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Aftercare of New Gardens
Once we have finished constructing and planting the garden, that is not the end of the story. A garden is not a static place, it is a dynamic and living entity that is intended to change throughout the seasons and as plants grow they need to be cared for and the garden maintained in order for it to reach it's full potential.

It is our intention that the garden will improve as plants grow and fill in, paving and brickwork mellows and is softened by planting. However, this will not succeed without care and attention.

After completing gardens we now prepare a detailed programme of aftercare and establishment. Here are a few important points extracted from this.

Watering
We are increasingly conscious of the need to conserve water and select plants to suit the natural soil type and climate of the garden; in many cases drought tolerant species are favoured. However, until plants become established and their roots tap into soil water they are very susceptible to water stress (drought) and during this period adequate watering is essential. Establishing a good deep root system by careful watering in the short term will promote healthy, drought tolerant plants in the long term.
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Areas of new turf are as vulnerable to drought as new plantings initially, but obviously establish more quickly. Sufficient watering in the early part of the season, if the weather is dry, will help to speed establishment.

For areas without irrigation systems, regular watering during dry periods should be carried out using either a reciprocating or raintower sprinkler. Where use of a sprinkler is unfeasible, use a gently running hose around the base of each plant.


The garden should be thoroughly watered for approximately 20-30 minutes on each area, ensuring that no areas are missed. In hot, dry weather the garden will need watering 2-3 times a week, especially during the first season after planting.

Weeds

Excessive weed growth around new planting can stifle new growth and can even kill them. At best it will delay successful establishment as the weeds compete with plants for space, water and nutrients. It is therefore essential that new plantings are kept regularly weeded.
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Lawns
Newly laid turf is very vulnerable until turves knit and the root system becomes established. Avoid unnecessary walking and playing on the lawn and do not place garden furniture on it until it has become properly established.

In order to maintain a successful, general purpose lawn, grass should never be allowed to grow longer than 6-8cm or cut shorter than 2cm. Cutting should therefore be as frequent as required to maintain this.

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lawnmower
Mowing the lawn at regular intervals is important


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