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Wildlife

Place your bird table where the birds will be safe from potential predators. Avoid putting them close to fences or hedges as cats can easily reach them. Place it near a small bush will give birds a safe space to land and use as a lookout before feeding. Be sure to place it in view of your house so you have a front row seat of all the wild birds flocking to your bird table!

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Bird feed differs per species. Different birds require different foods so by supplying a variety of foods, you will attract many more species. Household scraps are enjoyed by many garden birds while fruit is popular with thrushes and blackbirds.

If buying bird-specific food, find a combination of peanuts, seeds and live food to attract the most birds. Good ready made mixes will contain sunflower seeds, broken peanuts, flaked maize and smaller seeds such as millets.

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Garden

Don’t attempt to remove it by hand as this will require a LOT of digging. Weeding is also ineffective, however it helps to remove the shoots as soon as they appear above ground. Use weedkiller with glyphosate/diflufenican on soil with no herbaceous perennials, bulbs or crops to stop new shoots. At this time of summer, growth is strong so use a tough weedkiller with glyphosate to keep the shoots at bay. Use a rake to bruise the shoots beforehand to ensure the solution effectively enters the weed.

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When cutting back daffodils and tulips, you should wait until the leaves have turned yellow. Make sure that when cutting back you use scissors. If you pull off the leaves, you risk pulling the bulb out and uprooting the whole plant.

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You should be pruning your chrysanthemums two or three times before mid-July. Pinch the tips out of the tops of them stems so that four inches remain. This will encourage more flowers to bloom and give you a fuller plant.

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With hanging baskets, it is vital to water, fertilize and groom. As there is only limited soil, it dries very quickly so it is likely you need to water it everyday. Every 2 weeks you should fertilize the plant with liquid fertilizer. Don’t forget to deadhead to encourage heavy flowering.

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Most likely! Store them in a cool, dark place until early spring. To then test them, place 20 seeds between 2 moist paper towels before placing them in a plastic bag. Loosely tie the bag and put it somewhere warm. After 10 days, check for germination. If fewer than 14 have germinated, then the seeds shouldn’t be used.

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Don’t panic! Brown lawn isn’t necessarily dead lawn. Grasses can go dormant in times when the ground is dry. It will return to life with the autumn rain. To get your lush green lawn back, water it deeply and regularly. Raise the cutting height of your lawnmower, as taller grass will protect soil from sun, keeping the moisture locked in. Try a supplement such as Miracle-Gro soluble lawn food for a much greener grass quickly!

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You should fertilise every 10 days to 2 weeks during the warmest periods of the season. Try a fertiliser high in phospherus to boost blossoming and give you a fuller looking plant.

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