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Birdhouses

When spring is near, you might want to keep in your garden the birds that you have been feeding all winter. Late winter is the right time to consider building some nesting places for them in order to encourage them to nest in your garden and to help you with your potential pests. Also avoid cutting your hedges very hard until you have checked that there is no bird nest in there or any other animal shelter or you might destroy them.

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Plant Bedding Plants to a Design

Planting a bed or border to a design is a job that must be done with care. After you have finished the design and decided what plants you will use in your planting scheme, check all the plants against the plant to make sure you have them all.

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Renovate a Neglected Tree

There are situations when you find in your garden a tree that is too old to crop well and has rotten or severely diseased branches or trunk, then you should grub it out and burn it. When the tree is old but the trunk and the main branches are sound and the tree is merely overcrowded, then it can be rejuvenated by renovative pruning followed by a correct routine care.

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Improve Soil Drainage

If the waterlogging in your garden is not severe and the water excess is only on the soil surface you can divert this water by shaping garden surfaces so that the water will flow into drainage ditches. If problem is deeper you can improve the drainage by installing an underground drainage system. It is best to hire some specialist contractor to do this job for you. If drains already exist and you still face the waterlogging problem then you should check for blockages in the drainage ditches or for damaged pipes. Underground drains will not work if there are any drainage barriers above them, like a hard pan for example.

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Use Weedkiller Safely

Where is a garden there are weeds too. Weeds can be controlled by manual means: hand-weeding or hoeing, by physical methods: smothering under a mulch, or by using chemical weedkillers. There are few things that you should consider when using weedkillers. Also consider that well-established weeds may need several treatments or prolonged persistence to eradicate them.

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Plant a Herb Garden to a Design

If you decide to plant a herb harden, whether creating a simple, informal design or an intricate, formal one, you must consider careful planning, both on paper and on site as this is essential for the success of your garden. Make sure you do the plans well in advance. Start in winter for planting in the spring, or as early as the preceding summer if you decide to raise the plants yourself instead of buying them.

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Reduce High Water Dependency

There are many situations in your garden when there is need for lots of watering. Some garden features and crops require supplementary watering, depending by their type or by weather. You can reduce their needs by the following methods.

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Make Raised Beds and Paths

Using raised beds in your garden will not only help you grow your plants easier but they will also keep the garden tidier. In bed system garden the areas that are planted are divided into semi-permanent or fixed beds. Here you will find information on how to make a fixed raised bed and also how to make a path between beds.

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Winter Protection for Plants in Containers

Many container-grown plants need protection from severe cold if grown in frost-prone areas. The plants that need protection include all tender plants, the not very hardy ones and a number of reasonably hardy plants like rosemary and lavender that may suffer frost damage to the roots if the compost from their containers becomes frozen.

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Make a Slatted Wooden Box

Creeping plants always look good in hanging baskets, so why not build some of your own using cheap materials and obtaining nice hanging boxes for displaying your plants. For one hanging box you will need 14 pieces of 20x20 mm timber, 25 cm long, a 25 cm square of plywood board, 2 lengths of strong, plastic-coated wire of at least 30 cm long, 4 chains for hanging and some non-toxic paint.

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