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Gardening deemed critically important

With the nation currently isolating in their homes and facilities shut down, we have little choice but to try and enjoy this enforced staycation.  Maintaining mental and physical wellbeing during this time will be of paramount importance as so many areas of our lives feel very much out of our control. Thankfully the sun is beginning to make a more regular appearance, which means the garden is finally open for business. Here, leading garden PR agency, Hornby Whitefoot PR,explore the vital role gardening has for mental and physical wellbeing – as if we needed any further excuses to get out there!   

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geraniums on table

With vibrant colours that brighten up any outside space or more subtle tones that can create a relaxing floral oasis geraniums can transform gardens, patios and terraces – whatever the size.

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Lifestylegarden support retailers during lockdown

LifestyleGarden®, the pioneer of the ground breaking DuraOcean® chair and stunning outdoor furniture ranges backed by an environmental and sustainable business agenda, has taken steps to ensure that extensive stock of its leading product portfolio is readily available to its customers including those set-up with transactional webstores, in a bid to meet consumer demand during the nationwide lockdown.

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Adam Turley - What you should know about protecting intellectual property

From gardening tools to revolutionary new product designs, too often those behind the original design forget to ensure their intellectual property is protected, says Adam Turley, Intellectual Property specialist at Baines Wilson LLP.

The effects of doing so can have tremendous consequences on businesses financially, as well as rendering the benefits of originality virtually invisible. Knowing how to protect and maximise your intellectual property, particularly within the garden trade, ensuring that it is solely you and your team who reap the rewards of your creation, is fundamental.

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Keeping your garden dog-friendly - none poisonous plants

Owning a dog and having a beautiful garden do not have to be mutually exclusive; however when tending to your garden and planting for spring it is important to consider the plants and products that can be poisonous, in order to look after your pet’s health. It's a well known fact that foods such as chocolate are toxic to dogs, but there are hundreds of plants which can also pose a danger without owners realising. For example, most mushrooms are non-toxic to dogs so their risks are discussed less, however a small few can cause paralysis or even death so it is safer to remove all mushrooms from the garden if you are unsure. 

In the garden, there are three key areas to consider for potential danger to dogs:

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Award winning vegan fertiliser - Natural Grower

Natural Grower is a nutrient rich organic fertiliser that is free from any animal matter and made from the by-product of a renewable energy plant that is fed with maize to make electricity for the National Grid. The business which launched last year is Organic Farmers and Growers, The Vegan Society and Soil Association approved and won the GIMA Innovators award in September 2019.

The brand is looking forward to being stocked nationwide in 2020, with a distribution partnership agreement confirmed with Decco. Decco are the biggest national wholesaler and distributor to the garden centre trade, with seven centres located across the UK. T

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preparing a garden for spring - mulch

Spring is an ideal time to start off the “gardening season”. So take the time during late winter to prepare the garden for all the new plants and flowers you will sow, by following these steps: 
1. Rid your lawn of weeds
The removal of weeds is the first essential step you need to take when preparing your garden for spring. Partaking in this chore will help tidy up the space where your plants will be sown.
Make sure the soil is moist before you start weeding. 
For broadleaf weeds, try to remove them by hand while they’re still young. This will prevent them from spreading and thriving on your lawn. On the other hand, when dealing with perennial weeds, make sure you yank the whole thing off as the roots can remain underground. If you fail to do it correctly, these perennials will keep coming back. 
When you’re done with the weeding, remove all the fallen twigs and leaves. Then, reseed the spots where the weeds used to be to prevent them from coming back.

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Kimberley, Matthew and Vicky at The Garden Re-Leaf Walk

Every idea has to start somewhere and in the case of the annual Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk it started at a bar where many “great” ideas begin!
 
The brainchild of Glee’s Event Director, Matthew Mein, the Garden Re-Leaf Day Walk has become an integral part of the Garden Re-Leaf agenda, and to-date it has seen hundreds of walkers rack up the miles in places such as London, Cambridge and Buckinghamshire.
 
Now in its sixth year, the event welcomes almost 100 people from across the garden retail sector as well as other Greenfingers supporters – a far cry from the 30 walkers who embarked on the first walk back in 2014. One of these walkers was, of course, Matthew Mein, after all he had to put his money where his mouth is following his bar-based brainwave! In 2019 Matthew completed his 100th Garden Re-Leaf mile and will be returning to the 2020 event with his team from Hyve to complete his 120th mile. But what brings Matt back year after year?

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