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  • It is always refreshing to see lush green sceneries, particularly if it’s your own lawn or garden. Grass seeds are usually planted to achieve this tranquil and invigorating ambiance. Little did most people know that keeping grass lawns green could be high maintenance—constant moving, watering, and fertilizing is a requisite.  A pain in the grass indeed! It’s about time to consider these altern...

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  •   Gardens are alive, growing with each passing year and begging more and more input from their owners. That hedge grows a little wider, your vegetable patch grows a little longer, and your trees a little taller. And so it goes that many homeowners start to feel that achieving, and more importantly, maintaining, a beautiful garden is an impossible feat within their limited time and budget.   But ...

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  •     Everyone loves to hear about their favourite celebs and their pets. Especially if you are a pet lover yourself. But what about you horse fanatics out there? What A-list celebs consider themselves horse fans?   You probably know some of them already – Katie Price, Martin Clunes, and Jennifer Saunders being three of the most famous - but there are some celebs you might have never have imagine...

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  •   Constructing your own equestrian arena (or manege) can be a worthwhile investment, and is relatively easy if done properly. Every day someone makes use of some neglected land by creating their very own arena that can be used for all kinds of equestrian sports and activities.   If you are considering building your own arena, what it’s going to cost you is probably at the top of your mind. Whethe...

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  •   What They Are   You’ve probably seen them in all kinds of places: wire baskets of stones piled up against slopes and rivers, or neatly dividing green spaces. Gabion walls have seen a resurgence in use and popularity lately, but they are far from new. Used by military and structural engineers for thousands of years, including on the banks of the River Nile, they form a time-tested and dependable...

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  •   With a patchy winter now all but behind us, it’s soon going to be time to get back out into the garden, if you haven’t already. And the new Spring always brings with it new gardeners keen to decorate and invigorate their outdoor spaces. The benefits of gardening are well-documented (including both physical and mental wellbeing) and our personal green spaces are highly valuable to us, providing ...

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  •       A perfect, lush, green lawn is something that countless homeowners hope to achieve. But as modest as this goal may seem, don’t be fooled into thinking that it is easily obtained. If you’ve spent at least some Saturday mornings mowing and watering your lawn, you’ll know that a perfect lawn is actually a hard task.   After all, the sun and the rain, key players in the grass-growing equation...

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  •       At first glance, one might not think that small spaces and gardening are much of a match, but the revolutionary idea of vertical gardens is quickly changing that perception.     When we say “nature”, “organic”, “herbs” or “vegetables”, we immediately think about large open spaces, bathed in sunlight, fields of green and enough land for tractors and ploughs.     We also think about the count...

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  •   Building a fire is something that most people say they sort of know how to do, but they actually have no idea where to start. There is a primitive link between fire and man. This is exactly why I believe every man should know at least three distinct ways of building a fire without matches or lighters. If you want to prove your manliness to the ladies, go on a 5-day hike through the mountains or...

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  •       As you know, there’s no shortage of high-quality gardening blogs online today, endless gardening inspiration, tips and techniques are available at the click of a button (quite literally). But we decided to separate the ones that are good with the ones that are truly great.   Whether you’re a part of the garden blogging culture and everything that surrounds it or simply one who likes be insp...

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  •   So, you’ve taken the decision to enter the wonderful world of firewood, good choice!   Not only that but you’ve come to the right place to find the best resources from around the web, covering everything you need to know to become a firewood expert.   This includes how to source firewood, the different choices of wood on offer, how to chop firewood correctly, how to create kindling and the imp...

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  • How to Lay Your Own Lawn - Step by Step In , his famous poem Song of Myself, celebrated American author Walt Whitman describes grass as “the flag of my disposition, out of hopeful green stuff woven”. No doubt about it, a beautifully laid lawn is a thing of beauty in and of itself – yet laying one with your own bare hands may appear rather daunting to those who feel they don’t exactly have a green ...

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  •     Many gardeners experience a range of different issues whilst gardening in the summer time, which is why we decided to ask the experts for their top gardening tips to maintain a happy, healthy garden.   Here you'll find a range of great tips, tricks and personal techniques from several experienced gardeners.   Whether you primarily use your garden to seasonally plant flowers, grow your own veg...

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  • How Important Is Sand To Us? If you were asked, ‘can you tell me how sand has impacted our history and how we live today?’ what would your answer be? Most of us would reply, ‘I don’t know – I’ll have to think about it.’ Simply put, sand has played an essential part in our evolution.   Sand is one of the most abundant compounds found on Earth. It is one natural resource that mankind has employed t...

