How to Keep Your Garden Centre Thriving
The nation’s love for plants has grown, flourished, and blossomed. Gardening became an all-important national pastime during the pandemic and, for many, that healthy habit has continued.
Did you know that approximately 83% of houses in the UK have a garden, with the average adult spending £690 on their garden in 2021?
However, the coming months could pose problems for keen gardeners as winter takes hold. Here, we will explore factors that could impact your business, as well as ways of maintaining a competitive edge in the market throughout winter.
Stand-Out Plants for 2023
Retail Concepts & Solutions - After 4 busy weeks of visitors from across the horticultural industry, the Ball Summer Showcase came to a close on 5th August 2022.
Despite almost 5 weeks without rain and the amongst the highest temperatures recorded in the UK, the summer plants trials and displays proved a resounding success and a valuable visit to all those who visited. The challenging weather conditions certainly demonstrated how plant genetics have improved dramatically over the past years with so many plant varieties showing amazing resilience to the most unforgiving heat and…
Garden expert reveals how to transform your garden on a budget
How to create a luxury outdoor space in light of the cost of living crisis…
Petrol prices are soaring, the average weekly food shop has risen by up to 50%, and inflation has hit a forty-year high. The cost of living crisis that we are currently experiencing is forcing the nation to take account of what means the most to them, and prioritise their spending – meaning that updating your home or garden may be at the bottom of your to-do list. But, with summer in full bloom, and more people spending time at home rather than spending money on days out or in restaurants, maintaining…
Six handy gardening tips for beginners
Green fingers at the ready – get your garden sorted for the heatwave!
Having a beautiful garden can really complete the look and feel of any home. But taming hedges and tending to flower beds can often seem like quite a daunting task. That’s why St. Modwen Homes is here with some expert tips and suggestions to help you get started. Plus, with heatwaves in full swing and the summer months upon us, what better time to get your garden in tip top shape?
To help offer you the best advice, the national housebuilder spoke with Leon, an expert gardener from landscaping partners,…
Gardens remain a top priority for consumers finds study
Draper Tools has polled the nation on the best and worst trends for UK gardens in 2022 and taken a look at consumer priorities and spending habits when it comes to the garden.
According to the research, Brits are encouraging wildlife in their gardens with bird feeders and baths, hedgehog homes and bumblebee nest boxes. However, garden gnomes and artificial grass have had their day.
The study of 2,000 adults with an outdoor space found more than one in ten describe their entire garden as “intentionally wild” in style to encourage biodiversity. Fruit trees, composting areas…
Here's how to maintain a luscious lawn all summer long
There are different types of jobs we should be keeping up with throughout the year, but some of the jobs we should make sure we are always doing our best to keep up with are regular feeding, moss-killing and weeding. Cold weather and life can get in the way, making it difficult for us to keep on top of everything - so lawn experts at The Grass People share the key jobs to focus on this summer.
Summer (hopefully) means less rain and more sun, this means we need to take the time to make sure our lawns are plenty hydrated. It’s a good idea to water grass once a week…
Late summer greenhouse growing with Hartley Botanic
Key greenhouse growing jobs and insight for August & September.
The summer is a time when the English garden comes alive, and it is the perfect time to enjoy all your hard work from the vantage point of your beautiful Greenhouse. But for Greenhouse growers, peak to late summer presents its own set of unique challenges and opportunities. Whether that’s managing the heat or propagating for next year. Here, heritage Greenhouse and Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic provides expert advice on some essential Greenhouse focuses for the late summer season, as well as how to use…
Top Tips for Maintaining your Garden Furniture
Endless get-togethers can really put the heat on your wallet, especially if you take on the role of the host with the most. Like many Brits, if you’ll be using your outdoor space as an entertainment hub this summer, there are so many ways you can update it without the mayhem or expense of a complete redesign. To help you save both time and money, here is a handy guide to extending the life of your garden furniture with minimal cost and maximum impact:
1. The Big Clean
After the cooler months, it’s essential to give your outdoor furniture a deep clean to get rid…
The Top Five Trending TikTok Gardening Hacks
WD-40 reveals the top hacks on the internet to give your garden a quick, easy and low-budget revamp this spring
As spring is fast approaching, and the Great British weather begins to improve (slightly), many of us are beginning to take to our gardens to attempt to ready them for the coming months. But, with gas prices rising and other bills constantly increasing, the budget for garden maintenance has most likely decreased for most households.
