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The weather has now started to warm the air and ground and various insects are making forays into your garden, ladybirds searching for food, aphids and small insects.

Occasionally bumblebees dart across in front of your face with an urgent buzzzzing sound looking for nectar.

 

Your lawn is now begining to show signs of new growth, with in the lawn are the mandatory weeds and moss that will need attending to.

The growth of the grass and weeds are vigorous at this time of year aided by the warm, moisture and sun, this is one of the best times to apply a combined lawn food/weed killler and moss killer, this will give the grass a welcome feed after the winter period, the weed killler will accelerate their growth and begin to wither while any moss will turn black.

 

Lawn care in the Spring is the ideal time to get your lawn back into shape after a hard winter. A lawn needs to be as resilient as it can be by summer, what with kids, dogs and al fresco picnics. And as it's getting warmer, the grass responds to a little TLC with gusto. A three-step treatment gives you a beautiful green sward within weeks.

Scarify: Use a wire rake vigorously all over the lawn to scrape out all the dead grass that's been building up during the year. If you leave it where it is, it'll choke new growth, reduce air circulation and in really bad cases clog up the lawn completely.

Aerate: Grass needs to breathe to be healthy, so get air and water down into the rootzone even on a compacted lawn with an ordinary garden fork. Sink the prongs to half their length every 10cm and wiggle gently to make holes for excess water to drain away.

Top dress: Kick-start your lawn into growth by mixing three parts topsoil, two parts compost and one part sand for drainage. Spread a thin layer over the whole lawn. In a week or two it'll greened up beautifully, ready for the summer ahead.

 

June/July

Now well into June and the foliage has really accelerated its growth, a combination of rain, sun and warmth all coming together at the same time, it appears the garden grows overnight threatning to overtake the rest of the garden, especially weeds.

By now after having given your lawn some T.L.C your lawn will be verdant and lush and you will need to mow regularly, perhaps twice a week in the height of the growing season.

 

 

  October/November/December

 

As the summer season progresses general maintenance is needed, from lawn maintenance:

Autumn lawncare

This is similar to the preparation used in the spring time.

After a long summer of football and picnics lawns can be looking a little tired. It's the perfect opportunity to give them a dose of TLC, sending them into winter revitalised and refreshed, ready to start again next spring. Follow our three-point plan and you won't go far wrong:

 

1: Scarify: What with grass clippings, autumn leaves and other garden debris a mat will be forming at ground level just where living grass needs air to survive. Work your way over the lawn with a spring-tined rake, scraping out as much as you can to let air and light in.

2: Aerate: Thundering football boots can hammer the soil into a hard pan which grass roots struggle to penetrate. Break it up by spiking the whole lawn with a garden fork at 15cm intervals, sinking the tines in to half their length and giving them a wiggle to open up lots of tiny holes.

3: Top-dress: Your final thank you to your lawn is a nutrient-rich top dressing to improve drainage and inject some nourishment. You'll find ready- mixed top dressings in our garden centre; spread in a layer 1-2cm thick over the lawn and work it in with the back of a rake or a broom.

 

 Dead heading

Encourages the new growth of flowers on plants, especially with   geraniums who love a sunny aspect to grow in, while doing this you may see some disease showing on your roses, any disease must be cut out and disposed of, either burning or by putting in a plastic bag, never introduce diseased cuttings into a compost bin,you will never be rid of the disease and may be spread to healthy roses.

 

Even on days when the weather will not allow any outside gardening there are jobs that need to be attended to in the greenhouse, when the weather does allow now is the best time to clear and tidy the garden, an idea to encourage our natural helpers is to leave a pile of leaves and grass cuttings to enable hibernating creatures to rest and recupperate and they will help when the warmer weather returns in the spring.

 

An insect box positioned near to soft fruit or blossom forming trees and bushes will pay dividends in the spring, you will notice bees, lace wings and butterfly's taking advantage of this new home during the year.

 

There are many variations available:

We’re all familiar with the gentle ‘buzz’ of the little bee but did you know that they are really important to our environment because they pollinate crops and plants? 

 

Sadly, the bee population is dwindling, caused in part by disease and because their habitat is disappearing.

 

Give the bees a helping hand and welcome them into your garden with this charming simple bee and insect house on the left.

 

Crafted from hollow wooden stems of different lengths, the Bee House aims to create a habitat for non-aggressive and non-swarming solitary bees. 

 

 

Greenhouse:

  • Lift and pot up tender plants like dahlias and salvias to store for winter

  • Once summer crops are cleared give greenhouse glass a thorough wash

  • Check greenhouse heaters are working well before you need them

Around the garden:

  • Dig over heavy clay soils to expose clods to the frost to break down

  • Rake fallen leaves and pop into perforated plastic bags to make leaf mould.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

serious hotel owners
you may find other flying insects visiting too

Appears the insects have vacated their hotel accommodation by the end of autumn.

Community housing for our friends?

By attracting many differing species of insect this helps in propagation of pollen, this in turn helps nature balance the environment food, each insect has its own place in the food chain.

Richard Greenfingers Gardening maintenance and D.I.Y Services 2013