NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK

(30th April – 6th May 2018)

 

With sunshine forecast for the week ahead (including the bank holiday weekend!) and longer days finally arriving following a long cold Winter, it’s time to start preparing your garden in time for Summer.

As this week is National Gardening Week I thought I’d pass on some great tips for preparing your garden ready for summer (hopefully a summer full of sunshine!)

  • Tip No.1 – Just as you would Spring clean the inside of your home this time of year, its also good to spring clean your garden! Clear and sweep away any leaves, cut back overgrown hedges, cut back and clear away broken branches.
  • Tip No.2 – Fix fences, gates and trellis – and if any fences are looking a bit tired it might be worth giving them a lick of wood treatment or a lick of wood paint.
  • Tip No.3 – Start composting – the soil needs the best nutrients possible, so be sure to start composting food waste to keep your soil in top condition over the summer. Adding mulch to the top soil will help towards avoiding re-growth of weeds and aerating the lawn will help spring some life back into grass.
  • Tip No.4 Trim old plants Plants that survived the winter will need to be pruned so they’ll grow anew in the spring. Blooming plants should be pruned right after they bloom to avoid cutting off future flowers. Summer plants should be pruned in early spring – so now is the right time!
  • Tip No.5 – For some instant spring colour, pot up a container with some colour Primulas, along with a blue leaved grass such as Festucca Glauca and you’ll have an instant boost of colour in any garden area
  • Tip No.6 – If you have any patio or decked area give it a clean – jet washing any patio or decked area will freshen up any outside space
  • Tip No.7- Now is the time to get the lawn mower out of the shed or garage and give the grass the first cut of the season, if you haven’t done so already.Start with the mower set at a much higher level than you would ultimately like – give your lawn a few cuts at this grade to give the grass blades the best chance of health for the season ahead.Don’t mow your lawn to within an inch of its life. This only helps weed seeds to penetrate through the short blades and reach bare soil for germination. Leaving your grass a little longer will actually help to catch the seed, and be eradicated with the next pass of the mower. It ,might also be worth investing in some grass feed to help grow your grass long and luscious!
  • Tip No.8 -As the hotter days become more frequent its best to water plants in the cool of the day. The best time is morning but, if you water in the afternoon, allow enough time for foliage to dry out before sunset. This reduces the risk of mildew and other fungi attacking leaves, and there’s less chance you’ll get caught by the evening shift of flies

I’d love to see any pictures of your gardens so please send them across to laura@fourwallsonline.co.uk. I’m going to get out in my garden this weekend so keep an eye on social media for the updates of how I get on!

Enjoy national gardening week and the bank holiday weekend and Happy Gardening!