Quick and Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Look Pretty
Have you ever been in the unfortunate position where you
have guests invited for an impromptu BBQ and a quick look outside reveals the
garden is a wasteland infested with weeds? Yes, it happens to all of us. Summer
is great, but not when your garden is ten-feet high in weeds. Obviously, there
is a limit to what you can do in a day, but there are some relatively quick and
easy ways to make a garden look better in a hurry.
Your garden will never look good if it’s a mass of weeds.
Some weeds are actually rather pretty, but the majority are not. Feel free to
ignore a few thistles in flower, as they attract butterflies, but ...>> full
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Creating the Perfect Garden with Artificial Grass
can be the perfect place to entertain guests; refreshments on chill, BBQ cooking
up a storm, fire pit taking the edge off those cool summer nights. We all love
to make the most of our outdoor space but when it comes to maintenance we’re
not so keen. Artificial
grass creates a stunning feature without having to get our hands dirty.
With little maintenance and the look of natural grass, more people are turning
to synthetic to create the perfect lawn all year round.
a multitude of lawn nightmares such as overgrown
grass and shrubs and weeds, artificial grass saves time and effort spent
gardening. Mowing, fertilizing and constant watering regimes are no longer
necessary as a light hose down will suffice. Grass cleaner is available for a
deeper clean, however brushing with a stiff broom will remove any unwanted
debris such as dirt and leaves. ...>> full
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Creating the perfect garden for entertaining
Creating a great outdoor space for entertainment can be a
little daunting especially when you don’t know where to start, but with a
little planning and creativity you can create your own garden wonderland that
the whole family and friends can enjoy all year round.
Garden specialists Oeco
Garden Rooms have many years of experience creating bespoke gardens for
their clients throughout the UK and abroad and give us their top tips on
creating the perfect garden for entertaining.
Garden Layout is key
Having the right garden layout is key to creating an
entertaining space not only during the summer months when the flowers are in
bloom but also the winter too; this is where you will see the bare bones of the
garden and if the layout is not right it can look bland and untidy very
Hedges and raised ...>> full
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Create The Garden Nook Of Your Dreams
Fancy making your home and garden a bit more eco-friendly this year? With the Spring/Summer season just around the corner, what better time to start helping to save the environment and making your home more gorgeous at the same time. Small actions at home and in the garden can make all the difference!
Every garden should have one, and yours is waiting. And I’m not talking about your garden gnome! I’m talking about that secret and tranquil spot you have always wanted. The one place in the garden that you can hole up in, with a glass of wine or a book. It might be a spot for contemplation or even mediation. It can be whatever you want it to be! The wonderful thing about creating a nook or haven is that does not mean renovating the entire garden
Choose your spot
It pays to have lived with your garden for a while. ...>> full
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House Proud: Make the Outside Of Your Home Look Beautiful
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We spend so much time, money and effort making the inside of our homes look their best. So it makes sense for the outside to look just as good. Not only will great kerb appeal make your home more valuable, even if you’re not selling it- it’s nice to come back to each day when it looks great. When you pull up on your driveway and look at your home, you want to feel happy and proud. If yours isn’t up to scratch, here are a few of the ways you can make it look beautiful.
Just the simple act of removing things like tools, shoes, bicycles and litter from the front of the house will immediately make it look better. Being in the middle of autumn, you’re probably getting a lot of leaves blowing around the front of your home at the moment. So ...>> full
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11 Simple Ways For Your Family To Make Use Of Your Garden
You might be surprised to know that a lot of people don’t use their garden. Despite it being one of the main things buyers look for in a property when they actually move in, they spend little time out there. If you think this is ‘my family’, then it’s time to make a change. After all, there is so much that you can do in the garden that is great for the whole family. As discussed in this article, raking the lawn for just half hour burns over 130 calories. Therefore, gardening is an excellent way to help you to maintain a healthy weight. It’s also perfect for reducing stress if you get outside in the sunshine. The area also offers a lot for kids to do which beats sitting inside on their devices. Here are 11 simple ways for your family to make use of your amazing garden.
Host a ...>> full
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The ultimate guide to garden rooms and why they are so popular
popularity of working from home continues, so does the need for a separate
working environment away from the hustle and bustle of the main house. Garden
rooms have been filling this niche for some time, but now these truly habitable
spaces are becoming a popular choice for home owners who want to extend their
living space for a multitude of uses including hobby rooms, home studios or
even relaxing areas to unwind in their spare time.
