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Houses in Preston are worth almost 50% more with the addition of a garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Is Your Garden Worth It – in terms of the value of your property and its saleability the answer is defiantly Yes !! 

· Based on Hatched’s live property ads, houses in Preston are worth a staggering 44% more with the addition of a garden

· Properties in London were worth 9% more if they had an outdoor space

· Homes in Manchester, however, instead showed a minor decrease in property value for those with the addition of a garden area

· Full findings can be viewed here

Is Your Garden Worth It? – With conflicting information and research on the subject, online estate agency Hatched add to the conversation, and help to answer this question.

The research looked at numerous factor, including: typical garden use; just how important gardens are to modern-day homeowners; and to see whether having a garden adds any value onto your home.

Using live ‘For Sale’ ads on the Hatched.co.uk site, the house listings were analysed to see if having a garden significantly improved a property’s value or not.

Using this methodology, the results suggest that house prices do indeed have a much higher average value when a property has a garden. Properties in the capital, for example, were worth 9% more with an outdoor space.

In Preston, however, this increase was even more significant. Out of the 31 current live ads, the average property value sits at just over the £100k mark (£106,127). Of these, the average cost with a garden equals £121,664, compared to just £84,615 without (£37,049 difference). Properties, therefore, were worth a staggering 44% more with the addition of a garden.

There was one minor anomaly, however… Properties in Manchester seemed to have a better average value without a garden, but this was only marginally (just a 1.7% difference).

The research also found that:

Garden Size:

· Gardens appear to be getting smaller (average size of 16.8m2 in 1983, compared to 14m2 in 2015), and this trend is expected to continue

· As such, speculation that the size of an average garden at the end of 2018 (next year) might measure just 12.6 metres squared

Garden Use:

· The majority (32.68%, around a third) of people admitted that they only use their garden around 20 times per year (equating to just once or twice a month)

· More than one in ten people (12.18%), however, said that they use their garden more than once a week

· The main reasons that people want a garden include: for their children to enjoy (23%); for pets (20.8%); for socialising (18.04%); for gardening or enjoying wildlife (18%); and, in some cases, to enjoy the weather (14.4%)

· A third (32.97%) of those over 55 considered a garden as being ‘very important’, compared to only one in ten of under 35s (8.38%)

· Overall, having a garden is ‘not a priority’ for those aged under 35 years-old

The full findings can be viewed here

https://www.hatched.co.uk/blog/140/is-your-garden-worth-it

Adam Day, Managing Director at Hatched, commented on the findings:

“In the past, there has been lots of conflicting research on the subject. For example, an article last year claimed that a good garden can add up to 20% more value to a property, whereas another stated that south-facing gardens carry a premium of just 0.37 percent over those with north-facing plots, dispelling previous myths that south-facing means more for your cash.

“As such, we decided to look into the subject more closely, to see if we could find any correlation or trends in the value of our current live property ads and whether they had a garden or not.

“While many other factors may also come into account for property valuations and house prices, including (but not limited to): size; location; design; appliances; and so on, it was interesting to see that, on the whole, having a garden does make a positive difference.”

 

 

