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What to do in your garden - March 2019

Well, we’re certainly off to an early start with the glorious weather we’ve recently had! Everyone’s been inspired to get out in the garden and have a good old tidy up and plan what to plant this spring.…
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What to do in your garden - December 2018

Now we’re really on the countdown to Christmas and everyone is in a rush to decorate the house and garden for the holiday season, plus all those gifts to buy for friends and family of course! Come to Longacres where you can find everything in one place – from decorations to food, giftware to garden ornaments. There’s so much to choose from you won’t know where to start! Here are our horticultural highlights from our Bagshot store.…
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Free Delivery On Our Best Selling Artificial Christmas Tree

We are offering you free delivery on three sizes of our most popular Artificial Christmas Tree from Tree Classics! Find out more info on our blog.…
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A Guide on Wasps & What You Can Do About Them

Wasps are the bane of most people’s lives, but one of the gardeners best friends. These distinctive flying insects are hated and reviled by most people but are actually very useful. The workers are kept busy in the spring and early summer feeding the grubs with a variety of insects, especially aphids who devastate our plants.…
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Enjoy the Sun In Summer 2017

If you haven’t already gotten a furniture set for summer, then now is the time to snap one up to enjoy the sunshine and some alfresco dinning in style before we sell out! You’ll also be happy to hear that we have reduced all of our Firmans sets to help you make the most of summer without hurting your pocket.…
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Cuprinol Garden Range at Longacres

Isn't it great to get out in the garden again now the sun is shining!  Trouble is, you then tend to notice that your shed could do with a new coat of paint, or your fence needs a treatment to protect it from the weather. Those little garden jobs never go away do they!  At least with the Cuprinol range at Longacres, you can brighten up your wooden garden furniture, and at the same time give it a coat of protection (that sounds like something a modern super-hero would have).   If you're a little fed up with your shed, fence, flower pots and bird box all being a different shade of brown (not that we have anything against brown you understand), you might like to try some Cuprinol Garden Shades.  In a range of amazing colours, the texture of the wood can still seen whilst offering the protection you would expect from Cuprinol products. If you're not quite sure what colour is right for you, there are tester sizes available so you can try a few and see what suits your style. Cuprinol Less Mess Fence Care is quick drying (around an hour) and gives great coverage using just the one coat.  The 6L can covers 30m2 or around 10 fence panels and is great value at £7.99.  If you prefer to spray your fences, try Cuprinol Spray and Brush 2 in 1 Pump Sprayer for £37.99.  The unit fits any Cuprinol sprayable products, as well as the Garden Shades range. Cuprinol Ducksback offers protection for sheds and fences for up to 5 years, is easy applied and shower proof in just 1 hour.  We currently have an offer of 'Buy 2 Cuprinol Ducksback 5L cans and get a free 4" brush'.   Remember to give your garden table and chairs a new lease of life with Cuprinol Naturally Enhancing Team Oil once you've taken the covers off (full range of garden furniture covers here).   If you're changing the colour of your fence or shed, or letting your imagination run wild with multi-coloured wooden flower pots, you might like to post a picture of your newly coloured items on our Facebook page! …
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Plant your pea plants now for a great early harvest!

Peas are one of the more hardier vegetable plants that you can get hold of or grow. You can sow pea seeds in Autumn - overwintering them in a greenhouse till spring, or sow them now (March / April) ready for planting out in a few weeks time. The other alternative is to buy a 6 pack or pot of pre-grown pea seedlings ready to plant out! (available in store) Peas are a great starter crop as they are easy to grow and require little care after initial establishment to grow well. The first thing to make sure you have done is to prepare your site and improve your soil - if you haven't done this already then you can view my previous video and blog post on how to do this. Once you've improved your soil and you know where you want your pea plants to grow you'll need to assemble, create or purchase a frame for them to grow up. Peas climb naturally so this is vital for supporting good healthy growth. You can get great, simple to use kits like we have here at Longacres, or you can assemble your own with just simple string and some bamboo canes. Once the frame is in place you plant out your peas! Dig a small hole about the same size of the current pot they are in. Gently push the root ball up from the bottom of the pot or 6 pack and place gently into the hole you have just dug. Carefully backfill (move back around the plant) the soil that you dug out to create the hole. And that's your peas planted! The next step is to pinch out your pea plant growth tips if you want them to be more busy and compact. Do this by cutting or ‘pinching’ about a third of the growth of the pea away from the plant down to above a node - see my video on peas to find out more about this! You may also need to tie your peas to the canes or supports using jute twine if they are already tall. The final step is to water them in (unless its raining of course!) I added the new Baby Bio Top Defence feed to my water which helps plants with stressful situations such as transplanting, drought and cold. It will be interesting to see how this product works over the season. And that is all you need to know about planting peas! I will have a blog and video update later in the season to show you tips on harvesting and show you how things are getting along during the main growing season! Have any questions about growing your own, plants or houseplants? Send them to us in an email to: plantsonline@longacres.co.uk…
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Plan Bee: Helping the Bees for Gardening Success ¦ Longacres Garden Centre

