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What is a drip irrigation system? A new way of effectively watering plants: a drip irrigation system! This is the ideal way to navigate and distribute the water used for your plants directly to their roots, as well as being able to leave your plants to become hydrated whilst unattended. So, in order to make your life easier – and especially as the holidays are coming up! – we’ve decided to show you just how easy it is to install. The controller The heart of the system is the irrigation controller. This is installed on a tap near the garden or vegetable patch and is responsible for opening and closing the flow of water according to what you have programmed in. There are many different models and prices available to satisfy the needs of all: from those that control two different areas of the garden (image 1) to those…

Many homeowners have a lawnmower, but few know how to use it and often end up causing more damage to the grass by making simple mistakes! Read our lawn mowing tips to make sure that you cut the lawn perfectly, every time! Lawn Mowing Tips and Tricks Don’t set your mower too low! Many don’t realise that you only need to cut the top third of the glass blades at any time, this sounds like a waste of time as you’ll have to cut it again sooner, but, longer grass blades develop a deeper root system which mean that it is easier for the roots to find water. If you cut the grass too low, you risk ‘scalping’ the lawn, which means that the roots will focus on growing upwards rather than downwards and growing longer roots. It also means that you’re more likely to get weeds, as taller grass…

Looking for a pergola for your garden or patio but can’t get your budget to stretch far enough? This tutorial will take you step by step through how to build a DIY pergola easily and without spending too much. You can even match it to the rest of your garden furniture! With the arrival of the good weather it’s important to have shade to protect you from too much sun (yes, even in the UK… 🙂 ) . Pergolas, arbors, or gazebos can be ideal, however, it can sometimes be difficult to find the one you want for the price that suits the size and style of your garden or patio. To get the perfect pergola for your patio, why not make your own DIY pergola and match it to the rest of your outdoor furniture? Tools and Materials To make a DIY pergola such as the one in this…

For all foodies, having a herb garden on your windowsill can be the dream! That’s why we’ve compiled this guide of herb gardening for beginners packed with all the information you need to start growing and saving money! General information before you start: Herbs prefer natural light, so make sure you place them in a spot where they can get at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. Never let your plants sit in water until their roots rot. Make sure that all plants are drained well, especially ones which prefer a dryer soil. Choose plastic containers over clay containers during the summer – clay pots can dry the soil out quicker, especially in the warmer months. Herbs like being at the same temperature as humans! If you’re happy, then so are they 🙂 Keep them away from radiators and direct contact with windows. Herb gardening for beginners – Which plants…

If your garden is looking worn out after the never ending winter, why not spruce it up with some quirky large outdoor planters? These designs are easy to personalise and will stand out against your usual small plant pots. We recommend getting the kids involved in the designing and planting too – because why not transform your garden design into something spectacular on a sunny afternoon? TREE STUMP PLANTER Instead of getting rid of tree stumps, why not turn them into natural wooden planters? They nourish plants with additional nutrients as the wood decays over time and can leave a spot in your garden looking less sappy. You’ll need:  A sharp instrument such as an ax or a mattock (if you’re feeling extra handy, you can also use a chainsaw) A drill Some gravel Some compost Flowers or seeds A tree stump! Choose your borders, we would recommend about 2-3 inches around…