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Gardening Essentials

By admin On June 5, 2008 No Comments

You don’t need to spend a fortune to start gardening. But there’s only so much you can do with an old dinner fork; you really need a few bits of basic gardening gear.

There’s no need to go out and buy the top of the range, though. Start off with a budget collection that does the job and spend the money you have saved on plants, some really good pots or a pretty water feature instead.

At least if you have got your own tools there’s a good chance the job will get done without waiting till you can borrow them.

All of these products you will find in the UK in places like Homebase Garden Furniture and B&Q Garden Furniture.

Here is what I suggest you need to start off with:

Spade - For digging and for making holes to put the bigger plants, shrubs and climbers in.

Hand Trowel - For planting small plants and some weeding.

Hoe - For quick weeding if you don’t let the weeds get too big, when you have to do it by hand with a trowel.

Rake - For collecting up dead leaves and weeds and straightening out gravel.

Wheelbarrow - For carrying weeds away in and for moving materials like compost, manure, gravel or bark chippings.

Lawnmower - A small electic hover model without a grassbox is cheap and quite enough for most small gardens if you dont let the grass grow too long.

Hosepipe - One and a half times the length of your garden so it reaches into all the difficuly corners.


Gardening Tips Are Available from Local Garden Centers

By admin On May 30, 2008 No Comments

Providers of gardening supplies and equipment make huge profits from these items so many of these establishments have hired experts to provide gardening tips to attract customers. Some of these establishments are dedicated to gardening, but home improvement stores usually have gardening centers that supply plants and gardening tools. The experts in these stores can provide tips on the plants that they sell their customers. These experts also have gardening tips for planning and maintaining a beautiful garden. All of these establishments have books that have the latest information about gardening techniques.

Although some might think that the process is quite simple, knowing the actual basics can be helpful. For one, you should choose a mild cloudy day, and you should water the plant deeply before transporting it. Dig down on each side, severing the roots as you go, slip heavy duty plastic under the root ball, and tip the tree gently to the side, pulling the plastic through under the root ball. After this, pull the plastic up and tie it around the trunk – after this, you can move the plant and replant it wherever you like.


Patio Heaters & Parasols

By admin On May 27, 2008 No Comments

Just are patio designs come in many different styles, patio heaters also come in distinct varieties and can match various different types of patio furniture. For instance, you could get a table-top patio heater or a wall-mounted one. Each style has its distinct advantages over the other in aesthetics and utility.

A table-top heater is usually made of lightweight material and small, so it is easy to carry around and put it in a place where it won’t get in the way and still serve its purpose. Wall-mounted patio heaters, on the other hand, can provide more heat than a table-top heater. However, heaters of this kind are usually large and bulky and are confined only to walls for mounting.

Patio Parasols

Patio umbrellas are made to withstand harsh weather. This is only practical since this piece of patio accessory is meant to spend most of its time outdoors where it is exposed to all sorts of adverse weather conditions.

Aside from tough fabrics that can withstand weather elements, patio umbrellas may also come with frames made of aluminum or wood, which are the two most common materials often used for garden and patio furniture.

Patio umbrellas can have frames made of aluminum, wood or fiberglass. Make sure your umbrellas have sturdy frames. You can choose coated frames, which are chip and scratch resistant. Fiberglass frames are ideal for windy areas because they are resilient, which means they bend with strong winds without snapping.


The Ultimate Gardening Gift

By admin On May 19, 2008 No Comments

Whether giving to a novice or expert professional, a plant is always a great gardening gift. Whether buying the traditional gift, like a poinsettia at Christmas, or just some random plant random, like moss, a plant is sure to be greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Another idea is to buy seeds or just a bulb for someone to transplant. Giving a perennial would be a gift that keeps on giving.

If your budget is small, go for things like gloves, kneepads or even a shady hat. A pretty pot (or a watering-can) filled with a small bag of potting mix, a packet of bulbs, some gloves and a small trowel or other tool will be received with delight by most gardeners. There are many hand tools at hardware stores that are reasonably priced.

What Different Types of Shovels are there?

There are a number of different types of shovels. Standard garden shovels have a round-point and a blade that is usually about 8 inches wide and 12 long; these are used for the majority of work in the garden.

There are also floral shovels, which are used for flower beds, and are therefore designed to move more delicately than the average gardening shovel. These shovels can also be used for digging in tight spaces and transplanting small plants and shrubs.

The ultimate gardening gift is for any gardener is a gift certificate to a nursery or homebase garden furniture store where gardening tools or plants are available. This way, your friend can get any tool they do not have in their collection, or any kind of plant their heart desires.

Automatic lawn mowers, electric cultivators, hedge trimmers and brush cutters are in the more expensive price range and you are the only one who can decide whether that is an appropriate gift. However, when the recipient realizes you have given a gift that complements his passion, expensive or not, it will certainly become the best gift your friend has ever received.


Gardening Gift

By admin On May 19, 2008 No Comments

Gardening has become one of the most popular hobbies, and you probably know a gardener or two that would love a gardening gift for their upcoming special occasion. There are hundreds of gardening gifts to buy for both the beginner and expert gardener, and the great thing about gardening gifts is they can be bought just about anywhere: online, nursery, feed store, farmer’s market, even your local Asda or grocery store.

On the other hand, a pot that contains a flowering plant is usually a welcomed gift. Be sure to choose a plant that is suited to your climate. Sometimes plants are sent from tropical to temperate zones and kept in artificial conditions in the store. These plants will not do well once taken from their environment. Shrub roses are hardy and attractive and grow in many climates. Tulips do best in the cooler climate.

There are specialty shovels, such as duckbill and trenching shovels. These are both great shovels, in that their blade is quite narrow at only 5 or 6 inches wide. Because of the snout on these shovels, they will cut deeply into the soil as you work, making the process more easy and efficient.

Whether regular or specialty shovels, this tool is the essential gardening hand tool. Regardless of which type of shovel you require, at least knowing that it is the absolute essential gardening hand tool will make your gardening work a lot easier and a lot more fun.

Possibly the best and most common, gardening gift is gardening tools. This can be anything as simple as a hoe or rake to something more high-tech like an electric blower or vacuum. If your budget is even higher you can always try B&Q Garden Furniture for the ultimate gardeners gift. These are good for removing debris, leaves, or grass from driveways and side walks. Other favorites are gloves, hedge trimmers, and sprinklers.

If your budget is strong, a more expensive tool may be appropriate. A pull-trolley is easier to use than a wheelbarrow and, like some electric tools, is still not terribly expensive. Small electric tools such as whipper-snippers can retail for as little as $20.00. Or if your friend has a hose but not a hose reel, then that would be a more useful gift that he would truly appreciate.