Gardening Tips


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Feburary

With spring just on the horizon and winter coming to a close we need to maintain the good habits we picked up in the new year. It is important for us gardeners to prep the garden for springs bloom.

Garden Moss

Moss can be considered the worst problem any lawn could face. The winter months allow moss to thrive on lawns due to the damp conditions. The moss steals nutrients away from the grass which can leave the lawn looking damaged. We recommend applying a moss control such as 'Evergreen mosskill with lawn food' stocked at Pyle Garden Centre for only £19.99 for a 14kg bag able to treat up to 400sqm. Once applied rake away any dead moss to allow the lawn room to grow.

Wildlife Care

February is one of the hardest months for wildlife as many people feel that Winter is over and do not put out food. However, many animals are still at risk due to a lack of food and the cold weather. Pyle Garden Centre offers a varied selection of Nesting Boxes in many sizes and styles starting at just £9.99. You can also request a made to measure Nesting Box at Woodwork.  To ensure the survival of birds in your area it is crucial to put out birdfeed like 'Gardman' 1.8kg bag of Sunflower seeds for £3.99 or 'Fat Snax' balls for £1.99. As a long term solution we suggest planting a bush or tree which will produce berries during the winter months like a Hawthorn or Holly. Come into store and ask for one of our Horticulturists who will be happy to help you.

Vegetable Garden

 If you are eager to start your vegetable garden then prepare the beds by fertilizing using manure or compost and sow vegetables under glass while the weather is still cold. Late February is the perfect time to plant Allium Vegetables such as Onions, Shallots and Garlic. Currently bags of bulbs are starting at 1.99 with a very large selection in stock.

April

Spring is fully upon us! The most symbolic plant of the Spring, the Daffodil, is in full bloom leasing new life into the previously gray landscape the Winter had provided us with.

Vegetable Patch

Hoe all weeds out of Vegetable patch and fork new soil over. Spread general fertiliser into the soil and rake carefully. Now the soil is ready to Sow. Vegetables to sow during April include: Carrots, lettuces, rocket, spring onions, spinach, leeks and beetroots. If sown sparingly all seeds, if fresh, should germinate well. 

Watering

As the rain becomes less frequent we all must remember to be on water watch. Plants in our garden may begin to receive a lot less water than they are used to. This is extra prominent with potted plants that are dried out. Simply head out into the garden on dry evenings and give them all a drink.

Late Frost Danger

Once the Spring comes around we often forget that Britains weather isn't always trustworthy. Even in fully fledged Spring we can get some unwanted late frosts. It is important when planting tender seedlings to use fleece or cloches to protect them on such cold nights.

June

Although it is very tempting to ignore any gardening tasks and just enjoy the weather it is important to maintain the well-being of your garden if you want it to survive the whole Summer period.

Battle the Weeds

The weather is perfect for both wanted growth and unwanted growth alike. When spending time in the garden pull out any unwanted weeds you may see. It is important that you try to remove any roots the weed may leave behind. If the problem is getting out of control we suggest using chemical control such a Weedkiller. However, if not used carefully and correctly may damage your plants.

Summer Salads

Cutting leaves off leafy come-again plants such as Amaranth, basil, beetroot, chicory, coriander, chard, corn salad, dandelion, endive,  lettuce, mizuna, mustard, parsley, purslane, radicchio, red kale, rocket, sorrel and spinach is highly efficient as they can re-grow said leaves without needing to be replanted. This allows for multiple harvests over the summer period.

August

August usually being the hottest month it is crucial to your gardens health that you continue to care for it rather than just enjoy time in it.

Watering

Watering must be a priority especially for plants in pots, tubs and baskets. Try use stored rainwater when possible. Plants in pots can dry out fast if there is very sunny conditions. If plants have dried out it will take 3 or 4 soakings to get them wet again. In an emergency dunk plants under water until air bubbles stop and then drain well. Be careful when watering bushes and other foliage as wet leaves left in the sun can become scorched. Early morning or late evening is ideal.

Feeding

Crucially with tubs, pots and baskets planted with beddings, the compost loses its nutrients quickly. Frequent feeding up to 4 times a week using liquid feed. Careful when feeding lawns in hot weather.

