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3 Garden Tips from the Pros

Not everybody can afford to hire professional landscape architects to help with their garden or even provide some consultation, but that doesn’t mean that your garden can’t look like it was put together by a pro. Just a few simple tips and details can make your garden easier to manage and more attractive all year round. Here are some of our favourite tips from gardening professionals.

Create a Mowing Strip Around Your Patio/Deck

Most people do not think about mowing the lawn when they’re building a patio or garden deck, but day to day maintenance and how you’ll handle it is an important detail. A mowing strip is essentially a tiny path around the edge of your patio filled with either gravel or chippings. It allows you to mow right up to the edge of your patio/deck without having to use a trimmer. This is because it prevents grass from growing right next to the material, so the lawnmower will go over the strip and deal with all the grass there, rather than leaving a small strip of uncut grass right up against the decking. It has a second benefit of generally making your garden look a little neater.

Add a Green Roof to Your Bin Store

Bin stores are a great way to keep foxes out of your rubbish and keep the unsightly wheelie bin out of the way. However, over time you may find that the roof of your bin store gets discoloured due to the sun and rain – you can prevent this with general maintenance, of course, but if you prefer a more hands-off approach, you can add a green roof to it. You can buy seed mixes online, with everything from sedum herb blankets through to plants that will help bees and butterflies thrive – you can help the environment around you and make your garden maintenance a little easier each year.

Add Solar Lights to Your Fencing for Cheap, Attractive Night Lights

Installing garden lighting can be a little expensive, especially if you need to run cables under your lawn. However, you can cut down on the work and costs by just attaching solar lights to your fence – these are practically free to run and will illuminate your garden without the need for additional cables, switches, or anything other than a bracket and a few hours on the weekend.