Gardening In July | To Do List

Gardening in July; with the heat of Summer, comes good and surprisingly not so good times in the garden and garden centre.

The ‘not so good’ being all the watering that is essential to provide beautiful plants for sale and for show.

The ‘good times’ are relaxing in the sunshine and enjoying the beautiful sights of your garden, taking in the smells, sounds and sights of your surroundings when all the chaos and chores of the day are over.

General

  • Water and feed all areas regularly.
  • Enjoy the night sights by highlighting the garden with low voltage or solar powered lights.
  • Prune Wisteria new shoots back to five buds, to encourage next years flowers.
  • Trim Leylandi hedges to keep under control.
  • Prune shrubs that have already flowered to keep in trim.

Ponds

  • Check pump filters regularly to keep unblocked.
  • Remove blanket weed by twisting it around a stick.
  • Feed fish regularly.
  • Pond plants including water Lilies, can still be planted.

Vegetables

  • Water regularly, especially onions.
  • Continue sowing salad veg- lettuce, radish..
  • Dip up early potatoes
  • Earth up Main-Crop Potatoes
  • Feed vegetable plants with liquid manure or nitrogen feed.

Fruit

  •  Peg Strawberry runners down to propagate them
  • Harvest Raspberries
  • Spray for mildew on Gooseberries
  • Keep protection nets and cages secure.

Lawn Care

  • Liquid feed to maintain tip top condition.
  • Water in dry conditions.
  • Keep newly sown or turfed areas watered.
  • Raise the height of cut in dry conditions.

General Tasks

  • Feed all border Perennials with Rose Feed
  • Don’t forget to water newly planted flowers.
  • Water hanging baskets daily & feed weekly with Phostrogen.
  • Spray roses for greenfly, mildew & blackspot
  • Prune earlier flowered Perennials to encourage another flush of flowers.

Gardening in July is one of the best times of the year, and we everything you need to hit the ground running.

Gardening In June | To Do List

Gardening in June; the beginning of Summer is now upon us and it’s time to continue with those planned projects.

Brighten up borders, plant up hanging baskets and tubs with Summer colour and watch them bloom!

Greenhouse

  • Thin out hardy annual seedlings sown directly into soil.
  • To prevent scorching and over heating of tender young plants, paint the glass using a shade paint
  • Feed all plants at least once a week
  • Make sure your greenhouse is well ventilated
  • Plant cucumbers, melons and peppers.

Vegetables

  • Water onions well to ensure the bulbs swell.
  • Pinch out tips of Broad Beans to discourage blackfly.
  • Feed all plants and water regularly during dry spells.
  • Pull up soil around main-crop potatoes.

Ponds

  • Remove blanket weed from ponds by twirling it around a stick.
  • Check filters and pumps to ensure they are not blocked.

Flowers

  • Plant Summer bedding
  • Fill window boxes, troughs and hanging baskets.
  • Spray roses with Rose Clear 2 to control pests and diseases.
  • Water in well, all newly planted shrubs and perennials.
  • Watch out for pests and diseases in all areas and spray when necessary.

Lawn Care

  • Mow lawns more frequently.
  • To give tired lawns a boost, feed with ‘Miracle Grow’ lawn food.
  • Apply a combined feed and week if you have not already done so.

General Tasks

  • Harvest Rhubarb regularly- don’t allow flower spikes to form.
  • Protect soft fruit by covering with netting.
  • Place straw under Strawberry plants to protect from slugs.

Gardening in June is a pleasure not to be missed, so make sure you get your hands on everything we have to offer.

Gardening In May | To Do List

Gardening in May | May is probably the best month in the garden as everything starts to take shape, especially the perennials that begin to fill the borders again.

Late Spring blossoming trees provide colour and lots of planting and care can get under way.

Greenhouse

  • Plant out Tomatoes in an unheated greenhouse.
  • Continue to sow hardy annuals and vegetable seeds.
  • Beware of cold nights- be ready with the heater!
  • Prick out seedlings as they grow.

Vegetables

  • Sow many vegetable varieties now.
  • Plant out vegetable plants but protect from cold and slugs.
  • Keep the weeds down between rows.
  • Earth up Early Potatoes.

Ponds

  • Start to feed fish this month.
  • Clean out pumps & filters regularly and keep them running.

Lawns

  • Lay new turf
  • Mow the lawn, weekly if required
  • Apply Spring lawn feeds & weed killer if needed.

