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How To Protect Your Garden From Messy Cats

Gardens can often become neglected during the winter months, with many homeowners barely setting foot in front or back lawns when it is frosty outside. However, it is definitely worth taking a look at your outdoor space every so often, as you might have some rather messy visitors that you did not know about. If your garden is overrun with cat faeces, here are some tips on how to prevent your backyard being used as a toilet.   - Block entrances Making it hard for felines to get into the garden will be a big deterrent, so why not put obstacles at the obvious doorways? The experts from GardeningExpress.com told Halifax Courier that “well-placed cones or branches at potential garden entrances” could put off many cats. Remember these animals are very good climbers, and often jump over fences to get...

Top Gardening Trends For 2019 Revealed

If you’ve been thinking about making some changes to your outdoor space in 2019, you may want to consider some of the top garden trends as identified by the Society of Garden Designers. Country Living shared the top trends as identified by experts at the organisation, and it seems our gardens are set to become more colourful and more sociable spaces in 2019. Bold and brightly coloured plants will become increasingly popular, according to Darren Hawkes, who also expects clashing colours to become more of a feature in our planting. Wildflower meadows, however big or small, aren’t going away either. It’s a design feature that many have been experimenting with this year and it’s set to continue into 2019. Although they can take a few years to fully establish, Sue Townsend explained that they “provide...

Birds To Spot In Your Garden This Christmas

Most of us are looking forward to a long-awaited break this Christmas, being able to enjoy being with loved ones and not having to rush around anywhere. Those who are taking time out and plan on relaxing at their home over the next week might like the opportunity to look out on to their beautifully landscaped garden, and try to spot some of the beautiful winter birds that may drop by. Here are just a few winged friends to keep an eye out for this Christmas.  
  • Robin
Robins are just as much part of Christmas as mince pies and mistletoe, so see if you can spot a few red-breasted birds in your garden over the next week. As well as its distinct colouring, you’ll be able to distinguish a robin from other similar-looking birds, such as wrens, by...

Landscaping A Top Project This Winter

With the winter months upon us, you might have thought that most people would be neglecting their outdoor spaces in favour of focusing on their interiors. However, it seems that landscaping is a popular home improvement project at this time of year, and of the homeowners planning to carry out some kind of DIY before the end of December, landscaping was the second most popular project, new research from AA Financial Services found. Decorating was the only activity that ranked higher than work in the garden, DIY Week reported. In fact, nearly one-fifth of homeowners intend to do some kind of landscaping work in the coming weeks, spending an average of £887 on their chosen project. The news provider noted that this is also an average of £91 more than people were spending in the...

Keep Gardens Locked To Protect Houses During Winter

With the darker nights closing in, homeowners have been reminded to keep their properties as safe as possible as burglars are more likely to come out during winter – and one of the most effective ways to protect your home is by keeping your gardens locked. According to recent research from Churchill Home Insurance that was reported by Your Money, November is a prime time for thieves, with the month accounting for 14 per cent of all home insurance claims for burglaries. Indeed, there is a daily average of 325 robberies during November when there is only eight and a half hours of sunlight a day, compared with 246 daily break-ins in May with nearly 16 hours of daylight. Head of the insurance provider Martin Scott gave some advice to homeowners on how they can...