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Common Gardening Mistakes

Common Gardening Mistakes

Gardening is a fun and rewarding task, but it can be incredibly stressful and complicated too. No gardener is perfect just like there is no such thing as the perfect garden, so, whether you’ve been gardening for six days or sixty years, we all make the odd mistake here and there. Of course, making mistakes gives you the opportunity to learn, but it’s always better to learn beforehand and avoid them when you can. Keeping that in mind, here are four common gardening mistakes everyone makes. Planting Way Too Early Once you’ve bought your seeds, soil, and everything else you need, it can be tempting to get planting right away. We all get impatient now and then, but you have to hold yourself back and resist the urge to start planting.… Read Full Post
Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Pond Life: Building Your Very Own Pond

Your garden is your own  private piece of mother nature’s bounty. It’s your refuge from the world and all its problems. It’s a place in which you can relax, unwind and meditate while surrounded by nature’s subtle perfumes. We all have a slightly different idea of what makes the perfect garden. Some will use their garden as a resource to grow delicious and nutritious food for their families. Others will use it to make a statement, filling it with a dazzling array of plants and statement pieces like water features to wow guests. Others will simply aim to create an outdoor haven in which they, their family and guests can be at peace, sip lemonade, read a book and simply enjoy the psychological and spiritual benefits that come with being surrounded by nature.… Read Full Post
Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

Redesigning Features of Your Backyard

When it comes to gardening, many of us focus on maintenance. We mow the lawn, trim bushes, prune trees, pull up weeds, and water any herbs and plants that we’ve bedded and are nurturing. However, every now and then, you might want to take larger, more significant, and more structural change into consideration. Why? This can really make your outdoor space look like a completely different place in a positive way. Now, these changes take a little more time, planning, preparation, and investment, but the outcomes are more than worth everything that goes into them. So, if this sounds good to you, here are a few different options for you to consider! Installing a Patio When we think of backyards, we tend to think of relatively green spaces.… Read Full Post
You’ve Done the Work: Now Enjoy Your Yard!

You’ve Done the Work: Now Enjoy Your Yard!

You’ve spent months working hard on your yard. You’ve toiled, you’ve been sweating, you’ve put all the reading you’ve done about gardening into practice, and now in it’s finally finished! While you’ll always need to stay on top of your gardening to ensure nothing falls into a bad state, for the most part, your job is done. So what now? Why, it’s time to enjoy your creation from the inside – that means, making your outdoor space an enjoyable place to be. We take a look at how you can do this below. Into the Outdoors It’s more enjoyable if your outdoor space and the interior of your home aren’t exclusively separate. They should feed into one another, as if they were joined (which they are).… Read Full Post
Garden Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Neglect In the Summer

Garden Maintenance Tasks You Shouldn’t Neglect In the Summer

If you would like to make your garden look fresh, lush, and impressive all through the summer, you should make sure that you are not neglecting some of the most important tasks that help your plants grow and stay healthy. With the heat of the summer, insects and parasites will arrive, threatening your harvest and your beautiful shrubs. Below you will find a few tips on how to stay on top of your summer garden. Getting Rid of Infected Branches or Plants No matter how well you have tried to prevent common tree and fruit diseases, chances are that the lack of rain and the abundance of sunshine have attracted some. If you have found any infections, nests, or sign of parasites, it is not only important to wash your trees and fruit plants, but you also have to get rid or the affected branches.… Read Full Post
9 Tips For Keeping Your Garden in Tip-Top Condition

9 Tips For Keeping Your Garden in Tip-Top Condition

It seems like we can spend a long time working on our garden, and then, when it’s all finished, we only have a small amount of time to enjoy the fruits of our labor before things are beginning to look, well, a little less perfect than they did when everything was fresh and new. But good news: you don’t have to settle for a garden that you’re less than happy with. It’s all about taking those small steps and making sure it’s kept in tip-top condition. We take a look at nine useful tips below. Do Your Homework Everything will stay in excellent condition for longer if they were right for your garden in the first place. During the planning stages make sure you’re reading as much as you can about plants, fertilizers, and correct placement for the various aspects of your garden – it’ll serve you well in the long run.… Read Full Post
Planning A Garden Party

Planning A Garden Party

It seems like only yesterday that the chill of winter had sunk its teeth into our beloved gardens, rendering them cold and barren. However, spring is well and truly here and as we settle into June most of us have already put in the hard work and elbow grease of getting our gardens spring ready and are now getting ready to enjoy the explosions of warmth, color and scent that come with the summer. The summer is the perfect time to reap the fruits of your labors (literally if you’re growing food in your garden) and spend some relaxing and emotionally nourishing time alone with your own little slice of nature’s bounty. But then, you ponder, it’d be selfish to keep such a wonderful garden all to myself.… Read Full Post
Creating Privacy for Overlooked Gardens

Creating Privacy for Overlooked Gardens

When looking for a new home, outside space is often high on the list of priorities. Nothing’s worse than not being able to get out in nature when the sun’s shining.  It can be all the more devastating when you have an overlooked garden that you don’t use. It might have been half of the reason you bought that house, but you feel as though there are eyes on you every time you step outside. Before you know it, that back door stays shut all year round, and the lawn you paid so much for goes to waste. It’s a terrible truth, but a reality that many of us face, particularly in built-up areas. Whether your neighbors are nosy or not, the mere fact that they could see everything may be enough to put you off.… Read Full Post
DIY Backyard Gardening Ideas for Kids 

DIY Backyard Gardening Ideas for Kids 

I am happy to share this article on DIY gardening ideas for kids by Tom Graham of the Yard and Garden Guru. Now is the time to start thinking about fun projects to get your little ones excited about gardening for the summer. Tom shares several easy projects to inspire you and your children for the coming months.  Do you have a favorite gardening idea for kids? Let us hear about it below! Gardening Ideas for Kids The growing season is well and indeed upon us, and parents aim to get their kids outside more instead of playing on electronic gadgets all day. The question parents are faced with is how to entice kids outside and come up with gardening ideas for kids to enjoy.… Read Full Post
How to Create a Multilevel Garden

How to Create a Multilevel Garden

Gardening on a hill can be quite a challenge, but if you can create multiple levels out of the hill it will be a lot easier. This is a very simple process in theory but it will take a lot of effort in practice. Though you could do this yourself, you might be better off asking a landscape designer like Allen Outdoor Solutions to help you work out where best to put each layer and how to create a flowing garden. You should certainly have a clear plan of what you are going to do before you start working so that you don’t waste your efforts digging! The first thing to do is start planning what you are going to do with your garden.… Read Full Post

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