How to Create A Flawless Winter Garden

The UK is experiencing the most ruthless winter freeze in over half a decade. In such conditions, your garden must be full of snow. However, instead of mourning over a snow filled garden (which will remain the same throughout January), consider a winter garden and revamp it to look good!

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UK’s national garden room company, Oeca Garden Rooms, has years of experience in maintaining gardens. They were kind enough to give pointers on some minute things to make your garden look perfect during the winters. Here are some of them:

Plan the layout of the garden

They greatly emphasised you should have a garden layout which would work for all seasons – during summer when flowers are at their peak and around winter when all botanical elements start dying off. In such scenarios, it is highly recommended that you keep the flower beds raised and make hedges. Furthermore, always pick up and dispose dead plants to give your garden a neat appearance.

Decorate your garden

Beautify your garden with some classic lanterns and fairy lights. Preferably, you can hang them from any structure and use them as sole sources of illumination during night. This would make the white, snowcapped garden appear even better. Alternatively, to keep the Christmas spirit alive, you may pin some festive ribbons on the trees or hang colourful LED bulbs throughout the garden.

Plant winter flowers

Winter flowers are perfect to garnish your garden. Place your flowers in a way that they’re safe from the merciless chilled winds and still receive a bit of sunshine, which is rare during winter season. Near the house is highly recommended. With this done, plant some winter aconites. These yellow flowers have everything to light up your snowcapped garden by adding a fantastic colour to it. They also give sweet and light fragrance.

Other than that, you can plant some rosebud cherries to add a sensitive pink touch to your garden. Moreover, you may use common sweet boxes aka sarcococca confusa to add an elegant grey element to your garden. Pair them with some fragrant ivory flowers along with black berries and you’ll have yourself a spectacular looking garden!

Use winter pots

Winter pots are a great way of adding a colourful effect to your winter garden. It is recommended that you get stoneware so the cold winds are countered effectively. However, again, place the pots such that they could get sunlight.

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Clean Up Your Garden With My Advice

Has your garden been looking a little bit of a mess lately? I know the feeling. Don’t worry though because I’m going to give you some tips on how to clean it up. It’s actually quite common for gardens to look messy during the winter. The reason is quite obvious. People are going out in their gardens less so it falls into a state of disrepair. I can offer you some tips on how to avoid this issue.

Falling Leaves?

 

Falling leaves are a pain and a bother. Obviously, there’s no real way to avoid falling leaves cluttering your garden in the winter months. Except you can cut the trees back. This will stop the leaves falling all over your lawn. In particular, you should make sure that you are cutting trees back that hang over the house. These can drop leaves that block up gutters and cause general havoc in your yard and house.

Keep Your Grass Short

The easiest way to keep your garden neat and tidy is to keep your grass trimmed short. I know that going out in the garden is the last thing you’re thinking about when the winds are starting to blow. But whenever the weather clears up, you should get outside and start trimming the grass. Don’t forget that long grass will cause wildlife to be attracted to your garden. If you don’t want little critters in your backyard don’t neglect your lawn mower.

Flooding

I hate the way my garden looks when it’s flooded. It’s not an exaggeration to say that it just becomes a soggy mess. I know a lot of people have this problem. Either their soil density is too high or they have a garden that is is completely flat. This means there is no permeability and the water builds up. When that happens you’ll get soggy puddles clogging up your grass. To avoid this, you can speak to a landscaper. They’ll be able to fix the problem easily by adding a permeable solution underneath your back yard. Then the water from heavy rain will seep away like it is supposed to.

Removing The Mess

On occasion I’ve been known to plant vegetables in my garden. This type of work requires a lot of landscaping. You need to prepare the soil and get a patch of your garden ready. I have to admit this often leaves large piles of soil everywhere. You can clean that up with a mini loader hire. The company will send an operator and they’ll get rid of all those soil hills in your garden, taking it off your property.

