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By Simon Kavanagh, Feb 27 2016 01:17PM

Before/After. 2 apple trees pruned today. Following on from last year's prune, further work on creating a 'wine glass' shaped structure to get plenty of light to the centre of the tree. Next winter the focus will be on reducing the height to give healthy, strong and productive specimens.

By Simon Kavanagh, Jul 1 2015 04:24PM

Phew, it's been a while since the last blog - better weather tends to mean it is very busy indeed! Non-stop! Here's a few things to be getting on with in July:

Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt

Treat apple scab

Place conservatory plants outside now that it is warm

Order catalogues for next year’s spring-flowering bulbs

Water tubs and new plants if dry

Consider upgrading water-buts

Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering

Pick courgettes before they become marrows

Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up

Give woodwork a lick of paint or preserver, while the weather is dry

Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed

Check plants for green fly

Oh, and get planning your longer-term projects. If you need help with anything, get in touch for a chat.

By Simon Kavanagh, Mar 10 2015 09:21AM

Spring is THE time to work on your lawn. Greenspace is currently doing the rounds with a huge bag of lawn fertilizer/moss killer to give customers the best lawn they can get this summer! We're championing the good old fashioned English lawn. How do we do it???

- apply fertilizer/moss killer

- wait 2 weeks

- scarify to remove dead moss

- over-seed sparse areas

- let nature take it's course

- sit back and relax

Here's a link to the best RHS advice on lawn care....

If you want to get your lawn in tip-top shape give Grrenspace a call!

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

Give us a call!

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.

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