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More jobs for February

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 5:05 AM Comments comments (343)


  • • Prune wisteria now, cutting back summer side-shoots to 2 or 3 buds.
  • • Cut back shrubs, such as cornus and salix cultivars (grown for their colourful winter stems), down to their bases.
  • • Prune summer-flowering clematis towards the end of the month, before active growth begins.
  • • Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses before growth begins. Clip them to within a few centimetres of the ground.
  • • Prune overwintered fuchsias back to one or two buds on each shoot.
  • • Prune winter-flowering jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering, to encourage new growth for next year’s blooms. Cut back the previous year’s growth to 5cm from the old wood.
  • • Trim winter-flowering heathers as the flowers disappear, to prevent plants becoming leggy.
  • • Prune winter-flowering shrubs such as mahonia and viburnum x bodnantense once their colourful display has finished.
  • • Remove faded flowers from winter pansies to stop them setting seed. This will encourage a flush of new flowers when the weather warms up.

Frost isn't your lawns friend

Posted on February 16, 2019 at 11:42 AM Comments comments (49)
Looking after your lawn

Remember to keep off the grass when there’s a frost, as the blades are more susceptible to damage.

With spring on the way it’s worth preparing your lawn for the season ahead. Try installing lawn edging, which gives a neat and tidy appearance and makes maintenance easier.

April in the Vegetable Garden

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 2:22 PM Comments comments (191)
In the vegetable garden
Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost, well rotted manure or green waste into your beds to prepare for the growing season.
Plant your chitted potatoes outside in the ground or in potato grow bags.
Harvest asparagus spears when they are no more than 18cm tall.
For quick and easy pea supports push some twiggy sticks around your pea plants now.
Thin your carrot seedlings to achieve good-size carrots - do this in the evening when fewer carrot flies are around.
Many crops can be direct sown into the ground now including parsnipscabbages and radishes.
Prepare vegetable seed beds by removing all weeds and forking in plenty of compost. Cover prepared soil with sheets of black plastic to keep it drier and warmer in preparation for planting.
Build raised beds to take the bending out of growing vegetables.

Bring your lawn to life

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 12:25 PM Comments comments (161)
Looking after your lawn
Sow lawn seed now on well prepared soil and keep the soil moist whilst the seed is germinating.
For an instant lawn, lay new turf now and ensure it is kept moist until established.
Repair any bare patches in your lawn.
Apply a high-nitrogen fertiliser to your lawn now for a boost to the start of the season.
Now is a good time to apply specialist lawn weed killers to your lawn where moss and weeds are a problem.
On dry days, brush away any worm casts on the lawn.
Mow your lawn more regularly as required, mower blades can be lowered towards the end of the month.
Recut lawn edges to straighten them up. Try installing lawn edging to make future maintenance easier.
Aerate compacted areas of lawn by spiking it with a garden fork.

April Tips in The Garden

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:57 AM Comments comments (55)
In the flower garden
Plant lily bulbs now in pots! If you want to get ahead with your summer lily display, start planting now! I’d always recommend planting in pots. You can simply move them around the patio or into gaps in your borders as they come into flower! Use a good, multi-purpose compost and half-fill a container at least 30cm (12”) in diameter and is sufficient for 3 bulbs. Cover with more compost and water in. Once the plants begin to shoot, move them to a sunny position. Feed with a liquid plant feed each weekly from the beginning of summer.
Dig in a 5cm (or more) layer of compost or well rotted manure into your beds to prepare for the growing season. You can also work in a general purpose fertiliser such as pelleted chicken manure or fish, blood and bone.
Apply a layer of mulch around your perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives. Use organic matter such as well rotted manure.
Lift and divide perennial plants now to improve their vigour and create new plants for your garden.
Divide Hostas before they come into leaf.
Divide Primroses after they have finished flowering.
You can start to move evergreen shrubs and trees now provided the soil isn't frozen or waterlogged.
Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as LiliesGladiolus and Ranunculus into beds, borders and containers.
Feed trees, shrubs and hedges with a balanced, slow-release fertiliser by lightly forking it into the soil surface. Roses are greedy plants and will greatly benefit from feeding as they come into growth.
Continue to plant herbaceous perennials.
Forced flower bulbs such as hyacinths and daffodils, which have now finished flowering, can be planted outdoors in garden borders..
Hardwood cuttings taken last year may need planting or potting on now.
If any of your garden plants will need supporting this year, put the supports in now so the plants grow up through them. Adding supports afterwards is difficult and and may damage the plant.
Tie in climbing and rambling roses to their supports.
Honeysuckle and Clematis will now be putting on growth, tie in new stems to train the plant along its support.
Check any tree ties to make sure the tie is not cutting into the trunk. Loosen any that are tight to allow the trunk room to expand.
Prune your Penstemons now - cut all the old shoots back 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.
If you haven't done so already, finish cutting back any dead foliage left on your perennials and ornamental grasses 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 the plants becoming leggy.
Continue to remove any faded flowers from your 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 the foliage intact allowing it to die back naturally.
Direct sow hardy annuals outside or in pots or modules.
Check that your container plants are not drying out - warm weather will quickly affect soil moisture levels.

Box is Back

Posted on April 16, 2018 at 5:50 AM Comments comments (67)
April 2018
Start Planting Buxus Again
Once a beautiful feature in many UK gardens, whether used as a low dividing hedge, styled into topiary shapes or simply as a feature bush; box bush declined due to the box bush fungus cylindrocladium buxicola which decimated buxus plants throughout Europe. Read on to find out how you can once again grow the beautiful boxwood shrub without fearing box blight, thanks to TopBuxus…
TopBuxus is Europes largest Box grower, based in the Netherlands they grow 12,000,000 yes that’s twelve million boxwood shrubs each year. In 2004 seeing that their business was in great jeopardy due to the box blight fungus, they set about developing an organic cure. By 2010 they had developed an organic preventative and cure for box blight which they were successfully using on their 50 hectares – 12,000,000 boxwood plants.
TopBuxus have developed a full range of products for successfully growing Boxwood shrubs. All of their products have been developed and are used by their own commercial nursery. They use the following products:
An organic tablet based product used to cure and prevent Box Blight. Used together with TopBuxus carpet is 100% guaranteed to protect against Box Blight!!


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