July Gardening Tips
With the promise of long, hot summer days, it's time to sit outside in the sunshine and watch your garden grow!
- In a dry summer, leave the grass-box off the mower once or twice to allow the cuttings to fly.
This will help to keep the grass in good condition by providing a very shallow mulch.
- If the weather has been dry for a while, you may find that pearlwort, trefoil and clover can become a problem.
Hand-weed as soon as you see it, before it has time to set seed and perpetuate the problem for another year.
Alternatively, use a lawn weed killer such as Verdone.
- Do not cut the grass too short or it will scorch in hot weather.
- Check that supports on tall herbaceous plants are secure.
- Check clematis for signs of clematis wilt.
- Conservatory plants can usually come outside now.
- Deadhead bedding and repeat-flowering perennials to ensure continuous flowers.
- Watch all plants for signs of disease or insects.
Application of insecticides and fungicides can prevent disease and insect infestations if they are applied correctly. Aways read the label.
Fruit & Vegetables
- Remove side shoots on tomatoes and stop the plants when 4-5 trusses have been produced.
- Feed tomatoes regularly with a high-potash liquid fertiliser such as Tomorite®.
- Pick courgettes before they become marrows.
- Prune back summer-fruiting raspberry shoots to the ground after the fruit has been picked.
- Tie up any new blackberry shoots.
- Protect fruit bushes from birds by placing netting over them, but remember to check daily, making sure no birds are trapped.
- Plant onion seed and potatoes for Christmas.
- Removing blanket weed should remain a high priority as and when it appears.
- Water levels should be topped up during hot spells, which will ensure the health of plants and fish. This also prevents damage to the pond liner.
- Give woodwork a lick of paint or preserver while the weather is dry.
- Be water-wise! "Grey water" (bath water) can be used to water the garden if water butts start to empty.