Jobs To Do In The Garden In July

Jobs To Do In The Garden In July

You may have time off this month with the Summer School Holidays on the horizon so here are a few things to keep you busy in the garden and why not get the children to help out too?!

In The Flower Garden

– Cut back growth in hanging baskets to encourage new flowers and foliage, also to revive the display. Be sure to feed your baskets well after doing this.
– Prune Wisteria now. Just remove the whippy shoots from the main branch to about 20cm from their base or about 5 leaves from the main stem.
– Cut back faded perennial plants.
– Continue to tie in and train new growth on climbing plants.
– Cut back hardy Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first set of flowers to encourage new growth and future blooms.
– As your Penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a bud to encourage them to re flower.
– Dead head your Roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your Rose produces seed pods.
– Dead head bedding plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering.
– Dead head Sweet Peas regularly to keep them blooming and water daily if weather is dry.
– Thin out fruits on your fruit trees to produce good sized crops.
– Feed lemons and other citrus fruit trees throughout the summer with a special citrus fertiliser.
– Protect any developing fruits from birds and squirrels by placing netting around the plants.
– Peg down runners on your Strawberry plants to create more plants for next year. If you do not require more plants simply remove the runners completely.
– Raspberries are shallow rooted so make sure to water them well in hot weather.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking After Your Lawn

– Now is your last chance to feed your lawn with fertiliser to encourage a healthy green growth.
– Water your lawn well during hot weather particularly new seeded or turfed lawns.
– If experiencing a prolonged spell of hot weather, set your mower blades higher to reduce the stress on the lawn.
– Apply lawn weed killer to any problem areas.
– Recut lawn edges if needed or install edging to make it easier for future maintenance.

Other Jobs/Tips For The Garden

– Water plants at the base rather than the foliage so that the water is directed straight to the roots.
– Turn the contents of your compost bins every month to keep it well aerated.
– Keep bird baths topped up in warm weather.

If you would like some help with any of these jobs please do not hesitate to get in touch either through email: rosanne@rosiesgroundmaintenance.co.uk or by phone on: 01299 250 380.