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.

Lawns

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.

Pests

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.

Lawns

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.

Flowers

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.

Flowers

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.

Slugs….

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: