North London Gardeners

Posted in General on May 18th, 2008 by GS — Comments Off on North London Gardeners

All Round Garden Services

(call Robbie on 078 4357 4548 or 020 8275 9583)

  • Garden maintenance

  • Soft Landscaping

  • Hedge trimming

  • Pruning of trees, shrubs and roses

  • Lawn maintenance/Lawns

  • Planting

  • Weed control

  • Leaf Clearance

  • Pressure washing

Contact Details

Posted in General on May 17th, 2008 by GS — Comments Off on Contact Details

Mobile:  078 4357 4548

Landline: 020 8275 9583

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Up the garden path

Posted in General on March 24th, 2010 by admin — Comments Off on Up the garden path

We recently built this new garden path for one of our customers.

Garden path

Garden path

The stone came from an old path, which was broken up and fitted together to obtain the “crazy paving” effect.

He are some more pictures, taken during construction:

Path under construction

Whetstone garden path

Coming along

Gardening in Spring

Posted in Gardening advice on February 22nd, 2010 by GS — Comments Off on Gardening in Spring

Spring Gardening

For many gardeners, spring is the most exciting time of the year.  This is when plants begin to show signs of new life and the garden is full of promise.  It’s also the time when you can have a lot of influence over the way your garden will look for the rest of the year.  This articleaims to give you an idea of what you can do during the next month or two to ensure your garden is looking at its best for the summer and autumn.

Time for beds (and borders)

Prune – your shrubs can be encouraged to produce fresh new growth if they are pruned sensibly at this time of year.

Protect – slugs and snails will be keen to dine out on the emerging shoots of vulnerable plants such as hostas; make sure you take adequate precautions

Deadhead – bulb-based plants such as daffodils have now finished flowering and can be cut  down to ground level.

Weeding – the only safe way to keep weeds from choking your flower beds is to pull them out on a regular basis

Compost – if you haven’t already got one, consider setting aside an area for a compost heap. Either build your own or buy a ready made compost bin (you may be able to get one at a reduced rate from your local council).

Fertilise – a good peat-free compost should be dug into soil to provide the best possible growing environment for your plants.

Plant – now is a great time to plant all types of hardy plants including deciduous and evergreen trees, shrubs, climbers and hardy herbaceous plants

Kitchen garden – various vegetables and fruit can be planted at this time of year and will be ready for harvesting during the summer.

The green green grass of home

A well-tended lawn can be like a cool calm oasis when enclosed by meandering borders packed to the edges with vigorous flowering plants.  A lawn needs regular mowing throughout the growing season.  Other maintenance tasks such as removing moss and weeds, seasonal feeding and watering and other lawn treatments may be necessary to keep your lawn in tip-top condition.

It is worth it!

It can be hard to find the time to keep your garden looking the way you like it.  It’s amazing how quickly everything grows and also surprising how you don’t realise it until the day before everyone is coming round for a barbecue!  If you don’t have the time or the inclination to keep your garden in tip-top condition, a good and reasonably inexpensive option is employ a professional gardener. Two or three hours every week or two can keep your garden looking great. If this sounds like an attractive option to you and you would like a reliable North London Gardener, please contact us.

Autumn Gardening

Posted in Gardening advice on August 22nd, 2009 by GS — Comments Off on Autumn Gardening

Autumn Gardening

Autumn is the season when all the hectic flowering and reproductive activity in the garden is over. The grass growth slows down and stops and the leaves on the trees start to change colour and fall to the ground.  At this time of year, the seed heads and berries look their best and the growing season comes to an end.  This is when the garden needs to be “put to bed” and left looking neat and tidy for the winter months.

Early in the autumn, it is necessary put all tender plants under cover, to protect them from the first frosts.  The soil is still warm at this time of the year, which makes it an ideal time to plant or move evergreens and conifers.  There is other planting that can be done at this time too, including spring bedding, such as wallflowers and polyanthus and also spring bulbs.

As we move into mid-autumn, an important job is to tidy perennials, removing dead stems but leaving seed-heads for the birds to eat.  Now is a good time to plant deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers.  As long as the soil is not too wet, this can also be the perfect time to lay new lawns.  Otherwise, just make sure that everything in the garden is tied down and secure and that nothing can blow about and cause damage.

Moving towards winter, late autumn is the ideal time to plant shrubs, roses and hedging plants sold with bare roots.  If your garden is anything like mine, you will have been clearing leaves from mid-September.  Late autumn, however, will see the last of the falls and you should be able gather the remaining leaves and add them to your compost heap.  Gardening in London, especially in my area, Barnet, is made easier by the council’s green waste collections.  The down side is that I don’t have a compost heap but, with limited space, at least I know my green waste is going to create compost!

Late autumn is the time to plant tulips and hyacinths.  You can also use this time to move deciduous trees and shrubs – but only once they’ve lost their leaves.  Also at this time, take hardwood cuttings from shrubs and roses. These cuttings, which can be cut from the root, stem or leaf of a plant, can be made to produce their own roots so that it can become a new plant exactly like the parent.

One of the most important aspects of a London garden is often the lawn, however small.  The autumn is a great time to examine it for summer wear and tear and carrying out work in September will allow the grass to react to treatment before it gets too cold.  One of the most common problems with the lawn is the build up of “thatch”. This is old grass stems, dead moss and other debris that can build up between the grass roots and foliage.  Too much thatch can impede water and fertiliser penetration, causing the lawn to look unhealthy and uncared for.  Scarifying is the name of the technique used to get rid of thatch and involves vigorous but careful raking of the lawn using a spring-tine rake.

Every three to four years, it is a good idea to aerate the lawn.  This is the process of spiking holes over areas of the lawn that become compacted and is basically to promote better drainage.  For small lawns, this can be done with a garden fork, spacing holes 10-15 cm (4-6 in) apart. On clay or waterlogged soils, a hollow-tine aerator, available from most DIY stores and garden centres, should be used. This latter method extracts small plugs of soil from the lawn, which should be swept up and followed a sandy top-dress to improve air and moisture penetration.

Top dressing corrects surface irregularities and improves the texture of difficult soils, consequently encouraging greater rooting and thickening of turf. A simple mixture is three parts sandy loam, six parts sharp sand and one part compost or leafmould (by volume). Apply 2-3kg per sq m, working the dressing in well with the back of a rake.

In addition to be a part of the aeration process (above), top-dressing the lawn can help to smooth out surface irregularities and improve the texture of difficult soils.  This in turn encourages greater rooting and thickening of the turf.  Three parts sandy loam, six parts sharp sand and one part compost or leafmold (measurements by volume), forms a simple but effective dressing.  Apply 2-3 kg per square metre of lawn and work the dressing in well using the back of standard rake.

As you can see, autumn is a very busy time in the garden but the work put in here will be well-rewarded in the spring and summer next year!