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7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

7 Ways to Prepare Your Garden for Summer

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With summer fast approaching, it is only natural that you will want to venture out into your garden when the rain does stop. Despite a wet and miserable spring, the odd glimpse of the sun in the UK can send us into a BBQ frenzy as we indulge the warm weather whenever it graces our skin.

But what if your garden isn’t summer-ready? What can you do to prepare your outside space for warmer days?

Jetwash

Be it hiring a company that specialises in jet washing exteriors or do it yourself. Giving your garden a good clean can help revitalise it and give you a solid foundation for undertaking more extensive garden work.

Remove Weeds

Weeds snatch any opportunity to grow anywhere and everywhere. There are many different tools and treatments you can use to help you eliminate any weeds in your garden. Once you have removed all the weeds, your garden will instantly look better.

Clear Out Rubbish

Over the winter, sadly, sometimes, ornaments or furniture exposed to the elements can start to look a little worse for wear. Round up anything you no longer want or is useful and have it removed from your garden. Choose a garden waste and domestic rubbish removal service to clear out unwanted goods taking up space in your garden before you decide to host any parties!

Add Plants

Plants can be a relatively inexpensive way to brighten up your garden. Even artificial plants can have the desired effect. But if you fancy flexing your green fingers, locate an area of your garden to plant some flowers or to put pots filled with your favourite blooms to add colours and happiness to your garden.

Decorate

Decorating your garden needn’t be expensive. Sure, garden furniture can come at a premium but adding in some well-placed accessories can help you create a garden style you love and matches your home in an impactful yet inexpensive way. Think cushions, beanbags for floor seating, outdoor rugs, lighting, bunting and wall decorations to liven up your outdoor space.

Paint

Painting the walls, adding colour to brick walls can be impactful and stunning. Freshen up wooden fences with a fence care paint to protect the wood and give it a new lease of life. You can even paint the floor! Depending on the type of floor you have outside in your garden, there is paint and tools available such as stencils, to help you liven up an otherwise dull and frequently overlooked area of your garden.

Add Some Shade

Sure, being out in the sun is great. However, sometimes you need to protect yourself from the sun and adding shade to your garden can do just that. 

Think parasols, gazebos, floating sail shades, pergolas or even a permanent fixture such as a marquee or an awning on the side of your home. Placing a shade in your garden is a great way to create a focal point and pull an area of your garden together.

Garden, Garden tips

Apps To Create A Beautiful Garden

6 Apps To Create A Beautiful Garden
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With the right maintenance, your garden can be one of the most beautiful spaces of your home. Perhaps you’re new to gardening as a hobby, and you’re looking to learn the ropes? Getting into gardening won’t just improve your home, but it will improve your well being at the same time. With these applications, you’ll have all the tips and support you need to create a beautiful garden.

1. My Garden Organizer 

My Garden Organizer is an app to help you design and manage your vegetable garden. Using this app, you’ll always remember which cultivars you’ve planted and learn how to make the most of your vegetable patch. When you first start using the app, you can create a list of all your different vegetable beds; when you click ‘add bed,’ you can set the correct dimensions. Input the name, planting date and cultivar to keep track of your progress. To give your garden a makeover the My Garden Organizer app is just what you need.

2. Flower Checker

Flower checker is a great application that helps you identify plants. First, you snap a picture of the plant, next you send it to the flower-checker experts who will identify it. Gardening is all about learning new things, and if you’ve got some wildflowers and plants growing, it’s useful to know what they are. With the flowerchecker app, you’ll never mistake a weed and a plant again! Flowerchecker is useful if you enjoy foraging and need to check if a plant is safe or not. After a short while using this app, you’ll become a flower-checking pro!

3. Garden Plan Pro

With Garden Plan Pro, you can design your perfect vegetable garden with lots of tools and tips to help you. The application is suitable for any kind of garden, whether you’re using raised beds, containers, or rows. Garden Plan Pro has growing info for hundreds of plants, plenty of recommendations, and info about harvest dates. You’ll find content to help you keep pests under control and learn how to produce a fruitful harvest!

