Tips for spring & early summer from Gary Long, Head Gardener at Trewithen

Head gardener at Trewithen Gardens, Gary Long, provides you with his top tips for trees and shrubs in spring and early summer:

  1. Mulch using organic matter to help prevent weeds and retain moisture.
  2. Feed trees, shrubs and roses with a balanced fertilizer such as Growmore or blood fish and bone. With Rhododendron pay attention NOT to mulch right up the stem/trunk. This could kill the plant, leave at least a 10 cm (4") gap.
  3. Check tree ties regularly to make sure they are not too tight and digging in or worked loose over the winter.
  4. Keep weeds under control, little and often is the key.
  5. Tie in climbing and rambling roses, making sure the stem is bent around the support to increase the chance of new shoots producing flowers lower down the stem.

Lawn care:

  1. Mow regularly lowering the height of cut gradually to the summer height.
  2. If composting clippings, spread in thin layers to speed up the composting process.
  3. Use "feed and weed" products to eliminate weeds and encourage lush new green growth.
  4. Edge lawns with either shears or a "Half moon".

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  • The Gardens of Holland

    This five-day tour, with flights to and from Exeter airport, will take in some of Holland’s finest gardens including Het Loo, Hortus Botanicus, Delft Botanic Gardens, The Arboretum Trompenburg and the world-renowned showcase for the Dutch floricultural sector, Keukenhof. Other highlights include executive coach travel, bed and full buffet selection breakfast at the 4* Van der Valk Hotel, and a boat trip in Amsterdam. This holiday was fully subscribed at the time of going to press but we do keep a waiting list in case of last minute cancellations so it is worth contacting us if you are interested.

  • Self-Drive visit. The Lodge, Fletchersbridge,Bodmin and Sibby Cottage, Tregrehan Mills, St Austell

    In a frost pocket, warmed only in winter by Bodmin Crematorium, Tony Ryde and his late partner, Michael created this three-acre riverside garden at Fletchersbridge, specialising in trees and shrubs. Magnolia, cornus, viburnums, paulownias, davidias and acers all flourish in this informal setting, complemented by ponds, waterfalls and a charming Gothic lodge. Enjoying the embrace of the adjoining Tregrehan Estate, Sibby Cottage is able to grow unusual tender plants, already over 900. Established only four years ago by Shirley and Ray Clemo (formerly of the renowned Pine Lodge Gardens), some large, inherited specimens form the backbone of the garden, whilst new herbaceous and shrub borders are underplanted with hundreds of bulbs. The booking form will be available in March