July is the perfect month for alfresco dining and the peak gardening season is well underway which means that there are plenty of jobs to keep your garden looking at its best in July
Hoe and hand weed borders often so that weeds don’ have time to set to seed. Add mulch to grass and soil as this not only helps suppress weeds but it keeps moisture in the soil which helps to protect your plants against the summer heat. Create perfect edges for your beds and borders – create the edge, remove turf, hone the edges and mulch the bed
Feed, water and deadhead summer bedding in pots, borders and hanging baskets regularly – this will encourage more to follow and keep terracotta pots damp to keep plant roots cool
Cut back early summer perennials such as delphiniums, lupins and geraniums after flowering to encourage more blooms for a second burst of colour. To prevent wind and rain damaging the plants put supports in place around tall herbaceous perennials.
Feed and deadhead or ‘summer-prune’ roses to keep them flowering strongly, some roses may repeat flower – avoid leaving the odd inferior bud and don’t leave the branched end of stems which carried previous flowers in place – If the plant thinks flowers are still present, it will delay the production of new flowering shoots.
Check for clematis wilt – this is a fungal disease which causes rapid wilting and in severe cases can kill the whole plant. Large-flowered hybrid cultivars are very susceptible, but the smaller flowered species are much more resistant.
Cultivate kitchen garden crops – tomatoes, peppers and cucumber crops require regular feeding with a high potash tomato fertiliser, water regularly and consistently.
Late sowings of beetroot, radishes lettuce and salad crops grow quickly in warm soils for an extended season of fresh vegetables. Pick courgettes before they become marrows
Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds and keep them topped up – remember to keep the bird bath topped up too.
Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if you didn’t feed it in Spring. All lawns require feeding in order to maintain vigour. Mowing the lawn regularly keeps it in good health, helps to encourage thick grass and deters weeds. Watering once a week is usually sufficient to ensure the water reaches a depth of around 10cm. If you want to encourage wildflowers for pollinating insects, it is time to stop mowing and enjoy the visits to the flowers that appear
Sow biennials such as foxgloves, forget me knots and wallflowers for blooms next year
Water and feed sweet peas regularly – pick the flowers every few days and remove seed pods to prolong flowering.
So your garden should now be ready for the remaining summer months, enjoy alfresco dining and make the most of the summer weather.
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