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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. 

The Origin of Slate Chippings

Most gardeners will, at some point in their lives, have used them; decorative landscape designers will have used them too but in quantities so huge you’d need several dumper trucks to move them and anyone who has ever visited a garden centre will have seen them stacked in sacks in the outdoor section – that’s right, we’re talking about slate chippings.

Slate Chippings - Adding A Touch Of Glamour To The Garden

There are many ways that gardeners can create beauty and of course choosing complementary plants, flowers and shrubs is the first priority. There are other means however that can be used to add a touch of glamour to the garden which don’t necessarily need to come from vegetation. Slate chippings are one example.

Recycled Cheap Topsoil And The Global Food Crisis

It may not be apparent to most people in the West but it is a fact that many scientists and food industry commentators are claiming the start of a worldwide food crisis. With natural disasters that are capable of destroying agricultural land seemingly on the increase, fresh water in shorter supply and the ever rising price of oil, it is small wonder that food prices remain volatile.  

Cheap Topsoil and the Great British Summer

One of everyone’s favourite things about the great British summer is the beautiful flowers on display up and down the country. Both professional and amateur gardeners are eager for their flowers and plants to look their best come summer time. Topsoil is essential for making sure that your plants thrive and are the envy of your neighbours! This can be a quick and cost effective way to improve your garden if you can find premium quality and cheap topsoil.

The Importance of Choosing ’Safe’, Fertile, Consistent Topsoil

Topsoil is an important, fundamental resource. Without it the human race could not exist. We rely on topsoil to provide a growing medium for all our food and environmental resources. Living matter - plants, trees and grass cannot sustain or survive without it.

Cheap Topsoil - Without Compromising On Quality

The old saying ‘you get what you pay for’ applies to most things in life, and it goes without saying that cheap topsoil is not necessarily going to be the best quality topsoil you could use. Equally however, you’d not necessarily be right to say that cheap topsoil is always detrimental to your garden.

The Benefits of Bark Chippings as Garden Mulch

Some of the many questions that novice gardeners ask are what is mulch, what benefit does mulching have and what kind of materials or products should I use as a garden mulch? The last question is a lot simpler to answer because one of the most popular and commonly used garden mulches is bark chippings.

Sandbags and Flood Kit - Coping With Melting Snow

What usually follows any significant snowfall in the UK at some point are warnings about flooding from meteorologists, Government officials, local authorities and the rescue services. A rise in temperature can lead to rapid melting which can catch many people out as water levels begin to rise. Ensuring that sandbags and a flood kit are on hand therefore, could be essential for some people.

How Does Rock Salt Protect Against Ice?

Hallstone de-icing salt, often referred to as rock salt, is a product that we use a great deal of in the UK during the winter months.  Rock salt is essential for making sure that the UK’s roads and pathways are free from ice and snow during the worst of our weather. But how does rock salt work to make our roads and paths safer during the icy winter?

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