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Need some advice for your gardening? Here are helpful tips to get you ready for National Gardening Week starting... http://t.co/pi5norvKzk

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mulching lawn mowers • /r/gardening

mulching lawn mowers • /r/gardening | Gardening | Scoop.it
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Most  popular  trend  of  a  few  years  back  as  this isn't  new   isn't  going  down  well  with  other  gardeners   I  recall   who  like  my  self  tend  to  like  the  stripe  and  clean  surfaces   of  box  mowers.

The  only  advantage  I  can  see  is  that  it  feeds   the  grass   by  cutting  grass  shoots  and  spreading  them  evenly  rather  like  a  flymo   thus  making  the  trip  to  local  dump

However  for  it  to  be  effective  the  grass  tip  have  to  be  short   for  it  rot  down  quickly  in  the  soil  otherwise  they  just  make  a  thatch  will  have  to  raked  out   

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Why social media is a godsend for gardeners

Why social media is a godsend for gardeners | Gardening | Scoop.it
From Facebook to Pinterest, we round up the websites and apps that can help you get the most from your garden
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My  two  favorite  SM  platforms 

 

From My  experience  I  find  both  Linkedin  and  twitter  a  very  useful  tool  in  the  social  media   

And  tend  to use  these  both  definitely  for  example  you  can  join  a groups  that  have  the  same  ideas  in  your  niche  

you  can  also  swap  ideas  around  or  bounce  ideas  of  other  people  (  Linkedin tends  to  be  for  professional people  but  don't  let  that  put  you  off)  

Twitter  I  use  for  advertising  and  general  chat -  you  can  also  find  what    jobs  or  new  clients  by   doing  searches.

 

what  is  your  favorite  platform   

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Harrod Horticultural wins prestigious national award

Harrod Horticultural based in Lowestoft received a major award at the BALI National Landscape Awards 2014, held in London on Friday 5th December at the Grosvenor Hotel, Park Lane, London.
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Alan Titchmarsh on his fascinating year inside the Queen's secret gardens

Alan Titchmarsh on his fascinating year inside the Queen's secret gardens | Gardening | Scoop.it
After 12 months of unprecented access to the Buckingham Palace grounds, Alan Titchmarsh reveals how Her Majesty banishes bugs from her roses and what honey from the royal hives tastes like
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'This place saved my life': the gardening charity helping veterans - in pictures

'This place saved my life': the gardening charity helping veterans - in pictures | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gardening Leave, one of the charities for the Guardian and Observer Christmas appeal on mental health, helps veterans heal mental wounds through horticultural therapy
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One  of  the  best  benefits  of  gardening  that  is  hardly  recognised  until  now.

Now  GPs  are  campaigning  for  it  to  be  included  in  the  National  Health  Service 

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Little Gardeners 8 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Kids $6.95 + FREE Prime Shipping (Reg. $15)!

Little Gardeners 8 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Kids $6.95 + FREE Prime Shipping (Reg. $15)! | Gardening | Scoop.it
Little Gardeners 8 Piece Gardening Tool Set for Kids $6.95 + FREE Prime Shipping (Reg. $15)!
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A  great  idea  to  get  your  kids  interested  in  gardening  but  i  can  not  see  a  spade  or  fork  or  lawn  mower  in  the  picture  

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Winter gardening tips: Alan Titchmarsh on why you need to get outside - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world

Winter gardening tips: Alan Titchmarsh on why you need to get outside - Breaking news around the worldBreaking news around the world | Gardening | Scoop.it
DON’T neglect your garden in winter! Take on a new project now and you’ll be sitting pretty when spring returns, says Alan Titchmarsh Daily Express :: Life & Style Feed http://www.newsyab.com/winter-gardening-tips-alan-titchmarsh-on-why-you-need-to-get-outside/

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3 good  reason Why  you  need  to  out  side  ;-

There is  still  plenty  to  do  till the  winter  snow  comes  in.

