26 Mar

10 Gardening Jobs for April

April Showers and Easter bank holiday weekend are coming and it’s touch and go whether we’ll get the sunshine.  What we do know is people love to book a Gardener in April with bank holiday weekends in May and the Easter weekend, gardeners become in demand so if you are looking for someone to help you with April garden maintenance jobs now is the time to get booked in.

10 jobs to get done in the garden during April are:

1 Weeding.

2  It’s time to tie up the climbing roses.

3  Time to get started on the lawn treatment or grass seeding.

4  Prune fig trees.

5  Prepare your vegetable patch for the growing season.

6  Check-in  on your potted and container plants that you might have had tucked away for the winter.

7  Divide primroses when they finish flowering.

8  Pinch out the tips of your fuchsias and your sweet peas to make sure that you get an extra bushy plant this summer.

9  Prune forsythia.

10 Dead head the daffodils and the Tulips when they have finished flowering.

There are of course a load of other jobs you can also be doing in the garden now,  you should have done your first grass cut, it’s also a great time for jet washing patios pathways and driveways particularly if you haven’t got the garden furniture or barbecue out yet. A chance to clean out the greenhouse, check wkat old bulbs are floating around and make plans for your 2019 garden. The nesting season is between March and August so be really careful if you’re considering any tree work or hedge cutting or even ivy which is grown up around the walls of your house which could be home to some of our little feathered friends.

There are many plants and seeds which can be sown during April depending on the weather. Things seem to be warming up now,  so in terms of flowers you can be planting sunflowers, nasturtium, petunias, marigolds, in terms of food we can be planting basil, tomato, sweet pepper, runner beans, french beans, salad, beetroot, radish, turnip, pickling onions, peas, spinach and more.

About Tame Your Garden

Tame Your Garden provides garden maintenance services to domestic homes to commercial industrial estate properties to dental surgeries and more. We offer everything from hedge cutting and turfing, to laying gravel, tidying up neglected gardens, grass cutting and more, on a one-off or regular basis to keep your garden looking it’s best.

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27 Feb

March jobs for the garden – the first day of Spring is around the corner!

20th March is the first official day of Spring. Forget being bikini body ready, 2019 is all about preparing your garden. The Met Office has predicted that 2019 could be the hottest on record! With a scorcher in mind, you need to buy a fan (we all saw the desperate posts on Facebook last year) and get your garden ready for those blissfully warm BBQ evenings and paddling pool/hot tub weekends.

No matter how large or small your garden, it’s all yours. Your outdoor space which you deserve to enjoy without some pesky brambles at the bottom of it shrinking the area that you have, or weeds spilling across the edges of your patio. Tame Your Garden can advise you and help you to get your garden presentable this year:

Garden jobs checklist for March:

  1. Look after the lawn

Last year might have left your lawn dry and damaged after dehydration, if the signs of recovery are slow, you can opt for regular lawn treatments to bring it back to life! Lawn treatments will also remove the nasty moss patches from your grass. It will take more than one treatment to revive your lovely green grass, but you will be rewarded with a luscious green lawn.

If you have left the lawn to get a little bit overgrown, start mowing on warm days. Keep the length maintained, the longer it grows, the thicker and coarser your lawn will be. With regular cuts the lawn will improve dramatically, but regular mows and the answer to a nice-looking lawn.

  1. What to plant in March?

Get ready with your Summer flowering bulbs. If you missed out and forget to get your bulbs in during the winter months, now is the time not to make the same mistake. Bulbs are cheap and easy to plant, with maximum impact when they come bursting out of the ground. Lilies and gladiolus are the perfect choice. Wildflowers and sweet peas can also be planted now, ideal for the bees and butterflies.

  1. Get fruity

Don’t be afraid to grow your own. This is a great time to plant low maintenance fruit bearing plants and trees. Believe it or not March is a great time to get your strawberry plants in the ground or hanging basket. Rhubarb can be planted at this time as well as all manner of fruit trees; cherry, apple, plum and apricot.

 

  1. Time for veggies

Carrots, peas, beans, beetroot, spinach the whole hog can go in the garden now.

  1. Clean your mucky patio

Move the pots, chiminea and bins, then you will see what colour your patio used to be. Now is the time to get the patio pressure washed, before all of your lovely flowered pots and wooden garden furniture is out across the patio.

