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August a key month for gardeners

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Despite the 'ferocious' nature of gardeners during a particularly heavy pruning session, such treatments can lead to spectacular results, writes Nigel Colborn for dailymail.co.uk.

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Despite the 'ferocious' nature of gardeners during a particularly heavy pruning session, such treatments can lead to spectacular results, writes Nigel Colborn for dailymail.co.uk. August represents a key month for 'gentle but brutal' gardeners, cites justmygarden.com, as summer pruning gets underway. "Action now will not only stimulate future flowers, but help certain plants to develop long-term fruiting spurs. Energy is diverted from growth into greater productivity and, in time, certain woody plants develop denser, more twiggy outlines with increasing flower numbers and improved yields," says Colborn. Furthermore, this time of year is a proving ground for weeds, thistles and nettles. Colborn notes it is essential that these weeds are removed from other plants, as well as the sides of contemporary garden buildings on another matter, before too much seed is shed. A touch of glyphosate is key in getting rid of weeds as it translocates to the roots, killing the plant in the process. Herbicide is also effective, but remember that 'a touch on any desirable plant will have the same effect, so apply with immense care.' August is usually a prime month for hedge-cutting - but not so this year, claims Colborn. "According to the RSPB, birds are breeding later than usual, after a difficult summer, and should not be disturbed. In my garden, song thrushes are still rearing young, so I won't be tackling our hedges until early September."

Author:

Ashley Curtis

14th August 2012