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Adding Value To Your Property With a Garden

It doesn’t take a genius to know that our economy is currently in a slump and it’s simultaneously dragging down the property market with it. No doubt this current economical trough will begin to improve with time, but it is now more important than ever to add value to your property particularly if you are trying to sell.
Notice that I said value and not price. This is because with less buyers around it’s not necessarily a good idea to increase the price of your house, but instead increase its value or its worth so it becomes more appealing to potential buyers.

There are tons of property television programmes that tell us the importance of a good quality kitchen and bathroom. There are many property magazines that consistently talk about the appeal of a conservatory or Orangery. However not many people talk about the value and impact the right garden can have for your property.

Adding value to your property with outside space is a great way to improve the appeal of your home. Quite often your front garden is the first thing a potential buyer will see, it’s a cover to your book and yes people do judge a book by its cover. And even if a potential homebuyer is not a big gardener, they will always check out space to the rear of your house.

But adding value is all about getting the right type of outdoor space. For example many homeowners are incredibly busy with their 21st century lifestyles and simply do not have the time to look after a high maintenance garden. Therefore presenting your home with some low maintenance flower beds and a well manicure lawn that is easy to mow can be incredibly appealing.

Having a home that is surrounded with high maintenance exotic plants, beautiful but large trees waiting to drop a huge amount of leads in the autumn and an enormous pond might be a little overwhelming and actually devalue your property.

So what’s the answer? The answer is to get the balance absolutely right. Provide and create both a front and rear outdoor space that is incredibly visually appealing yet simple to keep well manicure. If you work closely with a garden designer they will be able to advise you and create the perfect value adding elements. They will know exactly how to plant, what to plant, how to create a low maintenance of law and low maintenance garden. They will also be able to keep this in tip top condition allowing you to add value to your home and sell it as quickly as possible!

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Preparing Your Garden for Next Year

After the warmer months pass, it’s important to look at the autumn and winter months as a time to plan ahead for your garden when the warm months return. There are many ways you can prepare your garden for the next blooming season and get the most out of your future outdoor space.

Before winter has begun and it’s just starting to become colder, you may want to consider incorporating some compost into your garden. Composting is basically taking organic material, such as kitchen scraps, ripped twigs, or leaves, and adding it to your soil in order to improve its quality. Gardeners who use composting do so because it can improve the soil’s water holding capability and it can improve health and growth in plants. It’s a perfect time to setup composting if you are removing plants that are not able to make it through winter, in order to have high quality soil when the warm months return. Now could be the time to start your own compost heap or actually begin digging existing compost into your beds and borders.

When winter has arrived, it can be a valuable time to reflect on your garden from the previous season and decide what the future will hold for the next year. Instead of working as you go along, consider making a full plan that will entail all the plants, flowers, and even vegetables you want in your garden for the next year. As they say in sport planning prevents poor performance. So get thinking and planning ahead and achieve the best you can.

As you plan your garden ahead of time and decide which plants to include, it will be a huge convenience to grow seedlings of the plants before the warm months arrive again. Seedlings allow the seeds to sprout and begin growing in an environment that gives the best chance of success. After the seeds have sprouted and grown, you can then transfer them to your garden. Just be sure to research this thouroughly so that you meet the needs of every plant specie. You can help seedlings along in their early stages of life quite easily too. Do this by using simple household products to ensure that your plants will grow when the time to restart your garden comes. Simply take an empty egg carton, fill an empty space with soil, and put your seed inside. There must be a hole at the bottom of the carton to ensure any extra water leaks out. Make sure that the soil is always moist. Some plants can take up to 12 weeks to properly grow as a seedling before it can be transferred into your garden so it’s important to look up specific information about the type of plant ahead of time to ensure correct timing.

Obviously using household products like mentioned above can greatly reduce the costs of your gardening but it’s also much better for the environment as you will be recycling and not using lots of the plastic trays you find in many garden centres.

It’s also worth remembering that hiring an expert garden designer is something that can help you plan ahead. Their knowledge of plants, shrubs, flowers and lawns is incredible and their ability to prepare your garden for next spring will bring incredible results.

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Design a Winter Garden

For most people when you think about a garden we imagine the beautiful colours and blossoming flowers during the spring and summer months. Knowing how or what to design a winter garden with can leave many of us baffled as we simply can’t imagine a garden looking interesting, healthy or beautiful in the cold weather. But our imagination can begin to work if we think of a winter garden as sleeping and not being dead!

It’s quite simple to imagine a garden that has plants substantial enough so that when snow falls they still hold the weight of any snow and protrude above the sow line. You can still see shape and even colour despite being in the depths of a snowy winter. With a little planning you can select the right plants to achieve this look.
Most of the interest in a winter garden will come from the architectural layout of the space. This doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to build wooden archways or gazebos in your backyard, but you will have to think of the structure and shape of your beds, lawn and plants. When it comes to plants think how they will look during the cold weather, will they lose their leaves, what shape will the branches be?

