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How to Install Verde Artificial Grass

Wildlife

Artificial grass offers many advantages. It remains lush throughout the year, there's no need to mow, and it's extremely durable in all weathers, these are just a few of the attributes that can save you time and money. In this article, our resident garden designer, Nathan Dodd discusses how to successfully install Verde artificial grass.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 27th of March, 2015.

Westminster Garden Furniture Review

Turf and Artificial Grass

Westminster garden furniture offers a range of classical, modern and stylish pieces for your outdoor space. Robert Hall takes a look into the ranges and products available, the exceptional quality materials used and what Westminster can do to inspire your home's exterior.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 25th of March, 2015.

How to Calculate your Pond Capacity

Garden Furniture

Dan Everton explains why it is important to calculate your correct pond capacity, to enable the right level of filtration to be chosen for your pond and to provide a guide as to the minimum flow rate required in conjunction with any pond filter.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Wednesday, 25th of March, 2015.

Laying Turf FAQs

Pond Maintenance

A well laid lawn, that enhances the appearance of your garden and home, is the ambition of the majority of gardeners. Nathan James Dodd answers the questions that are most frequently asked by people wanting to lay turf.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 20th of March, 2015.

Outdoor Timber Classrooms

Turf and Artificial Grass

Over the years we have supplied many schools and similar organisations with a wide range of buildings and equipment, here David Coton explains how a change of scene can beneficially affect our children's education.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 19th of March, 2015.

What Plant Makes You Happy?

M&M

According to David Coton, that is the question asked by the Horticultural Trades Association's National Garden Gift Vouchers Scheme, who want to increase awareness of the positive contribution plants can have on people's lives.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 11th of March, 2015.

Great British Growing Awards

Flowers

'Grow Your Own' magazine, the UK's best selling kitchen garden magazine, has just announced its Great British Growing Awards, and Nathan James Dodd has been looking through the winners.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Friday, 6th of March, 2015.

Why Gardening Is Good For You

Organic Gardening

Now that spring is in the air, many of you will be considering the best ways to get fit and lose some weight. Robert Hall, Senior Partner at GardenSite, is not the only one who advocates gardening as the ideal healthy solution.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 6th of March, 2015.

National Gardening Week 2015

Flowers

The Royal Horticultural Society launched National Gardening Week four years ago. This year during 13 – 19 April 2015, people, gardens, charities, retailers and other organisations are again getting involved and Nathan James Dodd explains how you can too.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 2nd of March, 2015.

Mother's Day Gifts

Gardening

Mother’s Day is on Sunday 15th March. It's when we celebrate mothers and often give them flowers or gifts. Here are my thoughts on what to give your mum this Mothering Sunday.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 2nd of March, 2015.

March Pond Maintenance

Plants & Flowers

This guide by David Coton will help you to maintain and revamp your pond during March, which is a great month if the weather has picked up for getting out in the garden again.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 3rd of March, 2014.

March Gardening Jobs

Pond Plants

March is the time when spring arrives and you can enjoy getting back into your garden to do those jobs you put off during the winter. Nathan James Dodd looks at what gardening jobs can be done now the days are getting warmer and lighter outside.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Saturday, 1st of March, 2014.

Caring for Citrus Plants

Plants & Flowers

You may well have received a citrus plant as a present at Christmas or the New Year. Nathan James Dodd shares his knowledge on how best to look after these attractive plants that will bear fruit if provided with ideal environment.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 16th of February, 2015.

Gardensite Visit Eden Halls To See New Burford, Birdlip, Blockley And Bourton Greenhouses

Fruit

Robert Hall recently visited the Eden Halls factory to see the new Burford, Birdlip, Blockley and Bourton Greenhouses being made and find out more about these revolutionary zero threshold F1 designed garden buildings.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Friday, 6th of February, 2015.

February Gardening Jobs

Brands

Although gardening activity in February may not be so frenetic as during the summer months, there's still plenty to be done and Spring is just around the corner. Nathan James Dodd suggests the jobs you should be tackling in the garden this month.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Tuesday, 27th of January, 2015.

February Pond Maintenance

February

With this guide David Coton will help you look after your pond during the cold month of February. If your pond isn't yet frozen over there are a few precautions you can take.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 30th of January, 2014.

Why We Love Valentines Day

Winter Ponds

Whether you believe that roses are named after Eros, the god of love or that they are red due to the blood shed by Aphrodite when her lover Adonis was killed, they are intimately linked to St Valentine's Day according to Nathan James Dodd.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 11th of February, 2013.

Valentine's Day Flowers From Interflora

Roses

When you show your love for someone on St Valentine's Day, it is usually done with flowers. So why is a bouquet of 12 red roses perceived to be the perfect way to display your romantic affection?

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 29th of January, 2014.

Winter Products To Combat Ice And Snow

Flowers

With the freezing weather and snow predicted, Nathan James Dodd reviews a range of products that will prove useful over the next few weeks.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Wednesday, 28th of January, 2015.

Palmako Timber Garden Houses

Seasonal

Palmako are one of Europe's leading manufacturers of garden buildings using high quality Nordic timber, and David Coton is pleased to announce that their new range of garden houses will soon be available on GardenSite.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 26th of January, 2015.

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