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Do You Know How To Spot Knotweed?

Japanese knotweed is an invasive plant that can cause substantial damage in and around your property if it’s not dealt with quickly and effectively. The Express recently explained that the plant is “highly destructive” and can cause damage to paving, roads and even buildings. But what is it and how can you spot it in your garden early? It has an extensive root system and it grows quickly, which is why it can cause so much damage. It can grow up to seven metres horizontally underground, and up to two metres deep. The experts at gardeningexpress.co.uk offered some advice about how to identify it. Chris Bonnet from the company explained that it has heart-shaped leaves and flowers in summer or early autumn, producing creamy white blooms. Another tell-tale sign to look out for are red...

Garden Thefts Rise 23% Over Year

Homeowners want to believe that their dwelling – including their outdoor space – is safe and secure. However, recent figures have given Brits reason to take extra precautions when storing valuables in their gardens, as outside thefts have shot up recently. SunLife’s analysis of figures from the Office for National Statistics found there were 595,000 thefts ‘outside a dwelling’ in 2018, which represents a 23 per cent rise on the previous year. This means there were 11,500 thefts every single week from gardens in the UK taking place last year. Summer is a primetime for thieves to strike, thanks to more homeowners leaving expensive equipment, tools and toys on their lawns. That is why Simon Stanney, general insurance director at SunLife, gave some useful tips on how to protect belongings and still enjoy your outdoor...

Lancashire Garden Brings ‘Natural Planting’ To Prominence On TV

When you're looking for inspiration for landscaping your garden in Lancashire, while the internet may be good for researching, you can't do better than getting out there and discovering what your neighbours have done with their green space. However, for us Lancashire dwellers, we've got a new standard to live up to, now that the gardens of Gresgarth Hall have had a starring turn on a Channel 5 programme this week. Located just outside of Lancaster, Gresgarth Hall is the dwelling of former Chelsea Flower Show gold medallist Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd and this week it was featured as a part of Great British Gardens, according to the Lancaster Guardian. This episode of the show had a focus of where combinations of formal and natural planting meet, and Gresgarth Hall is a great example...

Garden Inspiration From The Chelsea Flower Show

This is a great time of year to pick up some inspiration for your outdoor space. The Chelsea Flower Show has just been and gone, and we still have the Hampton Court Flower Show to come. Homes & Property picked out some of the top design features that you might want to try and incorporate into your outdoor space if you’re revamping it this summer. One top idea, particularly if you don’t have a huge garden, is to have a greenhouse that also doubles as a wellness space. Including a comfy chair and space to sit, as well as a potting bench and other spaces for your greenhouse plants means you can enjoy this space when you’re not getting your hands dirty. Hanging chairs are another garden feature that have become incredibly popular, appearing in many of...

Gardening Trends To Try From Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower Show is always a colourful affair and if you’re thinking of revamping your garden, whether that’s planting some new blooms or getting some help with landscaping in Lancashire, it’s a great place to look for inspiration. Country Living recently picked out some of the top trends to come out of this year’s event, so take a look and see whether any of them will work in your outdoor space. At the top of the list is the use of wildflowers, as demonstrated in Mark Gregory’s Welcome to Yorkshire garden. The publication noted that sowing wildflowers in your garden is a good option if you’re looking for something that’s low maintenance. Cornflowers, wild lupins and blue camassias are among the blooms that featured in this show garden. With gardens getting smaller and smaller,...