Top Tips To Prepare Your Garden For The Autumn




Whether you choose to believe it or not, Autumn is just around the corner. While you dream of an eternal summer, it’s just not going to happen. Very soon, the telltale signs of Autumn will arrive, such as the shorter nights and changes in nature. You may have just readied your garden for the summer months, but as every gardener knows, it is important to prepare your garden early for the changes ahead.


As the colder days set in, you are less likely to venture out into the garden. So while it’s warm, begin to take care of your garden, and you will start to see the benefits of your labor in the weeks and months ahead.


Here are a few ideas to get you started.


Look after your lawn

The sun is great, in small doses, but your lawn will suffer in the heat. During the summer, make an effort to revitalize your grass by watering it weekly, and add fertilizer, such as those from  www.homebase.co.uk to your plants. By doing so, you will give your flowers and plants the nutrients they need to help them fend off the treacherous advances of the colder days ahead, and giving you extra time to enjoy their beauty.


Cover the pond



During the summer, a pond is a great water feature. However, as Autumn sets in, there is a need to protect the pond from falling foliage and other debris that the chilly winds can bring. Therefore, buy an adequately sized net to cover the pond to prevent the water from being polluted. This way, you will have less work to do in the spring when you begin to get your garden ready for the following summer.


Dig up the weeds

Weeds are a curse to gardeners, and you need to get them under control as they are liable to spread. Digging them up and killing them off early will save you a lot of hard work later on, and your garden will thank you for it. They grow everywhere, from between your carefully planted flowers, to the cracks in your patio, so scour every inch of your outdoor area as you begin to attack them from the root. Be careful about chemical weed killers as they can be dangerous to your flowers, but www.goodhousekeeping.com have some very good ideas as to how you can make a safer option at home.


Keep the home fires burning

Not only will you be buying firewood for your wood stove ready for the Autumn chill, but they are also useful for a small bonfire to burn up your garden waste. Visit www.woodcall.com and have a look at what they could offer you, saving you the hard work of sourcing wood from your garden and places of nature. Furthermore, you could use spare logs to create an attractive boundary around your garden, or create some interesting wooden sculptures.


Don’t throw away the wood ash as it can be used as extra fertilizer for your garden, giving some of your plants the potassium they need to survive. Visit www.pearsonsofduns.co.uk to find out which plants wood ash will benefit, as well as those that won’t.


Care for your greenhouse
Your greenhouse is perfect for allowing your summer plants to flourish during the warmer months, and now is the time to prepare for those flowers and plants that need extra care during the winter chill. As Autumn creeps in, your plants will have less sunlight to benefit them, so clean the glass panes to allow in as much sun as possible before winter finally takes hold.


Plant evergreen foliage




While many plants and flowers will eventually die or hibernate during the cold and frosty weather, evergreen trees and plants will continue to add much-needed color to your garden. While the soil is still warm, now is the perfect time to plant a few, including camellias, japonica, and holly. Unlike other foliage, these are low maintenance, so you don’t need to brave the cold air to look after them.


Prepare for the spring
 
Read one of our previous articles at www.orchidgardens.co.uk to find out why spring is the best season for your garden. While summer is barely over, you still need to prepare for the later seasons to get the full benefit of your Spring flowers. Now is the time to plant those all-important bulbs, including tulips and daffodils, to ensure your garden blooms with glorious colour in the new year.

 
 

How to Create a Meditation Corner in Your Garden

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We all need a special place we can call our own. A place where we can unwind, relax and disconnect. What better place to do that in that in our gardens? Follow our simple tips on how to create your very own relaxation, meditation corner in your garden. For a place that you can contemplate, relax, meditate, read, listen to music and do whatever you like, whenever the mood takes you.


Choose the Ideal Space


First of all you are going to need to choose the best space in your garden, where you feel at your most relaxed. Bearing in mind that this is a space that you will want to enjoy in both the evenings and in the day. So if you are not good in the summer heat, you will want to choose a shaded and cool area in your garden that is sheltered by trees. Similarly in the evening you will want an area of your garden that you find the most relaxing and perhaps the furthest away from street noise or noise from neighbours.


Perhaps you want your special spot to be really private, so you may want to look into the nooks and crannies of your gardens that will provide a really secluded spot where you won\’t be overlooked or bothered.


