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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.

A Guide to Growing Grape Hyacinth

The grape hyacinth is aptly named: its blooms look like lots of small grapes, whilst also resembling the overall shape of the traditional hyacinth. It is an easy flower to grow in locations around the garden, from borders to planters, and it isn’t especially fussy about soil either. It will grow well in any kind of soil that is relatively well draining and gives it enough nutrients.

Grape hyacinths are small and only grow to a maximum of about 8 inches in height, so you should be careful not to plant them somewhere too shady. Make sure they will get plenty of natural daylight and give them space to grow. It also might be a good idea to plant them away from other plants and flowers because they can spread very quickly, invading the space of others. This is also why people often grow them in pots, or let them naturalise in a lawn.

Wildflower Turf – Beautiful and Natural

Wildflower turf is the natural alternative to normal grass. It is essentially the same as turf, but with wildflower seeds that will bloom into a beautiful flower garden, complete with many different varieties of flower. This will add colour and interest to a garden of any size, making it something a little bit different to your usual lawn.

Wildflower turf is perfect for people who love nature, as it will attract many kinds of animals and insects. One of the most notable types of insect you might find is a bee, which will be attracted to the pollen in your flower garden. The bees will help to pollinate flowers as well, so that they continue to flourish. You might also spot butterflies, especially if you have other kinds of plants in your garden as well, like perennials and annuals. All will contribute to making your garden a lovely natural environment.

Buying V Tongue and Groove Cladding

Cladding can be used on buildings, outdoor structures and outbuildings to give them a neat, uniform and aesthetically pleasing appearance. It can help give buildings a longer lifespan, as well as making them look their best – without having to make too much effort. This effort can be further minimised if you use an appropriate type of cladding that won’t be too difficult to install, like V tongue and groove cladding. Slotting together easily to form a solid structure around the outside of the building, tongue and groove cladding is practical, simple and will give you good value for money when used correctly.

Your cladding is an important aspect of a building. It might be used on garden buildings and outbuildings, like sheds and wooden garages. It might also be used on summer houses, cabins and annexes, so it needs to be high enough quality to provide enough insulation and the right kind of environment for your property. These kinds of properties are actually lived in, used as dwellings for expanding the footprint of your home, making the quality of the components used within the building all the more important. It would be pointless having a well built log cabin covered in subpar cladding.

Sourcing V tongue and groove cladding

You can find tongue and groove cladding in many places on the internet and in physical shops. There are various options available, with different types of wood being used for different effects. Often V tongue and groove cladding will be made from softwood, like spruce, pine or cedar.

V tongue and groove cladding isn’t the most expensive kind you can buy, but it isn’t cheap either. This is because a lot of manufacturing will go into the cladding itself, making the tongue and groove shape and making it easier to fit. This makes the cladding suitable for home DIY jobs, as well as for professionals who need cladding that can be put up quickly.

The benefits of choosing tongue and groove cladding

These are some of the reasons why you might choose tongue and groove cladding over other types of cladding:

  • Easier to install. The tongue and groove shape makes it easier to slot this cladding together. It can be suitable for DIY projects if you follow instructions carefully. You won’t need to have lots of prior experience.
  • A neater finish. The tongue and groove application means the cladding slots together easily, hiding obvious joins and creating a neater finish. If you want uniform cladding for aesthetic purposes, this could be exactly what you are looking for.
  • Good value. It’s easy to buy tongue and groove cladding online or in shops, allowing you to enjoy excellent value for money. If you don’t want to spend too much, there are plenty of opportunities to do some pricing research first.
  • Environmentally friendly. Most tongue and groove cladding is sourced from sustainably grown softwood. Check the specific environment credentials before you commit to purchasing V tongue and groove cladding from a particular supplier or retailer.

Using Domestic Umbrellas in your Garden

Umbrellas – they don’t just have to be for the rain. They can be permanent or semi permanent fixtures in your garden as well, designed to shade you from the sun as well as giving you some protection from the wind or drizzle. You can put them up in the centre of a table, the more traditional way of having an umbrella in your garden, or if you wanted a bigger umbrella, you could have it freestanding, or attached to the side of a building. However you decide to use an umbrella, it can give you a considerable amount of use of your garden, making it much easier for you to get more out of it.

Many domestic umbrellas can be bought relatively cheaply from places like garden centres or DIY shops. If you want a more professional type of umbrella, you can approach an awning supplier or retailer, who will have a better grade of umbrella.

Do you Need Planning Permission for a Glass Room?

Often, you will not need planning permission to build a glass room, which is one of the major benefits of this type of construction. You will be able to simply build the glass room onto the side of your house, as long as it is within your own property and garden. Glass rooms are much easier to build than conservatories and extensions for this reason, and it will help you to complete the project quickly and efficiently. 

It is always worth making sure that you will not need planning permission before you enlist a glass room installer. This will ensure you have everything you need to begin the project and you won’t be held up. You should check with your solicitors about the issue of planning permission and if you find that you are going to need it, they will be able to help you submit calculations and get the permissions you need.