Topical Tips August 2019
New month, new prime minister, what could be better??!!
August is usually one of the hottest months of the year so it is important that you are out there in the garden enjoying it, whether it be having a BBQ, relaxing on your new furniture from Sunshine or just simply enjoying the fruits of your labour from earlier this year.
If you are going away this month there are some tips for keeping things looking good while you’re away…
Flowers & Shrubs
Top Tip: As ever, keep deadheading it really does make a difference; you’ll get more flowers that are bigger and go on for longer.
Top Tip: In addition to dead heading don’t forget to feed. Even if you followed our recommendation of using slow release fertiliser for your plants earlier in the season they may be running out of steam by now so it’s time to start feeding once a week with Tomorite fertiliser which is brilliant for all flowering and fruiting plants (it’s to do with the high potash in the Tomorite you know!)
Top Tip: If you are returning from your holidays and your garden is looking a bit bare or your trusty neighbour didn’t quite get all the watering done come down to Sunshine, we have a super selection of large bedding plants that will flower right until the first frosts.
Top Tip: Cut back the old leaves of summer-flowering perennials to encourage new, more attractive foliage. Foliage perennials such as Heucheras respond rally well to this treatment.
Top Tip: Keep the hedges tidy by giving them a trim this month, using an electric trimmer is by far the easiest way, put a plastic sheet under the hedges to catch the prunings for an easy clear up. Or just run the lawn mower over light prunings and your mower will suck them all up leaving no mess!
Top Tip: Don't cut off the flowerheads off grasses. These will provide winter interest.
Top Tip: Prune climbing roses that do not repeat flower unless you want to keep the attractive rose hips.
Here’s a quick reminder as to how to look after the watering of your garden. If you are on hand to water remember it is much better to water thoroughly but less often as plants will then grow deep, strong roots rather than spreading out at the surface.
When watering, new plants should take priority, as they will need a lot of moisture to establish a good root system. You will get to know which plants need to be kept moist and which can tolerate a bit a dryness, ferns are an obvious candidate for good watering but do take a look at your plants just to check they actually do need watering so as not to waste time and water.
Watering also helps keep plants strong so that they are not under stress and are less likely to suffer from mildew or any other disease.