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How to Control Disease in the Garden

March 5, 2013

  Plant diseases are caused by microscopic fungi, bacteria or viruses that float around in the air or are carried by insects and develop wherever they find suitable conditions. At the first signs of disease, a plant should be treated immediately to avoid a serious outbreak that could affect the rest of the garden.   Depending on the type of disease, there are various things that can be done to cure any affected plantation.   • Always remove damaged leaves and dead flowers tRead More..

Should you seal Block Paving?

March 1, 2013

Driveways Essex

  There are many reasons why it is considered a good idea to seal your block paved driveway or patio. The obvious advantage is that a good quality sealRead More..

How to Care for a New Lawn

February 26, 2013

If you have recently had a new lawn laid then there are a few things to bear in mind to ensure that the investment in your property lasts well into the future. There is no reason why a newly laid lawn shouldn’t last a life time as long as you take good care of it during the early growth stages.   Whether your new lawn was laid using turf or grown from seed, here are few tips to remember after the lawn as been laid: • You should need to water a new lawn only if there is no rain for seRead More..

What is Compost?

February 22, 2013

A compost heap is considered the most valuable means of improving the soil as it is an ideal independent creator of humus. The word humus refers to any organic matter that has reached a point of stability, where it will not break down any further. Humus significantly improves the structure of soil and contributes to moisture and nutrient retention.   Humus can be created at no expense at all and you can apply as much as you like to all plants, except for those hating lime if Nitro-chalk iRead More..

Things to Consider When Planning a Lawn

February 18, 2013

Garden Maintenance in Chelmsford

  When planning a lawn there are several considerations that should be taken into account before any work begins. Lawns can be neat and crisp, and grown solely for its lush green apRead More..

Block Paving: Professional Contractor or DIY?

February 14, 2013

Driveway Essex

  The decision whether or not to choose a contractor to carry out your block paving project mainly comes down to the experience you have as DIY-er. If yoRead More..

How to Turf a Lawn

February 11, 2013

Turf Chelmsford

A lawn can be a major element of a gardens design and acts as the perfect foil to show off flower beds. The key to creating a quality lawn is by properly preparing the ground beforehand; this requires time and effort to get right first time around as it wiRead More..

Garden Design Ideas: Pergolas

February 6, 2013

Pergola Essex

  Pergolas make a great feature in virtually any garden. If you have a long, narrow path or paved area this is an ideal place to have a pergola constructed. They canRead More..

A History of Garden Styles

February 2, 2013


  The first gardens were not man made but were more likely to have been found by man. However after the emergence of the first major empires, wealthy people began to design and build gardens purely for aesthetic purposes. The first evidence of man-created gRead More..

Types of Soil: How to Test Your Soil for Acid and Alkaline

January 29, 2013

The concept of the pH factor is important in understanding how to properly cultivate your soil. The pH scale measures the reaction of the soil according to acidity and alkalinity. There are 14 points on the pH scale. The most acidic is represented by the value pH 0, which is hydrochloric acid. The most alkaline is given the value of pH 14, known as potash. In between the two extremes, is pH 7, the neutral point. The most acidic condition which plants like or can tolerate, is pH 4.1-4.5, which iRead More..

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