Summer can be a busy time for keen gardeners – so here are some of the top tips for keeping your garden in tip-top shape this summer.
With the warmer weather comes the need for vigilant watering. Making sure that your garden is well watered at least once a week will ensure that plant roots are drawn deeper into more nutritious soil. If you have hanging flower baskets and containers, don’t forget to include these too in your watering sessions. If the weather turns particularly hot and windy, try to water plants twice a week.
Trees and larger shrubs can benefit from a ‘longer drink’ simply by leaving a trickling hose at the base for around an hour. And hedges can be watered effortlessly by using a length of hose pipe pierced with holes to allow water to trickle down to the roots of the hedge.
Even though it’s officially summer, the UK weather can be highly unpredictable, so be prepared to frost protect any vulnerable plants you have if the weather forecast suggests frost. Newly budding or vulnerable plants are probably best kept indoors for the first part of summer.
Luscious Lawn Care
Mowing your lawn regularly during the summer will bring out the best in it. Around once a week is probably best. Try and leave grass clippings as a shallow covering on your compost heap – to avoid them quickly turning to a slimy mess which will ruin the underlying compost.
One tip for gardeners with newly laid lawns which become dried out – try to water new lawns every day – in the evening – during the summer. In especially hot periods, you could consider allowing newly laid lawns to grow a little longer between mowings.
Warmer weather is not only enjoyed by us – but by many common garden pests also – so be vigilant and on the lookout for blackfly and greenfly which thrive in summer heat. Watch out for aphid and caterpillar attacks, as they are culprits for transferring viruses, but any cases can be quickly tackled and eradicated if caught early enough.
Don’t Forget the Birds
Feeding the birds in your garden in winter is a popular activity for many gardeners – but if the ground becomes extremely hard and dry in summer, birds can have problems finding food – so be prepared to feed the birds in your garden in summer time too. You could also give them a treat by providing a cooling bird bath for them to splash about in on extremely hot summer days.
Keep these tips in mind while tending your garden this summer to help protect your vulnerable plants and get the most out of the summer season.