Monthly Archives: September 2015

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The Easy Guide to Lawn Repair

Have you started to notice balding, patchy spots appearing? No, not on your head. We’re talking about your lawn. If your grass is starting to show signs of thinning or there are weeds sprouting up all over the place, it’s time to take action fast!

Lawn repair is a great way to restore your grass back to its former glory. It doesn’t have to be difficult either but if you put it off the problem it could develop. Fast! Weeds will quickly fill up bare spaces in your lawn and destructive insects will spread quickly if they aren’t dealt with.

Luckily with our easy guide to lawn repair your grass will look better than ever in no time at all!

 

Caring for Patchy Lawns

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Step 1: Identify the Problem

Try to work out what’s causing the problem first to prevent it from returning and undoing all your hard work. If it’s insects, you’ll need to invest in a good pesticide that will get rid of the little blighters without harming your lawn whereas if it’s lack of sunlight or too much moisture you’ll need to find a way to make improvements to the layout of your garden or invest in a different type of grass. If weeds are causing the problem, pick up a weed killer that will penetrate down to the roots.

 

Step 2: Mow the Lawn

It might seem strange that we’re asking you to mow a patchy lawn but you want the new grass seed to have direct contact with the soil so it’s important to clip the surrounding grass as close as possible.

 

Step 3: Create a Seed Bed

Use the rake to break up the soil on the patchy areas. This will create a good seed bed for your new grass seed. Make sure the soil has been thoroughly roughed up to give your seedlings the best chance to develop roots.

 

Step 4: Ready, Sow, Go!

Now it’s time for the main event. Sprinkle the grass seeds on your freshly raked soil according to the instructions. For lawn repair ee recommend following the instructions for new lawns in order to compensate for seeds not taking or falling onto existing grass.

 

Step 5: Top it Off

Finish your repair job by topdressing your seed bed with a light layer of topsoil or compost. Keep it light, you don’t want to smoother the seeds by being too heavy handed. Then all you need to do is keep the soil moist by watering it frequently over dry spells so the grass seeds can grow strong roots.

 

Have you got any tips for lawn care? Leave a comment with your top tips today.

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4 DIY Jobs to do in the Garden Now

Yes, it’s getting cold out there and the thought of working in the garden is a lot less appealing than curling up with a blanket and cuppa in front to the telly but there’s still work in the garden to be done so swap the duvet for wellies this weekend, you’ll thanks us later!

Before the weather gets too wild in this autumn, it’s the perfect time to prepare your garden for autumn and the oncoming winter by getting round to those niggling DIY jobs you have at the bottom of your to-do list. If you don’t have a list yet (lucky you), use our guide to the top autumn DIY jobs as your checklist.

 

Check Decking for Signs of Decay

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Any rot and mould you spy on your decking will become worse over the winter months if it’s not dealt with before the weather turns. If it’s left over the winter, not only will your decking become hazardous when you try to use it in the summer but, it’ll also cost you more in repairs. Replacing a few decking boards now will save you having to replace the whole deck once the mould spreads.

Check your decking and act now if you find any signs of decay. Replace any decking boards that have succumb to rot and, try to remove as much mould as possible but don’t be afraid to replace these sections if you need to.

With eDecks’ unbeatable prices on decking supplies, repairing a deck has never been more affordable. Shop the range here today.

 

Repair Your Shed Roof

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Don’t get caught out by a leaky shed roof this winter! Repairing water damage isn’t just time consuming, it’s also expensive. Very expensive!

Dig out your ladder and spend an afternoon inspecting your shed roof. The key warning signs that show your roof needs to be repaired are: loose shingles and roofing boards, cracks appearing in your shed roof particularly around the nail area and of course, any water leaking through the roof when it rains. While you’re up there, it’s a good idea to check your roofing felt for wear and tear.

If you spot any problems, the best way to repair your shed’s roof is to replace the board or single as trying to patch it up can leave you with more repair jobs further down the line. eDecks’ discounts on shed roofing materials means that you can stock up on high quality shed roofing materials without having to spend a fortune.

