Posts in category Spring

Late Spring

MAY  Though this is the first really rewarding time of the year, routine work – hoeing, sowing, thinning and planting – must continue. With the first grass cuttings available, this is a good time to start a compost heap. Now, too, is the time to apply selective weedkillers. TREES AND SHRUBS Deadhead rhododendrons and azaleas [...]

Mid-Spring

APRIL Seed sowing must go on, because a late start can spoil the display in the flower garden. Cut back straggly, evergreen shrubs to encourage new growth from the base. If cold winds persist, shield newly planted shrubs with screens. TREES AND SHRUBS Prune hardy fuchsias, buddleias and other shrubs which flower on current season’s [...]

Early Spring

MARCH The momentum of work increases as the season advances. Much depends on the weather, for if the ground is saturated the tilth required for sowing seeds cannot be obtained, and the soil will be too cold for germination.    TREES AND SHRUBS  Complete planting of bare-rooted trees. Layer shoots of chimonanthus, cotinus, Magnolia G [...]

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