July Gardening Tips

July's gardening tips are provided by John Morgan, Garden Centre Manager & Horticulturist at Van Hage Chenies.

Beds and borders

  • Prune shrubs after flowering and feed
  • Remove faded blooms of annual and perennial plants
  • As Rose petals fade remove the flowering stem and feed
  • Support and tie up climbing and tall growing plants

Lawns

  • Mow weekly and trim the edges
  • Liquid lawn food will give a quick green up
  • Use lawn weed killers on problem patches
  • Sow grass seed on bare patches

Fruit

  • Protect ripening fruit from the birds with netting
  • Pick and enjoy fruit as soon as they ripen
  • Support and tie in new growth on raspberry and blackberry
  • Summer prune fruit trees

Bedding plants

  • The weekly removal of faded blooms will encourage more flowers
  • Water and feed all containers and hanging baskets
  • Feed and water when needed, all bedding planted in the ground
  • Sow seeds for Autumn and Winter

Vegetables

  • Pick crops as they mature
  • Continue to sow small batches of quickly maturing crops such as Radish
  • Make the main sowing of Autumn and over wintering crops
  • Support and tie in new growth, such as runner beans
  • Increase the watering, feeding and ventilating of any greenhouse crops, such as Tomatoes. Such plants will also need to be supported and tie up.

House plants

  • The summer months mean that most indoor plants will need more water
  • Feed regularly
  • Move some plants away from the hottest south facing window
  • Remove any faded blooms

Weeds

  • All the rain has caused a huge amount of weed growth. Hoe or use a weed killer, ask for advice if help is needed for the best treatment, a sample in a plastic bag or a photo makes identification easier.

Pest and disease

  • The summer is always the time of year when the garden comes under attack, organic and chemical methods are available, ask for advice if help is needed for the best treatment, a sample in a plastic bag or a photo makes identification easier.

Watering

  • The hose pipe ban is still in place in certain parts of the country. Several different solutions are available; ask for advice if help is needed for the best method of watering the garden, especially during holiday time.

Horticulturally trained staff are always available to help at Van Hage.

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