Monday, 29 January 2018

Keep Your Garden Looking Good Year Round

Do you love how your garden looks one season, only to wish it looked a different way the next? You should expect high and low periods with your garden - things happen that we just can’t control, and worrying too much about the minor details will only stop you from enjoying your garden and home to the fullest!

That being said, there are a few things you can do to keep your garden looking good year round. Take a look at the pointers below and see what you can use:

Choose Low Maintenance Plants And Flowers

If you have more time to dedicate to your garden, then by all means, choose plants and flowers that are a little more high maintenance. However, choosing low maintenance plants and flowers will mean you can spend less time fertilizing, watering, and pruning, and more time admiring the view! Flowers that can look great all year round include the Snow Princess Sweet Asylum and many different types of begonias. You may still need to invest a little time to make them look good, but not nearly as much as you would for other kinds of flowers.

Keep Your Furniture In Great Condition
Having garden furniture you can relax on is a wonderful way to socialise, get a little headspace, and even throw a party. However, you need to know how to maintain garden furniture if you’re going to keep your garden looking great year round. You don’t want weathered materials ruining the look of your garden! The elements can be tough on garden furniture, so make sure you choose durable pieces and know how to keep them looking great.

Declutter Your Plot

Look at your plot and declutter. Decide what you’re keeping and get rid of things that haven’t looked good for a while. Putting in structure is a good idea, so figure out how you can make patterns with boxes and plant pots. Also, considering the season that is most important to you can help - after all, your garden will always look its absolute best during one season. That being said, it isn’t difficult to purchase a couple of plant pots suitable for any season as they come and go, simply placing them somewhere that looks good.

Invest In Great Accessories For Your Garden

Just like any home interior, the garden should have some great looking accessories to add personality. You shouldn’t treat the outdoor area any different just because it’s outside. Treat it the same as you would a room inside of your home; creating a social space, adding personality and texture, and figuring out a structure that works. Accessories will enhance your garden. Water features are a wonderful way to add a serene feel, but then there are plenty of other options.

Use some of these tips and your garden could look good year round. If you’re a total novice gardener, don’t be afraid to download a few apps. They can give you useful tips and remind you when it’s time to water certain plants so that they flourish!


Friday, 12 January 2018

Garden Additions

Now the Christmas rush is over and we are all busy focusing on our new year's resolutions some will begin to look to their gardens. Winter is yet to end but spring draws ever near. Gardening is a hobby for many, but for some they just like to see it look a bit better than the previous year, so why not give your garden some character with these little additions.

Use Intricate Wooden Carvings

Wooden carvings have a certain charm that stone ones do not. They can come in a myriad of fantastical beasts and animals and you can even request exactly what you want before commissioning a sculpture. If you get them treated they can last for years, ever gaining in character as they become weather worn. They can fuel a youngster's imagination and become a talking point of any garden party. You can get them in many different sizes too so you can choose exactly what you want for the perfect location. You can even carve sculptures out of existing trees or stumps to make use out of annoying wood you’d otherwise have to find a way of disposing.

Try Some Different Plants

Some people fall into a routine with plants and end up planting the same things every year. So why not buy some new plant pots for your new plants and give your garden a different look this year. You can use vibrant colours in different areas that bloom at alternating times, this way there will always be a splash of colour in your garden. You can also try some hanging baskets or wall growing plants and flowers to lend colour to other areas that could need it.


Different Garden Furniture

Using different garden furniture can help get people out into the garden more often. Try comfortable chairs and loungers instead of hard wooden benches and seats. The additional comfortably furniture can be placed on its own or even under some form or awning which will really give it some character in the summer months. Commissioned furniture can set your garden apart from the rest.

Try A Swing For The Kids

Getting a kid to play outside is harder than ever. With all the new gaming software, social media and Christmas presents it’s almost impossible to get them outside. But if you use a swing you can help get the kids outside whilst also making a worthwhile addition to your garden. You can get them specially made, so that they fit into your garden perfectly instead of buying a garish multicoloured swing set which ruins the feel you’ve been striving for.


Personalise Your Garden

To really make it yours you need to personalise it. This will give your garden bags of character that won’t be seen anywhere else. You can use personalised slate signs to spruce up the fence or wall. If you have an artistic streak why not try painting a picture on a wall or making your own carving into a thick shed wall. You can find a myriad of personal ideas here for your garden.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Planning ahead

We weren’t all born blessed with green fingers and radiating creativity in our every step. While exuding imaginative ingenious in garden design and maintenance is the trait of a lucky minority, the good news is that with a little know-how, training and determination we can all adapt the mind frame of a landscape gardener and create an outdoor space blossoming with life, colour and exquisiteness.  

