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May in the garden

May in the garden

May is the time to finalise all the spring planting, as the increased heat boosts all plants to really take off. 

From now until November one key to success is to water deeply but appropriately for each plant.

April in the garden

April in the gardenOf course, the Algarve boasts colour year round, but April has the strongest punch of colour of any month. March was the first spring planting month, but if you did not get it all done, there is time to catch up in April. April can bring heavy rain interspersed with warm sunny days, speeding growth. Pests also benefit from the increased warmth, so one should pay attention to early control to avoid wreaking infestation later.

March in the garden

March in the GardenWhen the rain stops, this month will be a good time to plant most summer annuals and perennials, lawns from seeds, many vegetables, and most trees, shrubs, ground covers and vines. For tropical plants, however, it is better to wait until April or May as they will take off better when warmer.

Oleander - beautiful but toxic

OLEANDER - BEAUTIFUL BUT TOXICGardens in warm climates often have a beautiful Oleander plant, and for good reason. It is easy to grow, is evergreen and is available in a huge variety of colours. However, many are not aware that Oleander is toxic.

January in the garden

January in the gardenThe main tasks in the garden – pruning deciduous trees, pruning roses, bare-root planting – are projects which should be accomplished in January and not put off to February which will be too late.

What is an Arborist and Why You Might Need to Hire One

WHAT IS AN ARBORIST AND WHY YOU MIGHT NEED TO HIRE ONEIn your neighborhood or local community, healthy trees offer a variety of beneficial functions. Hiring an arborist is one way for homeowners to guarantee that their trees remain healthy. Arborists are trained professionals who know how to properly manage trees for the public's safety and the tree's wellness.

December in the garden

December in the gardenDecember is a low-key month when it comes to work in the garden, particularly if you have already completed all the autumn tasks.

November in the Garden

November in the gardenNovember is the time to finish off all the autumn projects, such as planting and clearing out. If the expected rains arrive, they will provide a bit of a natural clean-up but you should be prepared by having tidied up old beds.

Shrubs and young trees, if any are growing in the wrong places, from now through to January is the best time to relocate them.