Choosing interesting plants that have beautiful looking branches can provide interesting features any time of the year.

During the cold months you will also be able to create a lot of fantastic neutral colours from the seed heads of plants and also any berries that begin to appear. Imagine the peaceful and relaxing winter scene with plenty of brown, auburn green and red colours, this can be achieved with the right planning.

Obviously you can attempt to design this look by yourself but you will need a lot of knowledge and you will need to know how to combine all the various elements. This is easier said than done so hiring a garden design professional is probably a smart move for you and your property. After all it’s so easy to waste a vast amount of money on trees, shrubs and plants that simply don’t work well together, don’t look great in cold weather or even don’t last through the entire winter.

Making an initial investment with a garden designer will be exactly that, an investment. Your garden will look great all year round and it will be a fantastic space to spend time in, even on a fresh winter morning!

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Winter Gardening Tips

Obviously the change into the winter months can be a dramatic one and this applies to most locations on the planet apart from those equatorial locations that appear to only have one season all year round. For the rest of us though we need to make sure we are really looking after our garden and preparing for the winter. Hopefully here you will find a few winter gardening tips that will be useful for you and your garden during the cold months of the year.

The main problem with the winter months is the temperature and how this affects any liquid parts of a plant. Once those temperatures start to dip below zero, then that liquid begins to freeze. This can have a catastrophic effect on the plant and its cell structure and more often than not a plant can be damaged beyond repair once this has happened. So it’s first of all time to protect those plants.

If there are plants that you can move, such as those in pots then make sure that you move these into sheltered locations or indoors if possible. Sometimes moving them close to your house between a couple of walls is enough to escape ground frost. For any plants that can’t be moved then they will need covering during heavy frosts. This can be done with upturned pots placed over plants, but remember to remove them the next day as they will still need daylight when the sun rises.

It is also possible to buy a type of cloth material that you wrap around or cover larger plants with. This cloth is actually very lightweight and it is also permeable to sunlight so it can be left on for the entire winter. Although it will have a small cost it is well worth investing in this material as the protection is superb and you can use them year after year. Hunt around a few garden supply stores and you will find that this material isn’t that expensive after all.

It’s also worth checking out which plants are very resilient to cold weather as then you know these hardier breeds will survive the winter and you can then spend your time looking after the more delicate ones that need a little protection from Jack Frost!

And of course it is important that you contact a qualified garden designer who can help plan your garden to ensure it remains healthy and also interesting during the cold winter. You may be surprised just how good your garden can look even when covered in snow!

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Winter Garden Design Ideas

Obviously the winter months bring with it many challenges for the green fingered gardener. But there are many different Winter Garden design ideas that you can follow and useful inspiration. Combating the cold weather is always going to be the main challenge but this is something that we are able to overcome and have been successfully doing so for many, many years.

It is even reported that as far back as Roman times many people had and enjoyed successful cold weather gardens! However during the decline of the Roman Empire this novelty disappeared along with many other incredible Roman inventions and it wasn’t until the Victorian aristocrats of Great Britain that it came back into fashion.

When it comes to some good design ideas we can separate them into two groups, indoors and outdoors.

Firstly with indoor designs it is far easier to combat the problem of sub zero temperatures and it is these indoor designs that were popular with the Romans and still remain very popular today. If you grow plants or vegetables inside a greenhouse or inside some kind of glass conservatory it is easier to maintain a suitable temperature. Think about what type of indoor facility you have and this will denote the type of heating you need. Inside your conservatory central heating can work well but a greenhouse will require some other type of installation.

For your actual garden design there are many variations that you can use from raised indoor beds in a large conservatory through to a subtropical playground in an orangery type building or quite simply some unique window boxes style to suit your interior decor. A brief search on the Internet will reveal thousands of different pictures of some great examples.

With outdoor garden design ideas you may have to think a little harder about how to combat the cold weather. Obviously there are year-round evergreen plants but most head into their ‘sleep’ period during this cold time. Therefore choose plants and trees that still hold interesting shapes and interesting colours even when they have lost all of their leaves.

For a winter garden it is important to think about the shape and structure you are creating. For example a garden with sinewy flowing lines will be far more appealing to the eye than your standard box shape lawn and square borders. Interesting shapes in your garden will remain fascinating to look at even when the borders and trees are not in full bloom as they are in spring or summer.

