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Chris Beardshaw demonstrates how to remove blanket weed from a pond and offers advice on adding marginal plants and oxygenators to reduce excess nitrogen.summerMore water gardening advicePlanting marginals in a containerGrowing marginal pond plants
Chemical used to kill and control weeds.
Cut out any plain green shoots developing on variegated shrubs and treesTreat moss and weeds in lawns with weed killer, and boost growth with a lawn feedHoe bare areas of soil to prevent weed seedlings from establishing themselvesPlant up ponds
Sow green manure crops to fill bare soilRemove pond weedsHoe and hand weed bordersFeed plants such as roses, shrubs and hedgesPrepare soil ready for sowing a lawn or laying turf during September and OctoberSend off for mail-order bulb catalogues
Gradually lower the cutting height of your mower as grass growth increasesSpray roses showing signs of diseases such as blackspot, rust or powdery mildewApply a combined weed, feed and moss killer to your lawn if you think it needs itTop up water
Plant tagetes with your tomatoes, to act as companion flowers which deter pests Scoop out floating pond weed and algae from poolsHoe bare soil and hand weed beds weekly to prevent weeds from establishing and setting seedPut soft tops on the tips
A protective top covering used to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. May be organic, eg, leaves, peat, shredded bark, manure or compost; or inorganic, eg, pebbles, rock or black plastic sheeting.
Feed fast-growing plants with a diluted liquid or powdered fertiliser Thin out congested pond plantsHand weed flower beds to prevent weeds establishing and setting seedBuild simple log piles at the back of borders to provide shelter for frogs, toads
Pick herbs, lavender and everlasting flowers to hang and dryBe on the lookout for developing pest problems and take actionDig out problem lawn weeds or treat with weedkiller Re-seed bare patches in lawnsWash out pond filtersWater hydrangeas with a
Spread a layer of manure or compost around roses and shrubsPrepare areas for laying new lawns in spring, digging over, weeding and enriching the soilBe on the look out for slugs and snails, which will attack emerging shoots of perennials