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...
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 ..
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..
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..
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..
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..
Garden 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..
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..
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 wee..
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 s. 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 of our fa..