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Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – September gardening tips

Gardening calendar September

September gardening tips

Autumn days are upon us…

September brings cooler weather and shorter days. Now is the time to enjoy your autumn harvest of fruit and vegetables and start to think about planting for next spring too.

What to do in the garden in September

Plants and Flowers

Plant your spring flowering bulbs now to have them ready for early flowering next year.

Fruit

Enjoy the abundance of autumn blackberries and raspberries and get creative with them in the kitchen.

Vege

Get the last of the potatoes out of the garden and ensure you have protected any leafy vege such as lettuce with bird proof netting.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for September

  •  Separate herbaceous perennials.
  • Gather and plant seeds from perennials as well as hardy annuals.
  • Protect your ponds from being clogged up by autumn leaves by covering them in netting.
  • Pay attention to your houseplant watering – the cooler weather means you can cut back.
  • Have an ‘end of summer’ clean of your greenhouse, pots and sheds to have everything ready for the coming months.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

Prevent weeds from taking over your garden!

During the summer months, weeds can become a particular problem. While the warmer weather, combined with the rainy days that we have come to enjoy as a typical British summer, are ideal growing conditions for plants and flowers, they are also ideal growing conditions for pesky weeds which clutter your garden and can be harmful too.

Weeding your garden can be time-consuming, and even the most avid gardeners would agree that they’d rather spend their time tending to their beloved plants and flowers rather than having to spend their precious gardening time trying to keep on top of weeds.

So naturally, the ideal solution is not to have to pull out weeds, but to prevent them from growing in the first place!

While it might be impossible to completely eradicate weeds from your garden, there are certainly some things you can do to ensure they are kept to a minimum.

So if you want to prevent weeds from taking over your garden, try these helpful tips.

Try not to disturb the soil.

Many weeds live below the surface of your garden, and if left undisturbed are unlikely to see the light of day. While it may be necessary to turn over soil from time to time keep it from compacting, done too frequently and you risk exposing weed seeds to sunlight and stirring them into action! Instead, a high-quality organic mulch can do the trick and will encourage earthworms to keep the soil loose and nutrient rich – with the minimum input from you.

Suppressing weeds with a mulch is extremely useful when it comes to weed prevention. Mulches effectively smother weed seeds in the soil, preventing them from rising to the surface and being exposed to sunlight. Mulches also have the benefit of keeping the soil cool and helping it to retain moisture. Late spring is an ideal time to do this.

Weed at optimum times

If weeds to appear in your garden, to make life easier for yourself it’s a good idea to do so after a heavy downpour. When the soil is soft and wet, it will be less difficult when pulling out even more stubborn, deep rooted weeds, and can ensure you get the whole weed out, rather than breaking off the top part, only to discover a regrowth a week later!

Choose close plant spacing

If you plant the plants, shrubs and flowers you do want in your garden close together, there will be fewer gaps for those pesky weeds to emerge. When thinking about your garden design, choose plants that compliment one another and it won’t look like you have squeezed in too many.

Careful watering

Another way to prevent weeds from taking over is to avoid giving them the care they need to grow! Be careful to water the plants you want to flourish while depriving weeds of the same. Drip or soaker hoses, placed beneath a layer of mulch can work wonders, and depriving weeds of water can reduce weed-seed germination by 50 to 70 percent, so it’s definitely worth a try!

Using the above strategies can help dramatically reduce the number of weeds appearing in your garden and provide you with effective solutions to making them easier to remove when they do. So if you want to prevent weeds from taking over your garden this summer, why not give them a try?!

 

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – August gardening tips

August gardening calendar

August gardening tips

Hazy days and warm summer nights…

Keep to a strict watering schedule in August and make sure you’ve got garden helpers on hand if you are planning to spend some time away from home. Prune summer-flowering shrubs to keep them neat and encourage further growth.

What to do in the garden in August

Plants and Flowers

Collect seeds from garden plants which can be used for next year’s garden. Keep soil nourished by topping up with high grade topsoil and green manures.

 Fruit

Pruning fruit plants is essential at this time of year, and make sure you cut out old fruited canes on raspberries. and pot rooted strawberry runners too.

Vege

August is a great time for harvesting veggies so keep an eye on your vegetable patch, sweetcorn, broccoli, and lettuces should all be ready to enjoy.

 Top 5 GardeningTasks for August

  • Deadhead your flowering plants on a regular basis.
  • Watering! Pay attention to all your plants and flowers and don’t let them dry out – but do try to recycle water where you can.
  • Keep ponds and water features clean and free of dirt and debris, and top them up with water if needed.
  • Reap the rewards of a well thought out vegetable garden and eat what you grew!
  • Give soil a helping hand by adding composts and green manures to keep it healthy.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – July gardening tips

July gardening tips

Summer is in full swing…

July is one of the warmest months in the calendar and when gardens can be enjoyed for lazy summer reading, lunchtime BBQ’s and evening soiree’s. This is the time where you’ll want your garden looking it’s best and in order to do so you need to be on high alert for weeds, pests and parched plants.