Planning any type of indoor or outdoor space for the cold season can be a little challenging, especially if your knowledge of horticulture isn’t vast. This is where hiring a professional is worth every penny. They can guide you towards a design that lights up your imagination and they can provide you with the perfect combination of trees, plants and shrubs that will ensure your garden has shape and colour in all 12 months of the calendar!
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Garden Designers For English Gardens: Offering You Choices For English Garden Designs

Do you happen to be specifically looking for garden designers for English gardens? Well, if you are, then this article is meant for you. An English garden, as you already know is simply a garden that is made to appear as if it was in England! The typical English-themed backyards are those that give the look of a cottage garden filled with flowers or perhaps the looks of a formal estate backyard. Since designing one can be fairly easy on a small scale, you can actually design your English garden yourself. Do be aware that if you employ someone who has great knowledge in this are then the finsihed result will be much better. If you have the money to spend, it will be best to hire the services of a good garden designer – one who is deemed an authority in English gardens would be the best prospect.

Choosing The Perfect Garden Designer
Two ways by which you can pin down the English garden designer you need is through; first, asking your relatives, family and peers for referrals. If you do not get any; or perhaps the referrals you got did not suit you, then there is always the option of checking out the countless websites online that cater services for garden designing. One of them may just be the garden designer you are looking for. Otherwise, you may just decide to do the designing yourself. But then before you decide to DIY, find below some garden designs that your chosen garden designer may recommend to you. Pick the one that will most suit your needs, preference and taste. That way, you will have your money’s worth in the end.

1. The Formal Look
There are different looks of an English garden and one of which is that of the “formal” design. Keep in mind that maintaining this kind of garden is not easy on the budget. In fact, it is known to be a garden quite expensive to maintain. For one, you can expect that you will often need to put in various fixtures such as a gazebo, a pathway, stone walls and archways, fencing and a lot others to enhance the looks of your garden. Do not forget putting a fountain or water feature near or in the center of your garden area which is distinct of English garden designs.

2. The Informal Look
On the other hand, you can also try going for the informal English garden design which is about filling your backyard with flowers and shrubs planted close together. Likewise, you may try adding one or two traditional wooden benches to create an inviting, homely and calming ambience not just for your family but also for your guests and family friends. One thing good about these benches is that you present the practicality of having comfortable seat in your garden while at the same time exuding a touch of that ‘welcoming home’ feel.

3. The “Flower-Filled” Look
Another design you may adopt for your garden would be filling your backyard with loads and loads of flowers. You may not know it, but English gardens are actually known for being very verdant and crammed to the top with different kinds of flowers. Try looking for some plants as well which you can plant close to each other – another distinct characteristic of the English garden.

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Tips For Summer Gardening

Summer gardening has increasingly become gardening in a dry climate.  Winter floods seem to be almost inevitably followed by summer droughts and this lack of consistency in our climate causes new problems for the gardener and particularly for the urban gardener. In very dry areas where there is almost bound to be a lengthy ban on watering gardeners really do have to plan ahead in order to avoid losing carefully cherished plants during the summer months.

Basically there are two ways to deal with southern Britain’s dry, hot summers. The first way is to retain a traditional English herbaceous garden and mulch it well against dry weather. Make sure that your garden is well planted with shade-giving trees, flowering shrubs and perennial flowers that form wide, shady clumps, All of these will not only shade the ground and prevent evaporation but will form good root balls that can go deep down to cooler and damper ground. Forget about summer bedding plants and annual flowers. Grow several of the rich variety of geraniums – not the window box kind but the proper crane’s bill, grow the lovely thalictrum, plox, aster, catmint (if you have a cat), globe thistle, varieties of achillea (yarrow –like the wild herb but comes in several colours), ladies mantle, penstemon. 

These are just a few suggestions, but even just using these would give a variety of heights, shapes, textures, colours and they would all, after their first year, keep the ground underneath shaded. They might wilt a little in very hot weather but they will revive every night. In their first year they will need a heavy mulch of shredded bark or leaf mould – applied after it has rained to keep that precious moisture from evaporating.

The alternative is to concentrate on plants that are drought tolerant.  This approach allows you to specialise in the plants of southern Europe, such as grape vines and olive trees, both of which need a poor, stony, dry soil, as well as all the vast array of stonecrops, sedums, wild herbs and, again, the achillea. But don’t expect to be drinking your own wine and cooking with your own olive oil.

If you are considering planting on a large scale then it is important to consider how the plants size, shape and colour will work together with other plants in the garden. After all you don’t want to spen money to find that everything looks like a scrap book affair.
My advice? Grab a garden designer to help you plan and execute the whole process. I guarantee you will get results that are 10 fold of what you can achieve on your own!

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Small Garden Designers – What type of Designer should you hire

In some ways a small garden is more difficult to design than a large one.  Several very skilled designers on a large scale, accustomed to grand country houses with sweeps of lawn and parkland, come a cropper when faced with a tiny city garden.  There is no place for the skills of a Capability Brown in a London courtyard garden.

