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Gardening Jobs

Cut out fruited canes of summer raspberries and tie in new canes to fruit next year. Select strong, healthy canes and cut out weak, forked or misplaced ones (such as those growing out into the paths).

Complete summer pruning of restricted fruit trees such as cordon and espalier apples and pears.

On warm sites you can still sow quick maturing salad crops such as summer lettuce, radish, rocket, sorrel, chicory and fennel.

Finish harvesting second early potatoes, especially if it turns wet, as slugs will become active.

Lift onions, shallots and garlic when ready. Plants should be harvested when the necks start to turn brown and papery, and bend over naturally. Once harvested, let the tops dry until they rustle like brown paper, and then remove them.                                                                 

Don't neglect hanging baskets or containers - deadheading, watering and feeding will help them last through until autumn.

Hardy geraniums can be cut back a little to remove tired leaves and encourage a new flush of growth.

Prune climbing and rambling roses that do not repeat flower or produce attractive hips, once the flowers have finished.

Prune Wisteria and shrubs such as Pyracantha after flowering.

Give hedges a final trim over now. They will only grow a little before cold weather stops growth.

Take cuttings of tender perennials such as Pelargonium and Osteospermum, as soon as possible.

Collect and store seed of hardy annuals and perennials for sowing later in the autumn. Allow some plants to self-seed to give an element of surprise to the garden

Semi-ripe cuttings can still be taken to propagate many common garden shrubs (e.g. box, Ceanothus, lavender).

Ventilate conservatories to their maximum to prevent soaring temperatures and damp down greenhouses on hot days to maintain humidity levels.

Mow lightly and frequently so that short grass clippings can remain on the lawn during hot summers to act as moisture-retentive mulch.

Avoid using lawn weed killers in late summer - they will be more effective in the cooler, damper autumn weather.

Start preparing areas that are to be turfed or sown in the autumn.  Eradicate weeds, dig over, level, firm and rake to a tilth.  Leave a few weeks to allow weeds to re-emerge.  Eradicate weeds and rake to a fine tilth.

Summer flowering meadows can be cut at the end of the month and all clipplings removed.

Continue to remove blanket weed and duckweed using a net or rake. Pile the weed by the side of the pond for 24 hours to allow pond life to crawl back into the water and then put on the compost heap.

Allow seed heads to develop on some plants as a source of food

Top up bird feeders and put out food on the ground and bird tables. Keep the bird bath topped up

Regularly clean the bird bath, table and feeders

You may see young hedgehogs foraging for food at night. Don't feed hedgehogs with bread and milk, as this is unhealthy for them. Good quality cat and dog food, or raw minced meat mixed with egg, are suitable alternatives.

Clean up patios and hard surfaces to get rid of moss and algae. Doing this job now will prevent them becoming slippery during the winter.

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