GET OUT IN YOUR GARDEN – TIPS FROM OUR EXPERT

Hello Gazette Readers,

Spring is well and truly here. April is just around the corner, and with April comes showers. Looking after your garden is important and ensuring you take the proper care during the early months can affect the outcome for the rest of the year. Ensuring your pond doesn’t flood and general care for your garden will guarantee a healthy and beautiful garden for the rest of the year.

Pond care:

With the water beginning to warm we can start to see our ponds coming back to life. For a rewarding season, we need to ensure we get the pond heading in the right direction. As the rain fall starts you may find your pond begins to quickly become flooded. If this becomes an issue, inserting an overflow pipe is the perfect solution and will mean you shouldn’t have any issues.

At JHPS Gardens we supply many of our customers with their dream pond, we understand they come in all shapes and sizes as it not only depends on the size of your garden but also the image you had in mind. If you would like to arrange for Mr Harker to come out to yourselves in regards to having a pond built or placed into your garden please feel free to give the office team a call.

Spring garden tips:

* Having a spring clean of your flower beds and borders will allow any healthy plants to thrive and also ensure your garden looks neat and tidy.

* Fix fences, gates and trellis. Treating the wood with some preservatives will help the structure in the next coming months.

* Ordering summer-flowering shrubs will give you the perfect task for a wet and windy day.

Caring for your roses:

Ensure you tie in climbing and rambling roses. It can sometimes be hard to tell the difference between a climbing and a rambling rose. A rambling rose will usually flower once, around June however a climbing rose will flower repetitively almost all the summer and well into autumn. Sometimes climbers do need a thorough prune occasionally.

* Remove any dead, diseased or dying branches.

* Tie any new shoots needed to fill supports

* Prune any flowered side shoots back by two thirds

* Cut out any really old branches to promote new growth.

No matter what the weather at this time of the year there is plenty to of jobs and projects to be continuing with so you can get the very most from your garden.

Jason Harker

JASON IS A PROFESSIONAL GARDENER AND LANDSCAPER, AND OWNER OF JHPS-GARDENS LTD.

HE REGULARLY WRITES A PIECE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLUS THE SENTINEL NEWSPAPER, AND IS A GO TO EXPERT ON BBC RADIO STOKE’S GARDENING PROGRAMME.