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How to Buy LED garden lights

How to Buy LED garden lights

LED (light emitting diode) is a semi conductor light source which is used for lighting in many devices. The LED light was introduced in 1962 as a low intensity red light. Today, modern versions are available in different variations including visible, ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths. LED garden lights consume lesser energy and have faster switching. Due to [...]

How to Prevent Garden Accidents

How to Prevent Garden Accidents

Paths Make sure the garden path is in good condition with no loose or uneven stones on which people could trip. Your steps should be safe too. Always sweep leaves and moss from steps and paths or they become very slippery. If the access to your house is along a path or up or down [...]

How to Prune Your Garden

How to Prune Your Garden

THE BASICS Having a good understanding of why pruning and training are necessary is a major step towards success. What are the aims and objects? Pruning is carried out: to train and maintain shape and form. to improve and maintain plant health and prolong life. to regulate and sustain cropping and flowering. Pruning normally has [...]

How to Site Plants in Your Garden

How to Site Plants in Your Garden

In gardening there are exceptions to most rules — but even so it can be helpful to point out a few basic points: Sun lovers For sunny situations, select flowering trees, shrubs, herbaceous border perennials, bulbs and short-stay bedding plants. Grey-leaved plants, those with small or needle-like leathery thick or succulent leaves, and those with [...]

How to Plant Roses in Your Garden

How to Plant Roses in Your Garden

Although the majority of shrubs are sold containerized these days, roses are still often an exception. Many come in attractive prepacks, with little soil at their roots, and they need extra care when planting. The planting season for roses is from late autumn after leaf fall, on through winter during mild spells. All planting should [...]

How to Plant in Garden Containers

How to Plant in Garden Containers

Never forget that it is just as important to match plant needs to the site when growing in containers as it is when planting direct into beds and borders. The containers The size of container is very important. As a rule-of-thumb guide, set out single specimen trees or shrubs into containers two sizes up from [...]

How to Mulch a Garden

How to Mulch a Garden

Traditionally a mulch is a layer of bulky organic matter, such as well rotted garden compost or manure. It is spread on the surface of the soil around plants, mainly during spring. Why mulch? The main purpose of mulching is to keep plant roots moist and cool during summer. This they are able to do [...]

How to Manure Soils in Your Garden

How to Manure Soils in Your Garden

Plant growth, whether flowers, vegetables, fruits, shrubs or trees, depends almost as much on the soil as it does on the climate. While there is nothing much that can be done about the weather, there are many ways to bring any soil closer to the ideal — a good, crumbly, fertile loam. What is manuring? [...]

How to Make Garden Compost

How to Make Garden Compost

Although there are various ways to make garden compost, all have the same objectives in common, to create ideal conditions for beneficial bacteria to thrive. A warm, well aerated, free draining, non-acidic environment is needed. Success with compost depends on a healthy population of bacteria, which break down green vegetation into the sweet smelling, brown, [...]

How to Make a Good Garden

How to Make a Good Garden

One person’s idea of what makes a good garden will differ from another’s. And what is the best treatment for any specific garden must take into account its function and appearance. The climate, the soil and the needs of plants must also be considered if disappointments are to be avoided. Having said that, there are [...]

How to Isolate the Drainage Problem in Your Garden

How to Isolate the Drainage Problem in Your Garden

Success in any garden depends on well drained soils. Water needs to percolate through the soil, to benefit plants in the process. Standing water can be serious, especially if it lodges around the necks of herbaceous plants, shrubs and trees, or causes waterlogging (complete soil saturation). Waterlogging leads to the drowning of plant roots, the [...]

How to Dig in Your Garden

How to Dig in Your Garden

Although digging is one of the most basic of all garden operations, in an average, modern, well stocked garden there is only limited scope to dig. In practice, dig when breaking in a new garden in readiness for long term planting of beds and borders; when preparing to lay a lawn; when taking any new [...]

How to Determine the Soil Condition in Your Garden

How to Determine the Soil Condition in Your Garden

Many plants will tolerate a wide variety of soil conditions but some are so sensitivie that they may become very sick or even die under certain circumstances: Soil acidity can be measured using a special pH meter or soil testing kit. The end result of either is a numerical assess­ment of the soil. A figure [...]

How to Design a Wall and Bank Combination Garden

How to Design a Wall and Bank Combination Garden

This design is an example of where the use of walls and a bank have been combined. The area at the back of the house would catch a lot of sun and this is where the main area of paving has been positioned. Some cutting of slabs or any other rectangular paving units would be [...]

How to Design a Small Garden Which Slope towards the House

How to Design a Small Garden Which Slope towards the House

Perhaps the biggest advantage of a garden sloping towards the house as opposed to sloping the opposite way is that you can see everything in it. Two likely disadvantages are that it may make the house rather dark if the slope is steep, and drainage can be a problem with much of the water collecting [...]

How to Design a Garden for Children and Pets

How to Design a Garden for Children and Pets

If you have children you may feel that you want a lawn, however small, for them to play on. This is fine as long as you are prepared to keep it cut and have somewhere to store a mower: a small hand mower is probably all that is needed. If you are going to have [...]

How to Create an Outdoor Living in your Garden

How to Create an Outdoor Living in your Garden

The trend now is to integrate the garden and the living area so that the transition from one to the other is less noticeable. One good way of achieving this is to have a clear roof covering a patio area with French windows leading out from the house. The same floor covering, or similar colour, [...]

How to Add Water Features in a Small Garden

How to Add Water Features in a Small Garden

Most people find water fascinating and even a small pool makes an attractive feature. In a backyard there may not be enough room for anything extravagant and a small square brick pool will often suffice. Stone pools can be bought and they look better than a plastic-lined one. If you have not got room for [...]

How to Use a Butterfly Garden to Entertain your Kids

How to Use a Butterfly Garden to Entertain your Kids

In this article you’ll be learning: How to create an environment that butterflies will want to come and visit. How to distinguish wild or native plants from garden varieties or hybrid plants. How wind affects us. Moving through the air like a summer daydream, butterflies embody the essence of sweetness and grace. In ancient Greece, [...]

How to Feed Fish in your Garden

How to Feed Fish in your Garden

Providing clean water and supplying the correct, balanced food, are the two most important considerations we can give our fish. Feeding is a crucial, life-giving (or life-taking if it is done badly) part of the maintenance programme. Don’t forget, also, that sheer pleasure can be had from seeing a clutch of champing mouths eagerly respond [...]