April In The Garden By Jill Blackwood

Garden Tips For April

By Jill Blackwood

  • Weed growth will be speeding up, applying a thick layer of mulch on borders will help to stop perennial weeds growing – any stubborn weeds can be treated with an easy to apply weed killer like roundup, taking care not to spray nearby plants.  Regularly weeding borders will gradually reduce the amount of weeds that grow back each year.
  • Keep an eye out for slugs and snails as they will also be raring to go and can destroy emerging plants overnight.  Treat areas with wildlife and pet friendly slug pellets.
  • Spray roses with a suitable treatment for black spot and remove any leaves that look sickly.
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Garden Tips For February

It may still be cold and wet outside but cheer up winter’s shortest day is behind us and gradually the days are getting longer bringing enough daylight for the first signs of spring to emerge in the garden.  Snowdrops began to emerge in late January and Crocus are now giving a welcome carpet of colour in many gardens helping to lift our spirits.  Hellebore flowers stand above shiny dark green foliage and spring flowering shrubs like Chaenomeles (quince) begin to blossom.  Take a close look and many shrubs will have budded ready to burst into leaf, daffodils will be preparing to flower and early summer flowering perennials will soon be starting to push through the soil.

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January Garden Tips

Once Christmas and New Year have passed by and the decorations are packed away for another year January can be a cold, dark month when we can experience the worst of the year’s weather.  Dormancy will continue in the garden for a few weeks yet but there are some jobs to do in the garden that can help to work off some of the festive excess with some fresh air and exercise.

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Only a few weeks left until Christmas and the festivities begin.  Just when visitors are likely to see your garden it will be at it most dull and uninteresting.  There are a number of ways to improve the view of your winter garden.  Trees and shrubs can be planted when the ground is not frozen.  Many trees come with interesting bark and will add height and drama to your garden.  Try Betula ut jaquemontii with its crisp white bark and Acer griseum with its peeling  bronze bark.

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Garden Tips for October

Now that summer is well and truly past us and the nights are drawing in  it is time to give the garden a general tidy before the winter sets in.  Growth will have slowed in the garden and deciduous trees and shrubs will be shedding their leaves, these will need to raked off lawns and cleared from paths and water features.  Rotting leaves make a great mulch and are full of nutrients so don’t waste any – add them to your borders or pile them into a corner of the garden so wildlife can shelter in them over the winter.

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Garden Tips For September By Jill Blackwood

For many gardeners September marks the beginning of a new gardening year, the nights are starting to draw in and late flowering plants such as Dahlia’s, Japanese anemones, Echinacea and the stately Miscanthus grasses give their last flush of colour and interest before the temperatures plummet.

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