Category Archives: Spring Sowing

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Are the RHS and Defra BARKING up the wrong tree

Spring is here and its time to do some muck spreading – check out this awesome article on the pro and cons of mulching


Chapter 2

Bark Mulch

What is  Bark  Mulch 

English: Aged mulch of coarse home compost Cat...

 Bark mulch is a byproduct of the forestry industry, making use of the bark stripped off timber that is being milled for lumber such as two-by-fours. Bark and green waste such as wood chips and branches are collected into a huge pile. The material is then put through a chipper to break everything down into similar sized pieces. The chipped green waste is then processed in an aeration system or compost plant. The material is then partially composted. This begins the decomposition process of the material so that it is already on its way to forming a nutrient-rich mulch for gardens and landscapes. Once the composting stage is complete, the bark mulch is processed through a screening plant Bark mulch comes in several shapes and sizes two of the most popular is the general Amenity mulch made from processed mixed conifers to the rich small nuggets of the pine mulch.

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How to care for your roses

Use this guide here for successful roses this year #Roses #gardening


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 Part 1


In my line of work, I often get asked for help by my many of clients on the correct way to look after their roses.

Especially if their roses are under the weather are suddenly dying on them,

Hence I decided to write this blog on how to look after your roses from planting to pruning.


There  are  several  things  you  should  look  out  for  when  purchasing  a  rose  bush ( the  ideal  time  to  plant  a  rose  is  from  Oct  to  Dec  –  This  because  the  plants  in  its  dormant  stage and  all  the  energy  is  back  into  the  roots  )

  • Is  it  disease  resistant  (  well  for  two  or  more  years  any  way  )  No  roses  are  immune  to  Black  Spot  –  which  is  a  fungal  spore  by  the  way
  • Where  is  it  to  be  planted  – ie  All  roses  crave  sunlight
  • How  is  it  package  –  Many  high  street  chains…

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10 quick tips on how to look after roses


In part one, I went into detail about how I at RS Gardening Services would go about planting a clients rose.
Here in part 2, I will tell you how to care for roses through the spring to the winter.

How to Care  for  your  roses  in  spring

Spring is when the season starts to get busy .with the first shoots appearing on roses.
If these shoots are left to grow they will make the Rose look very unsightly indeed.

Plus the fact that:-

  • (a) The branches will rub against each other and cause cancerous growth.
  • (b) The center will be overcrowded and thus stop the vital air flow to the plant.
    Leading to an infection of Black Spot and other pathogens to infect the plant.
  • (c) Cause of a large number of branches your roses will only produce small flowers instead of large one.
  • (d) And finally, it weakens the…

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A for Aeration

A for Aeration

Why aeration is important 

  • Aeration  is  important cause  it  allows  air  and  water  to  circulate  through  roots  sward  and  encourages  the  grass  to  root  better.
  • It  also  relieves  compaction  of  the  soil  
  • Improves  drainage  

Methods  of  aeration  

How to Aerate, Spike & Hollow Tine a Lawn – YouTube – Some handy tips on aerating your lawn using a hollow tine fork, spiking aerator and aeration shoes or sandals
My  own  personal  view  these  spikers  just  do  what  they  say  they  spike &  do  nothing  more  than  that. And  from  what  i  can  see they  are  hard  work  especially  if  you  have  heavy  clay  or  stoney  soil.

For  better  pernertration  you  are  better  off  with  a  fork 

Aeration with solid spikes using equipment such as the garden fork, aerator sandals or shoes, rolling lawn aerators or powered machinery is generally done to a depth between 1 and 6 inches with the top two inches being the most important. There are also star like slitters that can be inserted as a cassette into turf machinery or towed behind ride-on mowers or lawn tractors. On sports turf, spiking is done as often as possible; every other week being quite normal. This is because the effect is q…

Apart from the annoying worm cast that block up your mower or make a mess on your lawn with heavy rainfall worms actually help your lawn by making holes in your lawn naturally as they tunnel down into the subsoil plus they are apart of the food chain

