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By Simon Kavanagh, Mar 1 2015 08:01PM

Spring is almost sprung! Here's a few things Greenspace can help with this month...

- Weeds come back in to growth - deal with them before they get out of hand

- Feed roses with rose feed or a balanced fertiliser as they come into growth

- Protect new spring shoots from slugs

- Plant bare root roses

- Top dress containers with fresh compost

- Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials

- Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems

- Plant summer-flowering bulbs

- Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters

- Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes

- Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)

- Prune Winter Flowering Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum) after flowering to encourage new growth for next year's blooms. Cut back the previous years growth to 5cm from the old wood

- Open the greenhouse or conservatory doors and vents on warm days

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By Simon Kavanagh, Feb 2 2015 02:58PM

February might not strike you as the busiest in the garden diary. Spring is on the horizon and it's an important month to get one step ahead! Here's a few jobs to be getting on with:

* Prune apple trees and pear trees whilst they're still dormant.

* Prune hardy evergreen hedges

* Plant Lilies and Allium bulbs

* Chit potato tubers

* Prepare vegetable seed beds/sow some vegetables under cover

* Protect blossom on apricots, nectarines and peaches

* Towards the end of the month prune summer-flowering Clematis before active growth begins

* Prune winter-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering

* Prune Wisteria

* Renovate overgrown deciduous hedges

* Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over the winter

* With spring on the way it's worth preparing your lawn for the season ahead. Try installing lawn edging which creates a neat and tidy appearance and makes maintenance easier.

Greenspace can help with all of the above! Get in contact.

By Simon Kavanagh, Jan 24 2015 11:52AM

I posted a while back about SEO AKA Search Engine Optimisation...why? After consulting clients and friends on how they search for a garden contractor it appeared word of mouth and searching via Google are the 2 most likely options that people use. Word of mouth is fine and a great motivation for doing a quality job on time and in budget.

Getting up the Google ratings appeared far less straightforward and the further I delved into the dark arts of SEO the harder it appeared. Snake oil. So what did I do? I spoke to a few 'experts' who suggested i part with £250/month to get up the Google ratings...hmmmmm. I wasn't so sure about that!

In the end I read up on the subject, did a 'Woorank' analysis of my website and began implementing a few changes in an effort to make this website more visible. At first not much seemed to happen until I sat down yesterday and Googled 'garden services Enfield' and found my site is now the 2nd non-sponsored site to be returned! I'm learning!

By Simon Kavanagh, Jan 15 2015 08:08AM

Wow! What a storm last night! Reminiscent of last spring's storms which put paid to many a fence in Enfield! Followoing those storms there was an unprecedented demand for fencing which no-one could supply, resulting in a 12-week lead time on fence panels and posts. Not only that but when suppliers could actually supply the fence I was seriously backlogged with fencing jobs. If your fence has suffered or you simply need a new fence please get in touch - don't wait until spring when you could well be waiting 2 months! Get in touch :-)

Fencing damage
Fencing damage

By Simon Kavanagh, Jan 14 2015 10:21AM

There's still plenty to be done in the garden in January even though it is the coldest month. Here's a few things we can help with:

~ Repair and re-shape lawn edges

~ Prune apple and pear trees

~ Plan your vegetable crop rotations for the coming season

~ Protect tender plants (e.g) polythene shelters for outdoor peaches and nectarines, to prevent peach leaf curl

~ Dig and turn-over unused areas to allow the frost to break down soil

~ Begin designing how you'd like your garden to look in spring.

Also it's an important time to look after our feathered friends - if you would like to see more birds in you garden then we can help with a strategy - bird feeders, bird baths etc.

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