With the good weather setting in, now is the time to tackle a few odd garden jobs to transform your garden into a colourful summer paradise. Check out our tips and tricks from our expert service providers below to help you grow your best summer garden yet.
Your Summer Checklist
Ensure your garden is in continuous bloom for longer by constantly removing dead flowers. Pay special attention to your summer bedding, roses and hanging baskets. For maximum efficiency, feed the plants as you go.
Prevent birds from feasting on your fruit by covering fruit trees, gooseberries and currant bushes with nets.
As the heat sets in don’t forget to regularly water your beds, containers and hanging baskets. Water your compost heap too to prevent ants and other unwanted creepy crawlies from moving in.
GARDEN FENG SHUI
Protect potted plants that prefer cool weather by moving them into more shaded spots.
Hedges grow quickly at this time of year, so be sure to trim them regularly.
During summer weeds release seeds, keep the weed invasion at bay by regularly hoeing them out and pulling them up before they get to this stage.
The July Harvest
The month of July sees the start of peak produce season. Enjoy the Summer bounty and harvest the following:
French beans, runner beans, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, courgette and aubergine, marrows, beetroot, new potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, spinach, carrots, turnips, shallots, garlic, radish, spring onions, salad crops, strawberries, raspberries, tayberries, currents, gooseberries, peas and broad beans.
Now is also the perfect time to start sowing fruit and vegetables for winter and autumn use, including: lettuce, rocket, salad onions, radish, turnips, peas, carrots, spring cabbage and coriander.
The August Harvest
The ultimate payback month, August is when you start to see the rewards of all your hard work throughout the year. During this month keep an eye on the following and harvest as they become ready to eat:
Tomatoes, carrots, cabbage, cauliflower, peas, broad beans, French and runner beans, salad leaves, radish, turnip, potato, onions, peppers and chilli-peppers, aubergine, globe artichoke, courgettes, cucumber, gooseberries, raspberries and currants.
As you start to clear space in the garden, begin to sow new crops for the upcoming season. Now is the time to sow spring cabbage, red cabbage, winter spinach, autumn salad mix, parsley and onion seed.
Attracting Wildlife to your Garden in Summer
Make your summer garden a haven for animal visitors with these top tips!
LOOK AFTER WILD BIRD VISITORS
Even though the harsh winter months have ended, you shouldn’t assume that wild birds don’t need your help. If the weather is hot and dry, build a bird bath to keep your feathered friends nice and hydrated. Remember as well to keep your bird feeder topped up as many birds will also be supporting young chicks at this time of year. If you are interested in learning more about how to attract birds to your garden, why not check out our infographic on birdhouses!
BUILD A WILDLIFE POND
In addition to adding elegance and charm, ponds are a wonderful way of attracting wildlife to your garden. For example, amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts may use the pond to breed. They also attract a diverse range of insects including dragonflies, mayflies and pond skaters. To prevent attracting mosquitoes, cover the pond surface with plants such as irises and lilies.
ATTRACT BUTTERFLIES AND BEES
Entice these beautiful creatures to your garden by planting a good mixture of colourful flowering plants in a warm and sheltered spot. Fragrance also plays an important role in attracting butterflies and bees to your garden. Plant scented flowers such as roses or lavender to not only provide lovely aromas for you to enjoy but also attract these charming pollinating insects.
We hope you enjoy your garden this Summer and if you ever need some advice or a helping hand you can get in touch with us for a chat about all things gardening!