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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...

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...