Launched 7 years ago by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), National Gardening Week is the country’s largest celebration of gardening and where gardeners are being encouraged to share their love of gardening between 30th April – 6th May 2018.

Over the course of the week and beyond, the 4 RHS Gardens – Wisley, Harlow Carr, Hyde Hall and Rosemoor will be running various activities and events from beginners’ workshops to guided walks, face painting to garden parties. These events are aimed at helping and inspiring gardeners with creative ideas, tips and suggestions for plants to grow indoors and outdoors.

We wanted to join in the fun and share expert gardening tips from our very own green-fingered team members:

Slug damage? The number of slugs and snails will have increased dramatically in the recent wet weather, so to protect young plants and seedlings from slug damage use bio-friendly slug killer such as Doff Slug Defense Gel, so as not to harm hedgehogs, frogs and slow worms.

Keep weeds under control – check your garden borders and paths as weeds flourish at this time of year and can soon strangle your new seedlings. Hoe boarders and use weed killer as necessary, and for deep-rooted weeds such as bindweed, dandelions and nettles, use Roundup Ready to use or Roundup Gel.

Give your lawn some TLC – now is the time to feed and re-seed bare patches in your lawn. Use a feed with moss killer in it if your lawn is prone to moss, such as Evergreen Liquid Feed and Moss, also aerate the lawn with a garden fork to improve drainage.

Prepare your pots for planting – To stop the rot and to help water drain freely, place broken pieces of pots or polystyrene in the bottom of the pot. This prevents the drainage holes from becoming blocked and compost from being flushed out.

For further gardening advice or assistance on the best gardening tools and essentials to buy to meet your requirements, please pop into your local Bunces store and speak with one of our friendly team who will be only too happy to help.