October Gardening Tips

October Gardening Tips

Autumn is well and truly uderway the birds are migrating and leaves turning colour and the first squashes are ripening October is a colourful month in the garden, as always there is a lot to do.

We are now entering a period during which gentle maintenance of the garden is key.

Start by regularly raking your lawn, specifically take care to remove fallen leaves from the lawn these can be saved and stored in a leaf bag this encourages the leaves to break down they can then be used as a compost called leaf mould.

When well rotted (Over two years) Leaf mould is perfect for sowing seeds, it can also be mixed with sand and garden compost to create a robust and useful potting compost.

October is the ideal time to cut your lawn for the last time this year. It is best practice to raise the blades slightly as a slightly longer cut will help to protect the lawn from frost damage throughout the winter months

Should any areas of your lawn be a little tired October is a perfect time to lay turf unlike the spring and summer months turf laid in October will not need regular watering less heat, and more rainfall creates the ideal conditions.

Keep an eye on the weather forecast during October and at the first sign of a frost move any tender plants from the garden into a conservatory or greenhouse if you need to move inside try to make sure they are in an area that is not too hot and receives an adequate level of light.

In Kent, it is likely to be November until you need to move tender plants indoors this is due to the slightly better climate in our corner of England.

September Gardening Tips

September Gardening Tips

September marks the transition of seasons between Summer and Autumn, September can be a busy month if you have been growing vegetables as you will be eagerly harvesting your crops. Other activities will include planting next years spring flowering bulbs including Hyacinth and Crocus.

It is possible to plant new perennials in September as the soil will still be warm and the rainfall in September starts to increase.

September is also a great time to plant new trees and shrubs due to the previously mentioned higher rainfall planting at this time will give them a kickstart next Spring

In the greenhouse:

Take advantage of the fact there is slightly less to do in the garden turning your attention to the greenhouse at this time of year will enable you to get ahead of the curve come next season.

Keeping the greenhouse in good working order can help to keep pests at bay. Start by emptying old pots leftover compost and rotting organic material is the perfect breeding ground for many common garden pests, move onto the greenhouse in general clean shelves and even the floor.

Removing any shading IE Polyethylene mesh or netting or greenhouse blinds, this will allow any plants stored in the greenhouse over the autumn and winter to gain the maximum possible light.

As we move into the Autumn and Winter, other good tips include closing the doors and vents towards the end of the day as this will keep the heat in the greenhouse well into the night.

Make sure to only water in the mornings as watering in the afternoon can create damp overnight conditions which in turn can encourage pests.

Looking after your lawn:

September is an ideal opportunity to lay a new lawn from either turf or seed the autumn is an excellent time to establish a new lawn.

This month also represents the perfect time to practice some much needed TLC on your existing lawn; start by raising the mower blades as growth rates are now slowing.

Other activities include repairing dead patches of lawn and aerating your lawn this can be done with a garden fork this will improve drainage and lessen the risk or waterlogging over the winter months. Aerating also serves to promote new growth next season.

This month is also the perfect time to feed your lawn with a specialist autumn feed which is generally higher in potassium and lower in nitrogen.

August Gardening Tips

August Gardening Tips

Traditionally August is one of the hottest months of the year, due to this fact it is essential to be active in the garden throughout the month with your main emphasis placed on ensuring plants receive adequate levels of water.

With the growing season fast coming to an end August presents your final opportunity to prune and trim back hedges along with climbing shrubs.

Shrubs and Plants:

Rambling Roses and Lavender have finished flowering, now is the time to prune back lightly.

Throughout the month actively deadhead shrubs, this will extend their flowering season into Autumn, after all your hard work gaining a little extra flowering time is the least a keen gardener deserves!

During deadheading stalks that have already started to lose their leaves can be cut back slightly beyond the flower this will give shrubs such as roses a kick start at the beginning of next season.

Plants that have suffered throughout the hot spell should be heavily watered to give them the best possible chance of recovery.


