December & January 2013/14 >>>
While there is plenty of time left before we feel that Spring is really with us, you can use this time to write down the good and the bad points of your 2013 garden. Make a note of the pleasing plants, good combinations of colours and successful fruit and vegetables you have seen in other peoples gardens and note of the successes in the garden and vegetable patch that are worth repeating and the failures that need avoiding.
BEDS & BORDERS…
Tidy up between shrubs and trees getting rid of all the weeds that are present. Doing the job in winter is very opportune if you have spring bulbs between your established plants, you can kill off the weeds before spring bulbs break through the winter soil. Using the leading weed control product "Weedol Max"® will make this project really easy. It's completely inactivated on contact with the soil, rainfast just 10 minutes after application and works at all temperatures at all times of the year. Weedol Max can be used around flowers, shrubs, fruit and vegetables without leaving harmful residues' and its safe for children and pets.
You can plan the garden for the future. Remember that a garden is three dimensional, so a flat plan is okay to plot out a pleasing mixture of shapes and curves, so long as you then bear in mind the height of the plants you have or the vertical space that is available.
Clothing walls, fences and other vertical surfaces with flower and foliage colour is very fashionable and well worth the effort. Unless you have a large garden, forget tall trees and bushes, because they take up valuable soil area as well as shade the other plants around them. You may find you have been growing some traditional plants that take up a lot of room for the flower power they offer.
PATIO TUBS & BASKETS…
Maintain winter interest and colour with tubs, baskets and window boxes planted with winter pansies, variegated ivy and purple flowering heather.
Your grass will continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate so it may still need a cut to keep it looking good and the envy of the neighbourhood. An increase in autumn rainfall saw an increase in worm activity. Worm casts play havoc, making lawns look messy and ultimately encourage weeds and weed grasses. A wire rake is good for removing casts, alternatively use a stiff brush.
An application of an Autumn dressing will have helped to increase the acidity of the soil which will help deter earthworms, but you can give extra help by collecting up fallen leaves as this will remove surface food which encourage worms to cast.
If finding a dry day to cut the lawn is a problem drag the reverse side of a brush over the lawn, wait 30 minutes or so and then the lawn should be dry enough to cut.
GROW YOUR OWN…
Get digging bare ground to be used for vegetable crops. Add a good layer of well rotted garden compost or a proprietary Soil Improver & Mulch to the surface before you dig it over and leave in rough clumps. Frost will work during remaining winter months to break down the heavy lumps of clay and they should be crumbly by the spring.
Just as it is a good time to plant roses, it's also a good time to plant fruit trees and bushes. Talk to the staff at your local garden centre or nursery to learn of the advantages of modern varieties.
*Weedol Max® Contains pelargonic acid
*Always read the label. Use pesticides safely.
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