Weed Control

Keep treating and removing weeds to prevent the weeds seeding and creating future problems. Use Weed and Moss killer to start preparing for more moist enviroments to come during Autumn.

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October

Autumn is in full swing whether you like it or not and the month of October can be a grueling time  for more tender plants and Vegetables. So, here at Pyle Garden Centre we have put together some helpful tips to get your garden through the month of October.

Tender and Aquatic Plants

In frost-prone areas a conservatory/greenhouse is the ideal place for overwintering tender perennials and marginally hardy plants from the garden. Cold-sensitive plants in need of good light levels and dry, frost-free conditions will also benefit. Tropical plants and exotics can be moved inside during autumn after a spell in the garden through the summer months. Place Aquatic Plants in trays of deep mud or a bucket of water while keeping them away from frost until the threat has gone.

October Lawn Care

Sometimes it may seem pointless raking, when the wind blows even more leaves onto the lawn, but just think of all the lovely leaf mould you can make! To assist walking over lawns plagued with worm casts or muddy areas, consider laying paths or stepping-stones across main routes of access, so that the lawn is not spoiled by treading in the winter weather. In many colder areas, this month is the last opportunity to scarify, aerate and top dress lawns. Scarification removes layers of thatch and can be done with a spring-tine rake which can be bought at Pyle Garden Centre. 

Harvest

October is synonymous with 'The Harvest' and rightly so. If handled carefully and placed in the right environment, fruit from your garden may be stored for several weeks, or even months. So, with a little planning, you could be eating your own apples at Christmas Dinner.

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December

The fun and festivities of December can sometimes leave our gardens ignored and neglected while we celebrate the holidays. Show your garden a bit of love through this cold and frosty month by following these helpful tips.

Planning

If the weather is stopping you work on your garden then spare it a thought from inside your home. Take a moment to plan for the year ahead by making notes and ground plans if necessary. Take inventory of your tool and seed stock to ensure you know what to buy for the upcoming year. 

Greenhouses

December is an ideal time to show some attention to our hard working Greenhouses. Clean all the glass, floor and staging with horticultural-friendly disinfectants to exterminate any pests/diseases trying to get an easy ride through the winter period. On any warmer days ventilate the greenhouse to reduce humidity and lessen the risk of disease.

Pruning

Winter is a perfect time to prune. We recommend pruning any climbing rose bushes, fruit trees and vines you may have in your garden. Pruning of fruit trees is essential to encourage a better quality of fruit. However, Stoned fruits such as Cherries and Plums should not be pruned as this may leave them open to infections such as Silver Leaf Fungus. Be sure to prune using clean and sharp pruning shears to avoid any unnecessary damage to the plant. 

January

With the New Year comes a new wave of motivation for us gardeners. We fall back into the routine lost over Christmas and realise our Gardens could use some TLC. Gardeners are able to be one step ahead of their plants during this time of year so use it wisely as it will effect your garden for the rest of the year.

Vegetables

If you have not already planned your crop rotation then now would be a good time to plan ahead. Rotating your crops allows the soil to maintain its fertility and not become deficient in any crucial nutrients needed for healthy growth of vegetables.

Winter Damage

January is the heart of Winter and is said to be the toughest month for gardens. It is essential to protect our gardens from Winters attack. Delicate plants and vegetables can be overwintered by wrapping them in horticultural fleece. This prevents nutrients from leaching out of the soil. Make sure to plant sufficient wind breaks such as hedging or netting as a short term solution.

 

 

 

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March

Mid-March sees the beginning of Spring where your garden will begin its yearly rejuvenation. This is the perfect time of year to prepare the garden for the time you will spend in it during summer. 

Summer Flowers

It is time to start planting your summer flowering bulbs. Healthy bulbs should feel firm and show no sign of mould. Usually the bigger the bulb the better the bloom. Bulbs should be first planted when the soil is dry and warm. All summer flowering bulbs are £.399 or 3 for £10 at Pyle Garden Centre.

Mowing the Lawn

The cold winter period can cause even the most enthusiastic gardeners to hide away from gardening tasks. This abandonment may leave your lawn begging for some attention. March is an ideal time to bring back a regular mowing routine. 

