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Nottingham NG2 6JN
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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary

Cold nights and short dark days show we are heading for winter now.  But there are still things to be done in the garden to prepare for next year and to keep it attractive. Clearing fallen leaves, getting rid of weeds and cleaning the patio will prepare for a better spring in the garden. Your garden should still provide some colour and interest and the opportunity for some well needed exercise.

Beds and Borders . . .

It’s now the time to tidy up your borders, move any shrubs that are in the wrong position and split large clumps of perennials that you want to multiply. Start by using sharp secateurs to cut back stems that are blown wayward by autumn winds, leaving some upright stems that carry seed heads for birds and beneficial insects. Some hardy perennials can loose their vigour and flowering suffers when the clump gets too big. To renovate your plant dig it up and split into smaller section using two forks to lever the sections apart. Replant the younger outer portions in soil that has been improved with some organic matter.

As you are working around the garden pick up any dead leaves and debris to remove hiding places for slugs and snails.  Apply slug control around the plants you want to protect in beds and borders and along the edges of the lawn where these pests tend to hide.

Patio Tubs & Baskets…

There doesn’t have to be an empty gap between dying bedding plants and the resurgence of spring bulbs. Planting up tubs and window boxes with winter pansies, variegated ivy and purple flowering heather will provide colour and interest throughout the winter. A layer of shingle at the base of the pot will ensure good drainage essential for root growth.

Few plants that we grow in pots and tubs on the patio are native to this country and many are susceptible to hard frost. If the compost and roots in these containers freezes solid for some time there is a good chance that they will never recover. To protect the plant roots of susceptible plants such as camellias, acacia and bananas wrap the pot in several layers of newspaper tying the paper loosely with string. Now slip the pot into a thick plastic bag to keep off wind and rain.

Have your patio surfaces have developed patches of black mould and algae that have turned slabs dull and dirty? Our patio treatment targets green and black mold, algae with added control of moss, the secondary detergent action will help to gently clean the treated surface in the following weeks and months without the need for scrubbing or high pressure washers.


Don’t neglect your lawn through autumn. The grass will benefit physically and visually from a cut, although it shouldn’t be cut too short. At this time of the year cut the average lawn down to 3cm or fine-leaved lawns down to 2-2.5cm.  The edges definitely need to be trimmed to give a crisp sharpness and any fallen leaves should be raked up to prevent bare patches.

Your lawn has endured a lot this year, many are still recovering from the hot summer and dry start to autumn, if you have some dormant patches why not aerate your lawn and especially these patches. It will give it the extra help it needs to grow thicker and deeper rooted grass, which would otherwise not be possible.

Aeration is the process of inserting small holes in the ground with the aim of providing air circulation, better water and nutrient consumptions for the roots of the grass. By air circulation we mean letting stale carbon dioxide out of the soil and making room for fresh oxygen in. Aerating your lawn can break through the thatch layer that builds between the later of growing grass and soil underneath if it is a high maintenance lawn.

It’s not too late to apply an autumn feed and moss control treatment to help it through the winter. The feed will soon get to work feeding the roots and encourage a thicker, greener finish that will last until next spring.

If all this sounds like hard work call Greener Gardens your local lawn expert who have professional machinery to do this for you.

Grow your Own…

Get digging any bare areas of soil while the soil is manageable and won’t break your back. Before you dig one spadeful, spread a layer of organic matter onto the soil surface. You can use well-rotted garden compost, spent compost from summer pots, hanging baskets and growing bags or bags of Farmyard Manure purchased from your local garden centre. The more you can dig in the better.

Growing vegetables, plan ahead with slug control with an application of Nemasys Natural Slug Control. One application of Nemaslug will provide approx. 300,000 nematodes for every square metre of soil, repeat again in Spring. Available on line

Apply greasebands to apple trees to prevent winter moth caterpillars climbing the trees. If they reach the fruit buds they will attack new foliage and fruitlets as they develop.

If you would like help with any lawn or hard surface projects, don’t hesitate to call Greener Gardens on 0115 837 8439.


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    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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