Gardening tips for July
Summer has well and truly arrived but whether the good weather arrives too remains to be seen!
Your beds and borders will be at their height of colour now from your favoured bedding plants and your Edible Garden will be producing a high yield of fruit and vegetables.
Watering is such an important item on your ‘to do’ list that it should now be second nature to head out to the garden every evening with your watering systems. Don’t forget to reuse water collected in your water butts for an environmentally friendly way to keep on top of that important job.
If you have not already done so, add a layer of decorative bark round each of your shrubs as mulch for your beds. This is a top tip for retaining moisture at the roots so that it does not evaporate from the surface of the soil.
Our Plant of the Month this July is the Dahlia and this is definitely the month to enjoy them at their best although they should continue to flower right up to the first frosts in autumn. The Dahlia will grow well in most soil types and locations and will offer large, showy blooms for eye-catching splendour.
Roses are a popular favourite too, particularly as they are so versatile, with dwarf varieties perfect for pots and containers; tall, rambling roses for climbing interest against fences or walls and of course, the rose bush which is perfect for beds and borders. Mix and match your roses or stick to a number of favourites but keep an eye open for aphids. Use a systemic insecticide to kill aphids and protect your roses for the coming three weeks or so.
You may notice some of your other plants such as fuchsias or hollyhocks, together with your roses, may begin to suffer from diseases including mildew. Again, there are plenty of fungicides available, so always feel free to ask one a member of our team for their advice on stamping out these bugs and protecting them from attack.
We may endure more rain than we would like this month, so you may not need to water your plants additionally. If they do become dry, make sure new plants and shrubs receive a good, occasional soaking rather than a daily shower. This will encourage a deeper root system to establish. A regular feeding will benefit all your perennials (plants that re-appear every year) and shrubs.
All flowering plants will need to be regularly dead headed to encourage new blooms and a greater growth.
These tips include hanging baskets and containers too which should be monitored daily for water retention and limp blooms.
Once your lawn has had a good soaking from rainfall, take the opportunity to feed it. Grass roots are minimal and will deteriorate in dry weather. A summer feed will ensure a lush, vibrant deep green colour and stimulate growth of roots too. Choose from soluble or granular lawn treatments or you may prefer a 3-in-1 option that will kill moss and broadleaved weeds at the same time as encouraging growth and improving the appearance of your lawn.
There is no point in working so hard on your baskets, borders and lawn without completing the finishing touches such as tidying your pathways and gravel areas. Treatments and weedkillers are available specifically for these areas whereby any weeds will be suppressed and prevented for around three months.
Dependent upon which fruits and vegetables you have chosen to grow in your Edible Garden, you should be reaping great benefits from high yield this month for delicious salads and summertime dining. Bumper crops of tomatoes will now benefit from a high potash feed for maximum growth. Lift each leaf and check for whitefly. If they are present, you will need to treat the tomato plant with a systemic insecticide which is suitable for use on edible crops.
Check your plot for any weeds as these will steal much-needed moisture and nutrients from your crops. Hoe regularly and carefully between the rows of crops or choose a suitable weedkiller. Please do ask if you have any queries or need advice – we are here to help.
Beans such as French and runner should be ready for picking now. Keep well watered and feed with a soluble plant food for more crops.
Soft fruits such as blackcurrants, raspberries and strawberries should be picked as they ripen. Birds need feeding throughout the year but they have their own seed and nuts so make sure they don’t help themselves to your fruits by protecting crops with netting.
Finally, make the most of whatever weather we experience this month and head outdoors while the days are long and evenings balmy. The scent of freshly cut grass, scented blooms and barbecues epitomise summer and let us hope for plenty of sunshine!Blog Home
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