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text 2022-06-16 08:22
Ways to Recycle Materials in the Garden

 

Gardening is a natural activity that most people enjoy doing during recreation. In gardening, we need to look for ways to reuse and recycle materials instead of discarding them. Gardeners need to be enlightened on how they can contribute positively to the environment by using eco-friendly materials. There are several ways to make the planet friendly, and one of such ways is by recycling materials and repurposing them for use in the garden. Before throwing materials into the bin, have you considered how they can be reused in the garden? Read on for some creative tips on converting your household waste materials into helpful garden pieces of equipment.

FastKlean, we don’t just help with the cleaning of your homes and offices. We help bring ideas that can contribute massively to healthy living. In addition, we also help with the collection of waste or rubbish from homes and offices. We firmly believe in safe waste disposal through recycling. Keep reading for comprehensive details on recycling materials for use in the garden.

 

Water bottle watering can

Plastic bottles have numerous uses when it comes to recycling them for garden use. One of the best uses is converting plastic bottles into a watering can. Watering plants will become a lot easier. All you need to do is pierce some holes in the bottle's lid and fill the bottle with water. In a small greenhouse, it makes the watering of vegetables and tomatoes simple.

 

Building of ponds

Instead of discarding bathtubs, building a pond should be considered a creative idea to put the bathtub to use. This can serve as a great way to teach the children about nature, or it can serve as a medium to conduct research in an eco-friendly manner. You need to dig a hole and sink the bathtub to the ground to make it look exactly like a pond. To keep the water in the pond neat, it will help if you can add pondweed. In addition, you can choose to cover it or make a small fence for it to prevent accidents from happening.

 

Use of discarded windows to make plant cold frames

The money used by most gardeners in purchasing a cold frame to protect their plants from extreme weather conditions can be saved for another purpose. As a gardener, instead of throwing out those windows, you can use them to make double-glazed glass tops to protect plants. It provides your tender plants protection from cold though it is much heavier to open. However, if you plan to replace your windows during summer without re-using them, don’t forget to reach out to Fastklean.co.uk. We clean and collect rubbish or plastic waste to encourage a safe environment.

 

Making of Mini-cloche from Plastic Bottles

A gardener needs to be creative. Instead of putting things away, please think of how to re-use them. You can cut off the bottom of plastic bottles and make an excellent cloche which can be used for the protection of seedlings from extreme weather conditions, slugs, and snails. The moment they grow to the extent of touching the sides of the cloche, the cloche should be removed. Don’t forget to leave the top of the bottle open to allow the plant to breathe and prevent mould.

 

CDs and DVDs bird scarier

CDs and DVDs can be gathered to be transformed into objects that can scare birds away. Attach strings to the DVDs and CDs and hang them across beds to keep off birds. Gardening should be a practice that encourages the sustainable conservation of resources. We can use several materials in our garden by reusing and recycling them.

 

We should always make good choices whenever we get a chance to. We need to promote biodiversity as well as protect wildlife for future generations. By using these tips, we can maintain a healthy and balanced ecosystem. If the environment we live in is endangered, some animals will go into extinction, and the environment will be destroyed. Finally, if you see no use in re-using these materials, do well to reach out to FastKlean to help collect these waste materials. We believe in protecting the earth’s natural resources for the current and future generations.

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text 2022-05-10 07:56
Gardening Chores You Should Address in May

 

If you want to know the gardening chores to address in May, you have landed on the right page.

 

Hello everyone, and welcome to another blog!

 

If you are a gardener, the month of may be a busy month for you. If you have a small garden in your home, now is the time to do some serious work. The idea is to turn your garden into a beautiful area where you can have tons of fun.

 

In this article, we are going to talk about gardening chores to address in May. Without further ado, let's get started.

 

Bulbs

 

By the end of April, spring bulbs have already bloomed. They may appear a little tired due to the intense heat. But you don't need to remove these flowers. Instead, you may want to resist this temptation.

 

If you don't remove these bulbs, they will grow seeds that you can use next year. But that does not mean you cannot touch these flower heads. You are free to remove some of the flower heads to make your garden appear more beautiful.