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  • We’ve had a busy year at Mainland supplying recycled, quarried and decorative aggregates for the public and private sectors. It’s been a hectic time but we’ve really enjoyed working on a variety of projects and we wanted to share them with you in this blog. Here are just a few of the customers that have benefited by our quality gravels and chippings this year.   Moonstone Gravel     This driveway ...

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  • Choosing the corret site is vital when planning a Riding Arena our Inforgpahic below gives you info on everything you need to know from access to drainage requirements and membranes required.

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  • At Mainland Aggregates we provide recycled, quarried and decorative aggregates for the public and private sectors. We understand how necessary aggregates are in everyday life so our vast network of hauliers covers the whole of the UK to source and supply our products. As the backbone to the way we live and work, around 205 million tonnes of aggregates are needed each year in the UK. Learn more bel...

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  • Green Roof Construction Below we have a blog post from a customer who used Cockle Shells supplied by Mainland Aggregates Ltd as a drainage layer for a Green Roof project. The roof has been taking longer than expected. I was hoping to finish around the 20th July - so running about three weeks behind schedule. Adding the skylight was a late addition to the plan, and other aspects have taken more tim...

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  • When choosing surface materials for your horse’s home and arena it is important to consider the best comfort and safety for them, as well as how reliable the surface will be to damage or other forces. All surfaces materials have their own advantages and disadvantages. At Mainland Aggregates we supply specific equestrian surfaces which are proven to suit all equestrian requirements. Follow our guid...

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  • The Importance of Good Quality Firewood   In these difficult economic times, it can be really tempting to go for the cheapest possible deal. After all, you think, it is much better to spend less money if you don't have to, right? Unfortunately, although that is true in many cases, it is not necessarily true with firewood. The market is flooded with poor quality, unseasoned firewood. There are many...

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  • Aggregates can be made from a wealth of different materials to fit the environment. From sand to slurry, ores and crushed rock, mined from the ground, there is a wealth of different aggregates. Despite the choice, there is one material that stands out – granite. Here are five separate reasons why granite is considered to be the foremost aggregate choice. It’s Easy to Find Substantial deposits of g...

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  • An attractive driveway is a sign of a well-maintained home. Any homeowner looking to make the right impression needs to have a well-designed and laid driveway. There are, typically speaking, four different types of driveways that homeowners choose from. But how do you decide the right driveway for your home? Below is a list of popular driveway materials. Asphalt or Blacktop Driveways The least exp...

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  • Take a look through our infographic showing you ten of the most creative driveways we've found.   Whilst not everyone has the space for courtyards, fountains and 200 ft driveways we hope you can get a few ideas from the below.    Each example driveway has a brief description to help you pick which may suit your home, whether you've got acres of space or just just a few square feet the below should...

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  • Building your own wildlife garden is a fantastic way to bring a touch of the natural countryside to your backyard. Choose the right plants and features, and you can create beautiful and sustainable habitats for local critters like birds, foxes, hedgehogs, insects and frogs. With some of Britain’s native species in plight, it’s also an opportunity to do your own little bit towards conservation ...

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  •   We only have one planet, and taking care of it is everyone’s responsibility. We all know that we need to be more eco-friendly and live a greener life for the future of our planet, but often we don’t know how to live a greener life.   A lot of people have the same attitude when it comes to going green: how much impact can I really have on the environment? Well, the answer is: a lot!   In this p...

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  •     A paved patio area in your back garden provides the perfect space in which to enjoy your garden, indulge in some al fresco dining, entertain guests, or simply relax with a good book. Patio paving stones look great and they're fairly easy to lay. If you're laying them over an area of grass or soil it's important to compact the soil first to provide a stable base for your patio. A patio is als...

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  •   Getting to grips with gardening and landscape gardening takes time. It’s a lengthy process that many describe as a labour of love. And if you want to get involved in gardening and cultivate your very own labour of love, you’ll want a little advice.   The best place to start? Online.   But there are hundreds of gardening and landscape gardening blogs out there making separating the wheat from t...

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  •   Have you just purchased a new property? Does the front yard and lawn look a mess? Or have you neglected the front of your home for too long, trying to avoid the cost of doing it up and leaving it to fall into an unsightly state?   Not only will a well-kept, attractive front lawn make it easier to sell the property further down the line, but it’ll make your home so much more welcoming too.   To ...

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