For those of you that don’t have a garden area, you can use a small terrace or a balcony and privatise the area by putting up bamboo screens to section off this area from any potential overlookers.


Keep it Simple and Uncluttered


Gardens are intended to be wild and, in many ways, uncontrolled. However a quiet and meditative area of a garden will want to be free of too many distractions and objects. You will want to set about clearing away any unnecessary debris from the area, deweeding any overgrown areas in order to create a really calming and soothing area.


From there you will want to think about the items that you want to add to this area to make it really comfortable and welcoming. Basic meditation and relaxation garden areas include pillows, soft and warm throws and blankets, a small table and a large mat to cover the overall area.


Add Nature


Although you are already surrounded by nature you will also want to think about the type of nature you want to surround yourself with in your meditation corner. You may be surrounded by trees, bushes, flowers and plants, however there are always a few extra special touches you can add to make the space your own. Bonsai trees by tiny trees will add an eastern charm to your area. Just as beautiful orchids will add a sense of peace and tranquility to your new found relaxation spot.


Finishing Touches


The finishing touches to your new relaxing garden area will come in the form of lights and music. Playing your favourite relaxing music and adorning the area with pretty fairy lights will be the finishing touches to truly bring your soothing garden area to life and create an outdoor area where you can unwind and disconnect and spend some much needed, quality time with yourself.  
 

Enjoy Your Garden During Super Hot Heat Waves

A sudden increase in temperature and sun exposure can cause a lot of damage to your garden, and, as a result, your enjoyment of spending time out there. However, with a little preparation, it’s still possible to enjoy your backyard space in the hottest of heat waves, and ensure you, your plants, and lawn are all well protected. Let’s take a closer look at some of your options.
 

Get mulching

As the sun scorches the soil that your plants live in, you need to give it as much protection as possible. Watering can help, of course, but even a good soaking will dry up long before the damp reaches the critical roots of your plants. So, start creating some mulch and spread it over your exposed flower beds. You can use dried grass clippings, straw, seaweed - even newspaper or black plastic sheeting. And the result is that the soil beneath the mulch will be cooler, and it will act as a layer of protection to prevent completely drying out.

The early bird

Watering is essential during heat waves, of course, but it is a complete waste of time and resources if you water plants and lawns during the hottest parts of the day. Your best bet is to get up early and do it first thing in the morning instead, preferably using soaker hoses which you can place beneath the mulch to ensure that the roots of your plants are getting the hydration they need.

Make use of shade

If you have vast expanses of open space, you and your garden are going to struggle when the sun is shining full on. Try and create shaded areas instead, which you can use to cool down and relax, and that you can grow shade-suited flowers and plants. Plantain lilies, ferns, and Bergenias are all beautiful plants that don’t just survive in the shade - they thrive.

Movable furniture

Fixed furniture can be a big issue in a heat wave, especially if it offers you no protection from the sun. Not only will you be unable to sit down in comfort, but the damage the high levels of sun do to your garden furniture can take its toll, too. So, consider trying to find a hanging chair stand or something that is similarly mobile. Using gear like this, you can either sun yourself when the temperature is comfortable enough and hide away in the shade when it gets too hot.

Go for a pool

The traditional garden pool doesn’t have to be hugely expensive - and it’s the perfect retreat for a hot baking summer. Compact pools are widely available these days and can be used all-year around, with a standard heating system switched on over winter and most definitely turned off to give you a refreshing dip in the summer. Go for a full in-ground option if you want to keep the view of your garden intact, although bear in mind that the excavation work tends to make the process more expensive. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!
 

Build Your Front Yard Up To Be Breathtaking

 
When you own property, you probably do, on occasion, think about the curb appeal of the home. You want to make sure that it looks attractive to your neighbors and perhaps even stands out as a beauty spot on your street. A key part of the curb appeal for your home is the front garden. It needs to be lush, dazzling with unique features to ensure that it really stands out on the street. So, where’s the best place to start when ensuring that your garden looks tremendous?

From The Floor Up

 
You can start by thinking about the grass underneath your feet. First, what color is it? You really want your grass to be lush and a gorgeous green. It shouldn’t have burn marks from the heat of the sun, nor should it be dry enough to lose its natural splendor. The good news is that you can get grass greener to give your turf back it’s natural colour.

