Six Top Tips For a Beautiful Garden This Summer
Summer is finally here and you fling open the door to the garden in your excited rush to pull the lounger from the shed. Behold! You are greeted by borders bursting with a stunning array of…weeds. Not to mention the mossy overgrown lawn. Our head gardener is here to offer you six tips to get you back on the path to a beautiful garden.
1. Summer Planting
Plant out your new summer bedding, Bedding plants can bring instant colour into a empty flower bed but make sure you deadhead all your plants regularly. This will not only make your plants look more attractive but direct the plant’s energy into stronger growth and more flowers.
2. Feeding and protecting
Use liquid feeds in hot weather as they are more effective than dry feeds and remember to protect your new plants from slugs and snails there are various methods to choose from such as slug pellets or simple traps
Water your garden early in the morning or late in the day to avoid evaporation, If you use compost mulches they will help retain water and keep your valuable plant roots cool and moist. Consider investing in a water butt this will help conserve valuable water and save money additionally, consider draught resistant plants.
Hoe your borders for weeds as soon as they appear, Use weed membranes to plant through and this will reduce the amount of time spent maintaining your garden and help prevent backache.
5. Maintaining your Lawn
Mow lawns weekly, it is far better to raise the height of cut on your mower to keep your lawn healthy and strong, close mown grass is more susceptible to drought, weeds and moss. Trim evergreen shrubs from mid july and be sure to check for nesting birds.
Ventilate greenhouses and use shade products in hot weather. Wetting the floor early in the morning will raise humidity and regularly inspect your plants and shrubs for pests, particularly aphids and caterpillars. It is a good idea to think about using organic controls to help protect pollinating insects and the best time to treat plants is in the evening when less insects are around.
Six small steps to get your garden back on track for those long hot summer days.