July Gardening Advice
We’ve just had one of the wettest June’s in history and so our usual advice for July would be to keep on top of watering but you probably feel like you don’t need to! If the weather warms up and we get the sunny July we are promised, remember to water water water!
Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela after flowering. Prune deciduous magnolias if necessary. Fast-growing hedges such as Leylandi should be clipped as necessary throughout the growing season.
Remove any reverted green shoots on hardy variegated evergreens, to prevent reversion taking over.
Check for nesting birds before clipping any hedge!
Continue to keep on top of removing moss and weeds from your paths and terraces, it’s not just the plants that are growing at a fast speed at this time of the year. Stock up on some weedkiller which will kill off most weeds for at least a couple of months. And, keep your eyes peeled for any pests that might have made a home in your garden, keep an eye out on them pesky slugs and snails! To keep control, try trapping them grapefruit skins remembering to collect them up and disposing of them.
Mow lawns at least once a week. Water your lawn during hot weather, particularly newly seeded or turfed lawns. Do not allow new lawns to dry out. Add lawn fertiliser.
Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.