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Most Annoying Garden Pests Revealed!

As much as gardening is a fun and relaxing pastime, it can also prove to be quite the annoyance thanks to all the pests and diseases that can strike at any time. The RHS has just published its annual list of the most troublesome gardening issues, based on enquiries from green-thumbed enthusiasts, for 2017 – and honey fungus and the box tree caterpillar came out on top over the last 12 months. Last year, box tree caterpillar reached the number one spot, being seen increasingly in the Home Counties and London, and feeding on the leaves of box from inside the tree – leading to severe defoliation. As for diseases, honey fungus took the top spot for the 22nd year in a row – quite the feat! This has been put down to the fact that...

Don’t Panic… Your Garden Will Be Fine In The Snow

The best gardening Lancashire has to offer won’t be set back by the recent snow and ice, in fact, your garden may be the better for it. First of all, don’t assume your plants are colder under the snow than out of it. This simply isn’t true. In fact snow provides a kind of blanket layer for your plants that keeps them warmer than the air outside. It is because the area between snowflakes can mean that snow is actually a heavily insulating material. This is why igloos can have an interior temperature several degrees above freezing. It is also not necessarily bad news to have a bit of cold weather on your plants. Wet, warm winters lead to great increases in the number of pests that are present, and a cold snap can kill them...

How To Make The Most Of An Urban Garden

Urban gardens are generally getting smaller, as more space is eaten up not only by other housing, but also driveways. Even if you only have a little patch of green, there are still plenty of ways in which you can make it into a haven. WA Today recently offered some advice on how to make the most of an urban garden - and ensure it’s somewhere you want to spend time. One of the challenges can be to make the space feel bigger than it is, with a top suggestion from the news provider to use large planters. Don’t go overboard with these, but a series of three such pots “adds drama and a strong focal point”. When it comes to the plants you introduce to your space, you should remember that less is more. “In a...

What You Should Be Planting This Month

If you cannot wait to add some life to your garden, you can start sowing seeds now to get some more colour to your flower beds. Here are some suggestions on what crops to plant in February.   Herbs While you may still need to wait a little longer for spring flowers to withstand the frost – especially with the cold snap we’ve been having lately – you can get your green fingers going by planting some herbs. Basil, oregano, sage and thyme are fantastic to grow, adding delicate fragrances to your garden. You can also try sowing chilli seeds if you like a bit of a kick to your meals, adding a splash of rich red to your backyard.   Root vegetables Root vegetables don’t need warm weather to thrive, so start planting onion, carrot and leek seeds and watch your...

Garden Inspiration From The SGD Awards

The Society of Garden Designers (SGD) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 awards, showcasing some of the most stunning and inspiring garden design projects in the UK in the past 12 months. If you’re thinking of tackling your outdoor space this year, you may want to have a look at some of the judges’ picks to get some inspiration. Water featured in many of the winning residential gardens, either in the form of pools, fountains or unusual water features. There was a fair amount of decking across a number of the winners too. Some of the top outdoor spaces utilised it in unusual shapes to make their garden really stand out. If you’re looking at your garden and wondering how to transform it from a rather empty space into something spectacular, it’s worth getting professionals to...