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Purple flower in the Spring

THE START of spring saw sales in outdoor plants soar at garden centres across the country (2019).

During March, outdoor plant sales were up 90.85% compared to the same month the previous year (2018), according to the Garden Centre Association’s (GCA) Barometer of Trade (BoT) report. 

Iain Wylie, GCA Chief Executive, said: “Garden centres across the country have enjoyed a fantastic start to the spring season thanks to the milder days we’ve been experiencing, which have brought customers out and about in their droves to stock up on plants and products.

“The weather has been very kind to us and we also had the added bonus of Mothering Sunday at the end of the month, when lots of families chose to pop to their local garden centre. 

“We’ve also seen great sales in hard landscaping at 88.16% up, garden sundries at 58.53% up and furniture and barbecue sales up 55.33%.”

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Outdoor lighting

There’s nothing like some outdoor lighting to add a little “je ne sais quoi” to your garden. It’s the perfect way to create atmosphere, highlight your favourite parts of the garden and provide illumination for warmer evenings spent outside. With the arrival of spring, it’s the perfect time to look at your garden and think where and how some lights could make it come to life.

There are various different types of outdoor lighting available - in this post we’ll go through them and look at the different types and how you can use them.

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Plant in Posh Planters this Spring

Winter is slowly coming to an end and spring is on the horizon. As the weather starts to warm up and we see more daylight hours, the garden finally is beginning to awake from hibernation. But as you begin to dust off the watering cans and gardening tools, you may be looking at what you can do to spruce your garden up this year.

The Posh Shed Company’s Posh Planters are the perfect way to create a statement in your garden thanks to their simple yet stylish design. Posh Planters can be used to plant flowers, vegetables, ornamental or fruit bushes and trees this spring.

Made from FSC preserved timber, the Posh Planters are extremely hard wearing – meaning when the winter months come back there is no need to store these away. The planters are also available in a beautiful range of pastel colours – including Woodland Green, Pearl, Forget Me Not Blue, Dusky Rose, Spearmint and Posh Elephant.

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Spring garden

With spring just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to dust off the gardening gloves and get back in our green spaces. But with over half (52%) of Brits completely neglecting their garden over the winter, getting your garden ready for spring may require a bit more TLC.

As a third (35%) of Brits spend the most time in their garden in spring, experts from outdoor building manufacturer, Tiger Sheds, offer six tips to help your garden bounce back in the warmer months.

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garden crimes to avoid this spring

British gardeners have been warned of seven crimes they could be committing in their backyards and how to avoid them.

Outdoor experts GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have revealed common criminal offences green-fingered Brits might be unwittingly committing and offered advice on how to steer clear of any legal hot water in the garden.

With the weather improving and spring on the way, the warning has been issued so gardeners can make the most of their backyards without any unnecessary stress.

A spokesman from GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk said: “With many gardeners ready to swing back into action now the worst of the winter weather had passed, we’re encouraging Brits to remember that the law of the land still applies on private property.

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Feed birds using kitchen scraps

British households are being encouraged to feed birds using kitchen leftovers to combat declining wildlife numbers.

Outdoor experts at GardenBuildingDirect.com  have produced a simple guide detailing which foods are suitable for wild birds.

Feeding local wildlife in your backyard aids nature conservation and gardens are now considered an important element for a nationwide conservation effort.

Frequently thrown away egg shells, beef fat trimmings and stale hard cheeses are some of the scraps that are incredibly beneficial for wildlife due to high nutritional value.

A spokesman from  GardenBuildingsDirect.com  explained “The number of wild birds is decreasing within the UK at a worrying pace. However, homeowners can do their part by simply understanding which foods are safe for wildlife.

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Posh Planters

Winter is slowly coming to an end and spring is on the horizon. As the weather starts to warm up and we see more daylight hours, the garden finally is beginning to awake from hibernation. But as you begin to dust off the watering cans and gardening tools, you may be looking at what you can do to spruce your garden up this year.

The Posh Shed Company’s Posh Planters are the perfect way to create a statement in your garden thanks to their simple yet stylish design. Posh Planters can be used to plant flowers, vegetables, ornamental or fruit bushes and trees this spring.