What To Look For In A New Garden Fence

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A new garden fence can be an essential home upgrade for many people. Our garden spaces are our most intimate outdoor spots on the Earth, so it pays to protect it. You might not own much land in the world, but this little spot of green can be called yours, and as such it should be respected. One of the best ways to do this is to install a great garden fence. There are many fencing contractors and types of fence out there, with various types of panelling, wood and general materials used. It pays to find the strongest, most reliable and future-proof fence you can find however, and so consider the following when looking for one: Read more

4 Mistakes That Are Killing Your Vegetable Patch

Growing your own vegetables is a great way to reduce your food bill and get better quality produce that tastes far better than any of the stuff you can get at the supermarket. It would be great if you could just throw some seeds in the ground and wait for the magic to happen but it isn’t that easy. Growing vegetables takes a lot of hard work and careful tending, but if you’ve seemingly been doing everything right but your vegetables just aren’t growing, you might be making one of these mistakes. Read more

To Tree Or Not To Tree?

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The property is perfect. Everything about your home is a million bucks, The Big Lebowski, tea and crumpets with the queen. Well, pretty much everything – there is the issue of the huge tree in the garden. Yep, we all know the one. It’s the type that is big enough to block natural light from entering the home yet sufficient to fell. It’s the sort to provide shelter to cheeky burglars (is there another kind?) while they attempt to rob the house. In short, it’s too big and bulky and is causing problems. So, to paraphrase Shakespeare: to tree or not to tree, that is the question?

Here are the things to consider before attacking a 100-year-old organism with a chainsaw.


Sadly, you don’t have the first part which means the second part of the equation isn’t going to work out either. There is a reason the arboriculture profession pays a fortune, and it’s because these men and women save lives. Plus, they remove trees from gardens that haven plaguing properties for centuries. Which one is more important, you decide. Depending on the size, it’s best to forget about a spot of amateur felling and call an expert. Anything which is small in stature is fair game as long as you know how to handle heavy machinery and wear protective clothing.

Location, Location, Location

For the most part, this cliché is rolled out in the real estate industry. If mid-morning TV has taught us anything, it’s that location is imperative. And, the same applies to a gigantic, ten-tonne oak in the middle of the property. Trees are living, breathing organisms and don’t always play ball. You think it may fall one way, and it goes the other. Seriously, houses have been destroyed due to poor tree felling planning. Not just the occupant, but the neighbours too.

The Property Line

The location also plays a part regarding ownership. You see, there’s a chance that the tree isn’t yours to cut down in the first place. Yep, it looks as if it is on your property, but the line may run in a funny direction. Funny queer, not funny ha-ha. Depending on how close the tree is to the border, you may want to double check the plans. Be sure the neighbours have zero claims on the tree and that it isn’t accidental destruction of property. The blueprints at your local council should put the matter beyond doubt.

Eco Side-Effects

Plants, flowers, trees and greenery of any kind is home to wildlife. As soon as it goes, they will have nowhere to live and there will be a chink in the ecosystem chain. So, what? It doesn’t impact your life. The thing is that it does because there is only one planet and we need to take care of it for the sake of the next generation. If that isn’t a priority, consider the rise in CO2 emissions after the tree is gone. A warmer planet leads to melting ice caps and residential flooding which is very destructive.

After reading the potential pitfalls, what is your decision?

Giving Your Garden Life Insurance

If any of our friends told us they didn’t have life insurance, we would think they were crazy. Surely an insurance policy is the only workable way to take care of any health issues? When you know you don’t have to fork out, you’re more liable to go to regular appointments and look after yourself.

In truth, though, health insurance can do more for us than just covering our medical costs. In fact, applying the logic of coverage like this to other aspects of our lives can be a huge help. This is especially the case in our gardens, where there’s an abundance of living things which need care. If you’d encourage every other living being to get insurance, why not do the same for your outside space?

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A patio makeover

Artificial grass

From the day we moved into our forever home, there was a lot of work we needed to do. Don’t get me wrong, my father-in-law built it up pretty much from scratch; but as he got older and after my mother-in-law passed away, he sort of ‘let it go’ and lost the will. And then, he passed also. But, it meant we got pretty much a blank canvas to build upon. Being a creative person, my head was overflowing with ideas. Especially after living in a flat for the previous five years, I was absolutely ecstatic to finally have not one garden, but three! Read more