09 May 2021

C & A Landscapes May 2021 Gardening Tips

Planting New Shrubs

As growing conditions to improve in May with more sunshine plus an increase in rainfall it is a good time to plant new shrub beds. I always recommend planting small plants that can establish themselves without too much care. The larger the plant the more watering and general maintenance is required to enable it to establish. A great local nursery for perennials and climbers is Wood Cottage in Nettlestead who have plants from as little as £1.50 with a great variety to select from.

Lawn Care

Lawns need an early season weed and feed treatment to get them off to a good start. A liquid or granulated formulation can be used. We normally spray the lawned area with a good lawn feed and then ten days later follow this with a selective spray of the weeds. All in one granulated treatments can be purchased from any good DIY stores.


Do not be too impatient to cut the stems of Daffodils, Snowdrops and Bluebells after they have finished flowering. You need to leave at least six weeks to allow all the goodness to be retained by the bulbs in order that you can be sure that they will flower again next year.

We hope you gained some helpful advice from our May gardening tips.


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09 May 2021

Spring’s growth burst brings new landscape maintenance opportunities

May has at last brought sunshine and rainfall and Spring is now in a hurry to catch up. Our operatives have found April a quiet month waiting for grass, shrubs and weeds to start their normal Spring burst of growth but we have been busy responding to many opportunities to price work for new residential and commercial clients. It looks like 2021 is going to be a very busy year.

Maidstone Grounds Maintenance Team

We have noticed a growth in residential opportunities as each week we receive phone calls requesting turfing, garden renovation and garden maintenance work. We have undertaken further garden clearance work at a Headcorn site, which is a project we started in late March. We took a mini digger with breaker attachment through the residents garage into their back garden and broke up an old patio plus brick walls. We used a tracked high tip dumper to clear all the material into the front garden where it was removed by a grab lorry. We then transported 5 tons of type 1 roadstone through the garage to compact and create a base for a new patio.

Our Maidstone landscaping team have also undertaken a number of turfing projects which have transformed a variety of gardens. In addition to thiswe have also been asked to reinstate a number of neglected gardens including a garden in Bluebell Hill which required a tidy up and makeover.

For more information on our turfing services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/soft-landscaping/

For more information on our garden renovation services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/garden-clearance/

Canterbury Landscape Maintenance Team

We have priced two large residential developments for a new property management company in the centre of Canterbury. We seem to be seeing more opportunities in Canterbury, Whitstable and Margate as the demand for new housing in these areas increases. Our Canterbury landscaping team have been undertaking early hedge trimming prior to the bird nesting season at a number of sites in Margate. We have also won a large contract at a Faversham development which started on the 1st April which includes large residential blocks with gardens situated around the buildings.

Gravesend Landscape Maintenance Team

The Gravesend grounds maintenance team has undertaken a number of stump grinding jobs in Gravesend and Bexleyheath. These have been undertaken where trees have been felled but a stump has been left in the garden. Our team will grind the stump to around 150mm below the surface of the ground. This area of ground is then backfilled with top soil and seeded. We have also undertaken a number of fencing jobs in Bexleyheath where we have used close board panels and concrete slotted posts to create an attractive boundary. Our team has also cleared borders and undertaken planting to create borders at a number of the developments we maintain.

For more information on our fencing services head to: https://candalandscapes.co.uk/services/landscape-construction/

Medway Landscape Maintenance Team

It has been a bit of a traumatic month for our Medway team where Andy, the team leader, had a heart attack while working on one of our sites. Luckily he was rushed to hospital and has made a good recovery and is keen to return to work. Three stents have given him a new lease of life and we are thankful that Ian, his fellow team member, was able to react to the situation so quickly!

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