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THE MORE SUN­LIGHT THE BET­TER

It’s not a one-size-fits-all ap­proach when it comes to plants and their sun­light needs. “Plants have a range of re­quire­ments de­pend­ing on species and even va­ri­ety,” says Adam. “Some will grow su­perbly with al­most no di­rect sun­light while oth­ers thrive in in­tensely sunny spots. When you’re plant­ing some­thing new, al­ways look at its re­quire­ments on the la­bel and match them as best you can. When it comes to pot­ted plants in­vest in some qual­ity wheeled sup­ports. This way you can move them around to suit the sea­son.”

ANY FER­TILISER IS GOOD

“Some fer­tilis­ers are blended for a quick-fix, and due to this they can pro­mote ex­ces­sive leaf growth that, when soft, will eas­ily scorch in the hot sum­mer sun,” says Adam. “Such fer­tilis­ers of­ten need to be reg­u­larly reap­plied and can con­trib­ute to dam­ag­ing nu­tri­ent run-off into bush­land and wa­ter­ways.” Also weigh up the cost of reap­pli­ca­tions, ad­vises Adam. “Qual­ity con­trolled-re­lease fer­tiliser will of­ten only need to be ap­plied once a year. It will re­lease the right bal­ance of nu­tri­ents when your plants need them,” he adds.

PRUN­ING OFF FIN­ISHED FLOW­ERS AND TIRED FO­LIAGE WILL KEEP PLANTS HEALTHY

“As a hair­cut keeps the hair healthy, prun­ing off spent flow­ers and giv­ing sparse leaf stems a trim en­cour­ages new shoots to emerge and keeps plants look­ing fresh and alive,” says Adam. “For flow­er­ing plants, like roses, it of­ten en­cour­ages new flow­ers and can help make scrag­gly shrubs nice and dense.”

WEED­ING WILL KEEP OTHER PLANTS AND THE LAWN HEALTHY AND HAPPY

“Weeds grow fast and rob other plants of wa­ter, nu­tri­ents and sun­light,” says Adam. “Weed­ing reg­u­larly will make sure that your plants and lawn have the best con­di­tions for per­fect growth.”

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