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.

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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.

Amie, Decoration, Events, Garden Furniture, Gardening, How To, Make over, Media, Primrose.co.uk, Sail Shades, TV

Our Kookaburra Shade Sail on Love Your Garden!

Did you watch Love Your Garden on ITV last night? If so, did you spot our shade sail?

Last night’s episode featured a garden renovation in Eastleigh near Southampton, whereby an ‘uninviting patch of uneven lawn’ transformed into a wonderful cruise ship-inspired heaven for Rosie and her husband Tony; the theme truly fitting for the location given Southampton is the cruise hub of the country.

Rosie has spent over 38 years looking after and nursing sick and ill children, so is rightly deserving of this makeover, whereby she can spend hours relaxing in her retirement. The idea behind a cruise theme transpired from her and her husband’s love of cruising in her spare time, and as she says ‘it was the only time I felt I was able to relax’.

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One of the key features of this new garden was a shady seating area for relaxation, and what better accessory for this than our very own ‘Kookaburra Shade Sail‘ – Alan has great taste. The ultra-tight weave of the fabric has been independently tested to UPF34+ making these sail shades near impenetrable by sunlight. More than 96.5% of harmful UV rays are blocked out as a result, making it a perfect spot for Rosie and her family to spend many a summer day under.

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What a great end product I think you would all agree?

Watch the full episode now to see the finished garden.

AmieAmie is a marketing enthusiast, having worked at Primrose since graduating from Reading University in 2014.

She enjoys all things sport. A keen football fan, Amie follows Tottenham Hotspur FC, and regularly plays for her local 5 a side football team.

Amie also writes restaurant reviews on  Barnard’s Burger Blog.

 

Garden Screening, George, How To, Make over

Screening is one of those great multipurpose garden accessories: it’s decorative, great for privacy and provides a boundary that every outdoor space needs. It’s also incredibly easy to put up yourself – all you need is some steel wire and a pair of pliers. So choose your favourite type of outdoor screening (bamboo, reed and willow are a few of our favourites!) and read on to learn how to install garden screening.

Garden Screening

Screening vs fencing

Many people confuse screening with hurdle fencing. It’s easy to do, as they’re both types of decorative borders often made from natural wood materials. The main difference is that hurdles are generally a freestanding fence, while screening comes in rolls and needs to be attached to existing walls or fencing.

Things you’ll need

  • Screening rolls and existing fence
  • Pliers
  • Galvanised wire, cable ties or staples

How to install garden screening

How to Install Garden Screening

  1. With the pliers, attach the screening roll to the fence by tightening the wire or cable ties around both the screening rods and the fence.
  2. You can also staple the screening to the fence posts, but for bamboo make sure to staple the wires that join the canes rather than the canes themselves or they will split.
  3. Bind the screening to the fence at regular intervals – every 50cm vertically and 10cm horizontally.
  4. This should ensure the screening is fixed taught and firmly held in place, even during windy weather.

How to put up garden screening as a freestanding fence

If you have no existing fence to attach your screening to, then you will need to create a framework first.Fixing Garden Screening

  1. Position 75x75cm wooden posts at most 2m apart along the length you desire.
  2. Join the posts with vertical rails every 50cm upwards.
  3. The posts should be twice the height of the screening roll, with half the length buried in the ground.
  4. Surround the bases with concrete at least 5cm thick on all sides.
  5. Then attach the screening to the frame as detailed above.

Fitted Garden Screening

We hope these instructions make putting up your garden screening as simple a task as possible. All it takes is a little DIY and you can enjoy a revitalised natural surround to your garden. If you have any tips from your own experience, please share them below!

 

 

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.

Charlie, Decoration, Gardening, How To, Make over, Ponds, Water Features

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Spring is upon us, and with the rising temperatures it’s time for your garden to come alive. With plants budding and trees spreading their leaves, what better time to add to the beauty and vibrancy of your garden by building a pond? A pond is a great opportunity to attract more wildlife to your garden and the gentle light, movement and sound it generates can create an oasis of tranquility in an otherwise busy world.

But setting up a pond can be a daunting task, so here is a helpful guide to guide you through setting up your own pond:

1) What is the purpose of your pond?

Do you just want to keep plants in your pond, or do you want to stock it with fish as well? If you would like to stock fish you should ensure your pond has a depth of at least 3ft or 90cm for larger fish such as koi – or 45cm for smaller fish like goldfish.


2) Choose the site carefully.

