Happy Xmas and Charity Donation

Happy Xmas


All at GW Landscaping would like to wish all of our customers a very merry Xmas and a happy new year. Each Xmas we make a donation to a local charity this year we chose to donate to Fair Share who are a family food bank, their Kent operation is local to us in Sevington Business Park, Ashford Kent it is their mission to cook healthy balanced meals for the most vulnerable members of our society. If you are reading our blog and would like to help Fair Share to continue their excellent work head over to their website and give what you can.


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December Gardening Tips

december Gardening Tips

With Christmas around the corner and mid-winter well and truly on the horizon, the gardener may be lulled into a false sense of security, but like the rest of the year, there is still more than enough to be getting on with in the garden.

So its time to pop the mince pies down, pull those wellies on and head into the breach for one final push, come Spring those that do will thank themselves for it.

One of the upsides of living in the south-east of England is the mild weather. However, it’s still sensible to ensure your plants are adequately protected. Most gardeners will of started this process back in November it makes good sense to carry out a thorough inspection.

Prevention beats cure

Check any horticultural fleeces for signs of damage replacing or repairing as you go. Carry out one last sweep of the garden to ensure you have protected any plants that are susceptible to frost damage.

Should you have plants in the garden considered as tender its best practice to lift them for the winter months and move them to a protected area of the garden or better still the greenhouse.

The lifting process is vital in the case of tender perennials such as dahlias, cannas, and fuchsias the lifting process must be completed before the first frost hits.

You can prune freestanding apple and pear trees in December if you have not already done, so the pruning process serves to promote a new cycle of good quality fruiting wood.

Other activities include treating any wooden structures such as fences or pergolas along with pressure washing or cleaning driveways and patios.

Continue to feed the birds, varying the types of feed you place in the garden will have a direct effect on the species of bird visiting the garden.

Thank you for taking the time to read our December blog, all at GW Landscaping wish you a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.

November Gardening Tips


November Gardening Tips

With Christmas just around the corner, November is a time synonymous with falling leaves and plummeting temperatures it is at this point of the year that wildlife begins to need a helping hand.

Put an emphasis on keeping your pride, and joy tidy, regular cleans ups of fallen leaves are very much in order at this time of year particularly from your lawn beds and ponds,

If you do have a pond, it is particularly important to clean fallen leaves, and other debris from the water as a build-up of organic matter can harm your aquatic life.

Planting tulips in November is a good move If you want your garden to burst into life at the first hint of spring and let’s face it who doesn’t?

When planting Tulips check the bulbs for any size of damage or rot should you see either of these problems discard immediately.

Be sure to plant the bulbs at least twice their width apart and at suitable depth typically the equivalent of three bulbs in height.


Encouraging wild birds back into your garden is an excellent way to help local wildlife to survive the winter this along with the bonus of watching birds feed.

Fat balls are a great place to start try to use wire mesh cages as opposed to the plastic string ball style plastic is a hot topic at the moment due to the fact it will not compose for years this along with the fact that some birds can get their tounges caught in plastic meshing.

Try to vary the foods you leave out for birds this will affect the types of birds you attract into the garden as like us some birds prefer different foods, sunflower heads, mixed berries and insect cakes will all improve the diversity of birds visiting your garden.


Should you be considering a bonfire for fireworks night make sure to check for Hedgehogs Toads Frogs and other wildlife.

If you have a compost heap try to keep the turning of your heap to a minimum throughout the Winter months as Compost heaps tend to be a refuge for many creatures including Toads, Frogs, and Hedgehogs.

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.