Cut back the stems and foliage of Herbaceous plants that have finished flowering and started to die back.

Seeds of hardy annuals can be sown directly into borders in August.

If you have chrysanthemums in your garden keep your eye out for pale yellow spots under the surface of the leaves this is the first sign of a pest called White Rust should you notice this pest act fast to prevent it taking control.

As time goes on and the pest starts to tighten its grip on the plant the pale yellow spots will turn brown and appear to sink.

White Rust is best controlled with a herbicide containing fungicides and insecticides: Some are developed with a focus on controlling white and brown rust such as Scotts Fungus Clear Ultra.

Should any plants be profoundly affected it is best practice to remove them from the garden and destroy.


Adjust the blades on your lawnmower to a high setting this ensures no additional strain is placed on your drought battered lawn.

Mowing lightly and regularly in this way will ensure that a fine layer of cut grass will act as a mulch providing the lawn with some much-needed moisture.

August offers an opportunity to feed your lawn with a high phosphate feed this will strengthen the roots of your lawn giving it the best possible chance to remain in good health throughout the winter months. Phosphate feeding in August is especially useful for gardens with thin soil.

July Gardening Tips

July Gardening Tips

July can be an indifferent month in the UK, at the time of writing we are experiencing a period of unprecedented hot weather, the lack of rain and effects of the sun can have a detrimental impact on your garden.

Watering plants and grass is an obvious must when the weather gets hot, however, avoid watering your plants or lawn in the daytime as the sun will quickly evaporate the water making daytime watering a fruitless and ultimately pointless pursuit.

Many people believe watering in the evening is the best way to go in fact this too can have a detrimental effect on your garden evening watering will allow moisture to cling to the grass and plants overnight which in turn creates the perfect conditions to promote fungal growth.

So when should I water?

When it comes to watering early morning is the way to go between the hours of 5:00 am and 10:00 am, this will ensure you avoid the reckless pursuit of daytime watering, the grass will get the full benefit before the sun reaches its peak. Furthermore, the sun will evaporate the moisture on the lawn well before nightfall ensuring there is no opportunity for fungal growth to set in.

How often should I water my lawn?

This is dependent on a couple of variables such as soil type, clay soils retain moisture, therefore, watering once or twice a week should be adequate when dealing with sandy soils aim for three times a week.

How long should I water for?

Again this is dependent on how dry the soil is, however, it is better to water deeply than to water for 10 minutes every day this is because deep watering promotes deep root growth which will ultimately lead to a healthier lawn.

An excellent way to check if water has penetrated the lawn to the desired depth (roughly six inches is to lift a sod of turf every 15 minutes throughout the first watering)

Once you have the desired water penetration, it is best practice to water your lawn for the same period every time, be thorough and set a timer this way your lawn will receive the correct amount of water on each occasion.

Use a good quality pulsating sprinkler as they provide more accurate water distribution than the oscillating variety.

What about plants?

Apply the same principles to border plants; again it is better to water infrequently and deeply than to water regularly this action will promote a healthy root system for your shrubs and plants.

Like lawns watering plants and shrubs between 5:00 am and 10:00 am is the way to go.

Well established shrubs and plants will naturally need less water as their root systems are well established.

June Gardening Tips

June Gardening Tips


June is a lovely month in the Garden with Summer is in full swing, now is the time to start enjoying the toils of your hard work. However, don’t be lulled into a false sense of security there is still plenty to do.

Dig out perennial weeds as soon as you notice them the trick here is not to let perennial weeds such as dandelions produce leaves, continually digging weeds out at this stage will eventually make the roots of the offending weed die.


Mowing your lawn once a week throughout June is the key to keeping it in best possible shape this little and often approach to lawn mowing produces the best results.

