5 New Year’s Resolutions for Gardeners in 2017
As 2016 rolls into 2017, you’ll probably start thinking about your aspirations for the new year. Maybe you want to lose a pound or two, give up a bad habit or take up a new hobby – but have you given any thought to your garden?
Setting out achievable goals for your garden is a great way to make the most of your outdoor space. Plus, it’s not only a perfect for improving the overall health of your garden, but your own health as well – gardening for just 2.5 hours a week can reduce the risk of health problems including obesity, heart disease and high blood pressure. So, if you’re not a keen gardener at the moment, becoming a little more green-fingered might help you achieve more than just your gardening resolutions!
Get your pen and paper ready, as it’s time to turn over a new leaf. Here are just a few of our top resolutions to keep your garden looking top notch in 2017.
Banish pesky pests
If you’re sick and tired of your prize plants, fruit and vegetables being devoured by unwanted garden guests, then this year would be the ideal time to take action. BugClear Ultra Flowers, Fruit & Veg kills all major insect pests including whitefly, greenfly, blackfly, red spider mites, caterpillars, lily beetles, scale insects and mealy bugs.
Get green-fingered with the little ones
Tending to the garden needn’t be left to the adults. Inspire the little ones to get outside and get active with their very own kid-sized gardening tools! Viking’s Mini Klip Toy Lawn Mower is ideal for younger children. This fun design lets the kids feel as if they’re really helping out. It even makes a noise to simulate cutting!
Grow your own
One great resolution that many gardeners aim for is to become more self-sustaining, so this new year could be the time to start! At Ernest Doe we stock an extensive range of plant food and fertilisers to encourage a heavy crop of fruit and vegetables, like Miracle Gro Fish, Blood & Bone which contains nitrogen, phosphate and potassium to give your plants a bit of a boost.
Create a safe place for bees
The importance of bees to our gardens cannot be overstated, but these incredible creatures may be at risk of disappearing from our gardens completely. The affect of this would be devastating, as bees are responsible for pollenating so many of our most loved plants, flowers and fruit crops.
If you truly care for your garden, make it your mission this new year to create a safe habitat for bees. The Chapelwood Rustic Bee Box is perfectly suited to the masonry or leaf cutter varieties. In addition to bees, this clever box is also likely to attract ladybirds, whose larvae will eat up those pesky aphids that blight our gardens.
Save time on mowing
Mowing is an unavoidable task for the majority of us, especially when you have a large garden. One study shows that we Brits spend almost two months of our lives mowing our lawns – just think of all the planting, potting and pruning that could be done in that time! Luckily technology has advanced so much that we no longer need worry about whiling away the hours tending to our lawns.
Ernest Doe are delighted to stock Husqvarna’s range of Automowers. These robotic lawn mowers can manage up to 6,000m² of lawn in any weather, including rough terrain and slopes up to 45%. If this clever GPS-assisted design meets an obstacle along the way, it will stop and redirect itself – this really is the future of gardening!
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