Please join us in welcoming our special guest blogger, Caro Sanders of Caro Garden Design. Caro's expert garden advice will help you make the most of your property whether you live in it or let it out.
Over the coming months, Caro will be doing a regular series of blog posts to help you make the most of your garden.
This month's tips are particularly great for buyers who may be planning on moving into a new home soon or landlords who want to make their property look more appealing to potential tenants.
By guest blogger: Caro Sanders
It’s that time of year when we’re trying to think skinny – diets and wallets both – so here’s a great way to save money in the garden.
“When is the best time to plant?” is one of the most frequent questions we get asked. Well, if you’re putting in a plant that you bought in a plastic pot from the garden centre, the right answer is any time. Unless the ground is frozen or we’re in the middle of a heat wave (I wish!).
BUT here’s a trade secret
If you want to save your pennies, the absolute best time to plant is NOW. Or at least by end of March. Because during winter you can buy bare root plants. These are sold without any soil around them, so they are cheap to transport and cheap to buy. You plant them while they are dormant (not growing). When spring comes along they start into growth and are just as vigorous as container grown plants, if not more so.
Not all plants are sold as bare roots – the main ones you’ll find are deciduous trees and hedging plants (ones that lose their leaves over winter), and roses.
Evergreen hedges such as yew and box are sold as rootballed – they have their soil wrapped around the roots with hessian, and you can plant the whole root ball in the ground. Again these are much cheaper than the container grown equivalents and can only be planted over the winter season.