It’s March…thank goodness
"Compost is essential for the garden. Now is the time to compost as there is very little flower growth at this time of year."
Finally, after all of these months we get that burst of life and of colour needed to lift the soul. As a Garden Maintenance Company Me, My Spade & I spend the end of the year mowing when possible and picking up leaves, in fact the oak leaves are still falling in January. There is a mad dash to make the gardens look good for the holiday period, then there is the post-Christmas tidy up, after that you get the big cut back, flower bed dig over, mixing last year’s compost eff orts into the natural soils and finally compost to feed the coming years’ worth of plant life, what comes next?
Next is a period of bleak, bland times, roughly a month to be exact, around mid-February to early March we find ourselves oiling outdoor furniture, servicing machinery and power washing patios and paths, all jobs a real gardener does not want to be doing!
All of a sudden your soul starts to lift. Why? You start noticing snippets of colour, at first its snowdrops then the Aconites shine through like golden nuggets of happiness. What comes next? The spring, life, growth and much more. We will have striped green lawns, the smell of freshly cut grass, Daffodils, Alliums, Foxgloves, bees collecting pollen to make honey, birds making nests for the coming warmer weather and heat – the very thing we need to spark all this activity off and it all starts now, in March and I for one cannot wait!
The time is nigh!
Have you ever wondered how the lawns at Wimbledon look so good? Or the lawns in grand estates look so sharp? Well the secret is hard work, ok, it’s no revelation that hard work is rewarded but it is a frequently asked question. My reply is how often do you scarify? How many times a year do you treat the lawn? Do you rake the lawn once a month through the summer? I would gladly hazard a bet that many, nearly all of you will answer ‘never’, people do not realise that a lawn, like the rest of the garden, needs maintenance!
Here at Me, My Spade & I we have worked out a formula for maintaining a lawn to give it that Wimbledon look. Now, if you would like more info on making your lawn the best it can be contact MMS&I via our contact page on our website or call me on 07920112887, in the meantime a quick tip to get your lawn on its way. You will need to scarify the lawn, simply find your nearest machine hire company and hire a scarifier. Once you start you will wonder what you have got yourself into, it is very daunting, the lawn will look like a rugby team have been practising scrummaging, however, do not be put off. Once you have raked up the moss, weeds and thatch the lawn will instantly look better, simply run a mower over the lawn and watch it stripe up beautifully. Next come treatments. Over the counter treatments from Garden Centres are good so feel free to go ahead and use them but, for the very best lawn, call me and if you’re lucky I may let you know the very best of lawn treatments!
Do not cut back or damage snowdrops!
This may seem obvious but you really do need to treat your snowdrops with kids gloves. Doing so will result in an even better display the following year, letting them die back until they go brown will feed the bulb whilst it lies dormant through the summer and autumn months.
Deep dig the beds
To deep dig the beds is to nourish the plants, where you have composted the beds the previous year you will have compost lying on the surface, or just below the surface, by digging over the beds you will help get nutrients nearer the roots of the plants thus helping them to flourish.
Digging over the beds also areates the soil helping keep the soil light, it will also help when weeding as the weeds can come out a lot easier. Deep digs also can encourage weed seeds to germinate, an odd thought but once you start weeding and encouraging weeds to grow, the more you will weed, the more you weed the less seeds germinate, eventually this will slow down and you will find less weeds will grow and hopefully you will become virtually weed free !
Compost is essential for the garden. Now is the time to compost as there is very little flower growth at this time of year. This will help the plants flourish, help keep your garden weed free and mostly keep the soil moist during the hottest time of the year, so 100% please compost. You will reap rewards and see the difference in the plants.
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