Garden Ideas

How to Make a Succulent Crown

This is a guest post written by Kylie from grohelps. If you are wondering about how to make your very own succulent crown then the good news is that it is actually a lot easier to do than you would ever imagine. In actual fact, there are just a few simple steps for you to follow that will then allow you to make your own crown and even stand back and admire your work. So, let’s get started with looking at what you need to do.   Step 1: What You Need. If we can begin by looking at the things you are going to need in order to complete this job, but do note that this is not an extensive list by any means. Instead, you only need a few key things to get started and even then it is not going to take an eternity. So, the things that you are going to need are as follows. Some floral wire and i...

5 Tips for Growing Sweet Peas Like a Professional

Sweet peas are one of the most rewarding plants you can grow in your garden.  Humans have been growing sweet peas for centuries, with the earliest written records dating as far back as the late 17th century. Over 300 years of cultivation, gardeners have developed an astonishing array of different styles and colors, most of which still have the signature sweet scent that helped to make them so popular. The wonderful fragrance of these beautiful blooms can fill your entire garden.  And they’re great for cutting if you want to bring the wonderful smells of your flower garden indoors.   Growing Sweet Peas the Easy Way Some gardeners struggle with sweet peas year after year.  These plants are somewhat finicky.  They appreciate special care and attention, and they do not tolerate neglect. T...

Prepare Your Lawn for Winter

The leaves are falling and the weather is starting to turn, with the days getting shorter and the temperatures getting colder. That means that winter is just around the corner, and it’s time to get your lawn ready for its long hibernation. If you prepare your lawn properly, you’ll protect the health of the soil and have lush, vibrant grass come spring. Before you throw out your premium grass seed, there are a few things you need to do to get your lawn ready. Here’s what you need to do to prepare your lawn for winter:   Aerate the Soil Over time, your soil can become compacted, which means that it won’t drain as easily. Your lawn will become a slushy mess every time it rains because the soil can’t drain the water, and the water will run across your top soil, taking nutrients with it. T...

Landscaping your Dream Garden

Designing one’s own garden is something that requires thought and planning, and it is advisable to consult the experts, who have the hands-on experience in creating the ideal garden. In Western Australia, the climate is temperate, and this means the garden can be utilised for much of the year. So, armed with a budget and a few ideas, one needs to talk to a landscape contractor about possible designs.   The experts As any gardener will confirm, one should first consider what is already there. Trees and shrubs, and any land undulation should be taken into consideration. Large trees can sometimes be a blessing, as they provide valuable shade in the summer months. If a large tree has to be removed, stump grinding by Perth Arbor Services, will totally remove the roots, without damaging the...

Tips for a Keeping Your Garden Shed Tidy

With summer here (in theory), you may have recently gone to your shed to do a bit of gardening only to close the door in fright and disgust at the amount of clutter and disorganised mess hidden behind the wooden box. Organising your garden shed and keeping it tidy will ensure you can access your tools and equipment with ease, and taking a day to sort and declutter will keep you in good stead for years to come. In this guest post, York Timber Products offer some tips on the best ways to tidy and organise your shed:   Sort Everything If your shed is stacked to the roof with bits and pieces, take time to remove everything from the shed and place it in your garden, organising everything into blocks such as power tools, garden tools, storage, and items you feel you can do without. We envis...

Clean up your Yard!

Clean up your Yard! While many homeowners are focused on taking care of the interior of their property, it is very easy to forget about the exterior but it is just as important to ensure that the outside of a home looks as good as the inside, especially if the property is about to go on the market. Many people simply don’t have the spare time to dedicate to maintaining a garden or a yard area and it is often far easier to employ a professional company to do all of the hard work. From cutting and trimming to pruning and felling, there are lots of outdoor jobs that a professional company can handle in a garden or yard and companies like this can be found with a quick online search. Expert tree loppers in Perth or indeed any major city in the entire world can be found on the internet and it i...

Low Maintenance Landscape Ideas to Save You Time and Money

Mowing the lawn, watering and other yard care projects can take a large chunk of time out of your weekend. Outdoor projects are costly, especially if you have to purchase the tools to get the job done. The following are low maintenance landscape ideas to help reduce your workload and keep your expenses to a minimum.   Devise a Plan The first step in devising a plan for your yard is to take photos of your outdoor space. Working from the front curb, make your way throughout your entire property. This allows you the chance to identify issues with your yard and areas that may need more work and time. Mark the dimensions to get the most accurate readings. Blooming flower beds, waterfalls and ponds will beautify your yard. But you want to ensure that your plan doesn’t take up a lot of time ...

Add Kurb Appeal to Your Home

Add Kurb Appeal to your Home …If you want to put your property onto the market and add some kurb appeal to your home, then there are lots of things that you can do from repainting it in a fresh new colour through to buying new furniture and tidying up the garden. However, there are some simpler things that you can do to increase the appeal of your home to potential buyers and getting a new fence erected is one of them. You can hire a professional company to do the installation work for you and all you need to do is choose a style that will complement your property. Fences come in a variety of styles and designs, so you will need to work out which one best suits your home and your garden. You can invest in good quality fencing in Perth when you shop online through a specialist company...

More Living Space With A Patio

Homeowners invest a lot of time and money into their properties because it provides them with the most accessible place to relax. People may enjoy a 2-week break once a year where complete serenity can be truly experienced, but their home should provide them with the space they need to unwind after a long day at work and enjoy spending time with the family. Given the fact that many homeowners wish to invest their money wisely in home improvements that are as practical as they are attractive, patios are a popular choice because they create extra living space. During the summer months when the weather is favourable, people love to spend time outdoors and enjoy the sun with their family. However, when the sun is glaring and UV rays can be damaging, it’s often not easy to relax in a garden for...

Wonderful Garden Water Features

It’s been said many times that a garden is never truly complete without the element of water for it completes the circle of nature. On that note the circle of nature consists of Earth, Wind, Fire and Water and there are many gardens that purposefully include all four elements so that the garden encompasses the full array of natural elements. Unless you concrete your entire garden it’s safe to say that it will contain the element of ‘Earth’ but what about water? The most common train of thought when it comes to including the element of ‘Water’ into the garden is to build a garden pond.  However, for many this causes a dilemma. Firstly a garden pond can take up a lot of your time in maintenance. Secondly, and this is specifically for those with young children, there is a worry that a garden ...

Discover a Passion for Contemporary Gardens

There’s no questioning our love of gardening and people go to great lengths and expense to create a garden that not only meets their needs but also reflects their personalities. When it comes to contemporary gardens the remains a divide; some feel these types of gardens lack a natural feel which a garden is traditionally meant to be while others feel that a garden should be an extension to the home, provide maximum functionality and ultimately require the bare minimal amount of time in having to maintain it. Most of us lead busy lives and with work taking up most of our time there’s a growing feeling that the garden should be a place of relaxation; not a place where more work is required. It’s unquestionable that the trend over the last 20 years or so to create gardens that require less wo...

Relaxing garden lighting

With LED technology, lighting has a bright future, and for garden areas, this is wonderful news. Low-power solutions that reflect the eco-friendly trend the world is going through, enable one to really enhance an exterior space, creating a unique ambience. Here are some ideas to help turn that quiet corner into a place where everyone wants to be.   Moods Lighting is a major factor is a person’s mood, so for complete relaxation, and the right combination of shade and light can create a warm environment. The clever use of outdoor lights can transform a garden, and with state-of-the-art switching, one can finely tune the lighting to complement the occasion.   Strip lighting Light Emitting Diode, or LED strip lights are both economical and environmentally friendly. They use as much a...

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