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    How to attract animals to your garden

    Attracting animals to your garden can provide a rewarding feeling as you know you are helping to ensure the survival of some of our nation’s most diverse family of birds, bugs and mammals. Unfortunately, this year has seen our bee population drop by a third and if they were to become extinct, this would have a huge effect on our planet’s environment as they pollinate 70 of the around 100 crop species that feed 90% of the world.  Here, we look at ways in which we can attract wildlife to our gardens to ensure the survival of such creatures. Add water In an ideal world, you’ll be able to create…

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    Which wildlife are good for your garden and why

    Creepy crawlies are often the last thing on your mind when venturing out to your garden — but you should be encouraging their visit! From bees, which are important pollinators of various plants and fruiting trees, to ladybirds, which feast on aphids. Together with Dobies, retailers of garden plants, we take a look at the wildlife that you should be more welcoming to and why. Welcoming butterflies and bees Although they can sometimes be a nuisance, butterflies and bees are brilliant for your outdoor space. They are natural pollinators, which means that they help spread your flowers around the garden and encourage growth. If you want to attract these, you…

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    4 techniques for using your garden to battle against climate change

    Ice on rivers breaking more quickly, animals having to relocate, trees flowering at a much more rapid pace and glaciers shrinking — just some of the dramatic effects caused because of climate change worldwide. Temperatures across the globe will continue to increase in the next few decades to come too, predict scientists, with the blame mainly being put on the greenhouse gases that are produced from human activity. Cutting our carbon footprint will be one way to fight back against climate change, though so too will be improving the ways we look after our urban gardens. Keep reading for four techniques that you should adopt into your lives in the…

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    Reduce air pollution with your garden

    We’re used to the idea of “getting away from the city” for some country air, but that thought it becoming increasingly more serious; the air quality in UK cities is becoming ever-more appalling. In fact, London hit its legal limit of air pollution for the entire year of 2018 in less than a month. This report from the Guardian also states that approximately 40,000 deaths are linked to the poor air quality of UK cities. For those of us living in urban areas, air pollution is a real problem that needs addressing. One big way you can protect yourself from air pollution is to adapt your garden to suit. If…

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    Garden dreams

    As you have probably figured out by now, I LOVE my little house! Just last night I was going up the stairs to bed and was thinking how blessed and fortunate I am. After twelve years of living in a ground floor flat, it’s something I had not been doing and wasn’t used to. Something else I wasn’t used to was having my own garden. Yes there was some communal outdoor space but I shared it with the other residents and it was “looked after” (I use the term loosely) by the property managing agents. I couldn’t do what I wanted with the space and I couldn’t enjoy it by…

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    Looking after your lawn year round

    I’m so grateful for the rain that came this weekend – I think all of us needed it, as did out plants and lawns. How the heatwave is over, it’s time to start bring those gorgeous lawns back to life again. I managed to get some great lawn care tips from Radmore & Tucker and I’m delighted to be able to share them with you today! When should I cut my lawn? For the first cut of the year, a mower with sharpened blades should be used to ensure that the grass is cut cleanly. Ideally, don’t cut more than one third of the blade of grass as this will…

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    Guide to garden lighting

    One of the key factors in getting out and enjoying your garden more is to use plenty of great lighting. You can use outdoor lights to create different ‘zones’ in your garden – somewhere to sit and relax or somewhere to eat and so on. Here is everything that you need to know about how to create amazing garden lighting. Types of Garden Lighting: Solar Lights Solar lights are an inexpensive way of adding lighting to your garden. They are powered by sunlight during the day and they illuminate at night. You can often purchase solar lights in pound stores and other discount shops. However, you’ll want to look for…

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    To shed or not to shed

    This question might be very simple. You might have bought a property which came with a shed. You might have one that doesn’t have a garage and you need somewhere to store your garden furniture or tools. Some people don’t like the look of them though. My shed is incredibly battered, and rotting in some places – it is how it was when I bought the house. I am planning on either doing it up or replacing it but I wouldn’t be without the space. The only reason I’ve not done it yet as once I started looking in to getting it repaired or replace, I immediately felt overwhelmed! Who…

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    Fake Grass – a review

    I had spent 12 years living in a ground floor flat. I now have a 3 bedroom detached house with front and rear garden. Much as I was prepared to give painting a go, I was at a loss as to what to do with the garden. The front lawn was on a massive incline so mowing it would be very tricky, and the back was just a mess. The grass wasn’t too long, but it was not in good condition and the garden just wasn’t an appealing space to be. My sister had fake grass put in at her home as she has a dog and a small child.…