Handy Hints

Plants that provide interest in the month of July

This is the month when summer bedding plants are at their best, providing much bright colour to offset the border plants and shrubs. Floribunda roses and Hybrid Teas will flower continuously providing they are regularly dead-headed. Among the climbers, many hybrids if clematis will now be in full flower; and Hypericum groundcover will be flowering yellow. Spirea and cistus come into their own at this time of year with show of pale colours. In the herbaceous border the delphiniums should now be doing well with their royal blue flowers.


Planting is best left until the autumn, but container-grown shrubs can be planted now providing they are kept well watered.

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.


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.


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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