Summer is really here!
Ornamental borders will soon be at their best when towards the end of the month scented roses begin to flower in earnest. There is plenty to do in the garden to keep you occupied, such as cutting back and mowing but it’s a time of year to really sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labours. So above all take time to reward yourself. Gardening should ever become a chore.
The start of dry spells means that if you have a new lawn or have planted new shrubs and flowers they will need watering as required. If time is limited, it’s no good going out every evening splashing a little water over everything. This causes more harm than good in the long run as it encourages roots to come to the surface of the soil, making plants more vulnerable in dry conditions. Instead, concentrate your efforts on one area of the garden and give it a good soaking in the evening. This gives plants time to absorb the water overnight and their roots will go deeper in search of water. The following evening concentrate on another area. Plants in containers require watering most, at least once a day, but in very hot conditions twice, once in the morning and again in the evening.
Pests and diseases are now on the attack as the weather warms up. Wherever possible it’s best to use an organic means of control. Good growing practices, not allowing plants to grow too closely together and feeding them to encourage strong growth are the best ways to reduce the need for chemicals.