Spring bulbs and planted arrangements are a great way to brighten up the patio. Bulbs are great for beds, containers and even an indoor windowsill.
Be on the lookout for slug and snail damage and any other pests. Ready to use sprays are ideal and quick to use. Sprinkle slug pellets or water a liquid slug killer around plants in particular lettuce and other vegetables. Remember to keep all plants and flowers well watered.
Keep lawns lush and healthy looking by using a good feed and weed. There are a range of products to choose from containing weed and moss control. These can be applied by using a watering can, making sure it is evenly spread and avoid getting any on any plants as this will damage leaves and flowers.
Remember a perfect lawn compliments your flower beds. Create your own planted paradise with Primroses, camellias, pansies and Violas. These are just some of the bedding plants to choose from to make the most of the summer colours.
Loosen the soil and prepare the flower bed area for planting, using a hand spade or garden fork dig about 6 inches deep removing any rocks and soil clods.
Work in the compost, which feeds the soil and releases nutrients slowly as well as keeping it moist through out the season. Now you can plant flowers and remember you will need to give them a good watering once planted.
Decorative chipped bark reduces moisture loss, keeps weeds at bay, and encourages good strong plant growth as well as decorating boarders and paths.
This shouldn’t take more than an hour and makes those bedding and borders look lovely. The easiest way to enjoy weed free beds and boarders is to add a layer of bark chippings. Before spreading the bark in place make sure the area is free from perennial weeds and that the soil is moist. To get the best results make sure to add a layer 2 to 3 inches deep.
Take five minutes or so to deadhead flowers that are looking tired and droopy. Pinch off old flowers between finger and thumb or use scissors to cut off old buds. This will encourage healthy growth and produce bountiful flowers throughout the summer months.
Water beds, borders and plants in containers. Use a good plant feed to give plants the nutrients they need. Give your lawn a boost with a liquid feed. Where weeds or moss are a problem use a combined liquid feed, weed and moss killer. Keep mowing regularly when the grass is growing to ensure it looks its best. You can leave small clippings on the lawn as they will help conserve soil moisture.
Dig out unsightly weeds which can smother your plants and take much needed water and nutrients from the soil. Toping up with decorative chipped bark means water is released slowly and prevents weeds from showing their ugly heads.
To keep your hanging baskets in tip top condition make sure you water and feed them regularly. Use a liquid feed or if you prefer a slow release fertiliser which will last for weeks. Also make sure you deadhead your baskets to encourage new flowers.
Keep plants evenly moist, and well fed with a good, organic plant feed. Keep on the look out for pests and bugs that can damage plants and make sure those borders are kept weed free by loosening the soil and pulling them out with a hand held garden fork. This is a good time to stake tall or floppy plants in need of some support.
Liven up your garden with water features. Positioned in the right area of your garden can have a wonderful effect. Encourage birdlife with bird feeders, nesting boxes, bird baths and plants with berries or fruit.
Autumn is nature’s natural time for planting. Dig in plenty of compost, composted bark, or other bulky soil improvers and add a fertiliser such as a bone meal or controlled release fertiliser to the soil. Make sure all plants are well watered before and after planting.
Turn old bedding plants, kitchen waste and fallen tree leaves into valuable compost for improving your soil and mulching your beds and borders.
Get your garden ready for winter with a good autumn tidy up. Rake up any leaves and other debris and compost them. Clean bamboo canes and other supports with Jeyes Fluid or Armillatox and give the patio a good cleaning with the same products or use a pressure washer.
Choose from ericas, hydrangeas, potentillas,asters, Echinacea, phlox, rudbeckias, hardy chrysanthemums, cyclamen and winter-flowering pansies to keep your garden full of colour throughout the autumn.
Now is the best time to buy and plant spring-flowering bulbs. It is also the time to buy your prepared hyacinth and other bulbs to guarantee flowers for Christmas. Plant them in pots or shallow bowls leaving the neck of the bulb just exposed above the compost. Then place somewhere cold and dark for 10-14 weeks. They can be moved into the light and warmth when the flower buds start emerging.
To get the best from your winter and spring hanging baskets and containers, plant them now. Plants to use include ivy, dwarf conifers, spring dwarf shrubs, winter-flowering pansies, hardy primulas and polyanthus. Also think about adding bulbs to extend the display into.
Liven up your lawn by removing the build up of dead grass, moss and other debris to do this use a spring-tine rake or powered scarifier. Then aerate the soil with a hollow-tine aerator or garden fork and add a top dressing. Then apply a granular autumn feed or, feed, weed and moss killer. Finally re-seed any gaps with the correct lawn seed mix.
This is the best time to make a new lawn or replace one that is past its best. Good preparation is the key to success, so work over the soil incorporating compost or composted bark, rake and level the ground, walk over it to settle the soil, add some general granular fertiliser and rake again. Once you have laid your turf water well and keep the soil moist to ensure rapid establishment.
Prepare yourself for the up coming sowing season, ensuring you have everything you need from seed trays to compost, labels and a heated propagator. The range of seeds now available that requires early sowing includes; Antirrhinum, Begonia, Lobella and Geranium.
Check plants growing in containers. If they have become pot bound with the roots filling the pot, repot or plant out in the garden. For all other pots give the plants a boost by removing the top inch of compost and replacing with fresh compost, adding a controlled released fertilizer.
Prune apple and pear trees, grape vines and Wisteria. Start by removing branches that are dead, dying or diseased with a good pair of secateurs or long handles pruners, try maintaining a goblet shaped tree with an open centre and finish by feeding with a granular fertilizer to help with the shock of pruning
Winter flowering shrubs can be planted at any time providing the soil is not frozen solid or waterlogged. Choose from Mahonia, Viburnums, Sarcococca, Witch Hazel, Winter Jasmine, winter flowering Heathers and shrubby Honeysuckles. Many of these plants have the added bonus of a strong perfume, so plant them close to the house. Give them the best possible start by digging in plenty of organic matter, such as compost or composted bark, and add some general granular fertiliser.
Keep houseplants in tip-top condition and they will continue to brighten up your home with colourful display for ages. For best results, don’t over water, deadhead flowering houseplants regularly and feed with a flowering houseplant fertiliser weekly to fortnightly. Foliage plants need regular hand misting or should be stood on a saucer of damp pebbles or Hortag to maintain humidity around the leaves. Just make sure that the bottom of the pot is not sitting in water as this will lead to the roots rotting.
Don’t forget about the wild birds in your garden. Hang up a few feeders and suet balls to encourage all year round feeding. Clean feeders regularly to decrease the chance of any disease.