One of the best ways to transform our garden is to replace the old, tired patio slabs with a stunning new patio area. With the right tiles, you can create a really stunning area that’s perfect for a seating area, and there are so many options to choose from. Whether you want a simple straight patio, a curved design with a mini wall providing some seclusion or one that leads to a matching pathway down the bottom of your garden, you can carry out the work yourself. The key to success with a patio is planning. If you can really plan the style of patio you’d like with sketches or drawings you can begin to visualize how it will look, and landscape architects can take your ideas one step further. No matter how your garden looks right now, you don’t have to be stuck with it. Why not start a brand new garden with a new patio. The best to find inspiration is online and be sure to check out gardeners forums too. There’s so much you can do with a wonderful patio area, so start thinking about your next steps today.
Your back garden is a part of your house that you should be proud of. It is a great place to socialise with friends and family, enjoy good food and drink over the warmer summer evenings, however you might find your gardens grass is letting you down. Grass unfortunately isn’t always easy to keep looking an attractive shade of green, this can be due to over exposure to the sun, or dehydration from lack of water. There are a few ways to get your garden lawn looking great again:
Seeds- Sprinkle grass seeds over your lawn, especially in the patchy areas. Allow for the seeds to attach by watering them regularly and stay off the grass during this time. Once they have fully attached you will see fresh strands of grass growing through the old. With regular cutting of the lawn, watering and sunlight exposure, your grass will begin to look a lot more attractive.
Turf- If you feel your lawn can’t be saved, you may want to consider digging up your back garden and starting from scratch by laying completely new turf. This option is a little costlier, and could require a specialist to get the job completed correctly.
Are your food shopping bills getting higher and higher? Well try saving money on your vegetables and fruit by growing them yourself in your own back garden. Certain crops grow through different seasons, so if you are completely new to this, then head out a purchase a gardening calendar.
Where to start?
When deciding on a good location for our vegetable patch to be based, consider an area that gets adequate sunlight as this is fuel to your crops and will accelerate their growing process. Water is another vital component for your crops, just make sure you get the balance right, too much water means your crops will drown, and too little means they will be starved and dry out.
After you have chosen the perfect for your vegetable patch, you must prepare the ground and soil. Clear the area free of weeds and old plants. Placing weed killer can help to clear the space, but it may mean you cannot plant your seeds until the soil is clear of the weed killer. Add fresh soil to the area and turn regularly with a garden fork to bring the soil from the bottom to the top.
What are the most cost effective veggies to grow?
Tomatoes- These are great as they grow relatively fast, however we recommend growing cherry tomatoes as the larger ones are most susceptible to pests.
Lettuce- These are great as you can grow and only cut off what you need, making less waste and a fresh home-grown taste.
Herbs- Growing a variety of herbs is brilliant, rather than buying the large quantities from the supermarket, you can simple cut off the amount you require and leave the rest planted an allow them to continue to grow. There really is something great about the taste of your own grown herbs from home.
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