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How To Choose A Real Christmas Tree

Wildlife

Many people believe that Christmas would not have the same festive feel without the scent of a 'real' Christmas tree. They're naturally fresh, giving off a lovely aroma, and here Martyn Loach gives advice on which ones to buy..

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of December, 2016.

Premier Christmas Lights

Christmas Trees

There's a huge selection of Premier Christmas Lights, and it's no wonder why they are market leaders judging by the variety and innovation that's on offer. This is Andy Taylor's guide to their range of top quality lights and decorations.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

Christmas Lights

In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

How to Choose Your Christmas Wreath & Garland

Christmas Lights

Christmas wreaths, swags and garlands might be thought a little old fashioned, but Robert Hall thinks that modern versions of these traditional decorations are a fabulous way to combine tradition with colourful contemporary themes.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of November, 2016.

Battery Powered Christmas Lights Guide

Christmas

This guide by Andy Taylor is all about battery powered lights, a very safe way to decorate your home with festive colour. With low running costs and bright LEDs, batteries may be the smart choice this Christmas.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 1st of December, 2016.

How To Decorate Your Garden With Christmas Lights

Christmas Lights

This is Andy Taylor's guide on how to decorate your garden with Christmas during the festive season, creating a beautiful, sometimes stunning display of brightness and colour.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Thursday, 17th of November, 2016.

Artificial Christmas Candles By Konstsmide

Christmas Trees

Candles are a beautiful part of the Christmas scene and, if you are unsure about the safety of real ones, David Coton thinks that the Konstsmide range of candles can be an attractive alternative.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 24th of November, 2016.

Traditional Festoon Christmas Lighting

Christmas Lights

There's nothing more traditional at Christmas than festoon lighting with strings of bulbs stretched across the front of a house or decorating the garden. David Coton reviews these old style lights that have now been brought right up to date by the use of LEDs.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 18th of November, 2016.

Christmas Icicle Lights

Christmas Lights

Icicle lights are among the most popular Christmas decorations. Andy Taylor is using them to decorate the interior and outside of his house this year and here he explains why.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Wednesday, 16th of November, 2016.

Why Choose Techmar Low Voltage Lighting

Christmas Lights

Now that the clocks have gone back and the evenings suddenly get darker, you might well be considering installing reliable outdoor lighting, and the Techmar Low Voltage system would be an ideal choice. David Coton investigates the Techmar Lighting range now available in the UK.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 15th of November, 2016.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Low Voltage

Outdoor Christmas decorations, internally lit by bright LEDs introduce light and interest into your garden, and these traditional characters and animals will give your visitors to Andy Taylor's house a particularly sparkling festive welcome.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Monday, 14th of November, 2016.

How To Assemble A Forest Log And Tool Store

Christmas Lights

The Forest Log and Tool Store is a handsome garden structure and, now that winter is approaching, a very useful acquisition. Martyn Loach purchased one recently and here he explains how it is assembled.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Monday, 7th of November, 2016.

How To Decorate The Outside Of Your House In Christmas Lights

Garden Buildings

Outdoor Christmas lights brighten the deepest mid-winter, follow Nathan James Dodd's advice and you can achieve a stunning show that will be the envy of your neighbourhood.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Monday, 9th of November, 2015.

November Pond Maintenance

Christmas

Aquatic expert Dan Everton has this advice on how to maintain your pond during November, when the days are short, frost threatens and leaves are falling from the trees.

Author: Dan Everton

Written by Dan Everton.
Published on Sunday, 30th of October, 2016.

November Gardening Jobs

Pond Plants

Nathan James Dodd suggests that there are plenty of gardening jobs that need to be done in November, from why you shouldn't throw away your fallen leaves to how to take care of your vegetable patch.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Sunday, 30th of October, 2016.

How To Grow A Halloween Pumpkin

Seasonal

To grow the biggest, scariest pumpkin in time for Halloween isn't easy as they take some time to mature and prefer a warm climate. To have the best chance of success Martyn Loach recommends sowing seed indoors during April and then planting out in late May or June.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 22nd of October, 2015.

How to Hold a Great Halloween Party

Autumn

Create a Halloween party in your house or garden with ideas and suggestions from David Coton that will keep your children and neighbours thrilled and spooked on the 31st October.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 8th of October, 2012.

How to Decorate Your Garden For Halloween

Halloween

Looking for some advice on how to decorate your garden for halloween? David Coton has some great ideas to help you create a horror themed garden to scare your neighbours and any trick & treaters who come to your door.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 6th of October, 2015.

How To Carve The Scariest Halloween Pumpkin

DesignToscano

Used originally to frighten away evil spirits, now placed near the front door to deter trick or treaters, carved pumpkins have been part of Halloween for a very long time. Here Martyn Loach explains the process of creating the scariest pumpkin in your street.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 21st of October, 2015.

Creating The Magical Outdoors With Garden Ornaments

Halloween

In the absence of real fairies, Nathan James Dodd has used delightful resin, stone and metal ornaments to create a magical garden for his children.

Author: Nathan James Dodd

Written by Nathan James Dodd.
Published on Sunday, 9th of October, 2016.

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