The weather has been on and off for a while now, but we have our fingers crossed for a beautiful bank holiday weekend so that we can get the garden summer-ready! It’s also National Gardening Week, so what more of an excuse do we need?
Most importantly, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of staying vigilant against Japanese Knotweed. This plant, also known as Fallopia Japonica, lies dormant during the winter months, but begins to sprout in Spring. Japanese knotweed is classed as controlled waste under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and as such you will have to dispose of it at a registered landfill site. We suggest seeking professional advice, in order to ensure it is effectively removed. If left untreated, the plant can cause difficulty in both buying and selling a property. We cannot stress enough how important it is to keep an eye out for this weed all year round, and remove it immediately. Check out Landlord News’ guide for more information.
- If you have a lawn, then a good mow will be required, but try to avoid cutting the grass too short. This can be known as ‘scalping’, and leaves the lawn susceptible to infestations of weeds. It can also affect the development of roots, meaning that when temperatures climb in summer it will be more likely to become damaged.
- Hedges tend to be quite overgrown by this point and will also need a trim. If it’s a big job, then an electric trimmer may be required, otherwise you can just use hedge clippers for a more precise finish.
- For safety as well as aesthetics, take a closer look at your paving slabs. Even if you feel you know your way around the garden blindfolded, your guests probably would not fair so well. The last thing you would want as a host is to end a garden party early to rush someone to A&E! Replace any that seem loose or cracked, to complete the look of perfection.
- Once you’ve done that, take an even closer look at what lies between the gaps. Weeds will find a way to pop up anywhere, so ideally this will have to be a regular job. Consider making it part of a routine spruce, along with the mowing. The problem with weeds is that their seeds get everywhere. Be careful with how you remove those visible, as you may end up spreading them further. Rather than simply pulling them out, use a sharpened implement to sever the roots.
- When using a weedkiller, go for one that is glyphosate-based (such as Roundup), especially if it is to terminate a bad case of Japanese knotweed. Then, when digging them out, take care to get all of the roots as well.
- If you want to take steps to prevent future weed growth, you can put down a layer of mulch on areas such as flowerbeds, which will deprive the weeds of light. Organic mulch in particular is a popular environment for insects that will eat the seeds.
For a finishing touch, give any outside furniture a wipe down and take some time to decide where to place it. Before long, you will have your garden looking perfectly inviting, ready for summer full of fun in the sun!