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Other Jobs to be doing in the garden in June

Posted on June 17, 2020 at 9:03 AM Comments comments (90)
Use water butts as much as possible and water your containers and baskets well in hot weather. Start to feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2 to 4 weeks.

Make small 'wells' around individual plants so that the water can soak the soil to about 25cm (10in). Merely wetting the surface wastes water, encourages weeds and can lead to surface rooting making plants more vulnerable.

Keep removing blanket weed from your pond to allow the plants and fish room to breathe.

Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.

Look for aphids on the underside of leaves - rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide to prevent them multiplying. Alternatively try using a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae

Keep an eye out for scarlet lily beetles on your lilies - remove and crush any you see. Also check for the sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves.

Check for vine weevils by tipping your plants out of their pots and looking for 'C' shaped creamy maggots amongst the roots. Treat with nematodes if vine weevils are spotted.

Invest in pest control to prevent slugs attacking your young plants.

Clip evergreen hedges such as privet, box and yew while they're in active growth.

Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days.

Check plants in your greenhouse daily and water them if the soil is dry.

Damp down your greenhouse on hot days to increase humidity and deter red spider mites.

Turn the compost in your bins every month to keep it well aerated.

Keep bird baths topped up in hot weather.

June time lawn care

Posted on June 7, 2020 at 9:21 AM Comments comments (21)
Looking after the lawn in June

If there hasn’t been much rain, raise your mower blades to reduce stress on the grass.

Water your lawn during hot weather, particularly newly seeded or turfed lawns. Keep new lawns well-watered.

Warm weather encourages rapid weed growth - apply specific lawn weed killer to tackle them.

Feed your lawn with a special lawn fertiliser to encourage healthy green growth

Recut lawn edges, or install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.

April jobs for the garden

Posted on April 2, 2020 at 1:07 PM Comments comments (20)
Here are some other jobs to be getting on with this month, unfortunately some of it is hard work:
Check compost bins to see if you have any compost that’s ready to use.
Improve the drainage of heavy soils by incorporating plenty of organic matter.
Top up raised beds with compost and good quality topsoil.
Top dress containers with fresh compost. If your containers are already full, replace the top 5 cm of old compost with fresh stuff.
Keep on top of weeding now that the weather is warming up. Run a hoe through beds and borders.
Apply weed killer to perennial weeds in paving and patios.
Look out for signs of pests and diseases, early prevention is easier than curing an infestation.
Remove dirt from your paths and paving before summer arrives. Use a pressure washer or special patio cleaner.
Buy fresh potting compost from your local garden centre and store it in a cool, dry place in preparation for the season ahead.
Invest in water butts. Position them under a downpipe to make the most of rainfall.
Top up bird baths and bird feeders to encourage birds into your garden.

The New Year, time for new starts

Posted on January 1, 2020 at 1:57 PM Comments comments (26)
January Jobs

January is the beginning of the gardening year  a time for fresh starts, renewed energy, and grand plans for the twelve months ahead.

Put your new-year enthusiasm to good use by cleaning pots, tools, water butts and greenhouses in preparation for spring. It’s not the most glamorous of tasks, but it will set you up for a great growing season.

Start planning what you want to do with your garden in the months to come. Now is the time to order seeds and plants from the comfort of your armchair (see below)

Check your winter protection is still working for you – survey any stakes, supports and ties that might have been damaged in bad weather.

Continue looking after wildlife – put out food for hungry birds and continue to leave some areas of your garden uncut for shelter until the spring.

More to come......

August time in the garden

Posted on August 20, 2019 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (163)
August time in the garden

Here are some other jobs to keep on top of during August:
  • • Give hedges a final trim before they stop growing.
  • • Water plants thoroughly when needed instead of every day. Thorough watering supports plants for up to 14 days, while merely wetting the surface wastes water, encourages weeds and can lead to surface rooting making the plants more vulnerable.
  • • Use water butts as much as you can to water your plants.
  • • Recycle your water - collect washing up water in a bucket outside for watering beds and lawns.
  • • Turn the compost in your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated and to speed up decomposition.
  • • Scoop floating weed and algae from ponds.
  • • Remove rampant bulrushes or irises from your pond before they go to seed and make the problem worse.
  • • Now is a good time of year to treat lawn chafers and leatherjackets with nematodes.
  • • Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.
  • • Look for aphids on the underside of leaves - rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide to prevent them multiplying. Alternatively try using a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae.
  • • Keep an eye out for scarlet lily beetles on your lilies - remove and crush any you see. Also check for the sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves.
  • • If your plants are wilting, check for vine weevils by tipping your plants out of their pots and looking for 'C' shaped creamy maggots amongst the roots. Treat with nematodes if vine weevils are spotted.
  • • Prevent slugs attacking your young plants by using slug control.
  • • Use boiling water as a weed killer on your paved areas. Weeds wilt and die within a few days.

