August is usually one of the hottest months of the year – making watering essential. Try to use grey water wherever possible, especially as water butts may be running low if it has been a dry summer. August is traditionally holiday-time, so you might need to enlist the help of friends and family to look…

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Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt Care for houseplant while on holiday Water tubs and new plants if dry, but be water-wise Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering Pick courgettes before they become marrows Treat apple scab Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up…

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Spring is finally in evidence as daffodils and flowering trees start to bloom. Expect the inevitable April showers this month but with sunny days too, when you can turn your attention to the lawn. It’s an exciting month, with indoor-sown seeds well into growth, and it’s also time to start sowing outdoors. Just watch out…

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January: The coldest month In January, your garden could need protecting from frosts, gale-force winds and heavy rain. Check stakes, ties, fleeces and other supports for damage and consider moving plants to sunnier positions to maximize light. Don’t forget to keep feeding the birds, food is scarce for them over winter. You can also start planning…

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The amount of time and energy spent in the garden becomes much more crucial in April as the days grow longer and warmer. Plants, vegetables and lawns require more attention and if the work is put in now you will reap the benefits later. But although the sun is out, there is still the chance…

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