 

Scrub the Potting Shed

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Your potting shed; your sanctuary in this busy old world we live in. Keep it that way by showing it some TLC. Pick up your bucket, don your work clothes and get scrubbing because your shed will contain bacteria that has been brought in from your garden tools and could multiply over the winter months. If you don’t get rid of these pathogens you could risk passing them onto your blooms when you go to use your garden tools next summer.

Use a good disinfectant and warm water to give the floors a good wash and, don’t forget to give your shelves and walls a scrub too. Don’t undo all your hard work by putting dirty tools back in your shed; give them a wash to get rid of any lingering dirt and bacteria first.

 

Secure Greenhouse Panels

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If your greenhouse has loose panels now the time the winds pick up in the winter they’ll be flying across your neighbour’s garden! If you can, prevent impending disaster by checking the sealant around the panes to make sure it’s secure.

If any of the seal is peeling away, remove it and replace with a nice fresh, secure layer.

 

Not you’ve got the checklist for top DIY jobs to keep you busy in September, pick-up all the gardening supplies you need at eDecks. We have everything you need to prepare your garden for the winter at fantastic discounted prices online today. Browse our range now.

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Top 10 Autumn Flowers to Plant Now

Autumn may be upon us but don’t hang up your gardening tools just yet! You can still add a splash of colour into your garden with late blooming autumn flowers. Make your boarders stand out from the autumn foliage by introducing bright blooms in jewel tones or add a wash of soft pastel shades into your garden.

To give you a helping hand, we’ve selected the best flowers for autumn so you can have the best garden on the block (warning: your neighbours might get really jealous)!

 

Japanese Anemone

Japanese Anemone

They might look delicate but long-lasting Japanese Anemone are ideal for gardeners looking for low maintenance blooms. These pink, mauve or white flowers are supported by sturdy stems so they don’t need support or too much TLC.

 

Penstemon

Penstemon

 

Add a splash of colour into your garden with these vibrant flowers available in red, purple, pink or blue. Hardy enough to last throughout the colder autumn months, these bell shaped flowers will have no problem blooming throughout September.

 

Phlox Paniculata

Phlox Paniculata

This classic perennial is a staple for all autumn gardens. Renowned for their reliable blooming, plant these in your borders now to enjoy a splash of colour in your garden year after year.

 

Helenium

Helenium

Make you garden borders pop with bright orange Heleniums! Bees can’t get enough of these daisy-like flowers and once you see them in bloom, you’ll be hooked too.

 

Hydrangea Arborescens

Hydrangea Arborescens

Another autumn garden staple, the cushion-like white domes on Hydrangea plants will last right up until the winter frost sets in!

 

Sedum Telephium

Sedum Telephium

Also known as “Purple Emperor”, this delicate star shaped flower will be striking against the autumn foliage.

 

Michaelmas Daisy

Michaelmas Daisy

Don’t limit stylish pastel colours to your wardrobe, give you garden a fashionable makeover with lilac Michaelmas Daisies, the longest flowering type of aster. These delicate looking plants sit on gently lax stems which are stronger than they look and can withstand autumn’s harsher weather conditions.

 

Verbena Rigida

Verbena Rigida

They may look delicate but don’t let it fool you, this hardy plant can bloom for months! While the Verbena Rigida is fairly low maintenance, it’ll require good drainage to grow at its best.

 

Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’

Penstemon 'Hidcote Pink'

With its rose-pink tubular flowers with a white insert, Penstemon ‘Hidcote Pink’ flowers are almost a work of art! The hardy stems make this Penstemon perfect for the deteriorating weather conditions during the autumn.

 

Dahlia “David Howard”

Dahlia David Howard

The soft orange colour of the Dahlia “David Howard” will instantly warm-up your garden borders on a chilly autumn morning.

 

Crocosmia

Crocosmia

If you live in an area where the winters aren’t too harsh, Crocosmia is a stunning addition to your flower garden. The copper tones on this late blooming flower eventually fade to pink so it’s like two flowers for the price of one!

 

What are you planning in your autumn garden? Comment below and share your top tips.