GARDENING TIPS – FROM OUR EXPERT

Dear Gazette Gardeners,

We had the hottest recorded day in the UK last week so we can definitely say Summer has arrived! With two months left of hopefully glorious weather it is important to find the right way of using this time. Remember British weather is unpredictable however, but as the days do become warmer it is essential to remember to water your lawn, hedges, trees and plants. Remember to be water-wise, though. Regular hydration is needed for thirsty crops so we recommend you water in either the early morning or late evening. As well as keeping your garden hydrated, here are some further gardening tips and advice:

Pruning and Deadheading:

Pruning is like spring cleaning of your plants. It is important to prune your plants to keep them healthy. Deadheading ensures that the weak/dying plants do not take all the of the nutrients from the healthier plants that require it.

· When it comes to evergreen shrubs, shape if desired with hedge cutters or hand shears. If you want a more natural look use secateurs to trim out bits at different depths of the plant and this will give a more natural look whilst keeping it contained.

· Flowering shrubs should be pruned for shaping and size control after flowering.

· Remove any fading flowers. Removing several of the oldest stems can help to not only keep the plants healthy but control size and encourage them to bloom even more extensively next year.

Pest Control:

We aren’t the only species to enjoy the warm weather – keep an eye out for all the critters that want to ruin your hard work by feeding on your plants and leaves, leaving holes. Pests can also spread disease so if not tackled can kill off a lot of your flowers and vegetables.

Feed and Weed:

Feed and weed treatments are the perfect way to make your lawn as green and lush as possible. The treatment is a selective herbicide and the ‘weed’ part helps to remove the unwanted moss and broadleaved weeds from your lawn. The ‘feed’ provides your lawn with the nutrients it needs in order to look healthy and luscious. It usually gets done between now and October. At JHPS Gardens we conduct four treatments during this time, to ensure our clients lawn are the best they can be.

Fruit and Vegetables:

If you are fortunate enough to have a vegetable patch in your garden, you will notice all your fruits, veggies and salad are becoming very active. Ensure to protect your produce and pick regularly to encourage growth.

If you are interested in any garden maintenance, feed and weed treatments or general garden advice, please do not hesitate in giving the friendly office staff a call – we will be very happy to help!

 

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.