Or, perhaps, you have a mainly concrete front yard, and you want to change that with some new turf. Adding more greenery to your garden can give it the color that it’s been missing. Turf suppliers can provide you with the grass you need to make your garden look more lively and vibrant.
 

Of course, you might have the opposite issue of just a wide stretch of grass making up your front yard. If that’s the case, you can think about sectioning it with a path leading up to the front door from the edge of the garden. That would look stunning, we’re sure you agree. A wonderfully quaint choice would be to lay down stepping stones.

Adding Layers

 
If you really want to ensure your garden stands out, you could give it some little layers, again sectioning different parts of your garden. For instance, in one of the corners, there could be an elevated piece of land and perched on top of this, a stone statue. This is the type of unique feature we’re talking about that will make your gardens stand out. Sunk into the garden at the front, you could have a rocky alcove with beautiful decorative features and perhaps rustic red colors. Then, just around this, you could frame it with some beautiful tropical flowers. As well as giving your garden some character, this might also make the front of your yard look a little larger.
 
This can be important if you are hoping to attract buyers in the near future.

Expert Help
 

You might be able to complete most of the work on the garden yourself. However, in some cases, it’s possible that you should think about hiring an expert to help you out here. You can recruit the services of a landscaper. You’ll certainly need their help if you want to completely alter the aesthetic of the garden. Or, if you want to add a new build in feature such as a natural water fountain.
 

Use these tips, and you can ensure that your garden looks absolutely stunning, sending neighbors green with envy.
 
 
 
 


Grace The Ground In Your Garden

The best gardens don’t have a huge lawn and aren’t filled with paving slabs. They don’t focus on one style or aspect of their design. Instead, great gardens use a creative mix of everything. Achieving a unique and well-balanced look in your garden isn’t easy. In fact, you could probably write several books about this, alone. So, to help you out as best it can, this post will be focusing on the floor in your garden. And, the things you can do to it to make it look as interesting and beautiful as you possibly can. Now, all you have to do is go out there and get the work done. But, of course, it won’t be quite that easy.
 
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To start, let’s talk about paving. Most of the usable floor in your garden will be made with either decking or paving. And, paving is the most popular option at the moment. This sort of floor is similar to the tiles you have in a kitchen or bathroom. But, instead of using tiles, they use slabs of much harder material. These stone-like slabs can be laid out in interesting patterns and shapes, making basic artwork in your garden. A lot of traditional stonemasons will be able to do this work for you using their own designs. Or, if you’re feeling brave; you could look on websites like Instagram to get inspiration for your own designs. This will make the job feel as though you had a much greater hand in it.
 
Next, it’s time to consider the more natural areas of the garden. Paving is pointless; if the rest of the garden looks bad. Paving and landscaping go hand in hand; and, once you see the results, you’ll understand why. Your lawns and soil areas of the garden should always be smooth and level. This sort of look is first achieved by laying fresh turf; then, you have to keep mowing it regularly for its lifespan. But, landscaping doesn’t just include lawns. It’s also becoming very popular for multiple levels to be used in a garden. Using wooden and stone housings, a lot of people are creating smaller, sub-gardens above their paved areas and patios. And, once you have something like this; you have to decorate it.
 
The best decorations to have in your garden are natural ones. Often, big ornaments and large features will look bad over time. So, it’s worth investing in things that can be easily changed. Flowers will create a great splash of colour during the warmer months. And, in winter, you could consider finding some plants which can survive in the cold. Different plants like to grow in different temperatures. So, you can tailor your garden to the weather; if you put the work in. Always make sure you have the right type of pot for the plants you keep.
 
Hopefully, this will give you a good idea of what needs to be done; if you want to start improving the appearance of your garden. A lot of people don’t bother to decorate the floors in this sort of area. But, it’s worth starting here; it’s the biggest part of the garden.

How to Landscape a Horse Yard

If you own horses, your horse yard may be your only chance to use your green fingers. It’s a way of bringing life and colour to outside the home. The are many plants that can add texture and character to your yard. However, being a horse owner, you have to consider the safety of your horses too. So, if you’re ready to invest and add value to your home, along with beauty, here are some tips on how to landscape a horse friendly garden.
 
