Hints & Tips
With summer looking like it is finally starting to set in and the UK enjoying a reasonably consistent run of good weather, green-fingered Brits must surely be excited about the opportunities they will have to step outside and get to work with the garden equipment.
There are so many activities to be getting on with that it can be difficult to know where to start.
First, there are some key considerations that should always be undertaken on a regular basis throughout the warmer months.
For instance, getting out the lawn mower and keeping the grass in shape is essential and this task should be done at least once a week.
It is always advisable to leave more grass behind than is being cut off. This means only taking about a third off the top, as any more runs the risk of shredding it and tearing it from the root, which is clearly not good for it.
There are also other important considerations – for instance mulching. This task is commonplace in winter, as it can help to protect plants from the harsh climate conditions.
However, this activity also offers benefits for those who undertake it in the summer, as it can be useful in helping plants retain water throughout particularly dry spells.
Those who wish to make use of mulch may wish to browse MowDIRECT's range of chippers and shredders, as many of these products can turn garden waste into this valuable substance.
Mulch can also be used as an alternative to compost, which is another important consideration for gardeners.
In an article for the Guardian, John Walker, garden writer and author of How to Create an Eco Garden: The Practical Guide to Greener, Planet-friendly Gardening, explained that it is a staple natural tool.
"Compost, whether it's seed, potting or multipurpose, is the fuel on which we run our gardens. It's something we all need, and always will," he commented.