Why are garden
rooms so popular and what are the benefits of owning one? Here garden room
specialists Oeco Garden Rooms
talk us through some of the advantages of choosing a garden room instead of the
traditional house extension or loft conversion when adding space to your
Why choose a
More space –
Garden rooms create additional space without taking up any more room within the
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Fix Up Your Garden The Easy Way
As one season fades into another, you can be surprised by just how overgrown and shabby the garden looks. Too much sun or too much rain can wreak havoc with your plants. If it’s been windy, you may have a lot of debris and leaves to clean up. And you may have a lot of garden maintenance to consider too. Taking care of a garden is never going to be an easy job. But when you’ve decided enough is enough, what does it take to fix up your garden again?
There are lots of reasons for completely redesigning your garden. You may have just moved into the property. Or maybe you’re looking to increase the value of the property. New kids or new pets will also demand their own space in your garden. Whatever you’ve got there now, imagine what it could be like if you ripped it all out and ...>> full
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7 Ways To Improve Your Garden Security
We all wants our gardens to be places that we can go to relax and escape from the world. But all too often, our gardens are insecure and vulnerable to thieves. In the UK, garden theft goes up by more than 63 percent in the summer months. So there’s never been a better time to think about garden security. Here’s what to do.
Write Your PostCode On Valuable Items
Your garden is teeming with items that thieves could potentially sell on to the highest bidder. That’s why it’s so important to do everything you can to undermine their efforts. One of the things you can do is write your address and postcode on valuable items, like BBQs with an ultraviolet pen. It’s a long shot: but the BBQ might be returned to you at a later date.
Check Shed Doors For Damage
Sheds are notoriously prone to wear and decay. And this damage can ...>> full
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Gardening Hacks: Awesome Uses For A Garden Shed
Garden sheds are known to
most as the place where we store tools, gardening and outdoor equipment.
However, that’s not all that gardening sheds can be used for. Have you ever
wanted you very own spa? An outdoor office or a quiet getaway to or finally
start that arts and crafts project you’ve been meaning to do? Then look no
further than your backyard! They are also a great way to increase your property
value if you’re renovating a property for selling.
Your garden shed
could be the answer to all your problems. Here are 5 ideas for transforming a
regular garden into your ideal backyard getaway.
A Home Gym
If you love working out
but are sick of paying for your expensive gym membership, your garden shed
could be the answer. This is a great idea if you don’t ...>> full
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Step Outdoors with Harbour Living’s Jardin Collection
Step Outdoors with
Harbour Living’s Jardin Collection.
It’s always great to be outdoors. The sun is
shining, the birds are singing; it’s time to get out into the
garden and enjoy it! To give you a helping hand, Harbour Living
have a beautiful new collection of garden goods, designed to make
your tools and accessories as pretty as the plants that they’ll
With six key
items in ...
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Pots to pamper your patio with this Summer
It’s summer and you want to make the most of your outside space –
time to become at Instant Gardener.
Take some pots (these are National Trust Flora pots from
Woodlodge), grab some multi-purpose compost (available in garden centres and in
supermarkets during the summer months) and get planting.
- Pick you colour scheme – vibrant pink & purple,
flamboyant red & orange or striking white & cream
- Choose contrasting flower shapes – so mix daisy shapes
with little fluffy flowers and trumpet shaped
petunias for example
- Plant in threes - it provides an instant floral display
and will fill each container completely.
- Water your plants the day before you are going to plant
them, and then make sure you water them or a regular basis once planted
National Trust garden planters are available in garden centres and
nurseries around the UK. For stockists go to www.woodlodge.co.uk
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Choosing a front door that suits your home
The entrance of a home says a lot about its owners, and the
front door makes up a huge part of this impression. A welcoming entranceway
will make your house look cosy and inviting, while an old and worn door does
not give a good first impression to any prospective guests. Upgrading your
front door can not only increase the value of your home, but it also allows you
to put a personal twist on the façade of your home and get it looking just as
good as your interior. Here are our tips on choosing the perfect front door for
Use your front door to express your personal style
While many of us go to great lengths to express our
personality through our interior design choices, we rarely extend this to the outside
of our homes. However, the façade is the first impression people ...>> full
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Stimulate your gardening senses this summer
Gardening has to be one of the most loved and
hated activities, and most of the time the only reason people dislike the idea
is because they haven’t actually given it a go. There’s nothing better than
tackling your garden after a heavy winter, sprucing it up and reawakening its
life and character. Winter can be a bit of a pain when it comes to gardening,
as many of us are guilty of neglecting our gardens when there’s nothing but
heavy showers and spells of snow. But it’s so easy to get your garden summer ready
without spending too much time or money in the process.