Your flowers need looking after too

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:51 AM Comments comments (53)
Here’s what to be getting on with in the flower garden this month:
  • • Lift and divide perennial plants now, to improve vigour and create new plants for your garden.
  • • Divide hostas before they come into leaf.
  • • Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea plants, to encourage bushy plants this summer.
  • • Divide primroses once they have finished flowering.
  • • Move evergreen shrubs and trees now, provided the soil isn't frozen or waterlogged.
  • • Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser, by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Roses, in particular, are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.
  • • Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
  • • Check any tree ties to make sure they’re not cutting into the trunk. Loosen any that are tight, to allow the trunk some room to expand.
  • • Prune your penstemons now - cut back all the old shoots to the base, provided there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there are no new shoots at the base, cut just above the lowest set of leaves.
  • • Finish cutting back any dead foliage on perennials and ornamental grasses (if you haven't done so already), to make way for new growth.
  • • Prune forsythia as soon as they have finished flowering, cutting back to strong, young shoots.
  • • Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers disappear, to prevent plants becoming leggy.
  • • Tie in new honeysuckle and clematis stems. These plants will be putting on growth now, and you’ll need to train them along their supports.
  • • Continue to remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage flushes of new flowers throughout the spring.
  • • Deadhead daffodils and tulips as the flowers finish, but leave foliage intact, allowing it to die back naturally.
  • • Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use organic matter such as well-rotted manure.

Prepare your garden

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (185)
Start with these four garden tasks this month:
  1. Order summer bedding and hanging basket plants online now!
  2. Give your greenhouse a thorough scrub (if you haven’t already) with hot soapy water. This will get rid of pests and diseases and let in more light.
  3. Prepare beds for the growing season. Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well-rotted manure. You can also work in a general-purpose fertiliser, such as pelleted chicken manure, or fish, blood and bone.
  4. Check your container plants aren’t drying out - the warmer weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

Your Lawn in March

Posted on March 25, 2019 at 7:29 AM Comments comments (40)
Here’s how to look after your lawn this March:
  • • Recut any lawn edges if necessary.
  • • Install lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.
  • • Mow your lawn if it needs it. Choose a dry day and set your blades higher than usual.
  • • Lay new turf if the ground isn’t frozen or waterlogged.
  • • Prepare soil for growing new lawn from seed. Doing this now allows it time to settle before sowing.

Some other jobs for February

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (84)
Here are some of the other jobs to do around the garden this February:
  • • Trim deciduous hedges before the birds start nesting.
  • • Cut back vines such as ivy, Virginia creeper and Boston ivy. Doing this now helps keep windows, gutters and roof tiles clear.
  • • Shred or chop any woody prunings before you add them to compost bins, as this will help speed up decomposition.
  • • Wash empty pots by scrubbing them with hot water and a mild detergent. Rinse them well afterwards.
  • • Keep feeding the birds. The weather is still cold this month so hang fat balls and keep bird feeders topped up.
  • • Install water butts now ready for the summer. Rainwater is particularly useful for watering acid-loving, ericaceous plants (tap water is often slightly alkaline).
  • • Find out what type of soil you have. Invest in a soil testing kit to help you choose the right plants for your garden.

Time to Prepare

Posted on February 22, 2019 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (60)
Use February to get yourself properly prepared for springtime. The following jobs will set you up for your best growing season yet:
  1. Prepare your seed beds. As long as the ground isn’t frozen, you can cultivate beds and start to warm up the soil, with fleece, polythene or cloches, in preparation for sowing in the coming months.
  2. Organise this year’s seeds by sowing date. Get hold of a box with dividers, and file your seed packets by the month they need to be sown in. You’ll be so glad of this effort in the weeks to come.
  3. Check your tools are sound and your garden machinery is working. Give your tools and equipment the once over and apply a little TLC to anything that needs it.
  4. Blitz perennial weeds in your beds and kitchen garden. Dig them up, roots and all, to get a head start on the blighters before the weather warms up.