Start with the foundations

Winter Lawn Care


The main feature of most of our gardens is the big patch of grass that we call the lawn. With it being the foundation of every garden, it makes perfect sense to prioritise winter lawn care and keep it looking lush even in the colder months. There are a number of ways that you can give your cold-looking lawn some TLC in winter.

Make sure to keep it clear of leaves and debris so it has room to breathe. You could take this further by using a rake or sharp-ish object to poke small holes in the lawns surface for aeration. This helps to allow air to reach the root system and makes for better overall lawn health. Instead of throwing the fallen leaves straight in your green bin, you could use them to make your own compost heap with a mixture of kitchen waste or shred them and place around the stems of your more delicate plants.

Another point to note is that the more you keep off the lawn, the better. As tempting as it may be to get stuck in with winter lawn care if your lawn is looking defeated, it’s a good idea to keep off as much as possible. This will minimise damage and allow it time to rest – even grass deserves a break once in a while!

Another option to keep your lawn happy is to book in some seasonal winter lawn treatments. Greensleeves offer a wide range of professional but affordable lawn care service all year round, so you can even keep your lawn thriving in freezing temperatures without having to lift a finger.

 Animal shelters

Winter Lawn Care


 Although winter lawn care is important, there are other aspects to consider. You could get crafty and create some animal shelters, whether these be for birds, hedgehogs, or bugs. This will encourage wildlife to enter your garden and most likely stick around, if they’ve got somewhere to keep warm. It’s always nice to look outside and see the garden full of life. Once you’ve made your shelters make sure they have food inside and you could keep track of the animals that you’ve noticed.


It seems like these days people are increasingly early with whipping out their festive decorations around the house. But there’s nothing saying that you can’t compliment your winter lawn care with some outdoor decor. You could create your own autumnal or Christmas wreaths or go and buy a pristine one from the local garden centre. Fairy lights are another guaranteed easy way to turn your garden into a magical winter wonderland, even if they only cost you a few pounds!

Winter Lawn Care

 Keep planting

It’s a common misconception that plants and vegetables cannot survive the winter. Hence many gardens get left to their own devices around this time of year. However, as well as keeping on top of your winter lawn care, there are plenty of trees, shrubs and vegetables that you can grow in your garden even in freezing temperatures. To keep your garden looking festive and winter wonderland-esque you could plant red berries along with white Clematis Jingle Bells. Using seasonal coloured plants is a great way to get your garden feeling christmassy without having to go out and buy decorations, because let’s face it, they cost a small fortune these days.

 If you want guaranteed results but think your winter lawn care would be better off done by the professionals, you can visit Greensleeves at or give them a call on 0808 100 1413.

Winter Lawn Care

Cuddle Fairy

Winter bedroom tips online all too often focus on expensive items. The reality is with three birthdays in one month and Christmas just around the corner, I am looking for more budget-friendly options. How can I make my bedroom a real sanctuary when on a budget?

I am sharing my top tips please see below:


I have always loved bedspreads. My mum always had so much bedding and we have bedspreads which changed over the years as she was always modern and updated on the latest trends from women’s magazines and television programmes. Bedspreads are great as they touch the floor. I think that really makes your bed look special and finished too after you have aired it when getting up in the morning. Mum loved floral numbers and I adore vibrant colours and before you decide check out the bedspread range on discount from Yorkshire Linen.


My older brothers tell me they can remember a time when they had blankets instead of duvets and my husband is the same. Thank goodness I came along when duvets were on our beds as that started a life long love affair. I think I might have invented the duvet day and the bigger the tog the better. When on a budget, I think you have to balance the cost against the likely length of time the duvet will last. Another trick is to buy one that can be both a Winter and Summer duvet so effectively you are getting two for the price of one.


There are all sorts of pillows on the market. I think my top tip is to try and keep them as long as is healthy so look after them with pillow protectors in the same way you look after your mattress with a cover between it and your sheets.

