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Simon's Topical Tips - June 2018

June is a wonderful month in the garden; every time you go into the garden there’s a lovely surprise waiting for you - it may be the first rose opening this season, the heady fragrance of a lily planted only a few weeks ago, or just simply the morning dew on the leaves of Alchemilla Mollis.  Read on for our tips for this month!


Flowers & Shrubs

Top Tip:  This is the bedding month, come in to Sunshine, peruse,select & plant out all your bedding, there will be no more frosts. Bedding plants are so versatile, although the plants only live for one season they provide colour throughout the summer until the first frost.

Top Tip:  Regular ‘housekeeping’ will keep your garden looking at its best this summer. Dead head roses, bedding and summer flowering shrubs as the flowers begin to fade to ensure a summer long wealth of flowers.


Top Tip:  Try and have a theme for your bedding, it looks much more professional and sophisticated. Having said this you can still have a theme; maybe a riot of colour, not appreciated by everyone but bringing a smile to most.


Top Tip: The remains of the bulb foliage should be left to die down naturally, then pull away the leaves and divide any congested clumps to produce a new clump of flowers next spring.

Top Tip:  Your sweet peas should be flowering freely now.  The more you pick them the more flowers you get, so keep picking and don’t allow any pods to develop.

Top Tip:  Support herbaceous plants using Peacock supports

Top Tip:  Pinch out the  new growth on bedding and flowering shrubs such as Fuchsia to create a more bushy floriferous plant.

Top Tip:  Tie in the new growth of climbers such as honeysuckle or clematis to keep them tidy and avoid overcrowding. Use a soft tie to avoid damaging the new soft growth.

Top Warning!  We have had many customers telling us that their box trees or bushes are suffering; the leaves are going yellow, being eaten and covered in a fine web, this is caused by the Box Tree Caterpillar. Act now to prevent further damage; spray with Bug Clear Ultra to kill the caterpillars that are causing this problem. If you prefer not to use chemical control pick them off by hand or use the Box Tee Moth Trap which attracts the moths and traps them preventing them from laying of eggs.

Top Tip:  Water,water,water! However you do it just do it, it’s easiest with a sprinkler but a watering can will suffice. We’ve got a huge range of watering apparatus including sprinklers, hose reels and watering cans. If you watch Monty Don on a Friday night (who doesn’t), you will notice he uses a battered old metal watering can - a Haws can.  We stock these too, so come in & get a Haws can and be like Monty!




Watering Top Tip:  Thee are really two things to remember when watering; firstly make sure you do it!  And secondly water 

really well a couple of times a week rather than just a sprinkling every night.

Top Tip:  To learn how to plant a hanging basket simply click on the link below:

https://www.lovethegarden.com/advice/gardening/pots-baskets-window-boxes/how-plant-hanging-basket


Grow Your Own

Top Tip:  To help keep your strawberries in peak condition put some straw under the fruits to keep them clean. Pick the strawberries when they are ripe; sweet and succulent unlike the supermarket ones that are picked well before they are ready to eat and not nearly as nice.

Top Tip:  Asparagus is probably of the tastiest things in the world but don’t over crop it, stop picking it now and let the plant replenish itself by allowing it to grow freely and feed regularly.

Top Tip:  Tie up the tomatoes, pinch out the side shoots, tie in loosely to canes with soft string or ties. Start feeding once the first truss has set, use Tomorite which is also brilliant for bedding plants.



Top Tip:  It’s not too late to sow veg, beans, courgettes, marrows and sweet corn, all benefit from being sown in warm soil and night temperatures are more consistent.

Top Tip:  Thin fruit, no this isn’t a recipe for slimline fruit but it is a recommendation to reduce the number of fruit in each truss so that you get better, larger fruit (but less of them!), do this with apples, pears, plums, peaches and nectarines.

Top Tip:  Prune soft fruit to ensure bumper crops of fruit: Gooseberries and currants all need pruning now.

Top Tip:  Carry on earthling your spuds to encourage an even larger crop.

Top Tip:   If your onion or garlic leave are going yellow it means that they’re ready to lift.


Lawns

Top Tip: Keep watering the lawn, the best way to water is with an oscillating sprinkler that moves from side to side watering a rectangular patch (usual shape of lawns!)  It is better to water well a couple of time a week rather than more often which only encourages shallow roots.

Top Tip: To keep you lawn green, weed free, moss free and generally tip top apply Evergreen Complete 4 in 1 lawn treatment. It comes in a special ready to use pack that will apply the product at the correct rate.