Animals, George, How To

Giving your pets the space to run around is one of the most important aspects of owning an animal. And if you have your own garden to do so then it’s worth making the most of it. Create a safe, secure environment where your pet dog can play freely so they’re happy and you have peace of mind. Here are some tips on how to make a dog-friendly garden.

How to Make A Dog-Friendly Garden

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  • Security. The number one thing you can do to your garden is ensure all the fences, hedges and gates are secure. Board up any holes to prevent your pets escaping – or passing animals coming in. Screening rolls are an easy way to patch over gaps.
  • Robust plants. Dogs often jump through your flower beds so make sure the plants can survive a certain amount of trampling. Varieties such as rubella, marigolds and geraniums are good options.
  • Pathways. Another way to protect your plants is by creating walkways through them or growing in raised beds so your dog can explore without causing havok.
  • Dog rocks. Adding these handy pellets to your pooch’s drinking bowl can help prevent yellow patches on the lawn.
  • Space to play. Try to leave plenty of grassy area for your dog to chase its favourite ball and run around.

puppy outside

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  • Poisonous plants. Watch out for any of your favourite plants that can upset your dogs if they eat them. Examples include delphiniums, foxglove, ivy and rhododendron.
  • Harmful pesticides. Dogs will eat anything – including any toxic slug pellets you leave out in the flowerbeds.
  • Pond additives. Dogs will also drink anything – so be careful adding chemicals to ponds and other standing water.
  • Sharp objects. Birds often drop small shards of bone on the lawn, which can injure your dog’s insides if they chew them. So give the grass a once over, and keep an eye out if the mutt starts eating something suspicious.
  • Unprotected compost bins. Some of our food waste like grapes is poisonous to canines, so make sure you have a lid on your compost bin to keep off any inquisitive animals. Depending on how resourceful your dog is, you may need a lock too!

dog in garden

Hopefully these ideas will help you keep your dogs secure, safe and protected from any harmful substances. If you have any other suggestions then be sure to let us know. In the meantime, enjoy your dog-friendly garden!

Learn how to make a wildlife-friendly garden.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.

Events, Gardening Year, George

A new year means another twelve months packed with events to entertain every type of gardener. From flower shows and expert demonstrations to art exhibitions and plants to buy, there’s plenty to do in 2017. Now’s the time to book your tickets, grab the early bird discounts and fill out your calendar.

gardening events 2017 calendar

2017 Gardening Events

January

28 – 30 Big Garden Birdwatch – be part of the world’s largest wildlife survey by seeing what you can spot in your garden this weekend.

February

4 – 5 Mar Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival – this year’s theme is the vibrant plants and culture of India.
14 – 15 RHS Early Spring Plant Fair – get cracking on the gardening season with expert advice and plants to buy from award-winning nurseries.
24 – 25 RHS Botanical Art Show – Lindey Hall hosts a collection of world class botanical art that is not to be missed.

March

29 – 30 RHS Spring Plant and Orchid Show – be dazzled by displays of exotic orchids and spring flowers in full bloom.

April

7 – 9 RHS Cardiff Flower Show – Wales welcomes a spectacular array of show gardens and plants to browse.
20 – 23 Harrogate Spring Flower Show – the perfect gardener’s day out with 100 nurseries, show gardens and community plots to admire.

May

11 – 14 RHS Malvern Spring Festival – visit the Malvern Hills for a great day full of crafts, food, plants and fun.
23 – 27 RHS Chelsea Flower Show – the gold standard of flower shows returns with garden designs to get the world talking.

June

2 – 4 Gardening Scotland – the epic national gardening show returns for three days packed full of inspirational plants and products for your garden.
7 – 11 RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – a new show that promises to showcase innovative garden designs.
15 – 18 Gardeners’ World Live – be part of everyone’s favourite show for talks with top experts, flower shopping and designer show gardens.
23 – 25 RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show – bright, colourful plants pack out this magnificent summer gardening festival.
24 – 25 Woburn Abbey Garden Show – visit the stunning abbey gardens for guided tours, tea, demonstrations and expert advice.

July

4 – 9 RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show – enjoy unforgettable floral displays in this magical setting.
12 – 13 RHS Summer Urban Garden Show – get inspired to start growing at home, no matter how much or little space you have.
19 – 23 RHS Flower Show Tatton Park – at the height of summer take a trip round gardens created by some of the country’s top designers.

