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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...

Top Tips For Caring For Your Garden In The Summer Heat

With temperatures across the UK soaring in the past week, you might have noticed that some of your garden plants are struggling a little with the hot, dry weather we’ve been experiencing. Luckily, there are a host of things you can do to help your plants ride out the heatwave, with Cambridgeshire Live recently offering gardeners some top tips. The first piece of advice is to keep your grass taller than you normally would. It’s advised that you allow your grass to stay about half an inch higher than normal in hot weather, because this helps the soil retain moisture by shielding it from the sun. Creating some shade for your most vulnerable plants is another top tip. If you can, move delicate plants into shady spots. For those that you can’t pick up...

Garden Makeovers ‘Top Home Improvement Project’

When you think about the most popular home improvement projects, things like new kitchens or bathrooms probably spring to mind. And while these are popular options (fitting a new kitchen is the project most people want to tackle, in fact), so too are garden makeovers. Ideal Home recently shared research from John Lewis Finance, which found that garden makeovers are the second most popular home improvement project among Brits, with 20 per cent of homeowners hoping to get stuck into their outdoor space. Only fitting a new kitchen was more popular, with 22 per cent citing this as the first project they want to tackle in their homes. A new bathroom, an extension and a loft conversion completed the top five. However, the survey also found that we’re better at daydreaming about home improvements than...

How To Get Your Kids Gardening

Before you call in the landscaping experts in Lancashire, a garden isn’t always a great place to let the children roam - however, once you’ve created your perfect outside space with our help, it’s not only a great place for them to play, but also to get involved in your gardening and nurture a love of nature. If you need some tips to get your kids from behind their screens and out enjoying your garden space, BT.com have some great ideas for how to involve them in garden work.   Grow their own Getting your little one a little plant of their own to look after is a great way to start imparting responsibilities. Something small and easy to care for like a marigold or a sunflower would be a great starter plant, and help them...

40% Of Brits Grow Their Own!

As lovely as a flower garden looks and smells throughout the year, there’s nothing quite like setting yourself up with a little vegetable or herb garden, something that has a bit more use perhaps than just being very beautiful. There’s an awful lot of satisfaction to be had in sitting down to a delicious supper of food that you’ve grown yourself, and it seems that there are many Brits out there who have woken up to this idea. New research from Direct Line’s SELECT Premier Insurance has found that 40 per cent of us – an impressive 10.9 million households – are now growing their own produce, with herbs and fruit ever so slightly more popular than veggies. While there may be a bit of an investment to make in getting your garden ready for growing...