What To Do In The Garden In September

Wildlife

Although the growing season is slowly coming to an end, David Coton can suggest quite a few jobs that need to be done over the next few weeks, helping you make the most of what's left of summer and preparing for the arrival of autumn.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 29th of August, 2017.

GardenSite supports Langley School in Preperation for Sutton Coldfield In Bloom

Lawn Care

As the town gets ready for this year’s Sutton Coldfield in Bloom, those on the route are busy preparing to impress the judges. This includes Langley Primary School who are being visited on the 10th of July to assess the Town’s entry into this year’s Heart of England ‘In Bloom’ competition.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of June, 2019.

What To Do In The Garden In January

Media

Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is dull and overcast, David Coton suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Friday, 29th of December, 2017.

How To Attract Wildlife To Your Garden

New Year

In order to promote and enhance biodiversity and conservation of our wildlife, there's a selection of habitats and boxes you can purchase that are specifically designed to attract various small animals and insects to your garden. Here we look at some of the products available which also make unusual and very engaging gifts.

Author: Lauren Bilboe

Written by Lauren Bilboe.
Published on Monday, 23rd of April, 2018.

Keeping Rabbits In The Garden

Bats

Rabbits make great pets, they are fun to have around, not difficult to keep and appeal to all ages. There are plenty of breeds to choose from, each with their own characteristics such as size, colour and temperament. Whichever you prefer, the perfect place to keep them is in the garden.

Author: Lauren Bilboe

Written by Lauren Bilboe.
Published on Thursday, 10th of May, 2018.

How Can I Help To Save Our Bees?

Livestock

Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.

Author: Lauren Bilboe

Written by Lauren Bilboe.
Published on Thursday, 22nd of March, 2018.

How To Attract Birds To Your Garden

Nesting Boxes

Attracting birds into a garden can only be beneficial. Not only adding colour and vibrancy, they are fascinating to observe and will also act as natural predators, feeding on unwanted insects, grubs and other garden pests.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 18th of September, 2014.

GardenSite Donates to the Wildlife Aid Foundation

Nesting Boxes

The Wildlife Aid Foundation recently purchased several animal ornaments from GardenSite and David Coton, one of our partners, thought that this charity carried out such terrific work that we made a charitable donation to assist with the cost.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 9th of May, 2017.

Take Part In The Big Garden Birdwatch

Brands

On the weekend of 30 – 31 January it will be your chance to take part in the Big Garden Birdwatch. David Hall was one of half a million people who took part last year, recording a vital snapshot of nature in the UK.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 27th of January, 2016.

Horticultural Facts and Figures

Hedgehogs

With all the numbers from yesterday's budget in mind, David Coton has been looking through some statistics in relation to the horticultural industry.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Thursday, 9th of July, 2015.

Populating Your Garden With Animal Ornaments And Statuary

BBQ

Although we all like to encourage wildlife into the garden, creatures of a more inanimate nature can populate the landscape. Not all are native to the British Isles and David Coton describes how your outdoor space can become a haven for domestic, farmyard and wild animals.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 24th of June, 2015.

What Does Sustainable Gardening Mean?

Bats

The RHS define sustainable gardening as 'the concept of using practices to maintain a garden so that natural resources are not exhausted and without causing ecological damage'. Martyn Loach wonders how the average gardener can achieve these aims.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Thursday, 1st of January, 1970.

How to Attract Hedgehogs Into Your Garden

Compost

Hedgehogs are such beautiful creatures and always welcome visitors, interesting to observe and useful predators of garden pests, David Coton describes how you can attract them into your garden.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 9th of January, 2014.

How to convert your lawn into a wild flower meadow

Hedgehogs

A while ago David Coton saw a quote in 'Plantlife', an organization fighting hard to protect our wild flowers and plants: 'our meadows and grasslands are as much part of our heritage as the works of Shakespeare'. So if you're tired of a boring lawn, why not turn it into a colourful wildlife rich, meadow.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Monday, 3rd of June, 2013.

How To Deter Foxes In Your Garden

Conservation

Foxes are no strangers to modern back gardens, but they aren't welcome everywhere, especially if you discover the contents of the bin scattered around your outside space. Here David Hall offers advice on how to deter these nocturnal visitors..

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 11th of February, 2013.

Pyracantha A Plant For All Seasons

Environment

As we enter late autumn and into winter there's not too much colour left in the garden but there is one plant (the Pyracantha) that is a particular favourite of David Hall, whose red, yellow or orange berries stand out from the monochrome garden landscape.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Monday, 27th of October, 2014.

What is Guerrilla Gardening All About?

HTA Plant Show

Guerrilla Gardening is about brightening up the environment and transforming neglected areas. Nathan James Dodd has been discovering how people take it upon themselves to plant flowers and tend shrubs in the most unlikely environments.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

Foraging For Fungi

Guerrilla Gardening

Foraging has now become so popular that it's not unusual to find television programmes devoted to the subject. Martyn Loach says this isn't surprising as foraging for mushrooms is free, fun and your harvest can be extremely tasty.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Wednesday, 26th of August, 2015.

How to Interest Children in Gardening

Fungi

Certain challenges in life are easier to negotiate than others, Martyn Loach thinks that persuading children to become interested in gardening shouldn't be too difficult and can be very rewarding.

Author: Martyn Loach

Written by Martyn Loach.
Published on Friday, 8th of April, 2016.

How Eco Friendly Can a Wooden Reindeer Be?

Flowers

Chopping down trees to make wooden reindeer does not initially seem to be eco friendly. Particularly if the reindeer are sold for profit as part of the ever rolling Christmas market. But think again, as David Hall has.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 31st of October, 2013.