Once your garden project is completed it’s exciting to get outside and enjoy it as much as possible, but just because it’s finished doesn’t mean it won’t need some tender loving care to keep it as well maintained as possible. Here are a few useful things to know if you’re going to be caring for your garden yourself.
In terms of keeping your lawn as healthy as possible, make sure you don’t over-mow it as this causes stress to the grass. Longer grass is much healthier because it’s more beneficial to the soil, trapping moisture and promoting deeper root growth. Longer blades also help prevent weeds from growing by creating more shade and stunting their growth.
Watering your lawn is easy as it doesn’t need to be done very often and living in the UK, mother nature takes care of it for you! Once a week is sufficient to keep the grass hydrated with a sprinkler or hose with a sprinkler setting.
If your lawn does start to grow weeds and moss, it’s best to use natural methods as opposed to chemical to remove them, and regular mowing will keep them at bay too. Once they’ve gone, your lawn will have more room and light to grow freely, with less competition from other plants.
Aerating is also something you can do for your lawn. The process involves essentially poking holes in your grass, improving oxygen circulation and allowing nutrients to penetrate the soil to get to the roots, which is where they are most needed. There are tools available to do this.
When looking after your plants, there’s a large number of pests and diseases to look out for which can’t all be listed here. It’s better if you just keep an eye on the condition of your plants and flowers every so often by taking a quick walk around your garden. If something doesn’t look right, then thats the time to do some pest control.
If we look at the plants mentioned in our previous blog ‘Finishing Your Garden Design with Flowers‘, Rose is definitely the most vulnerable to disease and pests, but whatever plants you have in your garden they will all be susceptible to pests and disease as much as humans are.
If they’re all looking good and healthy however, the trick is to be infrequent but generous when it comes to watering. Once a week is sufficient but you should make sure you water your plants long enough to penetrate the top 5 inches or so of soil so that it seeps down to the roots. Never water your plants in the main part of the day so avoid the hours of 10am and 6pm, watering early morning before the sun is high in the sky, or in the evening when its set. It’s best to use a watering can too, as this delivers a sprinkler effect rather than if you were to use a hose, which would give your plants large amounts of water at high pressure.
Keeping these tips in mind should work well towards maintaining your garden, but we understand that some people simply don’t have the time to fit it in, or they feel uncertain of their gardening skills. Whatever your reason, we are happy to set up a maintenance plan to suit your needs once your garden project is complete, simply let us know if it’s something you’d be interested in. There’s more information here.