 

 

  1. Pruning

Prune early flowering clematis, bushes and climbing roses, for controlled growth and to encourage more flowers in the warmer months.

About Tame Your Garden

Tame Your Garden provides garden maintenance services to domestic homes to commercial industrial estate properties to dental surgeries and more. We offer everything from hedge cutting and turfing, to laying gravel, tidying up neglected gardens, grass cutting and more, on a one-off or regular basis to keep your garden looking it’s best.

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06 Feb

10 Gardening Jobs for February Gardens

Cold and frosty mornings do not make it easy for us gardeners in February. As with all year-round there are still jobs to be done in the garden even though it is a bit cold out there.

  1. Keep off the grass! When it’s frosty don’t step on the grass as it could damage your lawn.
  2. Prepare your beds! Get ready for the growing season! Start turning over soil and remove the cheeky winter weeds.
  3. Prune fruit bushes: raspberry, blackcurrant, gooseberry and redcurrant.
  4. Deadhead and prune buddleia, wisteria (its now or August) and summer flowering clematis.
  5. Tree removals; now is the perfect time to re-position trees whilst the roots remain dormant, fork in some nutritious compost.
  6. Trim deciduous hedges before the birds set up home.
  7. Cut back ivy and other creepers.
  8. Cut back shrubs, now is the time of they have become large and overbearing, especially if you are thinking or removing them all together.
  9. 5 bulbs to plant in February: lilies, eucomis, liatris (loved by bees and butterflies), agapanthus and galtonia (summer hyacinth).
  10. Order your summer flowering bulbs, ready for planting in Spring. Plan where you will put them.

About Tame Your Garden

We offer free quotations during the working day, in the evening (when it is light enough to see the garden) and on weekends. We are based in Milton Keynes and Padbury, we offer our professional gardening services out to Aspley Guise, Stony Stratford, Olney, Winslow, Great Horwood, Whaddon, Nash, Thornborough, Akeley, Steeple Claydon and Buckingham.

If you are in need of some support to clear out a garden, maybe you have bought a new property, or have some tenants who were not keen gardeners, maybe you find some of the jobs in the garden are getting a bit much or just cannot find the time in a weekend to take care of the garden. We offer a courteous, prompt and reliable, reasonably priced range of services. A family run, local business, we take pride in our work and our excellent reputation. Tame Your Garden has plenty of experience, we are registered waste carriers and hold chainsaw and weed-kill spray certificates.

Take a look at our Facebook page for examples of our work and our customer reviews.

 

02 Jan

10 Jobs for the January Garden

        

Happy New Year and welcome to 2019. You might be sat indoors keeping warm, but there is plenty to get on with in the garden. Now is the perfect time to get yourself a gardener as availability is so much better than during the busy late spring/summer period when people are preparing for barbecues in the back garden.

January jobs in the garden:

  1. Keep weeding, the weeds don’t care what season it is, they just keep on coming!
  2. Collect those pesky brown leaves from the lawn to avoid any lasting damage.
  3. Clean the patio, paving slabs, decking and driveways, remove the muck and slippery algae.
  4. Plant your garlic – between November and April, get it in the ground now to increase your chances of a bumper crop.
  5. Prune apple and pear trees.
  6. Prune wisteria.
  7. Prune rose bushes and climbing roses.
  8. Plant raspberry canes.
  9. Fix fencing panels whilst there is less plant life to be disturbed.
  10. Of course, you can also start sewing your seeds indoors ready to go in the garden in 2019.

We offer free quotations during the working day, in the evening (when it is light enough to see the garden) and on weekends. We are based in Milton Keynes and Padbury, we offer our professional gardening services out to Aspley Guise, Stony Stratford, Olney, Winslow, Great Horwood, Whaddon, Nash, Thornborough, Akeley, Steeple Claydon and Buckingham.

If you are in need of some support to clear out a garden, maybe you have bought a new property, or have some tenants who were not keen gardeners, maybe you find some of the jobs in the garden are getting a bit much or just cannot find the time in a weekend to take care of the garden. We offer a courteous, prompt and reliable, reasonably priced range of services. We are a family run, local business who takes pride in our work and our excellent reputation. We have plenty of experience, we are registered waste carriers and hold chainsaw and weed-kill spray certificates.

Take a look at our Facebook page for examples of our work and our customer reviews.

20 Dec

Tree Planting Tips From Tame Your Garden

Tree Planting Tips

When to plant a tree?

