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Month by Month
A regular column by Lauren Wall of Hollybeck Nurseries
Give Your Garden a Makeover
Spring is here, the winter weather is behind us and we have the whole summer to look forward to. This is an important time of year for the garden as our gardens come back to life.
March is the most important month to feed your garden birds, so continue to put out feed first thing in the morning when they need the energy most!
There has never been a better time to get out in the garden!
Here are our top tips on what to be doing in your garden this month.
• Prune Winter flowering shrubs now they have finished flowering
• Plant seed potatoes, shallots and onion sets
• Plant perennials and divide existing clumps that have become overgrown
• Get ready for a colourful summer display by planting summer bulbs now
• Continue to feed the birds
• Cultivate your beds and borders ready for planting
• Sow green manure now to nourish your vegetable beds ready for growing
• Look out for weeds as they come back into growth and keep them under control
• On drier days cut the lawn
• Plant roses now
• Prune established bush and standard roses to an outward facing bud
• Feed trees and shrubs with a general fertiliser such as Growmore
• Keep an eye out for late frosts, as they may still occur
March is a great time to make changes in your garden. Whether it be a new border or structure, or a shrub that needs moving, do it now.
Now is a great time to apply a good fertiliser to your soil. Following the high rainfall in the past few months, nutrients get washed away and Spring is the ideal time to put those vital nutrients back, for when plants really need them. Use a soil conditioner to help improve the structure of your soil, and provide the essential foundations for a healthy garden.
Got a vegetable patch? Why not sow a green manure? These are fast growing plants sown to cover bare soil, by doing this they smother weeds and help prevent soil erosion. Whilst the plants are still green, they can be dug back into the soil to put back nutrients and improve the soil structure, creating the ideal foundations for successful crop production.
A wonderful plant to look out for now is the Pulmanaria. Tolerating almost any aspect, these pretty perennials create a stunning carpet of blue/lavender flowers in early spring. With their delicate blooms of tiny flowers, these are a must have for any garden!
Also Looking Good This Month
Magnolia are looking truly breathtaking this month, with their incredible display of elegant flowers. Some varieties such as Stellata are completely smothered in masses of star shaped flowers. Other varieties such as Soulangeana have fewer blooms, but instead they are much larger and magnificent. Look out for different colour varieties, including dark pink and yellow!
For those of you who have been itching to get out in the garden over winter, now is the time to get out there, gardening again. On colder days, stay indoors and curl up with a book or journal, and plan the new ideas you have for the year ahead..
Get planning your 2017 garden now!
Give your garden a make-
We have everything you need this month to get you in the gardening spirit. Come and see our vast selection of British grown plants and enjoy a homemade treat in The Topiary Tearoom.
'Step into Spring' with John Stirland on 1st March at 9am. John will be sharing his tips and tricks to help you kick start your gardening year. Find out what to be planting for a sensational display. £3.99 per person booking is essential.
Treat your Mum or Grandma to a delicious Afternoon Tea in our Topiary Tearoom. Choose either 4:15pm or 4:30pm and all mums and grandmas will receive a gift. £14.99 per person (£8.99 for children under 12 years). Booking is essential.
We have a superb selection of plants in stock this month to get your garden in ship shape. Plus, we have a great selection of garden accessories to provide you with everything you need for the gardening year..
Enjoy your garden this month with Hollybeck
Find us halfway between Oxton & Southwell NG25 0RW