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We have already done our blog on ‘What To Do In The Garden‘ for June however, with it being the summer, there is so much to do that can’t be compressed into one post. So we have decided to write up another blog on what more you can do in the garden in June with these Gardening Tips UK:

Prune deciduous magnolias once the plant is in full leaf. If this is done in winter, when the tree is dormant, dieback can occur, and pruning in late winter or spring can result in bleeding. Midsummer, is therefore, recommended.

Thin out new shoots on trees and shrubs that should have been pruned in winter to stimulate growth. Remove crossing stems and prevent overcrowding of new growth.

Prune flowering shrubs such as Deutzia, Kolkwitzia,Weigela and Philadelphus after they have finished flowering. If this job is left too late, the new growth put on after pruning may not have sufficient ripening time to flower well next year.

Prune overcrowded, dead or diseased stems of Clematis montana once it has finished flowering. Untangling the stems can be fiddly, but once you can see where you are cutting, you need not worry about pruning this plant – it will take even hard cutting back very well.

With June around the corner we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden next month with our Gardening Tips UK.

In June, the risk of frost appearing in your garden has gone. Without the frost you will be free to plant your annual summer bedding and plant up containers, hanging baskets, if you have them growing in a greenhouse move them outside to their final position.

If any of your hanging basket plants have become misshapen or doesn’t look right, then trimming the excess off would most likely do the trick, this encourages a bushy growth for the summer.

Earlier this month, we mentioned about hardy annuals and that they have to be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year. This will need to be continued as we go into June.

What about the greenhouse?

There are also things you can do in your greenhouse, especially when it comes to June. When it comes to the dry and warm days you should open vents and doors, on a daily basis you should check the plants and water them if the soil is dry.

Tree Preservation Order or TPO is a part of town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a Local Planning Authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from harm.

This includes cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting and the willful damage / destruction of trees. The only exception for doing any of these is if there is the authority’s written consents involved.

What are the Tree Owner’s Rights And Responsibilities?

Owners of the Protected Trees cannot carry out, cause or permit the carrying out of these banned activities, unless they have written consent from the local authority. On the other hand those owners who don’t have protected trees, they are responsible for maintaining the tree(s) without any rules saying how often or to what standard the maintenance needs to be.

They can be made very quickly and in practice it is normal for a council to make an emergency TPO in less than a day in cases of immediate danger to trees.

Arboricultural advice from a professional contractors, such ourselves here at Leaf Matters, will help to inform tree owners of their responsibilities and the options available to them.

Why not give us a call on 01732 451 351

You may have looked at your tree and wondered if everything was healthy. Perhaps it’s not looking quite as it was, you can see bark coming away from the trunk of the tree, or you can see other signs that it’s not as full of vitality as it was last year. Any of these can indicate that your tree is either very unwell, or dying.

Trees do actually have a lifespan, much like any plant. Some trees are meant to be with us for decades, while some will survive for centuries. Ornamentals will live no more than 20 years, pines and oaks for a few centuries, and sequoias and firs can actually keep going for a couple of millennia, so it really does depend on the type of tree. Much like humans, if your tree is suffering from old age, there’s not a lot you can do.

Your tree may also be unwell. Trees can be attacked by illnesses as a result of bacteria, fungi, or parasitic invaders. A disease or insect which affects one type of tree may have no impact on another species. However, in many cases, diseases and invaders are curable if treated by an arborist in time. It may cost money, but if you think about the time and money it will cost to replace a magnificent, mature tree, it’s a small price to pay for its life.

As we go into May we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden this month.

To begin our Gardening Tips, we are going going to discuss Penstemons. They are a traditional favourite for cottage garden borders however, if you own Penstemons you should be starting to prune them now. To begin with, cut back the old shoots to the base of the plant but only if there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there is no new growth then cut just above the lowest shoots.

For your plants in containers you will need to feed them a balanced liquid feed to help them grow healthy. This should be done every two to four weeks for them to grow efficiently.

Hardy annuals can be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year; they also need to be thinned out. Half hardy plants need to be hardened off by leaving them outside during the day however; they need to be covered up at night. This process should be repeated for up to 10 days before they can planted outdoors.

When designing the family garden, don’t be afraid to try something new. Throughout this blog we are going to look into ideas which you add to your family garden.

Design interesting spaces and unique areas to sit, hidden areas where the children can discover and hide in. Plants which have significant shape to their leaves would be great addition!

