APRIL GARDENING JOB LIST

Spring is now officially here, the clocks have gone forward and we are able to spend more time outside and in our gardens! With the arrival of the better weather, comes the greater the jobs there are to now do. You can find yourself preparing seed beds, sowing seeds, tidying up the garden and cutting back all the shrubs.

Top jobs to do in the garden this month:

  • Watch out for frost, protect fruit blossom if needed
  • Clean your pots, ready for summer bedding
  • Feed borders with a general purpose fertiliser
  • Tie in new shoots on climbers
  • Start sowing seeds outside, herbs annuals and wild flower seeds can now be sown
  • Start spraying roses for blackspot
  • Prune early flowering shrubs after they have finished
  • Prune shrubs for stem colour or large foliage now
  • Put in supports for large perennials whilst access is still good
  • Deadhead daffodils and remove seed heads, leaving the leaves to natural die back
  • Hoe seeds on a sunny day and dig out perennial weeds
  • New lawns can also now be laid with turf or seeds sown. Renovation can take place with edges reshaped, aerated with either hollow or solid tines, scarify to remove thatch and moss and then re-seed bare pots. A slow release fertiliser can also be used to encourage healthy growth.

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What To Do In Your Garden In January

Often the coldest month

January might be the middle of winter but as the days lengthen the garden starts to grow. Now is a great time to plan for the coming gardening year and to order seeds and plants. Enjoy the fresh air, on dry sunny days, and check your winter protection, stakes, ties and supports are still working after any severe weather. Also put out food for birds and leave some garden areas uncut, a little longer, to provide shelter for wildlife in your garden.

Plan for the following year

Cold January days are the perfect opportunity for planning your garden for the following year. The snowdrops are beginning to emerge from the ground, scented shrubs are beginning to flourish and hellebores begin to show their faces in the shadiest patches of the garden. For me, January is a time to dream about the gardening season ahead and get my hands dirty too!

  1. Continue to clear away any decaying perennials from your borders to deter slugs and snails and allow spring bulbs to grow fully. Empty compost heaps that are ready to use as mulch and spread it on the garden. This will enrich your soil and provide you with healthy plants later in the year.
  2. Ensure that you continue to water pots and containers – particularly window boxes and containers that sit on balconies or the lee of the house. Containers planted with bulbs should be given a good water at least twice a week. Try not to water during periods of heavy frost and ensure tender plants are protected with fleece or hessian.
  3. Bare root trees and shrubs can be planted now, if the weather is good. Try planting scented shrubs such as Sarcococca confusa and Daphne odora by paths and doorways to enjoy their sweet scent.
  4. Garden birds are active throughout the winter months. Ensure that bird tables and feeders are kept clean and topped up with food regularly- We have a fantastic supply of Bird food available.
  5. Remove old hellebore leaves to make the new blooms more visible as they emerge. I can never resist cutting a few stems for the house. Simply cut and sear the tips of the stems in boiling water for 30 seconds, before placing them straight into cold water. They will last in a vase for at least a week and cast away January blues.
  6. Plant amaryllis bulbs in pots now for beautiful indoor flowers. Other potted plants such as hyacinths, iris and narcissus can also be brought into the house for striking, scented indoor displays.
  7. Check dahlia tubers in storage and remove any that are showing signs of rot. Make sure that they remain dry and are not exposed to frost.
  8. Rose bushes can be pruned whilst they are dormant, cutting them back just above a bud. Dead branches should be cut out and any crossing branches removed. Ensure that wires, trellises and fences are strong and secure. Any loose branches should be secured with strong twine.
  9. Wisteria can be pruned now. Cut back shoots by two or three buds on a lateral stem for a healthy blooms in Spring. I prune my wisteria twice a year, to keep it strong and full of flowers in May.
  10. Sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy planning for the year to come. Look at old gardening books and seed catalogues for inspiration. Always remember to be realistic about the size of your garden and the time you have available.

 

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.