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Controlling Garden Weeds

Controlling Weeds In Your Garden

Weeds are unwanted plants in your garden that reduce available growing space, nutrients, moisture and sunlight needed by your precious plants, as well as potentially providing cover for diseases.

 

Feeding & Watering Your Plants

Feeding & Watering Your Plants

Plants, like all other living things, need a steady supply of food and water to stay healthy.

 

Protect your garden from frost damage

How to Protect from Frost

Snow and hard frost are naturally characteristic of the winter months. Despite their wonder and splendour and the fun they brings for children, they can be a major problem for your treasured garden plants. 

         
         

Lawn Care - General

Lawn Care - General

A beautiful lawn is at the heart of any garden. When it looks lush and green, it's the perfect complement to colourful beds and borders, whilst if it looks tired and drab it can significantly detract from the appearance of your home.

 

Lawn Care - Mowing

Lawn Care - Mowing

The "one-third rule" is the simplest and most fundamental rule of mowing - quite simply, do not cut more than one-third of the total height of your lawn in one go.

 

Lawn Care - Repairs

Lawn Care - Repairs

Drought, regular use, animal abuse and snow/ice in the winter are the most common causes of bare and dead patches in the lawn. Setting the depth on your mower too shallow is another easily avoided cause.

         
         

Lawn Care - Trimming & Edging

Lawn Care - Trimming & Edging

There are 2 different types of edges, open edges and closed edges, each with slightly different care requirements. Open edges are those which are exposed on one side, for example along the borders.

 

Lawn Care - Autumn

Lawn Care - Autumn

With the temperatures starting to fall and the weather starting to turn, autumn is the ideal time to get on top of your lawn care and prevent your lawn from starting to look tired and patchy.

 

How to prune apple and pear trees

How to prune apple and pear trees

The aim is to create an open, vase-shape framework of four to five main outwardly facing branches which are not too congested and through which wind can pass through freely.

         
         

Taking hardwood cuttings

How to take Hardwood Cuttings

Taking hardwood cuttings is an easy and reliable way of propagating deciduous shrubs and trees to increase plant stocks, as well as some evergreens, e.g. holly. Slow to root but high success rate.

 

How to prune Japanese Maple trees

How to prune Japanese Maple trees

Some simple pruning can restore or enhance their natural beauty, bringing out the best of these garden favourites for summer and winter viewing. A minimalist approach works best.

 

How to care for your pond

How to care for your pond

Ponds can provide a habit for a wide range of wildlife but do require some care and attention throughout the year to prevent them from silting up, turning into bog gardens and becoming an eye saw.

 

 

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