Handy Hints



Plants that provide interest in the month of September


Plants which look at their best when planted en masse include not only roses and hydrangeas but also the various varieties of fuchsia, notably Tom Thumb and Ballerina. Providing that you planted the tubers early enough you should now be blessed with a mixture of radiant colours from the dahlias. A good border and rock plant is the sedum which usually has reddish flowers and does best in well drained soil in an open position. Continue to dead head summer annuals to reap the best results. In the borders you will notice the rich blue of the bedding lobelias. In the herbaceous border keep the chrysanths tied up to avoid wind damage.

Planting


Planting of winter bedding can be started now wherever there are gaps in the borders. Container-grown shrubs can be planted now providing they are kept well watered but leave the dividing of herbaceous plants until later.

Garden design


We can design your new garden or redesign an existing one. Our designer will consult with you to find out what you want from your garden and what will suit your particular requirements. Detailed plans will be drawn up and include one for planting. Our designer will consult with you at each stage of the planning to ensure that you get what you want.

Rose bushes and climbing roses


Spray every 14 days with Roseclear 2 to control aphids and blackspot. Dead-head regularly.

Ponds and water features


We will design and construct a new pond or water feature for you, or refurbish an existing one. All work is carried out by professionally qualified specialists.

Beds and borders


Keep beds and borders free of weeds. Remember the old saying: one year’s seeds are seven years weeds.

Laying a new lawn or replacing a bad one


This is best left until the Autumn because if we have a dry summer you will have to water it every day. The art of creating a new lawn is in the ground preparation, for it is most important to carry out the following tasks: firstly, dig over the ground and remove any roots, large stones and any other debris; secondly, rake level; then consolidate the soil by repeatedly walking over it with your weight over your heels; and finally rake to a fine tilth before laying good quality turf. A lawn is meant to stay level, its no good if after 18 months it starts to sink in places, so do make sure the ground is well consolidated before you lay that turf. To avoid disappointment later on, call in Rob at the beginning.

Fences and sheds


Repair or renew damaged fencing, and re-felt that leaky shed roof. When engaging the services of a contractor or company, ensure that the work will be properly carried out and guaranteed. Rob's your man.

Trelliswork


The use of a good trellis can be an asset when positioned correctly within the garden. Heavy-duty trellis is recommended and the supporting posts should be sturdy and set 2 feet in the ground with concrete. My advice is, if you are unsure, contact me and I will come and view your garden and quote for the complete job; this service is free to you.

Archways and pergolas


Why not build an archway or pergola? If it's a natural looking feature you are looking for, Rob Blann Garden Services specialise in rustic work.

Paving


Patios and paths can be laid now. When engaging the services of a contractor or company, ensure that the work will be properly carried out and guaranteed. Rob Blann will be pleased to quote for your patio or path, and even design it if required.

Garden alterations and re-planning


If you wish to add additional features to your garden or want to make other changes, then consult Rob and benefit from his professional expertise.
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