When experiencing periods of prolonged dryness, you may decide to allow your lawn to grow a little longer this will help the grass to retain moisture. Some avid gardeners prefer to use mulching lawnmowers as they disperse an ultrafine layer of shredded glass on top of the soil; this helps to return nutrients to the earth.

Should you be considering doing so now is the time to apply a nitrogen-based fertiliser to your lawn be careful to follow the manufacturers instructions to the letter.

June represents the final opportunity to plant summer bedding varieties such as cannas and dahlias along with any plants you have raised from seed in the greenhouse.


Many common garden pests become active in June including the destructive vine weevil which typically effects containerised plants. Should you notice Vine Weevil larvae, they should be treated swiftly with chemical controls.

Snails and the gardeners’ scourge “Slugs” are still active throughout June Therefore continue to protect any susceptible plants.

Should you be fortunate enough to have a pond in your garden it is a good idea to check Lillies for the Scarlet Lilly Bettle this is an aggressive pest which can wreak havoc in a matter of days.

May Gardening Tips


May Gardening Tips

May is a pivotal month in the garden, now is the time to get busy as the work undertaken in May will determine how your garden looks throughout the summer months. Lawns, in particular, will benefit from your attention throughout May, other activities include the sowing of several types of seed ranging from Primroses through to Radish and Cauliflower. Dealing with Weeds at the first possible opportunity should also be high on your to-do list.


With grass at its most active now is the time to carry out weed treatments, weeds should be dealt with at the earliest possible opportunity before they have a chance to set in you can also apply lawn fertiliser in May.

Only use fertilisers and weed treatments if your lawn is well established.

Mow your lawn regularly throughout May with the blades set at maximum height.

Remove the lawns most common weeds these include couch weed and bindweed among others, the trick here is to tease these weeds out of the lawn and cut their roots.


Provided the weather has been kind, and the risk of frost has passed it is time to introduce summer bedding plants to the garden try to do this in late May to be certain that the threat of frost has elapsed. If you are unsure, leave this until next month.

If you would like to do so removing the tip of new shoots of some variety of flowers such as fuchsias can help the plant to branch out.

Start to check your flowers for the dreaded gardener’s nemesis greenfly as nipping this persistent garden pest in the bud at the earliest opportunity can prevent an infestation.

Removing dead heads from certain flowers including pansies can help to encourage additional growth.

For more May Gardening Tips take a look at the RHS website alternatively take a look at our garden maintenance page to discover how our team can help you to achieve your perfect garden.

April Gardening Tips

April Gardening Tips

If you are a keen amateur gardener, April is the month when things really get going.

The garden is bursting with life and with it so is the list of Jobs!!! There are several activities for you to focus on throughout the Month.


Now is the time to sow hardy annual flower seeds should it is dependent on the variety of flower as to whether you sow indoors or outdoors.

Varieties that are considered to be half-hardy should also be sown and kept inside either in the greenhouse or on a windowsill.

Should you intend to adorn your garden with hanging baskets, they can be plated and kept in a greenhouse.

Fruit Trees:

Should your garden feature any soft fruit trees, they can be particularly vulnerable at this time of year with many fruit trees budding it is essential to take steps to protect your fruit trees new Growth.

It is relatively easy to protect smaller fruit trees by covering them with a fleece overnight which should then be removed in the morning.

Soft fruit bushes and strawberries should also be protected in this way.

Lawn Repairs

The damp cool weather presents the perfect opportunity to repair a tired lawn any bare patches from wear and tear can be tackled relatively easily.

Lawns can be repaired using either turf or seed should your lawn be in an extremely poor condition now is the time to consider entirely relaying or reseeding the lawn.

Should you be considering repairing the lawn, yourself take a look at this instructional guide from the RHS.

We are experts in the installation of new lawns feel free to get in touch.

Other Activities:

  • Keep weeds under control.
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses.
  • Start to feed citrus plants.
  • Increase the water given to houseplants.
  • Feed shrubs and roses.

