Garden Design Ideas

The best gardens are those that make people feel comfortable and happy. Sure, gardens look good but to make them feel greater, various garden design ideas can be incorporated. In this article, you will find simple garden design ideas that will make your garden attractive and eye-catching.

Wide Pathways

Make sure that your pathways are wide. By doing so, you will have a comfortable feel and passage. Nobody really enjoys squeezing through narrow places whether it’s indoors or outdoors. The ideal width for pathways should be wide enough for two people to walk through easily.

Patios & Decks

If your garden has ample amount of space, you should consider constructing patios and decks. These spaces are perfect for outdoor entertaining. Add a few lights and get an overall different and eye-catching feel at night. You could also consider putting in furniture to enjoy an outdoor dining experience in your own garden.

Attractive & Secure Pavement

Consider laying pavements around your garden but make sure they are attractive and of the best material that will suit your environment. Polished granite may seem attractive but are dangerous in winter and wet climates, as they do not offer much friction. Choose a paving that provides secure footing and attractive as it will give you a positive feel when you walk in your garden.

Archways

Archways can be a good addition as well. They come in different materials and you can construct one with wood or marble. However, ensure that they are high enough, at least 7 feet. You can also grow plants on and around them. There is no doubt that it will look amazing.

Use the Right Plants

Plants can do more than just sit pretty in your garden. By using the right plants in the right way, you can actually increase the level of comfort and utility. Broad-leaved evergreens and conifers can protect your garden from harsh winds or ornamental grasses can create a privacy screen. With so many types of plants available, choose the right type for your garden and mix them in such a way that they provide a positive and comfortable feel.

Green Lawns

Yes, lawns can be costly to maintain but there is no other surface like a proper green lawn that is so yielding and attractive. A turf is a great special garden feature, so try to use it wisely. Lawn grasses can perfectly complement beautiful plant beds and borders.

Remove Underground Utilities

While gardening, there is nothing more annoying and inconvenient than digging with your pick or spade into a buried cable or pipe. One such small thing spoils the look of your entire garden. Therefore, locate all underground utilities before you are changing grades or digging trenches. You could consider getting the services of the local authorities as they offer services for finding these underground lines at a nominal fee.

These are a few easy, garden designing ideas that can transform your garden, into a completely different place. You can make your garden the standout part of your home.

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A complete guide to garden recycling

Recycling, in many countries, is given a lot of importance as it is an effective way of reducing waste and converting it into usable material. Similarly, garden recycling aims at disposing various garden waste materials and making them available for use once again in various forms. Many governments offer gardening recycling facilities and projects. But isn’t reusing your own garden waste a more proficient way of garden recycling? In this article, you will learn about the many ways in which you can recycle your garden.

What Is Composting?

Waste items from your garden, such as leaves, plants, flowers and bushes, are mainly used for composting. Composting is a natural process through which decomposed organic materials can be recycled into rich matter which is extremely fertile for the soil. By this process, you are returning nutrients right back into the soil. There are three types of composting you can choose from:

  • Backyard composting: Best suited if you have a garden. With the fallen leaves and straw or grass clippings, you have all needed to make compost.
  • Worm composting: If you have a small yard or are living in an apartment and have vast quantities of food scrap, this is the composting method for you.
  • Grasscycling: If you have grass clippings and don’t want to use them in a compost pile, just leave them in the yard to decompose.

The use of composting bins to store waste materials for decomposition is a popular way of managing and disposing waste. Generally, compost bins are expensive. However, storing your waste in a fenced-off area in your garden is also a good idea for turning garden waste into a reusable product.

Mulching

If you have your own leaf or chipper shredder, you can shred and break your garden waste into smaller pieces to create mulch which can be used in smaller areas, pots, etc. Mulch increases the fertility and the health of the soil, conserves the plants from excessive moisture, reduces weed growth and is a great way to enhance the appearance of a certain area. Mulch, you can say, is a finer grade of compost and is more pasty and drier.

Don’t Forget the Trees and Branches

When it comes to fallen trees and branches, use a shredder. The wood output can be used to decorate your garden pathways, soil, pot plants and play area. It also acts as a great organic barrier that protects your plants. Using this simple technique adds to the overall look of the garden and helps the plants grow as well. So, in conclusion, almost all types of garden waste materials can be recycled into usable products. If you adopt certain techniques, you will be able to drastically reduce the amount of garden waste piling up in your waste bins and the best part is you will be able to reuse it in a way that helps conserve the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.

How to Fertilise your Lawn – A Complete Guide

When it comes to beautifying your home, it is certainly incomplete without a lawn. Fertilising your lawn is one of the most important things you need to do because it’s important to keep your lawn healthy, green and free of weeds. Here is an easy guide to fertilising your lawn.

