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.

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Sally Drury - Image HW
Plan for the sun Walk around the garden morning, midday and afternoon on a hot sunny day and note the position of shade in relation to visitor routes, pause spots and seating. Shading is especially important where a garden attracts elderly visitors and young children.

But be prepared for rain Ensure that gutters on sheds, greenhouses and other buildings are clear of debris. Make sure that all staff have wet-weather gear as well as sun cream. Keep a handheld blower ready to dry off seats and benches in the picnic and other outdoor catering areas. Make sure that litter bins are regularly checked and emptied.

Autumn plans Start planning for autumn planting, moving, clearing and renovation works. Make sure that all machinery and tools are in good condition. Prepare for ditch cleaning — a task that many estates have overlooked in recent years and is now becoming an increasing priority in water management.
Winter plans It might snow. Then again, it might not. Nevertheless, now is a good time to investigate winter-clearance equipment.

Saving water You many feel that we had sufficient rainfall last winter and during spring, but it is always worth considering collection and storage. If you do not already have a facility, consider ways to collect this winter’s rain. Rainwater harvesting kits — complete with tank, filters, automatic pump, hose and plumbing connections — are available from several sources, with tanks offered in sizes up to 100,000 litres for above- or below-ground installation.

Flower beds & borders This month should see many of them full of colour and looking good. If gaps have opened, consider filling them by adding bedding or plunge planting pots of appropriate varieties. Pay attention to deadheading, provide extra staking where needed, control weeds and keep alert for pests and diseases. Slugs and snails remain a problem — control accordingly.

Kitchen garden Harvest produce as and when it is ready, thin out seedlings and continue to make successional sowings of salad and vegetable varieties.

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