October to April is the best time to plant trees. The tree roots cope better with movement at this time of the year as they are dormant.

The ground is easier to dig in the colder months and less maintenance is required (watering and pruning) due to cooler temperatures.

The trees will be able to establish it’s root system in winter, ready for growth in the Spring and Summer months.

Where to plant a tree?

Avoid planting when trees if the ground is frozen or water logged.

Make sure your tree will get plenty of sunshine.

If deliberating over planting a tree near a fence don’t choose a tree that will grow too tall and wide, with huge overhanging branches and underground large roots which will travel across your boundary and possibly disrupt fence posts. Tall, narrow or short trees are best located near fences.

Consider the future of your tree; possible falling branches, shade, pine cones, fruit or blossom which might fall from the tree.

What is on the other side of your boundary which will fall under the canopy? A neighbour’s garden, car park, footpath?

Also worth mentioning; watch out for where the sewer pipes are running under the ground which may become disrupted by tree roots.

In a village location you may still find power lines running across the street, watch out for those!

Once you have planted your tree, keep it watered, you can also invest in tree specific fertiliser and plant food.

Keep your tree maintained

Monitor the growth of the tree.

Prune the tree at the right time of year, depending on the tree species.

Watch out for branches which get damaged in the wind, falling branches or those with the potential to fall.

Pollarding is a job best carried out in the winter. Often if you inherit a tree it might be slightly out of control or not tree maintenance hasn’t been kept up. It is best to keep on top of these things for the health of your tree and your bank balance.

Tame Your Garden is a garden maintenance company operating in Milton Keynes and Buckingham. We provide gardening services from one-off tidy ups to regular visits. Tree care is just one of the services which we provide on a regular basis. You can find us on Facebook @tameyourgarden or check out our Instagram feed where you will find examples of our gardening and tree care work.

26 Nov

Protecting your winter garden


The frost has arrived! Time to make sure your garden is ready for the cold. This year has been hot and dry, last winter we had more snow that we have had in years, it’s been a tough time for our gardens.

The threats in your garden this winter aren’t just snow and frost, but the wind, the wet and cold temperatures.

Here are some ideas on how to avoid frost-bitten leaves, rotting roots, even frozen roots and saturation. To make sure your plants have a great season next year they must be protected now. At any time of the year when it comes to gardens you get out what you put in, it’s important not to neglect your gardening duties in the winter.

 

Flowerbeds

Believe it or not mulch keeps the plants warm. A layer of bark compost or mulch will prevent moisture from gathering and rotting the stems. The mulch will break down during the cold winter to add organic matter to the soil and improve drainage.

 

 

Potted plants

Bring potted plants and hanging baskets inside where you can. If this not an option there are ways to protect them outside. Wrap hessian sacking around plant pots and tie firmly to keep it there all winter. This will stop the roots from freezing. In the case of large plant pots several layers might be needed to make sure they are protected. Some say adding straw between the layers of hessian sack will help to add extra insulation.

Frost protection covers are also available, these can be ideal in snowfall too (more on those later). In a particularly rainy winter, potted plants can become victims of excessive damp. This will starve the roots of oxygen. Make sure your pots have drainage holes, you can also pop them up on bricks to facilitate drainage.

 

Vegetable patches

Place straw around and on top of a vegetable patch it to stop the ground from freezing around your veggies. Put mulch on top of soil at the base of any plants to insulate the roots. Cloches are ideal for root crops such as carrots and parsnips. Strawberries and roses can be completely covered over by mulch in winter to keep them insulated.

 

Delicate and tropical plants

If you have delicate or tropical plants bring them indoors, a greenhouse or conservatory is perfect to make sure they can receive the warm sunlight which they love. Be careful to make sure they’re not touching any icy cold window panes. Those which can’t be moved, such as palm trees can be protected by tying the leaves in the middle to protect the growing point at the base of the leaves.

 

Wind protection

Where possible moving plants to a more sheltered location is preferable. Wind can increase the problem of cold damage during the winter months so anything pots will benefit from more shelter. When planting, it’s worth considering a bit of winter proofing whether planting along a permeable fence, where there are hedges or a row of trees, to leave plants less exposed in the colder months.