Flowers

  • The garden centre is bulging at the sides with trees, shrubs, flowers, fruit and vegetables ready to be planted now.
  • Harden off bedding plants in a cold frame or put outside in the day and bring inside at night.
  • Beware of slugs!
  • Purchase from our range of annual hanging baskets and plant up your own baskets and tubs, but keep in the greenhouse until frosts have gone.
  • Feed flower borders with chicken manure orrose feed.

Fruit

  • Plant all types of tree and bush fruit now
  • Harvest Rhubard
  • Spray fungicide for mildew, especially Gooseberries and for PEach leaf curl
  • Mulch Strawberries to keep of pests.

General Tasks

 Feed everywhere to put nutrients back into the soil, after the rainy seasons we have had.

  • Plant outRhododendrons and Roses now
  • Cover particular plants with fleece at sign offrost, e.g. Acers, Pieris and bedding plants.

Here at Mere Park we have everything you need for gardening in May, and every other month for that matter. Check out our wide range of products here.

Gardening In April | To Do List

Gardening in April | Spring is finally here – and the sight of Forsythia, Camelias, Magnolias and other Spring flowers are at their beautiful peak.

Now is a good time to do certain jobs that will help cut down on maintenance for the rest of the year.

The garden centre is now bulging at the sides with everything for the garden.

Greenhouse

  • A busy time for sowing all sorts in a heated green-house, inclduing tomatoes, peppers, marrows and other vegetable seeds.
  • Pot up cuttings of Fuschias and Geraniums.

Bulbs

  • Plant out Gladioli, Dahlias and Lillies.

 Mix in good planting compost when planting.

Seeds

Many varieties of hardy annuals can now be sown outside.

Lawn

  • Apply Spring lawn fertiliser.
  • Treat with moss killer.
  • Rake out debris (thatch) if you didn’t get chance last September.
  • Apply grass seed to bare patches.

Fruit

  • It’s a great time to plant trees and bushes as the centre is fully stocked.
  • Plant out Strawberries and Rhubard now.
  • Start to spray Apples and Pears to deter pests and diseases.
  • Mulch with manure.

Vegetables

  • Sow many vegetable varities.
  • Plant out onion sets and potatoes.

Many herbs and vegetable plants are available now.

Flowers

  • Plant trees and shrubs.
  • Hardy perennials and herbaceous plants can now be planted.
  • Feed all flower borders, after the washout winter, with a slow release fertiliser like chicken manure, rose feed or blood, fish and bone.
  • Prune back late flowering shrubs like Buddleia, Lavatera, Clematis, Lavendar and Rosemary.
  • Start spraying roses to keep on top of pests and diseases.
  • Plant alpines out now- choose from our wide selection.

Gardening in April is one of life’s greatest pleasures so make sure you are prepped and ready to plant.

March Gardening Jobs

The weather is hopefully improving, the soil is getting warmer and the sight of yellow drifts of Daffodils greets the Spring.

The gardening season now gets busier and busier.

Greenhouse

Start off many seedlings including annuals, summer vegetables like lettuce, cabbage and beetroot.

Seeds

Sow now -many varieties of annuals for summer colour.

Available in Store

Summer flowering bulbs (begonias, gladioli, lilies and dahlias) ready to be planted.

Bulbs

  • Plant now from a full range of bush fruit and fruit trees.
  • Mulch or manual or the fruit bed

Vegetables

  • Plan for some home-grown vegetables, however small a plot you have.
  • Plant asparagus, early potatoes and shallots.

Flowers

  • Prune roses.
  • Cut back and clean up winter flowering heathers.
  • Hebe’s need checking over after the winter frosts.
  • After all the rain washing through the soil, feed all borders now with chicken manure or fish calmer blood and bone or a mulch with farmyard manure.
  • Plant perennials and alpines in borders, troughs and walls.

Gardening In January | To Do List

Gardening in January | After the Christmas rush of fibre optics, trees and tinsel, we can return to focusing the garden centre efforts on gardening.

As the cold short days are upon us, we should make plans for the seasons ahead and catch up on reading some guidance about how to get your garden primed for spring. Our January tips help you to focus on the essential jobs.

Greenhouse

 Buy new compost for seed sowing.

  • Sow seeds directly into modules to save time and space.
  • Thoroughly disinfect the greenhouse with Jeyes Fluid before use.

Shrubs

  • Prune Wisteria side shoots to encourage flowering.
  • Our Winter Flowering shrubs are all looking good now.

Visit the centre to choose some now, you can leave the planting until the weather conditions improve.

Lawns

Service the lawnmower ready for Spring.

  • Keep off them when frosty.

Fruit

Prune soft fruit shrubs by removing old stems.

