Saturday, 7 May 2016

Garden Maintenance: Lungworts (Pulmonaria)

Early-flowering ground cover like lungworts (Pulmonaria) can be freshened up by pruning spent flower stems. If the leaves get a bit of mold on them, you can cut them back and they will also regrow. 

Garden Maintenance: Tying in roses

Climbing and rambling roses should be tied in, training shoots as near as horizontal as possible. Training rose mainshoots horizontally causes more sideshoots to develop, producing more flowers

Friday, 6 May 2016

North London Lawn Care: Move perennials away from turf

Lawn tip: If any perennials have spread too close to the lawn edge: Lift, divide and replant where needed.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Planting Design: Skimmia, Cornus & Hyacinth

Skimmia, Cornus and Hyacinth make a nice winter-Spring plant combination

Monday, 2 May 2016

Planting Design: Primrose and Polyanthus

Q: What's the difference between a primrose and polyanthus? 
A: Polyanthus forms a rosette on a single stem.

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Lawn Maintenance and Seeding

Repairing a client’s lawn by scarifying, raking and reseeding. If doing yourself, keep off the grass for 10 days.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Hampstead Heath Garden Maintenance

Tulips and euphorbia are blooming in a client's Hampstead garden. What signs of Spring are showing in your garden?

Friday, 29 April 2016

Garden Maintenance: Jet spraying can bring new life to furniture

Does your garden need cleaning and disinfecting? Let us help bring your furniture and garden back to life.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Garden Maintenance: Winter Heather

Trim back winter heather now to keep them dense. Remove flowers but not old wood because it doesn't grow again.

North London Garden Maintenance Tips: Wisteria

Now that the ground is warming up it is time to feed your wisteria to get the best flowers.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Highgate Garden Prune and Clean

Before and after garden tidy. Need help? Contact us at

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

North London Lawn Care: Scarifying tips

To scarify lawn: go over turf with a spring rake in 2 directions to remove moss. Then fertilise and seed.

Monday, 25 April 2016

North London Lawn Care Tip: Prepare soil well before seeding

To prepare soil for grass seed: fork surface, breaking down lumps, and rake to produce a fine crumbly surface

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Garden Maintenance: Cornus & Salix Pruning

Prune willows grown for their ornamental stems now. Cornus and Salix produce the best colour on 1-year-old stems. Prune Cornus, Rubus and Salix hard, about 1-2 buds of last growth to leave a stub framework for next year's growth.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Hedge Trimming North London

This is one of our #hedges...but we also do normal, straight ones too!

Friday, 22 April 2016

North London Jet Spray Service

After and before: Jet spraying can bring your garden furniture back to life.

Planting Design: Harden off bedding before planting

After buying bedding plants, bring them in at night and put outside on mild days to harden off before planting.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

London Lawn Care Tip

The ground is warming up so you can sow grass seed in next few weeks. Make sure to prepare the soil well first!

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Garden maintenance: Erythronium dens-canis (Dog-tooth violets)

Clumps of Erythronium dens-canis (dog-tooth violets) can be lifted and divided, replanting the long roots singly. Dog-tooth violets do well in borders, but are also happy in thin rough grass where daffs would thrive.

Garden Maintenance: Lavender Care

Lavender don’t like being hard pruned, or pruned into old wood so it’s wise to prune now using shears. To trim lavender: go over whole plant, trimming off 3-5cm (1-2inches) of growth using shears for speed.


Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Plant Maintenance Tip: Peonies

Hungry peonies are starting to sprout. Feed a handful of bonemeal in the crown and top with garden compost.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Primrose Hill Trees

The trees are starting to bloom on Primrose Hill. Welcome Spring!

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Plant Maintenance tip: Ferns

If you like bold fern fronds, put a handful of bonemeal around the crowns now and put garden compost on top

Garden Maintenance: Ferns

As new fronds begin to unroll, now is a good time to transplant ferns. To transplant ferns, cut dead fronds, soak well, and plant in new compost and bonemeal mix.

Saturday, 16 April 2016

London Garden Maintenance Tip: Organic Matter improves soil

Organic matter will help soil retain moisture and improve soil quality. Spread some on plant beds now before spring growth starts

Friday, 15 April 2016

Garden Maintenance: Fushias

Shorten back & remove dead/wispy shoots from fushias. If stem is dead, cut down to regrow. Feed generously.

Thursday, 14 April 2016

North London Garden Clear and Tidy

4 people 1 day: Turn overgrown, uneven, bramble-filled dump into a level, child-friendly garden ready for grass seed. 
  • Removed and dismantled broken green house 
  • Removed 24 metal shelves
  • Removed brambles
  • Dismantle and remove shed
  • Pruned trees 
  • Dug up and removed concrete and stones from grass 
  • Levelled grass 
  • Fertisilised and lay grass seed
  • Edge flower beds
  • Move and transplant 6 rose bushes
  • Move and repair compost bins and water butts
  • Hoe, deadhead and weed flower beds
  • Lay and edge paving stones in lawn
  • Trimmed Ivy and climbers back
  • Jet spray

Before and After: 

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Lawn Care: After winter start long and slowly reduce height

When cutting grass after a long winter, set the blades at their highest setting and work down each week.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Plant advice: North London

Garden tip: cut herbaceous perennials back to let new growth thrive.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Fruit and Veg: Growing Tip

Broadbeans sown in winter don't tend to get black fly. The ones in Regents Park allotment are flowering now

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Scarecrows in Regent's Park

The scarecrows wear waistcoats in Regent's Park. That's one way to scare the birds off! 

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Garden Maintenance: Winter Heather

If you haven’t already, now is the time to trim winter flowering heather with shears.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Garden Maintenance Tip: Hoe loose gravel

Garden tip: run a hoe through areas of loose gravel in paths to disrupt weed seedlings.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Belsize Park Garden Maintenance: Laying new turf

Has winter played havoc with your lawn? Maybe it's time to lay new turf:

Before and After:

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Container Gardening Maintenance Tip

Life in a container can be tough. Give your potted Camellias, Conifers, Box and Bay a good dressing of fertiliser.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Garden redesign

If you want your garden redesign finished by Spring, time is running out. Contact us for a free visit. 

Monday, 4 April 2016