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What can be done in the garden in July

Posted on 21 July, 2017 at 7:35 Comments comments (0)

  1. Cut back faded perennial plants to keep borders tidy.
  2. As your Penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a bud to encourage more flowers.
  3. Don't cut your grass to short with the heat and strong sun plus lack of rain longer grass stays greener if you do need to cut the grass use a lawnmower that will mulch this helps feed the lawn with up to 70% nitrogen from the mulch
  4. Do you please remember to water pot plants and hanging baskets in the summer months as they will dry out very quickly and then the plants will then suffer. Also flowers in Borders may need watering as well just keep an eye on them.
  5. Cutting back growth in hanging baskets can encourage new flowers and foliage and will revive the display. Make sure you that feed your baskets well after doing this.
  6. Cut back hardy Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first flush of flowers to encourage new growth and further blooms.
  7. Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.
  8. Prune Wisteria now. Just remove the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base (about five leaves from the main stem).
  9. If you need to prune your deciduous Magnolia, now is the best time to do it.
  10. Take cuttings from your favourite tender plants for over-wintering indoors. Cuttings can also still be taken from shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
  11. Dead-head bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering.
  12. Dead-head your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods).
  13. Capture seed heads from alliums and any other plants that have now gone to seed
  14. Keep an eye out for pests on plants, early treatment is best.
  15. Stop rust damaging hollyhock foliage by pruning out affected leaves and/or spraying with a fungicide.
  16. Now is a good time to spray ground elder, bindweed and other persistent weeds with a glyphosate-based weed killer as the plants now have lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it. We do offer a weed spraying service so if you live in the local area please give us a ring for a quotation.

Busy Summer

Posted on 28 June, 2017 at 4:50 Comments comments (0)

We are sorry we have not published a blog for a while but we have been and still are very busy with grass cutting and general gardening

The busy period

Posted on 9 April, 2017 at 15:05 Comments comments (0)

March and April are the busiest time of the year with grass cutting, hedge trimming, weeding, nature is growing everywhere so unfortunately during these months time is short to write a blog hopefully when May is here we will find some time and interesting things to talk about

Things to do in the garden in Febuary

Posted on 1 February, 2017 at 15:45 Comments comments (0)

Prune clematis

It is time to prune those clematis that flower in May and June and those that flower in late summer. Those that flower May to June on short new growths arising from older wood, so shorten last year’s growth back to a pair of healthy buds. This will stimulate side shoots. Those that flower late summer on new growth, so they can be cut back almost to the ground. They can be very susceptible to slug attacks if I do this, so I choose a pair of buds a couple of feet from the ground and prune to them.


Continue to clear flower boarders of any weeds. leaves and start to trim hedges. You may also find in any up turned pots or buckets etc in your garden snales keeping warm a good time to remove them.


If you havent done so yet its your last chance to ready your garden equipment like the lawnmover this is the right time of the year to get them serviced before spring arrives. Make sure your hand tools are clean, oiled and sharpened.


Tree ties hould be checked making sure they aren’t cutting into the bark. Any worn or damaged ties should be replaced. Should you have experienced any storms or high winds check to see that any tree stakes and ties haven’t been damaged.


As milder weather conditions arrive, weeds will start to grow on areas of ground already prepared in preparation for sowing a new lawn – they should be brought under control before sowing begins in April.


Wild birds will appreciate food being provided for them and we have a good selection for you to choose from. You will also get the pleasure of seeing a variety of birds in your garden along with a warm feel.

Things to do in the garden in January

Posted on 2 January, 2017 at 9:25 Comments comments (0)

What to do in the garden in January;

Apple and pear trees can be cut back in winter, for example, cutting no more than 20 per cent off all over – so that regrowth is even (pruning stimulates new growth), although it is important to remove dead or damaged branches.


If you still have your Christmas tree don't throw it away, cut the branches of and us them to cover early flowering plants.

 

If you are thinking of adding any fruit, flowering or shade trees to the garden, this would be a good time to select and plant them. Most garden outlets get their new selection of these trees during the winter, so you get the pick of the crop. Plus, because the trees are dormant, they transplant with a minimum amount of set-back.


If you haven't planted you bulbs yet! Plant them now or it will to late. Order fruit bushes such as currants now and plant in a well prepared bed in a sheltered position; they will be a lot tastier than supermarket produce! 


Also don't forget your garden equipment like the lawnmover this is the right time of the year to get them serviced before spring arrives. Make sure your hand tools are clean, oiled and sharpened.



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