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Christmas Wreath

“Make Use Of Winter Plants By Creating Your Very Own Festive Christmas Wreath!“

It's easier than you might think to make a traditional Christmas wreath - and lots cheaper than buying one in the supermarket.

Everything you need is in your garden - failing that just explore your local hedgerows for some inspiration. 

There is no hard and fast rule to making a wreath, just pick whatever looks good this time of year and get creative! We've given you some ideas below to get you started.

Long spindly stems such as birch and cornus are easy to twist into a circle making a colourful base for the wreath. You can then tie the ends together keeping it in shape. If you want to bulk it out slightly more just weave a few more lengths into the wreath.

To decorate the wreath use seedheads such as clematis, sprigs of Scots pine and rosemary, cones, rose twigs with hips, seedpods such as agapanthus even some eucalyptus bay or lavender. Use your imagination here but don't go too mad - sometimes less is more and a simple wreath decorated with just 2 or 3 plants can look the most elegant.  When adding sprigs to the wreath, push them in at an angle so they all point in a clockwise direction, and spread them out evenly.

If you want to add a touch of sparkle try attaching some small baubles or stars. Now simply hang your wreath for all to enjoy.

“Clean Wooden Panels, Pathways And Greenhouses For A Safe And Spotless Garden!“

Keeping your patio, deck, pathways, fencing and any soft or hard surface clear from algae, lichens and mosses will ensure your garden looks tidy through winter; but it's important for your safety too!  As they colonise it can create slippery surfaces that are dangerous to walk on. 

Using Greenaway concentrate couldn't be simpler to control the problem. Just use a sprayer, brush or watering can and rose to apply the solution for a visible dramatic improvement within days.

Use once in spring then again in autumn for complete control. It's non hazardous and safe for pets so don't worry about the dog walking over it afterwards. The solution can also be used on the greenhouse to keep glass clear and allow in maximum light over the winter months. Using a scrubbing brush for this job normally removes the growths straight away leaving a spotlessly clean greenhouse.


Pond care

“Pond Care To Help Your Fish And Aquatic Plants“

The winter can bring many problems where your pond is concerned but with our help they can easily be avoided. 

Falling leaves and minus temperatures are the two major offenders here - both reduce oxygen levels in the pond that can result in dying plants and fish.

The first can be handled by fixing a net over your pond to trap leaves as they fall. These can then be removed and added to your compost heap. Should the pond not be covered by a net then it's best to use our Tornado pond Vac to suck up any dirt and dead leaves leaving your pond crystal clear. To stop your pond from completely freezing over place 2 or 3 plastic balls in the water before temperatures fall below 0oC.   These can then be removed one at a time when required leaving a breathing hole for the water.

“Clean The Gutters to Prevent Any Damage To Your Home“

Cleaning out the gutters is a chore nobody loves doing but is essential to divert water away from the house to prevent problems. These may include rotting fascia boards and water damage to the side of your house that leads to damp. 

Don't worry though it's not difficult to do and really doesn't take that long. All you need is an A-frame or extension ladder with attachment to protect your gutters (don't lean directly on the gutters as it may break them), a pair of gloves to protect your hands and hose. 

Wearing your gloves remove the leaves from your gutters and either drop to the floor to collect after or gather in one of our heavy duty garden refuse sacks. These leaves can then be added to your compost. Once all material has been removed from the gutters use the hose to flush out any remaining muck. It is a good idea to help protect your house by cleaning around the gutters with a brush to remove any build up of algae or lichens. This will keep it looking clean and ready for spring.

Cleaning gutters

Clear leaves

“Clear Leaves From Your Lawn And Reap The Benefits“

Collect the leaves on your lawn and make your own nutritious leaf mould. Not only will you save money but also keep the garden looking tidy!

It is important to remove leaves as they can promote diseases and scorch the grass as they begin to rot - but don't throw them away - they can be put to good use!

The first step is to move all the leaves from the lawn and collect in one corner of the garden using either a rake, broom or leaf blower. Using our 'one step rake' you can collect leaves and debris in one easy movement. If you want to save on raking and bending then the best option for you is to use our Flymo leaf blower - it will also save you a lot more time.

“Heat Lovers Need Moving – Take Your Tender Tropical Plants Indoors“

Any potted tropical plants you may have sat on your patio such as Dipladenia, Datura and Coleus are frost-tender and will need to be moved into a heated greenhouse or a conservatory if you have the space. 

These plants must be sheltered away from the first frosts to prevent any damage. You can make sure your plants receive the correct care when needed by keeping an eye on the temperature with our garden thermometers now on sale.   

It is to be expected for the plants to drop some leaves as they adjust to their new surroundings but water as needed while keeping the soil on the dry side. 

Space the plants out to allow a suitable amount of space for the air to circulate between them - this will help deter any pests and diseases. Once winter has passed and the temperatures start to pick up with the chance of a frost gone they can then be returned to their outdoor position.

Indoor tropical plants