 

Once the leaves turn yellow, you won't need them anymore. So, you can remove them and make space for other plants you love.

 

Perennials

 

In May, your garden soil will be warm enough for perennials. Therefore, if you want to grow your favourite perennials, now is the best time to do so. For best results, it is a good idea to use mulch as it offers a lot of benefits.

 

For example, you don't want those weeds in your home garden as they can absorb essential nutrients from the soil. So, if you apply mulch, you can prevent weeds to a great extent.

 

If you want to provide support for your perennial plants, make sure to plant them in a row. The good thing about this approach is that it will help you save a lot of time and effort for several months to come.

 

Once your plants get going, it will be difficult for you to protect them against strong winds. So, it is a good idea to plant them in rows.

 

Shrubs

 

If you have shrubs in your garden, you may want to monitor their flowering progress. Some popular shrubs include Japanise, choisya and ribes. It would help to prune shrubs in May to give them your desired shape. Apart from this, you will need to renew our tender plants after the month of frost.

 

Proper pruning is essential if you want shrubs to grow properly. After all, you don't want to hamper the growth of your favourite garden shrubs.

 

Annuals

 

For direct sowing, you may want to go for the right type of animals, such as cosmos, nasturtiums, nigella and poppies. It is a good idea to sow these plants in drifts for best results. As an alternative, you can mix them up.

 

It is also a great idea to plant them in different pots. In this case, you can use window boxes and hanging baskets. It all boils down to your personal preferences. Make sure to go for the best annuals.

 

Lawn

 

By the end of April, your garden grass will grow pretty big. Therefore, you may want to mow your lawn once per week. If the grass looks tall, you may want to raise your mower's height and gradually reduce the height as you trim your garden grass.

 

Wildflowers

 

If you love wildflowers or meadow patches, now is the right time to get ready for it. First of all, you need to pay attention to your soil. Then, make sure the mixture is the right one based on the conditions.

 

The good thing about growing wildflowers is that they don't need a lot of space. A few square metres of space is more than enough. Turning your home garden into wildflowers can help wildlife as well. Apart from this, these plants don't require a lot of care, which can help you save a lot of time and effort.

 

Bedding plants

 

After the last frost date, you may want to prepare your summer bedding. The beauty of bedding plants is that you can choose from scores of plug plants. However, if you are looking for easy maintenance, geraniums may be your ideal pick.

 

Geraniums are available in tons of varieties. Since bedding plants grow fast, you can experiment with them. This approach can help you choose plants that work best for you.

 

So, these are some of the gardening chores to address in May. If you follow the tips given in this article, you won't be overwhelmed at all.

 

If you need help taking care of your garden, we suggest that you hire the services of Local Gardeners.

 

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text 2022-04-29 08:19
What Flowers Should you Pick for Your Garden in London

 

 

If you are starting up your garden or trying to remodel it, one challenging task is determining the flowers for the garden. The kind of flower will be determined by factors like cost of maintenance, the year-round colour to keep your garden alive all season, the scent of the flower and in some cases, the kind of shades. Thus, there is a lot of research and planning in determining the type of flower suitable for your garden.

You can get these details from Local Gardeners with their experience of the weather and the best flower suitable in London. However, based on our expertise and experience, we will list some of the best flowers you should pick for your gardens in London.

Some of the best flowers for your garden in London include:

The Trachelospermum jasminoides AGM

Local Gardeners prefer the Trachelospermum jasminoides AGM for its all-season bloom. It is whitish with a pleasant scented smell during the summer and turns burgundy-red during the winter, keeping the garden colourful. The flower is also suitable for boundaries because of its climbing and twinning features. It is easy to maintain, for you will likely have to trim it to the length you desire to maintain its boundary. With the weather conditions in London, this plant will keep your garden alive all year.

Heuchera ‘Green Spice’

You should keep your garden coloured up with the Heuchera 'Green Spice. The flower has a silver and green colouring on the leaf and a deep purple view. It is a beautiful flower in your garden, and it can grow in full sunlight or shaded places. They are easy to maintain and move around, and they can suitably move from one place to the other. Gardeners prefer to have this flower in front of the boundary plant or other flowers. It can grow to a maximum height of 0.3 to 0.4 meters. It is more of a complimentary plant to the design of your garden, and the plant goes with any garden setup.

Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’ AGM

Now, if you want to add some unique flowers with striking colours to your garden, the Brunnera macrophylla 'Jack Frost' AGM is your best option. The plant does well on shades and is one of the best shade-loving plants to keep your London garden lively all seasons. It has silver-green leaves and a unique, unforgettable blue flower that comes up in the spring. The plant will grow to a height between 20 to 30 cm, and we will recommend tidying up the old leaves, making room for new and fresh leaves to beautify your garden. With different varieties of plants available, you can choose the one that suits your garden.

Peachleaf Bellflower

The Peachleaf Bellflower is a welcoming sight to any garden. It lights up your garden, especially during the summer when it blooms at its fullest with its blue colour. Unlike other flowers that will require special maintenance, the Peachleaf Bellflower does not constitute a nuisance as it does not self-sow. The flower will only spring up in a few places and will not take over your garden. It has a low maintenance cost, so even amateur gardeners can manage the flower effectively.

Cottage Pink

The cottage Pink is generally appreciated for its favourable spicy scent. You can easily manage these flowers, and they keep your garden colourful with a pleasant fragrance all year. And this flower is best suited on the front of boundary flowers. Being low maintenance flowers, they cause less trouble as they are not disturbed by animals but attract the butterflies which perch on the flower. Cottage Pink is one of the best plants in London that will give your garden the best feel and smell of a garden-like place through the seasons.

 

You can learn more from Local Gardeners about the best flowers that will suit the ideal of your garden. Now you can keep your garden bright, colourful and with a lovely scent using some or a combination of the flowers listed above.

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text 2022-01-25 07:13
How to Make the most of a Winter Garden in London

 

 

London has a microclimate where it can get sunny and cold over the year. For local gardeners, there are distinctions in gardening activities during these seasons. Please don't mistake the winter as a period for rest, free from gardening activities, for despite the winter, we have to make the most of our gardens in London. And that raises the question of how to keep our winter garden alive during the cold and chilling days.

 

Hello, you are welcome to another exciting and enlightening post on our blog. We are glad to have you here and share in our engaging blog post. You are encouraged to follow us across our social media platforms, so you do not have to miss the latest updates on trending issues that you will find interesting. As experts in home management, we are sharing based on our expertise and knowledge in different activities, and you can get a few tips that will be useful to you.

 

Now being the winter, your garden does not have to look bare or like an empty shell. There should be some life and activities such as winter gardening. Thus, we will share some tips on winter gardening in London to help you manage your garden to look good and appealing at all times. Here are the following tips:

 

The best time to plan for your garden

The winter should not be spent idle and leaving your garden without maintaining it. This is the best time to plan your garden and draw out a structure, especially for a social garden for the summer. Please take a look at your garden, map out the landscape, visualize how you want it to look in the summer, and then implement. With the well-planned structure, you can now work out the design on the floor and make the necessary preparation and set up for the summer work.

 

Buy and establish plants in the garden.

People do not usually buy plants during the winter, so it is cheaper during this period. Therefore, take advantage of the readily available and low cost of the plant this period to set up your garden approaching the summer. You can keep these plants in the nursery while preparing your garden if the weather allows you to do that. Then prepare all the primary planning processes so you can set up your plant awaiting the summer for quick results.

 

Taming for the winter garden

The winter is the best time to tame the garden during winter gardening. It is perfect because any tree that may be casting shadows on your plant and preventing sunlight would have withered off during this period, and you can easily take off the branches. It would be best if you did this in a way that will have access to direct sunlight to the plant, which will increase the garden's performance. Taming during the summer will be difficult and will create much mess since leaves will be everywhere.

 

Shifting of plants and other structure

Now, if you have a huge plant, trees or other structures that you plan on getting out of the way, then the winter period is the perfect time to get those things out of the way. In the case of plants or trees, you can remove them easily since their roots are not firmly attached to the soil during the winter except in cases where the ground has frozen. Also, you can replant them in areas where they seem better or will not affect the garden. There are tricks to doing this uprooting to ensure that you get it right and don't damage the plant's root.

