After a promising start to the summer with some hot dry weather from April to July August turned out predictably to be rather disappointing with overcast skies & frequent downpours in in the second half of August.The upside of this however is that the rain has greened up & freshened up the garden.Hopefully there will have been not too much damage done by the wind & rain coming from a NW direction.The sun is likely to return in early September with some fine warm weather allowing some late summer relaxation and enjoyment in the garden.
1. Extend the summer by making the most of garden lighting for the darker evenings.There is a wide range of solar lighting available (see our selection) as well as low voltage mains lighting.Trees shrubs grasses and pathways can all be highlighted.Bear in mind thatbats owls and moths can be disorientated by artificial lighting so solar is probably best as well as being more eco friendly.A moderate amount of garden lighting cheers people up especially when heading towards autumn.
2. Collect seeds for next year's planting.There is a lot of satisfaction to be gained from planting one's own seeds and seeing them grow.Now is ideal for taking cuttings from perenials larger shrubs and house plants.To save time planting winter veg seeds (now probably too late anyway) buy some ready grown plug plants by mail order or at the garden centre - brocoli calbrese & perpetual spinach for example. Your tomato crop if planted in the greenhouse will last into November so long as good natural light is available.Feeding & watering is also necessary.
3. Roses - click on Topline's special article at the bottom of our Home Page for advice about the care of roses from September onwards.
4.Lawncare - as late summer temperatures fall grass growth slows down so less mowing is required. Increase the cutting height of the mower so grass is left a little longer to protect it from frost.Damaged lawns can be repaired by first scarifying the patches with a fine rake and then laying a fine layer of mixed grass seed and compost.Don't forget to water regularly though !
5. Get the camera and/or DVD camcorder out and take some nice photos of various parts of your garden in the late afternoon/early evening sunshine for best effect.As well as being a pleasant reminder of your efforts over the summer these photos will serve as a record to compare with photos taken this time next year.
6. Finally, take a look at our late summer offers on our Home Page. All of our garden furniture can be used year round and our all weather rattan which is very stylish and contemporary is equally suited to the patio,garden or conservatory.