Keeping your garden neat and organised is a time consuming and difficult job. Ordinary gardening activities like weeding, watering, pruning and mowing require a lot of effort and time. This is difficult for many people especially for the elderly and for people with busy working lives. By using low maintenance garden ideas, you can reduce the time spent on these activities and still enjoy the beauty of your garden. Here are some ideas to inspire you:
Simple can be beautiful too
Who says that your garden needs to have complex features to look attractive? If you want to reduce your time spent on maintenance, go for a minimal look. For instance, avoid high maintenance ponds or planting many different kinds of flowers and plants. Keep things simple and plant hardy perennials which will come back every year, without too much effort on your behalf.
Focus on low maintenance plants
While we are talking about plants, it’s worth mentioning that there are some that don’t really need much care and attention to flourish. Primrose, lavender, rosemary, and periwinkle are some great plants like this that you can grow in sunny areas of the garden. For areas that are mostly covered in shade, you can use ferns, euphorbia, snowdrops and hellebore.
Mulching is a must because it enables you to keep the ideal level of moisture in the soil which ultimately means that you don’t have to water your garden so frequently. In addition, mulching prevents the appearance of weeds. Your garden soil, or its health and texture to be more precise, will benefit from mulching too.
Reduce watering time
If you want to reduce watering time, you can always install an automated watering system. Just set the time when you want your garden to be watered and that’s all you need to do.
Reduce the number of containers
It’s also a smart move to reduce the number of containers and increase the number of plants grown on beddings. The reason is simple – container plants are very needy – they need more watering, more fertilisers and repotting. Bedding plants don’t.
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Trees, just like any other plant, can experience problems. If you have trees in your garden, then it’s a good idea to inspect them from time to see if it’s in good condition. In this article, we take a look at three of the most common problems with trees in the UK (and around the world).
- Honey fungus
This is a common perennial issue which requires removal of both the tree and the stump. The good news is that you won’t have to remove the surrounding plants because it is very likely that they will remain unaffected. This specific fungus gets inside the tree through wounds. In most cases, it causes problems in trees that are highly susceptible. If you want to find out whether your tree has this disease, check a part of the root by removing the bark carefully. If you notice a white creamy sheet of mycelium and you smell a scent that reminds you of mushrooms above the woody tissues and right under the bark, then your tree is affected by honey fungus. There are some trees that don’t experience honey fungus issues including cercis, catalpas, beeches and oaks.
- Aphid attack
If you notice darkening foliage and dieback in your coniferous hedge or leylandii, it is probably experiencing an aphid attack. It is not recommended to cut parts of the tree. In most cases, cut hedges lead to a worse situation than the ones treated to a single cut.
- Powdery mildew
This issue is typical for the summer period, especially when it comes to catalpas, maples, and oaks. There are many different reasons why powdery mildew occurs and some of these reasons are closely related to specific plants. However, the most common causes of this problem are inadequate air circulation and dryness especially at the roots of the tree. Staying away from feeds rich in nitrogen and mulching should solve the issue.
If the trees in your garden are suffering with problems and you’re not sure what the issue is, then please get in touch. We would be happy to help.
Wet, cold and windy weather can cause significant damage to shrubs, trees and different garden structures like a trellis for example. By enhancing shelter, mulching, staking plants, re-arranging plants, you should be able to keep your plants and garden safe.
Many people use protective coverings to keep their plants safe. These coverings are perfect for sheltered areas. However, in very cold and open areas, even the strongest plants will probably need further protection to avoid damage. Pot plants and evergreen plants belong to the risk category, so take special care of these plants during winter.
You should use protective coverings and wrappings when you notice the first frosts. You should also start changing your cultivation practices from late summer in order to prepare the plants for these changes. This protection with the help of cultivation includes many different practices. First of all, homeowners must avoid the use of fertilisers packed with nitrogen during autumn and winter. Next, they should also cover the soil. Greater soil exposure can lead to leaching of important nutrients. As we have already mentioned, plants can be kept safe from low temperatures by wrapping. There is special horticultural fleece for this purpose. It’s also a good idea to shelter the plant in a protected spot.
Of course, there are other measures that every garden enthusiast can use. For example, prior to the beginning of winter, you can inspect the structures in the garden and reattach or replace damaged or loose roofs, panels, fences and posts. There are some great solid fences on the market that can protect against the wind. You can also use windbreaks which are perfect for windy and cold spots. If you are looking for a temporary solution you can also use netting or woven hurdles.
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If you are using the help of a tree removal service, it is very likely that you will have to make a decision about the removal of the tree stump as well. So, prior to the arrival of the tree removal expert you should also think about the tree stump that will be left. If are not sure whether you should remove it or not, consider the following:
- Stumps ruin the look of your garden
Let’s be honest, tree stumps are unattractive and they will ruin the aesthetic appeal of your garden. If you enjoy being in your garden, then unwanted tree stumps will be a continual annoyance to you.
