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Maintenance Jobs for the June Garden


If your garden has bare patches, one way to liven it up is to use containers with summer bedding to provide instant, if temporary, colour. Alternatively, make new flower beds and plant them up with colourful perennial plants to flower every year.

Pests and diseases are now on the attack as the weather warms up. Wherever possible it’s best to use organic means of control. Good growing practices, not allowing plants to grow too closely together and feeding them to encourage strong growth is the best way to reduce the need for chemicals.

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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 removing completely; if any trace is left in the soil, be warned, they return!

Deadheading is a regular task in all parts of the garden as some flowers ‘go over.’ With many plants the flowering period can be extended if old flowers are removed as soon as they fade. This is particularly important with roses. It will prevent the plant’s energy going into seed production and channel it into new growth and flowers later in the season. Some plants like hardy geraniums can be chopped right back with garden shears. This may seem a bit drastic, especially at first, as they will look very bare, but later on in the season they will reward you with a flush of new flowers.

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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.

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