So, if you are attempting to achieve your dream garden on a budget this Spring, iconic household brand, WD-40, has scoured TikTok to…
How Can Gardening be Entertaining for Children?
Spring is approaching, so it’s a perfect time to make use of the outdoors in the warmer weather. Especially for your children, it can seem difficult to find anything that distracts them from their devices. But once you discover something different yet entertaining to do outdoors, it’s no doubt that they will no longer be glued to their screens. But how can you persuade them to step outside and embrace nature?
Here, we explore several ways to get your kids into gardening with tips and activities.Get your hands dirty
If your children don’t spend too much time outdoors, then…
Your New Favourite Hot Spot: What You Need to Know for Creating Your Own Bar
The past couple of years have taught us how to be resourceful in our own homes due to COVID restrictions, which led to Brits splashing out to build their own bars. Having a bar in such close proximity to you is of course very practical, so the demand for a garden bar isn’t stopping anytime soon.
Although the process of building your bar might seem difficult, it’s crucial that you remember the must-have items. Here, we discuss the basics for your very own garden bar.Stocking up on the essentials
The most important feature in your bar is, of course, the alcohol; but it’s…
5 Tips to Prepare for a Summer Garden Party
As we start expecting warmer weather, we can finally start making social plans to catch up with friends and family. Over winter, your focus was probably on the kitchen and couch rather than your garden, so you may have some work to do before you feel like you’re ready to invite people over for an al fresco gathering. Here are some top tips on how you can refresh your outdoor space and get ready to host the perfect garden party.
1. Back to Basics
Give your garden a general declutter and tidy up by removing any fallen leaves, outdoor toys, dead branches and litter that may…
5 simple steps to eliminate germs from garden toys
When the sun starts peeking through the spring clouds, it will be time to get the garden in tip-top shape. While tasks like pulling weeds, mowing the lawn and wiping down the outdoor furniture can all make the garden look visually better, parents could be putting their kids at risk by not giving their outdoor playthings a thorough spring clean after removing them from winter storage.
Research shows that the plastic toys bringing children so much joy also have the ability to put them at serious risk of infection. To ensure the only thing that garden toys are spreading this spring is…
Top Tips to Get your Garden Ready for Spring
As the days get longer and the weather gets warmer, people will turn to spending more time in their gardens, patios and backyards. Here are the top five tips on how to get your outdoors ready so that you can make the most of the warmer weather.
1. Prepare The Patio
The patio is an important part of the home, and acts as an extension of your living space particularly during the warmer months, so it should be given the same amount of attention as the interior. After you’ve cleared away the clutter, use a specialist outdoor cleaning product such as Jeyes Fluid, which can be…
5 Cocktails That You Can Garnish From Your Own Home
Cocktails are always a crowd pleaser. Whether you and your friends are hitting the town or plan to create an at-home cocktail party of your own, these drinks are perfect for bringing a variety of flavours to your evening.
When you fancy a cocktail, it’s tempting to have a professional prepare it. They have all of the skills, knowledge, and, most importantly, ingredients at the ready to craft a delicious and visually stunning drink.
Putting those effortless finishing touches on a cocktail can seem daunting, but it is much easier to prepare when you have the right garnish at…
What to do in your greenhouse this spring...
Ideas for greenhouse gardening in March, April & May from Hartley Botanic
Spring is the time of year when the Greenhouse becomes a plant production line and shows its value for side stepping the effects of the weather – particularly in cooler areas. It is a time when you are facing erratic weather; warm sunshine with the chance of frost, so it is important to know which crops need starting early. It also provides the opportunity for a Greenhouse spring clean before the serious seed sowing begins. Heritage Glasshouse manufacturer Hartley Botanic has provided some useful ideas…