Gardening Help & Advice

Care & Protection

Protecting your Plants from Frost

Snow and hard frost are naturally characteristic of the winter months. Despite their wonder and splendour and the fun they brings for children, they can be a major problem for your treasured garden plants, damaging new growth and killing tender and half hardy...

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Feeding Conifers

Although conifers do not need to be routinely fed, the occasional watering when the plant shows signs of requiring it can be very beneficial. It is usually easy to tell when to feed your plant. If the growth rate and needle colour is normal (compare online, ask an...

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Dealing with Brown Patches on Conifers

Brown Patches on Conifers Pests and diseases can cause brown patches to appear in conifers, as can severe waterlogging or drought stress. These patches develop most commonly in the summer months, when the trees are actively growing and are prone to stress. The cypress...

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Feeding and Watering your Plants

Feeding and Watering your Plants Plants, like all other living things, need a steady supply of food and water to stay healthy. What You Need Watering can Water retaining gel All-purpose plant food Understanding the Essential Plant Nutrients It is important to ensure...

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Controlling Weeds in Your Garden

Introduction Weeds are unwanted plants in your garden that reduce available growing space, nutrients, moisture and sunlight needed by your precious plants, as well as potentially providing cover for diseases. They are difficult to control because they germinate...

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Japanese Maple Care Guide

Japanese Maple Care Guide Japanese maples, or ‘Acers’ are grown for their graceful and beautiful foliage. They usually grow incredibly slowly, and are perfect in a small garden when they are grown in large containers. When and how to plant a Japanese maple tree:...

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Autumn Lawn Care

Autumn lawn care With the temperatures starting to drop and the weather starting to turn, autumn is an excellent time to get on top of lawn care. Lawns may be looking tired and patchy following the summer but with very little effort can be prepared for the onset of...

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Lawn Care – Repairs

Dealing with bare patches Drought, regular use, animal abuse and snow/ice in the winter are the most common causes of bare and dead patches in the lawn. Setting the depth on your mower too shallow is another easily avoided cause. Any of these things can leave your...

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Lawn Care – General Advice

A beautiful lawn is at the heart of any garden. When it looks lush and green, it’s the perfect complement to colourful beds and borders, whilst if it looks tired and drab it can significantly detract from the appearance of your home. Looking after your lawn is...

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Lawn Care – Mowing

Mowing The “one third rule” is the simplest and most fundamental rule of mowing – quite simply, do not cut more than one third of the total height of your lawn in one go. The next thing to remember is that the best height to cut your lawn to (always...

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Lawn Care – Trimming and Edging

Trimming / Edging There are 2 different types of edges, open edges and closed edges, each with slightly different care requirements. Open edges are those which are exposed on one side, for example along the borders. When working with open edges, be careful not to...

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Know-How – Watering & Feeding

WHERE DO I START? If you want a healthy garden with an abundance of flowers, watering and feeding are essential. Without water, plants will simply wilt and die. A complete fertiliser or specific nutrients are essential – particularly for plants growing close together....

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