- Stumps are dangerous
Another thing that you should take into consideration is the risk these stumps bring. They are especially hazardous to children. If they are playing in the garden they can easily trip over the stump and hurt themselves. Keep in mind that you could be held responsible for any accident involving a tree stump and potentially be held liable if you are sued because of an injury. Also, when maintaining your garden, you can also easily forget that they are there and damage your lawn mower in the process.
- Stumps support growth of new trees
It is not unusual to notice new sprouts coming from stumps. As a result, you will sometimes witness the growth of a few small trees in the vicinity of the stump. Once again this can aesthetically damage the look of your garden and even if you cut the new sprouts, they will grow again after a while.
- Stumps are wasting your space
This is a huge problem especially for those who have small gardens. There are some big stumps with huge roots that can cover a relatively large area in a small garden. This will potentially stop you from utilising the garden the way you want to.
- Stumps attract bugs
If you leave a stump or a few stumps in your garden, this part of the tree will keep rotting for a while. During this process, it will become a perfect spot for termites, beetles, and other bugs.
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When winter kicks in, people tend to hunker down and remain in their homes more. However, this doesn’t mean that you should forget about your garden in the winter months because your garden needs maintenance throughout the seasons. Your garden may not look as attractive as it looks in summer, but you can still make it look interesting and prepared for spring. Here are a few winter jobs you should take care of.
Taking care of the pond
If you have a pond then, first of all, remove the fallen weeds and leaves from the pond and cut the shrubs close to it. This is how you will provide access to the sun to the flora found in the pond. If you want to prevent the water from freezing, use a water pump, heater or simple polystyrene foam floats designed for ponds.
Maintaining the lawn
This is the period of the year when preparation for a new lawn should begin. If you are digging, leave a fair amount of soil clumps. If the grass is frozen in some areas don’t walk over those areas. Unfortunately, the winter months and cold weather don’t prevent the growth of weeds, so be careful and remove any signs of weeds. Of course, the area should be cleared of leaves, branches, and other similar debris as well.
Before you store the lawnmower in the garage or shed, you should perform thorough maintenance including sharpening the blades and servicing the engine. If there is fuel left in it, drain it carefully. The same goes for the garden hoses. They should be drained well because if there is water in them they can freeze and lose their properties. If you are using bamboo canes outside, use soil to wipe them before placing them again. If you are using branch loppers and lawn edgers during the summer period you probably won’t need them in winter so clean them thoroughly, apply some lubricant on them and store them. Although you’ll probably use the forks and spades, don’t leave them outside and keep them stored in a dry place.
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Autumn is here, and with this season the typical colours of Autumn are settling in our gardens too. For many plants, the autumn season is associated with inactivity, but if you want to add colour to your autumn garden you can always use plants that flower later. In this article, we will mention some of these plants.
Salvia Blue Enigma
This plant that reminds us of a statue usually grows between 140 and 150 cm and has amazing spikes of beautiful blue flowers. The Salvia Blue Enigma will keep giving blooms starting from midsummer till the days when the first frost comes.
These beautiful blue flowers that look like periwinkle, become visible in later summer. This is when their leaves start featuring some fantastic shades of red colour. Many people use them close to blue flowers so they can create contrast. Don’t forget that hardy plumbago is sometimes very invasive, so monitor its growth closely. Use a container and grow this plant in a sunny border.
Stay away from dahlias that have very tightly squeezed petals. Stick to dahlias with open flowers that provide simple access to pollen. Dahlia Honka has proven to be very attractive to bees and those attractive blooms will appear until the first frosty days. Experts advise growing Honka together with Verbena bonariensis. During the winter period, store this plant in an area protected from frost.
When you mention crocuses, people usually think about spring. Howvere, there are crocuses that bloom in autumn too like the Conqueror variety. This plant has amazing blue and violet blooms in the form of a goblet. On top of that, they have a very interesting orange centre. These plants appear in the end of September and gradually start creating colonies.
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Summer is the time of the year when gardens are used the most. However, the high temperatures can have a negative impact on the garden so this is something that you need to guard against.
In addition, it is not unusual in the UK, especially over the last few years, to witness significant thunderstorms during the summer period and that’s why it is very important to come up with a plan that will keep your garden fresh, safe and beautiful in summer. There are many things that every homeowner can do, and we have decided to share three simple, yet efficient tips to keep your garden refreshed.
- Smart watering
If the lawn is maintained well, it won’t require drastically higher amounts of water for water during hot months. However, if you want to water smart and efficiently, you should consider the use of an irrigation system. This is a great way to effectively use water and to keep your garden attractive. There are special kits that you can buy which come with timers. By using an irrigation system, you can set the intensity of watering and the period of the day when this watering will take place. It’s a good idea to activate it in the early morning or in the evening as this will give the soil time to absorb the water in the right way.
