While the nation is revelling in the long, hot summer – well, so far anyway – Andy Jenner has some advice for those who want to enjoy their garden in all its glory. And not as a mini-Sahara!
Andy, the principal of Simply Gardens, says…
- Don’t cut your lawn too short – it’s the easiest way to ensure it turns brown. Set your lawnmower blades higher.
- But even in hot weather, you still need to mow the lawn, and perhaps give it a treat of summer lawn feed, available at garden centres.
- If you want your lawn to look its best, water it once a week. But don’t go overboard – if you have a sprinkler, place a cup alongside, and when it contains a half inch of water, switch off.
- Deadhead your flowers regularly, particularly those in pots. It encourages new growth.
- Wisteria needs light pruning now. Cut back harder later in the season.
- Keep your hedges trimmed.
- In hot weather, ponds can become choked with weeds. Remove the weed by rolling it around a garden rake (just like spaghetti round a fork) and if you put running water through your pool, you will stop algae growth.
- Similarly, remove lily leaves from your pond, otherwise they will rot and discolour the water.
If you would like a professional to care for your garden, contact Andy at Simply Gardens…
Tel: 07584 060447
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