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More Than Half Of Brits Admit To Poor Gardening Skills

Many homeowners in the UK love the look of a neat garden with manicured lawns, pretty flowers, and stylish outdoor features. However, few can create their ideal garden themselves, with more than half admitting to having poo r or no gardening skills. According to recent research from gardening centre Dobbies, 57 per cent of Brits admit they are not very good at, or know very little about, gardening. In fact, so many lack confidence when it comes to looking after their outdoor spaces that one in 20 are embarrassed by their gardens, Ideal Home reported. The area where gardening know-how is the lowest is Chelmsford in Kent where just three per cent of residents think they are good gardeners. This is compared with Coventry, where gardening confidence is at its highest, and 37 per cent of locals...

Prepare To Feel Inspired With National Gardening Week

The sunny Easter weekend got most of us excited about spending the next few months in our garden, enjoying the scenery and the fresh open air. However, if your garden has been neglected over the winter months, you might need a bit of inspiration to get it looking its best again. National Gardening Week could be just the thing to spur you into action and start consulting landscaping professionals in Lancashire to spruce up your outdoor space. Taking place between April 29th and May 5th, National Gardening Week celebrates gardening as a hobby, the beauty of greenery, and the rich vegetation that be grown and eaten. “It inspired more people, particularly the next generation of gardeners, to experience the joy of growing and visiting beautiful green spaces,” a spokesperson for the campaign stated.

Are Rockeries Seeing A Revival?

If you’re looking at your garden and thinking that it needs to have some TLC, now is the perfect time of year to get stuck in. But what features could you add to your garden to make it somewhere you want to spend time? One thing that appears to be making a comeback is rockeries, according to British garden centres. The Guardian reported that both garden centres and designers have noted a growing number of people are looking to add rockeries to their outdoor spaces. There are two main reasons why this feature is appealing. Firstly, they make an excellent environment for wildlife and, possibly more importantly for busy homeowners, they are easy to maintain. Mark Sage, head of horticulture at Wyevale, commented: “Gardeners have increasingly busy lifestyles and appreciate the low maintenance and Instagrammable aesthetic...

Weeds Steal Valuable Water From Garden Plants

Everyone knows how unsightly weeds can be to a garden, but not many are aware how detrimental they could be to the flowers and bushes you want to grow. After a long winter, most of us have not paid our outdoor spaces as much attention as we should have, and many gardens are in desperate need of a good weeding. This will not only make them appear neater and less unkempt, but according to Thames Water, it could encourage the growth of your other flora as well. An article in the Daily Mail read: “They’re also a nuisance when it comes to reducing water wastage.” “Weeds have a tendency to grow quickly, and they fight with the plants for any available moisture. If you have them in your garden, they’re likely causing you to use more...

Garden Ponds ‘Help UK Wildlife’

If you’re thinking of revamping your garden this spring and want to make it look completely different, you could do a lot worse than adding a pond to your garden. Country Living reported on a new campaign launched by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Wildlife Trust, which is hoping to inspire more Brits to bring back their garden ponds. The publication noted that having outside water in the form of a pond is great for wildlife, as well as being a nice feature for your landscaping. Frogs, newts, toads and other amphibians can all live and breed in your pond, which can be great fun as we move into spring and you start to see their spawn appearing. Garden ponds also provide spots where hedgehogs can have a drink. If you’re not up for digging...