouldn’t you know, you can start your composting any time of the year so there’s no excuses!
Autumn in the garden is much like springtime in your house – it’s time for a clear out. You’ve been using your garden all summer, and you’ve probably been too busy to think about daft things like organising the shed. So you can continue with wanton abandon next year, give your shed a little bit of a going over now.
The summer is when you’ll most want to use your garden, whether simply relaxing and enjoying the sunshine or hosting a BBQ for friends, relatives and neighbours. But hot, dry summer weather can also leave your lawn stressed and unhealthy, hindering growth or even causing it to go dormant until the autumn. As such it’s […]
There’s a website for everything – and several thousand for most. It can make it a bit of a chore sifting through what’s out there and finding the best places to read up about you hobbies, and for advice which will make your life easier. With a topic as big as gardening there are literally […]
Everybody knows that we should be trying to recycle, what with the looming possibility of environmental catastrophe and all. For most people this simply involves sorting out bottles, cardboard and other packaging for the council to pick up fortnightly. But the green-fingered among us know that recycling encompasses far more than just separating glass from […]
How’s your back? Bit of a twinge on a cold day now and then? Starts to ache if you’re forced to stand up for too long? Makes peculiar cracking noises when you sit down? Maybe it just hurts the day after a long weekend hard at work in the garden? Well you’re not alone, as […]
Growing your own organic vegetable garden is relatively easy, particularly as many organic techniques are simply good gardening practices. Organic gardeners don’t use synthetic fertilisers or pesticides on their plants and view their garden as part of a whole eco-system that starts with the soil and includes water supply, people, wildlife and insects. Organic gardening […]
Moss is one of the simpler plants you’re likely to find in your garden – little more than a thin stem supporting an array of one-cell thick leaves – but despite this organic simplicity it can pose a big problem for gardeners. This is because moss loves to grow in damp, shady parts of the […]
There are lots of little lawn mowing mistakes people make without even realising it, and the good thing is, it’s not particularly difficult to change your ways. If you do everything right in the first place it can actually save you time because you avoid having to carry out repair work later. Read on to find out how!
Last year we wrote about bee lawns shortly before the term entered the nation’s vocabulary. Now everyone from columnists and gardeners to politicians is discussing the benefits and the importance of encouraging pollinators back into British gardens. Of course, there are many arguments against bee lawns. The most obvious is probably also the main reason […]