19/07/2007

Gardening Tips August

I don’t think I can ever remember lawns looking so green at this time of the year. This of course is a result of the rain that fell in July in most parts of the UK.

I don’t think I can ever remember lawns looking so green at this time of the year. This of course is a result of the rain that fell in July in most parts of the UK. Green grass means growing grass so regular light trimming is what is needed to keep your lawn looking really good for the rest of the summer.

Through August you can continue to trim all types of hedges such as conifers, beech, laurel, privet and hawthorn. For taller growing hedges the SabreCut is ideal because not only can you cut the tops of hedges up to 3 m tall without the need to climb step-ladders, it is battery powered meaning there is no cable to trail around. The Sabre System also has many other heads available for a variety of jobs around the garden.

The higher than average rainfall over the first part of the summer has left some lawns looking pale and hungry. This is especially true of lawns that are growing on very light, sandy soils where the nutrients in the soil have been washed through by the rain. Feeding now with a lawn fertiliser high in Nitrogen will green up the grass in a matter of days and make it look much better.

Hopefully August will bring some fine, warm sunny weather so that we can really enjoy our gardens. A patio for many people is like an extension to their living room and is used for relaxing, eating meals and entertaining friends through the summer. A few extra planted containers spread around your patio will really brighten it up and make it look much more attractive. To keep the plants in really good condition keep them watered in dry weather and feed once a week with a liquid fertiliser.

Allowing a small area of your lawn to grow long is a great way of encouraging wild flowers to establish and also to attract insects and other wildlife into the garden. Very often wild flowers will grow naturally where grass isn’t mown or you can introduce a few plants to the area. At this time of the year when flowering has finished the grass area can be cut down. An easy way of cutting long grass is to use an electric trimmer. After trimming leave the long grass and flower stalks for a few days on the ground to allow the wild flower seeds to spread. The clippings can them be raked up and added to a compost bin.

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