Well, the good news is that at some point, it will, and you’ll want your lawn in top condition for the coming summer so here are our top five tips for maintaining a great looking lawn.
1. Keep off the grass! (at least when it’s wet). As tempting as it might be when the sun eventfully does come out to get out there and get cutting, if you do so when the soil underneath is still wet you could be doing more damage than good. Walking, and certainly running a heavy mower on ground that hasn’t dried out enough is likely to compact the soil underneath cause issues going forward. Wait for a couple of days’ dry weather and check to see your lawn isn’t still wet underneath before you spend too much time walking on it.
2. Have a tidy up. Over time, debris at the base of each grass plant is likely to build up. The combination of tiny uncollected grass clippings, moss, deceased bugs, and other detritus is known as thatch. A build up of thatch means that light, air and moisture can’t efficiently get down to the plants’ root system where it’s needed and your lawn’s health will suffer. Use a wire tined rake, or if your lawn is too large to work on manually, a powered scarifier to remove the thatch build up and give the grass plants space to grow.
3. Breathe! Allow the grass to I mean. We’ve already mentioned compaction, drainage and scarifying above and you can further help your lawn that’s been suffering with these problems by aerating it. Use a fork or a powered aerator to drive tines into the soil, loosen it up underneath the lawn and allow air to flow around the grasses root system. You can further help a poorly drained lawn by sweeping top dressing into the holes.
4. Feed. Lawns are tough things. They tolerate having their tips cut off every week, trampolines sitting on them for months, extreme heat and heavy frosts and a constant pounding from feet. They are living things however and need a bit of help. Like us, plants need nutrients and by providing a nitrogen rich feed in spring (spring feeds are different to autumn ones so check the packet and look back here in September for more information), you will be giving the grass plants the start to spring they need in order to look lush and green.
5. Mow regularly. Once we’re into the full season, we mow our clients’ lawns once a week. Regular mowing at a suitable cutting height as a pose to really cutting it hard once in a while when it REALLY needs it is not only much quicker and less stressful, it’ll keep the grass plants looking greener and more healthy. Do not cut normal garden lawns too short as this will lead to weak grass plants and invite weeds and moss to develop quickly.
For further advice on lawns or anything else to do with your garden, visit us at @BGHorticulture or our website www.bluegerbera.co.uk.
Oh yes we can! It’s an annual question we as professional horticulturalists are asked, and in fairness, understandably so. I mean, at times of the year when temperatures struggle to get above 3 degrees, many shrubs and trees are skeletal and much of the local wildlife population is either safely hidden away hibernating, or has sensibly left the British winter behind all together, who in their right mind would be out there gardening?
Truth is, this time of year presents far more work in the garden than you would necessarily realise. You’ll have heard the expression, “Fail to prepare; prepare to fail”? Well, that might perhaps be a bit dramatic, but it does have a semblance of truth for gardeners hoping to achieve a vibrant healthy garden come the warmer months of spring and summer. In early winter, our teams are busy building up their arm muscles as the seemingly never ending job of raking, collecting and composting leaves takes up many an hour of their time. Post-Christmas, once our clients’ gardens are free from leaf debris, our teams turn to addressing all the little bits that need attention; a job far easier when the garden is more dormant. If conditions allow, winter digging of beds and borders is being carried out, new planting areas are being planned, formed and prepared ready to accept new plants come the spring and give them the best start in life.
If your garden REALLY needs a good working over, now is the perfect time to get it done. Many people don’t even thing about their gardens at this time of the year, or don’t expect professionals to be working until March. This is far from the case. We book in many ad hoc projects that involve rescuing gardens when people literally can’t see the wood for the trees. Now is the best time of year for renewal pruning shrubs, cutting back ivy, giving old fruit trees a new lease of life and all sorts of other large jobs that come the summer you just won’t have time to do. Of course, the bonus of all this pruning, raking and digging……
…….it helps keep us that bit warmer!
If you’ve never employed a professional gardener before or are unhappy with your current contractor please do give us a call, drop us an email, or message us through our Facebook page. We’ll happily meet with you free of charge to discuss your requirements and explain how we work.
Blue Gerbera Horticulture Ltd; How Garden Services Should Be..
As we slip into September and start to see signs of autumn appearing, it’s time to start thinking about next spring and making preparations so that that magical day in March or April when we step into the garden and truly feel that winter is on it’s way out, can look and smell as special as it can do…….. We’re heading into bulb planting season!
Our teams will be speaking to you in the next week or so about bulbs, what’s on offer, and how you can achieve a spectacular spring garden by planting out now. If you have a shady garden with lots of overhead tree canopy, spring bulbs are perfect for giving you the spectacular flower show you crave before the trees fill in and light levels drop reducing your options for summer colour.
With bulbs, it’s often the case of the more the better so why not take advantage of our collections.
Choose from delicate Snowdrops, light and airy dwarf Narcissus (miniature daffodils), colourful early flowering Crocus planted on mass, or fragrant Hyacinths. Alternatively we offer a wide range of Tulips and Alliums to give your garden a smart and classy look in late spring. With careful planning, you can achieve a fantastic display from February right through until June simply by using bulbs.
Speak to your gardener or contact us directly through Facebook, or via our Contact page. Let your garden pack a real early punch in 2018.
Blue Gerbera Horticulture Ltd - Recruitment
Job Title: Junior Gardener
Responsible to: Horticulture Manager/Senior Gardener
Do you have high standards? Are you able to commit to a role and work hard to maintain those high standards? Are you keen to start a career in the horticultural industry with a company that will support and train you? Our Junior Gardeners play an important role in the success and development of our business. Our aim is to deliver the highest standards of service to our customers through not only our knowledge and experience, but through our attention to detail, commitment to the job, and our levels of customer service.
As a Junior Gardener you will be an important member of a team working in mainly residential gardens throughout the London Borough of Havering and South Essex.
KEY TASKS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
• To undertake a variety of horticultural practices and processes principally; grass cutting, strimming and edging, bed and border maintenance, pruning, leaf and hedge work as well as various other tasks as directed by the line manager.
• Ensure all equipment is maintained and cared for. Identify and report any issues with equipment.
• At all times promote and maintain a competent, professional image of Blue Gerbera Horticulture Ltd to its clients and to the general public.
• At all times comply with all health and safety procedures and work in a safe and responsible manner.
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• Commit to personal and professional development through on the job learning and at home study.
• Participate in the company Performance Management and Appraisal process, and agree short, medium and long term goals with line manager.
• Identify learning and development needs with line manager and evaluate training and development demonstrate needs have been met.
• Contribute to the learning of others across the organisation.
• A recognised horticultural qualification is desirable however not essential if the candidate can demonstrate relevant experience and a desire to forge a career in the horticulture industry.
• School leavers may be considered if they are able to demonstrate reliability, a good attitude to hard work, and a desire to forge a career in the horticulture industry.
• Full, clean driving licence (desirable but not essential)
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
£7.50 - £9.00ph (DOE)
Please send CV and cover letter to email@example.com or contact us through our Facebook or website.
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