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Best Ways To Maintain Your Garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe


Spending time in the garden is among everybody’s all-time favorite pastimes no matter the season. Maintaining the garden is a different story though. It could be time-consuming, tedious, and even stressful, if you look at it as that overwhelming task on the top of your to do list. Understanding that, our team of experts has come with seven tips on how to take care of your yard. 

4 Essential Tasks That Will Help You Maintain Your Garden 

“Garden maintenance is important” is what every gardener will tell you. But what does this vague term entail? Would clearing up the fallen leaves be sufficient? Or should you go and add some fertilizer every now and then? Here are the mandatory four tasks for a garden maintenance that will keep your garden fresh. 

Use composted yard waste

Adding waste to the compost bin is easy. But to take advantage of the final product, get that compost and apply it to all the key areas. The second part sounds easy, too, but for best results you need to always make sure the waste is fully composted, as decomposing of different plants takes different amount of time. If you fail to take this into account, you risk reintroducing a disease from the compost pile to the new set of plants.

Always add the right fertilizer

While we are on the topic of fertilizing the garden, compost is not the only option. On the contrary, its effect will be the greatest if you combine it with the right set of fertilizers. Here quantity is key. Over-fertilizing the garden and especially some plants may burn their roots or hinder their growth and development rather than boost it. At the same time, finding the correct fertilizer is even more important. Here, you need to be well aware of your soil type and of the nutrients it already contains. Once, you’ve figured out this, maintaining the garden with the right set of fertilizer will be super easy. 

Do not forget to clean up in the fall

Cleaning up in the fall sounds both super logical and super easy. However, it is among the maintenance task that are most often forgotten. Summer has gone and you crave for days to be spent in front of the fireplace and not in the cold and muddy garden. However, clearing the fallen leaves, removing the seasonal plants, adding some fertilizers, and planting the bulbs will not only give you head start for spring, but will keep your garden in a better condition through winter. 


Save time watering, but do it right 

The truth is that if there is a single most annoying maintenance task that is watering. And in the summer, that’s a daily chore. However, as it is key for the survival of your garden, you can never omit it. What you can do is make it more efficient. The ideal solution will be linking pots to an automatic watering system. The low-resource option is adding watering crystals while planting. Those will absorb water and release it at the right time. 

3 Tips for Time Efficient Garden Upkeep

The good news is that if you are smart enough, you can can take some preemptive measures and make sure that you design and grow a garden easy to maintain. Here are the unwritten rules you need to follow.

Grow easy-care plants 

Surely some plants are much more needy than others. And if you happen to have more of those, you will need to spend a ton more time maintaining them. So buy more easy care plants and even get rid of the needy plants you already have. The amount of time you are about to save will be impressive. 

Trust the garden center experts

Choosing the right tools, plants, and fertilizer could save you much of the maintenance trouble. So instead of learning by doing, never hesitate to consult with the garden center experts. Explain to them what your case and problem is and in most of the cases they will point you to an easy fix you haven’t even thought of.  

Do not hesitate to ask for help

If you haven’t taken care of your garden in a while, it will need a much more maintenance power than you can give. So if you find yourself in a situation like this, do not hesitate to find a professional garden. The experts will do anything necessary from full garden clearance to weeding, pruning, and planting. And the maintenance of the garden will be much more easier to accomplish ever since they’re finished.


Autumn/Winter Gardening Maintenance Tips

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The end of Autumn and the beginning of winter is a pivotal time for your garden. If handled correctly, your garden and plants will be protected and will flourish come spring time, but if you let your maintenance efforts slip during the colder months, you will be left with a muted or even completely ruined garden when others are starting to bloom.

Surprisingly, cold weather is a good thing for you garden! Without it, our climate and eco-system wouldn’t have developed in the way it has and you wouldn’t see the fantastic seasonal variances that make UK gardens special. The garden, whilst it may look completely dormant during the winter months, is going through significant changes that you just can’t see. Without the cold, spring and summer gardens would be less vibrant and impressive. Certain plants need a certain amount of what are known as ‘chill hours’ to bloom properly when the warmer weather arrives.

