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What to do in the garden in Summer

Wednesday, 23 May 2018 13:12:21 Europe/London

Summer’s finally here and your garden is the best place to enjoy the sunshine!

By now, everything will be looking green and lush, as trees and shrubs are covered in leaves and most plants are flowering. You can make the most of it by following our simple 9-point summer garden checklist for June, July and August:

Jobs to do in the garden in June

While there’s much to admire and enjoy come June, there is still work to be done:

  • Even with regional variations throughout the UK, it’s pretty much safe to say that we’re beyond late frosts by now, so it’s a great time to plant your hanging baskets, containers and borders; we suggest you experiment with colourful summer-flowering plants and our pro-tip is to trial some locally grown roses.

  • It’s a good time to lift out clumps of yellowing Spring flowers, such as Bluebells

  • Now is also a perfect time to consider planting veg, a new tree or attractive shrub - and to invest in new gardening equipment (these are also good ideas for green-fingered Dads on Father’s Day).

  • A word of warning: weeds, moss and grass grow fast in June! Be prepared to keep on top of them on at least a fortnightly basis.

Enjoying your garden in July & August

Come high summer, other than keeping your garden tidy and adding enhancements, you can mainly just enjoy it! Here’s what you need to do in terms of later summer garden maintenance:

  • If you’re heading off on holiday, don’t leave your containers and window boxes to chance; ask a good friend to look after them.  Additionally, if you have a pond, ask them to check on it, too, as the heat from the summer sun can evaporate it quickly and marginal pond plants can end up dry, too.

  • If you have lavender, you can continue to enjoy it once it has finished flowering by harvesting the flowers and hanging them up to dry in an airy, cool spot. Once dry, you can pop the lavender in a cotton or linen bag and you’ll be able to enjoy the soothing scent for months to come.

  • Have you sown herbs in your garden? If not, now is the time to do so. July is also the perfect month for sowing plants such as pansies and forget-me-nots.

  • The weeds, moss and grass will still be coming thick and fast but a bit of regular attention should keep on top of things.

  • Into August, it’s a good time to collect seeds from your plants and you can sow them again next Spring!

We’ve kept this checklist short but we have a wealth of experience and are happy to help! If you need gardening advice you can:

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