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Nottingham NG2 6JN
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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary

Summer at last and the weather promises some of the warmest days of the year. Lawns and patios need to look at their best as enjoying al fresco lunches and suppers become a regular thing. Biggest job of the month is to see that all your plants are watered regularly and the soil retains as much moisture as possible.

Beds and Borders . . .
Creating a sensible watering regime now will help to prevent plant damage if the weather should turn hot and the rains refuse to fall. The secret of success is to get the water deep underground where plant roots can easily take up the moisture.

It’s no good wetting the soil surface on a daily basis. That just encourages plants to create surface roots that are more susceptible to hot sun and drying winds. It also encourages annual weeds to pop up to compete for available moisture. Instead you need to get water down to below 15cm (6 inches) from the surface. You can do this most easily if you sink a plant pot up to its rim beside shrubs and between bedding plants so that water from your watering can is placed instantly at root level and you have a reservoir that fills and drains easily and quickly.

Lightly feeding of plants regularly will give your plants the strength to send down stronger, deeper roots to this reservoir of moisture. A weekly feed of half strength of a Water Soluble Plant Food during dry conditions is much better than plain water. Your plants will continue to produce new stems and more flower buds instead of closing down the growth factory while it concentrates on survival.

Weeds on gravel drives, paths or gravel edges need to be treated so they are killed and the ground made weed-free for several months. Select a Weedkiller that not only kills the weeds and their roots but also prevents the growth of new weed seedlings. Need help with this, Greener Gardens have a range of hard surface treatments, all applied for you.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…
Watering and feeding container plants growing on the patio is a regular job. Hanging baskets may need watering daily, although large pots and containers usually hold enough compost so that they only need attention every few days.

Dead-heading flowers will always encourage maximum blooming as this prevents the setting of seed and a natural tendency of plants to stop all further growth once they have achieved their life’s ambition of producing seed for the next generation.

Depending on rainfall or your supplementary watering, lawn grasses should be growing healthily. Mowing the grass at least once a week will keep this core part of the garden looking smooth and lush.

During the summer regular mowing will gradually exhaust nutrient reserves so that grass can soon look tired and pale just when summer sun encourages us all outside to enjoy barbecues and lawn games. Help maintain a thick, lush sward that is bursting with colour by regular feeding. Talk to Greener Gardens about our summer lawn treatment which includes a professional weed control controlling a broad spectrum of lawn weeds or if only a few lawn weeds are marring the otherwise perfect look of your lawn get rid of them with a selective lawn weed spray. Use on a dry day when rain is not expected.

See our section on watering advise.

Grow your Own…
Feed and water your vegetable and fruit crops to encourage fast growth that results in extra tender and tasty pickings. Runner beans and dwarf French beans grow best when watered with a solution of Fruit & Vegetable Liquid Plant Food.

Continue to sow seeds of lettuce and other salads leaves such as rocket, spinach, leaf beet and mustards. You can buy these in ready mixed packets as Oriental or Italian varieties that will provide colour and taste to your salads. Don’t forget to protect the plants from slug and snail damage.

If you would like help with any lawn or hard surface projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439. We would be delighted to provide a no obligation quotation.

More detailed information can be found at www.greenergardens.co.uk



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  • 32 Mowbray Gardens,
    West Bridgford,
    NG2 6JN

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We operate both North and South of the River Trent, many of our customers are located in: West Bridgford, Radcliffe on Trent, Bingham, Cotgrave, Tollerton, Keyworth, Ruddington and North of the River: Beeston, Chilwell, Wollaton, Bramcote, Nottingham, Mapperley and Arnold.

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