Garden Design

  1. 5 Decorative Fencing Ideas

    5 Decorative Fencing Ideas

    As you take a brisk morning stroll around the block to get the day’s newspaper, a bottle of milk or a loaf of bread, you’ll probably walk past a fair few houses. All are fairly nondescript, there’s nothing special about any of the homes you see; they all look exactly the same. Their respective owners have, no doubt, spent countless hours improving their kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and lounges, keeping up with the latest styles and trends. The same effort, though, has not been given to increasing their ‘kerb appeal’. The flowerbeds are barren, the paint covering the exterior walls is flaky, and their garden boundaries are constructed of tired, old lap panels or threadbare hedges.

    Where's the kerb appeal?

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  2. Cutting Edge Borders

    Cutting Edge Borders

    Borders Provide Your Garden Design with A Cutting Edge

    A painting without a frame is, well, unframed. A haircut without a slight snip to ‘take it over the ears’ is unfinished and not ready for the mirror to see the back of your head. And a garden without border edges is how the words on a page look without my reading glasses - all a slightly bit blurred. Strong borders also allow you to cut and shape your lawn or border to the exact shape you need. A line trimmer gets up close and personal to keep things tidy. Your garden simply looks better for it.

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  3. Man Cave Versus She Shed: Which is the Superior Shed?

    Man Cave Versus She Shed: Which is the Superior Shed?

    With the rise of the ‘man cave’ and the ‘she shed’, the battle of the sexes has now moved into the back garden. These ‘homes within a home’ offer us the best of both worlds: a chance to relive our days of being young, free and single, whilst remaining within the happy confines of marital bliss. Much like men and women themselves, man caves and she sheds have much in common, yet also subtle differences, which give them both their own distinct identities. But how marked are these contrasts and which can lay claim to being the ultimate shed?

    Man Caves

    These are places which allow men to be ‘real men’, free from the confines and stuffy regulations of the home. Shoes do not need to be taken off when entering a man cave, for it is a place of work, as well as rest and play. Plates, cutlery and glasses

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  4. Useful Ideas for Old Fence Panels

    Useful Ideas for Old Fence Panels

    Sometimes, we tend to hold onto things that we really ought to replace. For example, we might insist on running an old 1998 Volkswagen Polo into the ground, even though it’s clearly time for a newer model. Similarly, we often let old fence panels rot away until they’re next to useless, when we should really replace them once they start to deteriorate.

    Time to replace these things

    What should you do with your old garden fence panels, though? Of course, the obvious solution is to simply load up the boot and take them down to the local tip. However, with a little creativity, you can actually find many uses for your ‘antique’ garden fencing and wooden fence

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  5. Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    Create a Home Gym in Your Garden Shed

    The New Year is here. Millions of people around the country have made the famous resolution: to finally get in shape. The excessive consumption of mince pies and wine over the festive period has not helped anybody’s weight loss goals and gym owners will be rubbing their hands together, awaiting a massive influx of new memberships. If you’re like me, the thought of being in an overcrowded gym, waiting 15 minutes just to use one piece of equipment, fills you with horror. There is however, a more agreeable solution. The home gym. Or, in this case, the ‘shed-gym’.

    Why would I go to the effort of creating a gym in my shed?

    Well, I’m glad you asked.

    Firstly, shed-gyms will save you time and money (in the long run). There is no tedious commute, merely a

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  6. How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    How Do I Hide My Garden Shed?

    Nothing is as beautiful or astonishing as nature, and the garden is the perfect place to enjoy its delights on a daily basis. However, an attractive garden requires a lot of practical effort and most of us have a limited space to work with. This inevitably results in the odd eye-sore, the worst of which is probably the most indispensable: the garden shed. So, you may ask, how do I hide my ugly garden shed?

    The broad answer to this question is ‘however you like’. The ways to hide an ugly shed are as varied as the human imagination but, to give you a head start, let us propose four key methods: concealment, distraction, improvement, and replacement.  

    Concealing an ugly shed is probably the first idea that comes into most people’s minds. Garden screening ideas, such as ornamental trees, shru

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  7. A guide to DIY bird feeders

    A guide to DIY bird feeders

    The local ecosystem includes garden birds. It is simple to attract birds to your garden and doing so has certain benefits that include pest control, flower pollination, and weed control. A number of insects that may not be welcome in the garden include mosquitoes, aphids, spiders, and various others. Since many birds eat insects it makes sense to attract birds and thus encourage them to eat the natural insect resources that are around.

    Birds, such as hummingbirds as well as others, sip nectar and are great pollinators of flowers in the garden. Increased pollination will create extra blooms, which adds more colour and thus attracts even more birds. Some birds like sparrows and finches consume seeds of weeds. This makes these birds suitable landscapers that can control some unwanted plants or weeds. One of the best ways to attract birds to the yard is with various types of feeders and water features. These items can be purchased at the local garden centre, but can be quite exp

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  8. Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    Your Guide to Outdoor Bike Storage

    So, you’ve finally decided – 2018 is going to be your year. You’re finally going to get in shape and improve your fitness. What better way to finally get a head-turning beach body than hopping on a bicycle? Fantastic exercise and great fun! You’ve purchased a new top of the range model, carbon fibre components galore. Your new friends at the cycling club are going to be in awe as you race past!

    But, there’s a problem - where are you going to keep it?

    The hallway? No chance. Your other half would not be best pleased if your muddy tyres stained the new cream carpets, not to mention the possibility of scraping the paintwork off the walls or, even worse, knocking the bike over whilst you’re laden with shopping bags.

    Perhaps locked up outside? A better option, but unfortunately there are thieves and vagabonds at large, possessing all sorts of tools to make short work of flimsier bike locks. Definitely not worth

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  9. How to build a pergola

    A pergola is a great way to support climbing and rambling plants. Pick the right plant (think of wisteria, honeysuckle and jasmine) and you could be walking through a tunnel of perfume as you stroll around the garden. Correctly positioned, a pergola can frame a particular view of the garden. Every garden usually needs to make full use of all available space – and that includes the vertical.

    The trick to getting a pergola to last a long time is to use pressure treated wood - that includes uprights and cross beams. When planning you also need to ensure you have enough space to walk through the pergola without stooping or, worse still, banging your head. A clear seven feet usually does the trick. What this means, however, is that the uprights need to be sunk and concreted into the ground to a depth of three feet. It seems deep, especially when you are digging the holes, but the weight of the post plus the weight of the cross beams plus the weight of fully grown wisteria i

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  10. 5 classic garden designs

    5 classic garden designs

    Whether a garden is designed by an amateur or a professional there are certain principles that form the basis of effective garden designs. Garden design elements include the layout of the hard landscape (paths, walls, water features, decking, sitting areas, and the plants).

    Here are some classic garden design ideas and a guide to using lines when designing a garden:

    1. Box Hedges

    Many formal gardens have low to medium height box hedges as a common characteristic. They are typically formed into geometric shapes that enclose an informal mix of plantings. This is a style that works well in both large and small gardens. During the winter it is the formal framework that ensures the garden remains looking stylish. This is due to the hedges, which hide the stems of pruned roses or other bare beds. The following hedging plants are suitable for local use: Abelia 'Francis Mason', coleonema, Duranta 'Sheena's Gold', and lavender.

    2.

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