Yearly Archives: 2015

January Jobs for the Garden

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 1:40 am

After the enjoyment and festivities of Christmas, January can arrive with a depressive, dreary feeling.  So, wrap up warm, get out into the garden and work off some of those extra Christmas calories piled on in December.

There are plenty of chores to tackle during January.

  • Look over your trees and shrubs and remove any dead or diseased branches. If any shrubs have been loosened by strong winds then make sure they are standing firm. You may need to stake them to prevent them falling over completely.
  • If you are lucky enough to have fruit trees growing in your garden, then continue pruning and make sure you burn the prunings as a safeguard to prevent any diseases from spreading. You can feed trees and bushes with sulphate of potash.
  • If the weather is mild, then prune any tough deciduous hedges like hawthorn or privet.
  • ¬†Prepare beds for spring sowing of annuals, if you haven’t already done so.
  • Pot lily bulbs indoors or under glass for any that you want to flower early. Cover iris plants with cloches.
  • Finally, examine stored tubers for any signs of mould. If tubers appear withered then soak them in tepid water overnight, making sure they are dry before returning to store.

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Why Aluminium Entrance Doors Are the Best for Any Residential or Commercial Building

Posted on November 24, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Entrance doors are one of the special features of a building. A high quality entrance door not only improves the design of the building but it also makes better, the first impression that visitors to the home will have. Currently, the market is stocked with quality manufactured doors ranging from decent and extravagant, narrow and wide, plain and colourful as well as single and double. Aluminium entrance doors have been featured as one of the strongest and highly secure doors in the market. And there are a myriad reasons why residential or commercial building owners should go for these doors.


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Posted in Doors

Maintenance of your garden shed

Posted on November 17, 2015 at 9:59 pm

It may be small and forgotten at this time of year, nestled at the bottom of your garden but, in order to keep your shed fit for purpose as a store for garden tools, seeds, spring bulbs and the lawnmower, it is a good idea to give it a maintenance check at least once a year.

Sheds can be prone to damp and wood rot and infestations of insects and small animals, like mice and rats. Once you find rotting wood, you will need to cut out the affected area and replace with new timber. It’s also a good idea to check out the source of rot and deal with that so the problem does not reoccur. You can prevent insect and animal infestations by spraying the interior of your shed with appropriate insecticides.

Grab a ladder and have a look at your roofing felt for any leaks and cracks. This may need replacing and it is quite a straightforward DIY job that most householders can undertake themselves. Make sure you fit the new felt as flat as you can, smoothing out any bumps and ridges before nailing down.

Painting the exterior of your shed will also help it to last longer and will make it look smart. You probably won’t need to do this every year but, if you live in an area with particularly heavy rainfall, then you might want to also consider waterproofing the sides.

Posted in Outbuildings

Garden Chores to Tackle in November

Posted on October 20, 2015 at 9:52 pm

Once we turn back the clocks and the evenings start drawing in, we may feel like hibernating in the warmth of our cosy homes and we might think that there is nothing much to do in the garden until the snowdrops and daffodils start to bloom in early Spring. However, there is still plenty to be done if you fancy getting out into the fresh air and “blowing the cobwebs away” on a bright clear November day.

  • If the weather is dry, you might get a chance to mow the lawn for the last time this year.
  • Plant new deciduous shrubs and hedges. If your garden is particularly cold and exposed, then you will need to protect tender plants. You can still take hardwood cuttings this month.
  • You can also take cuttings of roses. Remember to prune the climbing roses.
  • Continue planting out perennials and dividing those which are already established in the garden.
  • Check stored dahlia tubers for any signs of rotting.
  • Rake up piles of dead leaves from the lawn and from your flower beds.
  • Finish planting tulip bulbs.
  • Make sure ponds are clear of fallen dead leaves as this will cause a build up of silt in the bottom. Remove dead leaves from water lilies.
  • Cover and protect late-sown parsley with cloches or polythene tunnels.

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Autumn Planting of Daffodils

Posted on September 9, 2015 at 8:46 pm

Hosts of daffodils not only give inspiration to 19th century poets but also are a sure sign to many that Spring and warmer weather is well on the way. However, in order to have daffodils blooming in your garden in March then you will need to be planting bulbs from now until November.

The traditional larger varieties are perfect for beds or for growing in lawns but miniature varieties look great in rockeries, pots, window boxes or even hanging baskets.

Before you plant your bulbs, fork through your soil to make sure that it is not compacted and heavy. Dig in some well rotted manure or compost and plant bulbs in a sunny or semi-shaded position. Plant bulbs to a depth of about 8-10cm. Daffodils which are planted in containers can be planted much closer together. If you plant bulbs in the lawn, you may need to wait until June or even July before you mow the area where your daffodils grow in order to allow the foliage to die down naturally and build up the bulb for the following Spring.

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