Garden Advice

Helping Wildlife Thrive in your Garden

Garden pond with pond plants

It’s that time of year. Everything is blooming, growing, breeding. From the lambs dancing in the fields, the influx of insects, and the first butterfly you spot, all are signs of the new season. Nature knows what it’s doing, but sometimes it can do with a helping hand. Here’s some tips of what you can do to help out nature near your pond. Have a pondFirst, just having a pond...

The Swell UK Guide to creating your very own Eco Pond

frog in pond with daisys

Here at Swell UK HQ we are dedicated to helping pond dwelling creatures thrive; be they fish, amphibians or insects. It’s a sad fact that in the UK many of our most well-loved, pond dwelling species are disappearing at an alarming rate due to a reduction in natural wildlife ponds and bog areas. But the good news is that there is something you can do to help!By creating your very own mini Eco...

The Heron Deterrent: How to keep predators out of your garden pond

Whether you are in the countryside or in the middle of town, there are a range of domestic and wild predators that are more than happy to make a meal out of your well-tended koi and other pond fish.Frustrating and costly, visits from herons, cats and even otters can devastate your pond stock, taking expensive fish and effecting the health of survivors through worry, lowering their immune system ...

Suffering from New Pond Syndrome? We can help with that.

Setting up a new pond from scratch can often lead to a moment of disappointment as your freshly built garden oasis turns to a nasty green sludge during the first few weeks and months.Known as ‘New Pond Syndrome’, this happens due to a chemical imbalance in your pond water that your fledgling filter isn’t yet mature enough to deal with. Don’t worry, these things settle down, and there are...

How to Prepare your Garden for Winter

As I am sure you have noticed, summer is now over and now is the perfect time to prep your garden ready for winter. There are many different things you can do to make sure your garden is ready for cold temperatures and frosty weather but here are a few to get your started: Tidy your Borders An important chore to add to your list is to tidy up your garden borders. This is where most of your plants ...

Summer Holiday Garden Care Tips

Holiday Garden Care It may be summer, but just because you are going on holiday doesn't mean your garden is going to stop growing and changing while you are away...Here’s the Best Summer Garden Care Tips to ensure you don’t come back to a messy garden, ensuring your private paradise can cope with the ever changing British summer. Establish a Watering System While some gardens are relatively ...

Which style of rattan furniture is the best for you?

Hand built to the highest standards, there is a huge variety of luxury garden furniture that will be sure to enhance any garden or conservatory.To ensure that you get everything you need here is a basic introduction to the world of wicker furniture and the various types of furniture that are suited to almost every occasion.Like for those truly luxurious sunny days, nothing will do quite so wel...

The legal way to beat the hosepipe ban

Twenty million people in England are affected by the hosepipe ban - but there is a way to still water your garden, and even a way of still using your hosepipe that is both ethical and legal.Using a hosepipe in the conventional way can land you with a £1,000 fine but if your hose is connected to a special watering system, you are exempt from the ban because you are using a controlled amount of w...