Garden Jobs for August
After all the rain over spring and summer the garden should be looking pretty well hydrated this month but there may still be hot dry days during August so make sure you have a regular watering regime. Water butts should be brimming so make good use of this free water supply to keep the garden looking fresh. If you’re planning to go on holiday ask a neighbour to call in and water the garden and offer to reciprocate when they go away. If that’s not an option, set up a ‘leaky hose’ system with a timer on the outdoor tap to ensure regular watering, especially tubs and containers.
I am searching for Britain’s best turned out street, whether you live on a terrace in Todmorden, or avenue in Abergavenny I want to see your street and judge who has the best gardens, plants and green spaces in the whole of the UK.
There is prize money of £10,000 Garden Gift Vouchers to the winning street.
With regional heats and categories of awards, we are looking for true community spirit and pride, by making aesthetic and environmental improvements to street gardens culminating in ‘Britain’s Best Street Award’.
In addition, to 8 regional awards Scotland, Wales, East Anglia, The North of England, Northern Ireland, South East, South West and the Midlands, we have other special award categories which include:-
10 Interesting Facts About Birds
Blackbirds– they just love to sunbathe, by spreading their wings out whilst on the ground.
Blackbirds – during winter male and female parings split up; however as soon as the breeding season arrives they often pair up with last year’s partner.
Blue Tits– weigh about the same as a GBP coin!
House martins– spend the winter in Africa; then fly back to their same nest in our springtime.
Robins– love singing, normally the first to start the dawn chorus and last to stop singing at night. And sing all year round.
Robins– find any hungry chick irresistible; quite often feeding the chicks of other birds!
Starlings– come together to roost at night in absolutely huge numbers. The largest roosts can contain a million starlings!
Starlings– are superb mimics; included in their repertoire of songs are other bird sounds and frogs.
Swallows– during daylight migration cover enormous distances; up to 200 miles each day!
Wrens– during the cold winter months huddle together in nests for warmth. The record find saw 63 wrens gathered in a nest box!
If you want to attract some of these birds into your garden then getting a couple of bird feeders is a great way to start.
For more information and inspiration on enjoying birdwachng in your garden have a look at this Birdwatching infographic by Anglian Home Improvements
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Great Plants For August
Great Plants for August
August is a great month for blooms, the temperature is appealing and with any luck the sun shines inviting relaxation in your garden, here are my plants to enjoy.
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