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How Gardening Could Improve Your Mental Wellbeing

Most people haven’t hesitated for a moment to bring out the barbecue this summer and enjoy the hot summer weather from the comfort of their backyard. You will probably have felt better for doing it, too. However, there will be some people that will overlook the benefit of improving their garden. Whether you’re based in Merseyside or Lancashire, gardening could be one of the best ways to make each day feel that little bit better. According to a survey from the National Garden Scheme (NGS), the charity found that 85 per cent of people said that the gardening scheme had a positive impact on their mental health. The research showed that 80 per cent felt much better after visiting an NGS garden. Emily Hodge, a health psychology specialist, commented: “With our worlds often full...

Top Tips To Make The Most Of Your Garden

Given the long, hot summer we’ve been having it’s little wonder that more and more people are looking for ways to make the most of their outdoor space - and with good reason. An article for Living etc recently offered some tips on how to embrace the trend of making our outdoor spaces into an extension of our indoor living areas. Getting new decking in Lancashire is a good place to start to give you an area that you can make part of your home. It’s a good focal point for an outdoor dining area or even an outdoor kitchen. To move from indoors to outdoors seamlessly, the magazine suggests using similar flooring. Wooden floor boards that run into decking could be one option to consider. Once you’ve got the permanent design...

What Does A Hosepipe Ban Mean For Your Garden?

If you've spent the summer gardening at your Lancashire home, it can be hard to watch the effects that this long spell of hot, dry weather can have on all your hard work. And now, United Utilities has warned Lancashire that it needs to restrict the amount of water it's using to avoid a hosepipe ban in coming weeks. A hosepipe ban is pretty self-explanatory, but it extends to sprinklers, and outside of gardening, to using a hosepipe to wash a car or fill a paddling pool. One common misconception is that you can't water your garden at all, however, you can of course use a watering can to do so. This is far more targeted in use, and while it may take longer, it promotes a more sensible use of water. To get the...

Top Tips For Caring For Your Garden In The Summer Heat

With temperatures across the UK soaring in the past week, you might have noticed that some of your garden plants are struggling a little with the hot, dry weather we’ve been experiencing. Luckily, there are a host of things you can do to help your plants ride out the heatwave, with Cambridgeshire Live recently offering gardeners some top tips. The first piece of advice is to keep your grass taller than you normally would. It’s advised that you allow your grass to stay about half an inch higher than normal in hot weather, because this helps the soil retain moisture by shielding it from the sun. Creating some shade for your most vulnerable plants is another top tip. If you can, move delicate plants into shady spots. For those that you can’t pick up...

Garden Makeovers ‘Top Home Improvement Project’

When you think about the most popular home improvement projects, things like new kitchens or bathrooms probably spring to mind. And while these are popular options (fitting a new kitchen is the project most people want to tackle, in fact), so too are garden makeovers. Ideal Home recently shared research from John Lewis Finance, which found that garden makeovers are the second most popular home improvement project among Brits, with 20 per cent of homeowners hoping to get stuck into their outdoor space. Only fitting a new kitchen was more popular, with 22 per cent citing this as the first project they want to tackle in their homes. A new bathroom, an extension and a loft conversion completed the top five. However, the survey also found that we’re better at daydreaming about home improvements than...