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The Best Is Yet To Come

With colour in the garden from daffodils and tulips, herbaceous perennials are beginning to emerge from their winter slumber. Lawns are growing creating a lush canvas for flowers and new leaf growth; it is also a good time to lay new turf or repair damaged grass or bare patches. Make sure soil is well prepared and keep moist. Remember the following:- There are chemical treatments for moss, but for me it’s a traditional rake to remove any excess. Power scarifiers are also available and help to remove grass thatch (congested roots from living and dead grass). Aeration or spiking grass using a traditional fork or simply walking using aeration sandals allows air, nutrients and water to penetrate grass roots. There are also power aerators, or hollow tines that remove a core of soil for more drainage. A crisp lawn edging using a half moon tool or adding an edge to …

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October Garden Jobs

Autumn/Winter Pruning, Visual Interest, Maintenance of Flower Borders “Think natural sculptures and winter interest before you start”. For some, an immaculately tidy garden is priority above anything else, but in winter and autumn do consider which structures can be left for winter interest and homes for wildlife. Remove anything showing sign of decay or fungal infection and burn rather than compost, especially when signs of rust or leafspots. Hydrangeas are pruned the following year after the first frost has gone to protect the plant. This leaves changing winter colour on the flower head, but also these mopheads of flower that look great frozen in time when the weather is cold. One of my other favourites is Eryngiums (sea holly) with their very architectural spiny foliage below the flower head. Hylotelephium (previously Sedum) have strong umbellifer flower structures which can look good right into Spring. Late flowering Clematis (group 2) can …

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