The chances are you know by now that you should eat five portions of fruit and vegetables a day to give yourself the best chance of living a long and healthy life. Like me you might have been saddened to discover that chips don’t count, and wine isn’t an acceptable form in which to meet your daily intake of grapes. (more…)
So, you have a tree that needs pruning, reducing or even cutting down. You’re faced with three basic choices; do it yourself, get your usual gardener to do it, or call in a Fantastic Gardeners tree surgeon. Thinking about the following questions should help you decide which option to choose.
1) Do you (or your gardener) know exactly what needs to be done?
Incorrect pruning can cause damage that will take your tree years to recover from, so if you’re not sure where or how to cut it’s best to leave the job to a professional. (more…)
It’s a shame we call them ‘tree surgeons’ rather than ‘tree doctors’. Surgery sounds so dramatic; a treatment of last resort. Of course trees withstand cutting and pruning far better than people do, and skilled surgery can revitalise an old neglected tree.
Cutting trees back or down is an important part of a tree surgeon’s job, but it’s certainly not the only thing they do. Certain tree related tasks are better suited to certain seasons, so when should you use a tree surgeon for what?
If you have any tree in your garden that looks like it might be about to drop a branch onto your house, the time to use a tree surgery service is right now. This is true all year but especially in autumn and winter, when gales or snow will place a greater strain on any tree. There’s other tree surgery work that’s best done in autumn and winter too. (more…)
Autumn is the time for clearing away and getting things ready for next spring so what tools are most useful at this time of year? If you are like me, and your very favourite gardening tool is someone else to do the boring jobs for you, Fantastic Gardeners is the best choice. But, if you are still curious on what the best tools for an autumn garden clear out might be, we have put together a short list for you.
A Multi Pronged Rake
It depends on the size of your garden and what’s in it of course but you can count on having leaves, sadly they’re no longer on the trees but scattered over your lawn choking the grass. You need to get them up before they do too much damage so a rake has to be a top autumn gardening tool. The best leaf rakes are those multi-pronged collapsible ones. You can set the teeth wider or narrower depending on the size of the leaves. (more…)
Cool-season flowers bring a splash of color to your garden right when you need it most. Here are top 10 great plants for fall and winter color.
It is really important to have one place in your home where you can feel relaxed and comfy. The balcony would be the place for you to enjoy in any time of the day or night. Here are some interesting ideas of a charming balcony gardens that may inspire you.
I have always wanted a house with a large green garden, colourful flower strips and a hamac to nap during the day and watch the stars when it gets dark. As you know the bigger the garden, the higher the price of the property, especially if the garden is well kept and has a decent size. So I looked for houses with gardens online and found a few I wanted to have a look at. (more…)
Trick and treat your neighbours with these wicked Halloween decoration ideas for your front door, porch or yard. We’ve rounded up some fun ideas for Halloween decor in different styles, with few or many detail, and usable for small and large spaces. Surely you will find something you love!
Statues have been placed in gardens for centuries, but there is one specific type of garden statues that differs from the rest – the widely popular garden gnomes!
Now, statues have dwelt in gardens since the Renaissance and in some cultures, garden statues are even though of as guardians or “caretakers” of sorts, of the garden they reside in. Garden gnomes first appeared in the year 1616, with 21 designs in total and became popular much later during the 18th century, when their manufacturing managed to spread all the way to and across Germany.
Garden gnomes were introduced in the United Kingdom in 1847 by Sir Charles Isham, after he brought home 21 terracotta figures from his trip to Germany and placed them in his garden, as ornaments.
Nowadays, garden gnomes are very popular and a common sight, though they differ in design and should you decide to place a couple in your garden, you’ll have a wide variety to choose from!
Your garden is your sanctuary and naturally, you take very good care of it and make sure it looks at its best at all times. Even if you tend to your garden often, there is another way you can make it stand out and look great – with decor!
Garden decor comes in many different forms, shapes and sizes and can be anything from stones surrounding plants and flowers and winding garden paths to hedges, lamps and statues. More lavish gardens have mazes, ponds, some even their own rivers and tend to be “drenched” in statues of all kinds. Of course, you can always improve on your decor and use whatever you feel comfortable with.
The mazes, fountains and statues tend to be present in larger and fancier gardens, which also require more maintenance. You can easily decide on the decor of your garden by its size, shape and plant life. You can use anything from jars filled with candles, to miniature fountains and pebbles and stones in matching colours. The key is to let your imagination run free and to create a unique setting, while being able to make your entire garden design work in harmony.