Ways to Garden in Winter

French existentialist writer and philosopher Albert Camus once said, “In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” Never is that more true than with gardening in winter.iydty

One traditionally pictures a winter garden as stark and bleak, banked with snow and leaves. Just under the surface, however, a winter garden teems with life. Spring bulbs quietly await their blooming, sugar maples store up sap, and gardeners eagerly anticipate the more prosperous seasons ahead.

Even though winter is a quiet season, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The cold months of December through March provide a perfect opportunity for building cloches, cold frames and even greenhouses, which enable gardeners to extend the harvest season. Also, winter is a great time to start early spring crops from seed. Finally, since winter reveals a garden’s framework, it’s an ideal time (frozen ground permitting) to dig new beds, lay paths, and gather sticks for staking beans and peas. In the next section, we talk about taking advantage of the winter quiet to sort out a garden’s basics.


How to Bring the Outdoors in With Indoor Gardens

If you’re eyeing a nice plant at your local nursery but don’t have room for it outdoors, bring it inside and see somejudkl unexpected advantages, like cleaning the air and helping to elevate your mood. Once you know a few simple tricks, an indoor garden is easy to care for. Don’t smirk; it’s true. Indoor gardens, or arrangements of plants that complement one another and your interior landscape, are beguiling and useful. If you don’t have the space for an outdoor garden, or just want to add some outdoor ambiance to your rooms, invite some flowers, herbs or vegetable plants to share quarters with you.

Tips and Tricks for a Successful Indoor Garden

Most plants have simple needs. As guests go, they’re relatively undemanding. There are only four basic things you need to understand before you decide to invite a plant home: light, water temperature and air. If you can master these four elements, from a plant’s perspective, you can create an indoor garden just about anywhere in the world and during any season of the year.

  • Light – Most garden plants need at

Tips on Finding the Right Tree Service

When a tree is healthy and well-maintained, few landscape features can match it. However, an unhealthy, poorly-maintained tree can be an eyesore, or even a liability. It is in your best interest to keep the trees on your property in good shape, but because most homeowners are not aware of the issues that can harm their trees (or the solutions to those issues), hiring a tree service is usually the most appropriate path to a healthy, attractive tree.hxkjl

Understanding Arborist Services
While “tree service” and “arborist services” are closely related, they are not completely interchangeable. Both tree services and arborist services are useful in maintaining a healthy tree, but arborist services go a step further. In many areas, you must carry a license to perform tree service; in others, anyone capable of cutting down a tree can run a tree service company. On the other hand, arborist services are always headed by a certified, educated arborist or “tree doctor”. Arborist services are often able to identify, prevent, or treat problems that your average tree service may not be able to handle. Because the gap between tree

So you’ve decided to set up your own urban garden.

You’ve bought the pot plants and the fertilisers. You’ve even figured out where everything is going to go so that you won’t have plants growing into the living room and interrupting Bake Off. But naturally, if you have an urban garden, it’s likely that you are short on space, which means you need to think carefully about what to grow. So what plants are suitable for the urban gardener? Here are a few ideas below:

  1. Courgette – The ultimate artisan’s vegetable, the not so humble courgette has been livening up dishes for centuries now that it’s cousin (the cucumber) couldn’t hope to. Thankfully, it’s also a great vegetable for urban gardens. Unlike the cucumber or other related plants, pumpkins, for example, courgettes are relatively small and manageable. They’re also a much more versatile vegetable for home cooking and can be included in almost any cuisine.
  1. Tomatoes –  Similar to the courgette, the tomato is a small but extremely versatile plant. Moreover, there are few things more satisfying than having fresh, homegrown tomatoes compared to the store bought variety. These may require a little more space, so it depends on the outlook of your flat or, if you’re lucky, rooftop garden. However,

How to Care for Your Lawn this Summer


Summer is a time when lawns are actively growing and they require a certain amount of attention to make sure they remain in great condition and also avoid a few common problematic conditions which can arise.

Use these gardening online tips to help make sure that your lawn looks its best all summer long.

Maintenance mowing

Frequent and regular mowing is essential to keep your lawn in tip-top shape. Frequent, shallow cutting is always a good plan to keep your lawn in good shape.

