Some people love to maintain there own garden and we totally understand why! When a garden becomes a bit of a handful though, it tends to get overgrown rather quickly, especially during warmer months so why not talk to us about an affordable maintenance plan that fits your budget and time commitments?
Here’s what we can do for you…
What we offer
We are passionate about plants and combined with our industry experience we lead the way with plant care, turf culture and horticultural practices. We have a chemical-free approach and like to get our hands dirty!
Let us carry out an assessment of your garden and we can advise a weekly, monthly or quarterly program, ensuring you always know exactly what your garden needs to flourish without any of the hassle or guesswork.
Every plant is different and correct pruning at the right time of year ensures good health and also a good display of flower or foliage. Seasonal pruning ensures your garden stays looking tip top for every day of the year.
Expert plant selection means you will have the correct plant for the surrounding environment. We advise on planting that will give year round interest, lower maintenance requirements and that wow factor.
Pruning of bushes, trees and shrubs is carried out during the entire year and we can happily do this out for you. We recommend a high degree of health and safety guidelines when dealing with trees and large shrubs.
Like the lawn calendar, different trees and shrubs need pruning at different times. For example, Beech should be pruned or trimmed in August because their leaves tend to be retained in a dry state throughout the Winter. On the other hand fruit trees like Apple need to be pruned from January to February – at the end of winter.
Maintaining Your Pruning Throughout The Year
Starting from January, climbers, shrubs and trees are leafless having assumed a dormant state until Spring. This makes it one of the best months for pruning, especially if large trees and shrubs pose a danger during high winds and storms. Removing dead or dying branches can be the first step of your pruning regimen.
February is the time when a garden is at its most dormant and is the best time for pruning especially if you didn’t get round to it in the Autumn. The rule of thumb is that we need to prune before the sap starts to rise in the early Spring. Newly planted trees benefit from removing any dead or damaged growth which helps them retain their natural shape and good health.
March is the month to start thinking about pruning summer-flowering shrubs to encourage healthy shoots and flowering. It is also an ideal month for pruning roses but check the variety first.
April is the month when we see signs of growth in shrubs trees and climbers. It is an ideal month to check for any damage due to a harsh Winter. Some shrubs like Buddleja (Butterfly Bush) can be pruned back now due to the absence of any frost.
The May rule is – if a shrub flowers before May prune it immediately it finishes flowering because the flowers have grown either on old wood or on last year’s wood. If shrubs flower after May they must be pruned during the dormant season as these flowers are grown on new growth or on this year’s growth.
June is generally a relaxing month when we can enjoy the fruits of our garden labours.
A few tasks need to be carrying out though. Some early flowering shrubs need will need pruning if they are to continue rewarding us with flowers. This is an ideal month for pruning wall-grown shrubs, Buddleia, magnolias, early flowering clematis, Weigela, Deutzia, lilac, mock orange, Spiraea, Dogwood, Wisteria plus any unfinished pruning jobs left over from May.
July is a busy month and there’s lots of pruning to do. Dead-heading needs to kept on top of to enable a continual display of flowers. Dogwood, Lilac, Wisteria and Virburnum are amongst many plants to be pruned. Some fruit trees need to be pruned after they’ve yielded their harvest.
August – this is often the best month to carry out pruning. Most plants start to slow down and stops flowering which allows pruning to commence. Pruning in August helps stop the spread of disease and encourages more flowering and yield a more abundant fruit crop. Some hedges like Beech can be given a final trim.
September tends to be the Autumn clean-up month and complete the August schedule of pruning and tidying. It is an ideal month to prune late flowering shrubs which keep them healthy and produce abundant future blooms. Pruning and trimming Box, Hydrangers, Lavenders, Birch and Honeysuckle, for example, is ideal in September.
October sees a marked slowing down and heading for the dormant season. This is a great time for pruning deciduous trees and tie up any loose ends left over from last month. Pruning newly planted trees and removing any damaged growth helps them stay healthy and retain their natural shape. We advise that you contact us before tackling large trees because of the health and safety aspect and to avoid damaging them.
November – although November can be a bit cold and miserable you can still enjoy the vibrant colour of your garden along with evergreen shrubs. There are tasks to be done to prepare your garden for the Winter, starting with covering perennials, tying up loose grasses and removing debris from lawns and borders. November is an ideal month for planting Roses and carrying out that final weeding task of the year.
December – It is so much easier to prune deciduous plants in the Winter months as most are in their dormant stage making it much easier to see the shape you are pruning without its leaves. Choosing a dry December day and removing any dead or dying branches increases light and air to the crown of a small tree – as outlined on our tree surgery page. Pruning promotes quicker and healthier growth in the Spring. Aim to retain the shape of a shrub or small tree. Branches should be cut at the node which is where leaves are attached to its branches and twigs.