SEPTEMBER TIPS

Things to do in September• Continue dead-heading faded flowers • Scatter wood ash or sulphate of potash on your rose beds and mix in • Prune hardy herbaceous plants • Remove fading annuals and plant hardy biannual varieties • If you have fish, start feeding program for autumn • Plant-out spring flowering bulbs • Plant evergreen shrubs in the latter part of the month • Continue to water the garden during dry spells Lawn Care for September For new an...

OCTOBER TIPS

Start planting bulbs, trees, shrubs, and herbaceous perennials. Sow new lawns from seed mow lawns for the last time this year scarify, aerate and feed existing lawns hardy salads and radish, hardy broad beans and peas. Harvesting courgette, beetroot, sweetcorn & potatoes. Also grapes nuts, tomatoes, apples and pears

NOVEMBER TIPS

Things to do in November• Finish weeding & turning beds and leave for weathering over winter • Plant out hardy perennial seedlings and dig over beds for next years annuals adding a mix of rotted manure• Remove old leaves from your pond and thin out oxygenating plants• Plant out any roses and mix in some bone-meal or peat to the surrounding soil• Plant fruit trees and bushes, and prune established trees• Firm down any newly planted plants which may have been lifted by frost• Dress any...

LANDSCAPING

Landscaping in itself is an art form and therefore should be undertaken by a qualified landscaper. Landscaping is going to be expensive and you are only likely to do it once. It is therefore essential you get it right first time. Here are a few simple tips that should get you on the right track. Always have a plan, (even if it is only a pencil sketch). It will help to make sure everything you had thought about goes in the correct place and will help if there are any disputes wi...

PATIOS

With patios always try to buy the most expensive paving stone you can afford. The price always reflects the quality of the stone. The cheaper stone tends to be manmade and thinner. ( I would advise 18mm as minimum). If the stone is very thin you will need a lot of foundation, hardcore and hard work costing a lot of money you will never see. A decent paving stone will need less of a base costing less money so you can afford a bit more on the paving itself. Never lay paving on sa...

DECKING

With decking make sure your frame is robust enough to take heavy traffic. Test it by jumping on the beams before you secure the decking. If it shakes go back to the drawing board and install either wider beams or more of them. A springy deck is not a good deck. It should be as solid as a patio made with stone. Try to work with the landscaper. If something is not correct or you do not like it, tell him as soon as possible as rectifying mistakes can be costly. Inform your neighbours about ...