With the end of summer soon upon us, it’s time to start thinking about the garden once again and how to prepare it for autumn. Spending a little time in the garden this time of year will ensure it’s ready for when autumn and winter hits. It’s one of the most important times for gardeners and there are a few tasks that need completing so that the garden is fully prepped and ready for when the spring arrives. Here’s how to prepare your garden at the turn of the season. Pruning When it comes to your shrubs and trees, you should prune any unruly branches to improve their overall shape, as well ..
When buying a shed, you may be looking at the aesthetics, the price and its quality; however, it might be easy to overlook the build and cladding.Whilst cladding can often be mistaken as being a seemingly minor aspect of your garden shed, it can affect the strength, price and even what you can use it for. Therefore, it’s vital to know the difference between the different styles to help you find the perfect shed for you.Overlap, shiplap and tongue and groove are different building styles, with the wooden panels all locking together differently. Each type offers positives and negatives, so read ..
The external appearance of your home is just as important as the inside, and attractive gates or railings can present an elegant effect while increasing your family’s security. However, while many people have considered such an adornment, the rules around installation can sometimes appear off-putting.The reality is that gates or railings not only protect your property, belongings and loved ones, they can also improve your privacy and create a favourable first impression if trying to sell the house. To help you better understand the rules and regulations, we’ve created this comprehensive guide...
When working in your garden, the end goal is to produce a beautiful, lively space that can be admired and enjoyed as much as possible. However, at the same time, it's important to be aware of the environmental impact you may be having and how to reduce this to become an eco-friendly gardener. By gardening with a few eco-friendly practices in mind, you will be positively impacting the environment, local wildlife and your garden.Regardless of whether gardening is a new hobby for you or you're a seasoned gardener, you have acres of land or a small outdoor space, here are a few eco-friendly garden..
The warmer months are finally on the horizon, but it’s likely the harsh winter weather will have taken its toll on your garden. As you’ll be spending more time outdoors in the coming months, now is the ideal time to give your garden a spring clean and bring it back to its original orderly shape!Patio and greenery Use a pressure washer to hose down your patio and invest in a strimmer to trim around the hard to reach parts of your lawn. You could also look at buying some new plants and bulbs to spruce up your flowerbeds and add some colour to your garden!LawnFeeding your lawn with lawn fertilise..
If you’re planning to start growing your own produce this year, raised beds are a must.With so many amazing benefits for plants and veggies, as well as for your health (goodbye bad back!), they are a necessity for any keen gardener, whether you’re a beginner or a growing veteran! Garden Oasis have created this guide on raised beds to help advise our readers on the best raised bed for them, to give them some helpful tips and pointers and to reveal all of the incredible benefits and reasons why 2018 just has to be the year that you invest in one.Well… where do we begin? Obviously the most i..
After spending time caring for your garden, you want to ensure it is thriving whatever the season. Summer is the time we can enjoy our garden the most, with long days and warm evenings, however, no matter how much you enjoy your garden during the sunny months, a heatwave can be deemed harmful to not only your garden but for the wildlife that is living in it. Here are some tips and advice to ensure your garden is flourishing even during a heatwave. Pond maintenance As with other parts of your garden, your pond will need regular maintenance. One of the things you need to keep an eye on is the ..
We are lucky enough to have professional gardener
and organic growing enthusiast Matt Jackson MCIHort join the team at Garden
Oasis. In the video below Matt reveals how to give new life to your garden by producing
a effortlessly rejuvenated, non-patchy Wimbledon lawn.As a horticultural writer and journalist for platforms
such as The Telegraph and BBC Radio Kent, Matt has over 20 years experience and
has gained a huge amount of knowledge along the way. He has also written his
own works, ‘Lunar & Biodynamic Gardening' published by CICO. Drawing on his wealth of knowledge, complime..
If you're hoping to spot more
stunning UK wildlife near your home this year, the addition of a pond to your
garden is a must. It is without a doubt the most effective way to lure a vast
array of animals and insects right to your backdoor, varying from typically British
amphibians to rare birds. Sadly, due to mankind’s
increasing need for living space, natural ponds in the British countryside have
diminished by around 70% in the last 100 years.Why not give something
back? - Ponds significantly enhance and
enrich their surrounding environment, providing a permanent source..
Gardening in the Greenhouse
This is a major topic, we are giving you a taster here. There are
estimated to be approx 3 million greenhouses in Britain. Tomatoes are a
favourite to grow, as is raising seedlings etc. Pests will try to bother
you and ventilation is important. Use compost or sterilised
alternative, not garden soil. Air that is too dry encourages pests and
poor growth, over watering and damp air encourages diseases. Ideally
water in the mornings, but evenings is ok in warm weather.
The rewards of seeing something you have tended blooming for many
A healthy, green lawn is a highly desired garden feature. With the arrival of longer evenings and the warmer months, you’ll soon want to be outside enjoying your garden and you’ll want a beautiful lawn you can be proud of and appreciate. To help, we’ve created a guide on how you can get a perfect, healthy-looking lawn this summer. Remove Existing Weeds Before you start to work on your lawn, the first thing you should do is remove existing weeds. A few weeds are inevitable on most lawns, but they only take a few minutes to eliminate. You can do this by either pulling the weeds out by hand or us..
Quality wooden gates, fence panels or garden furniture are an investment and that means, they have to be looked after accordingly to ensure a long-lasting life. Wood that has been pressure treated should last a good 15 years, or more if they are well cared for. Our timber products are pressure treated to the highest standards, meaning that they won’t rot anywhere near as fast as untreated timber would. Pressure treated timber is great for garden products that must endure the elements.What is a pressure-treated timber?Pressure treatment is a preservative process that enhances the timber’s prot..
