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Why You Should Stay Out of The Garden

We love taking part in the best gardening Lancashire has to offer, and miss our time in the garden in the winter. We miss the excitement of the summer and the time outdoors, but we know that this is a good time to keep out of the garden for the time being. Why? The soil. Yes, that’s right. While the soil may not occur to you as a particular feature in a garden it is actually the most important aspect. Get this right and you will have a luscious green garden to enjoy in the summer, get it wrong and little will grow as it is supposed to. Though it seems that little is going on in the garden right now, that is not actually true. The foliage that was so verdant in the summer and...

Why You Should Consider Conifers In Your Landscaping

If you’re thinking of getting some help with landscaping in Lancashire in the new year, one gardening expert has recommended including conifers in your plans. Writing for the Telegraph, Matthew Pottage explained that conifers and other evergreen plants “have their purpose in any garden”. He noted that in winter they can be a good addition to a garden by providing some green to an otherwise dreary space, or that they can be good at providing privacy all year round. However, he cautioned that you need to think carefully about where conifers will fit into your garden design. “As with any exotic-looking plants, it takes a skilled designer or gardener to place conifers in a setting where they can add real value and not look alien and out of place,” Mr Pottage stated. He also pointed to...

Winter Means ‘Time For Apricot Planting’

Gardening in Lancashire in December is a labour of love, because if you make the effort in the winter, the garden will be at its most glorious when the summer comes round - and this is especially the case for soft fruit. So, now is the time to lay the foundations for your apricot crop. Writing for iNews, chief horticultural adviser for the Royal Horticultural Society Guy Barter recommends thinking about where you want your apricots to grow. "Apricots thrive in warm gardens, sunny walls or greenhouses being quick maturing, resistant to peach leaf curl and of course tasty," he explained, adding that winter is a good time to plant. The members of the apricot plant family Barter recommended the Flavorcot, Goldcot and Tomcot from North America, all of which are hardy and full of...

Why You Need To Take Care Of Your Lawn

There’s nothing quite like a patch of vibrant green grass in your garden in the summer, and one gardening guru is fighting against the loss of our green spaces in favour of non-permeable surfaces. An article in the Isle of Wight County Press highlighted the importance of lawns as an eco-friendly option for our outdoor spaces, citing the advice of David Hedges-Gower, a lawn expert who has even written a book on the subject of lawn care. Mr Hedges-Gower points out that grass is one of the hardiest plants on the planet, and notes that it does a lot of good for the environment. It is better at absorbing rain and groundwater, as well as absorbing CO2 and other pollutants from the air - something a paved yard certainly can’t do. Even if your lawn takes...