It’s time to get planting!


It’s the first of March and spring is just a few weeks away – something proved by the milder weather and longer days. Now is the time to lay the ground work if you want to reap the benefits of a picturesque garden come summer. This is labour intensive work involving cleaning up your garden, cutting back the evergreens you’ve not worried about over the winter months and begin planting seed beds so they have a chance to grow.

We want to make gardening as easy as possible for you which is why we have come up with a list of to-dos which you can print off and tick off as you complete them!

Priority jobs this month[i] [ii] [iii]

  1. Open your Greenhouse on warm days.
    As the weather starts to get warmer; it’s time to open up your Greenhouse to let air circulate.  This prevents the plants in your Greenhouse from being subjected to prolonged levels of heat or a less than favourable atmosphere.
  2. Weeds will start to grow thick and fast, make sure you remain on top of them before they get out of hand.
    Weeds are absolute pests and can quickly become a nuisance if left unattended. Whether your weeds are perennials such as dandelions or annuals such as chickweed, these weeds need to be tackled dependant on their type – the main thing to remember is to destroy the root as they can be hard to dig out once they are established.
  3. Mow your lawn – on dry days.
    It is a well known fact that you shouldn’t mow you lawn when it is wet or excessively cold as it can cause damage to the turf and soil making growing plants difficult. Unfortunately, during the three months of winter, we are met with very little else meaning your garden can be neglected and left to grow out. Now that the weather has improved, and the days are getting longer, it’s time to neaten your garden by mowing the grass and trimming the edges of your flower bed.
  4. Top up the compost on your flower beds.
    The harsh weather will have started to affect the soil and, without healthy soil, you can’t grow the plants you want. By adding an additional layer of compost or mulch to your garden, you can cover your untreated soil, help fight off an influx of weeds and maintain the moisture within the soil.
  5. Plant your flowers and vegetables.
    Now is the ideal time to plant your flowers and vegetables in order to have them in full bloom by the summer. These can be planted inside your house, in the Greenhouse or directly into the ground but the threat of frost is (usually) gone by now making the soil prime.
  6. Clean and top up your animal habitats.
    We know your garden is a habitat for a whole host of wildlife and, at Dunster House; we fully support this. Many animals hibernate until spring but are now awake, hungry and looking to your garden to replenish their supplies which is why you need to be sure that all your baths, beds
  7. Install a new pond or water feature
    This is not technically a ‘must do’ but if you have been dreaming of having a water feature in your garden then now is the time to do this – we can even make it easier with our range of Fish Ponds! It gives you a chance to create a pond that you’ve always wanted whether full of wildlife or simply a statement water feature in the middle of your garden.

I love looking at your gardens and learning new tips (mainly because I can then use this in my own garden)! Share your images, and any other priorities we should add to our to do list, on our social media pages or leave them in the comment section below J






February 29, 2016

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