(1)  Planting  &  Removing  

Unwanted  plants  can  removed easily  since  the  heavy  rain  we  are  getting.

(2)  Pruning  

Cornuses .fruit  trees  deciduous  trees  and  even  Acers  can  be  pruned  this  time  of  year .as  well  as  roses  

(3) Weeding  can  also  be  carried  out  ounce  the  bed  is  clear  apply  a  1"  layer  of  bark  chips  around  the bed  to  prevent  weeds  coming  through  -  with  the  rain   the  chips  will  get  inoculated  and  biodegrade  through  the  out  the  year  releasing  mircobes  into  the  soil  

clear  and  burn  all  dead diseased  and  dying  matter  

And  finally  keep  off  the  grass  as  much  as  possible   

 

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Oxfordshire preschool swaps muddy garden for lush LazyLawn

Oxfordshire preschool swaps muddy garden for lush LazyLawn | Gardening | Scoop.it
Youngsters at a preschool near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, have ditched their wellies and are spending more time outside after having their outdoor play area transformed by LazyLawn.
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Is  this  sign of  thing  to  come 

The  sad  demise  of  our  lush  green  grass   due  to  climate  change  America  having  very  little  grass  at  all  due  their  extreme weather  causing  massive  droughts  and  here  in  the  UK  where  we  are  getting  the  other  side  of  the  weather  with  wet  and  windy  weather  through out the  fall

Maybe  its  not  practical anymore  as  the  case  in  point  here    

It  will  be  a  sad shame  to  see  it  go   

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Vote for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014

Vote for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014 | Gardening | Scoop.it
The search for Britain’s Best Lawn 2014 has reached its last stage, and for the first time gardening fans will have a say in this annual competition.
Three gardens have been shortlisted for the award sponsored by Briggs & Stratton.
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First  launched  by  Facebook  weeks  ago  -  To  keep  your  lawn  in tip  top  condition  it  will  need  plenty  of  TLC  &  understanding  here  is  a  guide  on  how  i  look  after  your  lawns  for  you  in  the  Autumn  more  blog  post  will be  posted  about  it  in  the  spring  -  

http://rsgardeningservices.esy.es/Blog/how-to-look-after-your-lawn-in-autum/

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'Incredible assortment' at 27th annual rose show - The Desert Sun

'Incredible assortment' at 27th annual rose show - The Desert Sun | Gardening | Scoop.it
Everything will be coming up roses.
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Alas our roses here  are  still  in  their  last  bloom  cause  the  mild  weather  we  are  having  here  in  the  UK.  So  this  show  isnt  much  use  for  us  here   until June  where  t6he  RHS  will  hold  it.

Doesn't  mean  that  others  from  across  the  Golden  Pond  wont  enjoy  it  

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Pave the Way to Easier Mowing With a Mowing Strip

Learn how to install lawn edging to lower maintenance. Edging keeps grass stolons out of garden beds; incorporating a mowing strip into your lawn facilitates mowing.
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To  me  these  look  like  a  great  idea  but  without a  use  of  strimmer  your  mower  will  still  not  get  to  the  edges.  

As  for  stolons  it  will  regulate  the  amount  of  twitch  grass  or  couch  grass  from  rooting  but  I  know  from  experience  that  all  you  need  is  one  or  more  blades  of  grass  on  the  ground   and  they  will  virtually  twitch  in  the  ground  and  root  themselves  -  hence  the  term  twitch  grass.

So  my  solution  would  be  to  make  a  border  around  edge  to  not  a  big  one  but  just  enough  for  your  mower  to  go  over  and  collect  the  cutting.

With  Corners I  prefer  using my  flat  bottom  shears  as  it  keeps  it  nice  and  neat  and  plus  all  the  clipping  can  be  collected  up  by  hand -  not  like  the  strimmer  where  it  spreads  the  clipping .

