Month: August 2018

Sometimes change is good. This can certainly be the case when it comes to transforming your garden. Say goodbye to your drab décor and welcome in pristine hedges and colourful ornaments to bring your garden to life once more. If you’re considering giving your garden a glamorous makeover, then you may want to consider our tips for simple ways to transform your outdoor space:  

Create A Feature

We all like to feel proud of the space we’ve created, particularly when we’re showing off to guests. So, create a stunning talking point by designing a feature to take centre stage in your garden. You could install a calming water feature to create a serene ambiance, adding another dimension to your garden. Alternatively, go a step further and dig a pond; this will also help with attracting more wildlife.  

Add Shapes

One of the simplest ways to transform a garden is by experimenting with shapes. You can mould your lawn by cutting it into a defined shape, such as a circle or square, and finish it with a border. Though it looks impressive, this task is fairly quick and easy to do. Complete the look with some shingles or slabs around the cut off line to give your garden a sleek and stylish finish.  

Decorate

Bring some life to your garden with the addition of colour and light. Bold colours can really open the space up, giving it a completely different look. Try painting a wall or even erecting your own floral wall to add depth and colour to your garden. In addition, fairy lights can look classy and delicate dotted around a fence or dining area. The space then has a cosy feel – perfect for when you have friends over on a summer’s evening.  

Make It Liveable

Transform your garden by giving it a purpose. Having outdoor furniture will encourage you to spend more time in your garden, and also create a wonderful place to relax with your family and friends. If you want to sit back and chill out after a stressful week then there’s nothing better than reclining in a comfortable hammock. You can even choose one with bold colours to compliment the colour scheme in your garden.  

Grow Your Own

You can transform the way you use your garden by adding a sustainable element with a vegetable patch or herb garden. Growing your own fruit and vegetables is an amazing way to utilise your garden if you don’t usually spend much time in it.
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When you have spent a lot of time working to make your garden look perfect, you want to make sure that your garden accessories look the part too. Having some of the must have garden accessories will not only add a touch of style to your outdoor space but mean that your garden has some of the latest garden gadgets, tools or novelty items.   If you’re stuck on what accessories would look good in your garden, here are 5 must have garden accessories.  

Storage Sun Lounger

If you have a small garden and have limited options for storage, how about doubling up your sun lounger and storage? If your budget is limited, you can even make it yourself with a couple of pallet boxes and comfortable seating cushions. Now you have a place to sit and relax and store your smaller garden pieces.  

Window Bird Feeder

If you live in an apartment or just want a closer look at our feathered friends, then there are bird feeders available which are made from clear plastic and stick to the outside of your window. These bird feeders have enough space for bird feed, water and fat balls, which birds love. You can enjoy looking at the birds close up and they can enjoy having a place to eat.  

Parrot Flower Power

If you’re a technology fan, then you’ll love this gardening gizmo. The Parrot Flower App is a small branch shaped device that you put into your pots and plants and when they need watering or feeding, the device will send a message to your phone reminding you to do so. This really is one of the biggest must have garden accessories and makes looking after your plants that little bit easier.    

Luxury Dining Set

There is nothing better than eating your dinner outside on a nice evening. Investing in a luxury dining set will mean that you have somewhere comfortable to relax and socialise with family and friends and is one of the ultimate must have garden accessories. Our range of outdoor furniture has the seating solution for every garden and outdoor area and are made from the best materials so that your dining set lasts longer.  

Fire Pit

An outdoor fire pit is a great addition to any garden. You can burn some logs and enjoy the comforting heat of relaxing next to a fire in the winter months. There are many shapes, sizes and styles available, so you’re sure to find one to suit your outdoor space. If you pair your fire pit with a comfortable outdoor sofa or garden chairs, you’ll create a space you’ll want to sit in for hours.
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There has never been a more exciting or interesting time to starting growing your own vegetables. Not only does it save money, it saves the planet and gets us interested in eating vegetables again. No matter if you are past the point of needing a big lawn for football games or if you have a small terrace garden, you can grow your own vegetables pretty much anywhere. If you want to start growing your own vegetables or want to learn how to plant vegetables in your garden, then here are some great tips to get you started.  