Sedum spectabile (Herbstfreude) is a classic and a favourite flower which blooms from the middle of to the end of summer. The plant has a tendency to collapse towards the middle which can be dealt with by pruning through the Chelsea chop method.

Hardy annual plants such as Eschscholzia look weirdly beautiful and give more colour to your garden. Eschscholzia is a flower which not only makes appearances in the summer but it also grows in the spring & autumn.

Possibly one of the easiest plants to have in the family garden is a Lathraea flower. The Lathraea flower doesn’t need any maintenance at all! It is a wonderful fashionable plant, with a purple / pink colour it would liven up your garden brilliantly in the summer!

Call Leaf Matters on 01732 451 351 now!

As we go into April we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled our top things to do in the garden this month.

If you like lilies we recommend planting them in pots now! This gives you the freedom to go ahead with your summer displays. It always better to plant flowers in pots as you can then move them around the garden whenever you want!

Nourish trees, bushes and hedges with adjusted, slow release fertiliser by delicately forking it into the dirt.

Roses are voracious plants and will enormously profit from feeding as they come into growth. As roses come into growth they need to be fed with a either a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser.

Flower seeds need to be sowed so they are ready in June for planting.

For your tree(s) you will need to check the tree ties to check that the trunk isn’t being cut into. If any are tight then loosen them t expand and give the trunk more room.

We hope you enjoyed our list of some of things you can do in the garden in April to prepare for summer!

Chainsaws are extremely dangerous tools, especially when the person handling them is not fully trained in how to use them.

Here are a few Chainsaw Safety Tips:

• Safety equipment

Make sure that you are appropriately dressed for handling chainsaws. Some will come with safety features for example a fail-safe so you can stop the chainsaw at any time with the press of a button.

A common injury is that sometimes the saw can break the skin, but of course there are much more severe injuries that are possible however, no potential injury with a chainsaw is to be taken lightly.

• Handling the saw

The thumb grip – keep your thumb and fingers completely around the handles and with your other thumb hold steady under the front handle, this reduces kickback (makes sure the chain stops when not handled correctly).

Close contact – hold the saw close to your body, this helps balance and accuracy.

Safety distance – confirm that no one is within three metres when using the chainsaw.

Chain off – the chain can’t be on and moving when moving around to another spot.

Last but not least, why not take a course in Chainsaw Safety? They are great way to make sure you are using them correctly.

Here at Leaf Matters we provide Stump Removals. Stumps that are in your garden or land are not a pretty sight; this is why it’s wise to consider removing it.

Tree felling usually happens to the height of ground level, after which the root system or stump is left in the ground. The rest of the root and stump is generally not a necessary element and requires complete removal. This is accomplished through stump grinding, grind the root into a specialised Stump Removal Tool called a wood chip which is an item with a lot of re-usability.

The benefits of Stump Removal:

• Clears the area and prepares it for new structures, gardens or patios.
• Wood chip from grinding is a helpful product.

Our machines make stump removal a rather straightforward operation, intended to fit in the smallest of spaces. The equipment we use gives us the ability to remove stumps at a deeper depth whilst removing most of the root structure as well.

Get in touch with us today! We’re ready to provide our effective and efficient tree stump removal in Sevenoaks and the surrounding areas.

March is just around the corner and there will still be jobs to do in the garden, if it’s pruning, cleaning etc. So here at Leaf Matters, we’ve assembled a few ideas for you do to in the garden in March.

Complete the process of Pruning the Shrubs developed for their brilliant winter stems, for example, Cornus and Salix cultivars.

If you have any deciduous trees or bushes you will need to move them now. Right now is an ideal opportunity to do it given that the dirt has not frozen or waterlogged.

Plant summer-blossoming bulbs, for example, you can plant Gladiolus and Lilies into beds and containers. Another thing to keep in mind is to plant bare root roses for your garden.

A good thing to do now for when winter comes round again is to plant snowdrops in the green so that they will give more character to your winter garden at the end of the year.

These are just a few things you can do to help your garden in March to make it the best possible garden you can have.

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We accept tree surgery enquiries from all these areas

Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery Ltd are tree surgeons in Sevenoaks offering tree felling, tree clearing, hedge maintenance, pruning and reducing. We are available for tree planting and advice on tree ecology as well as emergency tree work. Based in Sevenoaks we are happy to offer our tree surgery services all around the Sevenoaks area.

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