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Malcolm Griffiths
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  • 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...

  • Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?
    Apr 23, 2018 8:00 am

    Forgotten favourites – lost for ever?

    From a fabulous February to a mad March — Mother Nature has once again proven her unpredictability, as can be seen from the many defoliated plants and burnt foliage.

    Often when driving around the island, a plant “jumps out” at me displaying...

  • Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden
    Mar 19, 2018 8:00 am

    Spring is in the air, so time to march into the garden

    Mother Nature is so fickle.

    February, my least popular month weather-wise, was in reality a reasonably “nice” month.

    So hopefully, with the major part of winter over, we can consider moving forward with plans for the garden although...

  • Month that should not be in garden calendar
    Feb 21, 2018 8:00 am

    Month that should not be in garden calendar

    On February 16, 1659 a cheque was used for the first time in Britain by a Nicholas Vanacker, to settle a debt.

    With only 20 square miles of land to appreciate, surely we should take advantage of our climate and maintain what we have left...

  • Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs
    Jan 22, 2018 8:00 am

    Take time to evaluate garden’s future needs

    As there is not much activity in the garden for the next couple of months now is the best time to take stock and evaluate.

    Plants grow upwards and outwards as they age but, like people, they also show signs of decline.

    Last year was...

  • Put your Christmas gifts to good use
    Dec 27, 2017 8:00 am

    Put your Christmas gifts to good use

    December is the month for shopping.

    Come Christmas Day, however, many of us will have questioned the value of the gifts we’ve received with regard to use and function.

    I would suggest that function outweighs cost. Why purchase a...

  • Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden
    Nov 14, 2017 8:00 am

    Plan your trees in low-maintenance garden

    Over the past several months we have discussed several types of gardens, some of which can be very labour intensive and costly to maintain.

    Gardens by their very nature are “active” and require attention which, to a degree, can be...

  • Plants to try in exposed area
    Oct 31, 2017 8:00 am

    Plants to try in exposed area

    Properties along the coast or on exposed hillsides survive quite well between April and November (excluding hurricanes), but the weather can create havoc in the garden during the winter.

    As well as physical damage, such as broken branches...

  • Different factors will affect layout
    Sep 12, 2017 8:00 am

    Different factors will affect layout

    The flowering garden is what is normally seen on most properties.

    It is a mix of trees, shrubs, ground covers, herbaceous, vines, grasses, cacti and succulents making up the flower beds, usually surrounding a lawn of specific or mixed...

  • Perfect time to take stock of garden
    Aug 15, 2017 8:00 am

    Perfect time to take stock of garden

    What is a garden?

    Whilst recently vacationing in the south of England the temperature hit 80-plus degrees for several days.

    It was a pleasant experience, especially with low humidity, and it created an increase in activity with parks...

  • Create summer interest by diversifying your selection
    Jul 4, 2017 8:00 am

    Create summer interest by diversifying your selection

    The drought, which started in April and ran through June, created a heavy flowering of oleander, hibiscus, lantana, pentas and other species.

    It was, however, interesting to note that many of them were late in leafing up and flowering.

  • When growth is active be aware of potential problems
    Jun 20, 2017 8:00 am

    When growth is active be aware of potential problems

    Growth is a natural occurrence which, in the garden, is part of the design process which knowingly adheres to this activity.

    Growth in plants consists of a two-way dimension; trunk and branches have an upward direction whereas roots have a...

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