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Low Maintenance Gardening for Large Spaces

Having a large outdoor area is a real luxury in so many ways, but it can also be a huge commitment. Recent research found that the average gardening enthusiast spends the equivalent of 53 minutes per week weeding their outdoor space, so just imagine how much time you could rack up pulling weeds if your garden is decidedly larger than average. Sometimes, downsizing can seem like an attractive option, but why give up space when a few low maintenance tactics could help you to make better use of your time? Time and time again, scientific research reinforces the benefits of gardening and spending time outdoors has on our wellbeing, so why not introduce a few simple gardening swaps to ensure that along with staying on top of things, you get to enjoy plenty of downtime too. 

Prioritise your layout

The fewer time consuming garden features you have in your garden, the less you’ll need to tend to them. This means deciding which things are a priority in your space and ditching anything that isn’t. Do you really need flower beds or a water feature? What about those herb pots and your vegetable garden? Your garden doesn’t need to be bereft of interest but you should think long and hard about which features are really providing value for you, which you enjoy the most and which are draining your time. Pots in particular can add hours onto your gardening to-do list as they require additional watering. If you’d really like to hang on to them, think about moving plants in larger pots that can hold more water. Along with streamlining your garden features, think about their placement too. Areas that are more time intensive and require lots of watering or digging may be better placed close to the house to help reduce time spent wandering to and from your property.

Be clever with the basics

Reduce the time you spend doing the essentials and you’ll find it easier to maintain the feature areas you have prioritised within your space. If you can afford to have someone to come in and mow the lawn for you regularly you can reclaim mowing time to be spent on other tasks. Or, why not invest in a top of the range robot lawnmower to get the job done for you? If you’re not too keen on dipping into the world of artificial intelligence, you could opt for a sit-on or wider mower to get the job done more quickly. A reliable diesel generator is another piece of kit that often proves a smart buy by providing reliable power at the bottom of your garden. Adding a dedicated watering system rather than pacing up and down with your watering can be a real time saver too.

If you’d like to reduce that 53 minutes per week spent weeding, you need to get your strategy on track. Your first step is to take action against weeds in early spring before they go to seed. Treat weeded areas with residual weed killer to stop them returning and think about covering soiled areas where weeds may sprout. Mulch and gravel are two simple  options for keeping weeds at bay.

Create a wild area or paved space

Keeping your entire garden pruned and pristine can be exhausting, so why not try leaving at least some of the space to do its own thing? Let the grass grow and the weeds flower and enjoy the wildlife that flourishes as a result. Keeping a meadow area in your garden can save you lots of task time and bring beautiful butterflies and bees in to pollinate your other plants. It needn’t look too messy either. Mow a path through the space to keep it looking curated and purposeful, and sit back to appreciate nature at its best.

If you can’t face the unruliness of a mini meadow, think about paving over some of your lawn instead. Paved areas can provide useful areas for outdoor socialising along with adding structure to landscaped spaces. And best of all, they don’t need mowing!

Stick with hardy plants

If you want a low maintenance garden, it’s time to ditch the needy and delicate plants in favour of more hardy and self-sustaining varieties. For all year round colour, explore the world of evergreen plants along with easy to manage shrubs. Think too about choosing plants that can get by with little water along with minimal attention. Rosemary is a great example, it thrives in the hot and dry Mediterranean environment and can therefore do its own thing fairly comfortably. Plus, it adds texture, colour and scent to your outdoor space. Plant along these lines and you’ll have plenty to enjoy in your garden all year round, without the need for too much effort.

What’s your biggest bugbear about having a large space to garden? Do you hate weeding or would you like to hire in some help to deal with the chore of mowing your lawn?

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Announcing Bundesliga Champion Borussia Dortmund Regional Partnership with GMO Trading

London, 29th June 2018 – In a big announcement today, GMO Trading one of the fasting growing online CFDs trading platform providers, has touted its new partnership with Borussia Dortmund, the eight time German Bundesliga Football Champions. The pact will position GMO Trading as the official regional partner for the football club this season.

At the commencement of the upcoming Bundesliga season, the companies will work closely to grow GMO’s market leading CFDs trading platform throughout Europe outside of Germany. The 2018-19 Bundesliga football season commences on 24th August, but GMO has already begun its marketing activities on its website at www.gmotrading.com and on its social media pages.

The GMO Trading platform is currently a favorite among CFDs traders throughout Europe including Germany and the UK. It features advanced speed and security and is easy to operate. There are training and research tools making it a top choice for beginning and

For those current and new GMO Trading clients, the marketing partnership will pay great dividends. They will receive offers to purchase limited Borussia Dortmund merchandise and access to VIP tickets and perks.

GMO Trading will be rolling out a number of Borussia Dortmund themed initiatives across its website and social media pages over the coming months.

For more information, please email Rebecca Wharmby – Rebecca.Wharmby@Threepipe.co.uk

About GMO Trading

GMO Trading is the brand name of Royal Forex a Cyprus Investment Firm, regulated by Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission.

The company prides itself in offering its clients a first class trading platform that ensures the best available tools and provides them with access to global trading markets and all the available trading products.

For more information, visit the GMO Trading website at www.gmotrading.com or visit its Facebook at www.facebook.com/gmotrading/.

Canadian Destinations to Rekindle Your Love For Nature

If you are a nature lover then Canada should most certainly be at the top of your list fo places to visit. This vast nation manages to encompass just about every type of natural environment within its borders and it offers a huge amount for tourists to discover. Owing to the size of the country, you need to be smart with your travel planning, to make sure that you are able to visit all of those spectacular natural sights that are ready and waiting for you to discover. When you do go on a trip to Canada, looking to get back in touch with nature, here are the best places that you should be aiming for.

Emerald Lake, Yukon

For animal and nature lovers, Emerald Lake in southern Yukon makes for a perfect destination. This area was given the name Emerald owing to its thick and dense green color, which both the trees and the lake have. The Yukon Wildlife Preserve is one of the best opportunities to see several of Canada’s most famous mammals. This reserve covers a vast area of over 700 acres.

Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is a rugged territory with a truly unique landscape. Just off the Atlantic coast here you will find Cape Bretton Island, where the Highlands National Park is situated, possibly one of Canada’s most beautiful spots. Here you will have stunning ocean views across the Atlantic Ocean as well as some of the finest vantage points to spot black bears, moose, bobcats, coyotes and the illusive red fox. As if all of this wildlife wasn’t enough, you can also take trails along the coastline which can give you a birds-eye view of whales and dolphins swimming below.

Banff National Park, Atlanta

Some of Canada’s most iconic images are those with jagged mountain ranges, peering over turquoise glacial lakes with thick forest interspersed between the two. This is exactly what you will find in Alberta’s Banff national park, a truly spectacular corner of the world. This is actually the oldest park in Canada and the region makes up over 6000 square kilometers of land. It is here that the Canadian Rockies call home, with their snow-capped peaks and dramatic landscape. Here you can take kayak tours through the lakes and rivers, hike and climb, animal spot, or simply camp out in one of the most scenic places on the planet.

Churchill, Manitoba

This area of Canada is known as the country’s polar bear capital, and a trip here will all but guarantee you a chance to witness these awesome animals in their natural habitat. As if the sight of a polar bear wasn’t enough, here you can also spot beluga whales and almost 300 different species of local birds. Beyond everything else however, seeing a polar bear up close and personal, going about its daily business, will undoubtedly be one of your biggest highlights of visiting this gorgeous region of Canada.

Why not get back in touch with nature this year and hit some of Canada’s most beautiful scenic spots.