Gardens, How To, Tyler

Let’s be honest, no one really likes the look of their wheelie bin and definitely don’t want to see it in their lovely garden when they look out the window. Worst part is usually there’s more than one! But the reality is we’ve got to have them in our garden/driveway… How can I hide my wheelie bin you ask? There are many ways you can disguise your wheelie bin in stylish ways! Read more to find out how you can.

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Wheelie Bin Stores/Screening

The first option you should consider if you’re looking to hide your wheelie bin is investing in a wheelie bin store or screening. These are fantastic at making an unpleasant bin become a feature in your garden. They come in sizes from single to triples has heaps of benefits such as reducing build up of odor, add security so that the wind can’t blow it down as well as keeping pests out. Best part is they are also adaptable which means you can start treating the wood and customising it how you want by painting it in different colours.

Potted Plants

Another great way to disguise your bin is by surrounding it with your potted plants! Take away the attention from your bin by the vibrant colours of your flowers, fruit trees and various other plants. Tall plants such as bamboo would work best due to its height.

Keep in mind, you will need to make sure that this isn’t placed where there isn’t much sunlight as this could prevent your plants from growing! If your wheelie bins are in a shaded area, artificial trellis is a great alternative as you won’t need to worry about sunlight and gives your wheelie bins more of a natural look…

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Build a Brick Wall

For the DIY heads and you have plenty of space to work with, you have the option of building a brick wall around your wheelie bins! This way if you own more than 3 bins, you could potentially build a store big enough to fit them all in. Similar to a wheelie bin store, you can also customise/decorate the wall however you like. The only down side will be is building a brick wall isn’t as cost effective as the other options above.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Gardening, Grow Your Own, Mothers' Day, Tyler

This year Mother’s Day falls on 31st March 2019 so now is the best time to start planning what you will treat your mum if you haven’t done so already! So we thought to help give you some inspiration by coming up with a list of our top gifts to make your mother’s day special.

Mum’s Kitchen Herb Windowsill Planter

This amazing herb planter will be the perfect gift for your mother! With a natural wooden finish, it will allow to grow all her favourite herbs in the comfort of her own home. It also informs everyone in the household that she owns the kitchen too.

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‘Thank You’ Patio Rose – 5.5L Pot

Say thank you for being the best mum in the world with our ‘Thank You’ patio rose! These rose offers an abundance of colour which all make all mum’s smile with joy knowing that they are appreciated for everything they do.

Solar Metal Elephant Silhouette

Our beautiful solar metal elephant silhouette will make a perfect addition to your mother’s garden. The best part about is the built in lights that come to life at night time which visitors will find hard to forget the elephants glow. It is best placed on a patio where plenty of sunlight can be absorbed by its solar panels.

Colour Changing Solar Wind Spinner Lights

An alternative to the elephant silhouette, why not treat your mother to a color changing solar wind spinner light! These set of light has a colour changing bulb which will circulate through colours such as blue, green, red and purple and may certainly make the neighbors jealous as they peer through their windows.

Shubunkin Spills 4 Tier Cascading Water Feature

Last but not least, our shubunkin spills 4 tier water feature offers a calming atmosphere for your mother to indulge in. This elegant stone finished water feature is ideal relaxing in the garden after a hard day’s work to help her enjoy life a little more.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Gardening, Greenhouses, How To, Tyler

Buying your first greenhouse can be stressful as there are many things to consider. If only there was a guide to help make that decision… Well, today is your lucky day as I will be constructing a first greenhouse buyer’s guide answering all the important questions to get you started in your new hobby.

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Where to put your greenhouse?

Sunlight and Shelter

First thing to consider when choosing where to put your greenhouse is will your greenhouse be exposed to enough sunlight? The sun may be lower during the colder months so I would suggest to base your position where it will get as much sunlight all year round. In addition to this, you will also need to place it in a position where it will be sheltered from strong winds to minimise the chances of any damage to your greenhouse. You could use fencing and hedges to add that bit more protection.

Maintenance

You may decide to give your greenhouse some maintenance during the year. This in mind, it is essential to consider how convenient it will be to gain access to all areas of the greenhouse. If your greenhouse is close up to a wall but needs cleaning or repair work, you may have a great deal of struggle! So remember to leave a big enough gap between the greenhouse and wall to make your life easier.

Measure out the space you’ll be using

Now that you have find the area you’d like to feature your greenhouse, it’s time to grab the measuring tape! Once you’ve measured all the dimensions (remember to consider maintenance space!), you’ll have a rough idea on what size to get. There’s no worst feeling buying a greenhouse too big so make sure to take your measurements first.

