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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary

Let’s hope that warmer Spring weather will soon arrive, when it does 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 . . .
The warmer weather is encouraging new growth, so 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 Tubs & Baskets…
Patio areas usually make great positions for sun-loving fruit and vegetables as well as decorative flowers and shrubs. Figs, peaches, apricots and cherries can now be found that are suitable for patio containers, including some varieties of vegetables have been bred with smaller crops that are both decorative and productive on a sunny patio.

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 more you mow, the less nutrients the grass has to absorb to keep it growing strongly and it may soon turn pale as nutrients at soil level are depleted.

To bring your lawn back to dark green lushness and to eliminate ugly weeds such as dandelions, buttercups and 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.

Some people are devoted to their lawn, providing love and devotion beyond mowing. They regularly dig out weeds, water regularly and over seed with fresh seed to ensure that perfection is personified. Most of us ordinary gardeners are very happy with a decent looking lawn for family and friends that demands as little work as possible. We appreciate that there are some DIY lawn treatments available that give us a godd looking lawn, or employ the services of professional lawncare companies like Greener Gardens to provide personalised lawncare programme.

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.

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



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