Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.
If you're the one who regularly cuts the lawn, the chances are you'll know about moss; but do you know how to successfully treat it? David Hall shares a few tips on how to beat moss and have a healthy lawn.
Moss seems to establish quickly and will eventually spread to large areas of the lawn, strangling the weaker grasses, unless checked and eradicated.
Just to apply a moss killer is not enough and is not always the best solution. The only way to ensure permanent freedom from moss is to determine the cause, or causes, and attack them at source.
The basic point to grasp is that moss is a symptom, and not the primary cause of a poor lawn. Dampness is essential for the spread of mosses; so areas of your lawn that are always holding water will provide conditions much better suited to the growth of moss than grass!
To improve drainage, lightly scarify the lawn to remove dead thatch and other garden debris that has collected over the months. This allows the moisture to soak down to the grass roots and the air to circulate more freely.
Next aerate the lawn by spiking with a garden fork, or on heavy soils, a hollow tine fork. Do this every 9-12", always working away from the treated area.
Aerating the lawn will again help the air and water to penetrate deeper, but will also open up compacted earth below the surface that has become consolidated with use.
If the drainage is still inadequate mix some sharp horticultural sand with equal parts of parts of loam and brush into the drainage holes you have created.
Overhanging trees with low branches will inevitably cause shade and create another ideal location for moss to thrive if there is also damp conditions.
Cutting down existing trees may be impractical but where possible thin out branches allowing more light and air to penetrate onto the lawn's surface. Also think about overseeding the lawn with a more shade tolerant grass.
Another contributory factor towards moss in the lawn is shaving the lawn at less than the recommended height. This will weaken the grass, or maybe leave bare patches that will soon be colonised by invading moss.
Start the season with the mower blades set relatively high until the grass starts to grow rapidly. Adopt a spring feeding programme that will encourage the grass, and not the moss, to thrive, and in the autumn apply another feed to replenish the lawn with nutrients and revitalise it after the summer.
With warmer weather and an early Easter, the garden centre is busy at the moment with customers stocking up on summer bedding plants - snapdragons, cornflowers, cosmos, verbena, phlox, petunia, As well as filling planters, hanging baskets and borders with colour that will last all summer, there are always plenty of jobs to do in the garden during April and David Coton has these suggestions.
Every gardener must have noticed a decline in the bee population over recent years. Intensive farming that demands the use of toxic chemicals, climate change and parasite infestation have all been put forward as potential causes, it's a worrying trend but one that we can all help to reverse.
As an excellent alternative to conventional products, Trimetals' storage solutions blend top quality manufacture with contemporary style. Their range has now been extended to include two new maintenance free sheds and Robert Hall has all the details.
Zest 4 Leisure manufactures a large variety of timber garden furniture, fencing and leisure products, David Coton visited their brand new nine acre site near Chester last week to find out more about current development and future plans.