4. Veggie Garden Planner

Veggie Garden Planner is the tool you need to create the perfect vegetable patch. Using the app, you’ll learn about plant distancing, sowing times, neighboring plants, and more. Whether you’re looking to learn about crop rotations, or which vegetables are in season, you’ll find all that you need here.

5. Moon and Garden

Moon & Garden helps you to use a lunar approach to planting your fruits, vegetables, and herbs. With the biodynamic method, this application uses phases of the moon to help you look after your garden. The idea is that successful sowing, harvesting, and transplanting depends on lunar cycles. You’ll receive info about the moon phase, zodiac signs, and the weather.

Garden work never ends, there’s always maintenance ongoing, (and sometimes we just don’t have the time)! For further support with your garden, consider using a grounds maintenance service. A Grounds maintenance professional can help you with everything from your pruning and weed control to your grass cutting and beautiful landscaping.

Exterior design, outdoors

Making Your Backyard A Functional Space

Making Your Backyard a Functional Space

 Functional Space Ideas

Many of us neglect our backyards. The majority of our focus when it comes to our properties lies on the maintenance and improvement of our interiors. While this makes sense (seeing as we tend to spend more of our time indoors than outdoors), it’s also a shame that we tend to let the potential of our outdoor spaces go to such waste. After all, with a little work and dedication, our backyards could prove to be accommodating areas where we could spend plenty of time enjoying ourselves. So, it’s time to make a change! Here are a few different things that you can do in order to make your backyard a truly functional space!

Invest in Seating

If you intend to spend time in your backyard, your first focus should be seating. Why? Well, you’re only going to stay outdoors for so long if you have to stand the whole time. Your legs will quickly become weary and you’ll retreat indoors to the comfort of your sofa. If you have outdoor seating options, you can spend hours at a time away from the interiors of your property. If you want to go cheap, a standard plastic garden chair will do. However, these are likely to crack or break with extended use. Preferable options include deck chairs, wooden garden tables and chairs, or even outdoor suites that will have comfortable cushions.

Create Cover

While you may want to spend more time outdoors, you may not necessarily want to be exposed to the elements at all times. The good news is that you can consider covered decks, which will allow you to sit outside while providing you with a form of shelter at the same time. This way, you really can have your cake and eat it!

Invest in a BBQ

When it’s hot out, nobody wants to be slaving away over a hot stove in a sweaty kitchen. So why not take your culinary skills outdoors? A BBQ is great for all sorts of occasions. Whether you’re just feeding the family or are entertaining more guests. It allows you to make food while still engaging with all the fun that’s happening outside. Now, there are plenty of disposable BBQs out there, but it’s easy to under-cook food on them and difficult to feed more than a couple of people at a time. Instead, you should invest in a high quality gas BBQ. This will cook food more evenly and can cook sufficient amounts of food to feed your whole family plus guests all at once. If you don’t want to leave it out all of the time, consider options with wheels that can be wheeled into a shed or another storage space while it’s not being used.

Consider Your Lighting Options

Most families will have some sort of security light installed in their backyard. This will light up whenever a person or animal steps foot in your garden, adding a sense of security to your property, as the burst of light will generally cause the trespasser to flee. However, if you intend to spend time outdoors in the evenings, you may want to look into alternative outdoor lighting options. There are plenty on the market. For a subtle glow, solar-powered lights are great, as are outdoor fairy lights. However, you cannot entirely depend on them for constant and bright source of light. If you want something a little higher power, consider spotlights that can be installed by a professional throughout your outdoor space.

