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Combining Paving with Decorative Gravel and Stones

Combining Paving with Decorative Gravel and Stones

When designing your patio or garden path, remember that there are no hard-and-fast rules about using just one material type in a particular area. Combining paving with decorative gravel and stones is a fantastic way to create a unique and cost-effective finish to your garden. Here we are going to look at some things to consider when linking together paving slabs with other gravels or stones. Left: The use of blue slate with grey paving slabs perfectly complements each other…

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The Future of Sustainable Gardens

The Future of Sustainable Gardens

As scientists and environmentalists continue to warn us about the problems that our emissions are having on our planet, we look to make more eco-friendly and sustainable choices to try and combat this for our future. What better way to start giving back to mother nature, than by making our gardens less reliant on the man-made and artificial? Here are some of the most effective ways to start making a difference, even if you don’t have the greenest of fingers…

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5 Simple Ways To Maintain A Gravel Garden

5 Simple Ways To Maintain A Gravel Garden

Gravel gardens can be a great option for areas of your outdoor space. They look fabulous and are generally easy to maintain. It is important to know how to maintain a gravel garden in order to keep your space looking pristine. A Gravel garden is often chosen as an alternative to traditional turf gardens, as they require little effort all year round. In addition, you only need to water the plants, and weeds are less common so you can say…

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All You Need To Know About How To Lay A Patio

All You Need To Know About How To Lay A Patio

Paving slabs are available in such a huge range of colours and styles, there is something to suit every garden design. Read our step by step guide on how to lay a patio. What you will need: TOOLS MATERIALS: Sand Paving MOT Type 1 or similar Water Jointing Compound (optional) If you are using a mortar mix to set the paving you will also need: Cement Sharp Sand Builders sand A cement mixer or mixing pallet though the wheelbarrow can…

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6 Ways to Enjoy your Garden This Autumn

6 Ways to Enjoy your Garden This Autumn

Autumn might be on its way but don’t let that put you off getting out into the garden. This blog aims to provide you with 6 ways to enjoy your garden this Autumn. The autumnal weather offers up lots of crisp, sunny days so is the perfect time to clean-up your outdoor space and prepare it for the winter months ahead. It’s also a great time to take advantage of the sunlight that’s still around and encourage young family members…

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How To Choose Your Paving

How To Choose Your Paving

Are you wondering how to choose paving for that new patio you are finally getting around to creating, or for the old patio that needs updating? It may seem a very daunting task selecting the perfect patio slabs for your project. However, we aim to take some of the mystery out of shopping for your new patio stone, so you can pick the perfect patio slabs for you! How to choose the right colour You should always consider your surroundings…

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Designing A Modern Garden

Designing A Modern Garden

From balcony gardens in the city to countryside garden grounds, designing a modern garden is becoming increasingly popular among UK households. Due to its simplicity and functionality, this style is an ideal option for gardens of any shape or size. This blog will round up some of the most sought after features of this contemporary trend. Designing a modern garden doesn’t necessarily mean you have to select a particular colour scheme. This is because trends in colour tones are constantly…

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How To Build A Rockery

How To Build A Rockery

Are you wondering how to build a rockery? Here we are going to consider what you need to build one! Late winter through to early spring is the best time to build a rockery. This is because the ground is usually wet. However, you can do this at any time of year, but is better after a few days of rain. The wet ground makes it easier to move the soil and place the rocks. Before you build a rockery,…

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Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health

Benefits of Gardening for Mental Health

There are many benefits of gardening for mental health. Leading studies such as those done by the Mental Health journal show that 90% of adults reported improved mental health and wellness after taking part in gardening sessions. They also showed signs of increased motivation and confidence. Gardening is not only a great way to unwind and de-stress, it is also a good form of physical exercise. The Physical Effects of Gardening Physical exercise is a fantastic way to boost mood….

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How To Design A Garden

How To Design A Garden

Winter is the best time to start preparing a re-design of your garden. By planning early you have a better chance of booking a garden designer and contractors if required. Additionally you will have time to organise your planting schedule. Do you need a garden designer? We recommend employing one if you have a large area to renovate or if you have very limited experience of gardening. Also if you have a complicated garden design in mind or would like…

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