Five handy tips to the top

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1 Use chipped bark and lots of it. It keeps the weeds down while keep­ing mois­ture in and that’s im­por­tant on sandy, freedrain­ing soil. 2 It’s dif­fi­cult to ap­ply or­ganic ma­te­rial with a bark mulch. Grow­more, a gran­u­lar gen­er­alpur­pose feed, is easy to ap­ply and gets washed through slowly. 3 Don’t let an area of your gar­den get out of hand, be­cause it’s a job to get it back. Keep on top of it from the off! 4 We di­vide as li le as we can and only if plants are go­ing back­wards. We have to di­vide geums, as they tend to go out of flower, and Iris

sibir­ica be­cause ma­ture clumps de­velop bare mid­dles. 5 Don’t make your gar­den too busy by us­ing lots of dif­fer­ent plants. It’s al­ways be er to plant in blocks of the same thing.

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