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    • 6 Reasons Why People Laugh At Your Garden

      Laugh at your garden

      Gardens – when well done – are beautiful places to relax and enjoy your surroundings. However, gardening can be tricky and not every garden is well kept.


      With everything that demands our attention nowadays, sometimes our gardens end up being last on the list. But when your garden falls into disrepair, your neighbours could be secretly chuckling to themselves about the embarrassment in your back yard. Here are 6 reasons that despite your good intentions, your garden may be the laughing stock of the street.


      1. Your Weeds Are As Tall As They Are


      Between long meetings at work, ball practice, and day to day household chores, you might not have found as much time as you needed to get out into the garden and pull weeds, or prune your plants. We get that. But after a few months of putting it off, your neighbours are tutting when they walk past your yard and your weeds are casting a shadow.


      The truth is, a lot of people avoid pruning because they aren’t sure how to do it right. It’s easy to get pruning wrong. A Way To Garden suggests that one of the easier pruning rules to follow is to follow the 3 D’s – removing any dead, damaged or diseased wood.


      2. You’ve Planted Too Early – Or, Too Late


      Maybe you’ve put off sprouting your seeds, and the next thing you know it’s the beginning of May. Perhaps your tiller was on the fritz and you didn’t get your plants in the ground before the end of June. Or maybe you got bit by the gardening bug in January and are trying to sow your sprouted seeds before Easter. Either way, any seasoned gardener who sees you sweating over your zucchini plants that haven’t put on yet in mid-October is going to have a laugh. Planting too early – or to late – could also prevent your plants from really coming into their own so you can fully enjoy them.


      The best way to make sure you’re planting on schedule is to check out the farmer’s almanac in your area. Even if you don’t hit the nail right on the head, you might at least get your green beans out before frost.


      3. There’s More Brown In Your Grass Than Green


      A brown lawn – or trees, flowers or shrubs for that matter – can make you the laughing stock of the entire neighbourhood. Okay, so maybe you’re just getting a snicker or two. Regardless, without care and attention, your green will soon dry out, wither and turn a very sad shade of brown. Not only is brown vegetation less than appealing, it also robs you of all the wonderful benefits of having a garden in the first place – such as enjoying fresher air with a higher o2 output, or being able to bring in a new bouquet of flowers for your table every few days.


      Watering your garden – and at the right time – can bring your garden back to life even in just a few days or weeks. So, grab the hose!


      4. Your Garden Is Sans Lighting


      Who can enjoy a garden on an evening stroll without good lighting? Evening is a popular time to take a walk around the block, or to sit in your garden and wind down at the end of the day. But when the neighbors pass your house and can’t figure out whether your Arborvitae is a bush, or someone breaking into your house.


      A stylish way to turn around your garden and keep the police from showing up at your door is to install lighting in your garden. But don’t settle for every day flood lamps. Why not set up something you can enjoy too? Try putting out a fire pit, or some mason jar string lights. If you want something a little more personalized, try making DIY outdoor lampshades from repurposed coffee cans.


      5. You’re Still Using Plastic Pool Chairs


      In many gardens, the seating is the focal point of the area. But if you haven’t updated your plastic pool chairs and replaced them with something a little more comfortable, few people are going to want to spend time outdoors when entertaining. In fact, you’ll probably spend less time there too. Swap old chairs for spacious, padded seating that will help you maximize your garden’s functionality.


      6. Your Bushes Are Bald


      Maybe you’re not forgetting about your garden, maybe getting out there a little too much. Are your shrubs bald? Have you gone tree trimming happy? Everyday Gardener has some great resources on how not to prune. Sometimes, it’s better to just let nature take her course.


      Your neighbours might not actually be laughing out loud at your garden, but if you’ve nodded your head at any of the above garden disasters, it might be time to re-invent your garden – or at least give it a little sprucing up.



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      Posted on 23/12/13 by in Blog
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    • 7 Ways To Re-Invent Your Garden

      Re-invent Your Garden

      A garden can not only improve the look of your home, but it can also provide a great deal of joy and even fresh flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables depending on what kind of garden you have. Part of the beauty of gardening is that you can always be doing something different, finding new plants to enjoy and all around re-inventing your garden.



      Here are seven super simple, yet effective ways to re-design your garden for maximum visual impact and seamless functionality.


      1. Dress Up Your Perimeter


      What defines your garden from other spaces? Is it a fence, a brick half wall or even just a few stepping stones or pathway lights? The first step to re-doing your garden is determining how your garden is separated from other people’s yards or gardens, your home and other areas of your yard.


      One of the most important aspects of defining your perimeter is deciding how best to integrate privacy into your garden. While big, tall fences were once the go-to for ultimate privacy, avid gardeners and outdoor enthusiasts are finding these a distraction from the beautiful foliage they’ve worked so hard to procure.


      A living wall, or “green screen” can be a great addition to any perimeter and can not only create a private space for you to enjoy our garden, it can actually expand your garden vertically and overall, give you more space and ways to create your own serene paradise.


      2. Define Your Garden’s Focus


      Before you make any changes to your garden or make any purchases, think about what you want your garden’s focus to be. Do you want a central area where people can gather? Or do you want several small areas of focus that stand out along a general path? Decide what you want your garden to do, or what you want to get out of it. This will let you know how you need to be allocating your time and resources to make the biggest impact.


      3.  Scope Out Your Seating


      Most gardens have some type of seating, whether it be simple, flat stone benches or elaborate patio sets. What kind of seating do you currently have? Is it showing signs of wear, or are you tiring of the color or style? Updating your garden seating is a great way to make your garden feel brand-new.


      If you don’t have seating in your garden, consider adding some. Do you have a particular area of your garden that you tend to gravitate to? Consider putting a wooden Adriondack chair or decorative bench near that area. Do you want to re-vamp your garden into an outdoor entertaining area? Think about purchasing a larger patio set that can accommodate more people.


      4. Warm It Up


      A fire pit is an easy way to add ambiance, warmth and style to your garden, especially if you like to spend time in your garden in the evening or enjoy entertaining others. There are many different styles of fire pits, so think about how you might be using one before you make your purchase.


      Garden Design suggests placing a fire pit poolside, or even using one as the center of your seating area. You can also use a smaller fire pit to accent a vibrant garden, or even simply set next to a single chair or bench. Fire pits add an exotic look and feel to any garden, instantly giving it a new appeal.


      5. Add A Pathway


      How do you get around in your garden? Are you stepping over plants or just kind of making your way through the foliage to get from one place to another? A pathway is easy to make, but will not only increase the efficiency of your garden, but will also give you a place to put border flowers and plants. Try a brick pathway or even something as simple stepping stones.


      6. Map Out Your Plants


      Ideal Home & Garden suggests that one of the biggest mistakes in gardening is failing to map out what plant goes where. You certainly don’t have to get it down to a science, but knowing in general that you’re going to have hostas in the lower right hand corner of your garden because it is the most shaded and marigolds in the sunnier areas can help you know what kind of plants and flowers you need and how many of them. It will also help you group together plants that require similar care, making for minimal upkeep.


      7. Work In Funky Elements


      The funkier, the better! Colorful rain galoshes or painted coffee cans turned into planters? Old wine bottles repurposed into fountains? Yes, please! Incorporate different ideas into your newly re-vamped garden to make it unique to you.


      If you want to re-invent an old garden or simply breathe new life into your existing garden, replacing your seating, redefining focal elements and adding other personal touches can help you create the garden of your dreams.


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      Posted on 19/12/13 by in Blog
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