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I’ve been a professional gardener and worked at my family’s garden centre for over 20 years. If there is one thing most people want in their gardens, it’s privacy, and they usually want it yesterday. When it comes to privacy, I always recommend a handful of plants, which I’ve shared in this guide to help you choose the best tall plants for screening and creating much-needed privacy. There are a few things to consider when…

As a professional gardener with over 20 years of experience, one of the most common questions I get asked is what plants I can plant in the shade? and which I can plant in pots and containers?. The good news is you can plant plenty of wonderful and colourful plants in a shady position in containers. In this guide, I’ve got some of my top recommendations for plants that thrive in shady spots and adapt…

As a professional gardener working in my family’s garden centre and running a garden maintenance service for over 20 years, fast-growing climbing plants have been my go-to solution for breathing life into those often overlooked corners of the garden as well as covering up those unsightly structures or simply providing a splash of colour quickly. They are a great alternative to screening ideas, such as the usual bamboo screening, artificial hedging, or even taller plants…

I’ve always been an avid DIY’er, and having access to a pillar drill I could use at my family’s garden centre, I’ve always had access to a decent floor standing pillar drill. However, I’ve also done many projects at home and wanted a more compact pillar drill in my garage at home. This is when I first started looking at the more modern, easy-to-use pillar drills with features like electronic speed control, which means no…

Regarding pressure washers in general, I’ve always had electric pressure washers connected to the mains tap, which included my Karcher K2 and, more recently, the Karcher K5 with smart control. At my family’s garden centre, we’ve always used petrol pressure washers, so when these cordless pressure washers first caught my attention a few years back, I was very doubtful and wrote them off as more of a gimmick than a useful cleaning tool. Fast forward…

When it comes to walking, especially with the dog, I always wear a decent pair of wall-insulated wellies, especially in winter, rather than hiking boots (I wear them more in summer when it’s dry). My wife prefers Dublin River Boots, while my daughter loves her Moretta farm yard boots, both of which are excellent quality boots and, I’m told, very comfortable. I like my Jack Pyke Wellington boots; I love the neoprene rubber material, but…

As a child, I was always around chickens as my dad always kept a few small bantams and cochins along with rabbits, guinea pigs and even pigeons, and that was when we lived in a terrace house. My dad was always into keeping animals, and was definitely passed on to my brothers and me! Fast forward almost 40 years, and my dad still keeps chickens along with guinea fowl, a few sheep, a few pigmy…

As a professional gardener and nurseryman of over 20 years working at my family garden centre, like most gardeners, one job I’ve never been keen on is weeding. Whether I’m maintaining a client’s lawn by removing dandelions in spring or weeding potted plants in my family’s nursery, the job of weeding is always one I’d prefer not to be doing. Over the years, I’ve tested and used many tools for removing weeds than I can…

I’ve been splitting logs for years, mostly at my family’s garden centre, as we sell our own firewood, which we split mostly with a good old-fashioned log-splitting axe or maul with the Spear & Jackson Razorsharp 6.5 lb Log Splitting Maul being a favourite of mine. With this in mind, I thought I would share my experience here. I now mostly split my own logs for my wood-burning stove I had installed a few years…