Your garden is one of the main features your
home, as many can be seen by passers-by and neighbours. Gardens are also a key
feature when it comes to selling a home, if you have a neat, tidy garden then
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How Make Your Garden Look Great with Solar Fairy Lights
Solar Fairy Lights are now no longer a thing just to be used at
With advancements in technology, namely increased efficiency of
both solar cells and LED’s, many people are now using these cost effective, LED lights to
decorate their gardens all year around.
Whether it be decorating a Pergola, patio, tree or bush, solar
powered fairy lights really do make your garden a more enjoyable place, when dusk arrives instead of that rather flat feeling of a
disappearing sun, these lights give you something to look forward to.
They can add a real touch of class to any outdoor space, whether
friends are over for a BBQ, or you are relaxing with a glass of wine. A set of fairy lights offer a real atmospheric feature.
Easy To Set Up – No Mains
Solar lights have ...>> full
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3 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using Solar Power
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Protecting the planet is something all of us should be working together to achieve. With so much emphasis on global warming and melting ice caps, it’s hard not to be concerned and want to help. The easiest way of improving the environment we live in is by saving energy in our homes. While there are many ways you can do this, solar power is becoming the most popular method. It uses energy from the sun converts it into electrical and thermal energy. This can then be using to power and heat your home in a more environmentally friendly way. To further convince you of how solar energy can benefit you, take a look at these three convincing reasons.
It can save you money
Saving money is something that everyone is interested in, particularly when it comes to running their homes. As solar power is a renewable energy, it means ...>> full
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15 Garden Hacks via ECO Scape
'If you're a novice gardener, it can be difficult to know
where to begin, you may be trying every trick in the book, but nothing is
working. Below, Ecoscape
have scoured the internet for the best garden hacks to help make your first
steps into gardening a little easier. Not only are these genius tricks budget
friendly, but they're also super easy to use for any garden enthusiast'.
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Throwing the Perfect Garden Party
noticed a beautiful patch of fully blossomed daffodils on my morning walk to
work, and this can only mean one thing, summer is almost here. With the
evenings staying lighter, days getting longer and weather slowly becoming
warmer it’s almost time to get out your sunglasses and enjoy the gorgeous
weather. The atmosphere instantly becomes more positive, everybody has a spring
in their step and there’s so much more colour. I just love summer, there’s no
better feeling than inviting loads of friends round for a get-together with
Pimms, BBQ food and lots of giggles. One of the most exciting parts of summer
is the parties, those lovely social catch ups that you can jot down in your
diary. Although they are weather permitting, there are so many fun and exciting
ways in which you can throw a great garden party for friends and family.
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Planting Trees for Privacy – What You Need to Know
Privacy trees make your yard look great and they offer
shade, noise baffling and visual privacy for your family. If you’re thinking of
planting a privacy wall, you need to choose the best trees for your yard, so
here’s a quick 101 to help you.
Don’t rush into picking any old tree, as once
established, they’re hard to uproot and dispose of. Think about their purpose –
are they just for privacy, or for colour and texture? If you have a particular
vision, this will help you to choose your ideal trees.
large is your yard?
Where are these trees going and how many will you need?
How much of your yardspace will be taken up by the trees? If you only have a
small space, you’ll need smaller trees like the emerald green thuja. For bigger
yards – and trees – ...>> full
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6 reasons why you should finish your decking with glass balustrades
The garden is an
important part of your home. When the weather is good, the sun shining and the
temperature pleasant, we take to your gardens to enjoy the space.
As a result, many
people will landscape their gardens, adding features that make it a far more
enjoyable space. The addition of a patio or decking are perfect examples of
making a garden more functional and usable. Glass balustrades are the perfect addition too, providing a luxurious look as well as a
safety barrier where there is an edge or need for a handrail.
If you have not
considered glass balustrades, you may be wondering what they can bring to your
garden and decked area.
The smallest of drops or edges
can be a problem when there are children or people with mobility issues using a
garden. Safety at the edge of a ...>> full
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