Summer is really on and it is one of the busiest and most rewarding times of the year when it comes to our gardens. All the hard work you did in the winter and spring months is starting to pay off, whether you’re collecting your first crop of fruits and vegetables or exploding your garden with a variety of colors, scents, and wildlife!
The hard work doesn’t stop there! To make your load a little easier, we’ve put together our top 5 things you can do in summer to make your garden look fantastic!
Summer offers excellent conditions so that your flowers can flourish and reach their full potential. However, summer also offers the same favorable conditions for the dreaded weed! Fortunately, you can do things like mulching to keep the weeds out. It is just as effective to remove them as soon as they appear!
Harvest fruits and vegetables
Now is the time to harvest and enjoy vegetables such as beetroot, peas, carrots, potatoes, lettuce leaves and strawberries! Picking and freezing herbs is also a smart move, so you can use them over winter to prevent excess herbs from being wasted in the summer months!
Don’t forget to pick your runner beans regularly so that they don’t become tough and stringy!
Fertilize and water your plants
There are many types of fertilizers on the market. Ask a gardening expert which fertilizer is best suited for your garden. Fertilizer is used in the healthiest gardens because most soils do not provide sufficient nutrients!
Water should be watered daily in warmer weather. We often recommend doing this in the evening when the sun is less intense. Watering in the hottest hours of the day can actually do more harm than good! Also make sure to keep an eye on your tomato plants. You should regularly feed them with a diluted tomato fertilizer. If your tomato plant has yellow colored leaves, gradually increase the frequency of your feeding!
Prune and train your plants
Start by killing your roses unless you have a plant that produces attractive seed pods. In this case, leave the flowers on the stem. If you take care of both annual and perennial plants, get the most out of your garden during the summer months and let them thrive the next year!
If you want to train your climbing plants like wisteria, you need to prune the plant first to achieve this. Simply prune the long shoots of growth this year to 6 inches in early summer after the vines bloom. It may also be worth removing new shoots that don’t fit where you train the wisteria.
After pruning your climbing plants, you can start training the plants! Simply start with a stable structure like a pergola, then have two or three shoots put together and intertwine them with the pergola. With new shoots, you can use wire and eyelet hooks to train them in the pergola.
Don’t forget the lawn
Unfortunately, lawns often look more brown in the summer months. This is often due to the lawn being cut too low. This can lead to shallow roots, making the lawn more prone to dryness and moss formation. Our tip from the first cut of the year is to start high and work gradually to the desired height. Make sure that you gradually return to a higher level in early autumn.
The perfect English summer is what we all dream of, and now it’s time to get the garden in top shape so that you can enjoy a cup of tea in the early morning, hear the bird song and admire your strawberry stain, or at the end of the day can relax long day when the sun goes down with a long, tall glass of pimms.
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