When the sun shines and we finally get a little warm weather, it is tempting to neglect those important garden tasks in favour of sitting in the sun on the patio. But there are certain garden tasks you need to complete so your garden blooms all through the hotter months and beyond. It’s not hard to keep your garden looking its best in summer – here are our top tips.
- Mow Little and Often
You need to keep mowing a lawn throughout the summer – try to complete the task at least once a week in July and August. It is best to keep up the mowing so you don’t mow after the grass has grown a huge amount. You can use the clippings from the mowing on the compost heap but spread it out into thin layers otherwise the mound of grass cuttings turns to slimy mould and makes the lower compost unusable.
- Water When Needed
Luckily for your garden, in the summer there’s plenty of rain so you don’t need to stand out with a hosepipe every night. But if there have been prolonged periods of drought then you should add extra water. Water the garden well every week or more in dry periods to get the roots working deep into the soil. If the weather is hot and windy you will need to water more often.
- Deal with the Pests
The summer heat brings out more pests to deal with, and you should get on top of any pest problem as soon as possible otherwise they will damage your plants. Look out for blackfly and greenfly on plants and work out a way to eradicate them by using products from the garden centre or organic remedies.
- Protect Your Produce
One of the most important Gardening Tips for the summer is to water your vegetables regularly and make sure you keep an eye on their growth, picking them whenever you need to. If you use a greenhouse to grow vegetables then you should remember that the temperature in the greenhouse will rise during the summer and it may become very hot. Keep your greenhouse shaded during very hot days and you can also water the floor of the greenhouse in the morning so that the humid atmosphere allows the produce to thrive.
- Remember the Birds
Many people feed the birds in the winter but forget about them in the summer because there seems to be enough food for them in the garden. But if the ground is hard and the soil is dry in the summer, birds find it tough to get to insects and food in the soil. Supplying some bird seed is a good way of helping them out.
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