May Gardening Activity

DiggingAt last the weather has improved and the sun has some real warmth to it, its great to be outside breathing the warm air scented with the smells of spring. Shame about the endless drone of the lawnmowers but hey, you win some you lose some.

What Should We Be Doing?

Its a busy time and there’s plenty to do so in no particular order of importance:

Go over your lawn looking for daisies and dandelions that are beginning to grow and dig them out.

Check your composting bin – if you have one – we want to recycle as much of the garden and kitchen waste as possible.

Plant out any container grown roses and shrubs.

Tie-up new growth of any climbing plants.

Fork compost into your flower beds to prepare them for summer bedding.

Sow seeds of the following: beetroot, lettuce, salad leaves, watercress and rocket.

Open up the greenhouse and ensure the temperature controls are working. Bring your strawberries in there while you are at it.

So that little lot should keep you out in the fresh air for a while, more to come later in the month, until then; have fun  out there.

Spring Promotions

As the weather gets a little warmer we are starting our Spring promotions. To coincide with our expansion into some new areas we are presently leaflet dropping in villages in and around the Market Harborough and Hinckley areas. You can see an example of our promotion on this page.

If you want us to visit you and give you a quote for any work then just call our free phone 0800 862 0305 number and we will be happy to come.



Interesting Article in Daily Mail – no really!

Daylight shrubbery is the title and it details the problems caused by unqualified or downright criminal people putting themselves forward as gardeners.

“An increasing number of householders are being ripped off by cowboy gardeners, who knock on doors promising a green-fingered makeover but leave trees, plants and lawns looking worse than before. Trading standards officers have reported a surge in cases of what has been dubbed ‘daylight shrubbery’.

The article can be found here.

It raises a number of issues not least that gardeners should be regulated using a licensing scheme – that will be interesting, watch this space.

This of course is not the first time this subject has received newspaper coverage. The Daily Telegraph ran this piece in early November quoting the same sources. Interestingly the number of complaints for Oxfordshire was 87, I wonder how many other people felt badly treated but did not complain?

(image courtesy The Jolly Roger – visit their website)

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