Wow - where did January go!
It has been a crazy month for weather with heat and lots of rain too. Weeds and plants are growing crazily in my garden in equal measures. Here are my top tips for jobs in the garden for February
1. Water your citrus - As your fruit develops over summer, it is important to keep your plants well watered. Half a bucket twice a week is what to aim for.
2. Feijoas are fleshy fruits, so to ensure you have lots of lovely juicy feijoas come autumn, it is critical to keep watering at the moment. If you haven't mulched around the base of each plant - do it!
3. Raise the heights of your lawn mower - this allows the grass to stay a little longer, and prevents the soil underneath heating too much. Soak lawns once a week, to keep them lush, and having a regular weed and feed spray regime should help keep weeds under control. Pimp My Lawn offer a good service.
4. Thin apple clusters to about three per bunch − any more than this and the fruit will be small and more than likely to bruise.
5. Weeding, watering, mulching & feeding - keep on top of the basics!
It's time to trim Buxus & fertilise any topiaries in pots. Plants in pots do better with chemical or synthetic fertilisers so use products such as Osmoform, Triabon or Nitrophoska. With February being a dry month, water your pots every 2/3 days. Watering will also activate the fertilisers you use too.
If you need a hand keeping on top of your garden this month or feel frustrated that you don't have the time to make it tidy and presentable, contact us here.
Now is the time to sit back and enjoy the garden with friends and family over the holiday season. The abundance of flowers and summer colour and harvesting fruit and vegetables.
Don't worry if you didn't have time to plant fresh herbs and lettuce. There is still time now to pop to the garden centre, get some seedlings and pop them in. I'm enjoying my basil and tomato plants that I only planted on the 23rd December.
Here are my top 3 essential January jobs...
1. Watering (the right way!)
If you are going to water the garden, make sure you do it right. Deep infrequent watering develops a much better root system for your plants. I recommend 1 - 2 buckets of water per plant every 5 - 7 days. This is obviously dependent on the size of plant, but if you remember the size of the plastic container your plant came in, you want that volume of water x 2. This should be delivered slowly at the base of the plant with a slow running hose (not the spray setting on your hose attachment) in the mid to late evening.
2. Keep On Top Of Your Weeds
Weeds compete for the small amounts of moisture in your soil, so do your plants a favour and make sure they are getting all the water at this time of year. Keeping on top of the weeds is easier said than done, but if you can keep on top of them and just wander once a day pulling out the little ones, then your garden will thank you for it.
3. Plan Your Future Garden
If you are wanting to improve your garden, make it lower maintenance and more attractive for this new year, now is the perfect time to start that process.
Autumn is the perfect time to make changes in the garden as it is the longest time before the harsh summer, for the plants to get established, so now is the time to start thinking and planning for those changes.
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