June gardening checklist

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Finally! We have sun! But along with our enjoyment of the warmer weather and copious sunshine, remember that the weeds are also flourishing, so make sure you take a bit of time to keep on top of the situation or you may end up with a bed overshadowed by the ‘wrong’ type of plants. Hoe weeds on warm days and leave them on the surface so they wither in the June sunshine.

If the weather remains dry, use a systemic weed killer to attack ground elder, lords and ladies and other weeds but remember that this type of chemical control is indiscriminate and will kill any plant it comes into contact with. Ensure that you follow the instructions to the letter or you may end up losing more than just weeds.

Remove moss and weeds from paths, drives and terraces on a regular basis but ensure that any chemicals are kept to a minimum. Yes, they may also kill off pests but your garden could also end up losing insects that benefit your garden.

Of course, weeds aren’t the only ‘enemy’ your garden has to contend with so keep your eye out for snails, caterpillars, slugs and aphids and deal with these pests as soon as you can to reduce the risk of infestation.

Watch out for a late frost!

After one of the longest – and coldest – winters and springs we can remember, it is worth bearing in mind that just because the sun is out now and we’re finally into double figures temperature-wise, the ‘Great’ British weather is not known for its reliability and a late frost in June is not unheard of. Keep an eye on the weather forecast and make sure you keep new shoots and vulnerable plants protected at night if it does look like a frost is on its way. Tempting as it is to plant absolutely everything you can the minute the sun comes out, wait until the middle of June to put out your really tender plants.


June also spells copious amounts of deadheading. Time-consuming we know, but as well as adding to the aesthetic of your garden (surely you don’t want brown, withered flower heads being the first thing you notice?) deadheading diverts the plant’s energy from producing seed into producing new flowers so it really is win win. Remove spent flowers from beds, borders, pots, containers and hanging baskets and feed them all with liquid feed.

Water, water, everywhere!

Now that we’re coming into warmer, drier months, watering is essential and the best way to water is to thoroughly soak your beds and borders once or twice a week rather than a little every day (however, hanging baskets and containers will need to be watered at least once a day as they aren’t able to draw moisture from the ground). Water is precious so as long as it’s not full of washing up liquid or too dirty or greasy, kitchen and bath water is better for environment and kinder to your pocket.

And don’t forget those large shrubs, hedges and trees; whilst flowers and smaller shrubs may be delicate and colourful, your larger plants also need sustenance to thrive during the summer. Leave a hose trickling around the base of trees and large shrubs, whilst hedges can be watered with a trickle hose (a length of old hose that has been punctured with small holes) for about an hour.

Alternatively, if you do have a large garden, automatic watering systems are extremely economical with water so any money you invest in a system is sure to be worth the time, hassle and money saved in return.

Need the help of an expert?

Whether you are a keen gardener or haven’t the time or inclination, everyone can benefit from the expertise of a gardening specialist. Based in Billericay and providing garden design, landscaping and maintenance across Essex, Stock Gardens can help you create and maintain a beautiful outside space that suits your property and lifestyle.

From seasonal makeovers and planting plans to weed treatments, pruning, hedge cutting and lawn care, Stock Gardens offers a complete range of service, enabling you to enjoy your garden any time of the year.

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