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Increase viewings on your property by boosting its ‘Kerb Appeal’

Kerb appeal is integral when trying to sell your home, as first impressions account for much of the overall impression the property has on any potential buyer. With the residential property market in the UK unstable and buyers looking for better value from their investments making your property stand out can be a challenge! Believe it or not it takes potential buyers no more than eight seconds to decide whether or not they like a property. So often, the property’s outer appearance is the deal
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How to Grow Rhododendrons and Azaleas

The Rhododendron family is a very large plant family. It includes both Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Rhododendrons They tend to be evergreen and form attractive bushes which are slow growing and can range in size from 50cm to 2m in height. They have dark green leathery long leaves and large flowers in an amazing choice of colours from Geisha Orange to red Van Dyke. Azaleas Tend to be more dainty with smaller leaves and flowers in clusters. Some Azaleas are evergreen whilst others are deciduous
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Spring lawn care

There are millions of lawns in the UK serving many different purposes. Yet the bulk of British lawns just exist, without any attention whatsoever other than a mow now and again. With just a little tender loving care begun in spring the lawn can look really good for the whole of the year. Giving the lawn a good rake (scarifying) will remove dead material and encourage the grass to thicken by developing runners and side shoots. Many lawns have some areas that have become compacted. They may be h
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Social Gardening

1 For all the family One of the best things about gardening is that it is an activity that you can enjoy on your own or equally with friends and family. It is very companionable to be pottering about in the garden, chatting about what should go where, how far to trim certain plants back or pondering over the identity of a bug (is it friend or foe?) or weed. It’s great fun showing children how to sow seed and nurture young plants. Of course the garden is also very important as somewhere for c
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Hedging

Traditionally hedges were planted in the autumn when bare root plants were available. With the advent of pot grown plants, hedging can be planted in the winter or spring provided care is taken in planting and the subjects are kept well watered. There are many plants that are suitable for hedging but chose with care. Take into account the size of the garden and the eventual height you want to achieve. Box is great for parterres.  Lavender and Rosemary may frame a footpath. Beech is a g
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