August

3 – 6 RHS Garden Hyde Hall Flower Show – spend a summer day taking in plant stalls, photography, art and shopping.
12 – 13 The Great Comp Summer Show – jazz music, Pimms, plants and a splash of local craftspeople – what more do you want this summer?
17 – 20 Southport Flower Show – come down for a day of entertainment, demos, a food festival and garden roadshow.
18 – 20 RHS Garden Rosemoor Flower Show – visit Rosemoor’s first ever flower show to see the best gardening of the South West.

September

5 – 10 RHS Garden Wisley Flower Show – a floral extravaganza packed with plant nurseries for you to browse.
15 – 17 Harrogate Autumn Flower Show – return to Harrogate to get stuck into the autumn gardening season.
23 – 24 Malvern Autumn Show – celebrate the countryside with this spectacular show where you can buy seasonal food and plants.

October

3 – 4 RHS Harvest Festival Show – marvel at giant vegetables and buy some autumn produce to take home with you.
25 – 26 RHS Autumn Garden Show – enjoy the rich colours of the autumn season with these beautiful plants on show.

November

29 Wollerton Old Hall Garden Christmas Lecture – garden designer and TV presenter Chris Beardshaw returns for another inspiring talk.

December

7 Chelsea Physic Garden Tour – take a look behind the scenes of this botanical garden led by head gardener Nick Bailey.

So there we have a great selection of gardening events coming up in 2017. We hope you enjoy them and be sure to let us know if you have any more suggestions!

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.

Garden Design, Gardening, Gardening Year, George, Make over

Redesigning your garden over winter

Winter is the perfect time to rethink the layout of your garden while the plants are scaled back and the ground is clear. With few pressing gardening jobs to get done, take the opportunity to plan out how you’d like your garden to look for the coming year.

Here are a few tips to bear in mind when taking on your winter garden overhaul.

Watch out for the wildlife

Be careful when shifting things around in your garden over winter. Most wildlife will be unaffected at this time of year, but watch out for hibernating animals. Check compost heaps, piles of leaves, logs and long grass in particular.

Keep warm

If you’re working outside for extended periods, it’s essential to look after yourself in the cold. Take regular breaks indoors, have a nice hot cup of tea, and wrap up well – even consider some heated clothing.

Protect the plants

Many plants are easier to rehome while they’ve died back and aren’t in full bloom. In fact there’s less chance of harming them and affecting their growth. Just be sure to treat them gently during transit.

Designing garden in winter

Clear the ground

During winter you’ll see your garden stripped back. This is perfect for taking stock of the space and layout you have, making planning out your new design a whole lot clearer. Just be sure to allow room for your flower beds to bloom once summer comes around.

Make the most of the sun

With daylight hours so short in winter, you have to be fast to catch the rays. But it’s worth it to see where the light falls and which places will be best for patios and planting spots come the warmer weather.

Avoid any upheaval

The best aspect of redesigning your garden over the colder months is being able to make large-scale changes with minimal impact on its use, rather than disturbing it while everyone wants to spend time outside over summer.

So enjoy the blank canvas that winter brings to your back garden, and let your imagination run free!

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.

Garden Screening, George, New Products, News, Primrose.co.uk

As one of the UK’s leading garden screening specialists, we’re always looking for ways to innovate with new types of decorative screens. This week we’re launching a new range of artificial screening: reed and willow.

Artificial reed screening

Artificial reed screening

These artificial reed rolls recreate the sleek, modern look of natural reed screening but with the durability and fade-resistance of plastic.

If your garden’s in need of a quick refresh then this kind of screening is perfect. It’s versatile – simply attach to an existing fence for decoration or added privacy. Installation is easy and from then on the artificial screening is very low maintenance.

Artificial willow screening

Artificial reed screening round

We offer artificial willow screening in two different kinds – round canes and oval canes.

These both have the same natural feel as real willow – but without the maintenance. They’re quick to install, UV protected and can be wiped clean as required.

 Artificial reed screening oval

We’re very exciting to be bringing these new types of screening to the market and hope you like them as much as we do!

Take a look at the complete range of artificial screening – including bamboo and hedging.

Learn how to install garden screening – it’s a lot easier to fit than you might think.

George at PrimroseGeorge works in the Primrose marketing team. As a lover of all things filmic, he also gets involved with our TV ads and web videos.

George’s idea of the perfect time in the garden is a long afternoon sitting in the shade with a good book. A cool breeze, peace and quiet… But of course, he’s usually disturbed by his energetic wire fox terrier, Poppy!

He writes about his misadventures in repotting plants and new discoveries about cat repellers.

See all of George’s posts.