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.
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?
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.
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.
Work with the weather Long range weather forecasts for January are predicting something for everyone.
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 gardeners at Hever Castle are celebrating after the gardens were voted Garden of the Year by South & South East in Bloom.
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.
A head gardener has smashed his HortAid fundraising target after promising to wear green lipstick, a wig, nail varnish and green tights to work.
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.
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.
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