Garden Maintenance

  1. The October Garden Guide

    The October Garden Guide

    October usually sees the start of autumn proper, with colder, windier weather and, potentially, the first of the frosts. We also get to enjoy some fabulous leaf colours before they start to fall.   

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  2. The August Garden Guide

    The August Garden Guide

    August is the last full month of summer and one of the warmest of the year.

    As well as continuing with some of July’s tasks, you will need to address other areas of your garden too.  

    Here are our top 10 tips to help you make the most of your August garden and to ensure you retain plenty of interest as we move into autumn.

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  3. The July Garden Guide

    The July Garden Guide

    July is often the warmest month of the year and your plants will be relying on you to help them cope with the hotter, drier conditions. Here are our top 10 tips for ensuring that your July garden remains in good shape and that you continue to enjoy those magnificent blooms.

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  4. How to Insulate Your Shed

    How to Insulate Your Shed

    More and more ordinary sheds are being converted into places of extraordinary activity. Workrooms, chill out space and hobby dens are all evolving from the humble 6x8. But to make a shed a comfortable place to work, rest and play, the structure has to be insulated. And that’s against the cold in winter and heat in summer.

    Beware the Bubble

    Before making any changes to a shed ensure everything you do isn't increasing the risk of fire. Bubble plastic is often tacked to the inside of a shed and yes, it insulates (it’s its job!) but it can aid the spread of fire quickly through a wooden structure. It will also trap a lot of moisture in the shed and papers may curl and metals rust. It’s a quick way to insulate but think carefully about long-term consequences.


    A shed will have a frame onto which the outer cladding is fixed. And that creates an instant gap perfect for foil backed po

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  5. How to dry and season firewood

    Seasoning your firewood in one of our Log stores

    Having your own open fire is a real treat, by preparing your own firewood you could save money and have a sense of accomplishment. The process of seasoning, or drying, your firewood can take a long time but is vital. Fresh timbers can contain between 30 to 60 % water and wont burn well in your fireplace. If you did try to burn wet logs you will generate more particulates and greenhouse gases or even creosote (or tar). All of this will clog up your chimney and could lead to unwanted fires.

    The dryer the timbers then the cleaner and more efficient they will burn on your fire. If there is still too much moisture then more energy will be used to boil off this water, rather than heat your home. You really need to consider proper firewood storage to ensure the logs are adequately dried out.

    The basic steps to drying your firewood using a log store:

    1. Always use the summe
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  6. Garden butterfly numbers drop 20% in the UK

    Monarch Butterfly Conservation | BuyShedsDirect UK

    Butterflies in the garden are such a familiar and enjoyable sight, but year-on-year numbers have been dropping.

    So far, this years cool summer and the reduction in habitat throughout the UK, has led to a 22 % reduction in butterfly numbers.

    The volunteers from the charity Butterfly Conservation has been conducting research into butterfly numbers since 2009.

    Their findings have shown a steady decline in native butterfly numbers, on average the volunteers saw 80 butterflies and up to 8 species. The survey has shown that there has been around a 20 % reduction in butterfly nu

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  7. How can gardening help hedgehogs?

    The hedgehog is one of the most familiar of Britain’s wild animals. Known as ‘the gardener’s friend’ for their love of feasting on those pesky worms and slugs, hedgehogs can be spotted roaming our gardens at night but sadly the number of them in the UK is rapidly decreasing. So what’s happening to the hedgehog population?

    Why hedgehogs need help;

    Hedgehogs once thrived in the UK - in the 1950’s there were over 30 million of our spikey friends - but now this figure has dropped to less than a million.

    The most significant reason behind the drop in numbers is the result of the loss of their natural habitat in Britain. The increase in population and the need for more housing is a concern. Hedgehogs need somewhere to shelter, hibernate and raise their young and hedges are the perfect place for this. They provide easy access in and out of a garden and, with leaves gathering at the bottom, it makes the perfect and cosy hedgehog hideaway. Yet sadly

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  8. Your July Garden

    Your July Garden

    July brings plenty of flowers, the first pickings from my small veg plot and cucumber after cucumber from the greenhouse. I've also revisited my past and started a cacti collection again – takes me back decades – with plenty to do in the garden. Watering of hanging baskets, containers and pots, checking for bugs on my roses and feeding where plants look hungry. It's a proper gardening month!

    What to do for your July garden

    • Feed plants growing in containers and hanging baskets. The built in fertiliser in most compost is now exhausted and plants are really getting into their stride.
    • Nip off all flowers as they fade to encourage more to be produced. Bedding plants respond to this treatment well.
    • Feed tomatoes when the first fruits start to swell. Regular watering is the key to successful tomato growing.
    • Damp down the floors in greenhouses to keep humidity high and reduce the stress your plants are under.
    • If yo
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  9. Quick guide to lawn maintenance

    Quick guide to lawn maintenance

    Most gardeners will agree that keeping a lawn in top condition requires proper planning; they will also tell you that, once they have a beautiful, healthy lawn as the centre piece of their garden, the feeling of satisfaction makes it worthwhile. We will look at some ideas and tips to help you be the envy of your neighbourhood, family and friends.

    General, regular lawn maintenance also means that prevention is indeed better than cure. Why wait until you see yellow/brown patches, why wait until moss has taken over? Be prepared, make sure you do the basics right and have a lawn to be proud of, year in and year out, by considering the following:

    Watering Your Lawn
    In summer it is best to water your lawn either early in the morning or early evening, since evaporation is unlikely at those times. Apart from temperature, soil type also plays a role: sandy areas will require more (and more regular) watering because of quicker draining, whereas clay or mi

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  10. Michelle Berriedale-Johnson’s gardening guide for amateurs

    Michelle Berriedale-Johnson’s gardening guide for amateurs

    About Michelle Berriedale-Johnson 

    Michelle runs a site devoted to aiding those suffering from allergies - and also runs her own blog here. She is a self professed average Jane gardener who has achieved fantastic results.

    "I am not a professional gardener. Truth be told, I am not a very good amateur gardener either. I have never managed to work out what the PH of my soil is beyond north London clay, my cuttings rarely throw a shoot, the seeds I plant wither before they hit teenage-dom and on average, over the year, I doubt that I spend more than two hours a week gardening. Yet, somehow, I seem to have created this quite large London garden which evokes cries of ‘oh, what a wonderful garden’ from almost everyone who sees it.

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