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It should now be safe to plant out tender plants including Dahlias but do watch out for late frosts. For the Aylett Recipe for the best results click here or follow the link on our dahlia page.
If this spell of dry weather is prolonged your lawn may become stressed due to the lack of rain. To help your lawn it is best to mow taking less grass of at each cut, always mow in a different direction each time; this will ensure that the grass does not grow in one direction so eluding the mower blades.
As the summer approaches, have you thought about installing a Micro-Drip-System to water your plants ? This is an excellent way of ensuring your plants receive the right amount of water for healthy growth. If you have a metered water supply it can also be an efficient way of distributing water around your garden. We stock all the components that you will need to create your own irrigation system. Expert advice is always on hand to help you make the right choice; just ask at the reception desk.
If you are troubled with the neighbour’s cats, have you heard of the kind cat deterrent named Silent Roar? This is a green product containing no artificial chemicals just pellets that have been soaked in lion dung, dried then sterilised. Spread the pellets amongst your borders and even the bravest of cats will retreat, leaving your garden cat free. A carton of this non-toxic product is priced at £7.49.Under normal weather conditions an application will be effective for up to three months.
Hellebores have now finished flowering and the old foliage and flower stems should be removed. The foliage is often infected with Blackspot and other diseases which if not removed will infect the new foliage and so spoil your plants next year. Never compost infected foliage.
It’s a good time to make a trip to the nursery to select your herbs for adding zest to your favourite recipes. A herb pot planted just outside your kitchen door can make an attractive feature as well as being extremely useful. There is a vast selection of different herbs available whatever your particular taste and they are extremely easy to grow.
As deciduous shrubs finish flowering they should be pruned and trained, removing the dead flowering heads and any dead or damaged growth .A feed of any general fertilizer and a good mulch of compost will pay dividends, promoting new growth over the summer months that will provide you with a stunning display of flowers next spring.
Oriental Poppies, Lupins and Delphiniums are late this year but should all have the dead flower spikes removed as soon as they have finished flowering, In the case of the Poppies the foliage can also be cut back to tidy them. This will encourage new growth that if you are lucky will produce a few more flowers later in the summer.