WITH all the humid weather we've been having lately, the
growth of plants in the garden and countryside is improving day
by day. As we enter May we see the last of the decidious trees
such as ash and oak come into leaf.
Summer drought can cause
quite a considerable amount of damage to the lawn. By spiking
the lawn well in May it will enable rain or hose water to
penetrate deeply to the roots.
Between June to September
regulate the height of mower blades according to the weather.
During dry, hot weather raise the blades and cut without the
box, which will allow the cuttings to act as a mulch.
approach the warmer season outdoor living will become more
practical. Lighting outdoors has both a practical and decorative
effect, with a wide range of types to choose from.
If you have
never given outdoor lighting a thought, think again. Safety is
one of the most important considerations. For instance, you or
your visitors need to be able to find their way to the front or
back door on a dark night. Lighting is especially important if
there are steps or obstacles, such as low walls or overhanging
Pleasure is another factor to be taken into
consideration. With outside lighting you can continue to use the
garden and patio well after nightfall.
You can also illuminate
features around the garden such as trees, ornaments, ponds and
rockeries. Try low voltage light sets or solar powered lights,
which are ideal for lighting up paths and steps.
perennials growing under glass such as agryanthemums,
pelargoniums, nepeta and lamiums can provide cuttings now if you
need to increase your numbers for planting in baskets and window
boxes. Young fuchsia and geranium plants should have their
growing tips pinched out to promote bushy growth. Use the
growing tips you pinched out for cuttings.
This is the last
opportunity for clearing away all of last year's dead tops and
seed heads. This will allow all the herbacious plants in the
borders to develop. '