Handy Hints



Plants that provide interest in the month of May


In the wooded glade the carpet of bluebells looks so appealing as the sun streaks through the trees, while those gardeners fortunate enough to have soil with a low ph. can enjoy the beautiful blossom of rhododendrons, azaleas and heathers. Both lilac and choisya come into their own at this time of year, and for climbers, the wisteria and clematis make a glorious backdrop trained on walls. Pretty blue forget-me-nots abound everywhere, their sporadic self-seeding enhancing gardens naturally. Another self-seeder is honesty which can be an asset when kept under control. On the rockery, purple-flowering aubrietia is a welcome sign of spring, and in the herbaceous border euphorbia provides a little interest with its inconspicuous flowers. For those of you who have a bed of wild garlic, May is the time to enjoy the pretty white bellflowers.

Planting


A very busy time for gardeners, May is the most popular month for planting out summer bedding.

Garden design


We can design your new garden or redesign an existing one. Our designer will consult with you to find out what you want from your garden and what will suit your particular requirements. Detailed plans will be drawn up and include one for planting. Our designer will consult with you at each stage of the planning to ensure that you get what you want.

Rose bushes climbing roses


Spray every 14 days with Roseclear 2 to control aphids and blackspot.

Ponds and water features


We will design and construct a new pond or water feature for you, or refurbish an existing one. All work is carried out by professionally qualified specialists.

Beds and borders


Keep beds and borders free of weeds. Remember the old saying: one year’s seeds are seven years weeds.

Laying a new lawn or replacing a bad one


This can be done providing the ground is not waterlogged. The art of creating a new lawn is in the ground preparation, for it is most important to carry out the following tasks: firstly, dig over the ground and remove any roots, large stones and any other debris; secondly, rake level; then consolidate the soil by repeatedly walking over it with your weight over your heels; and finally rake to a fine tilth before laying good quality turf. A lawn is meant to stay level, its no good if after 18 months it starts to sink in places, so do make sure the ground is well consolidated before you lay that turf. To avoid disappointment later on, call in Rob at the beginning.

Fences and sheds


Repair or renew damaged fencing, and re-felt that leaky shed roof. When engaging the services of a contractor or company, ensure that the work will be properly carried out and guaranteed. Rob's your man.

Trelliswork


The use of a good trellis can be an asset when positioned correctly within the garden. Heavy-duty trellis is recommended and the supporting posts should be sturdy and set 2 feet in the ground with concrete. My advice is, if you are unsure, contact me and I will come and view your garden and quote for the complete job; this service is free to you.

Archways and pergolas


Why not build an archway or pergola? If it's a natural looking feature you are looking for, Rob Blann Garden Services specialise in rustic work.

Paving


Patios and paths can be laid now. When engaging the services of a contractor or company, ensure that the work will be properly carried out and guaranteed. Rob Blann will be pleased to quote for your patio or path, and even design it if required.

Garden alterations and re-planning


If you wish to add additional features to your garden or want to make other changes, then consult Rob and benefit from his professional expertise.