Finally – a gardener who knows his stuff, is completely reliable and comes up with creative ideas to help me get the garden of my dreams. I wholeheartedly recommend Ben the Gardener Kim – Abbots Langley Ben came to our rescue when we finally admitted to ourselves that we just didn’t have the time […]
Here’s the first in a series of video’s focused on advice from a professional gardener. This time, Ground Elder, scourge of the flower bed. It takes over very quickly and can be a real problem particularly in beds and borders that are densely packed with ornamentals that you want to keep. Hand removal is nigh-on-impossible […]
Now its getting darker and colder the gardening year is starting to feel like its drawing to a close, but I assure you it isn’t. One of the most fun and creative jobs in gardening is planting, and what better than planting spring bulbs. Tulips, Iris, Alliums, Snakes Head Fritillaries, Crocus and everything else you […]
A spring mulch is an important job in the gardening calendar that is often over-looked in the UK. Mulches are loose ground coverings comprised ideally of compost, sometimes bark and wood chippings, with the purpose of suppressing weeds and improving moisture retention. Why is this important for spring? The added benefit of using compost is […]
Spring is here once again, and the weeds have started to pop through as well as the tulips. My number one job for spring is one of the most important jobs of the entire gardening year. Mulching. Now is a great time to weed the beds and borders thoroughly and give them a good nutritious […]
Although the weather outside may be frightful, there are still jobs to be done in the garden! In fact, winter can be a crucial time for planning a new border, digging and preparing it. Many a new layout to a garden has started in winter, and it is a rule of thumb that as long […]
Autumn is a great time for the garden. If you hire Ben to maintain your garden, here are a few of the kind of jobs you can expect to be offered. Leaf clearing – now the leaves are dropping its a good idea to rake them up and make a leaf mould pile. All you […]
This garden is just astoundingly beautiful. It was a pleasure to give it a good tidy up and cut back! Before: And after some well needed weeding and TLC!!
Lavender – in this case Lavandula x Intermedia ‘Gross’ is a wonderful plant, but it prefers free draining soil to clay, so here’s how you amend the clay with that in mind.
Buying garden tools is always fun. So many places offer a real variety of tools, all aimed at solving specific problems in the garden. There are weeders that grab hold of a weed and (theoretically) yank it up and out of the ground. There are lawn edging shears, for precise trimming or people without a […]