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Summer Gardening Tasks

Summer Garden Tasks

For most Gardeners, summer is the peak of the year, when all earlier efforts are rewarded. Step into your garden to be greeted by a mass of colourful and fragrant flowers whilst the vegetable plot should be providing a feast of young crops for the kitchen.

By now it should be safe to leave tender plants outdoors. Create an instant display by planting up pots and hanging baskets that will provide colour and interest now and for the rest of the summer. As the summer progresses, dead heading flowers in containers, followed by feeding, can encourage new growth and help revive tired displays.

Summer is usually the hottest time of year and you need to keep an eye on plants to ensure they don’t dry out – particularly containers and hanging baskets. Water them every day, either early in the morning before the sun hits the garden or in the evening after the sun has set, to allow plants to absorb the moisture without the water evaporating in the heat. You might also want to consider moving pots to a shaded mid-day position to avoid getting scorched leaves.

Consider installing a water butt to conserve water and to ensure you have a good supply during hose pipe bans or the hotter summer weeks. If you head off on holiday, try to arrange for a neighbour or family member to take care of your garden, and offer to return the favour.

The extra hours of daylight and warmth from the sun encourages the garden to put on an exuberant burst of growth, but this means that weeds will also sprout up from seemingly nowhere! Chemical weed killers are useful for clearing a large area quickly, though repeated applications may be necessary for tough weeds. To remove deep-rooted weeds by hand, loosen the soil around the weed with a fork or garden tool first and make sure you remove every piece of root to avoid regrowth.

Once you’ve got on top of the problem, use bark chippings, crushed cocoa shells or other mulches to suppress the growth of weeds and to prevent seeds blown in from neighbouring gardens from germinating.

Tidy up early-flowering shrubs – remove all faded flowers, then cut back any damaged branches and remove the thick, old growth. Tie-in wall climbing plants and ramblers to keep them supported as they grow throughout the summer.

Try to mow lawns once a week to maintain a lush green colour and to reduce weeds, however, don’t worry unduly about brown patches on the lawn - they will recover quickly when the autumn rains arrive. Apply a quick acting summer feed to improve growth and promote your lawn care

Even in the warmer months, it is still important to provide wild bird care, so make sure your bird table is cleaned regularly and that bird baths and water containers are rinsed daily, before fresh water is added.

And finally - don’t forget to take some time out from your jobs to relax and enjoy your garden too!

If you need any help or advice for your garden, our friendly staff are always on hand to assist, so please email us or pop in to the Nursery for a chat.