The population of bees across England is declining, and the government is pushing homeowners, gardeners, and landscapers to help save them by encouraging the buzzing insects into their gardens. Helping the Pollinators In a pronouncement by the government through Environment Secretary Liz Truss, gardeners and other concerned individuals are encouraged to help the struggling bee population by making their gardens more bee-friendly. As part of a National Pollinator Strategy (NPS), the 10-year-plan aims to stop or reduce the decline in bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects by ensuring gardens have more nectar and pollen available all year round. Truss explains this involves more than just planting flowers. This also means letting wild flowers and plants, such as dandelions and nettles, grow on your lawn. Not mowing the lawn is something most people have no problem following, she jokingly adds. In the Home For homeowners who want to be a part of this initiative, it’s about growing your garden in a certain way. This means getting the right plants, decorations, and garden ornaments. The ideal approach is to have as many flowers for as long as possible, which may mean planting so you have blossoms throughout the year. If your garden space permits, group the plants to make it easier for the bees to collect nectar and pollen more efficiently. We have a range of plants and other ornaments perfect for this. We also carry a selection of bug biomes ideal for bees, birds, and insects. De-Bugging the Pollinator Decline Another way to help the pollinators, which the NPS failed to mention, is to stay away from pesticides. You may not know it, but the plants you buy from other garden centres may inadvertently be pesticide-laden, which then harms bees and insects. Neonicotinoids are present in many store-bought plants. This chemical is highly toxic to insects. Even when these do not kill bees outright, it can impair the insect’s sense of navigation and their immune systems. When it comes to nurturing the garden, it’s still best to choose only organic composts and fertilisers, which we have in store. Bees and other pollinating insects are essential for your garden’s success. A little quid pro quo by helping them survive will, in turn, help your garden thrive. Browse through our store to find the right products, tools, and plants for a more bee-friendly garden and yard.…
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Your Cyber Monday Choice: Real or Artificial Christmas Tree?

The holiday season is all about giving and sharing. It is now about making the most of great deals as well. We are not just talking about January Sales; this year, we are celebrating Cyber Monday as well! Cyber Monday At Longacres Garden Centre, we offer great deals on the most iconic decoration every household must have: Christmas trees. We feature only the best real and artificial trees, meaning we have a tree to suit every home. What makes this festive season even more special is that for the first time, we are offering Cyber Monday deals! You can now purchase among our selection of Lemax products, Christmas trees, and all lights and decorations for a full 24 hours on Monday December 1st. As Christmas is just around the corner, you can benefit from the discounts we have on all our tree ranges, be it the real thing or the artificial kind. The problem is, some people are not sure which tree to buy. After all, there are great reasons behind both! Real or Artificial? Artificial trees have become a more feasible choice in the eyes of many. The first artificial tree came around during the 1800s in Germany. It is assumed that the prevailing economic condition of the time contributed to this development. What has become clear is that the latest generations of artificial Christmas trees are so similar to the real thing, it has become difficult to spot the difference. There are many people, however, who point out that the similarities end there. It has been the tradition of many households in the UK and around the world to buy a real tree and decorate it with their favourite decorations. The Christmas spirit, for them, will always have to feature the tree that comes complete with the scent only the real thing can offer. Artificial trees have a new weapon in this area now though - an amazing new product which makes your artificial tree even more realistic - Scentsicles. This December 1, enjoy 15% off Lemax ranges, real and artificial Christmas trees, and all lights and decorations including acrylics. Grab that amazing opportunity this Cyber Monday only at Longacres Garden Centre. Visit the one-stop online shop for all your gardening needs, from plant seeds to gardening tools and accessories.…
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Host the Christmas party of the year with a Premier Decorations' lighting projector

Whether it's a big office party or a smaller gathering with friends and family, planning a Christmas party can be stressful and nerve-racking for many of us; especially when the competition to host the best party is tough. What better way to set the festive party mood and really wow your guests than to put on a show with a dazzling lighting projector? This year we are offering three of Premier Decorations' projectors ranging from £34.99-£44.99; the LED Snowflake Projector, the Laser Light Projector and the LED Crystal Ball Light Projector, all suitable for small events, stages and parties. Each of the projectors have sound recognition so the lights (and your guests!) can dance around the room in harmony to the party music. Each of the three projectors have different designs and features so you will be sure to find one that will be most suitable for your party/event this Winter: LED Snowflake Projector - £34.99 Possibly the most festive of them all, the LED Snowflake Projector will make a beautiful addition to any party this Winter. Projecting four different snowflake patterns onto walls and ceilings, you control how fast or how gently the snowflakes float around the room with the speed controller. This projector can be mounted onto walls or ceilings using the bracket, or left freestanding on a floor or surface. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lsZDAwQsV-s[/embed] Laser Light Projector - £39.99 If you want more of a bright 'strobe' effect for your party, then the Laser Light Projector may be more suitable for your party! This laser-device is super compact and can be mounted to walls or ceilings, or left freestanding on the included tripod. Four different designs can be projected onto the surrounding walls and ceiling; snowflakes, starbursts, dots and stars making it ideal for parties all year round. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3ZFNXI4i08#t=29[/embed] LED Crystal Ball Light Projector - £39.99 The LED Crystal Ball is certainly a less conventional design of lighting projector! The compact dome beams flashing or static patterns in a mixture of red green and blue colours. You control the speed - handy for when it's time to turn the party up a notch or two (or down when the party is drawing to a close)! This projector can be connected to a DMX512 controller for larger scale events. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi4dfAHAtso[/embed] All three of these lighting projectors by Premier Decorations can be bought either instore or online from Longacres. To see the full range of Premier Decorations that we offer, click here. Please note that all projectors are suitable for indoor use only.…
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