KEEP your garden in the best condition this summer.
Managing Director Jamie Shipley from Hedges Direct shared her six expert tips that will help fix the most common yard issues.
The most common yard issue among gardeners is seeing no growth from their plants, but luckily Shipley has several factors to consider that can prevent this.
Plants need to be located in the right place in order to thrive.
"Things to consider are always: soil type – i.e. are they planted in the right soil type for the plant’s preference, exposure."
She said to ask yourself: "does the plant need a sheltered location or not, light – does it have too much or too little?"
In order for a plant to be more productive with fruits and flowers, they sometimes need a good prune.
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"Pruning correctly will help a plant to thrive," she said.
"If showing signs of disease, try to find out what could be affecting it and what the appropriate treatment might be."
Pruning a plant will remove any dead or crossing branches from it, allowing new growth and rejuvenation to occur.
"Early treatment can help a plant recover quicker."
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Your plants might be in need of some extra nutrients.
Using a good mulch, manure, or leaf mold with your compost can help them get what they need.
"Spring is a great time to improve the soil that your plants sit in, and ensure that the soil surrounding them has lots of good nutrients to draw from."
Depending on the plant, they might need to get more nutritional help through specific plant feeds or fertilizers.
"To encourage good growth of any new plants and plant health specifically, we’d always recommend planting with root growth, and a fertilizer like bone meal as a basic helping hand," said Shipley.
"Once established, you can feed with a general all-purpose feed like a seaweed-based feed or opt for plant-specific, e.g. for roses, or plants like Pieris and Camellia, which need a more acid-based soil environment to thrive."
Shipley said it's important to give plants just the right amount of water, as too much or too little can cause problems.
"This is particularly important during periods of either really wet or really dry weather, to ensure it’s as near perfect as possible."
Depending on the type of plant, some thrive in warmer temperatures while others do better in the cold winter months.
These different climate needs can affect what kind of plants you choose to put in your garden.
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"It’s definitely worth picking plants that match your area’s climate to ensure that they are suited to your area," said the expert.
"Not all plants require the same things, so it’s worth doing a little bit of research to establish the individual care and situation ideal for your plant’s requirements and ensure they are being met as much as possible."
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