Easy ways to create an attractive garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Late spring and early summer are an ideal time to get into your garden and start working. The mix of not too hot, but dry weather is better for both getting jobs done and also helping your green space grow.
As such, if you’ve been meaning to make your gardens more attractive and appealing then there’s no time like the present, but you might not know where to start. Fortunately, there are a number of easy ways you can quickly turn your gardens into something you can enjoy.
A Simple Tidy
It might be that you’ve actually got quite a decent garden already – it’s just hidden amongst the undergrowth. Invest in some quality garden tools and cut back any overgrown hedges, pull up the weeds and mow the lawn. Once you’ve dealt with the bulk of the mess, you can neaten off any edges and pressure wash dirty paving and patios to get a fresh and tidy finish.
New Fencing
Worn out or damaged fencing can be an eyesore, so you could invest in some new wooden panels to go around your garden. With this you need to make the foundations for your fence posts are deep and solid enough to make sure your fencing stays rigid and secure – otherwise you may find this becomes unsafe in windy weather. Also, it’s worth painting these with a protective substance to help preserve the natural wood finish. An added bonus is you can improve the security of your garden.
Sheds and Summerhouses
Sticking to the wood theme, a shed or summerhouse can be a winning addition to your backyard. These can also provide useful storage, but you need to make sure they can stand up to the elements. As such, you could purchase the structure from a dependable timber yard and also invest in quality roofing materials to keep these nice and water tight. The crucial aspect of properly installing an Eco-friendly roof from suppliers like Burton Roofing, is the natural and recycled materials that are more than sufficient in doing the job. According to Burton Roofing direct, they have fifteen years of research and development behind them and the Thermafleece Insulation is a go green product to use if you’re ever concerned about the quality behind the materials.

  1. Patios and Paving
    Going back to the aforementioned patios and paving, you could lay this down in one section of your garden to create a new social area. A tip here is to choose a flat or relatively level section to make this task easier and also to choose an area that will get lots of warming sunlight.
    Whichever of these you choose, you can get the added benefit of potentially adding value to your property – as an attractive garden can boost kerb appeal and be a big selling point. However, the fundamental part is with some of these easy changes you could quickly create a striking garden that you can make the most of all year round.

The greenest way to give your garden a makeover

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

There’s only a few weeks until we’re in the full throes of summer and that means that it’s nearly time to spend all our weekends pottering around our gardens.

The summer months are the perfect time to give our gardens a much-needed makeover, but how can we make sure we’re doing it in the most eco-friendly way possible? Many people forget that gardens can be damaging to the environment, when various chemicals and pesticides are used to keep creepy crawlies away from our prize petunias, wreaking havoc on the environment.

The eco-friendly waste disposal experts, Envirowaste, take a close look at how we can get the perfect garden whilst keeping it environmentally friendly at the same time.

Creating the perfect eco-friendly garden
When it comes to sitting down and designing your new garden, try drawing an initial plan of the layout and what you’d like to plant. This can help give you a better idea of how eco-friendly your garden can be.

Plot out where you could put a small vegetable patch, carve out a corner for a compost heap and note down where you could place some small solar lights, to brighten up dark spaces. You can even write down which areas of your garden need a complete clear out before you start your renovations. Make a list of everything you need to remove and the most eco-friendly way to do it.

Clearing out the old and bringing in the new
Many of us will have the garden waste bins that are provided in many towns and cities by the council, however, sometimes the job in hand produces more waste than these bins can handle.

That’s where waste disposal companies come into the equation. These companies can help you clear your entire garden and dispose of the waste in an eco-friendly manner. This means you don’t have to do all the heavy lifting and you can concentrate on the fun part of designing and planting all your new foliage.

Becoming self-sufficient
Planting fruit and veg from the comfort of your own garden has a huge range of benefits. It not only helps you to become more self-sufficient, providing you with tasty and organic produce, but it is also extremely environmentally-friendly.

Even if your first attempt at growing tomatoes doesn’t go to plan, simply throw them on your new compost heap and use them as fertiliser to grow bigger and better vegetables.

The perfect environmentally-friendly garden combines sustainability and relaxation. As much as we love to potter around the garden, we also need a space where we can sit back and just enjoy the great outdoors.

