July garden plant maintenance

July garden plant maintenance in Wokingham and Maidenhead

Berkshire and surrounding areas

Garden in July

The glorious July garden

In July your garden should be gloriously full of colour and at its best, even if it still needs TLC! And better still, you could ask Gardeneer to help with garden plant maintenance, leaving you with more time to relax, sit back and enjoy your lovely garden.

If the weather is hot, your plants will need plenty of water of course. To save water, either collect rainwater into a water butt or save all your ‘grey’ water (lovely expression meaning washing up and bath water that’s already been used) and water either early in the morning or late in the afternoon to ensure that the plants receive as much of it as possible without any evaporation.

Some perennials that have flowered can be cut back, flowers like lupins and delphinums: this should persuade more flowers to grow later on in the season. Weed and deadhead regularly making sure you check for any pests. All faded heads on annuals should also be removed and cuttings can be taken of non-flowering shoots of shrubs and climbers.

Ideally your lawn should be mown at least once a week. However, if the weather is dry, it is advisable to leave your lawn a little longer than usual so that it can retain moisture from the dew in the morning.

Soft fruit should be protected with netting from birds, but do check regularly to make sure no birds get trapped.

If you are lucky enough to have a greenhouse, make sure you keep an eye out for pests and diseases such as whitefly – in which case fumigate or spray the greenhouse.

Continue to feed flowering pot plants and perhaps take cuttings of fuschias, abutilions and heliotropes. In preparation for spring, cinerarias and calceolarias could be sown.

For those with vegetable patches, shallots and autumn-sown onions can be lifted, broccoli, autumn and winter cabbage can be planted and spring cabbage, spinach beet, lettuce and Chinese cabbage can be sown.

And if you’d like to see colour return to the garden before the end of winter, perhaps order bulbs now.

Jobs for July

  • Watch out for late frosts. Protect tender plants
  • Earth up potatoes, and promptly plant any still remaining
  • Plant out summer bedding at the end of the month (except in cold areas)
  • Water early and late to get the most out of your water, recycle water when possible
  • Regularly hoe off weeds
  • Liquid feed hanging baskets and containers as they will be running out of food from the compost they were originally planted in
  • Open greenhouse vents and doors on warm days
  • Mow lawns weekly
  • Check for nesting birds before clipping hedges
  • Lift and divide overcrowded clumps of daffodils and other spring-flowering bulbs
  • Watch out for viburnum beetle and lily beetle grubs

We hope you have enjoyed July’s gardening tips from Gardeneer