A small garden has specific problems.  The boundaries are only too evident and a good designer will tackle this straightaway, by suggesting, for example, climbers or  screens of plants such as bamboo.  So hire someone who shows an immediate awareness of this.  Another problem is that a small garden lacks the hidden spaces of a larger area.  You need a designer who will look at every square foot and decide what to do with it.

When hiring a designer for a small garden, therefore, concentrate on designers who specialise in city gardens.  You need to give considerable thought as to what it is you actually want before looking for a designer.  It is tempting to feel that this is the designer’s job and all you want is someone to do something with this troublesome area outside for which you cannot, yourself, see a solution.  A designer will find a solution, but it is only going to suit you if you have given the designer at least some guidance.  

If what you want is a place to sit out with no actual gardening at all, then you need someone who basically designs with stone or other non-organic materials, an architectural approach rather than a plantsman’s.  There are some stunning gardens where the only “garden” element is a trouble- free lemon tree in a pot. (Trouble free because it is hired and replaced by other trees in pots when it needs attention.) 

If, on the other hand, you want to be able to do some active digging and pruning and tending the garden yourself, it is important to choose a designer who is not just an artist but has a deep understanding of plants and their requirements and is able to analyse the type of soil and conditions in your garden.  There is no point in having a designer who recommends acid loving plants because of their splendid colours if you are living on a limestone soil.

Above all, hire someone whose previous work has been sustainable.  Chelsea Flower Show small gardens may look wonderful for the days of the show, but they do not need to look wonderful three years later.  Your garden designer needs to have in his portfolio gardens that lasted!

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London Summer Gardens – Some Top Tips for Exquisite Gardens

All winter the garden on which you spent so much time and thought last year has looked rather bleak, either frozen solid or dripping wet.  The bought-in plants that gave so much delight in their first year look distinctly less fresh and healthy, there seem to be dead leaves rotting on all the lovely stone benches and the joys of having a garden seem but a distant memory.  Was it all a waste of time?  Do you need to start from the beginning again, buying more plants, doing more digging, planning afresh – this was supposed to be a pleasant, leafy, low-maintenance area in which you could sit with a glass of wine before dinner, enjoying the scents but not having to do too much else.

And so it will be again.  Once you have established your garden, the hard work is done.  It will blossom again year after year, but it will blossom even better if you give it some minimum care and attention before the growing season starts.  Choose a sunny day and cut down all the dead stalks, trim all the bushes back by a couple of inches all round (this encourages new growth) and rake up the dead leaves.  In the middle of the city you cannot indulge in the delights of a sweet-smelling garden fire, but, if you have room, you can pile up all these trimmings, clippings and leaves into a neat pile in a corner until they break down into a pleasant crumbly leaf-mould which, next winter, you will be able to spread round your flowering bushes as a soil improver.  If you haven’t got room, they have to be green-bagged.

Next, feed all your plants with bone-meal (one small packet is ample) – this is an organic fertiliser which breaks down slowly in the ground, replenishing the nutrients which healthy plants need.   Sprinkle about a tablespoonful of bone meal round every tree, bush and clump of perennial flowers in your garden.  Now spread a thick layer of crumbly compost (easily bought from garden centres) around each plant.  This works as a mulch – by the end of winter the ground will be wet and this layer of compost keeps it moist.  It will also be taken down by the worms to the roots and so all your plants will be fed with minimal labour on your part.

This annual, relatively simple trimming and feeding will repay you in full with plants bursting with health and vigour, summer after summer.

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Garden Designers London

London has to be one of the most popular and fashionable cities in the world. It is often an industry leader when it comes to fashion, music, architecture and design. Modern garden design is also thriving in the UK capital, so if you are looking for unique and innovative outdoor spaces then of course research what London has to offer and who is offering it.

Although the UK climate may seem like it is not suited to many plant species and therefore many garden designs, you may be surprised at what is possible and how these challenges can be overcome. As they say ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ and of course garden designers in London are ensuring that the outdoor space lives up to royal standards!

Living in a thriving city such as London can lead to a hectic and often pressured city lifestyle, therefore having a retreat and escape in both your home and garden can be both important and welcome to any hard-working individual. What could be better than unwinding in a beautiful and welcoming designer garden?

However, creating and maintaining any type of garden or design can be difficult and time-consuming. More often than not many designs and projects attempted by homeowners remain incomplete or require too much time to maintain.

This is where a London garden designer can prove their worth. They can create an outdoor space that suits any lifestyle, provide a relaxing retreat, ensure the project is completed on time and ensure the garden does not require hours and hours of upkeep every single week. OF course keeping a stress free lifestyle has to be close to top of the list for any busy professional.

Take some time browsing the Internet to discover contemporary garden designers based in London, who can offer you this type of professional and bespoke service.

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