Tap into your inner gardener

If you’re not particularly green-fingered but want to know how to keep your outdoor space looking good, then follow our quick tips:

  • Grab a bucket or a plastic bag, take a walk around your garden and cut off any dead flowers (deadheading) as this encourages more blooms
  • Keep on top of weeding – you can do this by hand (always wear gloves) or buy some weed killer from your local DIY shop
  • Keep hedges looking neat by giving them a trim (September or October is a good time to do this)
  • Wait until winter to prune bushes and trees – this should be done once they’ve shed their leaves. Remember, it’s your responsibility to maintain the trees in your garden.

Top tip: Try to harvest some seeds when you’re deadheading flowers. Use garden scissors to cut the pods or seed heads from the plant, place them on newspaper and dry them at room temperature for a week. Once dried, store them in envelopes in a cool dark place – ready for planting next spring.

A note about communal gardens

Please dispose of garden waste and other rubbish responsibly. Leaving rubbish in communal areas (or your own garden) encourages rats and makes areas unpleasant for others to use. Unfortunately, we can’t permit the use of trampolines, paddling pools, swings or slides in communal gardens as our insurance doesn’t cover their use.

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