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Out of Control: How to Get Rid of Ivy (For Good)

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Hedera, which we commonly refer to as English Ivy (pl. Ivies), is a family of around 20 species of evergreen perennial plants. Depending on their surroundings, these woody plants can be both ground creeping or climbing nearby trees, rocks, buildings, and pretty much anything they can lay their stems on. Given a solid base, the ivy has the ability to crawl up and reach heights of more that 30m. On ground level it rarely exceeds ½ feet in height. As gorgeous as this chef-d'œuvre of nature is, it can still cause mischief around your property if left unattended. It’s considered an invasive plant after all, meaning it’ll not knock on your door to ask if it’d be OK to crash in your yard for the night.

When to Prune Your Shrubs & Trees: The Ultimate Guide

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The gardening task which most gardeners dread, especially those new to gardening, is often pruning plants. It can be overwhelming trying to figure out how and when to begin pruning. The primary concern is that we will take too much of the plant off. However, pruning is not as difficult or intimidating as one might expect. By the end of this guide, you will have the knowledge and confidence to rein in every unruly plant in your garden.

How to Choose Gardening Gloves

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Gardening is a beloved British pastime and one that has been enjoying a resurgence of interest in recent years. As with any hobby, it is important to have the right tools for the job and we have covered the gardening basics in a previous article. However, there is one piece of gardening equipment which is often forgotten or disregarded altogether, gardening gloves. A lot of people choose to forgo gardening gloves, but a good pair is essential and allows you to accomplish more in your garden. From keeping your hands clean to pruning thorny rose bushes, the humble garden glove is a must-have for any serious gardener.

How To Cure Box Blight Once And For All

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For generations, gardening has been a popular pastime in the UK. Regardless of whether it is an ornamental or vegetable garden, the act of sculpting the land around us to create our very own oasis of tranquillity provides a sense of comforting accomplishment, as well as a great way to express creativity and individuality. However, gardeners across the country must remain vigilant as there are many threats which seek to destroy our hard work. These forces of gardening darkness come in the form of pests and diseases. We have written about garden pests and how to deal with them before, so be sure to check our blog if there are any critters feasting on your garden. It is now time to arm yourself with the knowledge to identify and treat a common garden disease - box blight.