This time of year is the perfect opportunity to get in the garden before the real winter chill hits. You may think it's time to slow down when it comes to your garden; however, there are still plenty of tasks and jobs that are best to be done now, to ensure a beautiful and vibrant garden for spring. Here's how to prepare your garden for winter in four stages.Clean your lawnmower and oil your toolsIt’s essential that you take some time to care for your tools before storing them away for winter.As your lawnmower is one of the most expensive and important pieces of gardening equipment you own, it..
Oasis is lucky enough to have professional gardener Matt Jackson back on the
team again this week, and this time he shows us how to install a cement (and
hassle) free patio in your garden.In his three-part guide, Matt demonstrates how easy it is to lay a secure and attractive
patio all in a days work - and without having to get the builders in!Part one of
the guide focuses on the materials and tools, and how to prepare the area before
laying your chosen slabs. Most of these tools you’ll have in your garden
shed, but it’s always best to check before you start!T..
By the time Christmas flies around the corner, there’ll only be around 12-14 weeks until our gardens wake up from their long, wintery sleep. Our green-fingered relatives and friends will be waiting in anticipation for the first sign of life and the moment they can get back to their little green haven. The thought of tending to early plants and vegetables is never too far away, even in the middle winter, so give them the gift of new ornaments, tools & gadgets to get excited over. Santa’s little helpers (A.K.A. our team of bloggers) have put together a comprehensive list..
If you're hoping to spot more stunning UK wildlife near your home this year, the addition of a pond to your garden is a must. It is without a doubt the most effective way to lure a vast array of animals and insects right to your backdoor, varying from typically British amphibians to rare birds.Sadly, due to mankind’s increasing need for living space, natural ponds in the British countryside have diminished by around 70% in the last 100 years. Why not give something back? Ponds significantly enhance and enrich their surrounding environment, providing a permanent source of water, shelter and foo..
For many of us, the garden becomes a place for making memories during the summer months. Whether that is by holding family BBQ’s, summer parties, dining alfresco or just watching the kids enjoy hours of fun during the holidays. But we know these memories will be remembered much more fondly if your garden is looking its best.We’ve decided to put together some quick and easy tips and tricks to spruce up your garden, all of which can be done over one weekend. Follow our guide to leave your outdoor space looking refreshed, eye-catching and ready to host more summer celebrations.Now this might not ..
Regardless of the time of the year barbecuing provides a great excuse to bring the indoors outside and start grilling.In this complete guide to BBQs we share with you some of the most loved recipes for outdoor eating and take your existing culinary comfort zones to new exciting levels.If entertaining guests is your enthusiasm, we have the liquid refreshment secrets for alcoholic and soft drink cocktails to keep all your friends talking for months to come.Our quick BBQ tips will help you to enjoy barbecuing all year round and make the most from your grill of choice.For BBQ newbies we have how t..
Not everyone has the luxury of a huge garden. Or maybe you do! Either
way, a raised pond is the ideal solution to having a water feature in
your garden from which you can enjoy everything from the sound to the
wildlife it will attract no matter how much space you have.
At Garden Oasis, we have a range of raised ponds to choose from. This
document serves as a guide intended to give you the information you need
to come to a happy decision on which pond is the right one for you.
Of course, you need to know how big or how small you can go. Before
getting into depth, ..
Autumn is a bittersweet season for us gardeners.
As work winds down, the leaves begin to fall, and we witness a year’s worth of
relentless effort and care, fade into a pile of wet leaves.But it’s not all bad… Admittedly, we could
probably do with the break, and the fallen autumn leaves are a spectacular
sight. Besides, work isn’t completely over yet. If used correctly, these beautifully
rusty leaves (and other garden waste) have the power to enrich your garden and
you can reap the benefits from as early as next spring.So all
you do is collect your waste and add it to your compost bin, r..
Gates are both an important aesthetic and practical component of any garden. If you’re taking the step of installing a gate in your garden, it’s crucial that the installation is both precise and high quality. With this in mind, we have created a guide to help our customers when they are installing any of the wooden gates in our range, to ensure that you get the most out of your purchase.TreatmentAll of our timber gates are pressure treated as standard, to provide superb protection against rot. This means that no further treatment is necessary. However, you can still stain or paint your gate in..
You’ve spent the summer enjoying your garden, now it’s time to clean
and cover up, in order to make sure that you’ve got something to enjoy
next summer. After all, winter is coming, so you need to prepare! In
this blog post, we’ll take a look at different sections of a garden, and
how they can be bested defended from the worst that the colder months
will throw at them.
First things first, we’ll take a look at the lawn. There are a number
of steps that you can take to ensure that, when your garden thaws out in
spring, your lawn is ready to bounce back, looking be..
So it’s nearly here - what an earth are we going to do to keep our little ones busy for a whole six weeks?Although it’s great that children as young as two use iPads and computers for learning and games, it also has its downfalls. It can sometimes mean that children are more reluctant to get outside and play, meaning they aren’t always getting enough vital Vitamin D or exercise in during the day.So, how can you prise your little cherubs away from their electronic devices and entice them into the garden to reconnect with their friends, siblings and nature? Well, we’ve devised a guide to help yo..
The warmer months are finally on the horizon, but it’s likely the harsh winter weather will have taken its toll on your garden. As you’ll be spending more time outdoors in the months to come, now is a great time to give your garden a spring clean and bring it back to its original shiny self!