Starting a garden in 2017

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Help for beginners with a new garden
Become a gardener in 2017 with a GardenAdvice Gardening Course

Course available at local venues or in your own garden – we come to you and carry out the course in your own garden for you and upto 12 of your friends

If you are new to gardening it’s difficult to understand where to start with all the Latin plant names, different types of soils and different species of plants needing a range of growing conditions and environments. In response to this need and with feedback from our members and viewers the GardenAdvice Team have created a number of gardening courses especially created for the new gardener. The aim of our gardening courses is to provide you with a basic knowledge of gardening to get you started and provide you with ongoing advice from your own gardening expert for a full year through the Gardenadvice MyGardenTeam system, every course we provide comes with 12 months membership to our MyGardenTeam service
For more information visit

http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/gardening-courses/index.html

What to Grow: Fruit and Vegetables in the UK

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

  • For the greater number of the UK the thought to grow your own vegetables seems a menacing chore of lengthy hours spent in the garden after the novelty of growing your own wears off and a lot of people give up. However Suttons and Dobies are here to offer a helping hand! As top-end seeds retailers we can provide you with the best fruit and veg to grow in your garden, as well as how you can include them into some healthy snacks.

Spring Onions and Radishes
Both vegetables are capable of growing in a pot or in the garden and are perfectly suited as an ingredient to a succulent salad; the radish brings a natural pepper taste to the dish and the spring onions provide a sweet edge. These vegetables tend to grow better with plenty of sunlight, the end of spring is usually a good time to start planting the seeds.
Potatoes
A great vegetable to grow during the spring is the potato. They’re the staple for a vast number of dishes and go lovely with a lean steak or as a jacket with a tasty filling of your choice. The growing process is fun too: plant the seeds in a potato bag and as the green shoots begin to sprout recover them with compost. Carry on doing this until the bag’s full, then you can begin to water them. Wait until the foliage begins to go a yellow colour (around 10 to 20 weeks) then turn it upside down to reveal the potatoes you’ve grown
Blackberries
Blackberries are really easy to grow in the garden and are a British classic that go perfect in an overnight porridge. To create your fresh, nutritional breakfast first take your oats and pour in soy milk, just enough to soak them before mixing in your blackberries and leaving this in the fridge overnight to chill. In the morning, when you take the porridge out it’ll have a creamy texture to it which is sublime for a spring day. To grow these and make them easier to harvest when they fruit, train the stem into wires. Blackberries can grow anywhere in the garden as they don’t require a great deal of light or assistance. If you’re not a big fan of thorns an Apache plant will be better for you.
Peas
These are easy to grow and sprout in cooler weather, therefore the beginning of springtime is an ideal to get started on growing them. The peas once they’ve been planted need support from the stems, so be sure to use chicken wire or another netting between supports at the end of each row. Peas also taste delicious straight from the ground and are a great asset to a vegetable assortment or alongside a steak to finish off a lean dish.
Goji Berries
Goji Berries are more than capable of growing in Britain’s climate even though they are exotic and are surprisingly tough for a shrub, they can even grow at the windy coastal areas. However, they do need to see plenty of sunlight when the spring turns into summer months. The berries are also rich in nutrients as well as being extremely juicy. Mix these in a blender with other fruits and natural yogurt to create a superfood and help you take on any task the day has ahead, or alternatively, you could place a few off these over your cereal to give it an exotic touch.

Get ready For The Garden Slugs This Spring.

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

It looks like a mild winter is with us in the UK and to make matters worse it just wet enough to help the garden slugs so its time to get ready for the attack of the slugs

Slugs Problems

The GardenAdvice guide to controlling Garden slugs and snails in your garden in order to tackle this common problem. After you have read our guide to controlling slugs, you should be an expert on slug repelling.

 

There are 24 different species of slug in Britain, about half of which can be found in the garden. Most slugs eat decaying vegetation, but readily switch to young or delicate plants, feeding on the leaves, stems, roots and tubers. They evolved from snails and in the course of doing so lost all, or most of their shell. All slugs are hermaphrodite, that are they have both male and female sex organs. Mating and cross-fertilisation is the norm, but every individual produces the spherical translucent eggs. These are laid in batches in damp places in the soil or under stones. A small replica of the adult emerges from the egg, and takes between 2 months and a year to mature. The activity of slugs and snails is highest in the spring and autumn. Slugs need to keep moist at all times otherwise they will dehydrate and die: thus they are nocturnal, and more active when it is wet.