But that doesn’t mean you can simply leave your garden to deal with the cold weather over winter and expect it to survive. There are certain preparations and protective tasks you can be doing now to ensure you get the perfect spring and summer garden.

Clean The Patio – (for the last time this year!)

Algae and moss will want to continue to grow into the winter, so why give it a head start? Give your patio a good pressure wash and remove all the green you can find on it. You want to make it as difficult as possible for moss and algae to grow on it as it will be very slippery in winter if it turns green. If you want a more complete guide on cleaning a patio, read Primethorpe Paving’s patio maintenance guide.

Pruning Trees 

If you have fruit trees, this is an incredibly simple job everyone can do to encourage a good yield next year. Don’t be scared to trim back dead or diseased fruit tree branches! People are often hesitant to trim them back as they are worried that interfering with the tree too much will cause more harm than good. This isn’t the case – letting your trees hold onto to useless branches cost it vital energy. Remove them so the trees can focus its energy on the parts you want it to – the fruit!

Mulch Layer 

After the leaves have fallen in autumn, you can often put them to good use. As long as they don’t look diseased, you can use them as a mulch layer on your plants for some extra benefits through the cold weather. A mulch layer works to control the temperature – it provides a little bit of extra insulation the keep the temperature of the soil a little more consistent whilst they are dropping throughout winter. The mulch layer will also hold moisture to prevent the plants drying out. Finally, the mulch layer can also block out a good amount of the sunlight you do get during winter. While this may sound counter-intuitive, the lack of sunlight can help your plants sleep more deeply and conserve their energy for when it would be better spent. Blocking the sun also inhibits weed growth – not only will your plants have lots of stored energy, they will have less competition in spring which should give them a really health head start.

Caring for Birds Through Winter 

Birds are your most powerful weapon against bugs and pest. They should be encouraged to visit your garden all year round but should especially be looked after in winter to encourage them to return during the warmer months. You don’t want a barren winter to discourage them from visiting when you need them! They can’t store food like some animals so live day to day and benefit from every ounce of food they can find. You can install bird feeders for finches, but also install a bird table or ground feeding station for those birds that like to land to feed. 

A fresh supply of water is essential. You should be encouraged to place water out at regular intervals to ensure it is free of ice and snow – never think you can make it an easier job by using chemicals! In a perfect world you would replace any water that is outside with lukewarm water twice a day. 

Handy tip: to make sure the bowls are easy to clean out from ice/snow, float a tennis ball in the water to ensure there is a little hole in the surface which will make the ice easier to remove if needed.

Fix up nest boxes ready for nesting season. Maybe add a new box or two. Line the boxes with any autumn leaves you may have already collected to keep the boxes dry inside. Having the boxes there over winter help birds become familiar with them and they may even choose to raise a family there in spring. Who wouldn’t love that?!

Move Plants 

Late autumn/early winter is the perfect time to move any plants that need moving. If you do it now, roots will be settled by spring and will be ready to grow like normal. Waiting for spring to move them will make for a very slow start to their growth and they may fall behind any weeds that start to compete with them during this time.

For plants that need to be brought indoors, bring them indoors over a two-week period rather than all at once to prevent ‘plant shock’. You can move them into a heavily shaded area of your garden for a week before moving inside for winter, or bring the plants inside at night and place them back outside the next day, then repeat but leave them inside for a longer period each time before keeping them inside permanently after a couple of weeks.

Clean Your Tools 

Rust will ultimately be what ends the life of your tools. Now is the perfect time to inspect them for rust and if it is present, the best way to work on removing it would be to submerge them in 50% vinegar and 50% water overnight. Once they have been soaked, get hold of a light steel wool and rub the metal of the tools in a circular motion to get as much of the rust off as possible. You don’t want to rub to hard and scratch the metal work – the soaking should be enough to soften the rust so that a delicate scrub will do the job! 


Above all, this is the perfect time of year to plan any of the jobs that you will need to do in spring. A good plan of action will make your life easier in spring. It’s the perfect time to plan what you’ll need to order and when in terms of plants and crops, so make sure you set a little time aside to plan your entire year in terms of gardening jobs. 

