Jobs to do in your garden in March

Jobs to do in your garden in March

Spring starts this March. Hopefully with more sunnier days to get out in the garden and the opportunity to increase the range of gardening tasks, like preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cutting back winter shrubs and generally tidying up around the garden

Slug Patrol

  • When planting up pots, plant with more sturdier plants rather than seedlings. Also try and use cloches where you can until they are strong enough to take a knock from the slugs having a munch on the plants.
  • Get a torch and walk around your garden in the evening, especially if it’s a damp evening and pick the slugs, place in a bucket or container and take them to a field or a hedgerow well away from your garden
  • Encouraged birds, frogs, toads, hedgehogs and other predators that love to feast on slugs.
  • Remove debris from you’re your garden exposing the slug eggs allowing the birds to eat them
  • Put traps around you garden. Jars part filled with beer and sink into the ground
  • For years people have used barrier methods i.e. gravel, bark or copper rings placed around pots. But a recent study by RHS in a garden-realistic scenario found no reduction in slug damage from barriers made of copper tape, bark mulch, eggshells, sharp grit or wool pellets.
  • Longacre’s favourite method is applying dry porridge oats to the ground. The slugs eat the porridge which dries them out. Leaving behind a lovely snack for the wild life in your garden

Plant summer-flowering bulbs

Just keep in mind of late frost before planting

Oriental Lily

Freesia

Gladiolus

Polianthes

Crocosmia

Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials

Dividing perennials regularly will give a healthy and vigorous plant. They will continue to perform year after year. Lift plants gently with a garden fork, working outwards from the crown’s centre to limit root damage. Shake off excess soil so that roots are clearly visible

  • Some plants such as Ajuga produce individual plantlets which can simply be teased out and replanted
  • Small, fibrous-rooted plants such as Heuchera, Hosta and Epimedium can be lifted and pulled apart gently. Producing small clumps for replanting
  • Large, fibrous-rooted perennials, such as Hemerocallis (daylily) require two garden forks inserted into the crown back-to-back. levers to loosen and break the root crown into two sections. You can make further divisions.
  • In some plantings you can use a sharp knife or other sharp tool to divide into clumps
  • Plants with woody crowns, Helleborus or fleshy roots, Delphinium, require cutting with a spade or knife, making sure each clump has three to five healthy shoots

 

Aftercare

Plant divisions as soon as possible and water them in well. Or pot up individually Just keep in mind of late frost before division of plants

Start to cut to ground or comb oriental grasses

Cut down to where the new growth is showing. Some oriental grasses need last year’s growth comb out either using your fingers or a grass rake. Just keep in mind of late frost before cutting back

Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems

When pruned hard, the regrow is vigorous producing more colourful stems that brighten up the garden in winter. Pruning group 7

Top dress containers with fresh compost

Apply a top dressing of fresh compost to all your pots and containers

First Mow of the year

Mowing your lawn is one of the most frequent and most important tasks to maintain a health lawn. Start your lawn mowing with a high cut on preferably dry grass if possible. Getting the cutting height and mowing frequency right can make a huge difference to the ongoing health of the lawn

Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early

Start keeping weeds under control by using a hoe or hand weeding. To help suppress weed growth cover beds with an organic mulch. This will also help the ground to retain moisture.

Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain;
remove pond heaters

Remove any debris that’s fallen in to the pond over winter. Clean any filter, check pump it is working ok. Might be a good idea to check the water pH. Ideal pH is between 6.5 and 9. This can be done at any aquatic centre.

Prune bush and climbing roses

If you haven’t done it already prune all bush and climbing roses.

If you have any question or need advice, please to not hesitate to contact us either by leaving a message via the website or ring on 07895 585 605

Other Works Under Taken

Other Works Under Taken

Longacre Garden Services are pleased to announce that we can offer the following services at very competitive prices.

  • Erecting sheds.
  • General repair to sheds and out buildings.
  • General repair to existing stone work.
  • Pressure washing patios and driveways.

Please contact us for a quote or to discuss your requirements in full. – info@longacregardenservices.co.uk

Flower of the week – Hyacinth

Flower of the week – Hyacinth

At this time of year when we need uplifts of bright colour and potent scent, nothing provides them more compellingly than the hyacinth. Whether grown naturally outdoors, or forced in pots for a winter display on windowsills, their long-lasting, waxy-petalled candles of starry blossom are always an arresting site in shades of blue, red, pink, orange, violet, yellow and white. Although there are some double-flowered forms, recent breeding has concentrated on developing large, single flowers in clear colours.

In the wild, Hyacinthus orientalis inhabits rocky limestone slopes and cliffs in the eastern Mediterranean, including Turkey, Iran, Iraq and Syria. Wild plants are sparsely flowered, a trait adjusted over at least 400 years to produce the densely flowered types we see today. In their heyday in the 18th century, more than 2,000 varieties were listed in the Netherlands, which remains the primary source of supply. They became so popular at that time that a short-lived hyacinth mania, similar to that with tulips, broke out in Holland around 1730.

The RHS undertook a trial of recent hyacinth varieties in 2012, with six receiving the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) for outstanding performance, bringing the total of AGM varieties to 15 from the 50 or so varieties generally available. The National Collection of hyacinths held by farmer Alan Shipp in Cambridgeshire currently holds in excess of 170 varieties.

Hyacinths are adaptable bulbs, preferring a well-drained soil and sun or part shade. Plant 10cm (4in) deep in autumn for flowering from mid-March. In pots, use a multi-purpose compost, with added grit or Perlite for drainage to flower from March, or earlier if you use specially prepared bulbs.

Source – https://www.gardennewsmagazine.co.uk/plant-of-the-week/2018/1/24/hyacinths

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to our new website

Welcome to the new Longacre Garden Services Website – We hope you like the new look.

The new site should give you a better understanding of what services and show off just some of our many projects that we have worked on over the years.

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