Mow grass regularly during this month to encourage good growth. Mowing is the best way to ensure you have a good lawn. Once a week is fine but for a really good lawn, twice a week. The reason for this is that the less grass that is taken off at each cut the healthier it will remain. It is also important to mow the grass in a different direction each time. If you mow in the same direction every time the grass begins to grow that way and the mower blades, especially on a cylinder mower, will not cut it as well. Don’t forget edging: trim the edges at the same time as the lawn is cut. It makes all the difference to the appearance of a garden if the edges are cut regularly and it’s less work doing it once a week as the trimmings are few and don’t have to be cleared up.
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 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.
Hoe or hand-pull annual weeds while they are still small. Choose a dry day and leave the leaves on the surface to wither. Perennial weeds (things like dandelions and ground elder) are trickier to deal with. They have to be dug out effectively and removed completely; if any trace is left in the soil, be warned, they return!