March Gardening Tips

March Gardening Tips

Spring is well and truly on its way, and many keen amateur gardeners will be itching to get out in the garden.

March is the month in which your garden should be bursting into a chorus of natural colour with Daffodils, Crocus and Erythronium all in flower.

The longer days present the perfect opportunity to sow seeds for germination later in the year in terms of vegetable seeds you should be planting carrots, parsnips, lettuce, peas, broad beans and turnips.

March is the perfect time to sow a wildflower seed mix. When planting Wildflowers soil preparation is the key to success.

Safety first!

A word of caution! When it comes to weather March can be quite unsettled, and it is not uncommon to see frosts if you are considering planting be sure to check whether the plant is a frost-tender variety.

If you do decide to plant, take precautions. Protect the bed with fleecing or a cloche tunnel to ward off the potential of frost damage and keep pests away to a certain degree.

If your garden has heavy soil now is the time to act digging through heavy soils with organic matter will improve the drainage of the ground.


March sees the return of the gardeners arch enemy the humble garden slug. It is time to stop these beasties in their tracks.

Your local garden centre will retail many different styles of slug trap. However, you can create traps yourself any deep vessel filled with beer will be irresistible for slugs merely push the container into the soil and let the allure of the beer do the dirty work.

Slugs hate copper if a slug infestation reaches epidemic proportions, copper tapes can be purchased from garden centres these serve to create a barrier around the plant.

If you are still experiencing problems with these persistent critters, it could be time for a moonlight raid, arm yourself with a torch and bowl of hot salty water, we shall leave the rest to your imagination.


February Gardening Tips

February Gardening Tips

With the Winter almost behind us and temperatures rising the garden starts to show the first signs of life many buds are now forming on the trees and snowdrops are in full bloom.

Now is the time to get the gloves and boots on and set about giving your garden the best possible start to the year, solid preparation in February will ensure your garden launches into spring in the best possible condition.

Dust off the Secateurs

You still have time prune the deciduous hedges in your garden some hardy evergreens can also be pruned providing the risk of frost has passed.

Fruit trees such as apple and pears should also be pruned along with any cane fruits including raspberries and blackberries.

The borders of your garden need some particular attention this time of year if you haven’t already done so cut back the dead from herbaceous plants.

Preparation is key

Borders also need weeding and digging through with a good quality manure or compost to improve drainage and enrich the soil.

Bare root fruit trees can be planted along with bare root hedging. If you are growing vegetables this year now is the time to dig through vegetable beds with organic matter.

Should you wish to bring a new lease of life to Herbaceous plants that have grown too large, they can be divided this will rejuvenate the plant and increase its flowering, again should you choose to divide at this time of year try to ensure you do this when the risk of frost has passed.


January Gardening Tips

January in the garden

With it being cold outside many gardeners fall into the trap of thinking there is little to do in the garden, however, whether an avid or amateur gardener there is plenty to be getting on with, so without further ado it’s time to dust off those tools.

First things first! Carry out a spot check of your garden look for any damage caused by high winds or weathering this could include checking the stability of any posts, supports, or plant ties.

Make the most of the fresh start

The fresh start January brings is a perfect time to plan your activities for the upcoming year this may include deciding upon and ordering new seeds and plants.

Now is the ideal time to contemplate changes to the design and layout of your garden, for example, new borders this action allows you to factor in and allocate time to achieving your plans.

Protect the ecosystem of your garden if you can avoid it hold off cutting back any overgrown areas of the garden as they provide much-needed sanctuary for wildlife.

Don’t forget the birds! Frost is always a factor in January making grubs insects and other natural food difficult to come by, fat balls are perfect at this time of year giving birds some extra energy.

Other useful activities can include:

  • Dig Over Unused Plots.
  • For an Earlier Crop Force Rhubarb.
  • Pruning Pear & Apple Trees.
  • Clean Out The Greenhouse Including Pots etc.
  • Deal With Those Unsightly Worm Casts.