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Comparing different Varieties of Gates

Gates can come in a variety of shapes and sizes and meet a range of different purposes. They can be used in order to cordon off access to private foot paths, prevent people from moving around freely on private property, block off vehicle access to restricted areas for businesses, and block the entrance to a driveway on a home. Besides these roles, they can also be a great statement piece for anyone looking to impress others with a unique quality for a home or business. To do this, they can be produced to a variety of design specifications, such as a wooden gate can fit a very wooden style home, or a wrought iron ornate gate that many see as a fashion symbol. They can also be outfitted with electric... Continue reading

Do the trees in your garden need some TLC?

During the winter months we are able to see our trees in all their bare glory and it is then that we may realise that they need some attention. The first decision to make is whether or not the tree is healthy or whether it should be replaced by a new one. This is especially true with fruit trees that actually have a certain life span before the fruit quality begins to deteriorate. No amount of pruning can save some trees and a diseased tree can spread the disease to other trees in the garden. There are treatments that can be used but mainly these are for commercial rather than domestic use and may not be effective. If you are confident that the tree is healthy but just needs some... Continue reading

Get your garden Christmas ready

Many people spend a lot of time, effort and money on getting the house ready for Christmas. They take ages picking the perfect tree and decorating it beautifully then they make the whole house look amazing for the yuletide season. But how many people think about getting the garden ready as well and how can this be achieved? The range of outdoor Christmas lights that are available now is tremendous and will suit all tastes so whether you want something understated or want the full Monty of Christmas outdoor decorations the choice is yours. A good idea when planning to get your garden ready for Christmas is to look at it when it is dark so you can try to visualise the effect you want to accomplish. The other main... Continue reading

Start a new hobby-take up gardening

Gardening as a hobby is enjoyed by people of all ages. It has many advantages to offer such as physically helping you to keep fit and mentally encouraging a feeling of wellbeing when working outdoors. Even when the weather is inclement, getting outside in the fresh air for a couple of hours can lift your mood and the satisfaction that is gained from looking at the results of your hard work is tremendous. Planting seeds or small seedings and watching them grow is a rewarding experience and growing fruit and vegetables that can be harvested and eaten by you and your family is satisfying. The cost of buying seeds is relatively inexpensive as a small packet of seeds will usually produce lots of plants so financially growing your own produce... Continue reading

It’s harvest time in the orchard

At this time of the year the remaining fruit such as apples and pears that are still on the trees in the orchard or garden need to be picked before they fall on to the ground. Later varieties of fruit can be stored making sure that only the biggest and best fruits are selected to be kept. True late-keeping varieties can even be stored and enjoyed at Christmas or through into early spring. When harvesting the fruit, it is important to pick the fruit carefully to avoid bruising and spoiling as any damaged fruit will not be able to be stored successfully. Once picked the fruit should be wrapped individually in waxed paper to stop them shrivelling while they ripen and placed on wooden trays or slatted shelves in a... Continue reading
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