Eliminating moss

This problem can occur especially in lawns with poor drainage – which remain damp. Moss is best dealt with by using a proprietary moss killer to deal with individual patches as they appear.

Lawn feeding

Specific summer lawn feed can be applied; this will enhance lawn growth and strength and also help avoid moss developing and keep weeds under control. Any fertilizer is best applied to moist lawns or immediately before rainfall is predicted.


Following the removal of moss and weeds, and also when there are sparse patches of lawn, it’s best to over-seed at the end of summer. This is relatively

Trimming Chores from Your List with Professional Tree Trimmers

Many studies have found that tree trimming is the number one riskiest activity that the untrained could ever indulge in. It kills more trained workers than nearly any other professional activity. From falls from improperly steadied ladders to trip-and-fall incidents when handling chainsaws, the dangers are as common as they are hard for the untrained to grasp.

Professional tree trimmers earn their living the hard way, and there is little reason for homeowners to risk their lives and property involving themselves in this type of chore. Spending on a professional service isn’t unlike buying insurance — you don’t know if you will ever need it, but you do want protection against extremely unhappy consequences.

If the personal safety angle doesn’t feel persuasive enough, here are a few other reasons why homeowners should leave tree trimming chores to trained, experienced and insured workers.

You could endanger your house and your family

Heavy tree limbs are notoriously difficult to control. The slightest loss of control can result in a tree limb weighing a ton crashing on your roof (or worse, a neighbor’s roof). Not only will such an accident damage your house, it can injure family

Why You Should Set an Example for Pest Control in Your Neighborhood

Pest control refers to the activity of management and regulation of pests in one’s household. Pests are a huge nuisance and cause great discomfort and as such need to be regulated and contained. Regulation of pests needs to be done on a daily, and this should be a collective effort especially of people living in the same neighborhood. This is because the activities of one person have direct or indirect consequences on another person. For example, when one neighbor does not dispose garbage in the right places and doesn’t keep his compound clean, rats and mice will infest the neighborhood and yet this is not other’s direct doing. It is important, therefore, that one leads by example so that the rest of the neighborhood follows. This can be done by the following:

Tending to gardens in good time

Gardens should be places people take much pride in, especially front gardens because they are the first impression someone has on a particular household. This, however, is not the case for others. It is important that one tends to the gardens well to avoid situations where certain pests like mice hide in the many bushes and the tall grass. Moreover, gardens that have not

5 Reasons To Hire A Skip Rather Than Go To The Tip

If you’ve perhaps thought that it’s time to have a good clear out of your home and get rid of unwanted items, then you might be having a look as to how you can dispose of your rubbish quickly and efficiently.

Before you start cramming all of your unwanted items into your car to take off to your local tip, you might just want to pause and think about whether this is really the most effective way to dispose of your rubbish.

Have you ever thought about hiring a skip and having the skip hire company dispose of the rubbish for you? If not, then it could definitely be worth considering!

To help show you the advantages as to getting rid of your household items through hiring a skip, here are five reasons as to why you should avoid going to the tip and instead hire yourself a skip!

Safer for the environment

According to Metro’s article, around 290 million tonnes of waste is being generated every year. More recently, The Guardian also reported that back in 2014, almost 40% of the world’s waste was being taken to rubbish tips.


Everything You Need To Know About Skip Hire & The Law

Whilst the process of skip hiring is pretty straightforward, unfortunately, it’s not quite as simple as putting your skip wherever is most convenient for you and filling with whatever contents you’d like to dispose of.

So if you’ll be looking to hire a skip whether for a renovation project, construction work, garden restoration or any other number of reasons then it’s important that you abide by the laws of skip hire to avoid any problems or added burden to your project.

Here is a quick guide outlining everything that you need to know if you’re looking to hire a skip as well as what preparations you’ll need to consider.

Do I need a skip permit?

First thing’s first, you need to find out whether or not the skip will require you having to apply for a skip permit.

If you’ll be putting your skip on a public highway includes pavements, highways and roads then you’ll have to ensure that you’ve applied for a skip permit. This will also cover you for the kinds of waste that you’ll be getting rid of.

How do I go about applying for a permit?