This is a difficult task to advise on as there a no real right answers, but spend time considering the flow of the space & sightlines to other areas of your garden. How are you going to make sure the focal points of your spaces are going to be properly in focus when spring rolls round? If you’re struggling to get inspiration or you simply don’t know where to start, this is actually the best time of year to hire a designer. You will likely get their entire focus, energy and attention as spring and summer are when they are at their busiest. 



How to apply fertilisers to your garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Learning how to apply fertilizers to your garden is crucial if you want to reap big. But this is only possible if you do it correctly and at the right time. Continue reading to know more and considerably increase the productivity of your garden.

Fertilizers provide essential elements that plants need to synthesize their nutrients. However, fertilizing may not be helpful if you’ve enhanced your soil with compost. 

If your plants seem stunted or unhealthy, try fertilizing them. If you see no change, then look elsewhere because nutrients aren’t lacking. 

There are two types of fertilizers – granular and liquid. You need to know more about each class if you must know how to apply fertilizers to your garden. 


  1. Granular (Dry) Fertilizers 

This type of fertilizer comes dry and in the form of small pellets. You can measure it and spread it. Granular fertilizers have the benefit of longevity. 


Here Is How to Apply

You should apply the amendment at the beginning of the growing season. Broadcast the grains by hand or using a spreader on the surface of the soil around the growing plants. 

Use your how or fork to work the fertilizer into 4 to 6 inches of the soil. A good idea is to add a little amount into the planting holes and mix it well with the back-fill.

Or, you can add the small amounts of the dry fertilizer into rows where you’ll plant seeds or plant plugs. Water the plants soon after to help the amendment leach down to plant roots.

Subsequent applications: Do this during the growing season. Apply small amounts of fertilizer to the top inch of the soil around plant roots. This method is called top-dressing.

You can also apply the granules on the top inch of earth along the crop rows. Do the same around perennial beds and drip lines of shrubs and trees. You’ll find the information on how often you should top-dress on the product labels.


  1. Liquid (Synthetic) Fertilizer

These are highly concentrated liquids added to water for you to use as plant nourishment. You can apply them to the soil or spray them on the foliage. 

The formulation of liquid fertilizers contains a mixture of synthetic chemicals. Each formula provides a plant’s essential nutrients, including phosphorus, nitrogen, iron, and potassium. 

Ideal for container gardens and annuals, these fertilizers are fast-acting. Their high nitrogen content promotes rapid growth and prolific blooming.


Here is How to Apply

Mix your liquid fertilizer in a watering can and apply it to the soil surface. But plants can absorb liquid nutrients well via their roots and pores in their leaves. 

Vegetables, flowering plants, and fruiting trees respond very well to foliar sprays. Many gardening experts agree that biweekly foliar sprays can give you excellent returns. 

We refer to this method as foliar feeding. It provides growing plants with critical nutrients needed for overall growth and productivity. 

To apply synthetic foliar fertilizer, add the recommended amount to your backpack sprayer (You can use two Behind Sprayer for your large garden, read more at OutdoorGardenCare).  Mix the solution thoroughly and directly spray all plants. Target the underside of the leaves because pores are most concentrated here. 

Be careful not to use a backpack sprayer used with herbicides. Chemical residues can mix with the fertilizer and cause your plants serious harm. 


When to Apply Fertilizers to Your Garden 

Knowing when to apply fertilizers is sometimes as essential as knowing how. Manufacturers do a great job by providing this information on their product labels. Ensure you read it carefully. 

Nevertheless, it’s good to know some tips. Perennials and woody plants tend to use more nutrients during the growing season. It will pay if you apply the fertilizer when your plants break dormancy during the spring. 

Halt your application soon after the initial fall frost. Pay attention to the instructions provided to know how often you need to feed your plants.

Food crops, on the other hand, may need fertilizing throughout the growing season. The so-called heavy feeders may require more frequent applications than light feeders. 

A good idea is to apply your dry fertilizers right before the beginning of long rains. This will help work the amendments into the soil where plant roots can easily access them. 

For the liquid types, apply them on dry days either late in the evening or early in the morning. Doing this will give the growing plants enough time to absorb the nutrients. Don’t apply foliar fertilizer on a scorching day. The heat and the fertilizer might instead burn the leaves.


