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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...

Snowy Weather Returns To Britain After Week Of Rain

The arrival of longer, brighter days and a spell – however short – of sunny weather has lulled most of us into the false belief that spring is on its way. However, winter is very much sticking around for a while longer, with some areas of the UK set to face yet more snow. Heavy downpours have been experienced in many places this week, despite the Met Office recording the highest February temperature just a few days ago. On February 25th, mercury levels reached 20.6C in Trawsgoed, Wales, beating the previous high of 19.7C in Greenwich, London, on February 13th 1998. However, our early spring was not to last, as Britain suffered from the impact of Storm Freya just a few days later. Severe yellow weather warnings were issued across the UK,...

8 Top Gardening Tips To Help Encourage Insects

Keen gardeners out there may well have noticed a decline in insect numbers in their backyards over the last few years, with research papers showing that we could well now be facing an insect armageddon if we’re not careful. Last year, a study carried out by Radboud University in the Netherlands found that the number of flying insects has dropped by three-quarters in the last 25 years, the Guardian reported at the time. The cause of this is as yet unknown, although it’s thought that the prevalent use of pesticides and the destruction of wild habitats, as well as climate change, may be the most likely factors. So what can gardeners do to help boost the insect numbers in their local areal? First of all,...