What to do about worm Cast in the lawn Great article about the benefits of worm cast – now you can optimize it by buying or making your own biochar I would buy it first and mix in with with the worm casting and leave for a day so it would absorb the nutriments first then apply it to the beds Never leave warm cast on the grass ~ wait till it hard then useing a swish broom brush them into the flowerbeds as worm cast contain bacteria that would determental to grass but beneficial to the flowers ~ after all why worry about them they help aerate our soil ~ break down organic matter and feed the birds by putting chemicals down will only alter the food chainThorny problems: what can I do about worm casts…www.scoop.itOur green-fingered guru solves your gardening problems. This week: a closer look at worms and the official start of spring
To  encourage  worms  there  is  one  simple  thing  to  and  that   finely  chop all  your  leaves  from  the  trees  in  Autumn   to  a  fine  manageable  pieces  with a  lawn  mower   with  no  bucket  attached   and  scatter  the  leaves  on  ground thinly  and  wait  till  the  worms  come  up  to  collect  it  and  bring  it  down  to  their  burrows.

Another way you can aerate the lawn is by a mechanical hollow tine aerator

A hollow tine aerator

As you can see they come in all shape and sizes depending on how large your garden is ~ The only set back is that you have to hire these out as no garden store sells these as they are either too expensive or not called for.
And with that the cost of hiring is pretty expensive so the best thing to with any expensive machinery is to have a joint share

Picture of large hollow tine aerator

Hollow  tines


There  are  two  manual  tines   on  the  market  today  and  both  can  be  bought  from  any  good  garden  store.

The  only  thing  that  is  wrong  with  these  is  that  are  ideal  only  for  small  lawns  and  do  take  up  a  lot  time  &  energy   

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Autumn Feeding.For Autumn the care regime is basically promoting healthy root growth. This achieved by firstly feeding the grass with a propriety lawn food and spreading the fertilizer by the use a hooper as in the Spring and Summer regime. But this time the fertilizer contains a high percentage of phosphate…

Here we have an example of forking the ground to aerate it this to me is rather hard work and time consuming. and like the solid tine roller above is fine wether you are relieving compaction on the grass

Here is an excellent guide to what to do in the garden this February.
But things have changed whether it the fault of the climate or new ideas and advancements on technology
One thing that has changed is Lawn care. The old school training that I had been taught has to be retaught.
For example, when I was doing a day release course in groundsman ship for a local borough I was taught that spiking was the ideal way to aerate your lawn.
Now it seems that hollow tining is the proper way to go now, Also another thing that has changed is the method. Instead of putting tons of lawn top dressing down its best to use a solid tine method as well.
When applying fertilizer its best to get the Autumn weed and feed to strengthen the roots & Apply the moss killer as a separate application.But make sure to rake or scarify the lawn first to remove the bulk of the moss then apply the chemical afterwards – This ensures that chemical go down to the whole plant
As for digging, I usually do that in the Autumn to allow the soil to be weathered down
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To top dress or not to top dress
Not long ago everyone in the industry was told to apply top dressing to the lawn .
But now there a second line of thought that you can either leave it open or solid tine it in the opposite direction.
This will :-
(a) close up the holes as it compresses ~ thus leaving a level finish .
As many greenkeepers will vouch that by hollow tining you are removing cores from the soil and then adding fresh material back
(b) You can either just leave it
(c) Go over with a scarifier and break up the pivots of soil and break them in
If you just got a normal lawn then top dressing with soil is not really needed only for cricket pitches and bowling greens who need a smooth a surface

However if you do find that you are left with bare patches you are left with two choices
(a) to reseed
(b) to turf
Depending on size of the lawn and what effect you want either then your best choices are to lay turf down ~ But it doesn’t come cheap now days best of turf come in at £4 per metre thats roughly $8 in the USA currency
Your other option is to wait for the two to three weeks before the seeds start sprouting

In the 21st century lawns may be going out of fashion. They are seen as high maintenance and environmentally unfriendly because of their need for preciouses irrigation water. However the advantage of making a new lawn from seed is, that you can choose any type of grass seed you want. Drought resistant, low maintenance slow growing, fine or course.


Spring Lawn care. Feeding Now that the warm weather is here it time to look after your lawn and put back what this wet few months have taken away from it all. The signs to look out are as follows :- Is your grass getting a bit anaemic  …