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5 Tips to Make Your Garden Look Better

There are many reasons as to why we start gardening, but one of the chief objectives or stipulations for every gardener is that it has to look good. This applies to herb gardens, flower gardens and even vegetable gardens as well. So, to make sure that your hard work in the soil is reflected as well as it possibly can, here are five tips that should prove to be useful.

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Select Better Seeds and Plants

The healthier the seeds or the saplings are, the better they will look on maturing and similarly, if you end up buying a diseased or pest-infested plant, not only will it look ragged, the disease and pests will probably spread to the other healthy plants in your garden as well. Look for obvious signs such as harmful insects, leaves with holes, raggedy foliage, etc.

Learn to Tell the Good Bugs from the Bad Ones

Not every insect in your garden is an enemy of your plants, but there are definitely some (leafhoppers, aphids, thrips) that can absolutely wreak havoc in your garden. Butterflies are one of the best insects to have in a garden for not only the natural beauty they bring with them, but also because of the fact that they are pollinators and some species even prey on harmful pests. Grow plants to attract butterflies and other beneficial bugs such as the green lacewing and the ladybug. You may need to watch for caterpillars with some species though, but that’s what the other predator bugs are there for.

Trim with Haste

A good-looking garden is a well-trimmed one, so keep your plants trimmed to make them look their best. Get rid of the damaged branches as soon as you can, because if they get infected and the disease spreads to other sections of the plant, you will likely lose the whole plant. Don’t wait till spring, just do it in late winter.

Put in a Birdbath

A birdbath in a flower garden is just essential. It brings beautiful birds from all over to your garden and when they all sit, fly, chirp and bathe in your little garden full of flowers and butterflies, it’s hard to imagine a better natural sight outside of a forest. Additionally, the droppings will fertilize the soil and most birds are natural pest controllers.

Space the Plants Out Strategically

Spacing the plants out is one of the basic ways to make sure that each of the plants in your garden gets the attention it deserves, and the entire garden ends up looking better. Also, tightly packed plants end up growing poorly because they have to fight for the same nutrients, water and sunlight constantly. The humidity from closely packed plants could also cause mildew to start growing on them. None of these are good for the plants or the aesthetics of your garden, so provide ample space in between your plants.

You can always add decorative fencing, fancy pots, garden hangers and other accessories to make your garden look even better of course, but these five tips will help you get the foundation of healthy and good-looking plants you need to work with.

The Sun Has Arrived – It’s Time to Sort out Your Garden

GardenIt’s been a difficult winter, while we haven’t had freezing temperatures or snow we have had to contend with plenty of wind and rain. The gardens of England are looking dishevelled and many have taken a battering, resulting in damaged fences, sheds and problems with the old decking. The good news is we’re finally seeing signs of better things to come, which means it’s the perfect time to sort out the garden for the better months ahead.

Garden Jobs to Complete by the End of March
Now is the time to call in the gardeners and the landscapers if you have the budget. If not, or if you love nothing more than getting your green fingers dirty, here are some the jobs that need tending too before the month of April arrives.

  • Sorting out the borders – remove any weeds and pile on plenty of manure to feed the soil and enrich it for your plants and shrubs.
  • Put in the supports you need for the plants that are about to spring back into life.
  • Buy your vegetable seeds and get them planted out.
  • Prune the roses and tie the climbing roses back.
  • If you intend on planting bare rooted trees now is your last chance to do so.
  • Prune the fruit trees, cut back willows and other trees and bushes you may have that need tidying up.
  • Fill up the borders that are looking bare.
  • Feed the plants and the lawn and replace any dead patches.

Landscaping Preparation
If you’re treating your garden to a redesign or simply repairing the damage caused throughout the winter storms you’ll need to prepare now and start working. Before you begin have a good clear out of the garden and any bits of wood or materials that are lying around. Think about how you could reuse any damaged wood elsewhere, you could make some bird houses, a bird table or perhaps a bee house or insect hotel – waste not want not!

Sharpen up your tools including your mower blades if you didn’t get round to doing it before the winter set in. Looking after your tools will make work easier and ensure you get a long life out of all of your tools.

Decking, Fences and Sheds
The sooner you take care of the larger jobs the sooner you’ll be able to start enjoying your garden once more. Order quality wood for your projects, such as the timber from Davies Timber. If you don’t know what you’re doing when it comes to sorting out the fences or the decking it’s better to spend a little more on the project and get someone to do the job for you. It’s not essential though; there are plenty of tutorials available and guidance books that will walk you through the steps.

Springtime is a busy time for the gardeners of this world but the hard work will pay off. It doesn’t take long for the effort you put in to show.