Grass Type

One thing you should be aware of before fertilising your lawn is the grass type and the season and time of the year. If your lawn has, for example, cool season grass, there are 2 growing periods you need to know about. First, when the grass grows right after winter dormancy and the second when the summer heat wave ends, it’s best to fertilise your lawn after it greens. If your lawn has warm season grass, you wouldn’t want to fertilise your lawn until it comes out of dormancy, as the grass is sensitive and the application of fertilisers can destroy your lawn. Once your lawn has been cut three times, it is safe to assume that the warm season grass is completely out of dormancy, which is then the best time to fertilise your lawn.

Type of Fertiliser

Before applying any type of fertiliser, make sure you read the bag of contents. This way you will know exactly what are you applying and whether or not it suits your lawn. Some fertilisers cannot be used on certain grass types as they can destroy the grass, and some might have extra additives that can be harmful for the grass. If you are not sure of which type of fertiliser to use, here are some factors to keep in mind:619woGWWpAL._SL1500_

  • You can get either liquid or granular fertiliser. Liquid fertilisers work and are absorbed quickly whereas granular fertiliser is sprinkled on the lawn and absorbs slowly.
  • Choose either quick or slow release granular fertilisers.
  • Choose between organic and chemical fertiliser. There are fertilisers available that also kill weeds but organic fertilisers are better for your lawn in the long run.

Use Proper Equipment

The equipment you use during the fertilisation of your lawn makes a huge difference to the overall outcome. If you have a small lawn, most of the work can be done by hand but if your lawn is fairly large, you will need to rent or buy proper equipment. Get a rotary spreader for large lawns as it has a wider reach. A drop spreader can be used for lawns with areas that need precise fertilisation.

Prepare the Spreader and Start Fertilising

Fill the spreader with the appropriate fertiliser and adjust it so that the release matches the recommended dosage on the fertiliser bag. Choose a place in your garden to start the fertilising. However, be sure not to skip areas and avoid spreading excessive fertiliser.

Water Your Lawn

Last, but not the least, don’t forget to water your lawn with appropriate amounts. This helps the soil absorb the fertiliser. Follow this easy guide and observe as your lawn will obtain the benefits right away! Like us on Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/maxicropuk Follow us on Twitter – https://twitter.com/maxicropuk

Organic Tomato Natural Seaweed Fertiliser Competition Winners!

We are pleased to announce the winners for the Organic Tomato Natural Seaweed Fertiliser #competition in the list below!

Twitter:
@handpickedFlwrs
@Frizzychick
@bigsteve1973
@DaisyMaeBee
@Saralimback
@helenmet
@RachelBustin
@fossilplants
@papaver
@katerina7711
@SueMary8
@AMOQ1
Congratulations to the winners of our Organic Tomato Seaweed Fertiliser Competition! If your name is included in the list, please email us your name, address and contact details at maxicropuk@gmail.com with the subject ‘Organic Tomato Fertiliser’. We’ll send out the 1L bottles in the next few days.

Thank you to everyone who joined and participated in our competition!

The Maxicrop Team

Get the biggest, best crops!

maxiOnce your tomato seeds have germinated, you’ll have a pot of seedlings that need to be pricked out. Gently lift each seedling and pot it up in its own small pot, burying it quite deeply. The tiny hairs on a tomato seedling’s stem turn into roots if they’re buried, ultimately giving you a plant with a bigger root system. Depending on when you sow, you may need to pot them on once more. When the first flowers appear, move them into their final pots, grow-bags, baskets or borders – with a bit of luck, this will coincide with the last of the frosts! The secret to success with tomatoes is all in the watering and feeding. These are thirsty, hungry plants and the increased yield you’ll get if you water religiously and feed regularly makes it well worth doing.

Grow-bags and pots quickly dry out in the heat of summer when the plants are growing rapidly. It’s important to keep the soil evenly moist so check regularly and water when it’s necessary – in a really hot summer that could be twice a day. It’s especially important that the plants don’t dry out while the fruits are developing. If they  do, the skins could split or the tomatoes might get blossom end rot – black patches at the base of the fruit. About four or five weeks after pricking out, the compost in the individual pots may start to run out of nutrients, so feed if it’s necessary – the telltale sign is leaves that start to yellow. And once the plants are in flower, weekly feeding is a must.

