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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary

Spring has definitely sprung and it’s time to attack the garden outside to ensure that everything is up and running ready for a beautiful summer. Spring flowering shrubs such as Japanese quince and viburnum plants are coming into flower.  Shrubs, lawns and the vegetable areas need attention and you need to keep an eye on weed growth to ensure your hard work isn’t all in vain.

Beds and Borders . . .
Now that warmer weather is encouraging new growth it’s time to remove the old flower heads from the ends of hydrangea stems to tidy up the appearance of the bush and to encourage more flowering buds to form. Buddleia bushes and hardy fuchsias also appreciate hard pruning at the start of the season to encourage fresh growth and plenty of flowers in late summer and autumn.

Many gardeners see this first trimming back of hardy fuchsias and buddleias as a green light to trim back all growth of deciduous shrubs and climbers. But that really isn’t what’s needed, especially if they are late spring or early summer flowering plants. Using secateurs in spring will inevitably remove most of the flower buds that are preparing to emerge as beautiful and fragrant blooms. Instead most shrubs, trees and climbers need nutrition rather than pruning, which can wait until after flowering.

If your shrub, tree or climber needs to be trimmed back into shape please wait until it has finished flowering before you take out the secateurs to give it a haircut. This is especially true of spring flowering types such as forsythia, calluna heathers, kerria and winter jasmine.

Slugs and snails are a particular nuisance in spring when their voracious appetite can quickly ruin emerging shoots and new foliage from plants such as delphiniums, hostas, dahlias, sweet peas and tulips. Knowing slugs move and feed at night many gardeners go out with a torch at dusk to pick up and destroy these nocturnal plant destroyers. I prefer to use Nemasys Slug Nematodes, they get to work beneath the surface and love showery weather.

Patio Care…
Need some help killing mould, algae and moss on hard surfaces?

Moss, algae and moulds grow most vigorously in the cool, wet weather of winter when light levels are low and outdoor surfaces are moist. Their unsightly appearance is most obvious in early spring when you will first notice that surfaces are dark, dingy and often slippery. Hand scrubbing or brushing is time consuming and messy, and pressure washing is not recommended on tarmac.
Now is an ideal time for an application of Brinton’s Patio Magic, it’s ideal for use on all hard surfaces including patios, driveways, paths, walls, brickwork, greenhouses and conservatories. Patio Magic! kills green mould, algae and moss quickly, showing visible results in 2 to 4 days and goes on cleaning over the following weeks.

Patio Magic! is quick and easy to use without the need for hard work. Just dilute the concentrate in a watering can or low-pressure garden sprayer and thoroughly wet the affected surface, then simply leave it to dry. Patio Magic does the hard work without the need for acids, bleach or scrubbing.

As soon as warm weather strikes then lawns grasses and weeds will start to grow strongly, meaning that grass cutting will become a regular necessity. The key to a great looking lawn is simple, the more you mow, the better looking your grass.  Regular mowing promotes more lateral growth for a thicker lawn which naturally supresses weeds.

To bring your lawn back to dark green lushness and to eliminate ugly weeds such as dandelions, buttercups and white clover it’s worth putting down a triple action lawn treatment, the special granules will kill broadleaved weeds, green up the grass and control any moss. You will see the lawn start to turn green in about a week and go on seeing it thrive for a couple of months.

We are seeing areas of lawns which are unlikely to recover from last years weather conditions.  If this is your lawn it will need remedial attention to either repair smaller patches or correct the soil imbalance which is preventing recovery.

Use edging shears after each mowing to keep the edge of the lawn looking really sharp.

Grow your Own…
April is the month when it’s all systems go and sowing seeds is at its peak. If March was colder than average you can always catch up with sowing of parnips, peas, onions, summer cabbages and cauliflower as soon as possible. Later in the month you can sow seeds of leeks, Brussels sprouts and autumn cabbage in short rows in a seedbed ready for transplanting to their final position later.

For all sowings in soil it pays to improve the soil structure of the seedbed with a soil conditioner. Rake a narrow drill and add the organic matter which should then be raked into the soil. After watering the row, sow the seed thinly and fill in to level the soil and pat down.

Strawberries will now start to flower ready for a May crop and the open flowers will need protecting against hard frosts with layers of newspaper when severe cold weather is forecast.

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.


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