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July 2017 Newsletter

In mid-summer there is excitement both in your own garden and further afield at the flower shows up and down the country. It’s harvest time in your own garden if you’re growing your own crops – a rewarding activity when your children and grandchildren have broken up from school. It’s a great time to cut flowers too from your rose bushes for adding colour indoors.

When you want that extra bit of inspiration visit outdoor shows; they are held up and down the country including RHS flower shows. These events are great for picking up hints from expert growers and design ideas for your own plot.  

Enjoy the weather, the flowers and your well-deserved harvests of salads and vegetables.

The Unwins Team

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Treat ponds with EcoSure

You may have noticed that your pond water has become cloudy and green over the last couple of months. This is due to a build-up in algae which blooms rapidly in sunlight.

Make your pond water clear again with biological treatment EcoSure Pond Clear. Our The NEW and EXCLUSIVE EcoSure Pond Clear by Envii offers a simpler approach to pond cleaning to guarantee that your pond water is clearer for longer. our easy-to-apply powder-treatment dissolves in the pond water and introduces beneficial microbes into your pond that work to leave your pond crystal-clear. Simply choose the dose to match your pond size.

Get water-wise for your garden

Have a watering plan in place this month for all your plants; as a general rule hanging baskets and containers dry out quicker and need watering up to three times a day in mid-summer. In your garden water perennials and bedding twice a day and trees and shrubs once a day.

In warm spells increase this, especially when it’s gusty and wind dries out plants more rapidly.

Choose from our wide range of watering solutions including regular hoses, drip hoses, lawn sprinklers, watering cans and ‘holiday-friendly’ self-watering spikes.

Tend to your home-grown salads and vegetables

If you’re growing fruit and vegetables in containers in your garden keep an eye open for pests such as slugs. They love crops as much as you do and come out in force even after just a short shower. Treat the area with biological slug killers Nemaslug, use slug pellets, or top dress the area with shingle or decorative stones, or Organic Extra, which they are less keen to travel over.

When harvesting your crops such as salads or root vegetables top-up the soil to keep the nutrient levels high for the developing crops. Feed leafy crops like salads with high nitrogen fertiliser and root crops like radish with a balanced fertiliser.

Feed and mow your lawn in summer

For a lush green lawn you need to feed it the right nutrients at the right time of year. In summer, you want to encourage fresh new growth of grass blades. Treat your lawn with a high-nitrogen feed. The nitrogen promotes fresh young growth which creates the attractive lawn you’re after.

Keep the lawn mown too, preferably twice a week. Regular cutting encourages the leaf blades of grass to branch, which contributes to a fuller and thicker lawn. Choose a lawnmower to suit you.

Keep pesky ants and wasps at bay in your garden

Two notorious pests in the summer, you can address both ants and wasp problems in a number of different ways. At Unwins we can offer you deterrents like Waspinator, chemical solutions such as Ant Killer Baits and even biological solutions such as Nemasys No Ants.

Choose the method to suit you and keep your outdoors safe and free of pesky insects.

Add colour to your garden in an instant

Impromptu garden party to host? We’ll see to the flowers while you look after the food preparation and other tasks at hand.

Unwins Speedy Baskets just pop onto old hanging baskets and container displays for immediate impact and colour and we have pre-planted hanging baskets to bring immediate colour at head height.

Need to add some outdoor furniture to the garden. See our range to suit your budget and requirements.

Add panache to your patio in an instant with exotic yet hardy palms, perfect for your patio and looking fantastic as a backdrop when you’re entertaining outdoors in summer.

Architectural palms are full of character and are hardy in dry and cold conditions. If we are predicted a wet and cold winter simply bring indoors over the winter or cover with a protective fleece.

Here are 2 varieties to consider;

Canary Island Date PalmA fast growing palm excellent for a sheltered spot or conservatory. They have long showy fronds to give your patio or balcony that extra dimension. They are hardy to around -8C (18F).

Mediterranean Fan Palm - Ideal for adding a touch of the tropics to a planting scheme. Hardy to around -12C (10F). Chamaerops are among the hardiest palms and are perfect for growing outside, or for growing in a container.

Pest and Disease Watch

Ants

These insects come out in their hundreds and thousands in summer excavating patios and lawns, sometimes creating big hills (pictured) leaving a mess of saw-dust like debris seen only too frequently in a hot July.

Ants look like they are feeding on aphids – alas they are only farming them to produce ‘honeydew’ for their own benefits.

Eliminate ants in your own garden using a number of methods to suit you and your style of gardening. Nemasys No Ants is a dissolve-in-water solution based on biological nematodes. For a quick-acting chemical solution use Ant Killer Baits. As an organic option encourage green woodpeckers into your garden with bird food to keep ant populations down, particularly if you leave in the country.

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It's show time in the gardening world

In June Unwins paid a visit to Gardeners World Live and sought out the best of gardening innovations and problem-solvers. With inspiring talks from Alan Titchmarsh and Adam Frost, as well as grow your own gardens perfect for small spaces, it was a show we highly recommend.

In July treat yourself to a day out at RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, Surrey 4-9 July and RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Cheshire 19-23 July. Both shows highlight the best of mid to late-summer flowers and gorgeous Show Gardens which offer ideas you can take home.

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