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Maintenance of your greenhouse during the cold weather

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Maintaining a greenhouse takes a lot of work and this increases during the colder months as monitoring the internal environment becomes even more important.

Your greenhouses internal environment should be kept the same all year round, so some extra input may be required maintain an equilibrium. You must monitor and record the internal temperature of your greenhouse each day at set intervals to make sure you have a true idea of what you need to change. If your greenhouse is too cold, plant will begin to die. So you may need to add a heater to keep the temperature up. That said, ventilation always remains important, but opening vents may cause a further drop in temperature, so make sure your vents are open as small as possible to provide adequate air circulation but not to alter the temperature.

You may find an increase in slugs and snails trying to enter your greenhouse during these cold months, so make sure you have repellent to keep them at bay.

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Creating the perfect rockery feature in your garden

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Gardens can be a creative haven, and adding a rockery is one way to add instant style. Adding a rockery in your garden is easier than you might think, and they can be the perfect garden feature for you. We have outlined some of the basic steps for creating your own rockery:

Ground- finding the right location for your rockery is easy. It requires adequate sunlight, and shouldn’t be placed in an area that is damp or covered in moss. Corners of gardens are a great place for a new rockery area.

Preparation- to prepare the ground it will need all weeds removed and levelling. Once levelled apply some lining to prevent any unwanted weeds from growing through and into your rockery.

Rocks- a rockery isn’t a rockery without any rocks. You will need a large variety of rocks both big and small so they can be arranged in an orderly fashion.

Plants and flowers- you can plant whatever plants or shrubs you desire, but you might want to think about adding some crawling plants to fill any empty spaces and give they rockery a stylish finish.

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Garden Furniture – Traditional or Modern

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When you renovate your home, you will likely consider buying modern or traditional styled furniture, and that’s no different when it comes to your garden either. There are many funky modern garden chairs and tables to choose from, as well as classic styled furniture, so looking at both options is a good place to start. Some modern garden chairs include colourful beanbags, garden sofas and curvy plastic chairs, whilst traditional garden furniture may be simplistic and constructed entirely of solid oak.

 

There are many different styles on offer, but to choose the right type, you really need to think about how your garden complements your home. If you have a very modern and minimalistic home interior, then perhaps you want to stay true to that theme in your garden. That said, you may want a different style in your garden entirely, so there’s no right or wrong answer, it’s completely up to you.

 

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Creating a relaxation area in your own back garden

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Sometimes it is nice to sit back, relax and take your mind off everything, even if it is only for 10 minutes. Gardens are perfect for creating an area dedicated to relaxation.

Creating a relaxation area in your garden doesn’t have to be difficult, all you need is a small area to work with. Firstly, you need something comfortable to lay back and relax in, and there is nothing better for the job than a hammock. Hammocks are relatively cheap and can be extremely relaxing due to their rocking movement.

Another way to create a relaxing area is to add lighting. Gentle lighting can create a tranquil ambiance, with solar powered twinkle lights available, you do not have to worry about having an outside power supply.

Finish off the area with some beautiful lanterns or decorations to make it a truly unique space. If you wish to use this area during the rainy months, you could consider adding a roofing system to keep you dry during the rainy weather.

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Keeping your garden grass green

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Maintaining a green grass can be one of the most frustrating aspects of gardening. With warmer days and less rainfall, grass can easy dry out and become discoloured and unattractive. There are two factors that contribute to your lawns growth; sunlight and water. Both factors are as important as each other, however too much or too little of each can affect your grass growth and colour.

If your lawn has patchy areas, where the grass has completely gone, try adding grass seeds and let them embed into the soil and start growing. Water your lawn daily if there has been no rainfall, remembering not to drown the grass, as too much water is not good for its growth.

If you feel your lawn is to worn and isn’t able to be saved, you may want to consider stripping the ground and getting new turf laid. New turf can give your garden a fresh start, and you can manage the lawn easier than before.

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Making mature garden borders work

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If you’ve inherited a garden that’s a little bit wild with mature trees and shrubs, it may look a little worse for wear right about now, however, you can keep some of that character and create a garden that’s unique and stunning.

Mature shrubs and trees do have their place in a beautiful garden, and before you jump ahead and cut them out of your garden, why not consider keeping them? Mature garden borders can work really well as they give you privacy when you need it, and they also add more character to your garden. You just have to find ways to find the balance between tidy lawns, neat patios and mature borders. To find the balance, why not split your garden into different areas like the lawn, seating area and boundaries? Mature shrubs, plants and trees can be part of your boundary and when combined with newly planted flowers, you can create a stunning border that’s way more impressive than standard fence panels!

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Adding a pond to your garden

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If you are looking to update your garden but are not sure how, why not try adding a pond. Ponds are a very attractive feature to add to your garden, and also bring more nature and wildlife nearby too.

Ponds do not have to be big, they can vary in shape and size depending on the size of garden space you have and the design you want it to be. Once you have the area marked out, begin digging to the desired depth you want the pond to be. After you have dug the area pout completely, place a layer of sand into the hole and line with soft felt, covering the entire inside of the hole.

The next step in to lay the pond liner, this must be done carefully, making sure you do not rip or damage it. Damage to the line will cause leaking. Place rockery and large stones around the pond, and fill with water. Depending on what fish you want to add, you may want to consider a pump and filter system.

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Looking to start your own greenhouse system in your garden?

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If you love tending to your plants, but find that this is only possible during the spring and summer time, you may want to consider having your own greenhouse.

A greenhouse simply allows you to grow plants and crops all year round. Keeping and growing plants effectively in a greenhouse, can take some time to get right, one of the most important factor is temperature control.

Keeping it warm- While the sun does a good job of keeping the interior of the greenhouse warm, as the sun goes down, the greenhouse may struggle to maintain a warm environment, vital for your plant life. It is recommended that you install a heating system, possibly an oil heater or overhead heat lamps that can radiate heat onto the crops.

Pest control- There is nothing worse than having your plants growing really well, just to have pests come along and ruin them. Pest control is very important, and you can reduce the risk of them by keeping all tools and pots clean. Using an insect killing soap is useful, as long as it is safe for your plants. Another great tip is to check any new plants for bugs before taking them into the greenhouse.

Shade- While the sunlight is great for warming up the interior naturally, high amounts of direct sunlight to your plants can cause damage. Create shade with sheets to make sure your plant still absorbs some sunlight, but also gets time in the shade too.

Temperature- as we have previously mention, the greenhouses interior is meant to be warm, however they can become too hot and begin to denature the plants, leading to them dying. Temperature can also be control with air vents, small adjustable vents that can control how much warm air can escape. Keep a thermometer in your greenhouse at all times, and monitor the readings at different intervals during the day, creating a continuous optimum environment for your plants to grow.