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The well-being of our customers is of absolute priority, and we would like to assure you that health and safety has our complete attention.

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At this time, we ask that all our customers make contact via email or phone where possible, to minimise social contact, and ultimately protect vulnerable people.

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Find the Type of Soil for Your Garden

Gardening is a very rewarding hobby but you have to be able to take good care of your plants by providing them with proper soil conditions. After all, a healthy growing process includes more than just
weeding, sowing and tending. Since greens have different needs, it’s important to choose just the right type of soil that would benefit your plants type the most. 

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How to care for garden tools

With summer on its way, it's time to get your garden in order. Kelly Friel, from trade tool and equipment suppliers Zoro, shares her tips for keeping your garden tools in top condition all season long.

Gardening is seeing a huge resurgence in popularity. The UK’s overall garden retail market value is estimated to be a whopping £5 billion, thanks to a 29% increase in health-conscious celebs and millennials are embracing the great outdoors and growing their own produce (AirTasker).

However, failing to properly look after your gardening tools can make this wholesome activity harder and more expensive for budding and seasoned gardeners alike. Below are my tips for how to maintain, store and repair your gardening equipment.

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Common Garden Pests and How to Deal with Them

Having insects in your garden, is not always a bad thing. Many of them are actually beneficial as they are eating pests and pollinating the flowers. However, it’s important to be able to identify the insects you want in the garden from those which will damage it. We listed 10 common pests you can find in almost any garden and provided some gardening tips on how to combat them. 

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4 ways to transform your garden into a wildlife haven

Who wouldn’t love to see their garden supporting local wildlife? We spoke to Nicky Roeber, Online Horticultural Expert from Wyevale Garden Centres, who told us how we can transform our garden into a wildlife haven.

The UK has seen a decline in wildlife populations in recent years due to pesticides, climate change and non-biodegradable plastics (WWF). But we can help to support UK wildlife numbers by growing animal-friendly plants, providing food and creating varied habitats. In this article, I’ll be sharing my top tips on how to turn your garden into a wildlife haven.

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You can prolong the performance and usage life of your lawnmower by keeping it well maintained. A lawnmower which has been looked after and well maintained can last years. Nobody wants to keep buying mowers year after year and wasting money when simple steps can prevent this.

Some machine maintenance is universal so it doesn’t matter what type of lawn mower you have. Electric, battery powered and petrol mowers all have cutting decks and cutting blades so the same care and attention is suitable for them all.

The first step can be taken directly after the lawnmower has been used and has finished mowing.

Keeping the underside of the mower deck clean and free from dirt and grass clippings is an important task. Petrol lawnmowers should never be tipped on their side, as the oil will seep out onto the filter causing problems with starting and running.

To work on the underneath of a mower pull the handles back towards you gradually until you can rest them on the ground. You will then be able to access the deck and blade easily. Loose grass clippings and dirt can be cleaned off with a brush by hand. For stubborn dirt areas use a hosepipe to wash off, without soaking the machine. If you clean the deck and blade after each use it will improve the performance of the lawnmower. If left uncleaned the grass and dirt will harden and build up in layers on the deck and blade. These layers will build up adding extra weight to the machine and dulling the cutting performance of the blade. Any damage to the blade is also more difficult to detect through layers of dirt. The top of the deck can then be brushed down or wiped off. Some petrol lawnmowers feature a deck wash port where you can attach a hosepipe to the deck for cleaning.


Keeping the grass collector clean will help it to perform efficiently. If you have a rigid collector you can wash or wipe it out. Fabric grass bags can be washed, but make sure it is dry before the next use. You could even vacuum it out to save time. As fabric can become clogged cleaning it will ensure the bag always has the maximum airflow.

If your lawnmower uses one remove the air filter for cleaning. If your filter has a paper element you can just blow it off or use an air hose. If the filter is made of foam you can wash it out.

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Winter is coming, the days are getting shorter and the dark is hanging around longer than we hope. We all start planning for the new year, applying a fresh coat of paint to our walls or perhaps you're thinking about a whole new look for your property.

If you are looking to brighten up your garden space, there are many things you can do. You could start with a really good gardening service, to get rid of those annoying weeds that have been spotted creeping through the lawn, or to care for your flowerbeds that are looking a tad tired.

