Upkeep calendar

To ensure success and longevity the bale plans ahead and books your garden upkeep essentials for the year. We methodically produce an Upkeep package tailored specifically to your requirements. Consider some of your weekly and monthly garden tasks from our calendar


A great time to think about annual changes and upgrades for your garden. With a good source of heat, light and enclosure you can be reaping the benefits of outdoor living this month – even if only for a coffee and a hot pastry at 3pm for Fika (Scandi style)!


Common Upkeep tasks : Fence mending, snow clearance & surface safety, replenish wildlife feeders, light prune on topiary & hedges, rose pruning and renovation, wisteria renovation, cutting back, tying in, pruning, apply preservation treatment to hazel, willow, chestnut weave elements, plan productive and cut flower borders yields. 


Some things that have to be done ; Deep clean of hardsurfacing, furniture, play equipment, re-commission irrigation systems & water features, start feeding programme to trees, shrubs, topiary, hedges, perennials & lawns, weeding, pest control,  pick up stick and twig drop, aerate lawns and top dress, apply health treatments, scarify as required. Wildlife pond maintenance, re-instate greenhouses, sow some garden specific seed yields from planner. Preparing and top seeding wildflower meadows. Lots to do!


Get in touch to get your garden programme for the year well under way. A good booked in schedule of works ensures that we can make sure that you are ahead and always fully ready to benefit fully from all that your garden has to offer for the year ahead.


With all the Bank holidays this season you will be wanting to get the absolute most out of your outdoor space. Book ahead to ensure the rights things are done at the right times.


Another high season month – but with our carefully planned bespoke programmes we take all the fuss out of things and your garden will seem like an effortlessly enjoyable and well maintained place.


It’s high Summer! Book in time to ensure a garden oasis all through the hot months.


Holiday season – make sure you have your garden future proofed. An important month for extra upkeep hours if you are away or need your holiday let in immaculate shape.


This is one of our busiest periods so please book ahead to avoid disappointment.


Just some of our tasks this month; Leaf clearance & removal, harvesting, cut back lavender, tree & hedge maintenance, irrigation review & water harvesting strategies, cut back species specific perennials, mulch tender perennial crowns after cut back, plan new specimen tree & shrub planting, schedule and order, deep clean hard surfaces, lift dahlias after last frost and store, winterise greenhouses,  final border edge for season, surfaces swept & tidy, shape and attend espaliers and topiary 


Leaf clearance & removal, tree & hedge maintenance, decommission irrigation systems & water features, surfaces kept swept & tidy


Hello Christmas – time to prepare! Whilst you are consumed we’ve got outside covered! Our jobs can include; surface safety for mainly used areas and access – foot traffic and vehicles, with contingency for snow clearance if applicable, once free of leaf drop, review and top up all borders with mulch, area specific graded, replenish wildlife feeders, wildlife pond maintenance, reinstate Christmas lights

“We want your green space to be a place to live, flourish and experiment in. We pride ourselves on taking the hassle out of gardening so that you, your family, guests and pets can all just enjoy the benefits of outside all year round”

– from the bale upkeepers

To book your garden or grounds upkeep just email us at the bale or give us a call

  • Next door to HC Gardens, find us at the Upkeeper's Barn
  • By appointment - Bolton's Lane, Combe Oxon OX29 8NB
  • 01865 807750
  • upkeep@thebale@co.uk
  • plants@thebale.co.uk