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3 Gardening Jobs For April

Social distancing and self-isolating may well take a bit of getting used to but it’s essential that we all stay at home in order to save lives and protect the NHS… but there is a small silver lining to all of this and that’s the fact that you can all now prioritise lots of jobs at home that may have been put on the back burner because of other lifestyle pressures. With the weather improving, now’s the perfect time to get out and about in the garden. You may not be able to go to work or spend time with family and friends outside your own household at the moment, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get lots of fresh air and vitamin D while you garden. There are lots of...

Plant Bulbs To Help Relax This Spring

The last few months have been dominated by negative news in the media, which is why many of us might need a bit of a lift to cheer ourselves up. One of the best ways to stay positive is to get back to nature, with mental health charity Mind recommending this as something that will help deal with the stresses and anxieties of this difficult time. Being outdoors, watching flowers grow, and focussing on an immediate task are also ways to practice mindfulness, which will enable people to better cope with the uncertainty and anxiety about the future impact of coronavirus. This is why getting out in the garden and planting some bulbs over the next few weeks could be a great idea. Not only will the act of gardening help you be more mindful...

Have You Heard Of A Rain Garden?

Much of the UK has experienced heavy rain recently, with some parts of the country suffering from extreme flooding due to the sheer amount of water that’s fallen in recent weeks. While you can’t do much about extreme weather events like this, there are some small steps you can take around your home to prevent your garden from becoming waterlogged in the wet, winter months. Which is where a rain garden can come in. Country Living shared the concept, and the reasoning behind it, in a recent article. The basic idea behind rain gardens involves planting rain-tolerant plants that can help to absorb some of the excess water. The concept was tested by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, which found that using carefully selected plants in a special mix of soil, gravel, compost and sand...

Create An Insect Habitat In Your Garden

The UK was once entirely covered by woodland, and wood has been the natural habitat for many diverse wildlife species. By the 1930s, half of that habitat had disappeared, and with it, the populations of vital insects are declining.

We can help reduce this decline in our own gardens by recreating the natural woodland world that these species love. A log pile can support a wide range of wildlife including moss, fungi, insects and many other invertebrates. It will also provide an ecosystem that attracts small mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds that will visit to feed on the insects.

One simple pile of logs can quickly become a flourishing wildlife community, creating a whole nature reserve at the...

How To Enjoy Your Garden In Winter

Winter can be a quiet time in the garden, many of the plants are dormant, and it can be a bit too cold to sit and enjoy it even on the sunniest of days. Should your green fingers be itching to get out and spend some time in the garden, there’s still plenty that can be achieved. Lancashire gardening and landscaping experts have a guide for you. Country Life magazine has a month by month guide on all-year round jobs for the garden, but for now, let’s have a look at the winter months. When the snow and ice arrive, be sure to brush heavy snow from trees and shrubs, but allow the ice to melt on its own. Any damaged limbs should be pruned as soon as possible to prevent further damage and...