The first thing you should do is choose the right location – this is of critical importance in creating that perfect atmosphere in your garden. Choose a site that gets a lot of sunlight, your pond plants will thank you later. If possible, also try to avoid an area with lots of overhanging deciduous trees, as the leaves falling in autumn will leave you with a big job clearing them from the surface of the pond. If this is unavoidable, however, you could always invest in some pond netting to make this job far easier and prevent falling leaves from polluting your pond. While it can be great to have the pond as a centrepiece, to be good to frogs and other amphibious future denizens of your pond, it is advisable to have the shallow side of your pond up against, or near some cover. And of course, make sure the area you want for your pond is excavatable, and does not have any pipes or concrete running through it.

3) Installing a pond with a rigid liner.

Stand the liner in the position you have decided upon and then mark the ground around with something. (Spray Paint is best for this, but sand or rope can work as well too.) Then mark again about 30 cm out from this, you’ll want to excavate an area larger than the pond itself if you want the plastic mould to fit. Dig the whole area out to the level of the shallowest part of your pond, plus a couple of extra inches. Then you’ll need to mark out the next shallowest areas of your pond, and dig again. Repeat until you have the correct space for your mold, it is good while doing to to ensure each “step” of your pond is level using a plank of wood and a spirit level.

At this point you might want to remove and protruding sticks or stones and fill in a layer of sand or pond underlay to stop any stones scratching your preformed pond ensuring it last as long as possible.
Once the excavation is complete and you have your underlay, stand the rigid liner upon it and slowly add water to the pond from a hosepipe, while filling in any gaps between the edge of the pond with soil or sand.

3) Installing a pond with flexible liner.

Once again you’ll want to start by measuring out the area you want your pond to fill. Again you can do this with a rope or spray paint. To find out how much pond liner you’ll need for your pond, you can use the following formula:-

Length = max length + (2 x max depth) + 1 (for overlap)
Width= max width + (2 x max depth) + 1 (for overlap)

So for a pond with a width of 3m, a length of 10m and a depth of 1m, you’ll need 13m x 6m Pond Liner.

Using a flexible liner gives you a lot more freedom as to how you want to shape your pond, but it is still best to ensure that the shelves or steps of your pond are level and to have a gradient down from each step that is steep but not vertical, using the same technique as above for each level of your pond.

Once you have dug out the area you want your pond to fill, and layered it with sand or pond underlay, it’s time to actually install your pond liner. Preferably on a warm day, lay it down over the area you have excavated. Weigh down the edges with stones and slowly fill the area with water – tugging at the edges to prevent creasing. Once it is filled to about 2-3 inches from the rim of the pond, leave for 24 hours to let the pond settle. Then trim the excess liner around the edge to around 6in from the rim.

4) Edging your pond.

Whether you’ve gone for a flexible or rigid liner, the next step is to create your edging. What kind of edging you want for your pond depends upon the type of pond you want to create, rough stones and boulders for that rustic feel, or paving slabs and cement for a more formal look. What’s essential is that you cover up those unsightly edges of pond liner, and ensure your liner is held firmly in place. If people are going to be routinely walking around the edges of your pond, mortaring it securely in places may be required.

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And there you have it, a pond in your garden. Of course, it’s little more than an oversized paddling pool at the moment, without any pond plants or fish. Next week we’ll show you how to make your pond come to life. Stay tuned!

 

 

Don’t forget, here at Primrose we have a variety of products to help you realise the pond of your dreams:

Pond Liner

Thick and sturdy, here at Primrose only sell quality Pond Liner, with a guarantee of 10 years so that you can rest easy beside your garden oasis. We also sell underliner and joining tape, so you’ll have everything you need.

Preformed Ponds

Primrose also supply a large range of preformed ponds. This can be a slightly easier option as you won’t have to measure out all that pond liner and underlay. Our preformed ponds come with multi-layering, so you can have different depths for your pond – important as different aquatic plants thrive at various depths. A great way to get your pond life started!

Decorative Pebbles and Aggregates

Perfect to help create the finish touches to your pond, especially the edging.

Water Features for your Pond

From floating lily fountains to blade cascades, the sound of running water can really add something to your pond or watercourse.

Pond Lighting

Make your pond come alive – even at night!

Pond in a Pot

One of the innovations we’re most proud of here at Primrose is the Pond in a Pot. Perfect if you don’t have the space or the time to set up a regular pond, our Pond in a Pot kits come with everything you need to set up a pond in your garden, or even your balcony or patio.

 

A Pond in a Pot, from Primrose.
A Pond in a Pot, from Primrose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CharlieCharlie works in the Primrose marketing team, mainly on online marketing.

When not writing for the Primrose Blog, Charlie likes nothing more than a good book and a cool cider.

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