Creating Beautiful Gardens From Limited Space

There are many benefits to living in cities like London. They are hubs of entertainment, media, nightlife, and employment, but there are also some drawbacks. The city itself can be extremely busy, while property prices can be high and, despite paying a premium to live in a city, you will almost certainly have to sacrifice either internal or external space. While you may be fortunate enough to enjoy access to a shared garden or you may have a small yard at the rear of your property, if you have no yard or only a very small external space, this can limit your options when it comes to creating outdoor living areas.

Fortunately, there are viable and beneficial solutions that enable you to enjoy the outdoors without you having to sacrifice indoor space. Small yards can benefit from urban planting and urban design. Experienced London garden designers, for example, know the plants and planting that suit your space best. They know which plants to choose for spaces that receive very little water or light, and they know how to best utilise planting and structures in order to meet your requirements and preferences for your garden.

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Why Trimming Your Business’s Trees is Important

If you’re in charge of a commercial property, you have a different kind of relationship to the trees on your premises than a homeowner would. Commercial tree keeping needs do answer to a higher standard of order and beauty than in residential settings. Visitors to a business right away form an impression by the landscaping that they first come up against. If you have trees that don’t look healthy and symmetrical, they reflect poorly on your business.

Trees being tall and heavy, pose a risk to visitors to your business, as well. Something as simple as a falling palm tree frond can cause serious injury to people below.

A relationship with commercial tree services is vital to any business in charge of the health of the trees on its premises. Here’s what you need to know about making an investment in adequate maintenance.

A good trimming approach helps your trees stay healthy

A tree that isn’t properly trimmed and otherwise taken care of can have diseased branches fester. Such diseased tree parts can spread their infection around other trees in the neighborhood. Pruning is also an excellent way to ensure that all trees

Tips to Successful Organic Gardens

Unlike the popular theories that state that the space shuttle could miraculously appear if blown up enough times, an organic garden is usually not the result of an accident. People that have a successful garden have created one based upon their consistent upkeep, planning, and a desire to make their garden grow. Regardless of the therapeutic value the gardening has, relaxation has little to do with the steps that it takes to ensure the success of your gardening endeavor. Here are a few organic gardening tips on how to make sure that your organic garden goals are reached by looking at planning, soil preparation, fertilizers, irrigation, and insect and disease control.

Tip #1 – a plan is always needed. Not something that is thought of and reconsidered over time intermittently, but a specified plan of action that leads to a specified end result. When you decide to grow your garden, and you choose to do it in an organic matter, you will need to take a few things into consideration such as location, the environment that the plants will grow it, the time that it will take in order for you to properly take care of your

Lettuce Gardening Tips

Gardeners can select from a large variety of lettuces that are easy to grow, highly productive in limited space, and virtually pest and disease free. Lettuce is definitely one of the more “care-free” crops. Lettuce is a great way to start gardening; it is what I started out with actually. There are a few key principles though that should always be kept in mind.


For maximum lettuce production, it’s wise to select a site where the soil drains well, yet retains some moisture. The soil should also be rich in nitrogen and potassium, The best way to accomplish this is to work in plenty of organic matter (compost, rotted manure, or leaf mold) that will loosen and enrich the soil.

Most lettuce varieties mature in 45 to 55 days, allowing many gardeners to plant two or even three crops. But looseleaf and butterhead leaves can be harvested at just about any time in their development. Heading varieties take longer to mature. Romaine takes 75 to 85 days and crisphead 70 to 100 days.

By choosing the right varieties and with these lettuce gardening tips, it’s possible to have lettuce in your garden throughout

Checking If Your Trees Survived the Winter

Many yards have trees that are not native to America. These can thrive, provided they are planted in an area where the climate is not totally inappropriate. While trees are resilient to very bad weather, they may not survive a pronged period of cold weather. If your trees have had to deal with a harsh winter, you may be wondering whether they have survived or not.

Sometimes, it can be very difficult to know if a tree has succumbed to the winter cold or whether it is still living. Many trees shed all their foliage for the winter. The foliage will regrow on a healthy tree once the weather starts to warm up. However, it can take some trees longer to respond to the improvement in the weather. You should not be in too much of a hurry to write off a tree that has yet to show growth. Even if you think that there is no growth, you need to look very carefully. Just a single bud, twig to leaf growing anywhere on the tree shows that it is not dead.

