Over the past month we’ve been giving you insight into what makes the perfect Gardener’s Garden. We’ve heard from the winner of last year’s competition as well as Tamsin Westhorpe, one of our judges and editor-at-large of our partner, the English Garden magazine.
The competition closes on Monday 4th May so, if you haven’t already entered, then you still have time and have two weekends ahead of you to get your garden ready!
To assist in your final mission to perfect your garden, here are our top tips for out in the garden at this time of year.
- April is a key month for lawncare. Repair lawns, scarify and aerate where necessary ahead of your first cut! The increase in temperature will also bring an increase in weeds. Be sure to get on top of them now before they have chance to spread!
- Mulch around perennials, trees and shrubs before the hot weather arrives – some Cobra mowers feature a mulch plug to help you out with this one!
- Divide hostas and primulas
- Tie and support plants that are in need of a helping hand, such as climbing and rambling roses, honeysuckles, clematis and trees
- Prepare beds so they are ready for the growing season
- April is a good time to get sowing! Plant summer flowering bulbs, such as lilies, gladiolus and ranunculus; as well as shrubs and hardy annuals
- On the vegetable plot it may now be the last chance to sow leeks ready for harvesting in autumn but it’s a great time for sowing artichokes, beetroot, cauliflower, sprouts, parsnips, peas as well as the April classic – broad beans!
- In light of April’s rising temperatures, be sure to check your greenhouse is well ventilated but be on the watch for late frosts – don’t be fooled by the milder temperature and sunny spells!
One of Cobra’s aims is to give you more time to enjoy your garden, which makes the Gardener’s Garden competition our perfect partner. Our products are designed to take the hard work out of maintaining your garden to give you more time to enjoy it.
If you’ve followed the above tips and your garden is now ready for our judges, then be sure to enter the Gardener’s Garden competition before the closing date on 4th May 2015.
To enter simply send four to eight photos of your garden by email or post (we can’t return these) with a maximum of 200 words describing your plot. Images can be of last year’s garden. Please include how long you have been gardening the plot, its size and whether you have had the help of a designer or gardener. Include your name, address, telephone number and email address.
Send your entry to: Cobra Britain’s Best Gardener’s Garden Competition, The English Garden magazine, Archant House, Oriel Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 1BB or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing your entries!