Handy Hints



Plants that provide interest in the month of November


The last of the rose blooms still lingers on, as do some of the summer bedding. The varying shades of green and golden yellow conifers provide much interest at this time of year, as does the variegated foliage of various evergreen shrubs, such as spotted laurel and eleagnus. Berry bearing plants, notably cotoneasters and pyracanthus with their red or orange fruits please the gardener before the blackbirds finally strip them for tasty food.

Planting


Clear away any spent annuals but you can leave those in flower until the frosts finish them off. Planting of winter bedding, polyanthus and winter pansies, can be done now wherever there are gaps in the borders. Shrubs and trees can be planted now, and herbaceous plants can be divided. Biennials such as sweet Williams and wallflowers should be in by now. Bare-rooted roses and trees ready for planting should now be available at garden centres.

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


Continue to prune as the flowers fade but you can leave the odd flower bud to develop and bloom.

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


Digging of empty ground is recommended now and include some compost as well to feed the soil.

Laying a new lawn or replacing a bad one


This is best done in 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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