Final Thought 

Plants need moisture, light, and nutrients to thrive and produce. Sun provides light and rainfall, and irrigation includes moisture. Fertilizers, compost, and manure provide nutrients.

More often, nutrients are deficient due to overuse. Knowing how to apply fertilizer to your garden is the first step to getting a bounty harvest. We hope you are now well conversant. 



How to create A Quiet Place for Your Baby To Sleep Using White Noise

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Have you recently had your first baby? Then, you certainly know what an ordeal it is to put it to sleep, hoping to finally get the much needed and deserved rest. Regardless of how hard you try to achieve an absolute silence, there are some noises which you simply can’t control. 

Whether it’s a car passing on the street, a neighbor listening to loud music or the sound of your doorbell, the final result is the same. Your baby is up again and the ordeal continues. If this is how your normal days look like, you seem to have problem which needs immediate attention.

Sleep deprivation isn’t good for anyone, especially not for your newborn. A good night’s sleep is what babies need the most in order to ensure proper development. 

Luckily, this modern era provides you with something called a white noise machine, which helps babies fall asleep faster, at the same time improving their sleep quality. This miraculous machine works on the principle of emitting sounds which block all the other environmental noises and provide unobstructed rest.

Numerous websites such as: https://soundproofpros.com/best-baby-white-noise-machines/, provide details about this type of machine on the market. In case you’re skeptical about the effects, perhaps the following information on its use and benefits will change your mind. 


Eases the transition process

Newborns experience a daunting transition process from the comfort of their mothers’ womb into a completely unknown world. The sudden exposure to various sounds and faces compared with the previous feeling of isolation must be overpowering for these little creatures. They need something familiar which is going to help them go through the adjustment process more easily. 

The sounds produced by the white noise machine recreate the ones they were exposed to before birth. By listening to them, babies can take a break from everything which is happening around them and find the serenity they crave for. 



Improves sleeping

Babies are known for their interrupted sleep, particularly in the first couple of months until you come up with a sleeping schedule which is eventually going to turn into their habit. Therefore, it’s essential to think of something which is going to associate them to sleeping. In some cases, a simple object such as a toy or a pacifier would do the trick. 

However, if you’re one of those parents who just can’t seem to find the right association, try using white noise. These sounds will not only make your baby feel sleepy, but they will also help him/her go back to bed when it suddenly wakes up. All the late-night rocking and singing can finally be replaced by the soothing noises of the machine. 


A chance to get some rest yourself

Infants aren’t the only ones who need sleep, although they need it much more than you do. You’ve probably realized so far, that being a parent means grabbing each opportunity to take a nap. The days of waking up rested and full of energy are long gone, but you should seize every moment you can, to at least close your eyes and drift off. 

The white sounds are beneficial for you, as they improve your sleep as well. Most parents can’t go back to bed after hearing their little ones cry in the middle of the night. Nevertheless, white noise uses its magical soothing power on adults too. Regardless of how many times your dreams are disrupted, you’ll still be able to easily fall asleep. Visit this page to read more about the importance of parents’ rest and recognizing the first signs of deprivation. 


Less active sleep

In the first couple of months newborns spend the largest part of the day in sleeping, in intervals of about forty minutes to one hour. While sleeping, they experience two stages, active and quiet. The former one as its name suggests, is when babies make movements or mumble, not being completely calm while the latter one suggests a state of deep sleep.

White noise sounds are known to induce quiet sleeping, thus lowering the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) which occurs more in the active stage. By using this noise, you’ll automatically reduce the possibility of SIDS which is most likely to happen in the first year of life. 


How to use it?

Although this machine soothes infants, it’s extremely important not to surpass more than fifty decibels, as it might achieve the contrary effect. Therefore, place the machine as far from your little one as you can, to avoid unexpected results. 

Furthermore, each machine has a volume button which you can adjust in accordance to the needs. However, you are advised to use the low or medium volume in order to differentiate from the other environmental sounds which are louder. By using loud volume, you aren’t making a very big difference in comparison to the noises which the machine is supposed to block. 

