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Using Sandstone to Create Something Special in Your Garden

The subtle use of sandstone can add to your garden’s ambience. Its natural colours and cooling or soothing “feel” can be used to create a special path or corner of your garden.

There are numerous suppliers of sandstone as well as second-hand sandstone that can save you money and provide an instant aesthetic of weathered sandstone. The addition of a sandstone feature wall, pathway, courtyard, edging or even a bench can create a feature that will be striking and offer pleasure.

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Spring Clean Your Garden

With the winter months behind us now is the time to spring clean our garden. Here are some tips to help your garden blossom in the warmer months.

  1. Remove and compost any dead annual plants that remained over winter.
  2. Prune your perennials to encourage new growth
  3. Pro-actively weed your garden. Remove weeds early in the season before they begin their growth spurt.
  4. Test soil. It’s always wise to test your soil before you begin adding things to it.
  5. Fertilising. Most plants enjoy a good feed during spring. If you have rich, healthy soil you should only need top dressing and compost.
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Creating Compost

Compost is one of the best things you can do for your garden and it’s a process that has been done for thousands of years.

Compost involves recycling various wastes together with leaves, grass clippings, twigs and bark. How you store your compost depends upon the available space, but open piles, compost pits and bins are popular. Your storage should be in a slightly shaded area so as not to dry out your compost and open piles should be covered by a tarpaulin. You can add water but not too much.

Healthy compost ingredients include: leaves, weeds, lawn clippings, kitchen scraps, manure, straw, hair, sawdust, vacuum dust and newspaper. Do not add meat, fish, prawn shells or weed seeds, they stink and can attract vermin.

Another tip is to add components in a balanced manner. Use the green/brown balance method. Add thin layers of green/wet and brown/dry materials and don’t add too much of the one thing.

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