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Why You Should Consider Conifers For Your Garden

If you’re investing in landscaping in Lancashire next year, you might be looking at what plants you’re going to have in your outdoor space. A growing number of top garden designers are singing the praises of conifers, and trying to get people to see this group of trees in a different light. Country Life recently spoke to some experts who want the British public to embrace these plants again. The news provider pointed out that the group of conifers contains an incredible variety of plants, ranging from cedars and gingkos to swamp cypresses. One of the main issues with conifers, according to the article, is that people haven’t been using them to their best effect, which means that many don’t look on them as a suitable addition for their garden. Fergus Garrett of Great Dixter told the...

What Are The Odds For A White Christmas?

While many of us love the idea of a postcard-perfect White Christmas, with a blanket of snow covering the horizon as we wrap up warm inside with friends and family, the reality can be far less enjoyable, particularly for those worried about their gardens. Even though green-fingered enthusiasts will want to protect their plants and flowers over the colder months, they might have to brace themselves for a very cold December, as weather experts have anticipated temperatures could plummet to -10C in some areas. According to weather maps from NetWeather.com, the Scottish Highlands and Inverness are likely to experience snow from this Sunday (December 8th). It is then likely to be seen in other areas of Scotland, followed by north England and Wales, the Express reported. The cold blast is expected to last a fortnight,...

5 Top Maintenance Tips For Wooden Fencing

Timber will always be a popular choice for homeowners keen to invest in fencing for their Lancashire home, as it looks stylish while providing both privacy and security. But you do need to make sure that you look after your investment so that it stands the test of time and weathers properly over the years. Do some research into the different oils, preservatives and stains you can buy on the market these days to help extend the life of the fencing. Paint now comes mixed with weather preservatives so you can have any design of fence you want while protecting the wood at the same time. Always make sure that your fence is clean before you apply your wood stain and wait for...

Fun Ideas For Growing Your Own

A brilliant way of living more sustainably and helping to reduce your impact on the planet is to grow your own food - which may actually be a lot easier than you might at first think. The sense of achievement you’ll get when you plant your seeds, nurture them, watch them grow and then be able to pick the fruits of your labour (quite literally!) will keep you growing your own for years to come… and think about all the money you’ll save on fruit and veg if you do start producing your own food instead of going to the supermarket each week. Growing your own also means you won’t have nearly as much single-use plastic packaging to contend with and send to the recycling centre every week, so it really...

Pink Grasshopper Spotted In Gloucestershire Garden

Green-fingered enthusiasts are used to finding insects when they tend to their garden. However, one gardener found a very unique bug when she helped a family member out recently – a pink grasshopper. Kate Culley told South West News Service she spotted the rare insect at her grandmother’s garden in Gloucestershire. The 41-year-old was reported by AOL.co.uk as saying: “I was surprised – you don’t expect to see a pink grasshopper.” She went on to say: “It was unusual. I’ve never seen one like that before.” While Britain is not known for its brightly coloured grasshoppers, sightings of them have been recorded in the past. Victoria Hillman wrote a blog for National Geographic magazine in 2013, recalling how she and her research team came across not one but six pink grasshoppers. She had not anticipated seeing the bugs...

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