Moreover, you shouldn’t use the machine for longer time-frames. Use it prior to the newborn falling asleep, don’t keep it on all night. Infants shouldn’t become too dependent on white noise, as very soon they’ll have to function along with all the regular roar happening around them. 

Therefore, as the infant grows older, you should reduce the amount of using the machine or even skip some days to see how your kid responds to this change. The sooner you start lowering the exposure, the easier it’ll be for your baby to get out of this habit. 

Wrap up

Parenthood is the biggest blessing as well as the biggest challenge, particularly in the first few months since your child’s birth.

Your infant need you the most in the first year of its life, as it enters a whole new world and you’re the only person it can relate to. 

Therefore, sleep quality is vital both for the newborns and their parents. Using white noise machine can help you survive the beginning of your parental journey!




Tips and Tricks for Dealing with Drought

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

By now, every gardener has to have a plan for dealing with the environmental conditions his or her garden faces. And since climate change impacts the plants that they need to grow, it is increasingly important to prepare for these conditions. 


Intrepid gardeners have circumvented droughts ever since they started to use indigenous plants. Since most of them come from habitats that frequently experience drought, these plants naturally create an environment conducive for communities of plants to thrive in dry conditions. 


Dealing with drought doesn’t end with switching out water-demanding plants for indigenous plants and succulents. There’s plenty more to do to ensure that your garden remains in fine form in conditions of semi- or outright drought. 


1. Water your plants at the right times 

Make it a habit to water your plants either in the evening, or the morning. This way, moisture is absorbed directly by the roots, making any water less likely to evaporate into thin air. However, if any of your plants look severely parched, water them right away.


2. Choose the plants with the right colors

Choosing plants with greenish-grey or silver leaves are a fantastic option for drought conditions, as they tend to bounce back ultraviolet rays from the sun, which keeps moisture within itself.


3. Mulch, mulch, and mulch

Mulching helps seal in moisture and inhibit evaporation. So, cultivate and water the soil deeply, and cover with compost to not just improve water retention, but also improve soil structure.


4. Remove weeds on a regular basis 

Every gardener knows that weeds will compete for moisture. This is why weeding on a regular basis is a necessity if you want to ensure that every last bit of moisture reaches your plants’ roots instead of weeds.

To make your job easier, saturate the soil with water before you remove weeds.


5. Take care of your lawn

You may choose to forego keeping a lawn for a drought-resistant garden, but if you already have one, you will be happy to know that lawns are drought-resistant. 

You may opt to stop cutting it and watering it, as they may stop growing in adverse conditions, but they are unlikely to wither and die. A simple autumn rain will have your parched lawn magically turned to green even if your lawn has been dried out all summer.


6. Irrigate with grey water 

If you have established shrubs and trees in your garden, you may opt to use grey water for their irrigation needs. Grey water is water from your sink, bath, or washing machine, which can be used to irrigate using a grey water irrigation kit. 

A note of caution: don’t use grey water that’s been lying around for more than 24 hours on your vegetables or fruit-bearing plants as it may contain bacteria or chemicals. Every drop counts, so don’t waste any of it.


7.Grow vegetables in containers 

If you partake in container growing and grow your vegetables in those little containers, you’ll need to water them every day in drought conditions. As we’ve suggested earlier, mulch the soil that they are planted in to prevent fast evaporation to promote water retention.


8. Group containers together for better moisture retention

In addition to #7, planting in containers can promote humid conditions when grouped together, generating moisture which is a boon in conditions of drought. Group containers together and keep them in cool, shady places to prevent them from drying out.


9. Prepare in advance

In the end, no-one can tell what environmental conditions are in store for us in this time of massive shifts in climate. Thus, preparation is of paramount importance. Apply compost generously during the fall, which help improve soil quality and structure, and make the necessary preparations to preserve water for arid conditions.




Office gardens with artificial grass in Sussex

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The nature of office work is changing the offices of years past with rows of desks is changing as is the way we work. No longer is it about processing waste amount of paperwork and rows of figures manually as these processes are quickly becoming automated by advanced online software using artificial intelligence. 

