Summer Garden Maintenance

Summer is a time to sit out in the garden and enjoy the features that you have created; the beautiful flowers that bloom, the well maintained lawn, the soothing water features. But, there is still some work to be done to keep all these features looking their best. Don’t worry; it’s not too much work. Just enough to protect what you have created form the elements. A very hot and dry spell can do a lot of damage to a garden. Here are some tasks which you may need to carry out:

July jobs:

• Make sure birds have water in dry weather. Birds are very important to the gardener’s environment. It may not always seem so (i.e. when they are raiding your fruits) but they do have their place in the natural order of things.

• Keep young plants and bedding fed and watered. Young, fast growing plants need energy sustenance to achieve their full potential.

• Deadhead flowers as they fade. It is important to make way for new growth, and also for appearances sake. There is nothing worse than having dead flowers on display in your garden.

• Prune shrubs that flower in early summer. This will encourage new growth and will also provide a platform for the new blooms. • Plant your autumn flowering bulbs. Get them in now and water them well. Don’t forget to keep an eye on them during the warm weather to come as you don’t want them to suffer from a lack of water.

• Pinch out runner beans as they reach the top of their canes

• Make plans for someone to water your garden if you go away on holiday. You don’t want to come back to a barren wasteland when you have put so much effort into getting your garden looking great.

August jobs:

• Keep ponds topped up – if you have a water feature in your garden the natural heat during the mid to late summer months will have an effect on the water levels. There will be a lot of evaporation and there may even be other factors involved such as animals drinking from the water feature. Both of these will reduce the water levels beyond what is needed to sustain, not only the appearance, but the effectiveness of the water feature to sustain whatever plant and fish/animal life live in the water feature environment. If possible top up with rainwater as using tap water, which is full of nutrients, can encourage the growth of algae.

• Water plants as they need it – keep an eye on plants and if you notice them wilting or drooping then apply water and watch the life return to them. Don’t overdo it as you can drown some plants.

• Trim hedges – cut back in late summer to prepare for the new growth in the spring.

• Prune back rambling roses, and trim lavender as it fades

• Mow grass less frequently if the weather is hot and dry. If you cut grass too short in this type of weather you may lose it.

Garden Maintenance Service, What Should You Expect to Pay!

PRICES AND WHAT TO EXPECT.

OK so you have a garden, you are very busy with work and you may also have kids, so you can’t find the time to attend to the garden and do the essential lawn cutting and weed control, and before you know it the garden looks like a jungle with weeds and long grass, by this point you will be stressing out thinking how am I going to sort this garden out?

First thing that will come to mind is a GARDEN SERVICES COMPANY.

So how to find a local gardener?

1. Google

2. Local papers

3. Ask friends and family

So you are now searching for a gardener, always try to have 2-3 garden maintenance companies to come and give you a free quotation, once they arrive ask the few questions about thee company and also if they would kindly offer some recent customer references this way you can call the client and find out from them about the gardening company and how good their garden services are.

Now how to choice which gardening company to go with, maybe you could go with the cheapest? or the most well spoken? or the most well turned out?

FACT is you just have to go with your instinct, as they say you pay cheap you get cheap so find out what you will receive with the price you have been given

Example

1. How often will they visit with the monthly price?

2. What does the price include (lawn cutting, weed removal, lawn treatment, plant treatment etc etc)?

3. Is there contract? if so can you cancel at any time?

Using these easy steps will make your decision that little bit easier.

Maybe you can also ask for 1 month trial basis were they would visit for one month and then you could decide to enter the contract, but this can be a long process, because if they don’t live up to expectations you would need to again call out 2-3 garden services providers and repeat the process, saying that this way you are more likely to find that perfect gardener in your local area.

Once you have chosen your gardener ask friends and family if they would be interested in receiving and garden maintenance service from your gardener and sometimes the gardening company will give you discount for referrals.

These are a few local based gardening companies which could maybe provide you with a guide line price and what to expect with the prices.

Garden Maintenance – Keep Your Garden Looking Fresh and Healthy

Gardening has become a popular passtime in America today. Working in the garden is a pleasant chore. It gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine, and is wonderful exercise. You will use many different muscles as you work to make your home more attractive.

Whether you grow vegetables, flowers, or landscape plants like trees and shrubs, some ongoing maintenance is in order to keep them looking their best. When planning a garden, do not forget that the work does not stop when you tamp in your last plant. Keeping the plants looking healthy and fresh will take some time and work in the future. So, when you create your garden, take into account the things that you will need to do in the future.

Here are a few of the things that you will need to do to keep your garden looking its best.

  • Set aside a few hours a week to work in your garden. You can use soaker hoses to save time on watering. Soaker hoses also prevent damage to your plants that can be caused by too much moisture on the foliage which can attract insects, plant diseases, and fungal infections. It is best to water early in the day.
  • Time must be scheduled to weed the garden. Nothing can spoil the beauty of a garden like an invasion of unsightly weeds. Weeds take up moisture that should be going to the plants that you like. They also rob the soil of valuable nutrients.
  • Pruning, cutting back, and dead-heading (the removal of spent blooms) will encourage new growth and help keep shrubs lush and healthy. Find out the right time of year to prune shrubs as the right time varies from plant to plant.
  • Keep your garden free of debris. Fallen leaves can carry disease or harbor insects.
  • Plants need nutrition. You can use chemical fertilizers or add compost to the soil. Many commercial fertilizers run off and wind up polluting local waterways. Compost is a natural fertilizer that really works and adds those needed nutrients over a period of time.

Of course, spring will be your busiest time in the garden as you ready the soil for new plants to emerge, prune shrubs, clear away dead plant materials, and generally spruce up the area. Spring is a great time to get outdoors. the air is fresh and the world feels renewed – what better way to enjoy the season than to begin garden maintenance and make your home attractive.