Thoughtful landscape gardening can not only improve your overall satisfaction with your home but it can also increase the value of your property, substantially in many cases. In fact if a landscaping project is done well, according to CNN Money the investment can add as much as 11% to the overall value of a property.

You are however more than aware of the many advantages a well-landscaped garden can bring to your home, both for your own personal pleasure and when, or if, you come to sell the property. The most pertinent question on your lips is how do you acclimatise yourself into the world of landscape gardening and create a garden of truly palatial dominions.

Plan ahead

The key to effective and successful landscaping is, similar with all design projects, to plan ahead. Adapting the artistic mind set of a landscaper simply cannot be achieved without generating some sort of landscape plan.

Before you plant one single seed in your garden it will be profitable to devise a layout plan for your outdoor space. A backyard centred with a pond and surrounded by verdurous vegetation and brimming with colourful petals might be your idea of a heavenly backyard, but do you realistically have the resources and finances to accomplish such a lush back garden.

A landscape gardener, while wildly artistic, will be realistic in the possibilities of a garden. It is therefore important that you plan the design of your garden with your budget, resources and goals in mind.

Hardscaping and softscaping

Savvy landscape gardeners know that some of the most effective and aesthetically pleasing gardens combine hardscaping and softscaping. If you are not familiar with such terminology, to really adapt a landscaper’s mind frame, not only will you need to be conversant in such gardening lingo but you will need to apply it.

Softscaping refers to all the pretty plant life in a garden. By contrast, hardscaping denotes all the non-plant life in a garden, such as patios, walls, paved paths, rocks, walls and ornaments. Hardscaping is widely deemed to be the “foundation and anchor of landscaping plans.”

The most effective outdoor spaces combine elements of carefully thought of and inventively combined hardscaping and softscaping. While the softscaping element of your garden provides the decorative and pretty edge, effective hardscaping will need to have some very useful and practical functions. For example, it should provide a place to sit or a path one can walk down to reach the other end of the garden.

Go native

Native gardening has become particularly fashionable in recent years. Native gardening involves growing native plants, or those that have grown naturally in your local area prior to the European settlement, in your garden. The essence of the concept is that native plants, which have evolved to withstand certain climates and diseases, will outperform imported plants.

Perceptive landscape gardeners will research what plants are native to a particular area, which will influence their decision in what type of plant life they introduce or expand on in a garden.

In order to get into the artistic and knowledgeable mind of a landscape gardener it would therefore prove invaluable to carry out some research into the native plant life of your geographical area. This way you will be more adept in producing a truly luscious garden that won’t wilt under the unpredictable weather Britain inevitably presents before too long.  

Qlawns have provided an insight into ways that anybody in society can adapt the mindframe of a landscape gardener in order to produce a picturesque garden.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Are You Wasting Your Garden Space

Your garden is important!

So many people tend to neglect their garden due to lack of time, or not wanting to put the effort in, but it’s a luxury you shouldn’t take advantage of! There are so many things you can do with your garden, and leaving all the plants to die, and using it as some kind of dump is no way to treat it. A person’s home can usually affect their mood, so giving yourself something to be proud of and enjoy looking at can greatly improve the reflection you get from being at home.

Discover a new hobby

Gardening is often an activity people can find joy and satisfaction in, as you’re rewarded for the efforts you make. Most of the time, gardening is something people do once their retired, it can take a lot of time, however, it’s not necessarily that strict! The amount of time and effort you put in is based on what you want from your garden, as different plants have different needs. Many people may find it easier to just buy their plants from a home store and just try to maintain them with watering, but simply planting them and watering them isn’t always enough. Gardening can be a hobby for anyone, as long as you know what you can do with the time and money you have.

Install functionality

A garden doesn’t have to strictly be something to look at. Most of the time people will have a shed somewhere in their garden where they keep their tools and gardening materials, along with basically anything that you wouldn’t want to keep inside your house. While it’s useful to have a shed, there are more forms of storage that you can invest in. An example of this would be storage tanks for various liquids. While that may sound strange at first, it’s common for people who use oil heating and can save money if you stock up on it early. The other usage for you could be water collection, which again might not sound so useful, but if your country is experiencing droughts, you’re helping yourself out while caring for the environment too. It doesn’t take any effort to do so, as you can just contact the tank manufacturers, and they can deliver and install them for you, meaning that you only need to rely on the rain. If you have the extra money, it might be worth investing in something like this to help you with efficiency.

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Improve your mood

If you have to look at a horrible baron garden every day, it may start to affect your mood, and can even ruin the image of your house. Not only can looking after your garden provide you with a hobby, it’s great to work on it to improve your quality of life. Even if you don’t have time yourself, there are many services out there you can reach out to that can help you restore it and have it to your tastes. Just because you can’t see anything in it now, doesn’t make it unworthy of investment, so don’t let price tags scare you!

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