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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...

Brits ‘Abandon’ Gardens In Winter

With the days getting shorter and the weather getting colder, it’s understandable that you’d want to spend less time outdoors. Property Reporter recently shared a survey by Tiger Sheds, which revealed that over half of us just abandon our gardens to the winter weather and don’t do any maintenance until the weather warms up again. What’s more, 40 per cent of Brits don’t make any effort to prepare their gardens or their buildings for the colder weather ahead. That could result in damage to your shed, fences or your plants, so it’s worth spending a bit of time getting your garden winter-ready if you can. You can always get some help with your fencing in Lancashire if you really can’t face doing it yourself. The main reason given for neglecting our outdoor spaces at this...

How To Make The Most Of A Small Garden

Having a small garden does not have to be a bad thing, even for outdoor lovers, as there are plenty of ways to make the most of your outside space, no matter how limited it may be. Here are some tips how:   - Create a living wall  The trick to getting as much out of a small garden as possible is to utilise all the space you have available. Living walls have grown in popularity over the last few years, as more people adopt these vertical gardens to give their yard more greenery and colour. As the plants are rooted into the structure of the wall, you can grow a variety of shrubs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and herbs without taking up any floor space.   - Add shelves  Just like you would add shelves to your home to provide more...

Love Of Nature Helps More People Start Gardening

Although technology has made many people around the world very inwardly focused in recent years, it appears there is a change taking place. The 2019 Garden Trends Report published recently by Garden Media Group has revealed that more people are turning to nature to find “peace and purpose”, the organisation’s creative director Katie Dubow explained. “While we’ve been obsessed with technology and absorbed with self-care, the planet has been gasping for air. But there is hope. A shift is on the horizon,” she stated. Our love of nature is what’s drawing people outside again, with Ms Dubow describing gardening as a natural fit to help people reconnect with the world around them. And there’s research to suggest that more people are taking up gardening, with one in five new gardeners millennials. The report identified eight key...

What Makes A Good Autumn Garden?

When you're planning landscaping for your Lancashire garden, you should think about how it will look throughout the year, not just spring and summer when you may spend the most time outdoors. Pro Landscaper Magazine asked the Society for Garden Designers for their top tips to keep your garden autumn-ready. There are many plants that thrive in the autumn months and are even at their best at this time. Ornamental grasses are great additions to your garden at this time of year and can create sculptural shapes, texture and add fullness to borders. Some great varieties of grasses to opt for are Pennisetum, Miscanthus and Calamagrostis as well as Stipa lessigiana, which is a much smaller growing variety, perfect for using at the edge of planting displays and pathways. Although there aren’t as...