1. How to protect your garden in winter

    How to protect your garden in winter

    In recent years, the UK has seen its fair share of wintry flurries. Many of the plants that are grown in our gardens are perfectly hardy and, if growing in the ground, are not damaged by low temperatures. However, there are some easy ways to give your garden extra protection against snow, cold snaps and generally unpredictable weather patterns...
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  2. Colin's Frequently Asked Questions

    Colin's Frequently Asked Questions

    Colin, our resident plant expert, has been advising Notcutts customers about their gardening needs for many years,  and here are a selection of some of the questions he has answered through our "Ask Colin" service:   I am growing bamboo in pots; do they need any maintenance? Watering is the main requirement. Ideally stand on a saucer. You can divide...
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  3. How to care for your lawn in autumn

    How to care for your lawn in autumn

    Autumn is a great time to get your lawn into shape before the temperature starts to change. With a little time invested now, you can achieve a luscious lawn that will thrive next year and beyond. Watch our short ‘How to’ video with 4 simple steps to getting your lawn in tip top shape.
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  4. How to start a compost heap

    How to start a compost heap

    Homemade compost is a great soil conditioner to use as surface mulch around existing plants or for digging it in to your soil before planting. All soils benefit from the addition of bulky organic matter, which will act as a sponge to hold moisture in light, sandy soils and help break down heavy clay soils, making them easier to work...
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  5. How to water your garden

    How to water your garden

    We know it’s often hard to remember, but summer does occasionally make an appearance in the UK. Your garden can still flourish and look beautiful during warmer weather conditions with a little planning and careful maintenance. Here are our top tips for conserving water and using water responsibly while caring for your garden in the summer.
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  6. How to repair your lawn after winter

    How to repair your lawn after winter

    It is quite normal for lawns to look jaded after the wet and cold winter weather; there may be yellow and brown patches and the grass will have grown at different lengths. If the winter has been cold and dry, levels of light throughout the season will mean the damage is not too bad but if the winter is cloudy...
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  7. How to prune roses

    How to prune roses

    There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars of roses, but one thing they all have in common is the need for a bit of light pruning now and again. Simple pruning helps to promote vigorous growth and ensures plenty of colourful flowers. Pruning roses can be moderately difficult, especially if you’re dealing with an unknown species or particular...
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  8. How to make the best compost

    How to make the best compost

    If you’re struggling to get good results in your garden, then DIY garden compost could be a secret weapon. Making your own compost can save you money too, – great if you’re gardening on a budget – and it’s completely organic. Here are our tips on creating a DIY heap.
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  9. How to lay turf

    How to lay turf

    Creating your own lawn from scratch is easy. By choosing excellent quality turf and undertaking the right preparations, you'll be enjoying a beautiful green lawn in no time.
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  10. How to keep your garden safe and secure

    How to keep your garden safe and secure

    Whilst gardens aren’t necessarily the first place that you think of as burglary targets, garden theft isn’t uncommon. There can be a lot of expensive equipment lying around and there’s less risk of thieves bumping into anyone! Most household insurance policies only offer limited cover for garden-related items, so it’s important to secure your garden against theft. Fortunately, there are...
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  11. How to install an arbour or arch

    How to install an arbour or arch

    As wonderful as it is to fill your garden with plants and flowers, it’s also important to install an area for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour, as well as being a lovely decorative feature for your garden. Arbours and arches make a great addition to the garden both as a place to grow climbing plants and also...
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  12. How to improve your soil

    How to improve your soil

    Soil that is good in heart will always help you grow the best produce - whether that’s fruit, vegetables or flowers - so it’s important to keep your soil in good shape. Good soil is essential for anchorage of plants, providing oxygen, water and nutrients as well as protecting plants from big fluctuations in temperature. The better the quality of...
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