Garden Jobs in June
Glorious June; how can anyone resist your delicious scents carried upon the warm breeze or the overwhelming colour from overflowing summer beds and containers. The ground frosts should be behind us and at last we can shop with confidence for the bold and colourful exotic and tender plants that make such a statement in our gardens. Here are just a few gardening ideas to keep your green space looking tip top . . .
2. Keep and eye on new shoots (especially roses) for aphids. Pick off and squash by hand and treat with SB Invigorator where necessary.
3. Fill gaps in borders now with Cosmos, Osteospermums and other long and late flowering plants to prolong your season of colour.
4. Now the ground frosts are behind us, it's the perfect time to plant up summer hanging baskets and containers. We have a fantastic range of summer bedding and annuals, so get creative and mix things up with a selection of perennials too for unique and colourful planning combinations.
5. Plant a tomato hanging basket. This attractive and tasty display will crop all summer.
7. Dead head Hybrid Tea's and Floribunda roses as the flowers go over to encourage repeat blooms through the summer.
8. Trim back and tie in grape vines to pergolas and fences as they grow to ensure maximum sunlight to the bunches of young fruit.
10. Thin out heavy apple crops to avoid the 'June drop' and to maximise the quality of your remaining fruit. Look out for damaged or oddly formed fruit and remove these first.
11. Prune back early flowering shrubs, such as Spirea to improve shape and vigour for next year.
12. Check for signs of powdery mildew. Lonicera, Monarda, Centaurea, Phlox and Aster are particularly susceptible to mildew, which will cause patches of grey-white fungus to appear over leaves and stems. To help avoid the problem, thin out any over crowed growth to improve air circulation and keep plants well watered in dry spells.
16. Look after spring-flowering shrubs, such as Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias now for a magnificent spectacle next year. Deadhead after flowering to prevent the plant using its energy producing seeds. Feed regularly to boost the plants strength and mulch to maintain soil moisture levels and keep the roots cool and finally, keep the roots well watered throughout summer, as dry roots can seriously affect the flower bud development.