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A garden arbour is an elegant addition to almost any garden. Garden arbours are arches which you can trail plants around to create a charming focal point, perhaps on the edge of your lawn or nestling beneath a mature tree. Most include a seat to provide a relaxing – or romantic – place from which to enjoy your hard work. Garden arbours come in a range of styles and varieties. The most basic versions feature bare wood, with a simple canopy over the top. You’ll also find intricate trellis work

If you’ve had a shiny new set of tools for Christmas, or some new furniture or some plant pots, then spare a thought for whatever it is they are replacing. With landfill sites becoming ever fuller, it is becoming more and more expensive – in every respect – to simply throw things away. So why not find a new purpose for your old things? Recycling and reusing is a very important part of sustainability and you may well surprise yourself with your own inventiveness. Take some time to think about

Summer is just around the corner, the weather is warming up, and days are getting longer. All the flowers have been or are beginning to blossom. It is time for parents to think about some outdoor activities the whole family can enjoy together; there are literally hundreds of options, some free and some nearly free. The important part of planning a day trip or just some time in the garden with the entire family is getting everyone outside for a bit of healthy and fun activity. The activities below are

Whether one keeps a big garden, or a small one (think balconies/porches), we all find that time is of the essence, what with busy lives between the office, picking up kids, finding an hour for the gym etc. So, what follows here are 10 useful hints, tips and gardening tricks to save you time when planning and enjoying your garden. Be Organised Keep your garden neat and tidy at all times, preventing a big, big clean-up when you may be pressed for time at the end/beginning of a season. If,

The act of gardening engages people with nature in a healthy and constructive manner. However, there are some ways of maintaining a garden that can affect the environment in a harmful way. These harmful effects can be the result of the pollution from petrol-fuelled lawn mowers that enter the atmosphere, chemical fertilisers, and even water wastage from keeping plants watered. Fortunately, there is a common concern most gardeners have that has created the demand for gardening tools, products, and gardening methods that make the gardening process more eco-friendly. The following

The process of pruning is important to the health and growth of garden plants. When the process is carried out properly it improves the vigour of the plants, stimulates the growth of the plants, and makes the shape of the plants much nicer. Proper pruning encourages and enhances the abilities of plants to flower and bear fruit. It takes the right combinations of artistic skill, scientific knowledge, and the proper tools for the pruning process to be safe, healthy, and produce beautiful results. This may sound complicated, but it is

While many gardeners enjoy taking care of their flowers and other plants, some often do so to the detriment of their lawns. The lawn is sometimes overlooked and not given the same amount of care or concern as a garden. This is a mistake. The lawn is often the backdrop upon which the garden is viewed. After all, most gardens sit within and/or around the larger part of the plot of land, which is the lawn. There are a couple of considerations that should be given to the lawn. The

Preparing your garden for spring is one great way to break up the restless monotony of wintertime blues. It is also a great way to get a jump start on all that is involved in nurturing the garden to avoid feeling overwhelmed when the frenzy of springtime gardening arrives. The following information may help with spring garden preparation. Follow these tips and make springtime less hectic. Fix elements of the hardscape such as gates, fences, and trellis. There are always maintenance jobs that need to be done periodically within and

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