We all want to make the most of the Great British weather in the summer months and make sure our garden looks in tip-top condition for when we’re enjoying a glass of wine in the yard after work, dining alfresco or hosting a BBQ. From mowing the lawn to getting rid of pests, we’ve rounded up the best summer gardening tips to make sure your garden is always ready to impress.
Know when to water
We all know that watering our lawn and plants regularly is important when the weather heats up, but how often should you be giving your greenery a drink? Generally you should be watering the entire garden once or twice a week whilst hanging baskets can require watering up to two times a day. Hedges can be watered with a trickle hose and larger shrubs and trees should be left with a hosepipe at the base for around an hour.
Make sure you’re prepared for unexpected weather – it is Britain after all – and keep plants susceptible to frost covered up if a cold night is forecast.
Watch out for pests
You won’t be the only one enjoying your garden this summer – pests such as aphids and caterpillars will be out in force and can transmit viruses. Catch them early on and they can be dealt with by hand.
Birds need water too
We all look out for birds in the winter, but hot and dry weather can also make the ground hard meaning birds struggle to find food. Leaving some seeds out for them not only supplements their diet through the summer but helps them build up a reserve for the winter too. The dry summer months also make it more difficult for birds to access water, so also consider investing in a bird bath so they can have a drink and splash around.
Remove dead flowers
Getting rid of the flowers that are past their best not only improves the aesthetic of your garden, it supports new growth too. Without the wilted flowers the plant can then concentrate on the fresh flower instead. It also discourages pests and fungi – wilted flowers are a breeding ground for them! You’ll also find that certain summer shrubs such as larkspur can re-flower in the autumn if they are cut back once the summer flowering is over.
Plant winter seeds
By the time August rolls around the gardening season will be almost over, so don’t forget to plant seeds for your winter vegetables. In your vacant patches try sowing seeds for vegetables like lettuce, spinach, winter onions and radishes.
Cut your hedges
To maintain strong and healthy hedges that grow densely and evenly it’s important to cut them several times a year. Though this should be avoided during the bird mating season between March and July, after this time has passed you can start to cut them again.
Clean up the decking
During the rainy winter months, leaves and squashed berries can not only leave your patio and decking looking grubby, but they can be pose a slippery threat. It’s easy to clean them up – simply blast away the dirt and stains with a pressure washer – no chemicals required!