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Time to plan and plant for warmer and more hopeful days…

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Time to plan and plant for warmer and more hopeful days…

I have no doubt that we all agree that the last ten or so months have been pretty awful but on the upside the weather last summer, could not have been better, this allowing many of us, a little respite from the dark events surrounding us, so be you a passionate amateur, a novice or a professional gardener, we can all count ourselves lucky to have a real interest in something so very beneficial to our health and wellbeing. It’s time to plan and plant for warmer and more hopeful days.

As a long-established gardening and Landscaping company we have to carefully plan for the needs of the gardens we care for. These can vary from small minimalist installations through to large scale herbaceous perennial borders, oriental or modernist creations from small patios all the way to large garden squares. As gardeners we know that there are two deciding factors in caring for all gardens, first and foremost, good horticultural practice and second, careful planning to manage the garden’s needs throughout the seasons and into the future. To that end we like to share a few ideas in our on-going blog and should you need any help please feel free to get in touch.

Time to plan and plant for warmer and more hopeful days January/February 2021

The very best time of year of all to plant shrubs and trees is between early autumn to late Spring.  Plants that are sold potted can be planted at any time of year however planting out from September to April during the dormant season is much less stressful. As long as the ground is not completely frozen or waterlogged, then winter is the perfect time to plant.  January/February is also the normal time to plant bareroot deciduous hedging plants, root balled trees and hedging including Yew (Taxus) as well as an  ideal time to transplant established shrubs.

Plant roses, both bare rooted and potted, but avoid areas where roses were previously grown as this can lead to problems with rose diseases already present in the soil.

If you have a greenhouse or cold frame, this month is the perfect to start sowing perennial, vegetable and flowering annual seeds.

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Remember to incorporate plenty of soil improver in your plantings and use as a mulch on your beds, pots and planters, not only will this give the plants plenty of food but it will help the beds retain moisture when the summer finally arrives, take care to use mulches suitable to your plants as  ericaceous plants such as Azaleas, Pieris or Rhododendrons won’t thank you for feeding them lime rich materials.