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
- 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
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
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.
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