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August 2017 Newsletter

We hope you’re enjoying the summer. Now we’re entering into mid-summer we can look forward to late night parties outdoors and summer barbacues.

If the weather turns, enjoy some greenhouse gardening, tend to your houseplants or plan for upcoming events like the RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show.

Whatever the weather- the gardening world goes on in one form or another and we hope you enjoy being a part of it. We certainly do…

The Unwins Team

Jobs to do in August...

Get a perfect pond

Provide a little TLC to your prize pond with easy-apply solutions to get your water in the perfect condition for healthy fish and a healthy population of good bacteria.

Unwins has a new range of products from sludge-eliminators and acid/alkaline neutralisers, to tackling pond problems including fish flukes and parasites on your koi.

 

 

Prune summer-flowering shrubs

It’s your last chance to prune philadelphus (pictured), weigela and deutzias – those summer-flowering shrubs that have finished flowering now after having put on a lovely display.

Simply cut off the stems with dead flowers leaving the leafy green stems to mature over autumn and winter and produce the flowers for next year.

 

Deadhead hanging baskets

Keep hanging baskets flowering for longer by making a daily habit of picking off the dead flowers. This encourages your plants to produce further flowers and delay flowers setting to seed.

Treat yourself to some therapeutic downtime; just go out on a pleasant summer’s evening with a basket and spend time to yourself deadheading.

 

Trim bay trees

Your bay trees – Laurus nobilis- look lovely when trimmed and clipped. Again, make the most of the good weather and clip your bay trees into tidy shapes. Not only does this give your bay trees a formal look it encourages them to branch and form more full and compact plants.

Simply arm yourself with some sharp snips or shears, place a sheet under your bay to collect the clippings and give your bays a welcome haircut.

 

Sweet peas cut for vases

Bring sweet peas indoors to add much-loved flower colour and fragrance. Sweet peas look great in a short well-proportioned glass vase.

Pick a nice morning to get outside and take some flowering stems. Your flowers look at their most vibrant in the morning as they have lost no water to evaporation in the rising heat.

 

Pest and Disease Watch

Chafer Grubs

Save your lawn from chafer grub damage. In May to June you may have received a visit from large beetles called cockchafers who breed en masse on patches of grass.

The offspring are large grubs that feed on grass roots turning your prize lawn into a patch dotted with parched-looking grass.

If you noticed this it is worth getting on top of the problem by watering in nematodes, a microscopic species that feeds and attacks these grubs. Easy-to-apply nematodes are available now.

 

August News

Growing Success Photo Competition

Send us your Growing Success Unwins product images to be in with a chance of being one of our 3 lucky winners!

Here at Unwins we’re really keen on seeing your pictures of all your hard work and the rewarding successes you’ve enjoyed from your garden. Our flower experts at Unwins will judge their favourites from all your entries.

Whether it’s picture of you celebrating in your garden, picking lovely flowers, of a particular plant you’re proud of, send your photos to us at competition@unwins-seeds.co.uk along with your name and address plus which Marshalls variety you grew to be in with a chance to win one of three £50 Marshalls vouchers. See terms and conditions below.

 

Treat your pond to a make-over

Unwins is excited to introduce to you a new range of pond products – all solutions to get your pond into great shape, your water as clear as crystal and your prize fish, fully fit and active.

Take advantage of water neutralisers, sludge–eliminators and pond fish cures that are easy to apply and store well for future use.

See our new decorative ornaments too- fountains which add character and fun to your pond, while cleaning and oxygenating the water.

 

 

RHS Hyde Hall Flower Show, 3-6 August 2017

Come to the late-summer show to see fabulous colourful plants – especially suited for thriving in dry conditions.

There’s lots going on including new exhibitors British Cactus & Succulent Society showing its fantastic display of plants as well as the Southend Bonsai Club with its fascinating specimens.

 

 

 

 

 

Terms and conditions for gift voucher competition. Winning image will be selected by Unwins, is non-disputable and will be announced in an up-coming newsletter and on selected social media. Winners will be contacted by our customer service team before the announcement. The prize cannot be supplemented for a cash prize. Winners are not eligible to enter our newsletter competition for 12 months. If the prize is not claimed within a month of announcement the offer shall be withdrawn. We reserve the right to use images sent to us in whatever format we see fit (including the ones that aren’t winners). Employees and family members of Unwins are not eligible. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
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