jim’s main­te­nance Tips

Landscape (UK) - - Our Landscape -

Adding or­ganic mat­ter can make a big dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of the gar­den soil. Ev­ery other year, cover the bor­ders with a layer of mulch. This is an ap­proach that has greatly im­proved the light, free-drain­ing chalky soil of the gar­den here. Plant­ing densely will help sup­press weeds. Prune sen­si­bly. While it is rare to kill a plant with ju­di­cious prun­ing, a good plant can be spoilt without it. Work hard on clear­ing up the gar­den in win­ter, so that it is tidy and ready for the new sea­son. There­after, do not do much un­til af­ter spring’s bulbs have fin­ished. Then, trim them back be­fore they smother emerg­ing her­ba­ceous peren­ni­als.

A painted red bench set into a se­cluded al­cove cut from box of­fers a shel­tered spot to sit and en­joy the late spring gar­den.

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