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The most common garden birds in the UK:

Every garden has experienced a visit from a feathered friend but what are the most common types? According to Big Garden Birdwatch, the most common birds are:
- Blue tit
- Blackbird
- House sparrow
- Robin
- Starling
Alongside these small birds, large birds like magpies, doves and jackdaws are often seen if there is an open bird table nearby. The best way to protect these birds whilst admiring them is to have the right protection in place. In order to help protect these birds from getting hurt by cats, foxes or martens, you need to purchase our PESTFree ultrasonic pest deterrent. All our products have a 2 year warranty so you can always keep your garden birds safe!


Top tips for the summer garden

Here are the 5 top tips which will help gardeners get their gardens ready for the summer:
1. Keep watering – when the temperate increases, the watering of the plants also increases. Ideally watering should be done for the early mornings and the late evenings. These times are seen as ideal as it will allow the water to soak into the soil before the heat from the sun starts to increase.
2. Give the plants what they need – if the plants are only watered occasionally, try and add the right nutrients into the water. Not only will this help give the plants what it needs but it will also allow you to continue watering occasionally as the plants have the nutrients they need.
3. Plant fresh seeds in vacated patches – as we know in August the gardening year is almost over however some vegetables can be grown without any problems. Some of the vegetables that can be grown include:
-          Radishes
-          Lettuce
-          Rocket
-          Onions
-          Spinach
Keep these growing vegetables safe by purchasing the PESTFree+ ultrasonic deterrent which will stop cats and foxes from stepping onto the growing seeds and ruining all your hard work!
4. Tackle the annoying pests – alongside us enjoying the warm weather make sure you keep an eye out for those pests that may want to become a resident in your house to get away from the sun. Make sure you are prepared for this. Many products can be used to help this but the safest and non-harmful way is by purchasing the PESTController ultrasonic mouse deterrent. This device will get rid of them without hurting them which other products do.
5. Stuck for inspiration? – getting the right look can be hard but when in doubt do what the designers do. Head over to your local gardening centre or pick up a gardening magazine to get yourself some inspiration to help achieve your ideal garden.

Hopefully these tips will help you to maintain your garden through the summer, if they have leave us a comment.

 
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10 gardening jobs for winter
1. Give spades, forks and other tools will a wash and be sure to dry them thoroughly to prevent rust. 

2. Check your garden fences and sheds for rot and signs of weakness and make any repairs before the poor weather arrives

3. Net your ponds to prevent leaves turning the water foul; spread a mesh net over the pond and hold it down with bricks

4. Start a compost bin as there will be many leaves to dispose of from Autumn and be sure to stir the heap to help the composting process

5. Prune summer flowering shrubs and dead-head autumn flowering plants

6. Cover root vegetables with straw or leaves (about 15cm) so that they can be harvested throughout winter

7. When there's snow, cover root vegetables with a piece of old carpet and shake snow from the branches of trees, shrubs and hedges to stop it causing damage due to weight

8. Avoid walking on snow-covered grass as it can cause damage

9. Offer high energy winter foods such as black oil sunflower seeds, suet and peanuts for your birds this winter

10. Clean your bird tables and feeders thoroughly and be sure to keep change water in baths frequently




How to best prepare your bird tables and water baths for winter

This winter you will probably notice many birds in your garden, seeking refuge from the harsh weather conditions. Snow and ice hide natural food sources from birds so by providing food in your garden regularly, you are likely to have an increase of regular visitors. Be sure to keep bird feeders, tables and water baths clean to help to prevent bird diseases this winter.
To prepare for winter birds:





How to attract feathered friends to your garden

Feed them right

Bird seed mixes - Higher quality mixes have a higher proportion of nuts and seeds, rather than cereals, and smaller seed mixes are ideal for attracting smaller birds such as finches, house sparrows, dunnocks etc.

Black sunflower seeds - This high energy food source is a favourite of greenfinches and tits.

Peanuts - Good quality peanuts are great for attracting tits, woodpeckers, finches, sparrows etc - remember that mixes that contain whole nuts are only suitable for the winter.

Fat balls / Fat cakes - Perfect for winter, you can use scraps such as porridge oats and cheese mixed with melted lard or suet.
Pick the right plants

Having trees in the garden is a sure way to attract birds, especially fruit trees, but shrubs and hedges are good alternatives. Shrubs that provide fruits, berries and seeds are great for birds to feed on and leaves on bushes catch water for birds to drink from. Many birds will happily nest in dense shrubs as they provide shelter and shade.
Deter the hunters

Cats and renowned for hunting and killing our garden birds. Try to deter cats from your garden by planting herbs such as lavender and rosemary, that are known to often deter cats, and install flexible garden fence and wall strips to prevent cats from climbing your walls and fences. One of the most effective methods which will prevent cats from entering your garden is using Ultrasonic Cat Deterrents such as CATWatch; the RSPB approved ultrasonic cat deterrent to keep cats away from the garden. 

Foxes are also known to hunt and kill birds and they will be attracted to your fruit hedges and trees. Make sure that your fencing has no holes and that there is as limited access as possible for foxes to enter your garden. FOXWatch can also be used, an effective Ultrasonic deterrent that will rid your garden of foxes.
 

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