Choosing Where To Plant Vegetables In Your Garden

One of the top tips for growing your own vegetables is choosing the sunniest spot there is. The more sunshine vegetables get, the sweeter your vegetables will be. Some vegetable plants need shade, such as salads, but it’s easy to create some with netting.   Typically, ordinary soils are good for growing veg but avoid soil extremes. If you have thin soil or it is full of stones, then add in or build some raised beds. Clay soil is very rich in nutrients and is perfect for summer crops, but this soil type tends to get wet and cold in the winter. If you are looking to extend your planting and crop season, you will need to get some raised beds to ensure year-round vegetables.

How Big Should My Plot Be?

When you want to plant vegetables in your garden, you should aim for your vegetable garden should be low-maintenance. For your first year or so, try and stick to a small plot. If you have the room, a 4 by 8-foot plot is ideal for new-starters as if provides you with enough space to grow a varied selection of crops. If you don’t have that much room spare, you can always plant vegetables and herbs in containers or window pots.  

Battling Slugs And Snails

Keeping the area where you plant vegetables in your garden clear from weeds and leaves reduces the areas where slugs and snails can hide. You don’t want all your hard work and patience to be ruined by slugs and snails munching at your vegetables so, where you can, put a paved or compacted soil path between your beds. This will act as an extra protective barrier as snails and slugs will easily be seen by you or visiting birds.  

What Vegetables Should You Grow?

If your dream is to harvest your own home-grown foods, there are plenty to choose from. However, the seasons will have a big impact on when you should plant vegetables in your garden. So, where should you start? If you want to grow leafy green salads, then you’re in luck. Salad leaves are one of the easiest vegetables to grow and have a quick turnaround of 3 weeks. Onions and garlic are essentially maintenance-free vegetables to grow. Simply plant onion bulbs or individual cloves of garlic in well-drained soil and leave them to it. Tomatoes are a great vegetable to grow in any size garden and can be grown in hanging baskets or against fencing for support. When you are planting and growing vegetables in your garden, you will need a lot of patience. However, with the increasing cost of vegetables and fruit, growing your own produce has never been more beneficial.
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Conservatories are great investments and are fantastic for adding some extra space into your home in a cost-effective way. They provide you with a light, airy room that can be used for multiple purposes and help to connect the inside of your home with the outside seamlessly. However, there are some issues that you can encounter with your conservatory that may limit how much you use it. Fortunately, these issues can be dealt with quickly and efficiently if you take the right steps.  

The Most Common Conservatory Problems

 

Temperature

Temperature is one of the most common conservatory problems. They often tend to be too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter. This problem occurs as glass is a poor insulator, so it allows heat to escape in the winter and lets in too much in the summer. The key to solving this is to improve the insulation of your conservatory. An easy way to do this is to add in some insulated curtains. These can reduce the loss of heat both in and out of your conservatory. The most effective method, however, is to replace the glass with a more insulating material. You can usually add a solid roof fairly easily to most conservatories and these tend to add more insulation than glass.  

Brightness

Having a room in your home that is prone to getting a lot of sunlight sounds great and, at the right times of day, it is. But, many conservatories can become too bright at certain times of the day which makes them less enjoyable to use. Finding an effective way to shade your conservatory is important, especially if you use it regularly. Blinds are a cheap and easy solution to this problem. Redecorating your conservatory is also a good idea if the room is too bright. Incorporate some warmer colour tones or add in some darker flooring to take away some of the brightness and glare that can be reflected off of lighter colours.   

Noise

Because glass is so thin, it is not a good barrier to prevent excess sound. One way to tackle this common conservatory problem is by opting for quality double or triple glazing. If you still find that your conservatory is letting in too much noise, then you can usually do other things to combat it. The same solutions that work for controlling temperature will work for providing sound insulation, too. Heavy thermal curtains have a good effect on noise control, but adding in a solid roof is a better-lasting option which provides more significant benefits.  

Condensation

Condensation is one of the biggest conservatory problems, especially during the winter. As your conservatory will tend to be much colder than the other rooms in your house, when air circulates into the room from other areas of the house, water vapour in the air will cool and then turn into liquid in the form of condensation.   An easy solution to this is to buy a dehumidifier and leave it running in your conservatory for a few hours a day. This is not an energy efficient or permanent solution, however, so should not be used extensively. The best solution to this issue is to find a way to balance the temperature in your conservatory. Using the temperature tips from earlier will help to do this, but you can also add in some kind of heating. If you are thinking of adding radiators or underfloor heating, you’re best contacting your local building control surveyors as they can cause problems with building regulations.  
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