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    3 Essential Backyard Areas For Meeting Children’s Needs

    While for adults the backyard typically functions as a place to relax and entertain guests, for children it can be a world of wonder and fun. However that’s only with the right planning. In order for it to be able to provide the maximum benefits for your kids you’ll want to make sure that it has the following three areas. A Place To Explore Nature Adding an area where your children can learn about and enjoy nature is incredibly important. It can not only be highly educational but also help to peak their interest and even possibly help them to develop a lifelong fascination with it. Luckily there are many…

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    Top garden space trends for 2019

      Last year witnessed the rise of the ecological gardens, asymmetrical scheme and wood-effect tiles. So, with 2019 now in full flow, what are this year’s key trends? We look at what will potentially will sweep the nation in the coming months. Smart lighting According to the Rich brothers, known for their BBC fame, smart lighting is going to burst back onto the scene this summer. This is because garden ambience is going to be at the forefront of our plans. Their suggestion is that you position lights up against trees so that it can create an uplight effect and draw your attention to a specific area of the garden.…

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    How Gardening Can Improve Your Mental Health

    Gardening and mental health For most people, gardening is just like any other hobby.  Research however shows that there is more to gardening than just passing the time. Gardening has been linked to improved personal well-being and mental health. Growing and caring for just a few plants on your garden goes a long way in improving your mental health, one of the reasons gardeners are always in a jovial mood. Outlined below are some of the ways gardening can be beneficial to your physiological health. Gardening is another form of mood-boosting exercise The fun in gardening comes when you have to rake, dig, lift a few things here and there,…

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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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    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…