Landscaping a backyard can be as easy or complex as the homeowner wants to make it, but there are some landscaping rules of thumb that help to create masterpieces in a backyard of any size. Gardens need plenty of attention to keep them looking great, and nowadays there’s an impressive range of garden tools on the market, such as the battery-powered ones made by Ryobi. [click to continue…]
Australia is by far the country with the largest number of solar panels with residential use, where one of five families has installed solar panels at their homes. [click to continue…]
Pond algae is a common complaint among pond-owners, and whilst green sludge is the stuff of nightmares, a totally algae-free pond will always be a pipedream. Because the truth is, there’s no such thing as an algae-free pond.
That’s because algae occurs naturally in water and it’s actually essential for a healthy and ecologically balanced pond. But whilst every pond will have some algae growing in it, it doesn’t mean that you have to settle for dark, thick and unsightly garden water features. With regular maintenance and attention, pond algae can be kept under control and to a minimum. [click to continue…]
You might think that small, family owned farms have little relevance in today’s age, but in actuality they service a growing demographic in many countries around the world. The demand for locally grown organic produce is at an all-time high, prompting many to follow their passion.
That said, the road to success will not be an easy one. The current economic climate supports large-scale agricultural endeavours through government subsidies, though numerous farmers markets are cropping up and giving hope to local producers and new family farms. [click to continue…]
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If your dogs enjoy getting their paws dirty, they probably love wreaking havoc in your garden. All the soil, plants, and yummy vegetables are enticing for mischievous dogs, and there’s just so much space to dig! Sometimes the only solution is to ban your dogs from your garden altogether, but how do you do it? Fencing is an obvious answer, but a traditional fence might not be enough to keep crafty and determined dogs at bay. An invisible dog fence is another option you can explore, so let’s take a closer look at what’s involved. [click to continue…]
Note from Jim: I’ve been sharing a fair few articles around water features for your garden lately, and feel there’s a lot of info here on AGT for those looking to add a pond or water feature to their back yard. To round this off, I’ve got an article from my good friend Josh Nicholas from Swallow Aquatics in the UK, on some important things to consider before you invest in your own garden pond. Despite the miles in between us, Josh’s tips below (like many gardening articles) are universal – so without further ado, take it away Josh!
Ponds can be a wonderful addition to any garden – they attract wildlife, and offer a platform for a fantastic range of beautiful plants. But before you grab your shovel, hold on just a second: there are a few things you should consider first to ensure that your pond is the very best it can be.
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Raised garden beds are a great addition to any backyard, and I’ve discussed the benefits in the past. They can be built for practical reasons like fixing poor soil or to help save your back bending when harvesting crops, or they can be built and used with design intent in mind, like as a retaining wall, or to highlight flowering plants.
Whatever reasons you have for wanting them, here is our guide to building raised garden beds in your backyard. [click to continue…]