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Tips for Watering Your July Garden

Midsummer, and the garden is awash with colour. There is always plenty of work to be done, but make the most of the long summer evenings, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labours earlier in the year. At this time of year gardens are not only full of colour, but the scent of flowers such as roses and sweet peas fill the air, especially towards the end of the day. It’s the perfect time for an impromptu evening party!

bird in a bird bath

Make sure the birds have enough water during spells of dry weather and be sure to keep new and young plants well-watered all through the summer. At this time of year work in the garden can be done at a slower pace, and if the weather is hot you will probably need to water some of your plants, particularly trees and shrubs that were planted last autumn and winter. The best time of day to water is in the evening or early morning. Really soak the ground so that the water gets into the roots of your plant; a good soaking two or three times a week is much more beneficial than a little sprinkling every day. You need to take particular care of plants in pots and hanging baskets. Baskets in particular may need watering twice a day and fed with a suitable plant food once every two weeks. If you’re going on holiday this month, please take precautions so that your garden isn’t a complete wilderness when you return. Ensure that your garden is weeded well before your departure and make friends with your neighbour for help with watering!

lawn sprinkler in action

There is no need to water established lawns unless absolutely necessary. If you have to water, really soak it once a week, rather than a sprinkling every day. Established lawns will turn brown in hot weather but it’s not worth wasting water on them, as the grass should recover. Give the lawn a liquid feed unless you did so in June. Most lawns will benefit from a quick boost and there are many types of product on the market. New lawns (laid or seeded earlier on in the year) will require watering in dry weather. This is vitally important; if it shrinks when it dries, it’s virtually impossible to undo the damage.

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