Winter Bedroom Tips On A Budget


Cushions are nice to have but I find they irritate my menfolk and apparently this is not uncommon. So I do without and let me daughter revel in her quirky cushion collection bought from things like craft fairs where you can often pick up a real bargain.


It is possible to have a snuggly Winter bedroom on a budget with a bit of savvy shopping and also an acceptance that you don’t need to give in to every short-term trend. Basics are better and stand the test of time if you go to quality brands with affordable prices.

Musings Of A Tired Mummy

I am on a mission to design a glamorous bathroom for our home. The bathroom we currently have really lets the house down. It is all white and boring. I love to luxuriate in a hot bath but I find I don’t particularly want to spend a long time in our bathroom as it is and often use the alternative shower room instead. Here are some ideas I am looking at as I design my dream bathroom.


There is no storage in my bathroom. There are five members of the family which means so many products need to be stored in the bathroom from sanitary protection to shower/bath gels to make-up and more. I am thinking of getting a cabinet of some sort and then customising it perhaps with funky handles or a paint job. Ideally I am looking for a cabinet that enables me to display items I like to see such as perfume bottles and rubber ducks whilst having drawers for things like tampons and things I ideally don’t want to announce to anyone who uses the loo. If not I can decant products into fancy storage containers that are easy enough to find in most supermarkets.

Fancy materials

My bathroom really does need an overhaul so it is high time to invest in some fancy materials to make it super stylish. I am thinking of things like marble that always looked so classy in my brother’s amazing Kensington bathroom. Marble is on trend right now and you can get marble-effect tiles although I think I will go down the metallic or mirrored route.

Harrogate Bathrooms offers professional consultancy and has an elaborate collection of fancy tiles.


I remember visiting the homes of family friends when I was a teenager and loving how they made their bathrooms so individual with artwork and quirky curios. I am quite happy to take myself off to charity shops and flea markets to find just the right thing for my new sanctuary. In fact, I think I would like to go with a theatrical theme and have posters on the walls.bat

Spa time

I am not the sort of woman who regularly goes on spa days but I do fancy taking some ideas from the concept of spa to add to my bathroom. I could have white towels rolled up and displayed on a table as they do in my favourite posh hotel. I would certainly have candles and it is high time I treated myself to some more aromatherapy oils.

What are you top tips for a glamorous bathroom?

How To Create A Glamorous Bathroom

Cuddle Fairy

Gardening jobs for November are on my mind having recently lost our regular gardener. I think we may have another gardener lined up but in the meantime, it is down to me to think what needs doing. Also having read a book about the benefits of gardening for wellbeing recently, I am thinking maybe it is time to get the gardening bug anyway.

Gardening Jobs For November

Planting grass seed

Online research suggests that this month may be a great time to sow grass seed. There is certainly plenty of rain  which helps with germination. It is not yet freezing cold as it will be all too soon. There are less weeds about to compete with the emerging grass. Best of all it means when the warmer months eventually show up the lawn will already be well-established.


We have flowers that seem to largely look after themselves. I am going to research  online what we actually have and see if they need a helping hand. Also I am going to plant some daffodil, tulip and hyacinth bulbs. It is good to focus on new life as the colder months set in.

Christmas crafts

I am lucky to have lots of holly in the garden so will be making festive displays for the home. I know my creative daughter will love to come up with fun ideas for this one. We have ivy and pine cones a plenty too so can go wild.

Fruit and vegetables

I said we would grow vegetables when we moved here and have made no progress at all. I intend to pore over magazines and Pinterest for ideas so I can actually get round to doing something. We have some crab apples that I want to make jelly with so I can start on that project today.

Other gardening jobs for November

I reckon I will not be too busy this November but can lay good foundations for the year ahead. I am wondering if I can use our sun room attached to the house as a greenhouse of sorts. I certainly want to start composting which makes so much sense. I need to visit the garden centre and to invest in a water butt too.

What other gardening jobs for November would you recommend to a novice?

Gardening Jobs For November


























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