The beautiful weather continues this month, despite the odd rainy day! There’s no better time of year to be out in the garden, so I thought I would pass on my tips to keep your gardens flourishing right the way through Summer.
Take advantage of the glorious weather and start to fill any spaces in your beds and borders with some long flowering summer bedding plants. Don’t be afraid to use lots of colour, a bright combination is not only aesthetically pleasing, but mood boosting. I would recommend flowers like Begonias, Sweet Peas and Geraniums.
Now is also an ideal time to start sowing some vegetables, such as Lettice, onion sets and tomatoes can even be put outside now.
If you have any variegated trees or shrubs, be sure to prune out any reverted shoots. Reverted shoots are easy to identify as they will appear as a solid or pure green, instead of having their signature streaks or blotches. This will prevent plant from growing too vigorously and taking over surrounding plants. Any all-white or pale-yellow shoots should be removed also.
Weeds! I know we all hate dealing with them but keeping on top of your weeding makes the job far less painful. Keep on top of any growth in beds and borders by hoeing regularly to control weed seedlings; hand pull any annual weeds; and use a hand fork to remove perennial ones to achieve the best result.
It’s also extremely important to keep on top of your pruning. Be sure to remove any spent flowerheads from euphorbias, and then prune any flowered stems down to ground level, or to a strong new shoot. Be careful when pruning euphorbias and always wear gloves, as the sap can burn your skin.
We all know that our plants need to be kept hydrated during dry, hot periods – but do you ever think about your tree ferns? Spray the trunks and the crowns to prevent them drying out.
My last piece of advice is to make sure that your lawns have a feed and weed treatment. The use of the selective herbicides and feed will ensure you have the best lawn on the street!
Once all the work is done, its time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labor! Take a seat in the garden and read a book, or maybe invite friends and family round and have a BBQ – it is summer after all!
JASON IS A PROFESSIONAL GARDENER AND LANDSCAPER, AND OWNER OF JHPS-GARDENS LTD.
HE REGULARLY WRITES A PIECE FOR OUR WEBSITE, PLUS THE SENTINEL NEWSPAPER,
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