Essential Tools & Tips to keep your garden tidy

To ensure your garden stays in tip-top condition all year round, whether it’s winter tree care or summer lawn treatments,  you first need to understand which vital tools and treatments are an absolute necessity to have in your shed and what to do with them, and when!

Tools

Use good, efficient tools.  Making do with broken and rusty tools is a false economy and gives no pleasure or reward, short or long term.

Rusty tools hanging up

The basic tools for a beginner are a digging fork and spade, a rake and a hand trowel.  Secateurs should also be an early acquisition.  Whilst a hoe and equipment for the lawn are next on the shopping list.

4 Simple but Important Tips

  1. Do not hesitate to pay a little more for good quality tools.  Stainless steel tools will last a lifetime if kept in good condition, whereas cheap equivalents will soon break and need replacing.
  2. Keep tools under cover after use, preferably in a shed supplied with hanging brackets to ensure tools are not stored on the shed floor.
  3. Wash away dirt immediately after use and wipe over with an oily rag before storing away for any length of time.
  4. Select digging tools for the ergonomic value of weight and height.  The last thing you need for example is a spade you can hardly lift, that is also on the small side for you.  Many are now lightweight, whist also maintaining their strength.

14 Tools you shouldn’t be without

  1. Flower gathering scissors
  2. Secateurs
  3. Rake
  4. Wire lawn rake
  5. Digging fork
  6. Digging Spade
  7. How
  8. Hand fork
  9. Hand Trowel
  10. Lawn edging shears
  11. Half-moon lawn edger
  12. Lawn shears
  13. Line and pegs
  14. Watering can with fine rose

Year-round garden maintenance

So far I’ve given you a few tips about purchasing tools and the tools you’ll need to keep the garden as best you can all year round.

monthly guide to keep garden looking good

Artificial Grass

Synthetic grass is fast becoming more and more popular in developed countries.  Understandably,  it’s not a cheap product but due to its convenience and extremely low maintenance to some, it is a priority.

types of artificial grass

Source: turfprossolution.com

So-called fake grass is bought by a diverse range of families ranging from the young, professional families who want their gardens to look great but also the elderly who would prefer to maintain their own but now find themselves wanting to enjoy retirement rather than having to battle with just trying to keep on top of their garden.

 

 

To see more benefits of artificial grass view Turf Pros Solution as they seem one of the bigger players when it comes to artificial turf.

Obviously, if you have artificial grass some of the info below won’t really concern you but it’s still worth a read.

Month by Month Garden Maintenance

Now, I’m going to advise you now, what you should be doing every month to ensure your garden is kept just nice, but much better than your neighbours’ garden.

January

February

  • Plant new shrubs, trees, and roses.
  • Prepare sowing beds for vegetables
  • In a warm greenhouse sow half-hardy annuals.
  • Hoe out weeds

March

  • Prune rose bushes; spread compost or manure below them.
  • Plant early potatoes in well-sheltered site.
  • Sow tomatoes in the greenhouse.
  • Cut lawn with mower blades set high.
  • Plant young strawberries.

April

  • Plant gladioli, delphiniums, and other perennial flower roots.
  • Take cuttings from lifted dahlia tubers.
  • Give fruit trees general insecticide spray.
  • Lift daffodil bulbs when the leaves have died.  Clean and store in a cool, dry place.

May

  • Buy bedding plants
  • Thin out seedlings from earlier sowings
  • Plant out young Chrysthanemums
  • Check that border plants have support canes.
  • Build compost heap as rubbish accumulates

June

  • Plant out dahlias
  • Cut back rock garden plants after flowering.
  • Water with gentle spray during dry spells.
  • Prune early shrubs like forsythia and mock orange
  • Take cuttings of geraniums and fuchsias.
  • In your greenhouse sow cyclamen, primulas and cinerarias

July

  • Cut off flower heads as they die.
  • Lift tulip bulbs as foliage dies, clean and store in cool dry place.
  • Cut ou raspberry canes that have carries fruit
  • Apply lawn weedkiller if needed.
  • Shade and fully ventilate the greenhouse.

August

  • Tie dahlias to stakes
  • Prune out oldest shoots on rambler roses.
  • Sow cabbage and more lettuce for spring
  • Remove side shoots from tomato plants
  • Spread lawn cuttings around shrubs

September

  • Plant bulbs in bowls of fibre
  • Buy bulbs for outdoor planting
  • Plant wallflowers for spring
  • Harvest vegetable as needed
  • Plant evergreen shrubs and trees. (Water them well)

October

  • Clear away bedding plants and dig beds
  • Gather apples when they part easily from spur
  • Lift and store begonias, gladioli and dahlias.
  • Plant tulips
  • Applyfertiliser to ground scheduled for new plants

November

  • Remove leaves as they fall. Add to compost heap
  • Plant hardy border flowers and new rose bushes in prepared ground
  • Prune out old wood from currants and gooseberries
  • Collect stakes, labels, etc and store them away neatly

December

  • Check that wall plants and trees are staked against the wind
  • Prune fruit trees and spray with tar oil
  • Check through fruit and flower bulbs in store for disease

This list will be added to over time.