AFTER a bit of rain the garden can go into overdrive.
Matt Leacy from Landart says setting the garden straight now will serve you well in the new year when you want to put your feet up.
“Managing the way you maintain your garden before Christmas is important so that you can have a decent break,” he says. “If you go in too early before Christmas, you’ll have to do it all again during the Christmas break or just after.”
Ideally, mow the lawn in the week before Christmas and, if you have time, give any shrubs or hedges a quick trim.
“Shrubs such as plumbago and viburnum grow really quickly but give them a quick swing over with the trimmer. Most people hit their shrubs hard at the start of spring and then they have to do it all again later.”
At this point, Matt says you should focus on areas that will be most visible to guests. If you don’t have time to weed the garden, he has a simple solution.
“Mulch will make everything more presentable,” he says. “Use it at the entrance of your property. If you’ve run out of time to weed, cover it all with mulch.”