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Phew, what a scorcher it’s been, and it seems like it’s going to last throughout August. It’s a bountiful month with visual and edible treasures in the garden for all to see and appreciate, if you are going away have a lovely holiday and get a trusty aide to keep an eye on the garden. Read on for a few tips and as ever enjoy your garden however big or small it may be.

Watering

We’re used to hot, dry weather now but 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.


Group all your pots together before you go away to make it easier to water.

If you are away and you haven’t got nice neighbours or family to water for you think about installing a watering system, even if you have got nice neighbours still think about a watering system, the garden will look all the better for it.

We stock Gardena irrigation equipment; the basic piece of kit required for an automatic water system is a watering timer. These timers fit on an outside tap and run on a 9 volt battery. You can set them to water several times a week or day and also adjust the period of watering. The simplest method of automatic irrigation is just to add a timer to your tap and connect to a hose and a garden sprinkler, that way your whole garden will be watered automatically. 

If you want something a bit more sophisticated then click below to find out more about irrigation systems.

https://www.worldofwatering.co.uk/help

 

Flowers & Shrubs

Top Tip:  To prolong flower blooming, especially bedding plants, keep deadheading, this ensures that the plant’s energy goes into producing more flowers rather than seeds (unless you want to keep the seeds or like the seed heads).

Top Tip: Even if you followed our recommendation of using slow release fertiliser for your plants earlier in the season they maybe 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 frosts.

Top Tip: Following on from the bulb mention above, give Colchicum bulbs a try this autumn, if planted soon they will flower this autumn.

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.


Lawns

Top Tip: If you lawn is not looking like the remains of a wheat harvest then you are very lucky but don’t worry once it starts getting a bit wetter the lawn will soon green up. Give it a feed to speed up the process, come in to see us to get advice on the best lawn treatment for you.


Grow Your Own

Top Tip:  Just in case you haven’t got the message ……..water!

Top Tip:   Continue harvesting fruit and veg as they ripen, ready for the finest home grown feasts.

Top Tip:  Harvest potatoes as the leaves yellow and die back. PS. We now have seed potatoes in,  ready to plant now for harvesting in 12 weeks.

Top Tip:  If you don’t want to increase your strawberry plant stock then trim them after they have finished fruiting and remove any runners.


Top Tip:  When runner beans reach the top of their frame pinch them out to keep them within their frameworks.

Top Tip:  Keep picking courgettes if you don’t want a surfeit of marrows! (Much as you may like stuffed marrow!)

Top Tip:  If you have a glut of berries why not freeze them? Click below

http://www.fruitexpert.co.uk/freezingyourfruit.html

Top Tip:   It’s worth summer pruning fruit trees now. Pruning will keep the fruit tree in check and ensure that it remains manageable and also decrease the number of leaves drawing water, which reduces stress on the plant.


General Jobs around the garden

Top Tip:  Don’t forget to keep ponds and birdbaths topped up.

Top Tip:   Scoop out weed and algae from ponds.