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Six steps to prepare your garden for the summer


Published by rtownsend for Sanctuary Housing Association in Communities and also in Housing

Landscape technicians from Sanctuary Maintenance Landscape technicians from Sanctuary Maintenance

With spring officially upon us and the first glimpses of glorious British sunshine coming through it is time to step outside, brush the dust off your gardening tools and set about putting the colour back into your garden.

From the 14 to 18 April 2014 the Royal Horticultural Society will be encouraging the nation to get growing as part of National Gardening Week. Up and down the country businesses, homeowners and schools will be outside in support of the week.

To join the celebrations and get your garden started national property maintenance company, Sanctuary Maintenance, have picked the brains of their estate staff supervisor in Shiregreen, Melvyn Oates, who manages Sanctuary’s outdoor spaces and gardeners across the area, to pull together six steps and tips to remember over the coming months.

So whether you are a complete beginner or a green fingered expert join the rest of the nation and start planting your flowerbeds in preparation for the season of BBQ’s and sunbathing.

Melvyn said: “April is the kick start of the gardening year so now really is the time to clean up your outdoor space to ensure you can get the most out of it over the coming months.”


1)    Give your lawn its first cut - Whilst there is still a chance of cold, frosty weather it is important to remember not to take it too low. Take it to about an inch to prevent frost from damaging the freshly cut grass.

2)    Hard prune roses – Cutting rose bushes right down will ensure they have space to give an even show of flowers across the summer months.

3)    Cut back overgrown bushes – Similarly cutting back and gaining control of bushes now will allow them to flower well through summer and produce red berries in the autumn.

4)    Plant your shrubs – Now that the weather is getting warmer it is the ideal opportunity to begin planting some shrubs. When planting be sure to water them well into the ground as this will prevent them from dying out through any periods of dry weather.

5)    Cover plants – Make sure you have some fleece plant covers in your gardening tool kit in case we get any bad weather. Putting this over your plants will prevent rain or frost damaging them.

6)    Tie up tall plants – Plants can begin to grow tall quite quickly so it is a good idea to tie them up at the earliest opportunity. Doing this will ensure they grow upwards and not outwards leaving your flowerbeds looking tidier and giving you more space for other plants and shrubs.


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