Your garden in July

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Your garden in July

July tends to be one of the hottest months of the year, so although you may want to spend time outside in the sun, there will be a few jobs that need to be done in the garden to avoid it looking like an overgrown or barren wasteland.

Gardening jobs for July

Keep those bedding plants and repeat-flowering perennials looking fabulous by regularly dead-heading – you’ll also enjoy a longer display of colourful blooms throughout the summer.

New plants need to be watered regularly as they struggle to contend with unfamiliar surroundings and the hot sun. We advise that you give the garden a thorough water a couple of times a week rather than a little each day, as this encourages plants to put down roots to seek water. Watering a little every day can result in plants’ roots coming up to the surface to find essential water and nutrients.

Weeds adore the sunshine, so you’ll need to hoe them off each week or they may take over the garden.

Did you forget to give the lawn a spring feed? Ensure that it’s as healthy as possible with a quick-acting summer feed now. Look for any signs of disease or pests and use moss killer if necessary.

Your lawn will also need to be mown much more regularly – up to twice per week! However, for those of you that don’t have time, once a week will suffice, particularly when in periods of drought.

While the weather is dry, your woodwork (fences and wooden furniture) could do with a bit of TLC – some paint or preserver will protect it from the elements.

We all know how precious water is. Plus plants such as rhododendrons and camellias will not thrive with tap water as they hate lime. Get into the habit of using kitchen and bath water or collecting rainwater in butts and if a hosepipe ban hits, it’ll make no difference to your garden. Just make sure that any recycled water is quite clean, as in not too much dirt, detergent or grease.

Keep an eye on your pond and make sure that you top it up regularly with fresh water. Algae and hot weather can prove toxic and potential fatal for fish and other pond-dwelling animals. Also, if your pond has fish, you can still top it up with a hose, even if your area is under a hosepipe ban,

Remember that pests love the warm weather as much as we do! Greenfly, aphids, black fly, caterpillars… they can all infest your garden if left unchecked.

Your garlic, onions, shallots, courgettes, beans, peas, carrots, parsnips, tomatoes and peppers should all be ready to harvest in July. You may also start being able to enjoy early gooseberries, blackberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants this month.

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