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Add Plants
Plants can add colour and vibrancy to any yard. However, you have to be careful what you choose to plant. Popular flowers like Lilies and Daffodils can be toxic to horses. Here’s a list of safe plants and flowers you can use around horses. If you aren’t brave enough to use flowers, why not create your own vegetable patch? There are plenty of choices when it comes to safe vegetables for horses. If you still want to plant flowers with plenty of colour, consider using hanging baskets that your horses can’t reach.
 
Elderflower Bushes
Elderflower bushes can make your yard look elegant. They’re ideal for creating parameters or marking off certain areas for you and your horses use. They also have one other ideal advantage around horses. They repel flies! Unlike your horse, who will attract flies, especially during the Spring and Summer months. It won’t matter how clean you keep your horse or how often you clean your Vale Stables. You will still have to deal with flies wherever your horse goes.
 
Choose a Muck Heap Location
The last thing visitors will want to see is a big muck heap as soon as they arrive on your drive. The horses yard needs to be kept clean if you want to create a beautiful landscape. Choose an area where you can keep your horses muck out of sight and out of smell. Even if you choose to use it as fertilizer, you’ll never be rid of it completely, so it’s important to find a spot that doesn’t ruin the ambience of your new yard.
 
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Make a Feature from a Trough
If your horse spends a lot time in your yard, it will need access to water. You can double up by creating something beautiful out of the trough. Use a beautifully updated vintage trough for your horse or create a water feature that can be sustenance for your horse and an ornament for your yard. Be sure to re-fill whatever you decide on with fresh water daily.
 
Barriers
There will be times when you’ll need to separate your horse from the yard. Fencing or stone walls are a great way to do this. Fencing is an easy way to link in with your stables and create a connection within the yard. However, you can be somewhat creative with a stone wall, carefully choosing each stone that’s placed. It’s durable and looks expensive without it having to be.
Many people think of gardens with grass and flowers, but a horse yard can be just as beautiful.

 


What Flowers To Have In A Formal Cottage Style Garden

A cottage garden is less regarded for rules but rather lack of. It’s really a case of doing what you love and allowing the flowing and free nature of the plants and pathways to conjoin together without proper conformity. While formal gardens are the opposite and thrive in a controlled and more traditional environment with well-defined spaces and sections which don’t cross each other. But, a cottage garden is relaxed, fun, colorful and very beginner-friendly. And if formal gardens are for the connoisseur, what if both of them mixed together to make a botanical utopia? There’s advice at hand if you’re willing to cultivate your own corner of delightful floral formations and wondrous wandering paths.
 
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Growing the winter rose

Also known as the polar star, this flower is wide, bold, thick and extraordinarily beautiful. The polar star rose is one of the HyBrid Tea Rose varieties and has distinctive large double pure white petals. You don’t see this kind of rose often, and it’s because they only grow around a specific time of the year. However, if you section off a part of your garden, whether at a right angle or curving cul de sac, the right amount of care should see it blossom in no time. Normally, however, the rose flowers from the months of July to September and is quite resilient to the temperature change. The foliage is toothed, and a possesses a green sheen on the stem. Grown with love and care, it should tower at approximately 1 meter. Because the petals are thick bugs and pest like to harbor in the scented stigma, but a good spray from a company like Youngs Pest Control should take care of all your hard work.
 
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Creating a wild meadow

The seed choice is where you will start your wild ride of untamed and mesmerizing floral abundance. If your grass is overgrown or you’re combining your flowers with the grass, make sure to trim it, so it doesn’t take the resources your seeds are going to need to grow. Yellow Rattle is a hemiparasite which will wrap its roots around the grass roots and extract the water and minerals from it, that it needs; a versatile choice. The plethora of wildflower mixes is almost too much to comprehend, but native flowers to your country are obviously at one with the climate so don’t try to go exotic.

When it comes to planting make sure you’ve prepped the soil beforehand with enriching food and minerals. The planting hole should be in the same shape and size as your selected seed, for example, if your seed is a diamond shape, form a rhombus mound of soil over it. The surrounding soil must be loose to allow the roots to spread easily and the water to penetrate deeper without pooling underneath the surface. Keep watering the flowerbed until you know the conditions are healthy enough where you can let the patch dry, upon which take the necessary precautions pertaining to bugs and slugs. Birds will go digging in the newly laid soil as it’s soft and they know a worm of insect may be underneath as a meal for them. However they will uproot the seed and destroy all your hard work, so keep an eye on your patch and if you see a bird, shoo them away.