For the GardenAdvice.co.uk 6 steps to slug control in your garden follow this link http://www.gardenadvice.co.uk/howto/pests/slugs/index.html

Garden Design on a Budget

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

With spring fast approaching I’m sure I’m not the only one looking forward to waving goodbye to the winter cold and getting back in my garden! At the moment my garden is looking a bit tired and worn out from storms and rain so I’m planning on re-designing with a tight budget in mind, but I thought I’d share my advice so you too can have a new look for your garden in 2017 without parting with too much cash.

1. Use cuttings

One very easy and very cheap way (free, even!) to transform your garden is to make use of cuttings. I will certainly be taking cuttings of Dahlia’s – my favourite – but other great plants to take cuttings from this time of year is: Chrysanthemums, Bidens or Fuchsias. All of these are great options to inject a pop of colour in your beds!

Before you take your cuttings make sure you research the correct way of doing so online for each plant. These techniques are easy to find and will ensure you get a healthy growth from the cutting.

2. Grab a paintbrush

One way you can re-design your garden cheaply is to give it a good lick of paint! This can be anything from painting a dull fence, a bare brick wall, a shed or even plant pots! I’m planning on experimenting this year with a teal colour on my fence panels to really brighten it up.

If you have any terracotta plant pots spare you could get creative and paint some innovative designs on them yourself. The possibilities are endless; you could get really creative with vibrant patterns or draw on some novelty characters. This could also be a great activity for your children to get involved in, maybe with finger painting and hand prints. Personally, I plan to stick with neutral colours but label the pot with the name of the plant on it.

 

3.  Garden Furniture

If, like me, you love socialising in your garden it’s important to have some garden furniture for those summer garden parties and barbeques. It’s tricky to find garden furniture when you’re on a budget but at Primrose they have a large range of garden dining sets that start from £39.99. Be sure to have a think about what material and style is important to you when you start your search for furniture as it needs to be perfect for your garden.

If your budget cannot stretch that far, then it may be worth considering what you could recycle and use as garden furniture as an alternative. Try to think out of the box for this, even things like car tyres can be transformed into tables

 

 

4. Focal Point

If you want a WOW factor without a huge price having a focal point is a great idea. This means you can draw all your attention to one point in your garden whilst keeping the rest of your garden in a simple style.

There are many ways you can create an interesting focal point cheaply, such as: planting a collection of brightly coloured plants in an interesting shape, or recycling certain items to create a unique centerpiece. Take some time to look at your garden and choose a spot that you want to focus on, a central location can be best if you have a bigger garden.

 

5. Lighting

If you enjoy sitting in your garden once the sun has set, you can create a wonderful ambience simply from using candles or fairy lights in key areas.

If you have a tree in your garden you may wish to consider solar powered fairy lights that will leave a pleasant glow in the evenings, or perhaps trail these along your fence. Fairy lights are a great way to compliment your favourite part of your garden even in dark evenings. The great thing about solar powered lights is that they are not expensive as they collect the solar rays during the day saving you a big electricity bill!

6. Strong Colour

My last suggestion for garden design on a budget is sticking to a strong colour scheme throughout. Although this sounds simple, by incorporating a strong colour in key places this will really help to make your garden feel like a different place! Think about the key elements of your garden and try to match the colours.

For example; my sail shade, furniture cushions and planters are all in a blue colour which really works in my space. This helps to distract from other areas of your garden and makes my design seem thought out and matching.

Of course, on a budget you may think about doing this by dying your furniture cushions yourself, planting a particular colour plant in your beds and also painting your furniture or fencing.