 

Frost and snow proofing

At these frosty times it is worth doing what you can to protect your plants, frost protection covers do what the name suggests. Available from Frosts to Amazon, there are fleece jackets and bags in all different shapes and sizes. It is a good idea to put stakes in the ground to hold up the cover, and prevent the plant from taking the weight of the cover, this will ensure no damage to leaves and branches. If plants do still have leaves, they will need light and air, so it would be a good idea to take the cover off during the day and tuck them in at night.

When there has been snowfall, it is recommended that you gently knock snow from branches and leaves before the next nighttime freeze. Make sure to do this if you have trees or a shed roof overhanging your beds as its likely when the snow falls off it will land straight on your plants in a heap.

24 Oct

November Gardening

Tame Your Garden will still be out in the fresh air all year around, if like us, you love the outdoors and being in the garden, here are some ideas for keeping yourself busy. The seasoned gardeners among you will probably be more than aware of how much can still be done in the garden in November, for those of you just joining the gardening game or looking for inspiration, or indeed are a in need of a gardener to put some life back into your garden, have a look below:

Bulbs

Plant out your bulbs ready for a glorious spring garden:

Plant daffodils
Plant tulips
Plant hyacinth bulbs

Is the garden looking a bit dull?

If you can’t wait that long and need some colour in the garden now, plant heather and trailing ivy.

Pruning fruit trees

Now is the time to prune apple and pear trees, you have right up until February.

Don’t get carried away prune the plum trees, they won’t thank you for it, hold off until mid summer on these.

Get fruity

Plant your currant bushes and raspberry canes now for a deliciously fruit crop in 2019.

Lawn care

Gather up the pesky leaves before they do permanent damage to the lawn. If you are still mowing, set the mower up a level for a higher cut.There is still time for aerating the lawn and whilst you are out in the garden take care of the edging to keep things neat and tidy for the New Year.

Wishing your garden had a bit more life in November?

Think ahead to next year in your planning, consider some lovely red ivy plants, grasses and cornus which will add some colour and texture during the later months.

 

If you or a family member is need of an honest and reliable gardener for one off garden tidy ups, regular maintenance or  simple grass of hedge cut please get in touch. We have two vans covering from Milton Keynes to Buckingham, including villages; Steeple Claydon, Adstock, Padbury, Horwoods, Coombs, Thornborough, Gawcott, Swanbourne, Nash and Whaddon. Take a look our Facebook and Instagram accounts to see the quality of our workmanship and what our customers have to say about our gardening service.

20 Oct

Autumn jobs in the garden

Autumn Gardening Jobs

It’s October and the weather has turned, the annual visit from the fair has arrived once again in Buckingham this weekend, and the nights are drawing in earlier and earlier. Although this year’s heatwave feels like a distant memory, we still need to spend time in the garden, despite the recent chilly starts. The mornings are getting fresher and later, but Tame Your Garden is as busy as ever.

Autumn is a great time to keep on top of the garden, before winter comes our way. There are plenty of jobs perfect for this time of the year.

Fencing Services

We have been inundated with fencing requests across Milton Keynes to Winslow, from windy weather to rotten posts, we can provide quotes to dig out the old posts, put up new posts and panels, deliver the materials and to take away the waste, depending what you need. We are a licensed waste carrier, so you can be sure we are disposing of your garden waste correctly.

 

 

Planting hedges and turfing

Before the frost gets here, get your turfing needs booked in. This year has been tough on lawns, the dry weather left many gardens thoroughly dehydrated with dry patches to jagged cracks. We offer lawn treatment services, to get your green back. Autumn is a great time for turf, not too dry and not too cold, so if you are thinking about it, now is the time to take the plunge. Whether you are turfing a bed, replacing a patio with grass or otherwise, take a look at our Instagram page for inspiration and our past work.

 


Autumn Planting

Hedges and bulbs such as tulips like to be planted in Autumn. This means you will enter Spring with some nice blooms and a healthy green hedge. There are so many types of hedge, if you want to discuss the best type of hedge, get in touch, we couldn’t find a single web page that shows all the many types of hedge to choose from.

 

 


Simple garden maintenance

Avoid damage to your lawn by raking up or blowing away the leaves. If these leaves are not removed they can do permanent damage to the lawn underneath. We offer garden tidy up services, regular maintenance and one time projects. We work from two locations, Milton Keynes and Padbury which allows us to come to you and take a look and provide a quote. We work from Buckingham to Bedford, Padbury to Potterspury, Whaddon to Wicken. Get in touch, to make sure your garden will be in bloom in spring and your grass will be green when you get back out in the garden next year.

 

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