 

Invest in evergreen plant

Rather than leaving the garden looking abandoned, you should invest in evergreen plants that grow all seasons. For example, camellias are the perfect plant for the winter period, and all you have to do is work on the acidity of the soil to support the plant during the difficult winter period. They will brighten up your garden and get you prepared for the summer. Heuchera Sweet Tea is another plant you can plant across all periods, so you should have them in your garden during the winter.

 

Brighten your gardens with outdoor accessories

Another way to keep your garden lively for gathering with friends and families is by adding outdoor accessories such as artificial flowers or plants, bulbs and decorative accessories to keep the place looking bright and accessible. In addition, you can add some decorations and make the site perfect for socialization with these accessories.

You do not have to keep the garden idle during the winter, for you can quickly transform your garden into a place for hangout. Or otherwise, prepare it for the upcoming summer with the proper techniques. You are free to drop your comments and opinions. Let's discuss the winter garden options. And please don't forget to subscribe to all our social media spaces.

 

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text 2022-01-13 07:05
5 Garden Maintenance Tasks you have to Address in January

 

As an avid gardener, you are well-aware of all the tasks that should be tackled during the warm months when your garden is subjected to great exploitation. Yet once winter is here, you can take the rest you deserve and put off gardening chores for a while. Still, considering garden maintenance is a good idea even in the winter and there are a few jobs in the garden you can deal with. Take a look at these five important tasks to address in the garden in January:

 

  • Give a second life to the Christmas tree – you might be done with the Christmas holidays, but you don’t have to simply throw the Christmas tree in the trash. You can give it a second life by recycling it and thus making wonderful mulch for your plant beds. Just use your shredder to recycle the tree and spread the mulch in your garden. As you know, gardeners rely on mulch to improve the qualities of their soil, as well as to preserve moisture during hot seasons. With your homemade organic mulch made of the Christmas tree, you will add strength and nutrients to the soil.

 

  • Prepare the lawn mower – mowing the lawn in spring and summer is one of the most tedious gardening tasks and relying on the capacity of the lawnmower can make the chore easier to deal with. Quality lawn mowers cost a lot, that’s why you should be serious when providing the right maintenance. When preparing your list with gardening tasks to tackle in January, remember to have the lawnmower serviced by the pros. Surely investing in expert help might be pricey, but given the importance of having the lawnmower fully fictional, the service is worth the investment.

 

  • Have artificial grass installed – for those of you who can’t afford the time to take care of real grass, there is an artificial alternative to try. Artificial grass offers numerous benefits related to durability and maintenance, so it is the perfect solution for homeowners who seek a low-maintenance, hard-wearing lawn. And the best moment for you to have artificial grass installed is in January.

 

  • Check on your pots – you don’t want to waste time cleaning the pots once spring arrives, so make sure your pots are ready for the new planting season. Take a look inside the pots – do you notice salt deposits? If you do, clean those right away. Salt deposits harm the quality of water, therefore they threaten the well-being of your potted plants. Use some warm water and a stiff brush to scrub off salt deposits from the pots. Starting the new season with clean pots also guarantees that some plant diseases will be eliminated and your plants will grow healthy. To take care of bacteria, spray your plastic pots with bleach. Terracotta pots can be cleaned by soaking them in bleach for about twenty minutes, then letting them air dry.

 

  • Refresh the greenhouse – another important task to complete in January is to make the greenhouse sparkly clean. No matter if you count on a plastic one or a glass alternative, clean the exterior, as well as the interior to let more sunshine in. Doing so will prevent moss and algae from affecting your plants and you will also manage to create a lovely-looking greenhouse you can be proud of. As for the interior, give the greenhouse a thorough sweep or vacuum cleaning to get rid of dirt. If you want to go further, you can also disinfect the space to eliminate bacteria.

 

Make these five gardening tasks a top priority this January. Once you tackle them, you will be ready to welcome gardening in the spring.

 

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