Wondering what you should put on your garden to do list this June, here’s our handy list of top 5 gardening jobs this month:
Keeping Weeds Under Control
Weeds are troublesome for all gardeners and if left untreated can become unruly, taking over your once well-kept garden.
To keep weeds under control try adding mulch to your garden soil. This creates a barrier to stop the weeds protruding through the soil to the surface.
Hand-pulling and weeding with a fork is still one of the most effective ways to get rid of weeds – just be sure you are removing at the root.
You could also choose to create a barrier with weed-suppressant fabrics including spun, woven or plastic sheeting materials. However, there are pros and cons to these.
Mow the Lawns
For the majority of gardens, the lawn is the most dominant space. If left to overgrow this will look untidy so, it’s important this is maintained throughout the summer months.
An important gardening task, you should be mowing your lawn twice weekly but reduce this to once a week (or longer) during drier periods. If you have long grassed lawns, these are best cut only once or twice in the summer.
However, if you’re garden is largely shaded then it may require less frequent mowing than sunnier areas.
Clip Evergreen Hedges
While many evergreen hedges are fairly low maintenance, it is still important to keep on top of when pruning is required. If your hedges flower between November – June then these can be pruned immediately after they flower.
Remove old flowers and cut back to healthier outward facing buds, also remove any damaged or diseased old wood on the hedges.
Pruning hedges in the summer months not only helps restrict the size of your plants but it also stops them outgrowing their allotted space.
Pruning can also promote future flowering and fruiting if this is what you desire from your hedges. Look for branches that look weak, are competing or crossing and cut these back. This will prevent disease and encourage new growth.
Use secateurs or loppers to cut just above where you see new buds, this channels the sap from the plant into them.
Possibly a more obvious gardening task but watering during the drier summer months is crucial. This helps ensure your hedging plants remain healthy.
If it is particularly dry you should water every 2 days, every 4 days if the soil is retaining the water well and every 6 days if it is retaining water and is in a shaded area.
Be sure to let the soil dry out a little before watering and this avoids waterlogged soil. If you are not sure, dig down about 5 cm and evaluate how dry and dusty the soil is, if the water is damp do not water.
The best times of day to water your hedges is in the morning or early evening, before the sun warms up the soil.
For more information on maintaining hedges throughout the summer months, read our blog here.