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B&Q poll shows homeowners delaying garden work

More than half of Britons have not tended to their gardens since last year because of the irregular weather and constant downpours, according to a poll.

The survey of 2,000 homeowners for DIY chain B&Q found six out of 10 had not gardened for more than four months, while a third were embarrassed about the state of their garden.

However, British homes have probably never been so clean and well-presented, with 45% of those questioned having conducted a full spring clean over the past few weeks and 35% carrying out some form of decorating.

A quarter said they expected to spend more money over the bank holiday weekend if it is wet, with 24% expecting to pay to visit local attractions, 32% planning on a meal out and 18% preparing to carry out DIY jobs.

B&Q gardening ambassador Alan Titchmarsh said: "It may be inconvenient for us, but the rain that has fallen over the past few weeks is just what garden plants need to spur them into growth.

"Trees and shrubs in particular are calling on large supplies of moisture as their buds burst and the rains will help to replace the winter moisture deficit in the soil."

OnePoll questioned 2,000 homeowners on May 1 and May 2

Source : MSN News

04 May 2012
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