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Garden Diary

This Months Garden Diary
January

In January we all start off with a blank canvas knowing that if we are prepared to invest a little time and money our families will be rewarded with a beautiful garden full of decorative flowers, tasty vegetables and delicious fruit. Improving your garden may only be a small step to saving the planet, but rewards in health, well-being and satisfaction are beyond price.

Beds and Borders . . .

Helping nature to grow a more beautiful garden not only improves your environment; it also has been proved to be beneficial to your mental health. Sowing seeds, nurturing plants and subsequently being rewarded with beautiful flowers, full of colour and scent, is a scientifically sure way of reducing stress and tension.

Why not start the gardening year with a trip to the garden centre and be amazed at the attractive shrubs that are in bloom in the depths of winter.

Growing Your Own . . .

People who grow their own vegetables comment that it’s extremely rewarding and tasty.

Prepare by digging bare ground to be used for vegetable crops. Add a good layer of well rotted garden compost or a proprietary Soil Improver 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.

There is still time to plant out new fruit trees and bushes during mild spells of weather. Blackcurrants, blueberries, raspberries are all prime candidates – just choose the fruits that your family prefer and plant them in soil that has been improved with an organic soil conditioner.

The Lawn . . .

Your lawn is a great contributor to the welfare of the environment.  When grouped together with the millions of other grass plants they make a net reduction in carbon emissions, 0.5 tonnes of carbon per acre per year. They also absorb heat and prevent wasteful water runoff. That’s great news from a leisure area that can look great.
After last summers and periods of dry weather your precious lawn deserves a helping hand to get it ready for spring.  Here are some top tips

Aeration
This is an effective way to improve the drainage and ensure oxygen supply to the turf roots which will enable healthy root growth. This procedure is vital to the removal and continued control of moss. It also helps lawns in the recovery from Red Thread fungal disease found in so many lawns in the late summer and autumn period.

We prefer to use Hollow-Tine aeration which helps to reduce thatch and sub surface soil compaction, which is normally found on clay soils. During the process a core of soil is removed from the lawn.

Traditional writers would promote brushing a sandy top dressing across the surface of the lawn at approx 3kg/m2 so that it fills the holes - ready mixed bags can be bought from garden centres, however, the current thinking is to leave the holes open.

Scarification
This is a mechanical procedure for the removal of decaying material on the soils surface; this in turn opens channels for water, air and nutrients to get through to the soil. The thatch is collected, bagged and removed from the lawn.

Over Seeding
We would recommend using a grass seed mix made up of a grass seed which will be hardwearing but with the visual appeal of a fine ornamental mix.

TOPICAL TIP
During frosty weather, try to keep everyone off the grass. Trampling over a lawn that is white with ice crystals will bruise the grass leaves and leave behind dark footprints that will be visible for a couple of months.

Patio Gardening . . .

Gone are the days when patio pots were used to display just summer flowering bedding. Plant breeders have developed shrubs, fruit bushes and even small trees that are suitable for permanent cultivation in containers.  Look for dwarf conifers, topiary box or Pieris and Skimmias of various shapes and sizes to provide some permanent foliage interest or ericaceous plants such as camellia, rhododendron and azalea to provide spring colour.

Remember that the roots and compost of plants growing in patio pots can freeze solid if the containers are not given enough protection. The roots of even hardy plants can be killed in a prolonged spell of really cold weather.

From all at Greener Gardens we wish you a prosperous new year.

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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  • 32 Mowbray Gardens,
    West Bridgford,
    Nottingham.
    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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