Work is no longer about carrying out the set daily tasks from 9 to 5 it’s more about imaging and thinking how you can use the data to extend your services or products to existing and new customers. This type of modern work is almost impossible to carry out for 7 to 8 hours a day, and as the largest corporations are discovering offices now have to be designed with areas that encourage employees to take breaks and naturally network to refresh the creative processes. 

Although not immediately obvious an office garden can foster networking between employees with the subject of the garden plants break the ice in the early stages of the networking process by fostering conservations. In addition an office garden adds a different dynamic to a workplace providing a place to relax and have a change of pace.


Creating an office garden  

Most office buildings have an area that can be turned into an office garden sometimes it’s a space around the back of the office building but more often than not a roof top that can be converted into a garden.  Some of the keys to creating a successful office garden are 

    • A lawn is a good place to start, it’s almost certainly to be an artificial lawn as they require low levels of maintenance compared to natural lawns and with rooftop gardens are easy to install onto most surfaces and with no additional soil being required this reduces the gardens weight on a roof. Expert advice on installing artificial lawns is essential such as artificial grass in Sussex is a good place to start. 
    • Plants often you are best to use hardy plants again especially with rooftop gardens as they can be very exposed to winter winds and weather. Some suitable plants are Skimmia japonica, Griselinia littoralis and Choisya sundance
    • Containers and raised beds – with containers, pots and raised beds often the larger the better as they are easier to water and keep moist. With compost its best to use a soil based compost called John Innes compost number 2 or 3 
    • Screening and trees – Creating screened areas and screening off windows and overlooking views can often be important. Often this can be instantly achieved by using trees in pots such as Birch trees which provide a light screening effect.
    • Watering  systems – Although often overlooked watering you office garden should be one of the first items to consider. Watering your plants with a watering can will become a task no one wishes to carry out so simply automatic irrigation system is a good solution. 



Artificial grass in Worthing

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Artificial grass and lawns solve a number of problems in a gardens with particular problems such as

  • Shady garden areas – although you can buy special grass seed mixtures that have been created to grow grass in shady areas these are not often too successful. This is  because a grass that will grow in shady areas will only stand occasional cutting plus it’s not very hard wearing. In shady areas artificial grass can be the ideal solution providing a surface that looks good all year around and is easy to maintain.


  • Young children – If you have a small garden especially an inner city garden and small children then often a natural lawn is not suitable to withstand the wear and tear young children will impose on a lawn especially in the autumn and winter months. Using artificial grass to create a lawn that can be played on all year around is a good solution as they are clean and easy to maintain with an occasional brushing and washing with a garden hose. When creating an artificial lawn for use by children its important to select a grade of artificial grass that is not abrasive on young knees and arms, inevitably youngster will fall over. A professional artificial lawn supplier and installer such as artificial grass in Worthing will be able to advise you on the grade of artificial grass required. 


  • Wet and badly drained areas – if you garden has drainage problem caused by shade or a clay soil for example an artificial grass and lawns is a good option. In such badly drained areas a natural lawn from grass or clover can be difficult to maintain especially if the winter is wet and warm in which case by the time you come to cut the lawn in the spring it’s grown in length well beyond the capacity of your lawn mower making the first few cuts very hard work indeed.  





4 Simple Tips For A Successful Vertical Garden

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

Gardening can provide several benefits. Regularly spending time in your garden can improve your heart health and reduce stress. Gardening can also improve your hand strength and quality of your sleep. If you choose to grow vegetables in your garden, you can incorporate healthier meals to your diet while earning at the same time.

However, if you recently moved to a smaller location with the help of the best moving company NYC, it might be challenging for you to pursue your passion for gardening. This is especially true if you used to live in a home with a large lawn and moved to an apartment.

Fortunately, all is not lost. You can still care for your plants through a vertical garden. Unlike planting in the ground, a vertical garden is a unique growing technique as you’ll place all of your plants on a vertically suspended panel. These plants can thrive either by freestanding or being attached to a wall.

If you’re still new to a vertical garden, use these tips to warrant success in your efforts:


  1. Determine if you want a permanent or stationary vertical garden

Even if a vertical garden doesn’t require you to plant on the ground, starting one can also be time-consuming and stressful. You need to water your plants and trim off any dead leaves to ensure that your plants grow healthily.

