It doesn't matter whether you’re planting out a vegetable garden, sowing a new lawn or planning a decorative border; taking some time to make sure that you prep the soil, and the space, that you intend to plant in will always be beneficial. Simple, straightforward tasks like turning your soil will help you to head off an awful lot of common problems further down the line, and taking the time to carry out more complicated processes, like rebalancing the pH of your soil, will pay dividends later on too -  when your plants are flourishing, vigorous and green.

Keeping track of beneficial soil prep can be complicated though; there’s a lot of work to be done, and it’s important that it’s carried out in the right order too. To help you, we’ve put t...

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Comments | Posted in Soil & Planting By Sid Scythe

Soil pH - A Guide

28/02/2018 15:04

When trying to determine the quality of soil, there are a great many aspects to consider - from its nutrient content right through to its physical composition. The pH level of your soil is also very important. pH is a measure of potential hydrogen, or, in layman’s terms, acidity, and the degree to which your soil could be considered acid or alkaline really does affect everything from the type of plants that will thrive in it, to the availability of magnesium, and other essential nutrients.

Unfortunately, a lot of people neglect to consider the pH of their soil when evaluating its suitability; working out which plants they want to grow come spring without pausing to consider whether or not their choices are ideally suited to their soil. This ...

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The depths of winter can be one of the most demanding times of year for your garden. There are heavy frosts, powerful winds, and potentially torrential precipitation that can wreak havoc on your carefully tended garden. In this article, we’re going to take a look at some of the ways in which you can take preventative measures to ensure that your garden (plants, trees and your lawn more specifically) arrives into spring relatively unscathed.


Frost is particularly unwelcome for those who enjoy more delicate flowers, but it’s a problem for many different varieties of plant, so most gardeners will need to pay attention to this section. It’s worth noting at this stage that some plants react differently to frosts than others. On the one hand...

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December Gardening Jobs

01/12/2017 14:47

Autumn can be a tiresome time when it comes to gardening - you’ll no doubt have spent the last few weeks trying to keep on top of all the leaves and debris that seems to fill the garden at this time of year. Blowing, sweeping and collecting can be back-breaking work, even with the Green Reaper’s arsenal of machinery at hand. The good news is that winter is naturally a quieter time for the avid gardener, but that doesn’t necessarily mean there are no jobs to do.

Soil Digging

As lawn experts, we’re always keen to explain the benefits of having great soil for your lawn to thrive on, but this goes for your flower beds and other areas too. One of the best ways of ensuring that next year’s plants grow to their potential is to dig your soil. This i...

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There is an ever increasing demand for cheaper methods of heating the home over the last few years as the cost of oil and gas climbs higher and higher. This has increased the popularity of wood burners and open fires and, of course, burning logs is much more environmentally friendly so we can save the polar bears.

As a result the log splitter is becoming an essential machine for those households that have these installed in their homes. Now it is all very well doing the macho thing with an axe to show off the bulging, gleaming muscles, but it’s not that safe, especially for those of us who are accident prone and would end up burying an axe in their foot! So using a log splitter is the easy and safest option to split timber. There is an array...

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Many gardeners view winter as a time to hang up their gloves and wait for the more fertile months of spring before tending to their lawns again - a period of rest, if you will, that leaves additional time for festive preparations within the home or larger, structural, projects around the garden.

There’s actually quite a lot of lawn work to be done in the winter months though, particularly if you want to enjoy a lush and verdant lawn come April. While it’s true that grass grows much slower in cold conditions, and generally requires less hands-on maintenance, there is plenty of evidence to show that the occasional trim can really improve the overall health and resilience of most grasses, and there’s also tasks like clearing, feeding and aerati...

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Comments | Posted in Lawn Care & Grass Cutting By Sid Scythe

Lawn mowers are tough pieces of machinery, but that certainly doesn’t mean they don’t need some TLC every now and again to keep them running in tip-top condition. Quality mowers will keep going for years if they’re looked after, so we’ve put together this handy guide to help you get the most out of what’s probably your most-used piece of garden machinery.

This guide has been broken down into three sections for your convenience. The first section deals with parts that you’ll find on almost all lawn mowers, and then you’ll find two other sections that cover electric and petrol mowers respectively.

General Mower Maintenance

Whether they’re push-driven, petrol powered or electric, most lawn mowers have a few common parts that require regular maint...

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