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Tips To Get Your Kids Interested In Gardening

If you’ve decided that this is the year you’ll get some help with groundworks in Lancashire and sort out your garden so that you and your family can spend more time out there, then you may want some advice on how best to get your kids to make the most of this outdoor space. There are a few simple things you can do to get them to engage with your garden, with iNews recommending that you start by planting some plants that are easy to grow. For something that’s easy to grow from seed, start with the likes of sunflowers, marigolds or poppies. These are great because they produce such colourful and distinctive blooms when they flower. The website also notes that the likes of lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) or curry plant (Helichrysum italicum) are...

Celebrate Beginning Of Spring By Sprucing Up Your Garden

Most people have neglected their gardens over the winter months, letting grass grow long and gutters fill with dead leaves. But the beginning of spring has finally arrived, which means it is time to overhaul your green space and get it ready for the warmer months. Here are some tips on how to get started:   1)      Tidy up winter debris Winter months don’t just bring cold weather; they cause leaves to fall on to your grass, branches to gather on decking, and bark to become sodden and sparse. So, the first thing to do when spring arrives is to remove all winter debris. Start by raking leaves and sticks away, then pay attention to the weeds. This is the best time to clear your garden of any unwanted growth, before your spring bulbs start appearing. Make sure...

Top Tips For Wildlife Gardening

If you have some outdoor space and love nothing more than seeing the birds in the trees and hearing the hum of the bees, you might be wondering how you can make your garden a bit more wildlife-friendly this year. There are a host of steps you can take - and one gardening blogger has offered some advice of her own in a post for the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Miranda Hodgson shared her experience when it comes to positioning bird boxes in the right places, and highlighted the importance of having little nooks and crannies for all manner of creatures to shelter in. Following the cold weather, she noted that it’s important to provide food and water when you can, as well as shelter. This can be in the form of log piles, thick...

Most Annoying Garden Pests Revealed!

As much as gardening is a fun and relaxing pastime, it can also prove to be quite the annoyance thanks to all the pests and diseases that can strike at any time. The RHS has just published its annual list of the most troublesome gardening issues, based on enquiries from green-thumbed enthusiasts, for 2017 – and honey fungus and the box tree caterpillar came out on top over the last 12 months. Last year, box tree caterpillar reached the number one spot, being seen increasingly in the Home Counties and London, and feeding on the leaves of box from inside the tree – leading to severe defoliation. As for diseases, honey fungus took the top spot for the 22nd year in a row – quite the feat! This has been put down to the fact that...

Don’t Panic… Your Garden Will Be Fine In The Snow

The best gardening Lancashire has to offer won’t be set back by the recent snow and ice, in fact, your garden may be the better for it. First of all, don’t assume your plants are colder under the snow than out of it. This simply isn’t true. In fact snow provides a kind of blanket layer for your plants that keeps them warmer than the air outside. It is because the area between snowflakes can mean that snow is actually a heavily insulating material. This is why igloos can have an interior temperature several degrees above freezing. It is also not necessarily bad news to have a bit of cold weather on your plants. Wet, warm winters lead to great increases in the number of pests that are present, and a cold snap can kill them...