Houseplants

Move houseplants outside on warm days to give them some much needed sunlight. Remember to bring them back in if cold nights are expected.  Re-home any plants that have out grown their pots in a new stunning Ivyline Pot from Pyle Garden Centre.

 

May

Summer is here! The weather is now good enough, fingers crossed, to plant all our favourite summer bedding and tender annual flowers. The Garden is at its most busy during the Summer so it is important to start preparing it now.

Remove old bedding

It is time to remove old spring bedding which may have become faded. This includes wallflowers and forget-me-nots. These faded plants are perfect additions to your compost bin.

Summer Bedding

Now the frosty nights are surely behind us it is time to plant your summer bedding. If you have already begun growing the plants in the green house now is the time to bring them out or they may start to overheat with the summer sun. Before putting the plants into their final positions within the bedding it is important to acclimatise them to the garden and its weather for a couple of weeks. If you own a cold frame, this can be used as a halfway house for a couple of weeks.

 

 

July

In the latter half of Summer the weather is at its hottest and can cause a few problems with your garden. All can be avoided by following these few tips.

Dead Heading

Maintain the stunning look of your garden by regularly cutting off any dead heads on your plants. Dead heads can bring down the overall look of a plant such as a rose bush as they begin to turn brown as they dry out in the summer sun. Dead heads are ideal for the compost bin.

Going on Holiday

A few days absence would not have a large effect on your garden and houseplants but more than a week could cause some problems. A short absence can be compensated via a thorough watering just before going away. However, if going on a longer holidays potted plants and houseplants can be given a reservoir that they can draw water from. The garden can be maintained via a automated sprinkler system that can water the garden once a day or more weather dependent.

 

 

 

September

As the season is beginning to change once again, we at Pyle Garden Centre have decided to let you in on a couple of tips and offers to get your garden ready for Autumn. As the cooler weather sets in and the days grow shorter, it’s time to start preparing your garden. Taking the proper steps now will ensure your garden stays healthy right the way through autumn and winter and into spring. Here are our top tips and offers for September.

Weed Killer

It’s important to keep weeds under control in your garden, during the autumn and winter, but it’s equally as important to remember a few basic rules when using weed killer. Don’t use it on recently seeded areas, or in very windy conditions, as you risk it spreading uncontrollably and, finally keep it away from ponds and sources or fresh water in your garden. To control pesky weeds this autumn why not try ‘Garden Rootkill Weedkiller’ Buy 1ltr concentrate at £12.99 and get 1ltr ready to use for FREE.

Lawns

It's traditional to give lawns a pick-me-up in September, to revitalise them after dry summer weather and to ensure they are fit enough to get through winter. This is the best time or year to reseed your lawn. We have plenty of offers in store like the Aftercut Atutumn all in one Lawn Feed and Moss killer ONLY £10 treats 150sq.m

Autumn Planting

There are still a few types of vegetables you can seed in September, including beetroot, radish, turnip and leaf lettuce. You may have to keep a closer eye on them due to changes in the weather but they should be fine with plenty of food and water. This is also the time of year to plant your seeds for next spring, all seeds at 50% off in store.

 

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November

November can be a harsh Month on Gardens as winter is well and truly here. Rain, wind and frost can have a dramatic impact on the health of your garden if not properly prepared. Pyle Garden Centre is here to help protect your garden this winter.

Roses

Roses are one of the most popular garden plants. These beauties come in a range of colours, many with scented blooms, and they can be grown in borders, containers, over arches, pergolas and as groundcover. They are easy to grow and live for a long time, if looked after. However, If not pruned correctly can die in the winter months from Wind-Rock. Pruning supplies are in stock at Pyle Garden Centre in any case of emergency.

Wildlife

A garden is more than just the plants that create it but includes the animals that inhabit it. It is very hard for non-hibernating animals such as birds to find food within the winter months. Take care of your gardens inhabitants by laying out food such as seed mixes and meal worms. Such produce can be found at Pyle Garden Villages Petstop.

Winter Bedding

Gardens in winter can look bare at times when most plants are waiting for Spring. So why not switch out your bedding for more tolerating plants such as bergenia, cyclamen, hellebores and viola to give interesting foliage as well as flower colour during mild spells.

 

 

 

 

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