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This Month's Gardening Tasks.

 

Garden maintenance.

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No more excuses. Find out what needs to be done this month to keep your garden neat and tidy.


Specific Gardening tasks.

Moriati's Compost Method.

Find out how to make the finest garden compost using the minimum of effort and money. This article remains pretty much in its original form as it appeared in 1998 apart from the gradual addition of photos. Moriati not only invented this method of composting, he is also responsible for the now common term 'Green Dalek'.

Making neat lawn edges.

Edges of the lawn can make or break the beauty of your garden. Learn how to make nice edges to your lawn in this step-by-step guide.

Sweeping leaves.

Don't you just love them. One minute they look lovely on the trees, next they are all over the garden. The only easy way to deal with this is to pay someone else to do it, but why do so many folks insist on making the task as hard as possible for themselves? Get clued up.

Caring for Wisteria.

Wisteria is one of those plants that when grown well is a classical show stopper, but in the wrong hands can stubbornly refuse to flower.

Caring for Hydrangea.

Hydrangea plants require complex pruning once a year if they are to be a real asset to the garden. Step-by-step guide with photos.


Coming shortly..

Tools of the Trade.

 

Caring for Lawns.

 

Caring for Hedges.

 

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February's Garden Tasks.

This month there is a noticeable improvement in the daylight hours and it is time to get busy. The excuses are wearing a bit thin and although the weather can be extremely variable, the gardener must now take full advantage of any warm dry spells to make progress.

If you visited this site last month, most of the tasks will look familiar to you. Many are once-a-year jobs and if you have already done them there is no need to repeat them again. Plants are beginning to grow now so concentrate on the cultivations first.

Above all else, try to get into a routine of regular gardening as short but frequent visits will achieve better results than an attempt to blitz it once a month.

List of tasks.

 

Gardening mystery no. 9:
How do worms know it is September?

Suddenly, the beautiful green lawn is covered with little piles of sticky mud that can make mowing the lawn and even walking extremely difficult. These are worm casts produced by the thousands of worms under the lawn.

The worms suddenly start cleaning out their tunnels from the beginning of September, and continue until about Easter. All the mud is dumped on the lawn surface in neat piles where they soon get tangled in the growing grass. (Forgive the over simplification).

The result is a muddy lawn that can become unpleasant to walk on, and the lawnmower gets choked. To remedy this situation requires good healthy aerobic exercise, regularly raking and sweeping. (You have to pay a fortune for this kind of torture in a gymnasium, but the lucky lawn owners get to do it for free). Rake and disperse them with a standard lawn rake or a good besom broom if you can find one.

 

Summary

Although this month's list is quite large, some of the tasks should have been done last month and others can wait until March. If you are to avoid a heavy workload in the coming months, stay on top of the task list and try not to fall behind.

By systematically targeting key tasks at the appropriate time, the overall workload will be kept to a minimum yet the result will be unbeatable.