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As the weather begins to get warmer, April is always a busy month in a gardeners calendar, with seeds to sow, lawns to mow, shrubs to trim and vegetable gardens to tend to.
Now is the perfect time to get the lawnmower out and cut your grass for the first time this year. Cut grass with the lawn mower blades set high for the first few times, then use a good lawn feed and weed killer to help your lawn look its best. Also re-seed and re-turf any bald patches.
Thin out herbaceous plants, prune spring flowering shrubs once flowering has finished and trim evergreen hedges and shrubs.
In early April sow garden vegetables like potatoes, peas, broad beans, leeks, cauliflower, summer cabbage, brussel sprouts, onions, spinach, turnips, parsnips and lettuce outdoors or, if you leave it too late, young vegetable plants can be bought from garden centres. Other vegetables like cucumbers, courgettes and outdoor tomatoes can be sown under glass and runner beans can be started individually in 3 inch pots ready for planting in May.
It’s also a good time to sow seeds of hardy annuals like nasturtium, calendula, lavatera and cornflowers.
It’s also an ideal time to plant strawberry plants in your garden.
Summer is nearly upon us! Follow these expert gardening tips to help your garden bloom in the summer months.
The new season starts in earnest in March. Nature stirs into growth as the weather improves and the soil warms. Drifts of bright yellow Daffodils proclaim that spring is really here.
Follow the expert tips below to get your garden into shape for the months ahead.
Mid summer and the garden is at its most colourful. The frantic rush of growth has gone and the plants develop into mature shapes and colours. This is the gardening year’s peak of achievement.
Transition your garden from summer into autumn with ease by following our insider tips and key themes for August. From growing fruit and veg to cleaning up your garden pond, there’s plenty of options to keep your garden in shape.
Now that the summer is here, it is important to find the time to relax in the garden and enjoy nature’s rich tapestry, enjoying the fruits of your labours of previous months.
September is the ideal time to establish a new lawn, the rains of autumn helping to settle in the new lawn ready for winter.
Mid summer and the garden is at As autumn draws in on the garden, October brings the last burst of colour to our beds and borders. Cold nights and shorter days cloak our gardens in fiery autumn shades and the first frosts etch the garden with a silvery sheen.
Ever darkening days. Wet and stormy weather. Trees shedding their remaining leaves…
But it’s not all doom and gloom. Even now there is an array of colour. From the bright foliage of variegated evergreens and stems to a wide range of deciduous trees and shrubs, with our expert gardening tips, you can enjoy a more colourful garden in November.
Conditions on mild days are still ideal for planting:
After the frenzied activity of the summer period, September is the perfect month to take stock of the flower and vegetable garden, whilst starting to make plans for the coming Spring. Soils warm from the summer season are perfect for establishing new plantings and the arrival of sprin bulbs inspire new ideas for the coming seasons.
Ensure outside taps are insulated or drained
January brings us the shortest and coldest days of the year, but even now some plants are growing and flowering as if it were high summer. It is an ideal time to catch up on reading gardening advice and get on with the other jobs that the busy months do not give us time to do. Here are our top 10 tips to get ahead this January:
As the days begin to lengthen, early spring bulbs and Snowdrops start to colour the bare earth. And longer days mean you can spend longer in the garden, doing some of the tasks below…
With the approach of winter the garden takes on an air of quietness. There is an abundance of urgency and a more leisurley pace can be taken; leading up to a well deserved Christmas break.