Garden Jobs in July
Jolly July is a month of lazy afternoons in the sunshine pottering around the garden keeping things tip top for maximum enjoyment. Days of deadheading, feeding, weeding and watering will be worthwhile at the end of the day when you can put your feet up and take in the beauty around you.
1. Feed your bedding in containers and hanging baskets. They will be reaching their peak using up all the available nutrients, so weekly feeds are recommended for long lasting flowers.
2. Try layering Clematis shoots to form some new plants for free.
3. Deadhead Roses, except those varieties with showy hips.
4. Trim lavender flowers just as they open and create your own highly scented potpourii indoors.
6. Fed up with watering? Think about planting a border with drought-tolerant plants for next year. They will need watering whilst their roots establish but will cope will harder, hotter summers once they are a year in.
7. Prune summering-flowering shrubs such as Kolkwitzia, Philadelphus, Weigela and Deutzia once the flowers have faded. Cut back all flowering shoots to strong buds, remove any old growth that no longer flowers and feed well after pruning. This will all encourage strong new growth for even better flowers next year.
8. Be kind to the environment and beat pests the natural way. Leave beer traps for slugs and snails and give nematodes a try to battle a variety of pests. These can be watered on and are not harmful to wildlife.
9. Prevent powdery mildew in dry spells by keeping plants moist at the base. Applying a mulch can help retain moisture in the soil. Plants that suffer the most include Clematis, Asters, Honeysuckle, Phlox and Monarda.
10. Keep your feathery friends happy by regularly topping up birdbaths and keeping them clean.
11. Protect your Dahlias from earwig attacks. Try inserting bamboo canes near your dahlias with an upturned pot filled with straw on the top. Empty any earwigs in the morning and save your precious flowers from being munched!
12. Now is a great time to divide your bearded irises selecting young portions of rhizomes with a fan of leaves, trimming back and replanting.