|All the planted areas, except the Iris Bed, should be mulched
with 75mm of clean organic matter (such as composted wood chips)
in mid-winter before the emergence of the earliest spring bulbs.
This will help to conserve moisture, suppress weeds and increase
the levels of humus in the soil.
Lawns and paved areas should be swept or raked clear of litter
every week – more often in autumn.
Tubs and troughs are replanted twice each year and will need
regular watering (every second day in hot weather) and deadheading
to prolong their flowering period.
The frequency and intensity of the automatic irrigation system
should be regularly reviewed to accommodate variations in rainfall
and potential evapo-transpiration rates.
No regular pest and disease is required other than the provision
of two fungicidal sprays in spring to prevent powdery mildew
on the apples and roses. Other applications may be given if
and when problems arise.
Two years of intensive cultivation has eliminated most pernicious
perennial weeds from the beds and borders. The sole exception
is the Cherry Tree Border some areas of which are infested with
Enchanters nightshade and the Back Border that is still over
run with ground elder and perennial nettles that spread in from
the adjoining property.