Taking care of your garden this Summer
Taking care of your garden this SummerBlog /
June 19, 2018 9:37 am
With the upcoming summer months fast approaching, it’s a crucial time of year to ensure your garden and it’s plants are well looked after.
Time for a drink!
Watering is essential as the weather warms up but how you water is important. Give your garden a big drink once or twice a week to draw plant roots deeper into the nutritious soil. Containers and hanging baskets will need watering once a day, perhaps twice a day if it’s hot and windy. Conserving water using water butts you can collect 30 cubic meters of rainwater a year from a smallish house roof, that’s enough to irrigate a similar area of garden space. For larger shrubs and trees, leave a hose dribbling around the base for an hour. Your hedges can be watered with a homemade ‘trickle hose’ – a length of old hose pierced with tiny holes.
With a bit of luck, it will be nice and warm in the garden now. But you won’t be the only one enjoying the warmer weather, so keep an eye out for pests. Greenfly and blackfly in particular love the heat. If you catch caterpillar and aphid infestations early enough, they can be dealt with by hand to keep down the use of pesticides.
Make time to mow
A buzzing lawnmower is the quintessential sound of summer – this is definitely the time for mowing. Little and often is better than a big attack every once in a while, so try to cut the grass once a week.
Attract wanted insects
All gardens need more plants that will attract butterflies, bees and other beneficial insects for pollinating flowers, fruit and vegetables. Growing nectar-rich wild flowers is one of the best ways to do this, so why not create a wild flower area and eliminate the need for regular mowing to an area of your garden.
Most wild flowers grow best within ground which has a low nutrient content. Plant your wildflower seeds in the Spring when all danger of frost has passed. Sprinkle the seeds evenly in 1 direction. Press the seeds into the soil with a garden roller or gently walk on them with your feet, rather than burying the seeds.
Remember the birds
Do not wait for winter to feed the birds in your garden. If the hot weather continues and the ground hardens, it will be much more difficult for them to find food. Put some out to supplement their diet and help them build their reserves for winter. Birds love to splash about on hot summer days, so why not invest in a bird bath.
Protect your produce
Home-grown fruit is delicious and fun to grow. Keep an especially watchful eye on it in dry weather, water regularly and keep picking. Mulching with organic matter will help reduce water loss and suppress weeds. If you grow vegetables under glass, remember that even greenhouses can get too hot. Keep them shaded on hot days, and spray the floor with water in the morning to create a humid atmosphere.