What to do in the garden in July

 Plants and Flowers

 Keep weeds at bay by weeding regularly, keep plants and flowers well watered in the summer’s heat, and deadhead any flowers that need it to keep those blooms coming.

 Fruit

 July should see the first crops of fruit plants and trees flourish. Protect them with netting to avoid all that hard work going to waste by them being devoured by cheeky birds or pesky snails. Apricots, peaches and nectarines should be ripe for the plucking in July.

Vege

 Juicy courgettes should be ready to be harvested now – make sure you get to them before they turn into marrows.

 Top 5 gardening tasks for July

  • Keep your eye on wilting plants and flowers, particularly delicate climbers such as clematis and treat them accordingly.
  • Pay attention to ponds and water features and clear any algae or debris that has built up in them.
  • Get ahead of the game by ordering catalogues to peruse and plan for spring next year.
  • Give your grass a good lawn feed to keep it lush and healthy looking.
  • Don’t forget about your houseplants – keep them well watered and make sure they are cared for if you go away on holiday too.

 For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

 

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – May Gardening Tips

May gardening tips

May gardening tips

Summer is nearly here!

As your garden starts to blossom and bloom, you’ll know that summer is right around the corner. Now is the time to start sowing and planting out bedding, and you’ll need to put a regular slot in the diary for cutting the grass too. Here are our May gardening tips.

What to do in the garden in May

Plants and Flowers

Keep an eye on more delicate plants and flowers in case unseasonable weather should strike. Sow pretty poppies, bright cornflowers and scabious which will make your garden hum with life from appreciative bees and butterflies.

 Fruit

Now the warmer weather is here why not get tropical and sow some melons?! Believe it or not some varieties of melon will grow well even in the temperamental British climate. Try the orange sherbet variety for optimum results.

Vege

Start digging up earthy potatoes for a delicious accompaniment to summer salads.

 Top 5 gardening tasks for May

  • Get summer bedding all planted at the end of the month (unless the weather remains very chilly).
  • Get the most out of your watering by doing so early in the morning or after sunset so the hot rays of the sun don’t evaporate it before it has absorbed.
  • Ventilate your greenhouse and prevent it from getting too hot by opening doors on warmer day.
  •  If you have hedges that need trimming remember to check for birds nests before you start.
  • If your daffodils are looking a little overcrowded, take some out and plant them elsewhere.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – April Gardening Tips

April gardening calendar

April gardening tips

Unpredictable weather…

In April, blossoms will appear on the trees, cheery daffodils will spring up from the ground and a few days of warm sunshine might even be in the mix! However, April tends to be unpredictable weather-wise with lots of rain and very cold days and nights. Beware of frosts, keep an eye out for pests and watch for weeds and excessive lawn growth this month.

What to do in the garden in April

 Plants and Flowers

This month is all about making sure your flowers are well nourished. Invest in some good quality plant food to feed hungry plants and flowers and help them flourish. Sunflowers, petunias and marigolds are all worth planting now.

 Fruit

Keep protecting your fruit blossom from any late (but not unexpected) frosts, Prune fig trees and feed any citrus plants. It’s your last chance to grow strawberry plants too!

Vege

Marrows, aubergines, courgettes and squash should be sown now, make sure you keep them under cover until the warmer weather sets in.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for April

  • Keep weeds under control
  • Tie in climbing and rambling roses
  • Sow hardy annuals, herbs and wild flower seed outdoors
  • Increase the water given to houseplants
  • Sow new lawns or repair bare patches

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – March Gardening Tips

March gardening tips

Spring has sprung…

By the middle of March spring should well and truly be in the air and your garden will start to really come to life. Spring is an important time in the garden and this month you’ll be busy preparing your soil and sowing seed beds, looking ahead for a garden bursting with colour and variety come summer.

What to do in the garden in March

Plants and Flowers

Time to get those beautiful summer flowering bulbs in the ground! Wildflower seeds will do well now and can add a glorious mix of colour to your garden. Delicate sweet peas are another great choice too.

Fruit

Tomato plants can be sown in the greenhouse in March.

Vege

Hardy shallots, onions and potatoes should be ready to go in the ground for an early crop. Leeks and beetroot can also be planted, as well as more leafy verge such as chard and kale. You can also get your herb garden going, or start indoors if the weather is still looking chilly.

Top 5 Gardening Tasks for March

  • Look out for slugs! If you don’t they’ll munch their way through new spring shoots.
  • Start getting your vegetables and summer-flowering bulbs planted.
  • Use a good topsoil to cover beds and containers for optimum plant growth.
  • Keep an eye on the lawn and mow if necessary.
  • Weeds will start to flourish in March so beware of them – hoe out any unwelcome visitors.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – February Gardening Tips

February Garden - s[ring shoots and frost

February gardening tips

Spring is round the corner…

February should see the first glimmers of spring around the corner, and is a time where you can get busy in the garden preparing for the warmer weather. This is a perfect time to get those clippers out and prune hedges, shrubs and climbers.

