Maintaining a garden is a more or less constant task, whether you are just keeping it tidy or planning major changes. If you find yourself avoiding going outside because you just don’t know where to begin, or you are working from dawn to dusk to keep things under control, it might be time to re-assess how you go about maintaining your garden. By being realistic, working out how much or how little you want to do, maybe getting help with the major jobs and using the right tools you can transform what might otherwise be a chore into a pleasure – and that’s what gardening should be. Every gardener should have unpressured pottering time in the garden and perhaps even the occasional sit down!
That’s why you will find the articles below a useful resource for keeping on top of your garden.
Why Summer Pruning is a Good Idea
Summer pruning isn’t always risky and sometimes it really is a better option than winter pruning. One of the main difference between pruning in the winter and pruning in the summer is that you can...MORE
Restoring Neglected Apple Trees
Apple trees can quickly become overgrown and unproductive before the end of their useful life and the time to sort them out is winter. Here Andy Sturgeon recommends 5 simple steps to restoring neglected apple trees.MORE
Types of Topiary
A brief guide to the ten most popular types of topiary and how to look after them.MORE
The Chelsea Chop
The Chelsea Chop can be used on some of your perennials to extend the flowering period. Do it around the end of May when the Chelsea Flower Show takes place.MORE
Fan Trained Trees
Fan-training is another type of espalier which is well suited to figs,cherries and peaches as well as a number of soft fruits like gooseberry,redcurrant and whitecurrant.MORE
Prune like a pro
The operation of pruning is as broad as your imagination. A number of patterns that have been developed are proven to lead to increased fruit production. In this guide we take a look at some of the most popular Espalier patterns.MORE
The Well Tended Garden
To get your garden looking ship shape in no time check out our 'six steps to smarten up your garden'...MORE
How to tackle a neglected garden
Whether you've inherited a neglected garden or let you garden slip out of control there comes a time when it is time to get in back shape...MORE
If we're going down the line of tackling the biggest problems first then the next in line is shrubs...MORE
Lets take a look at tackling trees, first you have to decide whether you like them...MORE
Having tackled shrubs let's take a look at maintaining climbers...MORE
Lawn Mowers – a guide to buying.
The lawn mower is without doubt the most important tool for caring for your lawn. There’s a huge range of lawn mowers on the market and our handy guide should help you go about choosing the right one MORE