Just because a tree does grow new foliage does not mean it has not

Preparing For Pests This Spring

As the days begin to warm up, animals and insects that were barely active during the winter suddenly become very busy. Many species start to breed in springtime. They set off looking for mates and nesting sites. Once they breed, they seek out food sources for themselves and their offspring. Our homes can give many pests just what they are looking for. If you have problems with pests, you should make your home less pest-friendly. If you have an infestation, it is best to use a professional pest control service to deal with that.

Your pest control expert will be happy to advise you on the steps you need to take to reduce your pest problem. Clutter is one of the main sources of pest problems. It provides warm and secure living quarters for all kids of unwanted pests. If you have stuff piled up throughout your home, now is the time to get rid of it. Clutter outside your home can be just as attractive to pests. Therefore, you should ensure you clean up outside as well.

Animals and bugs all need a food source, and you should try to ensure that you

Gearing Up for Summer Gardening Fun

As a parent, I want to make sure my kid will experience the joys of gardening just as I do. Growing up, I loved spending summers outdoors, playing in corn fields, making “tunnels” and “rooms” in the hay field, and learning about vegetable gardening. I loved watching plants grow, playing in the dirt, and seeing worms. I didn’t love making compost as much as I do now, but hey, I’m not a big believer in love at first sight, anyway. I do want to make sure my child will be able to enjoy the outdoors as much as I did, though.

This summer, when we have no school schedule to worry about, I want to maximize the time spend outside. In the mornings when it is cool enough, I hope to teach my boy how to plant seeds, water delicately, weed lightly, and harvest the fruits from plants we put in the ground earlier in the season. I’d like to teach him how to take care of tools properly and store seeds safely for another season’s use.

The important thing will be not stressing over the little stuff. I don’t want to be the type of parent that worries when parents are

Garden Spinners Add Versatility To Your Garden

Usually when people hear about wind spinner they think it is product to produce wind energy. No it’s not that, it is a wind ornament which needs to be placed in the garden. You might have seen plenty of garden spinners but never noticed it with keen eye as you thought it is of no use. It is completely a wrong thought. You can place it near the patio which is considered to be the most neglected area of the garden. You can place it on the side track area to make it look interesting.

Garden spinners are bright and wonderful thing which should be placed in your backyard area. It portrays simplicity which gives a contemporary appeal in that area. Spinners liked by people are:

Giant Floor Standing Nova:The spinner should be above the eye-level so that sunlight can fall on it and create interesting pattern. You should go for Standing Nova. It is big in size and should be placed in the patio area to brighten up the place. This lovely sculpture can spin when the wind blows. It sparkles whenever the sunlight falls on it. It has a mesmerize affect on the eyes. It is perfect gift for people

Garden Furniture

Summer is coming and it is time to start making more efforts to get your garden perfect for the season of BBQs, garden parties and just generally being outside, enjoying the sunshine and using the garden as an extra room to your home, and no room is complete without a set of beautiful furniture to complete the impression.
Garden Benches are always popular additions and come in many styles, from straight benches, to Love Seats and other designs. Garden4less stock these in a wide range of designs and styles so that you can find the perfect perch for you to inhabit while you soak up some sun.
Garden4less.co.uk have a wide selection of beautiful and practical furniture to suit not only every wallet, but also to suit every style of garden. Nova brand garden furniture sets are available in 2, 4, 6 and 8 seat plans and are inspired by some of the most delightful designs, many of which are inspired by historical and regional styles.
For those who are looking for something ageless Garden4less also stock Nova’s wooden garden chairs and tables in 2, 4, 6 and 8 seat plans. These hardwood or Teak dining sets fit well with

How to Grow Your Own Indoor Herb Garden

Herbs are great fun to grow indoors. They’re the perfect companion for the curious cook who isn’t afraid to take a few chances. Start with a sunny windowsill and a few herb seeds and — snip-snip, you have an instant gourmet meal. Well, it may not be quite that simple, but fresh herbs are still a great asset to have in the kitchen.

