Over the years, the popularity of sustainable gardening has risen thanks to the increase in awareness. By definition, “sustainability” is to avoid the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. In short, this means we must look for ways to become self-sufficient that will consequently benefit our health and the planet. So, if you’re interested in sustainable gardening but aren’t sure where to start, follow our top tips below:
Winter time brings with it plenty of magic and wonder; particularly as we near towards Christmas. So, what better way to celebrate the changing season than with a magical winter garden? There are plenty of ways you can transform your garden into something spectacular this winter. Here’s our guide with everything you need to know to create the perfect magical winter garden:
The cold weather can have potentially destructive effects on your garden. Rain, snow, and frost in particular can cause irreversible damage. To stop this, there are some preventative measures you can take before the cold weather hits. There are also some steps to follow afterwards in order to restore your garden. Here’s a look into common gardening problems during the winter and how to treat them.
It feels like we’ve been thrust into the colder months sooner thanks to our unusually hot summer. Now it’s time to think about how to look after your garden in winter. Though many of us like to prepare our garden in the autumn and then leave it completely until spring arrives; there are maintenance touches you can be doing to ensure it remains in top condition.
This year we’ve had one of the hottest summer’s on record which has encouraged more people to spend time outdoors in their garden. However, it can be easy to forget about your garden as the weather starts to turn and the leaves start to fall. But as we get deeper into autumn, there are some key trends emerging for you to keep your garden up-to-date. Don’t fall behind once summer ends, stay in the know with our top 5 gardening trends this autumn:
Gardening is used by many as a form of stress relief and escapism from busy work schedules. The time spent outdoors with nature, combined with the satisfaction of watching your plants bloom, is cited by healthcare professionals as a natural therapy. See below our top tips for how to relieve stress by gardening:
During the winter, it can be easy to neglect our gardens. The thought of braving the cold to tend to plants can put off even the most keen gardeners. Your garden itself may be a little lacklustre, giving you less motivation to touch it until springtime. However, things are a little different when it comes to a greenhouse. It’s a place where you can see your plants flourish despite the frosty weather surrounding it. Here are our top tips when it comes to what to plant in your winter greenhouse:
We all love spending time in our gardens, especially when the weather heats up. At the moment, there’s plenty of preparation to be done in time for next spring before the winter chill kicks in. You may be a well experienced gardener, or a gardening novice. But if you think you know everything there is to know about your garden, then think again. See below our 5 gardening facts you didn’t know:
It’s becoming more and more important to look at ways in which we can take better care of the environment. Achieve an eco-friendly lifestyle in many aspects of your daily life, whether that’s clothing, travel, food, at home or at work. There are little things we could be doing that will have a big effect in the greater scheme of things.
One way in which we could all improve our impact on the environment is through our gardening habits, most precisely our choices in garden furniture. It may seem trivial but picking eco-friendly furniture for your garden is an important step in achieving sustainability. Here’s a guide on how to choose the right eco-friendly furniture for you:
There are always eco-friendly sustainable options when it comes to what your furniture is made of. So, ditch the plastic and shop around for the very best in sustainable furniture. Popular sustainable materials include: wood, bamboo and rattan. Wood and bamboo are increasingly used for making garden furniture due to their durability and sustainability factor. However, natural rattan is just as eco-friendly as any other sustainable material. It’s a palm largely grown in Indonesia before then being made into beautiful garden furniture.
Garden furniture made from recycled materials is just as eco-friendly as those made from sustainable materials, as you are repurposing what may have ended up in the rubbish bin. Recycled plastics, wood and metals can all be made into brand new earth-friendly furniture that looks amazing in any garden.
All-Weather Furniture That’s Durable
When you buy wicker garden furniture
, the first thing you’re concerned with is how comfortable it is, and the second – how durable is it? You don’t want to be replacing your furniture every year due to use in the summer. Avoid this by investing in all-weather eco-friendly furniture made from durable water-resistant materials. You can still cover your furniture in the winter months or move it into storage such as a shed for extra protection. This way it should last you for years to come.
Sometimes we forget that, just as with our food from supermarkets, furniture goods may also have travelled a long way to make it to your home. Where possible, try sourcing your garden furniture from local suppliers. This cuts down on the amount of air miles or car miles it has to make. Not only will this be beneficial to the environment, but it will also support the local economy and reduce the costs for you in terms of delivery.
Take into account the eco-friendly factor the next time you’re considering buying a brand new suite for your garden. We all love spending time out in our gardens when the weather heats up. So, relax on your earth-friendly garden furniture knowing that you’re doing your bit to help save the planet. For more information on our garden furniture, then don’t hesitate to contact us
It appears we’re well and truly over summer, so it makes sense to prepare your garden for the pending autumnal weather. Though autumn is a beautiful time of year for its outstanding colours and crunchy leaves, it can leave you in a state of despair when it comes to your garden. The weather is often unpredictable, which can lead to your garden getting a little neglected. To prevent this from happening, follow these simple steps for preparing your garden for autumn:
First and foremost, you’ll want to start with a clean slate come next summer. Autumn is the perfect time to have a bit of a garden clear up. Try to get the weeds under control before the winter hits, as before you know it, you’ll have a lot more to tackle come springtime. Start by working your way around any patio areas or pavement, making sure you well and truly dead the weeds at the root. Then scour your garden for any other weeds that should be taken out. Take great care if you’re using a weed-killer spray, using precision to target the weeds so as not to damage any of your other plants.
Revitalise Your Lawn
Maintain a healthy lawn year-round by revitalising the grass. Rake away any old grass or moss before adding some fertiliser to your lawn. This can greatly boost your lawns healthy growth before winter hits. You can improve drainage with the addition of deep holes scattered around your garden, much needed when there’s heavy rainfall. Don’t forget to make sure you save the garden waste for your compost heap!
Protect Younger Plants
Younger plants and trees are most vulnerable during autumn and winter. You can buy tree-guarding wraps from your local gardening centre and start by wrapping your tree from the roots upwards. This wards off the effects of autumnal weather that may cause damage to your plants. If necessary, lift your tender species to save them from the frost. In the instance that you’re unable to move them, cover them with mulch for protection.
Cover Garden Furniture And Store Tools
If the weather takes a colder turn, you’ll need to think about storing your gardening tools and equipment. Keep your tools in a shed, if you don’t have one then you may need to bring them indoors if you have the room. If you leave them outside it’s likely they will rust or become damaged when exposed to extreme weather. When it comes to looking after your garden furniture, keep it in top condition by keeping it covered. Even if you’ve invested in year-round outdoor furniture
, it’s still good practice to throw a cover over it.
For more information regarding outdoor furniture care, contact
a member of our sales team who will be happy to help.
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.
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.
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.