Use a fertiliser formulated for tomatoes with high potassium to promote more flowers and fruit. Mix up the feed following the instructions on the packet and feed once a week or as directed. Maxicrop’s Tomato Fertiliser contains a mineral fertiliser that’s high in potash, but it also contains Maxicrop’s famous seaweed extract, which helps root and leaf development and builds plants’ natural health to help resistance to environmental stresses. If you’re an organic gardener, use Maxicrop Organic Tomato Natural Fertiliser, which has been Get the biggest, best crops!

maxi2approved for organic use by the Soil Association. It’s made from naturally-occuring plant extracts and seaweed to give balanced, healthy nutrition for your toms. If you use a separate fertiliser or feel your plants are lagging behind, use Maxicrop Original as a pick-me-up, applied as a foliar spray or root drench every one to two weeks.

Maxicrop is available from good garden centres. If the Maxicrop product you want isn’t available in your local garden
centre, check the Garden Centre Group website (www.thegardencentregroup.co.uk) for your nearest store (there are over
130 in England and Wales) or you can buy the entre Maxicrop range from http://www.capitalgardens.co.uk

 

Don’t forget our competition!

Win a FREE bottle of Maxicrop Moss Killer!  – http://www.Maxicrop.co.uk/mosskiller

Lawn rescue!

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Lawns are never at their best when they emerge from winter, but make that the wettest winter on record and most lawns look positively worse for wear! At worst, they were flooded, at best sodden for long periods and as a result, grass is now weak and yellowing, thanks to weeks of soggy roots and nutrients being washed from the soil. To add to your lawn’s woes, constant wet conditions are ideal for moss, which doesn’t need much encouragement to invade! Thankfully, warmer weather and longer days with more sun will soon get grass growing, which means you can get to work to bring it back to health. If your lawn was flooded or badly waterlogged, wait until it has thoroughly dried out before you start work because if it hasn’t, you’ll do more harm than good by walking over it.

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But once conditions have improved, get cracking! Start off by going over the lawn with a rake, to pull out Advertisement feature debris that has accumulated over winter and break up any crust left after flooding. Then use an aerator to get air back into the soil and help dry it out plus alleviate any compaction. Next, it’s time to make sure your grass is growing as strongly and healthily as possible. If you want a lush, green lawn, it’s important to feed it regularly. Constant mowing demands a lot from your grass, so feeding is vital. Moss doesn’t like high nitrogen levels so a well-fed lawn will help keep its invasion at bay, plus a lawn that’s growing strongly will be better able to out-compete weeds. Use Maxicrop Original seaweed extract alongside your regular lawn fertiliser for a number of benefits.

For a start, you’ll get greener grass and thicker swards. Maxicrop helps the grass thicken up by encouraging strong, healthy growth and tillering – where the grass plants put out new horizontal shoots to help your turf cover thinner areas. It also encourages deeper rooting so your grass can take up more water and nutrients (if we get a hot, dry summer this will make your lawn better able to withstand drought). The seaweed The right treatment now will get your lawn lush and green for summer A job to do now: rake out debris extract gives your turf a better colour by boosting chlorophyll levels in the leaves to give you healthier, better-looking greener grass, while the alginates it contains improve the waterholding capacity of the soil.

Maxicrop products to get your lawn back to its best!

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Unlike granular moss treatments that have to dissolve and percolate through the grass to come into contact with moss, Moss Killer & Lawn Tonic comes in liquid form so is easily applied and makes good contact with the moss for a quick, efficient kill.

Once the moss has died, normally about 10-14 days after treatment, rake it out or scarify the lawn.

A 2.5 litre bottle costs £12.99 and will treat 80sqm (96 square yds) of lawn.

 

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Use Maxicrop Original Seaweed Extract as a tonic for your lawn, alongside granular fertilisers. Applied during the growing season you’ll see improved colour plus strong, healthy growth that’s more resistant to foot traffic and stress. Monthly applications of Maxicrop Original during the main growing season will make a visible difference to your lawn’s growth, thickness and rooting this spring. A 1 litre bottl used this way will treat 100sqm of lawn for around £8.69.

● Maxicrop is available from most good garden centres. If the Maxicrop product you want isn’t in your local garden centre, check the Garden Centre Group website (www.thegardencentre group.co.uk) for your nearest store (there are over 130 in England and Wales), The Range (www.therange.co.uk) or buy any Maxicrop product from http://www.capitalgardens.co.uk

Winners of our Maxicrop Natural Tomato Fertiliser competition

Congratulations to our competition winners of a bottle of Maxicrop Natural Tomato Fertiliser.

D.Earp
A.Grantham
S.Reynolds
A.Newman
C.Allen
L.Smith

A bottle will be posted out in the few days when we gather everybody’s delivery address. Let us know on Facebook and/or Twitter how your tomatoes get on with our Natural Seaweed Fertiliser?

Well done again from the Maxicrop Team.