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Aftercare of a new garden

The landscaping is finished, the lawn is down and the plants are in, so the garden is completed. Wrong!Regular maintenance is now the key. First, the planting will be immature and weeds will grow in the gaps that the new plants will eventually grow into, even if mulched. Second, many plants will continue to need feeding, pruning and training as they grow, at the right times of year, in order to achieve their full potential. The garden owner must consider whether to do this themselves, or to use skilled gardeners to do some or all of it, depending on time available. This is true even of so-called low-maintenance gardens.A new lawn also needs significantly more than regular mowing. It should be attended to a minimum or 3-4 times a year to scarify (remove thatch, or dead growth, which harbours funghi and other disease organisms); aerate to relieve compaction and maintain good drainage and feed in the spring,summer and autumn to maintain a good supply of nutrients for healthy growth. This will prevent the gradual deterioration of the lawn, ending up, as sadly is often the case, with more moss and weeds than grass. Brannfords recommends a specialist, expert company to carry out this maintenance to the grass, which is not expensive. They can be contacted through the ‘Links’ page on this website. As for the maintenance of the ornamental planting, you can do it yourself or Brannfords will be happy to agree with you a regular visit schedule to keep the planting going in the right direction – and that’s more and more beautiful with every passing year.