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When it comes to small gardens, limited space doesn’t mean sacrificing style and comfort. In fact, with less ground to cover, a small garden can offer the ideal opportunity to pull off a bold design, or simply just an excuse to try something new. From garden mirrors and wall-mounted planters, optical illusions and budget-friendly tips—find out how you can make the most of your outdoors with this handy guide from Wayfair UK.
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3 Great tips for keeping your soil in top shape

Many people who are new to gardening think that it just involves heading outside with a trowel and some seeds, planting them, then adding water until something sprouts from the ground. They are right to an extent, but many people do not realise the intricacies involved in tending to a garden that will thrive all year round.
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A hedge can be made of a variety of different shrubs and trees, ranging from conifers to holly and hawthorn hedges. 
below is a list of the most common hedges we trim and the best time to do this.

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In the not too distant past, artificial grass was usually confined to sports pitches and greengrocers’ windows. Over the last decade or so though, a lot has changed. As manufacturing techniques improve, artificial grass is starting to look more and more like the real thing. The result is that the much maligned fake stuff is increasingly starting to find its way into our back gardens as an alternative to real turf.


Arguably it’s not just increased realism that is fuelling this uptake. The increasingly busy lifestyle of families with two working parents has created a market for convenience that has seen the low maintenance artificial grass lawn go from strength to strength.


Can it ever replace the real thing, however? Well, whilst that question may ultimately come down to tast, let's take a quick look at the pros and cons of both to get an idea of what each can offer.



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Over the years we have found that there is nothing better than a happy customer.  
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Autumn and spring are the best times of year to remove moss, thatch and dead organic matter from the surface of your lawn.  This is
called scarification or scarifying and is an essential part of cultured turf or lawn management.  The aim of scarifying is to remove these organic matters from your lawn surface giving the grasses in your lawn more space thus letting in air and encouraging new growth.
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This winter in Cornwall and all across the UK it has been quite mild and very wet.  Also if your lawn is shaded and the soil is quite compacted resulting in poor drainage then these areas are likely to have moss in them. These conditions are ideal conditions for moss.  There are around 30 species of moss that you might find in your lawn and they are mostly treated in the same way. 
February is an ideal time to start a moss treatment schedule if possible because as soon as it is spring the moss will start releasing spores continuing its life cycle.
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A well maintained and tidy garden has many benefits.  It can increase the value of your property and help to sell it.  Many house buyers can be put off a property if the garden has been left unattended, as it is usually the first thing they will see when going to view a property.  
Having a tidy garden does not have to be expensive and time consuming.  Below I have listed 5 low cost ways to improve the look of your garden 

  1. Removing weeds and turning over the soil (also known as tilling or cultivating soil) is a very simple but effect way to improve the look of your garden.  Dry soil is the best to till , even though it may be a little tougher but it breaks into smaller chunks and is better for aeration in the soil.  Once this is done and the weeds are removed the area is ready for planting or mulching.

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Box blight (also known as boxwood leaf drop) was first found in the UK around 1990. Since then it has been found throughout Europe and as far away as New Zealand, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New York and British Columbia to name a few places.  There are two types of organisms which can cause box blight and they can both occur at the same time. Volutella buxi which is the asexual stage of the fungus Pseudonectria rousseliana and the fungus Cylindrocladium buxicola that produces symptoms similar to Volutella.
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  What time of the year is it best to scarify your lawn is a very important question and the answer is basically when the lawn is actively growing and able to recover from the process.  The two main  seasons in the year when this is spring and autumn.  
Scarifying is a process that removes large quantities of dead organic matter, usually in the form of
grass clippings and dead moss and even the most healthiest of lawn benefit from being scarified. This organic matter will very quickly form a dense layer on the surface of the soil, and is known as thatch (please read my other article regarding lawn thatch).  The most effective way to dethatch a lawn is with a scarifier. It uses a series of revolving vertical knives that cut and pull through the thatch and moss and bring it to the surface of the lawn. The debris is then raked away for disposal.  It is suprising how much can be removed.  Once the lawn has been scarifyed it is advisable to over seed the lawn.

Below is a guide of the best time of year to scarify your lawn:

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   Turf or sod (as they are sometimes called) is an excellent and quick way to transform your untidy worn out lawn.  Only a few tools are required and turf can be laid all year round.  However frosty conditions and extended periods of hot, dry weather should be avoided.  Two factor to achieve a lush healthy green lawn are excellent quality healthy turf and good soil preparation.
                     Measure area for turf

   Turf can cost anywhere from £2.50 to £5 a roll so it is important to calculate the correct amount you require.  Here is a link to a turf calculator to help you work out how much you require.  Once you have worked the area out add between 3 - 5% on to make up for any off-cuts.

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