To ensure that all of your efforts aren’t wasted, determine how long you are going to stay in your current location. If you’re only staying in an apartment for a short period and will likely hire piano movers in the next month, make sure that your vertical garden is portable. There are now suppliers who provide tools to allow vertical gardens to be moved around.

If you’re going to stay in your current location permanently, investing in bulky and heavier tools for your vertical garden can be appropriate. You won’t have to transfer any of these tools, so you don’t need to worry about carrying any of these.



  1. Place plants based on the shade and sun

Regardless if you’re a new or expert gardener, you’ll know that all plants require shade and sun to thrive. These two are basically the plants’ foods, and without these, plants won’t survive.

Vertical gardens require careful planning since the plants will grow vertically. Over time, the plants on top of your garden can block the shade and sun, preventing the plants from the bottom to get any supply of these foods. This problem can result in the death of your plants placed at the bottom.

Steer away from this direction by carefully planning what plant goes where. For plants that require more shade for their growth, place them in the lower levels of your vertical garden. Plants that love the sun should be placed near the top.


  1. Pick the right vines

Vines are excellent choices for vertical gardens because these can improve the appearance of any space and increase privacy and shade, as well. Vines that produce flowers at certain times of the year can make your outdoors look more pleasing and bright.

Before planting any vines in your vertical garden, assess if you can handle its required maintenance. Planting a vine simply because it looks good, but not paying attention to its pruning requirements will put your investment into waste.

There are several vines available today, so make sure that you take the time to research. Aside from the frequency, you should also know if these vines require certain tools during its pruning.


  1. Vertical gardens require more water

Unlike when they are planted in soil, plants in vertical gardens need more water as they are exposed to more sun and wind. These elements can easily strip off moisture from the soil, making the plants thirstier.

Regularly check your soil to assess if your plants need water. Avoid over-soaking your plants as this will only flush out nutrients and expose the root of the plants. If possible, invest in more mulch to provide more bedding for your plants.


Consistency Matters

For you to attain success in your vertical garden, long-term commitment is required. You need to regularly exert time and effort to care for your plants and come up with remedies once your plants show symptoms of sickness.

The more consistent you are with your efforts, the sooner you can enjoy a successful and thriving vertical garden!




Why Get Composite Doors in Gateshead

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ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

In the past years, composite doors are gaining a new kind of popularity among homeowners in the UK. Many have realized that they can achieve better security if they install these kinds of doors. Aside from the safety features, there are others such as durability that made them the perfect choice for homes.

Composite doors are made up of unique materials. The outer frame is mostly consisting of PVCu, and the composite is made up of PVC sub-frame. The inner frame is made up of hardwood. This means that the outer casing is protected in any weather. The sub-frames will ensure the structure’s stability, and the inner part is protected from the twisting stress of torsion.

The composite side of the door is made up of polyurethane foam that is free of chlorofluorocarbons. When it comes to the bands at the sides, it is usually made up of ash grains that match the lock face and the hinges. The composite doors in Gateshead that are made up of glass-reinforced plastic will make sure that the door’s exterior will not easily twist, crack, or need repainting. 

As mentioned above, the composite variety is made up of different materials that result in an impregnable structure. These are the other reasons why homeowners prefer these kinds of doors. 

Why You Need One for your Home

  1. Give Great Thermal Insulation

Thermal insulation can benefit homeowners during the winter season. The foam core of the door is highly dense, and heat can’t escape easily outside. At the same time, the cold can’t quickly enter the house. The composite ones are more efficient than the timbers. You can save a lot when it comes to your energy bills because you can retain a lot of heat inside your home. 

  1. Resilient to the Weather

Whether it is raining hard, the wind blowing strong gales, or snowing hard, you can feel secure while inside of your home. The wood is protected by polyvinyl chloride, which is one of the most widely used synthetic plastic polymer in the world. With a waterproof seal that coats all of the door’s exterior, you will be safe from draughts and termites. You will have a warm, comfortable, and well-insulated house, no matter what the weather is outside.

