Professional Gardener by Sally Drury

Horticulture Week's technical editor Sally Drury offers a monthly checklist of things to do and watch out for to keep your garden looking its best.

Sally Drury

Professional gardener - Bank holiday boost

Professional gardener - Garden appeal

School holidays It is estimated that one-in-four working families will deposit children with grandparents for much of the long summer break. Can you do to more encourage the grandparents to bring these future garden visitors to your garden?

Professional gardener - Cover staff leave

Professional gardener - Control weeds now

Professional gardener - Track temperatures

Professional gardener - Easter preparation

Time flies We are only a month away from Easter and for many gardens that open to the public this heralds the start of a new visitor season. Draw up the schedule of what needs doing, prioritising carefully.

Professional gardener - Plan for the weather

The weather in February can be difficult to predict. Cold, with snow and ice is likely. Heavy rain is also highly probable. High winds may be damaging. While we should gradually see more sunshine, all jobs at this time will be determined by your location and the weather.

Professional Gardener - Records and plans

Work with the weather Long range weather forecasts for January are predicting something for everyone.

Professional gardener - Ditches and tidying

Ditches & drains The recent wet weather may already have caused you to pay attention to ditches and drainage systems, but if you have had no problems to solve, make sure that you inspect all gullies and outfall pipes for blockages now.

Professional Gardener - Clear-up begins

Professional gardener - Weather ready

Prepare for the weather - October can throw up surprises. Perhaps we will have an Indian summer. On the other hand, we may get autumn gales, heavy rain and plunging temperatures. Be ready for any event.

Professional Gardener - Much to be done

Be prepared August bank holiday is behind us and children have returned to school. It will not be long before frosts and winter weather arrive. But there is a great deal to be done first.

Professional gardener - Treat your timbers

Professional gardener - Draw future visitors

Summer holidays One in four working families will be depositing the children with grandparents for much of the long summer school holiday. Consider whether there is more you can do to encourage the grandparents to bring these future garden visitors to your site. Make sure that the garden appeals to children and grandparents alike.

Professional gardener - Fill gaps in borders

Professional gardener - Easter events

Bank Holidays Easter is here at last and hopefully visitors are filling gardens, caf├ęs and gift shops. If you have staged events, make sure time is taken afterwards to reflect on what worked, what did not and what can be improved next time around.

13 March - Mixed-up timing

The terrain and nature of the job will dictate which machine you should be using, Sally Drury explains.

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