For  Big  lawns  there  no  escape  So  i' use  a  strimmer  only  when  i  know  that  there  no  flower  bed  in sight  

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Gardens for Cats

Gardens for Cats | Gardening | Scoop.it
Most articles you see about cats in gardens – are something along the lines of ‘how do I stop the neighbours’ cats coming in my garden?
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The  only  thing  i  have  to  say  is  that  cats  like  freedom  to  roam    its  in  their  DNA   so  unless  your  Cat  is  old  the  less  it  will  stray.

Plus  the  fact  other  peoples  cats  might  find  the  your  garden  cosy  too  especially  with  cat  mint   which  acts  as  drug  to  them .

Other  wise  this  is  good  article 

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Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly

Why You Should Rake Your Lawn Regularly | Gardening | Scoop.it
Read some tips why you should rake your lawn regularly and why this is so important for the good look of your yard.

Via Benjamin Sanchez
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Good  article  from  Beautifullandscapingtx.com 

But  maybe  cause  they  are  from  America  they  have  forgotten  or  didnt  know  the   other  reason  why  its  important  to  rake  your  lawn.

Being  a  groundsman  assistant  for  11  yrs  before  moving  on  to  Royal  Parks  department  know  that  raking  does  more  than  pick  up  leaves  it  divides  the  stolons  of  grass  roots  thus  multiplying  the  grass  sward  by  4  it  also  removes  moss  and  thatch  that  would  imped    drainage.

Question  about  leaves  - I would  rake  up  the  top  pile  of  leaves  first  and  would  either  bag  them  to  take  them  to   dump  or  compost  them.

You  could  either  then  sprinkle  the  leaves  on  the  soil  and  leave  mother  nature  to  do  the  rest .

Off  courses  you  have  to  find  a  space  out  of  sight  first 

Secondly  I  would  then  go  over  with  a  mower  ounce  with  out  bucket  then  with  a  bucket  until  the  lawns  are  cleared  

Any  small  bits  will  be  taken  down  by  worms  in  there  borrows  

If  you  allowed  this  to  happen  you  save  a  lot  time  and  money  on  another  Autumn  routine  -  and  that  is  Aeration   more  info  can  be  found    here  -  http://www.rsgardencareservices.co.uk/Lawn-Care-Services.html

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Keeping a lawn green and lush all season long is challenging at the worse. There are numerous things that one must do in order to ensure the healthiness and beautifulness of their lawn. Mowing, fertilizing, watering, and weeding are all essential for your grass; however, there is one more task that most people forget about – raking.

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Useful DIY Tips and Guide » Want Landscaping Advice? Read The Following Tips

Useful DIY Tips and Guide » Want Landscaping Advice? Read The Following Tips | Gardening | Scoop.it
Want Landscaping Advice? Read The Following Tips - http://t.co/SalpOEVZby
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How  not  to  be  caught  out  by  rogue  landscapers  

 

I  Can  add  a  few  things  too  since  there  is  spate  of  cowboys  around  -  check  to  see  if  they  ;-

(a)  are  insured  

(b)  That  they  carry  a  Environmental  waste  licence  

(c)  Check  their  references  

(d)  That  they  are  properly  qualified  or  registered    

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The Practical Herb Garden Information Guide review | The Practical Herb Garden Information Guide download

A Complete Step-by-step System Covering All Aspects Of Herb Gardening. The 83 Page Guide Will Give You All The Information You Will Need To Grow Delicious, Healthy And Robust Herbs. Two Additional Ebooks Are Part Of This Package.
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New edition of  war and  peace    just  out  - Practical   Herb  Garden  with  88  pages  of  how to  grow  herbs   

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Meet the Gardening Robot that Could Grow Fresh Food for Astronauts | Motherboard

Meet the Gardening Robot that Could Grow Fresh Food for Astronauts | Motherboard | Gardening | Scoop.it
And one day, hopefully, on Mars.

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I  told  them  they  were  coming  no  one  believed  me  

#Gardening  #Robots   #Space

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How to look after your lawn in winter

How to look after your lawn in winter | Gardening | Scoop.it
How to look after your lawn in winter; the garden never completely hibernates; things still need seeing to.
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Should we cut our grass in winter?

