01/06/2007

Gardening Tips June

Although I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – your lawn is one of the most important parts of the garden! It’s often the first thing you see and for that reason should be kept looking good. It doesn’t have to be hard work, just a little attention every now and then!

Although I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – your lawn is one of the most important parts of the garden! It’s often the first thing you see and for that reason should be kept looking good. It doesn’t have to be hard work, just a little attention every now and then!

As we go into summer small leaved lawn weeds can be a problem in some lawns and these won’t have been controlled by the weed and feed that you may have applied in spring. One very troublesome weed is a small yellow flowering clover – sometimes called suckling clover and this is best controlled with a liquid lawn weed killer that can be sprayed onto the patches of weed. The ready to use lawn weed killers are the easiest and most convenient to apply.

Evergreen shrubs such as box that are being grown as pyramids, globes or other topiary shapes will be making soft new growth now and to keep their shape neat and compact they should be trimmed. The EasiCut 450 or EasiCut Cordless hedge trimmers are idea for low hedges and topiary shapes and if you trim while the growth is still soft it takes no time at all.

As the weather warms up and you spend more time on your patio, arrange a selection of containers with flowering and foliage plants to create a colourful display through the summer. These will need to be kept watered in dry weather and occasionally pinch off dead flower heads. If some of the containers have lilies planted in them, during the evening time when you are relaxing on the patio they will give off a wonderful scent.

If you used a lawn treatment in May that contained a moss killer, it is a good idea to scarify your lawn to remove the remainder of the dead moss. This can be done with a wire rake on small areas, but if raking the entire lawn a Lawnrake Compact 340 will make the job much easier. A light raking is all that is needed at this time of the year to keep your lawn in good condition.

To make mowing lawns easier where shrubs and trees are growing close by, any low growing branches that get in the way can be neatly trimmed back. It’s also a good idea to do this on pathways to prevent low branches from poking you in the eye.

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