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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…

Up for changing your garden but unsure about what shrubs to go for? Here’s our complete guide to different types of shrubs and when to plant them! So you can finally shrub up on your knowledge 😉 What is a shrub? Let’s get this clear before we move on to the various types of shrubs! A shrub is mostly any woody plant that has several stems and is usually less than 3 meters tall. Think of them as small trees! How do you plant a shrub? Before you get all excited about the different types of shrubs which you can have all year round, you need to make sure that you know how to plant one prior to buying one! Fortunately, we put some simple instructions together for you! Step 1: Pick a location Make sure that the shrub won’t grow to block your driveway, entrance, or become an obstruction to…

Are you a bit of a lazy gardener and prefer to make your garden look beautiful without the back-aching work? Although this might sound too good to be true, we can give you a hand with our guide to the top ten low maintenance flowers, no ifs or buds. 😉 Our top ten low maintenance flowers Coreopsis If you’re looking to throw some last-minute colour into garden, then consider throwing some coreopsis seeds into a sunny patch of soil and water until germination. That’s it! Just make sure to water them occasionally (or rely on our good old British weather to do that for you) and remove dead heads by trimming them from time to time. 🌼Our top tip is to dig up your plantings every third year to thin the roots out and to calm the fast spreading of the plant down.🌼 Hosta plants These plants do sprout fragrant flowers…

Add a touch of privacy to your patio with this two-in-one pallet planter and privacy screen project, made using up cycled pallets. You can decide the height of the screen and the depth of the planter to suit your needs and can fill it with pretty plants to provide a subtle barrier between your patio and the rest of your garden. Alternatively, you can place the pallet planter near your house to create a handy kitchen garden planted up with tasty fresh herbs and salad leaves. Tools and Materials Set square and tape measure Jig saw or circular saw Hand saw Palm sander Screwdriver Stapler with staples Crowbar In addition, these materials will be needed: 7 x pallets, including 1 with thinner planks Assorted sandpaper to fit your palm sander 20 x 2.5inch screws Pack of 25mm nails Woven weed control liner Cost, time and difficulty The approximate cost of…

At a loss at how to prepare for the new growing year? Our guest blogger Ciar is here to guide you! 1. Clear In winter our gardens die back, so it is the ideal time to remove any lingering weeds and to cut back dead and dying leaves and stems. While most herbaceous perennials will benefit from being chopped down to ground level, don’t be in a hurry to be too tidy. It is beneficial for wildlife to leave some plant cover over the winter and then cut it back just before the new growing season gets underway. Many seed-heads can also look very beautiful and even architectural in the winter months, particularly when they have a dusting of frost. 2. Clean Winter is the perfect time to give your garden tools a really  good clean (I find baby wipes come in very useful here) and to sharpen blades. Why…