- Mow the lawn using the right setting
It is highly recommended to use the high setting mode when it comes to the mower blade because by doing this the stems of grass will deliver sufficient shade to the soil and the cuttings will serve as mulch, enabling the soil to keep the moisture for a longer period of time.
- Try a different fertiliser
The soil is affected by the hot weather and it can’t always absorb the nutrition found in ordinary fertilisers. There are specially designed fertiliser that can be used when the temperature is high so do your research and choose a fertiliser that is right for your lawn.
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In order to provide conditions for the proper development of new plants, ground clearance is a must. This means that prior to planting any new plant; the ground must be cleared of any weeds because they can prevent the growth of the new plant. Site clearance is not a difficult task, but you need to start this process with a good plan. The following is a short list of site clearance tips for landscaping that can help any homeowners, regardless of the size and shape of their yard/garden.
As we all know, using a weed killer is a must in a situation like this. However, if you want to get the most from this product, it is the best idea to use it in early summer and/or later spring (May, June, and July). The reason is simple – this is the period of the year when weeds start to grow fast and at the same time, it is very vulnerable to the chemicals found in modern weed killers. If the weeds are well-developed, it is much harder to get rid of them.
Fully grown strong weeds, especially the ones like horsetail or ground elder, are often very stubborn and difficult to remove with a simple weed killer. That’s why experts recommend using a stick to damage the weeds before the weed killer is applied. By doing this, the weed will be forced to absorb the chemical content.
If you have some unwanted or damaged trees in your garden, it’s best to get help from a professional tree surgeon. These experts can easily remove not only the tree but also roots. Once the tree is completely removed, the hole that’s left must be filled with quality topsoil and prepared for planting.
If stubborn weeds can’t be eliminated manually, then you should consider hiring a rotary scythe.
Big brambles should be cut down first, as close to the ground as possible. When you notice a new shoot, you should use brushwood killer to deal with this problem.
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Proper care and maintenance are integral to every usable garden. It doesn’t really matter if you follow a DIY approach or you are using professional help, you will still need to find out how to maintain your garden in a proper way. This is especially true when it comes to the summer period when the weather plays a big part in how your garden will look. Here are a few summer garden maintenance tips to help you keep everything under control.
This is obviously one of the most important issues during the summer period. For instance, native perennials which have deep roots don’t require much water, but young perennials must be watered on a regular basis. The water should sink in the soil not run off. Increase the amount of watering during the summer for all plants.
Generally speaking, fertilisers, herbicides and pesticides contaminate soil and the environment. You can use the summer period to try a different approach. Use just organic fertilisers and see how it goes. According to many experts, if you use organic fertilisers and you are able to boost soil fertility, you should be able to keep the plants healthy and reduce the need for maintenance.
This is another important activity that should be carried out during summer. If you want to increase the strength of your plants, don’t hesitate to prune them every now and then. Of course, shearing is not an option because it makes the plants weaker. If you don’t know how to perform pruning in the right way, ask for help from a professional.
The beautiful weather during the summer period is not only good for the plants you are trying to grow. Weeds definitely love summer too. As we all know, they are very harmful plants that occur in every garden without appropriate maintenance. They are very aggressive and interrupt the proper growth of plants around them. Regular weeding is required in the summer months to keep control of the situation.
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In recent times we are witnessing a huge increase in the number of companies providing tree work services. However, not all of them provide services with the same quality. If you have decided to use services of a tree surgeon, you should not settle for anything else than the best tree work professionals. But, how can you choose the right tree surgeon when there are so many companies out there doing it?
First of all, you must be sure that the tree surgeon you want to hire has the necessary training, skills, experience and competence. There is no doubt that tree work is full of hazards, so, in order to get this job done in the right way, you will need people who have proper training, skills, knowledge and people who love their job.
Another thing that you should consider is the type of services that these professionals provide.
A good tree surgeon should provide a wide range of services because there are many activities associated with trees and they need different levels and categories of expertise. A good tree surgeon will provide services like barking and weeding, grounds and garden maintenance, tree surgery, cutting grass, stump grinding, weed control, trimming and pruning hedges and conifers, spraying and fertilising, tree removal and tree felling, leaf clearance, planting, litter removal and any kind of tree work.
Good tree surgeons have industry qualifications and insurance. They have certifications to prove their expertise. The insurance is vital because no matter how experienced tree surgeons are, accidents can still happen. This liability insurance will protect the users of these services from any possible damages. At the same time, the insurance is good for the tree surgeon performing the task because it will cover their medical bills.
Finally, even though the price is not the most important factor in this process, you should always get a written quote. This quote will clearly state what kind of services you will get and at which price. By comparing the quotes, you should get a clearer picture about the best tree surgeons for the job.
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