A “to do” list of jobs to take care of in your garden during July.
As summer progresses, and temperatures are at their hottest, this month is a great time to sit out and enjoy your garden. The main tasks to keep on top of are regular deadheading, mowing the lawn and watering posts – this will keep your garden looking good all July. Continue hoeing weeds before they set seed to make keeping your borders weed-free easier.
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Below I have detailed several things to do this month in your garden:
Deadhead flowers regularly –
To ensure continuous blooms, keep on top of deadheading bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, such as roses. Remove seed pods on sweet peas to prolong flowering and to stop them going to seed. This will keep everything looking tidy too.
Keep staking plants –
As sweet peas grow, keep tying them into supports. Check supports of tall perennials such as large dahlias and hollyhocks, and secure as necessary.
Plant up summer containers –
Keep pots looking fresh with a selection of vibrant bedding plants, for a burst of colour.
Sow biennials –
Start sowing seeds such as foxgloves, forget-me-nots, honesty and wallflowers for blooms next year.
In dry weather, keep pots and newly-establishing plants well watered. Try to use “grey water” where possible and always be water-wise. Most containers and hanging baskets will need watering daily – it’s always best to do this first thing in the morning, or the evening with the temperature has dropped.
Hand-weed and hoe summer weeds as they appear to keep on top of of them, before the set seed.
Ventilate greenhouses and conservatories –
Open windows/vents to reduce temperatures and keep the airflow adequate inside glass structures.
Mow lawns –
Keep mowing the lawn, with the blades raised to keep the grass a bit longer. This will help it to cope better during hot, dry weather. Find out more about lawn care here.
Wildlife care –
Keep bird baths and ponds topped up during hot weather. Remove algae and blanket weed from pools and water features to keep them healthy.
Feed dahlias –
Give them a balanced, liquid feed once every one-two weeks to keep them healthy and encourage vigorous growth with lots of flower heads.
Check for pests and diseases –
Be on the lookout for developing pest problems e.g. aphids, lily beetle and snails, and diseases such as rose black spot, and tackle them before the problem takes over.
Get planning –
Order bulb catalogues and start ordering the spring-flowering bulbs you want in your garden next year.
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