Now that Spring is in full bloom and May is nearly upon us, it’s of the utmost importance that we treat our gardens with the love and care they deserve.
Why is Plant Care and Maintenance important?
Plant care isn’t always the most enjoyable part of gardens especially when you’re unsure of where to start or don’t know what to do. However, if you would like to have an aesthetically pleasing garden full of healthy plants, you need to put some effort, even for low maintenance plants. Surprisingly, you may find it relaxing and enjoyable as an outdoor activity!
Our clients ask questions about all different kinds of maintenance – from pruning dead heads off of flowers to how much they should be watering them, therefore we prepared some guidelines for you. We hope they are useful.
1. Tidy up flower beds and borders.
Ready to get your hands dirty? Tidy and neaten your flower beds and borders to achieve a well-maintained garden look.
Removing dead, diseased, or excess portions of a plant to encourage new (or fuller) growth and keep the plant healthy is an essential part of plant maintenance – not just for beauty purposes, but for the inner workings of the plant too!
3. Keep weeds under control
Weeds can be pesky at any time of the year – but getting them under control earlier in the year can save you a lot of time and effort during the coming months to prevent new budding plants from choking. Pluck them out – roots and all!
4. Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wildflower seeds
If you wish, sow seed outdoors for beetroot, carrots, Swiss chard, summer cauliflower, kohlrabi, lettuce, leeks, radish, turnip, spring and pickling onions, peas and perpetual spinach in well-prepared soil.
5. Offer support
Put supports in place for vegetables, peonies and other perennials before they get too big. Support pea plants with sticks, twigs, green support mesh, or wire netting. You don’t want to watch them get blown away!
6. Feed hungry shrubs
Now is the perfect time to plant new trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. Remember to cut back spring flowering shrubs after they have bloomed, then give them a dose of fertilizer. There’s so much to choose from, but they also need a lot of extra nourishment. We recommend using a general-purpose fertiliser for the plants. You can also find further information about fertiliser types here.
7. Repairs and Seeding for lawn
April/May is a great time to increase your lawn care efforts. Mow as required, starting with the blades set quite high, and gradually reduce the height as spring goes on. You can do seeding to repair patches. For further maintenance information, check out this link.
With climbing temperatures, you may find yourself slightly trigger happy with the hose – but you can’t give in! Although watering is important and unique to each plant, try to save as much water as you can. During Spring, use mulch, compost and other alternatives that offer moisture to make sure your garden stays hydrated. You can always check moisture in the soil with your finger at 2.5cm deep. If the soil is dry, time for watering!
Lastly, the Royal Horticulture Society (RHS) has a brilliant website for the tips about maintenance of plants. You can check plants by their name to see all information about them and also their maintenance tips check them out here.
You can also find general maintenance information here.
If you still need further help with maintenance, we prepare maintenance plans. Don’t hesitate to contact us by phone on 020 7101 4699 or by email at email@example.com!
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