Summer is here, and that means it’s time to sit back, relax, and enjoy all the hard work that you’ve put in to your garden this year. Here is our to do list for July, which is focused mainly on the maintenance of your garden, allowing you to enjoy it for even longer!
- Regularly deadhead lavender, sweet peas, bedding plants, and flowering perennials to encourage repeat flowering. This is best done with a sharp knife or shears to avoid damaging the plant.
- Harvest fruit and vegetables regularly to allow more to grow. Remember to pick courgettes before they turn in to marrows.
- Keep the lawn trimmed, but avoid cutting the grass so short that the soil is exposed to the sunlight. Returning a proportion of lawn trimmings back to the grass after cutting will help return nutrients and moisture.
- Water the garden regularly, especially during long periods without rain. It’s best to water your garden in the early morning. Click here to read more about different methods of watering the garden.
- Keeping on top of weeds will prevent their growth from spiralling out of control in your garden. Be sure to remove the entire weed, and avoid accidentally spreading their seeds.
- Cover fruit trees and bushes with a net if you’re concerned about birds eating them.
- Water roses regularly, and feed after blooming (roses are particularly fond of fish, blood, and bone). Remove dead flowers quickly to allow new ones to bloom.
- If you’re having trouble with pests, try looking at some organic pest control methods before turning to harsh pesticides, which can sometimes cause more damage to your plants than bugs can!
- Start your own compost pile if you haven’t already. It’s a great way to recycle your waste, and cut down on your spring gardening bills.
- It’s now safe to move houseplants outdoors, but first read our blog to find out how to do it safely, and without causing damage to your plants.
- Take advantage of the warm weather to attend to your garden furniture, and structures such as sheds and summerhouses. Now is the perfect time for painting, and applying preservatives.
What are your go to tips for July? Let us know in the comments below or over on our Facebook page!