Be sensible with watering. The only plants that
will definitely need watering are those in containers; hanging
baskets and any that have been recently planted or sown. If
in doubt, dig a hole about three inches (80mm) deep and if the soil
is damp to the touch don't worry.
Continue weeding and mulching. Its not a
race so do a section of the garden, large or small thats you to you
and then Put supports in place for perennials that need it before
they get too large.
Cut the lawn weekly, just don't cut it too short
(no more then a third of its heights at any cut) or else you will
weaken it. Take your grass box off until September, the
clippings will act like a mulch between the grass blades and feed
the lawn as they break down.
Finish planting summer containers and hanging
baskets. Any non peat multi purpose will do. Plant what you
Don't worry about brown patches on lawns. Grass
hibernates if it gets too hot and dry. It regrows when it gets
cooler, no end to water.
You don't need to top up ponds, it is perfectly
normal for water levels to drop in the summer! If you can't cope
with lower water levels use collected rain water rather than tap
water which is too rich in nitrates and encourage algae
Now is a good time to plant autumn flowering
bulbs such as autumn crocuses, Colchicum, Sternbergia, and
Prune spring flowering shrubs such as Weigela and
Philadelphus after they have finished flowering if they need
Ventilate greenhouses and conservatories (make
sure the bubblewrap from the winter has been taken
down!). In warm weather just leave the windows open over
night if you can.
Continue sowing salad crops, such as beetroot,
lettuce and radish. Leafy crops will do better when sown in partial
shade as hot dry weather can cause bitter tasting leaves.
Sow French, runner and broad beans, peas,
squash, sweetcorn, and outdoor cucumbers directly into prepared
Keep feeding the birds, plenty of young mouths
to feed at this time of year and don't forget to keep bird baths
Avoid using pesticides and give the bees,
butterflies and other insects a chance.
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