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*Customer Information*

In light of the 2nd lockdown , we want to inform you that we will be adhering strictly to all advice provided by the authorities.

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.

All our services will continue with the highest possible hygiene standards being maintained throughout.

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.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Sean
Director at Grasshopper Garden Services

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If you’re looking to sell your home, the chances are you’re doing all you can to make the internal spaces in your property look as inviting as possible. From a fresh lick of paint to a deep clean, homeowners looking to sell up are used to preparing their property for viewings.

 

But did you know that showing your garden a little TLC can be just as beneficial, maximising kerb appeal as part of a would-be buyer’s first impression. In fact, spending a few hundred pounds on the outside appearance of your home can add thousands to its market value.

 

In this blog post, Fantastic Gardeners has teamed up with Lawnmowers Direct, a leading online provider of garden tools and machinery, to explain how property owners can prep their garden ready to sell their home.

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Most of us love to keep a garden or find a way to have plants inside the house. It may vary from small to big pots adding to the exterior and interior output of our house. There’s something in these plants that relaxes our soul. It uplifts our mood and brings positive vibes.

Lawns do affect the exterior look on our whole house lot. We want to see it so green and mean so we can do picnics with our family and friends. We want to see our children enjoy their childhood on these lawns without the use of gadgets. We want to look up at the stars at night by laying a mat on the grass. We want to keep these memories last with a garden and a lawn that is well taken care of.

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With music festivals and other events cancelled for the foreseeable future, many of us are looking for new ways to create our own fun at home. Here, David Boultbee, from Ultra LEDs, shares his tips for throwing a festival-themed party in the garden.

We might not be able to invite friends and family over just yet, but a festival-themed garden party with everyone from your household is a fun way to spend a sunny day — especially if you have a birthday or other special occasion to celebrate. Weather forecasters say that brighter weather is just around the corner, so here are my tips for making it an event to remember.

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*Customer Information*

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, we want to inform you that we will be adhering strictly to all advice provided by the authorities.

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.

All our services will continue with the highest possible hygiene standards being maintained throughout.

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.

If you have any further questions, please contact us.

Sean
Director at Grasshopper Garden Services

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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.

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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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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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