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Diarmuid Gavin: Our gardens are crying out for a good trim

Strimmers at the ready – recent heat and rain means hedges and borders have started to look unruly

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Deadheading roses is just one of the jobs gardeners can do for a late-August display

Deadheading roses is just one of the jobs gardeners can do for a late-August display

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

Salvia 'Wendy's Wish'

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Deadheading roses is just one of the jobs gardeners can do for a late-August display

If you’ve been away or just enjoying your garden, there are plenty of gardening chores to be done. Sunshine, very warm temperatures and torrential rain has resulted in a lot of growth and hedges, in particular, will be looking quite hairy.

So it’s time to trim those evergreen bushes such as box and privet as well as conifers. Don’t trim conifers back into old wood unless it’s yew, as they won’t put on fresh growth. Wisteria is looking a bit mad as well — you need to cut back all that whippy growth to about 5 or 6 leaves in length.


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