Posts By Paul B

Signs your plant needs repotting

Often when growing plants, the growth cycle will start in a small pot which you will then move to a larger pot as it grows. There are a few signs that your plant is ready to move into a larger pot but what are they?

1. The most obvious sign is the if you see roots coming through the drain holes at the bottom of your pot. You should be able to hold the stem of your plant and pull it out of the pot if you see lots of roots at the bottom this is a sure sign its ready to move to the next size pot.

2. Another sign that your plant needs to move space is if it is very thirsty. If your plant starts looking dehydrated or starts wilting despite frequent watering then this could be a sign it needs a larger home. Ensure you water your plant the day before moving it to reduce stress on the roots.

Once you notice that your plant is ready to be placed into a bigger home it is important to make the move as soon as possible. Plants that are left in a pot too small to accommodate them will eventually die as they will not be able to absorb water or nutrients.

Garden Gravel

Having a gravel area in part of all of your garden is a low maintenance option and can look amazing if done correctly but there are a few things to consider before you decide to gravel your garden.

– You will need to think about if your garden is suitable first, although any area can be graveled it is more suited to a sunny well-drained area. and whilst you can place gravel on any surface a sandy or gravelly soil will be a better surface.

– You will need to consider the type and size of gravel also. You can get fine grade gravel or thicker types which are 20mm or more. Medium-sized gravel is easier to walk on than smaller gravel types so this is usually a better option for gardens.

– If you have cats regularly visit your garden the smaller gravel types will be inviting them to use your garden as a big litter tray – larger types of gravel can deter this.

How to bring dying plants back to life

Have you come across a less than happy plant in your garden?

A plants life can fluctuate if it is getting too much or too little of the vital life lines it needs to thrive. But most plants can easily be brought back to life using a few simple remedies to restore its natural balance.

Check out these common symptoms of dying plants and the solutions to revive it.

Symptoms – wilted, brown or yellow leaves, moist soil – these could be a sign of over-watering. Solution – keep out of direct sun and lightly water – re-pot if possible.

Symptoms – dry brown leaves, dry or hard soil, drooping leaver – these could be a sign of dehydration. Solution – place your plant in a humid area if possible or keep out of direct sun and lightly water.

Symptoms – dark or bleached patches, dried out leaves – these could be a sign you plant is getting too much sun. Solution – provide shade and water well.

Symptoms – small leaves, weak stems, stunted grown – these could be a sign that your plant is not getting enough sun. Solution – move to a sunny location if possible or add light coloured gravel to reflect light.

Wood vs composite decking?

To determine which type will work best for your lifestyle and budget we will compare wood and composite decking.
Wood decking is typically more budget-friendly than composite decking although we would always recommend going with a high-end wood, this will expand lifetime and minimise damage/chips or cracks.

Wood decking requires more maintenance than composite decking – we recommend to stain and seal every 3 years. Composite decking although virtually maintenance-free does still require cleaning, brushing regularly. Composite decking will fade over time if placed in direct sunlight – wood decking is much easier to bring back to life.

Ultimately there isn’t a huge difference between both apart from aesthetically – the deciding factor usually boils down to which one looks better to you. Composite decking comes in a range of colours which may suit your garden better.

How to keep your grass green

Yellowing and patchy grass is not aesthetically pleasing for anyone. Keeping your grass green, full and fresh can be a time-consuming task but completely worth it. Follow these simple steps to ensure your lawn looks fantastic.

– Fertiliser – we advise to start a fertiliser routine in winter but if you haven’t already done this you can start from March, you should use a quick release, high nitrogen fertiliser.
– Weed and moss control – the greenest lawns are the ones free from weeds and moss. Using a weed killer once or twice a year will help eliminate weeds. You should avoid using killers on a hot day as this can kill your grass.
– Water – in dry spells its important to keep your lawn hydrated, a hose or sprinkler system will do the job.
– Seeding – applying new grass seed will quickly bring back the green back to your garden.