The garden in June and July

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Summer is just around the corner so start planning ahead and set aside some time to get your garden ready.

Jobs for June

  • Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds
  • Be water-wise, especially in drought-affected areas
  • Position summer hanging baskets and containers outside
  • Mow lawns at least once a week, weather dependent
  • Plant out summer bedding
  • Stake tall or floppy plants
  • Prune many spring-flowering shrubs
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch
  • Lift and divide clumps of snowdrops and bluebells once the leaves start to yellow

Jobs for July

  • Deadhead bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials, to ensure continuous flowering
  • Dead-head your roses to keep them looking tidy. Leave the flowers in place if your rose produces attractive hips (seed pods)
  • Care for plant while on holiday (adjust irrigation system if got one/ ask friends or relatives to water the plants and keep an eye on the soil moisture)
  • Water pots and new plants if dry, but be water-wise
  • Prune your deciduous Magnolia
  • Clear algae, blanket weeds and debris from ponds, and keep them topped up
  • Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if not given a spring feed
  • Stop rust damaging Hollyhock foliage by pruning out affected leaves and/ or spraying with a fungicide
  • July is a good month to spray ground elder, bindweed and other persistent weeds with a glyphosate-based weed killer the plants during high summer have lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it
  • Spray roses with insecticide and fungicide