Best String Trimmers in UK

Back when baby boomers were kids, suburban lawns were mostly clean-shaven thanks to the convenience of lawn mowers; backyard landscapes, on the other hand, lacked meticulous grooming of perfectly edged sidewalks, driveways, lawns and flowerbeds unless manual hand trimmers were utilized. In the early 1970s, the first string trimmers appeared on the scene, changing the face of the suburban landscape and becoming one of the most important pieces of outdoor power equipment in any garage or tool shed. The string trimmers of the 1970s were limited in terms of both selection and performance. But trimmers, along with baby boomers,...

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Best Hedge Trimmers in UK

If you have ever had a chance to trim your hedges, then you know just how important it is to use a hedge trimmer. Hedges make up the most deliberate and distinctive features of our gardens and lawns. Hedges can act as boundaries or they can be used for decoration. The quality of maintenance you put into your hedges will greatly determine the general look of your garden since they are clearly outstanding and very easy to notice; only the best hedge trimmer will give you the quality results that you desire. The best thing about hedges is that...

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Top 5 Considerations Before Buying Seeds

I could be the poster child for Seeders Anonymous. I have a black thumb when it comes to starting seeds indoors. Every few years I get ambitious about using plants started from seed, drool over seed catalogues, spend entirely too much money and order more seed than I could possibly have room to start indoors. Once the seed arrives, I procrastinate, struggle with making a decision on how to start the seeds, and then ultimately forget to water at a crucial time in the seedling’s development. My first steps in overcoming my problem is to admit I am powerless...

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Four Ways to Green Your Wallet (and the Environment)

As ordinary citizens await to see what will transpire in the coming days and the fallout from the credit/subprime/overall economic decline, one might wonder what effect this might have on the environment. While most are likely much more worried at this point whether or not their savings and investments will be worth much after this mess and still others wonder whether or not they will have food on the table or a roof over their head.  Still, even others already find themselves hungry and/or without a home. While you may feel somewhat hopeless about the financial system at-large, there...

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8 Common Gardening Mistakes That Everyone Makes

Gardening is all about trial and error, but who wants the errors? Learn how to avoid some common mistakes-and enjoy your best gardening season ever. Whether we’re beginners or experts, we’ve all made mistakes in the garden. Sometimes it’s a matter of overwatering or underwatering. Sometimes we put a plant in the wrong place. Or maybe we don’t amend the soil properly. Making mistakes is part of the process, but it’s nice to avoid them altogether. Here are eight common gardening mistakes and how to prevent them: Mistake 1: Drowning or underwatering plants Some gardeners water too much, and...

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A Few Ways You Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Learning about our carbon footprint and doing our part for our planet and the future of our children is important. So take a few minutes and read what Wikipedia has to say about our Carbon Footprint. How To Reduce Our Carbon Footprint Below are a few ways you and I can reduce the carbon footprint of putting food on the table. Buy Locally Grown – Learn where you can buy locally and organically grown produce. Get out to your local farmer’s market and see what you learn and be sure to check the labels on products you buy at your grocer to find those closest to home. Leave The Car At Home – People car pool for work purposes all the time but few think of car pooling for groceries. Every time you start your car you are contributing to the problem of greenhouse gas emissions. Grow Your Own Produce – Every little bit of produce you can grow yourself is that much that doesn’t need greenhouse gas producing vehicles to deliver it. Get A Rain Barrel – Gardens need water to produce healthy produce and what better place to get water than from the sky. Invest in a rain barrel or two to catch rain water. Compost, Reuse or Recycle – It’s too easy to just throw something away and then it needs to be transported to the...

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Backyard Beekeeping for Beginners

For budding urban backyard farmers, one’s own bee colony has a lot of appeal: Bees can keep fruit trees and other plants pollinated, and, with some extra work and investment, they can also provide fresh honey. Like any pet—domestic or urban livestock—bees require financial commitment and ongoing maintenance, but do the benefits of beekeeping outweigh the costs? “Think of a beehive or a bee colony as a unit, like an animal,” says Kim Flottum, editor of Bee Culture Magazine. “It’s like a pet goat that needs water, food, a clean place to, live and attention. You also have to...

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Best Outdoor Garden Lights

One of the best ways to dress up the exterior of your house and your yard, both front and back, is by the use of best outdoor garden lights. They can provide plenty of illumination yet don’t take up too much space. Outdoor garden lights can serve many purposes; they can enhance and protect your home, and it depends on what you want to achieve as to what you will install. If you have guests visiting at night you can create a welcoming atmosphere with outdoor garden lights. The first impression they get will be the front of your...

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Adding Plants To Your Home Decor

There is no doubt plants are healthy additions to any home. They increase the oxygen levels. They also provide a psychological benefit by bringing in natural life and can be extremely helpful in uplifting spirits on a cold winter’s day. They remind you of spring, summer, the tropics, and any number of wonderful, natural aspects of life, the universe and everything. Why not, then, integrate them into a home decorating scheme? Before you do so, ask yourself a number of questions. Do you like plants? Do you know how to take care of them? Do you want to learn...

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Planning Your Garden Your Own Way

When our first gardening year was ending and winter had set in, I looked through the numerous seeds left over and realized something. I had succumbed to societal pressure when I decided what to grow. ‘Well, everyone plants xxx, so of course I should plant xxx.’  As a result, I spent a lot of time planting, nurturing, and devoting valuable resources to things we don’t really eat.  And I didn’t plant things we eat a lot. Herbs are a great example.  For instance, I planted a whole lot of marjoram and oregano.  Love it, and it’s pretty easy to grow.  But...

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Digging Your Plot: Single Dig, Double Dig or No Dig?

When you are preparing your garden for the growing season, it is a good idea to dig over your plot. The reason for this is remove weeds (particularly those irritating perennials), to improve soil structure and to work in organic material (such as manure and/or home made compost). The best time for digging is in the autumn, before it has become too damp and before the frost has set in. There are a number of options for preparing your plot: Single Dig Method The single dig method is good for incorporating organic matter into the soil and suitable for...

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Why Composting is So Important for the Environment

Did you prepare any produce today?  Make coffee?  Peel a banana? Plenty of waste to go a(g)round Chances are you have plenty of organic waste produced at home, including yard and garden waste, much of which could have a place in a composting bin or pile.  While we will discuss a little about how you could do some composting here, most people have a pretty good idea of what composting is: you either have a pile or bin of organic material that breaks down, rots, decomposes, by thriving worms, bacteria, fungi, and insects who feed on the pile. Never...

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