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Summer gardening guide

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What to do in your garden during the summer months and our top tips on how to make your garden a green oasis this season!
Summer is here and your garden or allotment is bursting with new growth. Whether you're growing vegetables, flowers, the most important jobs to keep on top of this season include pest control, lawn care, feeding, watering, and weeding.

Read on for our top tips to grow it your way this summer!

Rising temperatures and extended levels of sunshine can wreak havoc on plants if your watering schedule is out of kilter.

Whenever possible, water in the morning and avoid watering plants during the middle of the day, between scorch and faster water evaporation, you’ll be doing more harm than good.

Watering tips:

  • Focus on the root area - Avoid watering foliage, wet leaves are the perfect environment for plant disease.

  • Apply mulch. Mulching aids with soil temperature regulation, helps to lock in moisture and slows evaporation.

  • Invest in quality watering toolsThe right watering equipment can help elevate your watering schedule, from professional, high-quality hoses to drip irrigation systems, getting watering right from the start is the difference between a vibrant garden and one that is lacking in vitality.  

  • Potted plants will require more watering; aim to water with 10% of the pot volume and use a saucer to allow the plant to re-absorb any excess water loss.

Plants need feeding through the summer months while they’re actively growing. Aim to feed container plants, hanging baskets and pots once a week with a feed suited to their growth. Always make sure to follow the manufacturers instructions when it comes to application rates!

Plants grown in beds may require less feeding as they are getting nutrients from your soil, however, it’s worth knowing your soil type so you can help to create the perfect growing environment for your plants.

Why is soil important?

We've dug a little deeper to advise on how to get the best out of your soil.

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Top tips for feeding:

  • Container plants require regular feeding. Aim for a weekly feed when plants are growing and the weather is much warmer and consider upping to twice a week for fast-growing plants. 

  • Always follow the manufacturer's instructions and ratios when feeding plants and keep a note of your feeding schedule.

  • Wait until plants under stress have recovered to give them a feed, this includes stress from drought. 

Lawn care
It’s not just your bedding plants that need an extra helping hand in the warmer months, your lawn takes a battering from being walked on, the kids and pets playing on it and from enduring so much wear and tear over the sunnier months of the year.

Frequent mowing during the summer encourages roots to spread, which helps to block out weeds and fill in gaps, it also aids with the removal of moss, the overall benefit of proper lawn care ensures a tip-top lawn from season to season if properly cared for.

Top lawn care tips:
  • Give your lawn a feed with a specialist fertiliser tailored to ensure an even supply of nutrients, resulting in a lush and healthy lawn.

  • Fill in sparse patches with grass seed, this will help to thicken the lawn and fill in damaged areas as well as help the overall colour of your lawn.

  • Remove weeds to tackle problem areas within your lawn, dandelions can prove troublesome with deep roots that compete for nutrients.

  • For newly laid turf, water daily after laying and ensure enough water penetrates into the soil beneath to help it to establish.

It’s not just your plants and lawn that thrive in the warmer months, expect to see a lot of growth from weeds around your beds, borders, patio area and lawn. The warmer weather and watering means the perfect conditions for weeds to spread, taking over your garden and competing with other plants for nutrients.

Keeping on top of weeding is a great way of keeping your garden looking neat and tidy and there are multiple ways of combatting problem areas.

Top tips for weeding:
  •  Always try to completely remove the root of the weed from the area with a quick twist and pull.

  • If pulling weeds by hand is tedious, get yourself a grubber to aid with deeper rooted weeds such as dandelions with minimal damage to the surrounding soil.

  •  Weed killers are a quick way to control deep-rooted perennial garden weeds at the source, with some helping to control a range of weeds such as nettles, dandelion and bindweed. Use plant protection products safely. Always read the label and product information before use

  • Weed protection fabrics provide a heavy-duty level of control to stop weed growth by creating a barrier to stop light from penetrating, thus preventing weed growth while still letting water in.

To ensure the consistent production and growth of flowers from your herbaceous perennials, cut back your flowers as they begin to go over, doing this will encourage more growth and a consistent crop through the summer, sometimes way into autumn. 

Top tips for deadheading:
  • Pinch or cut the stem below the flower and remove the dead flower head.

  • Always check which flowers require deadheading and the best method for deadheading.

Tomatoes sprawling all over your patio? Sweet peas running amok in your beds? Dahlias flopping over? Plant supports are the best way to control your unruly climbers and herbaceous plants.

Top tips for staking plants:
  • Tomato cage planters work well for training your tomatoes and protecting them from flopping over. Tie your plants to the cage for added support.

  • Climbing plants do well with obelisks as they provide support so climbers can grow and entiwne as they establish, these are easy to make yourself from bamboo canes,gardening twine and cane caps.

  • For plants that grow outwards as well as upwards, trellising works really well!

Pest and disease control
Nothing can strike fear into a gardener’s heart more than the prospect of disease-ridden crops and pests eating all of your new, tender plants the moment they show up. 

If you’re ready to take back control from pests and diseases, we’ve got the right solutions for you, including organic, biological pest control options as well as safe and friendly products to protect your plants.

Top tips for pest and disease control:
  • Always read the label and safety instructions when it comes to pest control products to ensure the correct application method to your plants.

  • To avoid fungal diseases spreading, remove (and preferably) burn diseased leaves and foliage so disease cannot transfer to other plants.

  • Avoid watering in the evening after warm days as the warm, moist soil and foliage create the perfect condition for fungal diseases to develop and take over.

Organic pest control

Organic pest controls are easy and safe to apply to create excellent levels of environmentally friendly pest control. The use of organic pest controls encourages hoverflies and ladybirds into your garden for free, providing a chemical-free control of pests.

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Enjoy your garden
After all of the hard work you’ve put in over the winter months, the final thing to do is to sit back, relax and enjoy your garden in full bloom.

Why not finish up with some decorative pots and planters? Mix and match with your existing décor or transform your garden to showcase with a brand-new theme!

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