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Spring is in the air!

Tuesday, April 17th, 2018

Wyevale Garden Centres reveals:

Gardening Jobs of the Month for may


With spring in full swing and summer just around the corner, it’s a busy time for gardeners putting in preparations for a beautiful summer garden. Seeds should be sown, vegetables and flowers should be planted, and lawns should be given some tender loving care to ensure they are looking luscious and well-nourished for sunny days spent outdoors.

Patrick Wall, buyer of box bedding, hanging baskets and planted containers at Wyevale Garden Centres, shares his gardening jobs of the month, helping you to get one step closer to your dream garden:

  1. Prep your pots 

Plant up your outdoor pots and summer hanging baskets, but keep them in a greenhouse or porch for a few weeks to establish, before putting them outside. Establishing the plants encourages roots to grow out and increase their drought tolerance which means they will be able to withstand the drier months ahead.

  1. Full of beans  

Start sowing runner, dwarf and climbing French beans. All beans appreciate a rich, deep, well-drained soil in a sunny position, so before sowing make sure you dig over your plot to clear any rocks and large stones, and dig in a good amount of compost or well-rotted farmyard manure to encourage the beans to grow.

  1. Quench crops’ thirst  

Now that the weather is warming up it’s important to water thirsty crops such as tomatoes, cucumbers and courgettes regularly. Make sure that the soil or compost stays moist but is not waterlogged and take care to water the ground around the plant and not the leaves.

  1. Mulch beds and borders

Not only does mulching lock in the soil’s moisture and improve its texture, it also works to supress weeds. By covering the soil with mulch, weed seeds struggle to come into contact with the soil when they land; this, combined with their deprivation of light means they cannot germinate and are prevented from growing. Make sure you apply enough mulch (around 2-3 inches) and ensure that the mulch is not pushed too closely up against your plants.

  1. Watch out for pests!

It’s important to check plants regularly for pests. Pay close attention to shoot tips to check for pests, such as capsid bugs, as well as the underside of leaves which can attract aphids, mealy bugs, red spider mites and thrips. There are plenty of ways to ward off those unwanted pests in an eco and wildlife friendly way without causing damage to your plants.

  1. Love your lawn

Apply nitrogen-rich summer feed to your lawn to encourage leafy growth. May is the best time of year to do this as the longer daylight hours and warmer soil create the perfect conditions for the grass to grow. Always fertilise your lawn after mowing to avoid disturbing the fertiliser on the surface.

For more information and advice on May’s jobs of the month, along with all the tools you need to gain ground in the garden,

Garden Gathering is a brand new fundraising initiative for Parkinson’s UK

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Garden Gathering is a brand new fundraising initiative for Parkinson’s UK – encouraging people to have ‘mini festivals’ in their gardens or open spaces this summer, raising money for vital research into Parkinson’s – a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure.

Find out more here

Snowhill’s Haskins Garden Centre nominates Alzheimer’s Society as its Charity of the Year

Friday, January 20th, 2017

Snowhill’s Haskins Garden Centre nominates Alzheimer’s Society as its Charity of the YearThe team at Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill has announced it will be putting all its fundraising efforts towards supporting Alzheimer’s Society this year.

Employees as the Centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running many events throughout the year as well as offering the charity the opportunity to host information and awareness evenings.

David Lilly, centre manager at Haskins Garden Centre in Snowhill commented: “Myself and the team are absolutely thrilled to be supporting such a worthy cause for 2017. According to statistics there are more than 14,000 people living with dementia in West Sussex and therefore we would really like to help raise awareness of the condition among our customers and in the wider area.

“We hope to be hosting lots of events throughout the year and would encourage local people to get involved when they can.”

Jess Hillicks, Alzheimer’s Society community fundraiser for West Sussex, added: “It’s great that the Snowhill team is giving its time to support Alzheimer’s Society. Dementia can happen to anyone and there is currently no cure. But with the right support, people can live well with dementia.​

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of businesses like Haskins Garden Centre to help us continue our vital work so that Alzheimer’s Society can continue leading the fight against dementia.”

Haskins Garden Centres are located in Ferndown in Dorset, West End in Southampton and Roundstone and Snowhill in West Sussex. For more information, visit