 

Designing the perfect conservatory

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

A conservatory is every garden enthusiast’s fantasy home improvement, providing a space that’s neither indoors nor outdoors. While in your conservatory, you’re just a step away from all the home comforts that you could ever need and the peace and solitude of your perfect garden. Surrounded by glass on all sides, you’ll be able to relax among your flowers whatever the weather. Although conservatories were traditionally used to house all manner of plants, these days the space is as much about homeliness as it is the great outdoors. A conservatory is a room for all weathers and every occasion, and will no doubt complement your lifestyle accordingly.

Tips for creating your perfect conservatory

Before you go any further, consider how your conservatory will be used. Are you keen to create a garden room that will house all manner of plants and flowers, or do you want to design an extension for your family home? Will you dine in your conservatory or use it for toy storage? What kind of plants will you house in here? Your intentions will go a long way towards shaping the space and helping you to finalise some of those trickier interior design decisions. Now that you know what you’re looking for, it’s time to go out and get it…

Flooring

Aside from choosing the size and shape of your new space, the kind of flooring that you lay is likely to be the most important decision you make regarding your conservatory. Will it be wooden or easily cleaned laminate? Will you opt for tiles or soft, smooth linoleum? What styles and colours will suit your theme best? It’s important to consider the kinds of activities that you’ll be getting up to in your new conservatory before setting your heart on a certain kind of flooring; what suits an entertaining couple may not be right for a family with young children. A heated floor is a luxury that will allow you to enjoy the great outdoors for a little longer each year. Rugs will add home comforts to a predominantly outdoorsy space.

Making use of natural light

Made predominantly from glass, conservatories are perfect for sun worshippers and those who like to spend their time surrounded by natural light; whichever way you look, you’ll be immersed in the wonders of your garden. While the enjoyment of streaming natural light is one of the best reasons to get a conservatory, there will probably come a time when you’d like a little more control over its brightness. Full-height shutters, and wooden shutters in all manner of shapes and sizes, are the perfect accompaniment to any conservatory, allowing you to manage the flow of light in and out of your conservatory. During the height of summer, shutters can be adjusted to add a little shade, and to encourage a breeze to circulate. In the winter, they will add an extra layer of warmth that will heat your home.

Heating and cooling

Shutters can be a fantastic way to control the temperature in your new conservatory; during the summer months, they will entice a breeze through your open windows, while trapping additional heat in the cool of winter. You may also want to consider the kind of glass that you’ll be using. Glass coating is incredibly popular and will protect your furniture and accessories from fading. Such a coating is also a great way to maintain a steady temperature. Besides glass, under-floor heating, small radiators, and heating systems can be used to warm your conservatory, and a ceiling fan and air-conditioning unit can be used to keep things cool.

Furniture and accessories

The furniture that you choose to fill your conservatory will depend upon the uses that you have in mind for this new space. A toy or storeroom will need plenty of clever storage options, while a study is going to require a desk and chair, with bookcases for good measure. Perhaps you’ll use this new room as a gym, and equip it with a treadmill or cross trainer. Choose furniture that’s going to complement your lifestyle. Your theme is essential when it comes to decoration and accessioning. Only you know whether a vintage theme, Mediterranean feel or contemporary design is going to work best.

These days, conservatories can be used for so much more than plants. On warm, summer days, your conservatory is a gateway to the great outdoors, perhaps housing the salad bar that will accompany your barbecue, or the wine bar from which your friends will top up. On those cooler, autumnal days, your new conservatory will be the perfect place for watching raindrops racing one another. Whether you use your new conservatory as a playroom, a study or somewhere to entertain, that new space will allow you to surround yourself with the elements. Don’t forget to take a little time to enjoy it as you intended.

Advice for Landlords: Letting a Property with a Garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

 

If you’re a landlord, you may be aware of the pitfalls of letting a property with a garden, but there are ways that you can avoid these issues. Offering a garden with your property may even help to boost your profits!

Some landlords prefer to provide as little as possible for their tenants, to avoid as much damage as possible. But those hoping to maximise profits and appeal to a wider range of tenants may find that marketing a property with a garden is an easy way to get it let quickly to reliable tenants.

