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Hallstone Blog

How do I mow my new lawn?

The most important thing to know about mowing a lawn, is that cutting too aggressively can weaken the grass plant, inhibit growth and sometimes damage the plant beyond repair, therefore the golden rule is to never cut more than a third of the length of the grass plant away. 

How to measure your garden for a new lawn

Are you struggling to measure your garden or calculate how much turf you need for your new lawn? Hallstone's simple method to measure even the oddest shapes can help.

How do I scarify my lawn?

Don't be scared to scarify! Scarifying should be an important part of your lawn maintenance, but can be daunting as the appearance following the process can leave the lawn looking patchy and unattractive; don’t worry though, this appearance is temporary and for the greater good. 

How to apply mulch

A guide detailing organic and inorganic garden mulch options and how to apply whichever mulch you choose.

Choosing the right flooring for your chicken run

There are multiple options when choosing a suitable flooring for your chicken run. If your run is on your lawn and portable, you can move it around the garden once an area has become worn to allow the grass to recover; though if you have a chicken run that remains in one position or you don’t have a lawn, you may find that after some rain it becomes a bit of a quagmire, difficult to clean and your poor ladies get very muddy feet and legs.  We’ve taken a look at few of the options that are widely used.

How to lay turf

First time laying turf? It’s something that even the most inexperienced gardener can handle. Plan ahead, follow our simple instructions and take your time; if you maintain your new lawn correctly once laid, it’s a project that you should only need to do once.

Sandbags Can Help Prevent Unnecessary Flooding

Sandbags can help prevent unnecessary flooding in the many situations where homes are threatened by rising rivers and where drainage has been put under extra pressure due to heavy rain.

Bark Chippings or Rubber Chippings - How To Choose?

Since legislation disallowed the filling of landfill sites with old used car tyres, businesses have been clever enough to spot an opportunity and diversify into an area that was the domain of bark chippings – decorative mulches and playground floor coverings. But, given the choice as a gardener, which would you choose?

Using De-Icing Salt on Wood Surfaces

Concrete is one of the surfaces that is most susceptible to a build up of ice and more and more people are purchasing de-icing salt to use on the wood surfaces that they have around their homes – such as decking and patios. You can buy de-icing salt online in a quantity to suit your needs.  

Blue Slate Chippings For The 'Lazy' Gardener

The vast majority of us who have gardens as part of our property will want it to look as tidy and well kept as possible; there is nothing more relaxing than sitting amongst the trees and plants on a nice day.  However, not all of us are quite as willing to spend the time that it takes to keep the garden looking its best.  Some of us just simply don’t have the time that it can take to keep on top of our garden.  Read on to discover how blue slate chippings could help to reduce the time you need to spend maintaining your garden. 

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