Haddenham Garden Centre, between Thame and Aylesbury

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  • April Jobs in the Garden

    • Keep on top of your weeding.
    • Protect fruit trees & fruit bushes from late frosts using protective fleece.
    • Tie in climbing & rambling roses to trellis or wires.
    • Sow seeds of annuals, biennials, herbaceous plants & vegetable plants outdoors now. For best results prepare a good seedbed, free from weeds & stones.
    • Feed trees & shrubs – we recommend Vitax Q4.
    • Re-seed your lawn where patches have appeared.
    • Now is the time to divide Bamboos & waterlilies.
    • Sweet Peas can now be sown outdoors.
    • Divide herbaceous plants when they have grown too large for their allotted space.
    • Lavenders can be pruned now, protect open wound from frost.
    • Hoe your borders.
    • Protect your plants from slugs & snails.
    • Vine weevil larvae are active now, be aware if your plants suddenly start to wilt. Use vine weevil killer as a drench to control the problem.
    • Mulch rose beds with a 5- 8cm layer of organic matter, we recommend blended farm manure.
    • Remove frost damaged shoots from evergreen plants.
    • Put rabbit guards around newly planted trees & shrubs to protect the bark.
    • Mow your lawn as required.
    • Repair lawn edges.
    • Apply a high nitrogen lawn feed to encourage good strong growth. Scott’s lawn builder lawn food would be our recommendation.
    • Excellent time to apply a Lawn weedkiller.
    • Sow new lawns from Mid April.
    • Remove algae from paths & patios, Patio magic is our recommendation.
    • Treat timber structures, we recommend Ronseal products.
    • Start to use a liquid feed on your houseplants once you start to see signs of new growth.

    Posted at April 10, 2017 | Categories : Gardening Tips and Advice,News
  • Bedding Plant Offer!

    Pack Bedding  £2.99 each or 4 for £10!

    Posted at March 28, 2017 | Categories : News
  • March Jobs in the Garden

    • Protect new spring shoots from slugs – we recommend ‘slug gone’.
    • Plant shallots, onions & early potatoes now.
    • Now is the time to plant summer flowering bulbs.
    • Top dress containers with fresh compost.
    • Cut back Cornus & Salix grown for winter colour.
    • Start feeding pond fish & using pond fountain. Remove pond heaters now.
    • Prune bush & climbing roses.
    • Early Spring is a good time to plant Cottage garden plants.
    • Cut back ornamental grasses.
    • Divide Hosta’s before they come into leaf.
    • Continue to dead head winter pansies to prolong flowering.
    • Divide Hellebores & Polyanthus after flowering.
    • Feed borders with a general fertiliser – we recommend fish blood & bone.
    • Top dress Spring flowering alpines with horticultural grit or gravel, to prevent rotting.
    • Continue to plant deciduous hedging, shrubs, trees & climbers. Stakes & rabbit guards should be put in place at time of planting.
    • Feed roses with ‘TOPROSE’ as they come into growth.
    • Check tree ties & stakes. Replace, tighten or slacken them as required.
    • Trim winter flowering heathers as flowers fade.
    • Caterpillers, aphids & other flying pests may become problematic as weather starts to get milder.
    • Good time to lay Turf.
    • In late march apply a high nitrogen fertiliser to your lawn – we recommend Lawn builder lawn food.
    • Brush worm casts off your lawn once they have dried out.
    • Treat timber structures with wood preservatives & stains in drier spells – we would highly recommend RONSEAL products.
    • Remove algae from pathways etc – Patio Magic is excellent for this job.
    • Weed around trees & shrubs.
    • Lift & divide overgrown lumps of perennials.
    • Cut out any reverted (green) shoots from variegated shrubs etc.
    • Cut back late summer & autumn flowering clematis.
    • Renovate & thin out overgrown climbers.
    • Sow a wildflower meadow.
    • Molehills will continue to be a problem in Spring. (please speak to a member of staff for advice on options available)

    Posted at March 6, 2017 | Categories : News
  • February Jobs in the Garden


    • Prepare vegetable seed beds, some veg can be sown under cover now like lettuce & other salad crops.
    • Chit seed potatoes.
    • Net fruit & veg crops to keep birds off.
    • Prune winter flowering shrubs that have finished flowering.
    • Divide bulbs such as snowdrops & plant those that need planting ‘ in the green’
    • Prune Wisteria
    • Prune hardy evergreen hedges & renovate overgrown deciduous hedges.
    • Prune conservatory climbers such as Bourgainvillea.
    • Cut back deciduous grasses left uncut over winter. Remove dead grass from evergreen grasses.
    • Sweet peas can now be sown under cloches.
    • Lily bulbs can be planted in pots, for flowers this summer.
    • Test your soil for PH & nutrient levels, we have soil testing kits instore.
    • Clear up weedy beds before mulching.
    • Mulching with a deep layer of organic matter (composted bark or farm manure) helps to condition the soil, suppress weed growth, insulate plant roots during cold spells & helps retain moisture during the summer months.
    • Continue to plant roses.
    • Mole activity increases during February,  ask a member of staff for help  if this is becoming a problem.
    • This is a good time to dig a new pond.
    • Check & repair pergolas & arches if needed.
    • This is a good time to design or re-design your garden, put your ideas down on paper & cost the work out – we are happy to help with this.

    Posted at February 13, 2017 | Categories : News
  • January Jobs in the Garden

    This is a good time to clean old pots, seed trays & even your greenhouse. Thorough cleaning (using Citrox) will reduce pest & disease problems, it will also reduce any propagation issues you may face.

    • Prune apple & pear trees.
    • Keep putting food & water out for hungry birds.
    • Dig over vacant plots of land that have not already been dug.
    • Sow seeds of Begonia, Lobelia, Salvia & Pelargoniums in a heated greenhouse or propagator.
    • Sweet Peas can be sown this month.
    • Cut off old leaves of Hellebores.
    • Rake up any winter debris & leaves off your borders.
    • Inspect any stored tubers such as Dahlia’s for signs of drying out.
    • Bare-root hedging can still be planted this month.
    • Check tree ties & tree stakes on established plants this month. Replace, tighten or slacken them where necessary.
    • Use mulch (applied thickly) to prevent roots from being frosted on newly planted trees & shrubs.
    • Put rabbit guards around newly planted trees & shrubs to protect bark from rabbit damage.
    • Repair lawn edges, especially around flower & shrub borders.
    • Mole activity will increase during January & February due to mating. Remove large hills & re-firm before overseeding in Spring.
    • Place floats on the surface of your pond to prevent freezing.
    • Rake out fallen leaves from your pond.
    • In dry spells, you can treat timber structures, including garden furniture with wood preservatives or stain. (We recommend Ronseal products for all your needs)
    • Put lagging around outdoor taps.
    • Take action to remove algae from paths. (We recommend Patio Magic)
    • Water houseplants sparingly. (most prefer to be barely moist in winter)
    • Keep indoor azaleas cool & well watered. (water with rain water not tap water.)
    • If it snows remove the snow from the branches of conifers, climbing plants & light limbed shrubs to prevent splitting & other damage.

    Posted at January 5, 2017 | Categories : News
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