To get your indoor herb garden going, you can use a couple of different methods. One is to park a planter filled with quality potting soil and your favorite herb seeds in front of a window that gets lots of natural sunlight. For this to be successful, the spot you choose will have to get six hours of sunlight each day and not be so hot in the afternoons. Think southern exposure here, where the plant leaves won’t burn. If you have a perfect spot, hopefully in your kitchen near where the action is, go for it. A bag of potting soil, some culinary herb seeds and some judicious watering, and you’re ready to go.

If, like many of us, you don’t have the perfect herb-friendly conditions available, you can use a hydroponic

Why landscape with native plants

In the Southern United States, leafy green kudzu vines have overtaken portions of the landscape with a vengeance. Given the right mix of moderate heat, sunlight and rainfall, kudzu will trample anything in its path, growing at an astonishing rate of one foot (30 centimeters) per day [source: USDA Forest Service]. When that happens, the kudzu envelops trees, bushes and buildings so thoroughly that it resembles sheets draped over furniture in an abandoned house.

Although kudzu has become a definitive feature of south­ern scenery, it hasn’t always been around. The aggressive plant was introduced to the United States from Asia in the 1800s as a form of erosion control [source: USDA]. While its robust root system may help hold soil in place, its vines can extend up to 100 feet (30 meters) and smother any plants in their path. Kudzu has since slithered from the East Coast to the Midwest and is classified as an invasive non-native species.

­The kudzu takeover is a prime example of a bioinvasion, in which a non-native plant enters an area and threatens the livelihood of other plants. Bioinvasion harms ecosystems because it disrupts the balance between the origina­l flora in

How to Keep Plants Alive on Vacation

You’ve worked hard to turn that brown thumb green, and you’re finally seeing the fruits of your labor. Your sunroom and garden areas are both teeming with lush, green plants, and your kitchen is overflowing with fresh herbs. But that weeklong vacation looms on the horizon, and you know that it could all go down the tubes if you don’t have a plan in place. Coming home to a room or garden full of dying plants is huge vacation buzz-kill, so here are some tips to help you keep your plants healthy and happy while you’re away having fun.

Indoor Watering Tips

Plants need more water during warm weather months, so this is the main consideration when you’re leaving for a little while. Watering bulbs are plastic or glass gadgets that you fill with water and stick into the soil, releasing water as the plant gets thirsty. This is a good solution if you only have a few plants, but can get expensive to feed a houseful. Another option is to put some bricks in the bathtub, set the plants on top, plug the drain and run just enough water to cover the bricks. The

Garden Soil Tips

Children who are scolded for running into the house in dirty shoes may come to believe dirt is a bad thing. But just the opposite is true as long as dirt remains outdoors where it belongs.

In the garden, dirt is transformed into soil, a complex and beautiful (at least to experienced gardeners) blend of animal, vegetable, and mineral material. Good soil is the first step to a great garden.

The loose, dark earth of fabulous gardens seen on television and in magazines doesn’t usually just happen. It is created by gardeners improving their native soils. Soils can be amended with sand to make them looser and drier or with clay to make them moister and firmer. They can be given plentiful doses of organic material — old leaves, ground-up twigs, rotted livestock manure, and old lawn clippings. Organic matter improves and nourishes any kind of soil which, in turn, encourages better plant growth.

Probably the best way to get the most out of your soil, however, is to select plants that will thrive in

5 Basic Stepping Stones to Water Features

Landscaping is a great way to add some curb appeal to your home, thereby increasing its overall value. When sprucing up your yard, there are some essentials to keep in mind. You should always install a patio, put in some native plants, and an irrigation system is never a bad idea. But it never hurts to give your exterior a dramatic makeover, and sometimes a flowerbed or garden just isn’t enough. If you have a green thumb and like to spend time in your yard, then a new water feature may be just the thing to add some life to your landscape. Here are 5 basic steps that will prepare you to make the right decision.

Step #1: Sound Selection
First off, what is your intention? Do you want a tranquil pond that will soothe away your worries? A zen-like garden pond or a bubbling brook? Or do you want something a bit more theatrical, such as a splashing waterfall or flowing fountain? Answering these questions will help you determine the size and power of your water feature. Creating a raging river in your backyard will take up more space and increase the cost, but it may