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Plant Bedding Plants to a Design

Planting a bed or border to a design is a job that must be done with care. After you have finished the design and decided what plants you will use in your planting scheme, check all the plants against the plant to make sure you have them all.

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Renovate a Neglected Tree

There are situations when you find in your garden a tree that is too old to crop well and has rotten or severely diseased branches or trunk, then you should grub it out and burn it. When the tree is old but the trunk and the main branches are sound and the tree is merely overcrowded, then it can be rejuvenated by renovative pruning followed by a correct routine care.

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Improve Soil Drainage

If the waterlogging in your garden is not severe and the water excess is only on the soil surface you can divert this water by shaping garden surfaces so that the water will flow into drainage ditches. If problem is deeper you can improve the drainage by installing an underground drainage system. It is best to hire some specialist contractor to do this job for you. If drains already exist and you still face the waterlogging problem then you should check for blockages in the drainage ditches or for damaged pipes. Underground drains will not work if there are any drainage barriers above them, like a hard pan for example.

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Use Weedkiller Safely

Where is a garden there are weeds too. Weeds can be controlled by manual means: hand-weeding or hoeing, by physical methods: smothering under a mulch, or by using chemical weedkillers. There are few things that you should consider when using weedkillers. Also consider that well-established weeds may need several treatments or prolonged persistence to eradicate them.

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Plant a Herb Garden to a Design

If you decide to plant a herb harden, whether creating a simple, informal design or an intricate, formal one, you must consider careful planning, both on paper and on site as this is essential for the success of your garden. Make sure you do the plans well in advance. Start in winter for planting in the spring, or as early as the preceding summer if you decide to raise the plants yourself instead of buying them.

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Reduce High Water Dependency

There are many situations in your garden when there is need for lots of watering. Some garden features and crops require supplementary watering, depending by their type or by weather. You can reduce their needs by the following methods.

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Winter Protection for Plants in Containers

Many container-grown plants need protection from severe cold if grown in frost-prone areas. The plants that need protection include all tender plants, the not very hardy ones and a number of reasonably hardy plants like rosemary and lavender that may suffer frost damage to the roots if the compost from their containers becomes frozen.

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Perennials in the Autumn

When cold weather settles, perennials in your garden need attention. Cleaning, planting and dividing are the most important jobs to be done in the autumn to keep your perennials in good shape over the years.

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Collect Berries from Trees and Shrubs

As weather get colder the garden become more interesting with its beautiful autumn colors and its sculptural plants and seedheads that are left on the plants until spring. But there is more, some trees and shrubs will now bear colorful berries. Some of them will provide food for the birds over the coldest month of winter while others will be just decorative. You can now start a fascinating project: growing your own trees and shrubs from the seeds you have collected from your garden.

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Make Compost

Making compost is the best way to get rid of a lot of bulky waste and the best way to feed your garden. You can use any organic waste from the garden or kitchen but for the composting process to be completed as quickly as possible you will need to mix dry and moist ingredients before adding them to the compost heap or to add them unmixed in alternate layers not more than 15 cm thick.

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