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If you want spectacular roses you need to get pruning

Roses of many colours and varieties are a common sight in English gardens and if properly looked after and maintained regularly will produce blooms throughout the summer and some varieties will even have a second bloom in the autumn months. Some people however are reluctant to grow roses in the garden because they feel that they need specialist care and pruning but with a bit of research and a good pair of secateurs there is nothing to fear. The key to the successful growing of roses is in the pruning, a task that needs to be done correctly to give the optimum effect and so that an abundance of flowers will be produced. The main reason for pruning roses is to keep the plant healthy and compact because rose bushes... Continue reading

Improve your mental health by spending time in the garden.

It is a challenging time for us all at the moment and we need to find ways to de-stress and relax in our own homes instead of venturing out to leisure centres and therapists to boost our mental health and wellbeing. For those people fortunate enough to have a garden, finding a way to unwind is easier as time spent in the garden can lead to a calmer mindset. Simply sitting outside in the fresh air can boost positive moods and if some winter sunshine is available this increases these feelings even more whilst also providing much needed vitamin D. Tidying up in the garden such as sweeping leaves or clearing away dead plants and flowers brings about a sense of achievement whilst also doing a worthwhile task. Reorganising sheds... Continue reading

What outdoor plants are easy to look after?

If you are wanting to spruce up your garden a bit this year then you may be starting to plan how you want it to look. Having plants or trees in your garden can really help make it look colourful and help attract nature such as butterflies, birds and squirrels. Gardening has also been proven to be incredibly therapeutic. If you are a bit of a novice at gardening, then you will want to start off with some easy plants and trees. Once you have mastered these you can then try and introduce more complex vegetation. Apple trees, believe it or not, are a great first tree to introduce into your garden. You don’t need to have acers of room as the dwarf options are perfect for borders. Be sure... Continue reading

Get your garden spring ready

With the warmer weather already on the way, many gardens that have been left unattended through much of the winter have started to get some attention. One of the first things people do as spring starts is to mow the lawn. Try and mow your lawn on a dry day when it has had a chance to dry out. If it has recently rained or is still wet from the dew that has formed overnight then you will often find that your lawn mower will get clogged up with damp grass and the mower can damage the grass by getting sunk in the soil. Have a good tidy round your garden chucking away any furniture that cannot be saved and give toys a good wash if they have been outside... Continue reading

When is the best time to prune fruit trees?

If you are lucky enough to have apple or pear trees in your garden, you may appreciate the fruit that you can collect, come the summertime but you do need to do some maintenance to ensure that they keep bearing good quality fruit. Trees that are not pruned become less productive and congested with old branches. Ideally, you want to achieve an open goblet shaped tree that has 4 or 5 main branches. Pruning is often done differently for newer trees (less than a couple of years old) to how you prune older ones. It is important that when pruning a tree you know what you are doing as if done incorrectly you could damage or kill the tree. If you are in any doubt then you may wish to... Continue reading
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