  • Plant new fruit bushes when ground is not frozen.

Vegetables

 Seed potatoes and onion sets will soon be arriving in the garden centre.

  • Dig over plots roughly and allow the frost to break down the ‘big lumps’

General Tasks

  • Apply Mosskiller like Algon to hard surfaces to prevent slippy paths.
  • See December’s monthly guide for a list of beautiful flowering plants looking good in January.

Flowers

 Plan which flower seeds you are going to grow in the borders or baskets.

  • Fill in any gaps in planted containers with Winter Pansies.
  • Check watering of tubs and baskets.
  • Check stored bulbs and replace rotting ones.

From lawn care and weed control to paint and landscaping, we have everything you could need for gardening in January.

Orchid Care: How to Grow and Care for Orchids

Stunning Orchids

Orchids are some of the most commonly grown houseplants. Provided they have proper growing conditions, it isn’t difficult to learn how to take care of orchid plants. Keep reading to get some indoor orchid care tips.

Care of indoor orchid plants is easy once you learn how to grow them properly. These interesting flowers can be found in a range of colors and sizes depending on the variety. They make excellent accent plantings to nearly any home décor. Orchids require little care once all their basic needs are met such as light, temperature, and humidity.

Most orchids require moist, well-draining conditions. There are several types of growing media that can be used with orchid plants—redwood or fir bark, sphagnum peat moss, rocks, cork, charcoal, sand, potting soil, etc. A basic mix for growing orchids consists of coarse perlite, fir bark, and sphagnum moss. You can also add charcoal but this is optional. Generally, the grade of bark is dependent on the type of orchid grown. For instance, phalaenopsis orchids are usually grown in coarse bark, cattleyas in medium bark, and young orchid plants are best grown in fine bark. Orchids require shallow planting. Place orchids in an east to south-facing window or room. These plants prefer bright, indirect light. Insufficient light results in poor flowering. However, too much light can lead to leaf scorch.

Temperature is also important for indoor orchid care. While orchids tolerate cooler or warmer temperatures throughout their normal growing season, they need to be about 15 degrees cooler at night than during the day in order to bloom sufficiently.

Orchids need ample water but should be allowed to dry out some between waterings. One way to check for watering is by poking your finger about an inch into the growing media. If it’s dry, give it some water; otherwise, let it be.

Hanging Baskets

Fabulous hanging baskets

Hanging baskets can include a riot of summer colour or can focus on a particular colour theme depending on what you want to create for your garden.

Choose a 14 inch basket and fill with multi-purpose compost, remembering to ensure there are sufficient drainage holes. Again, place a zonal geranium in the centre of the basket and a combination of 8 trailing plants around the edge.

The choice of summer planting is huge and includes bacopa, trailing surfinia, nepeta, million bells, ivy leaf geraniums, lysimachia and helilichrysum. There is something to suit everybody. Simply choose 8 outdoor plants from our extensive range and place them evenly around the edges; 8 of the same plant or a combination of different varieties. The choice is yours.

Summer Containers

A Super Summer Container

Sensational summer containers can be put together now to last throughout the summer months

and it couldn’t be easier to achieve…

Take a container of your choice and place broken polystyrene pieces in the bottom to help with drainage (a couple of inches deep). Fill with container compost leaving an inch below the rim.

Choose a zonal geranium and plant in the centre of the container. Next take 8 trailing plants (outdoor plants) and place one in each corner and the gaps in between. A combination of 2 x bacopa, 2 x surfinia, 2 x million bells and 2 x verbena would look beautiful together.

Any remaining gaps can be filled with a selection of bedding begonias. Finally, water your summer containers and place in a position to be enjoyed!

How To Choose the Right Weed Killer

Choose weed control Appropriate for your Needs

Choosing the right weed killer can be a minefield but by opting for the correct one, specifically formulated for the task in hand, considerably increase your chances of actually killing the weeds.

There are weed killers formulated for killing the weeds in your lawn, but not the grass.

If weeds springing up through the cracks in your patio are the problem, there are products especially for this problem-why not try Jobdone

Similarly if you have tough brambles to clear, and don’t know anyone who will lend you some goats, then SBK Brushwood killer will clear this for you.

Most weed killers are available in a ‘ready to use’ spray such as Resolva or Roundup which means they are pre-mixed to exactly the right strength for optimum results, so if you don’t want the hassle of mixing your own or only need a small amount, then these weed killer sprays are the answer.

If you would like advice on which product is right for you, either visit us and ask a member of staff, or call ahead and speak to us.