Gardening maintenance top tips and what to do this week.
Three ways to... cut down on maintenance
1. Plant hardy bulbs such as crocus, scilla and daffodils in the autumn to provide a maintenance-free spring show. Low-growing lilies which don’t need staking are an ideal easy-care summer bulb.
2. Reduce the need for bedding displays with decorative pebble mosaics, wall art and stylish sculptures to provide maintenance-free highlights.
3. Incorporate drought-tolerant plants in your schemes such as lavender, rosemary, houseleeks and pelargoniums and silver-leaved plants, which won’t need much watering.
Other things to do this week:
* Prune: Prune out the frost-damaged stems of shrubs and climbers.
* Water: Keep recently planted trees, shrubs and climbers well watered during dry weather
* Replant: Lift and divide congested clumps of autumn-flowering bulbs and replant in a well-prepared piece of ground, discarding any bulbs which appear damaged or diseased
* Thin out: Thin out hardy annual seedlings sown in open ground last month.
* Feed: Feed plants in containers with a liquid fertiliser.
* Tidy: Clean up garden furniture in preparation for all those sunny days ahead.
* Pot: Pot on small plants of tender perennials raised from cuttings last year.
* Cuttings: Take basal cuttings from lupins and delphiniums.