Provide Heating

What use is having great lighting options if nobody can spend time outside once the sun has set due to the temperature dropping? Well, there are plenty of options on the market that specialise in providing heat for those who want to spend time in their gardens later into the evening. One options are chimineas. These have gained a lot of popularity in the last decade or so and have been incorporated into tens of thousands of backyards as a result. They can be placed on your patio and will burn wood for hours on end. They are generally freestanding and made from clay, so are resistant to most weather conditions. While you may want to tuck it away in a shed for storage in the winter, it should never be used in any enclosed space. They have vertical vents which means smoke is exuded through the top and shouldn’t pose the problem that open fires often have of smoke blowing in your face. A second option is a fire-pit. This is a more permanent installation that you might want to try out if you find that the chiminea isn’t quite living up to your expectations. Fire pits can be larger and will provide heat for a larger number of people.

Keeping On Top of the Lawn

If you’re going to spend more time outdoors, you need to manage the lawn correctly. If the grass is of a manageable length, you may be able to simply run the mower over it. But if they are long and reaching part way up your calves, you have a bit more of a job on your hands. Your first responsibility when dealing with long grass is to check for debris. You don’t want to run the lawnmower over anything other than grass, so pick up any litter, rocks, or chunks of other materials. Once everything’s clear, you may want to use a strimmer to hack the grass down to a manageable length. Finally, run the lawn mower over the whole green expanse and you should have a wonderful lawn in no time. Rake up the cuttings and you’re good to go! If you want a particularly neat finish, you can run the strimmer around corners and hard to reach areas too.

As you can see, making your backyard a functional space is going to take a little planning, hard work, time, effort, and investment. But you don’t have to carry out all of these changes at once. You can implement one alteration or improvement at a time and slowly transform your outdoor space into an area that you, your family, and your loved ones will actively want to spend time in. So, start making some small changes today and your backyard will be the talk of the town in next to no time!

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Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

Turning outdoor space Into a fun area for the children

All parents should think long and hard about the way in which they use their gardens. Some people let the outdoor space overgrow because they just can’t deal with the maintenance. That is a terrible idea that could encourage complaints from the neighbors. Others slab the entire lawn, but some folks like to think outside of the box. Considering that, mothers and fathers reading this post should consider turning their garden into a fun space for the little ones. The ideas on this page should point families in the right direction. However, in most instances, you just need to use some imagination.

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Get some climbing frames and other equipment

Every healthy child likes to spend time playing outside while they’re still young. Some teenagers even feel the same way, and plenty of adults do too. So, the goal is to make the garden as fun as possible. There are lots of different types of equipment anyone could purchase and keep outside to create a multifunctional garden. However, climbing frames, slides, and swings are always a top choice. In most instances, it will only take a few minutes to put the items together and start using them. For the best prices, it’s sensible to check auction websites and online retailers. That is especially the case now we’re approaching the winter because those items tend to get a reduction.

Dig a pond and add some wildlife to the garden

Most children like to spend time learning about animals, plants, and wildlife. So, it’s sensible for parents to encourage that interest. Adding a pond to the garden is an excellent move because it means you can keep lots of exotic fish. Of course, it’s wise to take safety precautions and ensure the kids can’t fall into the water. Also, in built-up areas, there are going to be a lot of cats. For that reason, homeowners will have to place a net over the water to stop the animal from eating any fish. There are step-by-step guides online that explain everything you need to know. So, just conduct some research!

Turning Your Outdoor Space Into A Fun Area For The Children

Build a Wendy house (or a whatever your child’s name is house)

Building a Wendy house is a great way of encouraging the little ones to spend more time in the garden. Of course, placing something like that on the lawn is going to damage the grass. So, lots of people will decide to get some fake turf first. That’s a fantastic move because it also means those homeowners will never have to get their mower out of the shed again. The real cost of artificial grass is nowhere near as high as most folks imagine. Indeed, it’s more than possible to get the perfect solution without breaking the bank. The benefits of artificial grass include:

  • No maintenance
  • Comes in a range of shades
  • Lasts for many years

Those suggestions should help all parents to make a start when it comes to improving their gardens. However, readers know their children better than anyone else, and so everyone should make sure they create something that suits their little one’s tastes and interests. Don’t make the mistake of letting the area overgrow because it will take a lot of effort to put things right.

