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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • The green, green grass of home
    Apr 15, 2019 8:00 am

    The green, green grass of home

    April in Bermuda sees the start of an uptick in temperature, which makes it a good time to concentrate on carrying out work on the lawn, be it verticutting, aerating, fertilising, repairing or laying a new one.

    Three grass types are grown...

  • Spring is a good time to ...
    Mar 18, 2019 8:00 am

    Spring is a good time to ...

    When the weather starts to settle, March is a good month to prepare for planting and replanting.

    Wind is the arch enemy in the early part of the month so care should be taken by watching long-term forecasts. The pluses of...

  • Step-by-step approach to maintenance
    Feb 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Step-by-step approach to maintenance

    I have often written the words “what you create, you have to maintain”. The statement is true when dealing with landscape design and, by natural progression, garden maintenance.

    The garden is not a static entity; when a blade of grass is...

  • Getting it right on garden maintenance
    Jan 2, 2019 8:00 am

    Getting it right on garden maintenance

    Many thousands of dollars are paid out yearly for gardens to be maintained, but what should garden maintenance actually cover?

    People with contracts for garden maintenance usually have more visits in the active growing months than in the...

  • Practical gift-giving for the gardener
    Dec 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Practical gift-giving for the gardener

    What’s in your Christmas stocking?

    So, it’s that time of year again. Presents, I like to think, are personal, but when it comes to the garden, function and practicality are more appreciated.

    Below, some useful, practical items that...

  • The scourge of the hedge trimmer
    Nov 14, 2018 8:00 am

    The scourge of the hedge trimmer

    While wandering about the country lanes and by-ways on vacation in the UK, I couldn’t help but observe the many gardens and landscapes.

    Especially in the southeast of England drought had been a major problem and, as in Bermuda during dry...

  • A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control
    Oct 25, 2018 8:00 am

    A small garden is beautiful but keep plans under control

    A thing of beauty is not always a joy when it is labour-intensive. A mistake often made in the initial stages of design is not giving enough consideration to aftercare or maintenance.

    Poor maintenance can, by its very nature, create labour...

  • Maintaining growth for the future
    Sep 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Maintaining growth for the future

    Bermuda’s climate is unpredictable. Especially in the summer, rainfall is at the top of a list of things gardens need and with it comes new growth which can be rampant.

    Correct pruning, rather than hacking, is what’s required to protect the...

  • Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants
    Aug 15, 2018 8:00 am

    Learning the idiosyncrasies of plants

    Plants are part of our being, but we take them for granted.

    They enhance their locations, be they in our offices or homes, they line our roads and generally create areas of peace and quiet.

    They assist in us breathing fresh air,...

  • Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor
    Jul 11, 2018 8:00 am

    Work out how to get ‘wow’ factor

    What is your garden worth to you? Do you really like your garden? Do you spend time admiring it, partaking in its maintenance needs and tweaking those areas in need of refurbishment or, simply, change?

    Do you consider that the amount spent...

  • Choice of neighbouring plants crucial
    Jun 13, 2018 8:00 am

    Choice of neighbouring plants crucial

    As flowering plants are the lifeblood of the garden, careful consideration should be given to the choice of species and their relationship to neighbouring plants.

    Variety, it is said, is the spice of life but as with food, if the spice is...

  • The month when good things begin to happen
    May 16, 2018 8:00 am

    The month when good things begin to happen

    May is usually the month that moves us from questionable weather to more settled conditions.

    With this in mind, consider tackling the lawn with regard to weed control, verticutting, aerifying and fertilising.

    Lawns generally cover a...

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