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Ever get frustrated that your plants can’t stay with you for more than a couple of weeks from a disease you never saw coming? This post is here to save you from the worry of them targeting your precious plants again with these handy tips. In order to choose your plant protection products wisely, you first need to identify what exactly is wrong with your plants. Below are the most common issues: Insects – They bite or drill holes in the leaves, stem and fruit, and can cause serious damage or even death to your plant. They usually hide out on the underside of leaves, making it relatively easy to find them. To get rid of or ward off insects, you will need an insecticide. Moulds – These attach themselves to your plants and feed on them. The first warning that you have mould is when you see any…

Nobody likes to discover that their plants are infested with aphids, or that fungi has bloomed. That’s why here at The Handy Mano, we’ve put together some tips to help you prevent plant pests and keep your plants strong, beautiful and healthy. How to Prevent Plant Pests 1. Fertilise your plants! Did you know that insects have a preference for weaker plants? That’s why our first piece of advice is to fertilise them regularly. A healthy plant is less attractive to plant pests which means that it’ll bloom better for us! You can use a generic fertiliser for flowering or leafy plants. There are specific fertilisers for veggie patches, orchids, cacti and even a specific one for bonsais. It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for use, because excessive fertiliser can also do more harm than good! Aphids and red spiders (pictured) prefer plants that are rich in nitrogen, meaning that any…

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…

Feeling like getting into gardening this Summer but have no idea where to start? Save money with our garden ideas on a budget to give you an idea on how not to splash out on the wrong things! Go on, we bee-leaf in you 😉 Garden Ideas on a Budget Reduce, reuse, recycle… There are many things around the house that you can use in your garden! To save a few pennies, we’ve came up with a few suggestions to get you started: -Plastic food containers or egg carton tray to plant seeds -Bricks or lumber to frame garden beds -Use some old fencing to create your own compost bin -Create little soil trays out of empty toilet rolls and plant seeds until roots start showing -Turn a mason jar upside down and use it as a little greenhouse for seedlings and plants -Make your own weedkiller by spraying the weeds…

It’s easy to say that the UK has had its fair share of rain, and even though we love the summer, we only really appreciate it because the rain gets warmer. Fortunately for you, your garden doesn’t have to suffer! We have gathered our top gardening advice about what to do when your plants are drowning in British drizzle. Get picky! -Start pulling up dandelions and thistles while the soil is wet as you’ll have a bigger chance of getting the root out whole. -Nettles also tend to grow quickly in these conditions, but, rather than throwing them out why not try a nettle tea or soup? -Fortunately, lettuce benefits greatly from cool conditions and moist soil, so are enjoyed best during rainier weeks. -Start planting watercress! Watercross is one of the few plants which doesn’t mind being waterlogged, take up the opportunity to plant some in half an inch…