  1. Easy Maintenance

When the door is installed, it will be easier to maintain. You have to wipe it with a clean damp cloth, and it’s good to go. You won’t need to do occasional repainting either as the paint can last up to thirty years. The long-lasting nature and easy maintenance will serve as an excellent investment for you and your whole family. With the ease of maintenance, you will always have a welcoming entrance door that won’t take too much time when it comes to cleaning and repairing.

  1. They are Durable

Most of the exterior are resistant to fading, corrosion, and impact. They are built with long-lasting materials that won’t easily get damaged with time. The lasting and durable qualities are suitable investments, especially if the homeowner is planning to sell the house in the future. The life expectancy of these doors can range from twenty to thirty years with minimum care and maintenance.

  1. Insulation Qualities

The thermal qualities of the door are superb. Read more about thermal efficiency in this site here. It can retain heat inside the house during a cold season in your area. If you are a homeowner, you and your family can enjoy the peace while inside. You can talk about everything because the composite types are more soundproof. They can reduce sounds that come from the outside as well, so you can enjoy the peace and quiet even if you are living in a busy neighborhood. The unwanted noise and colder temperatures inside the house can be a thing of the past with these entryways.


  1. Looks Good with Any Home

Whether you have a classical or a modern-styled house, a composite variety will suit you just fine. You can request for timber outward appearance, which can be the right choice for heritage houses. The colors and presentation can make a great impression on any classic designs. Some manufacturers can make custom doorways for owners who are into contemporary styles.

  1. Gives the Home an Aesthetic Factor

Most homeowners purchase these kinds of doors because they provide the home a wow factor. The first impression always lasts, and if you are the kind of person who holds many parties, then this is the right choice for you. Your friends, families, and guests will be impressed with the variety of styles and colors that the composite ones offer. It can boost your home’s appeal, and you can even order a custom-made one if you want. The stunning aesthetics and fantastic longevity can translate to better first impressions and a more appealing home.


4 Simple Tips to Maintaining a Healthy & Beautiful Garden

In CategoryTim Whitcombe
ByGardenAdvice Tim Whitcombe

The great essayist and poet, Ralph Waldo Emerson, is known to have said ‘the Earth laughs in flowers.’ Flowers have long been cherished for their scent, beauty, and medicinal properties. No one can better understand flowers the way gardeners can. They watch a flower grow from the time the seed is sowed into the earth till it’s grown fully. They then carefully tend after each flower like a child of their own.

In today’s article, we’ve provided you with 4 tips by which you can look after your garden. 


  1. Keep Your Plants Trimmed

A beautiful garden is one that is clean; with no overgrown bushes and hedges, you’re able to take in all the beauty the garden has to dispose. In order to maintain a clean garden, make sure to cut the overgrown hedges and bushes, try out some of these recommendations on which tool to use to cut them here. Always chop overgrown grass. Moreover, make sure you prune damaged leaves and roots of plants. Furthermore, be sure to trim overgrown trees as well. By carrying out such activities regularly you are sure to have a healthy and beautiful garden. 


  1. Look Out for Bugs 

Pests are a major problem when it comes to maintaining healthy plants. In order to tackle pests, we need to use pesticides. Pesticides can be purchased from the market or made right at home. However, one needs to make sure that they take several precautions when using pesticides. For one, they should be applied to soil that is dry in the absence of wind. Second, because pesticides are used to kill, they should be handled with care, you should always wear gloves when spraying pesticides and avoid getting it on your clothes or any bare part of your body.


  1. Water Your Plants Properly

Without water, there is no life. Water is very important for plants just as much it is for us humans. Water is needed by plants to help transport important materials throughout it. Moreover, water serves as the medium in which important minerals and ions are dissolved. The nutrients are absorbed by the roots of the plants from the soil. In the absence of water the plant would be pendulous and not stand straight. Eventually if water is not provided, nutrients won’t travel through a plant resulting in death. 


  1. Apply Fertilizer

The three major nutrients that a plant needs are nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorous. To apply the right type and the right amount of fertilizer we first recommend that you get your soil tested from an agency. This is important because you would get to know what nutrients your soil lacks and which nutrient it doesn’t. This way, you can provide your plants with the nutrients they require because too much of one nutrient can burn the roots of a plant resulting in less water intake, and too little of a nutrient can reduce the plant immunity.