It’s been a while since I wrote about our day to day projects not because there’s nothing to write about but because I haven’t had a moment to spare. Garden maintenance is booming with and 18 hour a week client taken on last month and two new garden designs in the pipeline for the next few months.
As anyone in the gardening industry is probably aware, the months between March and September is when everyone’s out in there gardens and when most want to spend some time improving their investment and overall garden experience, so thankfully for us, we’re very much needed now more than ever.
Mowing lawns and cutting back perennials at all the right times of year is vital to sustain healthy growth and the last thing anyone wants to be doing is grafting when the family are sipping tea and kicking back watching the Olympics.
As I write, we’ve just won 3 gold medals with Jessica Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farrah giving us one of the best nights of athletics Great Britain has ever seen and only a few hours ago both Andy Murray and Ben Ainslie
brought home yet another gold!
Times like these are precious so we understand that keeping everything else ticking over around our properties is more important than ever.
We are doing our very best as always to keep all of our clients happy and although all gardens are different, there are a few things we should all be doing in August in terms of garden maintenance.
1. Save seeds of existing plants
To save on buying new plants it’s a perfect time to cut off all of the dead flowerheads and save the seeds for next spring. You can throw the seeds straight back into the ground and some will have time to take but you won’t get as a good a success rate as you would sowing them in optimal conditions next time round.
2. Prune Wisteria
Pruning of a wisteria needs to be carried twice a year to take off all of the tendrls that take a lot of the energy from the plant which could otherwise have been used to produce flowers so August is really your last chance to do this. I’ve linked to an old post which includes a video I recorded (admittedly in September) about exactly how to do it. You can find it here http://www.benlannoy.com/2011/11/pruning-a-wisteria-and-other-future/
3. Feed Your Soil
After a long summer of putting the work in, your plants will really benefit from a good mulching of green manure to keep them going right the way through to late autumn/early winter. This will also help later on down the line through the colder months to protect the root system from frost.
4. Summer pruning of fruits
Your espaliers and soft fruit trees will have put on some considerable growth over the past few months, especially with the mixed bag we’ve been having recently. Make sure you address this with a good summer pruning of congested branches and bring it back to a more open framework. This’ll direct energy to the quickly ripening fruits and also allow more light in. You’ll also see that aphids and insects are appearing at the young, soft stems so taking these off will give them less opportunity to feed.
Our garden maintenance division is steaming ahead and 4 months ago we took on a qualified gardener to become part of the Ben Lannoy Landscapes team.
Steve, our newest member has settled in really well. After running a garden maintenance business in the Swindon area he recently moved to Liphook to carry on his career as a gardener and now works on over 22 garden maintenance clients across Surrey, Hampshire and West Sussex for Ben Lannoy Landscapes.
From feedback I’ve received from our clients, they are all very happy with everything and so are we.
If you live in Surrey, Hampshire or West Sussex and you’re looking to get your garden cared for by a reliable, competitive and knowledgeable team while you concentrate on watching the olympics, I’m always available to talk it through with you, whatever your requirements.
To check out a video we’ve most recently filmed showing what we get up to in our garden services in August 2013 you can check out our post garden service, surrey – cutting back perennials
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