The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


9 February 2011

Time for lawn maintenance

In the meantime and as the weather has been dry and the 3 days of gales and high winds have really dried things up, it's been time to call in Green Thumb for aerating and scarifying the lawns.  Yes, I know!  It does sound extravagant BUT, by the time the cost of hiring all the necessary equipment to do both jobs AND the time sweeping up all the thousands of plugs of soil and barrowing them all to the compost heap is factored into the equation, it really isn't such an extravagance.  The lawns look a tad worked over now but we'll take another look in a few weeks time (and, no I don't get commission from Green Thumb!)  I promise you'll see a massive difference.

 David first came to do this to do this job 3 weeks ago.  He unloaded all the heavy equipment, walked around only to find very waterlogged and/or frozen lawns, came in for a cuppa, loaded up the machinery and went home!  I'm relieved everything dried up enabling it to be completed without it all looking like a mud bath.  In fact, I arrived home to find the lawns looking very 'swept' and tidy.  Mark Bishop is the chap to call

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