Now that spring is here and summer is on the horizon, it is time to take a look at preparing your garden. For example regular maintenance of decking which is really essential due to its exposure to the weather all year round. Giving your decking a clean once a year will give it that fresh look ready for the summer. Most importantly it will actually preserve your decking and prevent costly repairs.
If you're using a pressure washer remember to use a lower setting as a high setting could damage the wood. Additionally the distance between decking and nozzle is important, too close and the wood could get damaged.
A gentle cleaning solution, with a stiff brush and a bit of elbow grease will work perfectly. Rinse with clean water and leave to dry. Once it is cleaned it's always good to reseal/stain the decking. Once you have decided on the stain/sealant you want to use, remember to sweep the decking prior to resealing as during the drying process dirt and dust may have landed where you have cleaned.
Always remember to read the instructions when applying sealer. Once applied and the decking is dry you can then put your garden furniture back onto the decking. Apply the same process to wooden furniture. Your decking is now ready for a fantastic summer.
Most importantly a little bit of TLC will make your decking last much longer and be a pleasure to the eye.
I hope everyone had a good Christmas. Well it's nearly the New Year and this blog is about some of the vegetables you can grow in January. We recommend starting them off under glass or cover.
This time of year you can plant beans and peas. There are many different varieties so why not try a few different ones. This article from Gardeners World gives details on pea varieties Six of the Best Peas to Grow - BBC Gardeners' World Magazine (gardenersworld.com)
Cauliflowers can be transplanted mid to late January, and if you didn't know, cauliflower makes a good pizza base, Yes I really did say pizza base! Click here to see how Cauliflower pizza base - Healthy Food Guide
So what else can you grow, well leeks are another vegetable that you can grow in January, but if you are not into leeks how about some Aubergines for that homemade Mousaka. Or a nice bit of kale which is sown mid to late January.
Various greens can also start to be grown this month, including spinach, cabbage, lettuce & cress just in time for that spring or summer salad.
Not much ground space in your garden? Then there are many options for raised containers from old baths to bespoke wooden containers the possibilities are endless and we are happy to advise on these.
Anyway that's enough for now, get out there and start growing. Fresh vegetables from your garden are fantastic and great value for money.
So it's now October, where has the summer gone? As the summer bedding plants start to fade the number one autumn job is looking after your lawn. Raking up those leaves and, if you can (weather permitting), give your grass one final cut towards the end of October.
Instead of putting the cuttings and leaves in the bin, why not make yourself a compost heap or bin and make your own organic compost for next year?
If your trees/shrubs have started to take over the garden it is tempting to cut them all back now but check the best time of year for each as it can make a big difference to how they flourish for next year.
Another job important job is to check your guttering and drains so all the winter rain we will inevitably get will have the chance to drain away without overflowing your garden.
Also, don’t forget to cover or remove any garden furniture as well. Store it in a dry place where possible or if none are available consider investing in waterproof covers. This includes any clay pots which may crack due to freezing conditions.
Finally if you planted your pumpkins in April time they should be ready just in time for that spooky occasion, Halloween.
Richard Townsend, owner of Accentuate Property & Garden Services has many years experience in maintaining properties as well as working as groundsman for a private school in Bristol.