Section Your Yard

Choosing your Patio Furniture
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My last tip is to think about changing the layout of your garden. A yard that is completely grass often looks untidy by default. The reason for this is that it is such a wide open space if anything is even remotely out of place, it looks untidy. That problem can be sorted out by laying down some patio. That way, you will have different sections in your garden and it will look very stylish.

I hope you find these tips useful and spend more time in your backyard once the weather improves.

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Give Your Garden A New Lease Of Life With These 4 Simple Upgrades

Want to make your garden a more interesting and fun place? Now is the perfect time to do it, so we thought we would give you a few pointers on the upgrades that can make a difference to any home. It doesn’t matter how big or small your garden is. With a little planning, these features can all be pulled off with aplomb, and encourage you and your family to spend more time outside.

Butterfly Garden
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Patio area

Patios are perfect for garden parties. They give you an outside space to use when the grass is wet and acts as a great visual bridge between your home and the garden. If you have the time and expertise, it can be an excellent DIY project to complete. But if you are after something more intricate, it might be worth getting in touch with some paver installers who can add a more professional – and luxurious – touch. It’s worth spending a little extra to get a higher quality of stone. The better slabs you use, the longer they will last, and they will need a lot less maintenance to keep them looking great.

Lighting

Thanks to solar power technology, it costs very little to install a little lighting in your garden. You can pick up solar lights for a few dollars a piece in many home and garden stores, and they cost nothing to run. They will soak up energy all day long and then turn on when it gets dark. That little bit of light can help you extend your late nights in the garden, and provide guests with a safe route to and from different areas during summer parties.

Water feature

Ever wanted a great-looking water feature in your garden? They give you an impressive centerpiece and can also attract different types of wildlife to your home. And, there is nothing more relaxing than sitting back on a warm summer’s night with a glass of wine and the soft gurgling sound of water trickling through rocks. There’s a great guide to creating your own water feature over at The Family Handyman, or you could go for something a lot more eye catching.

Treehouse

If you have large trees in your garden area, then a tree house is well worth investigating. It can provide your kids with a brilliant place to get up close with nature, and even give you and your partner somewhere to have a nice and romantic evening under the stars. Take a look at Tree Top Builders Inc for some inspiration. If you have the skills, we would always recommend building your own. However, for safety reasons it might be worth hiring a professional company to do the job for you.

Giving your garden a boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. And, if you have any DIY skills in your locker, these are great little projects that you can do yourself. Do you have any tips to share? If so, we would love to hear from you, so don’t forget to leave your advice in the comments section below.

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Landscaping 101: Ideas To Transform Your Yard From Boring To Stunning

As a homeowner, you are most likely familiar with the tasks involved to maintaining your space. From washing windows to cutting the grass, it is easy to see how so many homeowners feel overwhelmed. Thankfully, when it comes to outdoor living and curb appeal, you may actually enjoy completing maintenance and updates. Using this guide, you can turn your landscaping and outdoor spaces from boring to stunning.

 

Colourful Backyard
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Color

Incorporating color into your yard may seem like an obvious improvement, but many homeowners do not know where to begin when landscaping with color. Creating beds with flowers and flowering shrubs is not that complicated. However, it is important to put some thought into the design of your flowerbeds. To get started, ensure there are plants that will bloom in each season. For example, plant mums in the fall to enjoy colorful blooms the next year’s summer and fall season. For spring and early summer blooms, consider creeping phlox. This plant blankets your beds and grows with very little maintenance. With a bit of planning and organization, your yard will have a continuous array of color through the year.

Lighting

While surprising to hear, utilizing outdoor lighting can turn your boring yard into an extraordinary piece of art. Fortunately, there are many different lighting options available. From traditional electrical lights and lanterns to stakes that operate on solar power, the possibilities are endless. Of course, if you are not comfortable installing underground wiring, choose battery-powered solar lanterns that can be placed directly into your flowerbeds. Solar lights are great options for accenting your colorful flowerbeds, front exterior, and outdoor living areas.

