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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...

5 Apps To Help Gardeners See Success

You might well think that gardening and technology don’t really go hand in hand but since we’ve got lots of tech at our disposal, why not use it to your advantage as and when you can? Here are a few apps that could prove useful for those keen to improve the landscaping at their Lancashire home this year. iScape: Landscape Designs This will help you design your outdoor living spaces, allowing you to see what everything would look like well before you have to splash any cash on it. Gardroid There’s nothing quite like having your own kitchen garden but it can be hard to know where to start – which is where Gardroid comes into its own. It provides you with tips for taking care of plants, progress tracking, info on sowing depth...

How To Get Your Garden Ready For Autumn

There’s no denying that the weather has taken a chillier turn of late, and now that we’re into meteorological autumn it’s the ideal time to start thinking about how you can prepare your garden for the coming winter and make sure it continues to look stunning as we move into autumn. Writing for Lincolnshire Live, Dawn Hinsley offered a number of tips on things you can do in your outdoor space in the coming weeks. Top of the list is to continue deadheading because this will ensure your plants continue flowering well into September. This is also when you want to dig up any delicate plants that won’t survive the winter outdoors. Some bulbs will struggle to regrow after a British winter, so it’s best to dig them up now, dry them out...

‘Consider Wildlife’ When Choosing Gardening Tools

If you’re a keen gardener then you probably enjoy the wildlife that visits your outdoor space just as much as the flowers and plants that you grow in your beds. With that in mind, one organisation is urging homeowners to think carefully about their choice of gardening tools, particularly when it comes to lawn mowers. According to Peta UK, robot lawn mowers, which move around the garden without the direction of a person, are growing in popularity in the UK but this can be bad news for wildlife. Some of the newer models are so quiet that animals don’t hear them coming and are unable to get out of the way in time. One creature that’s particularly vulnerable to these machines is the hedgehog, because their natural defence is to curl up and spread...