What to do in the garden in February

Plants and Flowers

Plant any new bulbs that will flower in spring, such as snowdrops and daffodils.

Fruit

Check on fruit trees and protect any early blossoms from the cold in order to get the best crop possible come summer. These early stages are crucial for making sure your fruiting plants are successful.

Vege

Get your vegetable plot ready by turning over the soil and adding a good compost or mulch. Sow your vegetable seeds but also cover them to protect them from the cold. This will have the added benefit of shielding your plants from insects and critters that might want to eat them before you get a chance!

 Top 5 February Gardening Tasks

  • Get pruning – cut back evergreen hedges, winter flowering shrubs and climbers.
  • Invest in nets to cover your young vegetable crops, protecting them from wily birds.
  • Remove any old deciduous grass from your garden.
  • Cover fruit trees to protect them from the cold.
  • Chit potato tubers.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here

What is the difference between topsoil and loam?

 

Getting the right kind of soil to ensure that your garden flourishes, is so important, and one of the many questions we frequently get asked is to explain the different between Topsoil and Loam Soil – and how to know which should be used in a garden.

Every gardener knows that for their plants and flowers to have the best chance of success the soil they are planted in must be rich in organic matter, free from harmful chemicals, kept moist, and turned over as much as possible.

Many gardeners who feel their soil needs a little boost will simply head to their local garden centre and buy only topsoil to try to improve their soils nutrient level and help their garden grow.

The problem with this, however, is that to take care of your whole garden you must dig a little deeper. Loam and topsoil are often banded together, however, while they share some similar qualities they are not the same thing, and it is important for gardeners to understand the difference. So, what is the difference between topsoil and loam?

Topsoil

In your garden (as you may guess by its name), Topsoil is the uppermost layer of soil, or rather, the first 12 inches. Topsoil will be dark and rich in organic matter due to leaves and other vegetation that will have decomposed on the surface. However, topsoil can also contain sand, clay, and silt.

Loam

Loam is a classification given to soil rather than a standalone type. When soil is described as loam soil, it is because particular qualities it contains – a mixture of sand, silt and clay. You can also get different types of loam depending on the percentages of sand, silt and clay found within it. You may hear soil being referred to as ‘sandy loam’ or ‘clay loam’ for example because it has a greater percentage of one material then normal.

When it comes to commercial Topsoil and Loam Topsoil, Topsoil tends to have a looser consistency – this is to help with draining so when you water your plants the water will quickly reach the roots and retain a great amount of moisture, but also drain away well so as not to build up and drown your plants and flowers. Good quality topsoil often contains decaying organic matter, rich in nutrients to feed your soil. Loam soil contains little or no organic matter, however, it is popular with gardeners, landscapers and green keepers alike because of its ability to retain water and nutrients.

What is important to remember is that when you ask for topsoil in your garden centre, you may be given something that is not loam soil as well – and therefore not as beneficial to your garden as it could be! A mix of organic matter plus the benefits that a loamy soil provides is ideal..

So, now you know, next time you buy, make sure to be clear so you can rest assured you are getting the very best kind of soil to help your garden grow.

At Bury Hill, all our premium grade topsoils and loams are blended using high-quality natural soils, selected sands and grits and organic compost from known sources. So whatever your gardens needs, we will be happy to help!

Bury Hill Gardening Calendar – January Gardening Tips

Gardening tips in January

January gardening tips

A chilly start to the year…

January can often be the coldest month of the year, and your garden may well need some love and care to keep it from being damaged by the unforgiving weather. Snow and frosts, blustering gales and torrential downpours are all possible in January.

Give your garden the best chance of holding its own by securing any stakes, and other supports and checking them regularly (particularly after adverse weather). Move plants to where they are most likely to get sunlight and consider covering your soil to protect any bulbs and plants from damaging frosts.

What to do in the garden in January

Plants and Flowers

If it’s a particularly cold January consider moving more delicate plants inside to keep them safe from the frost and snow. Conservatories are a fantastic way to give plants a lot of light whilst keeping them warm, but if you don’t have one placing plants on windowsills or other areas that get natural light will do the trick too.

Fruit

Give your fruit trees a makeover and prune them back to keep them neat and tidy, and ready to flourish when the warmer weather kicks in. It’s a wonderful feeling to quite literally reap the fruits of your labour and you can maximise your yield with good pruning.

Vege

While not much planting is advisable during January, it is the perfect time to start considering what you’d like in your vegetable plot this year. A well timed planting plan will mean you can enjoy a variety of veggies throughout the year.

Top 5 January Gardening Jobs

  • Recycle your Christmas tree  - you can shred it and use it for mulch to help your soil stay nutrient rich, or simply take it to your local recycling centre.
  • Organise and clean your greenhouse and sheds.
  • Plan your veggies for the coming season.
  • Create shelters for more vulnerable plants.
  •  Get your lawn looking neat and tidy.

For helpful tips and advice throughout the year you can Download our full 12 month calendar here