Texture

Adding texture to your landscape can be challenging. However, completing this task is not only about flowers, trees and shrubs. You can easily add texture by placing mulch or pine straw around trees, in beds, and along your driveway or walkway. In addition, small pebbles or rocks can also add texture to your landscape. Lastly, utilize pots and planters in unique ways to add creative elements to your yard. Consider placing a few potted annuals on your front porch or sit multiple planters in an established flower bed. Using inexpensive, appealing accent pieces are simple ways to add texture to your landscape.

Outdoor Living

Although your outdoor living area may be in your back or side yard, it is still considered an important part of your home’s landscape and value. In most cases, homes are built with a traditional wood deck or concrete patio. While functional, they do not offer much in terms of style. Consider adding furniture to your deck for a comfortable space to relax. It’s also important that a portion of your yard includes grass. Look for the best sod prices in Atlanta for a simple way to make your yard more enjoyable.

Decorate

Once your have your outdoor living areas established, decorate the space with elements that represent your likes and personality. Fun, whimsical garden statues and monogrammed planters are great pieces for your backyard. Lastly, be sure to incorporate nature into your outdoor living space. A herb, vegetable, and fruit garden can be a wonderful addition that will continue to benefit you and your family for many weeks.

 

One of the most important things to do when updating your landscape is to add your personal touches to the space. Also, you should understand the importance of your landscape. Not only does it display your family’s personality and style, but it is also a part of your home’s curb appeal and overall value. Using these tips, you will enhance and protect your investment.

 

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Great Garden Technology for a More Modern Space

Now that technology is a part of everyday life, it can feel strange when you’re sat somewhere with no gadgets helping you out. Whether they’re entertaining you or helping you to get on with your everyday tasks, we’re all used to using different pieces of technology every day. So sometimes your garden can feel a little lacking on the technology front. You might think that it’s difficult to install all the latest gadgets outside. But there are plenty of solutions to wiring electrics that withstand all kinds of weather conditions. With the right resources, you can add cool tech to your garden, from televisions to modern lighting.

 

Sound Systems

 

Some people may be apprehensive about the idea of installing anything that plays music in their garden. After all, there are the neighbors to consider. Everyone has to bear some neighborly noise. But people often think of music as being different to noise from children or mowing. You might want to think carefully about installing a sound system. But it could be easier than you think to stop the sound traveling to all your neighbors. If you don’t have any neighbors close by, you should go ahead and install a sound system. They’re great for parties or relaxing on your own. And you can buy systems designed for outdoor use that will stop the sound disturbing your neighbors.

 

Television

 

Televisions are great for outside, on your deck or patio. They’re especially fun for throwing a sports party; you’ll love one if you enjoy having friends over to watch the game and drink a few beers. They’re not just for watching football though. An outdoor television is useful any time you want to sit outside without missing your favorite show. You could even just use a display screen to create some moving outdoor art. If you want to have an outdoor TV there are two options. Either buy a specially-designed outdoor television or use a normal TV with a weatherproof TV case by The TV Shield. Don’t use a normal television on its own though, as it won’t last two seconds outside.

 

Mini LED Light
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Solar-powered Lights

 

Outdoor lighting is essential if you want to use your garden in the evenings. In the winter it can be nice to have a fire, but not when it’s warm. There are lots of different options for lighting, but solar-powered lights are extremely convenient. You don’t need an outdoor power supply because the sun charges your lights during the day. Usually solar-powered lights are LED, so they’re even more energy-efficient. They turn on and off automatically when it gets dark and light again, so you don’t need to worry about forgetting to turn them off. LED lights are powerful and have less glare than conventional lighting, too. You’ll be saving on energy bills and helping to save the planet.

 

If you like the idea of technology in the garden, but prefer to work in your garden, there are lots of fun toys for you to play with too. Gardening technology is on the rise to help you look after your beloved garden.

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