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3 essential areas every garden needs

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

3 essential areas every garden needs

Not every home has a lot of outdoor or garden space. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the space you do have. If you have a family and the kids are still at home, your garden might be essential space you can’t do without! Are you not making the most of your backyard right now? Then why not have a look at creating these three essential areas so you can enjoy being outdoors all year round:

Kids Play Area

Kids (and pets) need space to play. Your garden is perfect for that. If you haven’t tackled this area for a while, then there are some makeover projects you might want to tackle first. This part of the garden should be secure and safe. Make sure the fencing is strong and robust. It might need staining again just to ensure the wood is weathering well.

3 essential areas every garden needs

Choose a surface for play. You might install some artificial grass for mud-free rolling around. Play mats can be quite handy too as they also just hose down when you want to use them. Your regular lawn might be OK if you don’t have a lot of rainfall where you are. Add some outdoor toys and games. You might even have a playhouse for the little ones. Perfect.

Outdoor Dining

This area is best placed on flat ground. You can build it up with decking or simple patio paving if you like. A minimum of 2.5 meters squared is needed to make a good sized dining or seating area. So grab your bramblecrest furniture, erect a gazebo and get ready for some outdoor dining!

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

You can also build up an outdoor kitchen. You might only have a barbecue grill right now, but with the right features, you could include a bar and extra seating space. This area is usually best served by being attached to the outer kitchen door. That way you can use both facilities and entertain even more hungry guests!

Green, Pink, Yellow, Red and Blue

Lawns are lovely if you have the time and energy to maintain them. Of course, you can always get a robot mower! Add some flower beds or pots for a splash of color almost all year round. Flowers smell good as well as looking bright and cheery. If you’re a keen gardener, you might take cuttings for indoor floral displays too.

3 Essential Areas Every Garden Needs

When you’re setting up your flower garden, consider grouping the different colors together. Don’t forget that stems and blooms come in all different shapes and sizes. That means they will grow to different heights as well. This can be ideal if you’re trying to shape your garden. Shrubs and bushes can help here too.

Every garden has potential to be something special that all the family can enjoy all year round. If you’ve neglected yours a little recently, then why not get back out there and see what you can make of it? How do you like to enjoy your garden?

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Allotment

Preparing to grow our own

preparing to grow our own

Preparing to grow our own

Growing our own fruit and vegetables is something we have always wanted to do but have never really gotten round to it. In our house we all love our fruit and vegetables so I don’t know why we haven’t really.

We have recently moved house so we thought whilst the design of the garden is currently being discussed now would be the best time to section some of the garden off for a little allotment area to grow our fruit and vegetables.

We have always been a believer that home-grown is best, well let’s face it you can’t get any fresher or healthier. Home-grown is also a great money saver too so it ticks the right boxes for us.

Making good use of garden space

When we thought about how much money we spend on our fruit and vegetables – OK they are not expensive and are definitely cheap enough to buy but still it is still a continuous outlay that all adds up. We have the space to grow our own so it seems silly spending out when we can grow a saving and a healthier lifestyle. We are certainly looking forward to seeing a reduction in our never-ending food bill.

OK our garden isn’t massive but most things can be grown in pots anyway so what we can’t get in the ground can be grown in pots. We are a novice when it comes to home-grown so we are currently starting from scratch and learning as we go along. Admittedly we have been watching garden programs and chatting to professionals seeking much-needed help and advice. We are going to start out small and add to our allotment when our confidence increases.

Growing our own I will admit has been rather daunting but we are enjoying it and we are finding it rather rewarding. We all look forward to getting up in the morning and checking how much things have grown – it’s rather exciting!

So far we have:

  • Strawberries
  • Kiwi
  • Tomatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Potatoes
  • Cherries
  • Peaches

We would also like to add:

  • Courgettes
  • Apples
  • Pears
  • Onions
  • Peas
  • Carrots

At a later date and then build up from there. Our garden is a work in progress at the moment and we currently have things in pots but they will eventually/hopefully be in the ground very soon once the garden design is complete.

Have you ever grown your own fruit or veg? what advice could you give us to help?