Landscape Gardener Oxfordshire
The success of a planting project depends on good planning and nursery preparation. A landscape architect oxfordshire residents can trust is the one who should be tasked with designing a nursery. It is vital that new plantings can grow while protected from pests and without competing with weeds. This article offers tips on how to prepare a nursery, when to plant as well as the follow up care.
Come Up With a Planting Plan
A garden owner should prepare his or her planting plan well before they intend to plant. This provides plenty of time to source or grow the plants needed. What is planted depends on the nursery and the owner's goals. Planting time should also be taken into serious consideration. Frost-hardy plant species can be planted in spring or late autumn when the soil is cool and damp. This will allow them to establish their root system before summer's drying effects. They have a better of surviving a dry spell if they have had a previous spring and winter to establish. Planting in mid winter should be avoided as the damaging effects associated with severe frost can take their toll.
Prepare the Nursery
A garden owner should fence off their site permanently from stock and prepare it well in advance. It's vital that new plantings should grow without the presence of weeds. If not controlled, weeds can rob plants of soil nutrients, water and light. Often, using herbicides to control weeds and clear grass areas is the easiest and quickest method. The label instructions should be followed carefully while spray drift on non-target plants should be avoided.
When spraying individual plant nursery, it is advisable to spray roughly a square meter. This will give the planting sufficient clear space for it to establish. Care should be taken not to over-clear the planting area as it means extra amount of work in future just to keep the space clear. In addition, the plantings will attract animal pests such as rabbits.
When weeds and grass grow too close to plantings, they are likely to rob them of nutrients, water and light. In places where invading grass and weeds are a problem, the garden owner may have to follow up planting with 'releasing'. This involves immediately clearing the area around planting of weeds and grass.
In the case of quick-growing weed, it might only need to be released for the first year after being planted. Slow growing species, on the other hand, may require releasing for about three years before they actually establish. Plantings can be released by hand-pulling any vegetation that neighbours them. This is, however, laborious and time consuming, with herbicides been ideal for larger projects. Herbicides are cost effective and are capable of treating large areas relatively quickly. In order to get an even better spray control, it is advisable to use a knapsack sprayer. Plantings should be protected from pest animals as they establish. A cost effective way of protecting plants from such animals is to use netting on wires or protective covers.