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MancLadMancLad Posts: 3

Just moved in to first house and ha inherited my first garden there's a few things in it I like such as roses and a lavender but have no idea how to care for these the lavender looks very brown but there is still a fair bit of green on it, what should I do to it, tried to upload pics but apparently there too large :(


  • Flowerlover3Flowerlover3 Posts: 219

    Hi Manclad, you can make the pictures smaller here Lavender is tricky if it's gone very woody with all the green at the top, as you can only trim the green growth after flowering around late August. Otherwise your only option is to grow something lower in front of it to disguise the brown bits or start again with young lavender plants and keep on top of the pruning.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 29,857

    The best thing to do during the first year with a new garden is to watch it grow to see what there is and when it does its thing.   Mow the lawn and remove obvious weeds from borders but observe the rest and make notes and take photos to help you remember what  you like and want to keep or what you don't like and want to lose and also what you want to add or change.

    As stated, lavender needs trimming back once flowering finishes and you can cut the stems right back to the top inch of foliage.   They don't regrow from bare brown wood so, if yours are particularly leggy or bald, think about removing them completely and replacing with younger, healthier stock or else disguising the bare legs with other plants.  Lavender grows best in sunny, well drained, alkaline soils and doesn't need loads of nutrients so I doubt feeding it will help.

    Roses need an annual prune and how and when this is done depends on what kind they are - shrub, climber or rambler.   It's a bit late now for a major spring prune but it will still be worth going around each one removing dead twiggy bits, thin twiggy bits and any stems that are crossing and rubbing against another.  While you're on, take off any remaining dead flowers or hips from last year, cutting back to a healthy leaf axil.  Roses are hungry plants so give them an instant tonic with a drink of liquid tomato feed and then a handful of slow release special rose feed pellets.  Keep dead heading through the season once they start flowering.   Check the RHS site for advice on pruning for next year - 

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