Lower Road, Staple, Kent CT3 1LH
Tel: 01304 813267
September is the ideal time of year to turn your thoughts to creating a new lawn - either sown from seed or from turfs. It is advisable to wait until the traditionally wetter last week of the month, and if you are sowing a new lawn it is absolutely essential to ensure that the top four inches of soil is in good condition.
Rake in the grass seed and once the sowing process is complete, apply a light roller onto the proposed lawn surface to really seal the seed into the ground.
After seeding, no matter how dry conditions may seem, resist the temptation to water the lawn. Far from aiding the process, watering can cause damage by causing the surface to cap and strangle the seed.
If you are using turfs to create a brand new grassed area, make sure they have been treated against weeds.
A fine soil top is necessary in order to encourage new root growth.
In very dry conditions, in contrast to a seeded lawn, apply plenty of water to avoid shrinkage taking place. Once again, use a light roller to firm the turfs into the ground.
September signals the onset of the bulb season. While you may only just be returning from your summer holidays, in the gardening calendar it is already time to think ahead to the festive period and plant up hyacinth bulbs ready for flowering over Christmas.
Always use specially prepared bulb fibre (not too dry or too wet) or place the bulbs in water in specially adapted glass bulbs.
If planting in bulb fibre make sure that the bulbs are at least three-quarters in the soil and store in a dark, cool place.
Don’t be tempted to bring the bulbs into the daylight until they have achieved growth of at least 6-10cm.
Now is the time to plant bulbs in the garden for next year.
Daffodils should be planted first. Plant bulbs firmly and cover with twice their own depth of soil.
If you live in a particularly exposed area, try using the miniature varieties of bulb such as Tete à Tete daffodils, short-stemmed tulips or dwarf iris which are known to be more hardy and able to cope with difficult conditions.
Finally, remember to book your bareroot roses before the planting period sets in from November 2018 - February 2019.
Check out some of the new varieties such as Lovestruck, a truly outstanding, healthy cherry-red floribunda or Starlight Symphony, Rose of the Year 2019, a repeat flowering, pure white climber with exceptional disease resistance and a subtle spicy fragrance.
We specialise in the production of high quality roses grown on Kent's A-1 brick earth soil which is so conducive to growing superior plants.
We have bareroot roses available from December until the end of February (weather permitting).
Monday to Saturday 9:00am till 4:30pm
Sunday 10:00am till 3:00pm
for our availability list of roses
Tel. 01304 813 267