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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.