About Us

James Matthews

Hi and Welcome to Garden DIY!

My Name is James Thornton. I am the founder and owner of gardendiy.co.uk. I have been gardening and doing various forms of DIY for over 25 years. After leaving school I worked in several garden centres, caring for plants and trees and offering customers gardening advice. This earned me the nickname of the plant nurse!

I went on to become a Horticultural Technician for a few years before starting my own local business which provided a range of gardening services which include:

  • Lawn Maintenance
  • Vegetable Tending
  • Garden Design
  • PRUNING (HEDGES AND SHRUBS)
  • Stump Removal
  • Applying feeds and pesticides
  • Visual pest and disease identification
  • Laying ornamental gravel path

So, what is the Garden DIY blog all about?

I have been asked hundreds if not thousands of questions over the last 3 decades in relation to gardening and DIY and the multitude of different ways to complete projects. This blog aims to answer many of those question as well as offer advice to anyone just getting into gardening.

The quote “you are only as good as your tools” applies to gardening and DIY more than anything else I can think of. Arming yourself with the right amount of knowledge (which hopefully you will get here) is a powerful beginning to becoming a better gardener but that will only get you so far.

I have worked with hundreds of different tools over the years and having good quality tools makes every job so much easier to complete. I cover a variety of different tools and equipment in the blog and give my opinion on which I believe are the best.

Where should you begin on the site?

Everyone arrives here for different reasons and there is a lot of information on different topics which you should find helpful. Below are some of our most popular articles to get you started. If you have any questions or suggestions on topics you would like covered, I would love to hear from you. Just get in touch via the contact form here.

Popular Articles to star with:

how to lay gravel over grass
Gardening
James Thornton

How to Lay Gravel Over Grass

Replacing a lawn with gravel is a great option if you want an attractive yet low-maintenance surface in your garden. Gone are the days of constantly weeding and mowing the lawn, replaced with a stylish material that requires no upkeep. With a wide selection of gravel types with varying colours and textures, it’s easy to

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Best Petrol Strimmer Reviews UK
Reviews
James Thornton

Best Petrol Strimmer UK | Reviews, Comparisons & Buyers Guide

Our Top Picks McCulloch TRIMMAC (Best Value) Ryobi 25.4CC 2-in-1 (Editor’s Choice) Hyundai 52cc three in one (Best Versatility) A top petrol strimmer is one of the best and most versatile tools you can have for garden maintenance. Suitable for an array of tasks, from trimming the lawn to weeding overgrown areas, it’s one of

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Strimmers with blades not line
Reviews
James Thornton

Strimmers with Blades not Line

While a lawnmower will do the majority of your lawn with little effort, they often don’t leave the clean finish around the edges and they can’t help with bushes…and this is where strimmers have made a name in recent years. However, we still don’t feel as though enough is known about these brilliant tools. For

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Weed Killer Reviews UK
Lawn Care
James Thornton

Best Strong Weed Killer Reviews UK

Gardening is a great pastime for many people in the UK. While the wet weather may limit our time in the garden, those that do get the reward of seeing all their hard work bloom into a beautiful garden teeming with plants, flowers, trees and more. Of course, if there is one thing that we

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Best Electric Lawn Mower Reviews UK
Lawn Care
James Thornton

Best Electric Lawn Mower Reviews UK

Electric mains powered lawn mowers are one of the most popular types sold in the UK. When most people think of a lawnmower, they think of a corded machine that plugs into a mains power. There are several types with a variety of features available, making them some of the most versatile gardening tools for

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Pet Friendly Weed Killer
Lawn Care
James Thornton

Pet Friendly Weed Killer

I know from experience that keeping your pet safe is obviously your top priority. While the below products advertise as being pet friendly you should always read the label to make sure you are completely satisfied before using. I also advise not to let your pet out until any product you use is completely dry.

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