Are you tempted to let a property with a garden? Here are the pitfalls associated with doing so, and how you can avoid them:

Tenants must maintain the garden – Ensure they know

Unless you specify otherwise, it is the tenant’s responsibility to maintain the garden to the standard it was provided to them while they live in the property. However, many may not know that this is their duty.

Along with details of what else they must maintain, such as keeping the home clean, make sure that the tenancy agreement states that they must maintain the garden and reinforce this face-to-face when they sign the contract.

The tenants aren’t keeping it neat enough – Hire a gardener

Your tenants may comply with their responsibilities, but don’t do a good enough job by your standards. They may simply do the minimum, which may not be neat enough for you.

If this is the case, you may decide that you’d prefer to hire a gardener and ensure that the garden is kept to a high standard.

Tenants aren’t complying – Put a clause in the tenancy agreement

On the other hand, you may have tenants that simply do not comply with their responsibility to maintain the garden. This could leave you with an extremely overgrown and unkempt garden at the end of the tenancy.

Before letting the property, you must make sure that a clause is written into the tenancy agreement that means that tenants must fulfil their duties, or face losing some of their deposit. This will prevent you having to pay for any damage caused.

There are too many tenants coming and going – Offer longer tenancies

If you offer short-term tenancies, such as six months to a year, you may find that the sheer number of tenants moving in and out of the property leads to the garden becoming messy and/or unmaintained.

Taking the decision to provide a garden may mean that you also choose to offer longer tenancies to prospective tenants, such as three years-plus, to ensure that they take real care of the whole property.

There’s confusion over the tenant’s responsibilities – Remember that expertise requires experts

While the tenant must maintain the garden to the level it was provided to them, they cannot be expected to complete dangerous, specialist or risky tasks, such as cutting down branches.

Remember that if there is a big problem with the garden, you cannot expect your tenant to conduct this task. Instead, it is your job to sort the issue yourself, or hire the appropriate tradesperson.

I’m worried about the garden becoming messy – Take a deposit

With confusion over whose responsibility it is to maintain the garden very common in the rental sector, it is just as common to find that the tenants do not maintain the garden and it becomes messy over the tenancy.

This is why award-winning Landlord Insurance provider Just Landlords suggests taking a deposit for every tenancy. This will enable you to cover the cost of any damage that the tenant has caused or as a result of negligence by the tenant.

What about disputes over the condition of the garden? – Take photos

Nevertheless, even if you do take a deposit and wish to deduct an amount from it following damage to the garden, a dispute may arise between you and the tenant over whether any damage was caused.

It is essential that you conduct a thorough inventory report before and after the tenant moves in/out. This should include photographs, so that you have some evidence as to the condition of the garden and rest of the property.

Issues are arising too late – Conduct periodic inspections

Although you can take all the precautions suggested above, you may still find that issues are arising with the garden, and later than would allow you to resolve them easily.

To prevent turning up at the end of the tenancy with a garden that really has got out of control, you should conduct regular periodic inspections throughout the tenancy and raise any problems you have with your tenant there and then. This way, you are addressing an issue soon after it’s surfaced, rather than months or even years later.

This advice for landlords should help those thinking of letting a property with a garden understand the pitfalls they may face, and how to avoid them.

Garden Mole Season Is With Us Once Again.

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

For a growing numbers of gardeners especially with gardens in rural locations early spring is the start of mole season. With the temperatures start to warm up and the soil becoming easier to dig combined with the earth worms on the move the garden moles start work on a spring offensive focused on feasting on the earth worms in your garden.
Moles are great little critters unless they are in your garden and then they are a problem making mole hills in your perfect lawn, although its not all bad news as the soil in the moles hills is ideal for making your own potting compost.
If you have a mole problem click the link below for some advice on how to move them on to the garden next door !!

http://gardenadvice.co.uk/howto/pests/moles/index.html