 

I have  been  cutting  grass  now  for   everyone  including   the  public  sector  for over  25  yrs.

And  this  is  the  first  time  I  have  heard  about  this and  its  all  new  to  me. 

I  generally  leave  the  grass now  for  spring  now  and  let  the  grass  recovery.  cause  about  this  time  of  yr  you  shouldn't  really  cut  it  cause  of  the  reasons  :-  

(a)  Over  here  esp  in  the  UK  the  grass  tends  to  too  wet  now  and  efforts  of  cutting  the  grass  will  fruitless -  the  grass  will  either  rip  or  just  be  squashed  flat  by  the  roller

(b) After  the  heavy  rain  and  dew  fall the  heavy  soils  will  be  water  logged  and  just  cake  up  your  mower  esp  now  when  the  nights  are  getting  shorter  the  grass  will  still  be  wet

(c)  With  our  heavy  soils  ( ie  Clay  ) any  walking  on  the  grass  will  only  compact  the  layers  and impede  the  drainage &  finally I  was  told contrary  to  what  this  article  said  is  that  grass  stops  growing when  the  temperature  drops  bellow 50 degrees

 

 

 

 

 

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How to make a Christmas wreath for your front door

How to make a Christmas wreath for your front door | Gardening | Scoop.it
Harvest berries, leaves and seedheads from the garden to make a Christmas wreath
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#Christmass  #Decoration   

How  to  make  your  own  Christmas #wreath  

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Some plants evolve to withstand, thwart hungry deer - UPI.com

Some plants evolve to withstand, thwart hungry deer - UPI.com | Gardening | Scoop.it
To survive the onslaught of hungry deer, some plants develop defenses to or toleration for being eaten.
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Amazing  how  plants  have  evolved  through  years   this  is  one  example  

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6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly - GardYard

6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly - GardYard | Gardening | Scoop.it
6 Easy Ways to Make Your Garden Pet Friendly
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6 ways to  make  your  garden  pet  friendly   &  more  tips  from  My  list.ly  - http://list.ly/list/T8e-how-to-garden-with-dogs.

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Gardening this Autumn could damage your health

Gardening this Autumn could damage your health | Gardening | Scoop.it
Gregor Campbell, an art teacher from Paisley in Scotland, is joining doctors this autumn to warn gardeners who have asthma or a weak immune system to be on alert for a deadly fungus that lurks in compost heaps and in piles of rotting leaves.
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When  I'm  out  on  my  rounds  I  sure  can  smell  the  decaying  of  leaves  this  year  as  the  wet  but  mild  weather  has  produced  abundance  of  fungi  this  year.

So  this  warning  and  about  the  increasing  size  of  spiders  too  could  be  vatal  to  any one  that  suffers  from  bronchial  infection  or  allergies   

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Revolutionary Gardening: What Starts From a Seed?

http://truthstreammedia.com/revolutionary-gardening-what-starts-from-a-seed/ How do we move to a culture of self sufficiency and freedom? One seed, and one person at a time. There is freedom...
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Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas

Halloween Stories: How Pumpkins Became "Jack O' Lanterns" + Last Minute Costume Ideas | Gardening | Scoop.it
The name “Jack O’ Lantern” was originally one of the numerous names given to ignis fatuus (Medieval Latin for “foolish fire”), another of which is “Will O’ the Wisps”, basically the odd light that can occasionally be seen over marshes, swamps, and the like. “Jack O’ Lantern” first popped up being used this way around the mid-17th century in East Anglia, UK and spread from there through parts of England, Ireland, and Scotland.

Via Karen Dietz
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An  interesting  story  -   originating  from  folk  lore  about  a  thief  called  Jack  who  was  chased  by  the  villagers   when  he was  stopped  in  in  his  tracks  by  Satan.