Choosing the right greenhouse

Time for the moment you’ve been waiting for… choosing your very first greenhouse! You may feel a little intimidated by a huge greenhouse range so here’s a breakdown on what style is best for you:

Type

Greenhouses come in different shapes and sizes so it is key to identify what type is best for you. A traditional freestanding greenhouse is the popular choice as there are more size options and it’s easier to find a suitable space for it. Next option you have is lean-to greenhouses. Lean-to are ideal if you’re planning to place it up against a wall. A big advantage that a lean to has is it will benefit from extra protection and warmth from the existing wall.

Polytunnels are a fantastic alternative if you’re looking for something easier to erect. Polytunnels are made from steel bars and reinforced polyethylene and works exactly like a greenhouse!

Material

Greenhouses tend to be made from either aluminium or wooden frames. The element is silver but can be painted into colours such as green. Aluminium frames are sturdy and tend to be cheaper than wooden frames.

Wooden frames tend to suit most types of gardens due to the natural look. It will need treatment every few years to keep it looking fresh and in good order. They are also easier to insulate due to the advantage to staple materials such as bubble wrap directly onto the frame.

Glazing

There are two options to choose from: glass and polycarbonate. Horticultural glass transmits over 90% of sunlight so this would be a huge advantage to grow your plants effectively. However, a major disadvantage is it can break into large fragments. Toughened glass is available for a higher price and will be a lot harder to break. If it does, it tends to break into smaller pieces that won’t cause any harm to your safety.

Twin walled polycarbonate transmits less sunlight than glass with 83% but isn’t easy to break compared to glass. Also, for a more insulated greenhouse polycarbonate wins points on that as heat is retained better. Polycarbonate is vulnerable to wind damage so please make sure your greenhouse is protected from wind!

Foundations

Establishing a leveled foundation is the most important step when erecting a greenhouse. You will need to make sure that the space you place your greenhouse onto needs to be level. Fear not as to make life a little easier, most greenhouses are supplied with a metal base. A base allows the greenhouse to sit nicely on leveled flooring, giving your greenhouse extra support.

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Accessories

A range of accessories are always good to consider. Staging and shelving are the most common accessory as it gives your greenhouse more room and levels to plant more. Greenhouse Heaters are useful when heating a greenhouses during colder months when you start to move your plants inside to protect from frost and colder temperatures.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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Garden Tools, Gardens, Tyler

Winter is in full effect so it’s time to think about winter care for your garden tools and how to do it. If you look after your garden tools well then they should last you for years and will also save you money! So grab your tools and follow this guide so that you won’t have to deal with the consequences next year.

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Winter Care for Hand Tools

Start off your winter maintenance by cleaning all of your hand tools. Simply scrub all tools using a cleaning brush, making sure dirt and mud are removed from the metal part. Follow up with a dry cloth to wipe down the remaining soil left on the tool. If rust remains, sandpaper can be effective to rub any rust away. Wooden handles may also need to wiped down with sandpaper to ensure all splinters are removed.

You’ll want to oil your hand tools next. The reason many would oil their tools is so it prevents them from rusting over the period they are out of action. This all depends on the quality of the metal but to be sure, apply a thin layer. Use Linseed oil for the wooden handles so that the handle doesn’t become dry over these cold months.

Storing your tools away from rainfall and other elements that’ll make all your hard work lost is essential. You can store them in your greenhouse or rack them up in the shed, ready for you to use on the first day of spring.

Winter Care for Power Tools

There are different things that’ll need to be done for each power tool. If you have a tool such as a lawnmower or grass trimmer, you’ll need to ensure that all grass and grass clippings are removed from the machine as this will avoid the blades from jamming when next used and make sure to store in a cool and dry area.

If you have petrol powered tools, make sure that no fuel is left in the can and drained as over time in these cold conditions, it can go stale and you may struggle to start it up again come spring. Quite the opposite is needed for the oil though as this will need to be checked and topped up so that the machine remains in good working order.

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Sharpen Your Tools

Sharpening your tools is a great way to save money long term. After summer use, your hedge trimmers, chainsaws and hori trowels can become worn down and blunt. A quick job of the appropriate file tool to sharpen them up will ensure that your tools are as effective in 2019 as they were in 2018.

Tyler at PrimroseTyler works in the Primrose Marketing team, mainly working on Social Media and Online Marketing.

Tyler is a big fan on everything sports and supports Arsenal Football Club. When not writing Primrose blogs and tweets, you can find Tyler playing for his local Sunday football team or in the gym.

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