The majority of the hard work has been done over the previous months, so it’s just a case of keeping the garden continually blooming, healthy and well watered during the heat. Here’s our guide to getting the best from your garden this July.
Terracotta pots will allow more evaporation so make sure to give a bit more attention to them as you’re watering.
Keep feeding your hanging baskets and containers to encourage more, longer lasting flowers and foliage.
Divide clumps of bearded iris, this will allow them enough time before the bad weather to form roots and flower buds for next year.
We suggest Kent & Stowe carbon steel digging spade £14.99 or stainless steel £21.99 for this garden task.
If you find your clematis has wilted leaves and black discolouration on the leaves and stems, it could be “clematis wilt” a fungal disease found predominately on large-flowered hybrid cultivars. Cut out any affected material and dispose of it. Do not compost this material.
We suggest Kent & Stowe bypass secateurs £4.99 for this garden task.
lawns have lost their vigour and freshness add a quick-acting summer feed, especially if the lawn hasn’t had a spring feed. Alternatively chicken manure pellets watered into the soil can benefit the lawn, although you should not apply any after August as it contains too much nitrogen for autumn use.
We suggest Miracle Gro liquid fast green £7.99 or chicken manure pellets 2.82kg £4.99
Thoroughly water in newly planted trees and shrubs, avoid letting them dry out. Watering in the mornings and evenings will help avoid water being lost to evaporation.
We suggest Flo Pro 30m hose £37.99 for this garden task.
Tool maintenance is important to prolong the life of the tool and to prevent the spread of diseases such as phytophthora, bacterial canker and box blight.
When pruning plants blades can get gummed up with the sap, which in turn will attract grime and affects performance.
Dried on sap can be cleaned off with a nylon pan scourer or wire wool. WD-40 will aid in loosening the grime.
Once clean wipe with a clean cloth, tighten any loose wrking parts and add a drop of oil to the central pivot point. Opening and closing the tool will help work the oil into the pivot join.
Finally store your tool is a dry place.
Keep up with regular deadheading of bedding and perennials plants to encourage new blooms for as long as possible.
We suggest Creative Products deadheading snips £2.99 for this garden task.
Wisterias will benefit from having their whippy side-shoots cut back to about 20cm from their base.
Any Hollyhocks that have rust damaged should have their affected leaves pruned out and spraying the plant with a fungicide.
We suggest Fungus fighter concentrate £9.99 for this garden task. This product will require a pump sprayer.
Fast growing hedges should be clipped as necessary throughout the growing season. We suggest Burgon & Ball hedge shear £34.99 for this garden task.
Fruit & Veg
Keep potting on pepper plants into progressively larger pots.
Pinch out the growing tips of aubergine plants once they have 5 or 6 fruits for best results. They should be ready to harvest by mid to late summer.
Pinch out growing tips of squash plants once the vines reach about 5 feet long. This will encourage the plant to branch out and develop.
Keep feeding your crops with fertiliser weekly. Peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes will benefit from a high potash fertiliser once the fruits start forming.
We suggest Chempak Tomato feed £5.99 for this garden task.
Apricots, peaches and nectarines should be ready to harvest now.
Regularly picking young courgettes will encourage more fruit.
Grass clippings makes for a great mulch around potato plants. This will stop tubers near the surface from turning green, if grown in the ground. Bag grown potatoes will benefit from a top up of compost.
Pinching out side shoots on tomato plants will encourage better yeild, and you can plant on the side shoot as a cutting. The cutting will produce fruit slightly later in the year, so can extent the fruiting season.
Ground elder, bindweed and other persistent weeds can be sprayed now with weed killer, as the leaves are their largest and therefore more chance of absorbing the weed killer. Ground elder pictured below. We suggest Roundup RTU £5.99 or concentrate 540ml £28.99 for this garden task.
Cabbage white butterfly eggs can often be found under brassica leaves. If you find any, squash them in your fingers.
Algae, blanket weeds and general debris can make ponds unsightly and unhealthy for fish. Remove what you can with a net or rake and as the hot weather will have evaporated some of the water. Make sure to top up ideally with rain water as tap water contains nutrients that will encourage algae to prosper.
Apple scab is a fungal disease which causes dark, scabby marks on the fruit and leaves of apples. To treat the diseased plants for the following year, prune out twigs that are blistered and infected fruit. As the fungal disease is airborne spores, it can be difficult to isolate.
For more tips and gardening inspiration speak to a member of our plants’ teams in store.