Story  taken  from  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack-o%27-lantern

 

Jack was getting chased by some villagers from whom he had stolen, when he met Satan, who claimed it was time for him to die. However, the thief stalled his death by tempting Satan with a chance to bedevil the church-going villagers chasing him. Jack told Satan to turn into a coin with which he would pay for the stolen goods (Satan could take on any shape he wanted); later, when the coin (Satan) disappeared, the Christian villagers would fight over who had stolen it. The Devil agreed to this plan. He turned himself into a silver coin and jumped into Jack's wallet, only to find himself next to a cross Jack had also picked up in the village. Jack had closed the wallet tight, and the cross stripped the Devil of his powers; and so he was trapped.

In both folktales, Jack only lets Satan go when he agrees never to take his soul. After a while the thief died, as all living things do. Of course, his life had been too sinful for Jack to go to heaven; however, Satan had promised not to take his soul, and so he was barred from hell as well. Jack now had nowhere to go. He asked how he would see where to go, as he had no light, and Satan mockingly tossed him an ember from the flames of Hades, that would never burn out. Jack carved out one of his turnips (which were his favorite food), put the ember inside it, and began endlessly wandering the Earth for a resting place. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern", or Jack-o'-lantern.

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It's Halloween tomorrow and time for some fun! I've got a list here of cool posts I've found to help us celebrate this favorite holiday.


All Things Pumpkin

First up is the story about how carved pumpkins became known as 'Jack o'lanterns'. It's based on an Irish folktale. Ignore the author's side comments -- hey, it's a folktale, OK? -- and enjoy Jack's creative solutions and eventual comeuppance.


Next, wander over to the article "10 Crazy Facts About Pumpkins" that had me saying, "Who knew?!" http://time.com/3544386/10-crazy-facts-about-pumpkins/


For some great eye candy, next check out these fab photos of amazing carved pumpkins -- something maybe to try out on our own for next year. They are beautiful and inspiring! http://www.mymodernmet.com/profiles/blogs/john-reckner-roger-williams-park-pumpkins 


There's Still Time For An Awesome Costume

Now if you are like me, I'm always scrambling at the last minute for a costume. I am also a big fan of duct tape -- the handyman's secret weapon. I even travel with a small roll for any kind of emergency, LOL! So here's a link about how to use duct tape to make 15 Halloween costumes. Right on! http://mashable.com/2014/10/18/duct-tape-costumes/?utm_reader=feedly 


But how about if you have a group of friends or co-workers and you want to dress up together? Never fear -- here is a post with fab examples of 20 best DIY group costumes you can still whip together http://www.brit.co/diy-group-costumes/


Have fun and Happy Halloween!


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Happy Halloween, everyone!

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Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12%

Landscaping Boosts Home Values Up to 12% | Gardening | Scoop.it
A $150,000 home with no landscaping could fetch an additional $8,300 to $19,000 by adding a landscape with color and large plants, according to research from Virginia Tech.

Via Michael Stuart, John M. Holland
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How  to  increase  the  value  of  your  home

 

This is  a  good  article  worth  sharing.  Even  now  with  the  sun shinning  now  Im  off  this  afternoon  to  help  a  client  sell  her  home  by  doing  up  her  front  garden  for  that  important Curb  appeal  effect  I  have  made  a  listly   list  thing  to  do  for  that  wow  factor   http://list.ly/list/Sw9-how-to-increase-the-value-of-property to  give  you  some  idea 

Meny  people  have  really  no  idea  about  how  to  sell  the  house  properly . Thinking  that  if  the  inside  looks  good  then  the  new  owners  can  come  and  do  the  garden.

And  in  my  work  i  have  seen  gardens  that  even  the  surveyers  cannt  get  to.

So  I  cannt  really  emphasise  enough  of  the  importance  of  it is    

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Michael Stuart's curator insight, October 15, 12:01 AM

"The most preferred landscape included a sophisticated design with large deciduous, evergreen, and annual color plants and colored hardscape," according to Niemiera. Adding different plant sizes to a front yard, for example, can boost curb appeal, as well as mixing fruit trees and flowers for added color.

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