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01 Apr 2017

Tidy Garden

Tidy Garden

Each and every gardener has their own preference for how their outdoor space should look, but one thing they all tend to agree on is that they want to keep the gardens neat and tidy. If you are struggling to keep your garden in tip top condition, here are just a few tips on how you can do this easily and with very little time, effort or expense.

Keep Your Shed Tidy

A tidy shed is the key to a tidy mind, and while many people who come over and look at your garden won’t ask to look inside your shed, ensuring that you have that room to put bulbs, compost, and particularly tools away makes sure that they aren’t left lying around the garden, helping to make it look much more tidy.

Trim Hedges

It is little touches like trimming hedges that help to make your garden look a little bit neater and tidier and providing that you keep on top of trimming hedges and bushes, it really isn’t as big a job as you think.

Regularly Sort Out Borders

Not only can keeping your borders free of fallen leaves and general rubbish help to make them look neater and tidier, but it can also help with the growth and condition of your plants – having both these advantages makes sorting out your borders a definite must, and as with trimming hedges, if you keep on top of it regularly, it doesn’t have to be a really daunting job.

Keep On Top Of Weeding

Weeds drive most gardeners insane because it seems as though as soon as you’ve finished weeding everywhere, they start springing up again almost instantly – some people prefer to buy weed killer sprays to tackle the problem, while others prefer to just dig them up – neither way is better and it’s all personal preference, but there’s no denying that keeping on top of weeding will dramatically change the look of your garden.

Pick Up Fallen Fruit

This isn’t applicable to everyone, but if you have fruit trees or bushes, you’ll know that fallen fruit can make your garden look really messy. It never takes long for it to go mushy or covered in flies, so getting rid of it as soon as you see it is really important to prevent you ending up with a layer of mush covering your grass or soil.

Rake Leaves

If you don’t want to splash out on a leaf blower, it is important to keep leaves neatly raked to prevent them getting slippery or mulchy in horrible weather. It can be a bit of a chore, but as with all the other garden jobs, providing you keep on top of it, you can have it done in no time.

Keep Greenhouses Clean

Just giving your greenhouse a wipe down every now and then helps to keep it looking brand new. Not only does this make your garden look completely different, but it will also ensure that you don’t waste a lot of money shelling out on a new greenhouse when all yours really needs is a clean. It’s not a fun job and no one wants to do it, but the difference it will make to your garden is bigger than you will ever expect.

Garden wasteUse Wheelie Bin Storage

Plenty of people opt to leave their wheelie bins in their garden for easy access but many hate how they look. The bright coloured plastic often doesn’t blend in with a beautiful cared for garden and this leads many people to invest in wheelie bin storage. This is a wooden structure that your bins go inside, making them blend in nicely with the garden and giving them a natural finish. This stops them being eyesores and can be the finishing touch that lots of neat and tidy gardens really need.

Obviously, these are just a few ways in which you can make your garden look its best, everyone has their own idea of how they want their own garden to look, but if you are a newbie gardener or an old pro simply looking for some fresh inspiration, these tips are definitely a good place to start.

01 Apr 2017

Wildlife friendly garden

Wildlife Friendly Gardens

Having a garden gives you a daily opportunity to see and learn about the wildlife that is living around your doorstep. There are things you can do to increase the number of Wildlife visitors to your garden, here are a few tips:

Plant a tree or shrub

Having a tree or shrub in your garden is an easy way to encourage wildlife. Crab apples, hazels and willows are ideal for even the smallest gardens and will become home to insects, which will in turn attract birds and small mammals. Strategically place your tree or shrub where it will get light without overshadowing neighbours gardens.

Hang a bird feeder

Bird feeders can encourage all kinds of feathered friends to flock to your garden. However, you will need to be careful of squirrels that can climb down the wire and steal the food. A squirrel baffle is a good  for these bird feeders – a protector that looks like a lampshade and stops squirrels climbing down the wire. Dried fruit makes for an excellent natural bird food, but make sure if you have a dog that these fruits aren’t in reach – vine fruits such as currants and raisins can be toxic to dogs.

Build a pond

A pond is a sure-fire way to attract wildlife including frogs and toads, as well as a place to keep your own fish. A well-maintained pond can require significant upkeep including purchasing things like filters, fish food and pumps. Companies like Swell stock a huge selection of pond supplies. You can dig out and build a pond yourself but beware they may attract some unwanted visitors such as birds (which could eat your fish), so ensure that there are lilies or aquatic sculptures that your fish can hide beneath to avoid them getting snapped up.

Opt for specific plants

The type of plant you choose can have an effect on the types of creatures that come to your garden. Shrubs and perennials with berries and seeds are great for attracting birds. Lavender meanwhile can help attract bees, whilst buddleia will attract butterflies. For attracting small mammals, make sure that when your plants die, you don’t chuck all the compost in a compost bin. A wood pile or compost heap is great for attracting small rodents and hedgehogs.

Be careful with pesticides

Chemical pesticides may protect your shrubs from getting eaten up by slugs and snails, but they may also be warding off other creatures to your garden. The decline in the bee population has been largely attributed to chemical pesticides. Some birds meanwhile can be warded off by pesticides too. Keep your friendly garden wildlife by opting for natural pesticide methods. These could include beer traps and salt-sprays, which will affect slugs and snails but not other bugs. Similarly, you should make sure weed-killer isn’t chemical based – boiling water or vinegar can make a natural substitute.