Gardener's Diary

January

  • Firm the ground around plants lifted by frost
  • Complete planting of roses in finer weather if ground is dry
  • Clean up any dead tops of plants in your borders
  • Dig over heavy soils if dry enougth
  • Plan which seeds you want to plant for spring and dig over beds reserved for annuals
  • For indoor colour, bring in your flowering bulbs
  • Continue planting shrubs and trees
  • Cover your vegetables to promote early growth
  • Sharpen your cutting tools in readiness for the year ahead

February

  • Firm the ground around plants lifted by frost
  • Clear remaining dead tops of plants
  • Dress beds for annuals with bone-meal and sow indoors half-hardy annuals
  • Protect your pool from ice and remove weeds from bog gardens
  • Cut back overgrown hedges towards the end of the month
  • Sow peas and beans, and start sprouting potatoes
  • Plant out your containers with trees or shrubs

March

  • Prune your repeat-flowering roses and remove dead or frost damaged wood
  • If weather is mild, plant out hardy seedlings, new plants and any plants needing a move
  • If you have a pond, drain and replace about three-quarters of the water before any frog/toad spawn hatches
  • Dead-head any bulbs as they fade
  • Hard prune any old hedges
  • Give the garden a complete weed .
  • Prune any fruit trees or bushes
  • To grow a herb garden, prepare a seed bed and sow as soon as possible

April

  • It's time to divide perennial such as hosta and liriope. 2-3 days before, water perennials well. Dig up the clump and pull apart with two spades. Cut through the roots cleanly with a knife making sure each division has at least one crown. Replant at the same depth.
  • It is planting time for trees, shrubs, roses, strawberries and perennials. Get them while they're hot!
  • Any containerised plants need plenty of fertiliser and frequent watering, especially during warm weather.
  • Deadhead larger bulbs such as Tulips, narcissus, and Hyacinths. Be sure not to cut the foliage!
  • Fertilise bulbs again as they bloom. They are heavy feeders and another application will ensure nice blooms for next year.
  • After the last chance of frost, (around mid April) you can start planting hardier annual. Fertilise with a bloom starter as you plant.
  • Prune your repeat-flowering roses and remove dead or frost damaged wood
  • If weather is mild, plant out hardy seedlings, new plants and any plants needing a move
  • If you have a pond, drain and replace about three-quarters of the water before any frog/toad spawn hatches
  • Dead-head any bulbs as they fade
  • Hard prune any old hedges
  • Give the garden a complete weed

May

  • This is the prime planting month for just about anything! Lilies and other summer bulbs can be set out. Incorporate perennials into bulb beds for an interesting contrast such as Foxglove with Narcissus bulbs.
  • Early flowering shrubs such Azaleas and Rhododendron should be pruned after blooming and can be fertilised at the same time.
  • In late May, after the soil temperature has warmed, plant summer blooming bulbs such as Caladiums, Gladiolus, Daylilies and Dahlias.
  • Mulch flower beds, shrubs, and trees with a fresh cover.
  • Prepare beds for annuals by tilling and adding rich soil and compost.
  • If you noticed holes eaten in your hosta leaves, the culprits are probably slugs. Use slug bait or pour beer in a jar lid to trap them and eliminate the problem.

June

  • Always let the foliage on spring bulbs wither naturally. This is vital for next year's display.
  • Save yourself hours of future weeding by pulling the abundant weeds now before they go to seed.
  • Prune evergreens such as Boxwoods, Camellia, Leucothe and Junipers.
  • Deadhead all blooming plants to encourage new blooms.
  • After the climbing roses bloom, be sure to prune them. Next year's blooms will be produced on this summer's new growth.
  • Watch your watering in confined areas such as hanging baskets and container gardens. They tend to dry out fast on hot days

July

  • Extend the blooming season of Crepe Myrtle, Rose of Sharon and Buddleia by cutting off spent blooms to invigorate them to form even more flowers.
  • Be sure to water plants early in the morning so the foliage can dry off before the summer sun sets in.
  • Pinch mums for the last time around the 4th of this month to ensure bushy plants this fall. Keep their height at about 12 inches.
  • Fertilise bedding plants one last time for a good boost of bloom on into autumn.

August

  • Dead head flowers as they fade
  • Give the garden a complete weeding and general digging-over where needed
  • Plant out well-grown perennial seedlings in nursery beds
  • Complete lifting bulbs
  • Take root cuttings of shrubs
  • Water containers daily
  • Pick any ripe fruit
  • Keep ponds aerated with adding fresh water from a hose
  • Take cuttings for rooting over winter

September

  • Continue dead-heading faded flowers
  • Scatter wood ash or sulphate of potash on your rose beds and mix in
  • Prune hardy herbaceous plants
  • Remove fading annuals and plant hardy biennual varietys
  • Plant-out spring flowering bulbs
  • Plant evergreen shrubs in the latter part of the month
  • Continue to water the garden during dry spells

October

  • Conduct a through weeding at the start of the month to reduce work during the wet months to come
  • Plant herbaceous perennials
  • Remove any remaining annuals and plant out biennuals and hardy perennials raised from seed
  • Thin out any dense patches of water plants in your pond and clean up any litter and leaves from the surface and bottom. Thin out oxygenating plants. Don't forget to place a net over the pool to protect from falling leaves.
  • Plant out winter and hardy spring vegetables
  • Remove dead leaves, and remove any remaining annuals and summer bedding plants
  • Dress borders with bone-meal
  • Continue to weed and turn beds

November

  • Finish weeding & turning beds and leave for weathering over winter
  • Plant out hardy perrenial seedlings and dig over beds for next years annuals adding a mix of rotted manure
  • Remove old leaves from your pond and thin out oxygenating plants
  • Plant out any roses and mix in some bone-meal or peat to the surrounding soil
  • Plant fruit trees and bushes, and prune established trees
  • Firm down any newly planted plants which may have been lifted by frost
  • Dress any heavy soil with lime
  • Regularly rake and remove leaves and fallen debris from beds

December

  • Firm the ground around plants lifted by frost
  • Dig over ground reserved for annuals next year
  • If your pool ices over, create a hole in the ice to allow gasses to escape
  • Protect your valuable trees and shrubs in harsh weather. Plant out new trees and shrubs in containers
  • Protect dormant bulbous plants and autumn planted plants
  • Ensure lagging is in place around outdoor pipes and fixtures
Greg and team worked tirelessly getting 50 years worth of moss from our lawn - two lorry loads!! Excellent service and competent workmanship... Thoroughly recommended.
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