June in your garden

Colour in the garden

We now have the sun at last plus long daylight hours. The risk of frost is virtually gone and June is the month for putting colour in our gardens. Now is the time for refilling patio pots, hanging baskets and filling any gaps with bedding plants or tender perennials.

Fruit and vegetables

There is plenty to do in the fruit and vegetable garden to help the early crops along. However this is also the month for weeds, pests and diseases. So keep an eye out and deal with them at the earliest opportunity.

Scented flowers in the garden

June comes into its own with delicious scented plants. The deciduous flowering shrubs take centre stage with philadelphus, deutzia and wiegelia the stars of the show plus the first flush of roses. The herbaceous border is full of colour with delphiniums, poppies, foxgloves, aquilegia, iris and astilbe all helping to cheer us up.

Lawn treatment

This is a good time of year to give your lawn a helping hand. Aerate by spiking with a fork to allow air, rain and fertiliser to penetrate the surface and increase the water retention for the roots. When you are selecting fertiliser, choose one with slow release properties to give a longer period of treatment.

Lawn mowing

Mow the lawn on a regular basis, weekly or fortnightly. Try and leave the lawn about 2.5cm tall to allow the blades of grass to take in the available rain and light so it continues to flourish. There may be periods when the lawn is growing more slowly but continue to mow the tops off coarse grass and seed pods to prevent them causing patches in the lawn. As always, good care and maintenance of your mower will pay dividends. Clean grass cuttings off the blades and make sure the blades are kept sharp to give a good cut. Please be sure to wear gloves and ensure you do not spill petrol on the lawn in the process.

Jobs for June

  • Plant out Summer bedding.
  • Stake tall or floppy plants.
  • Prune Spring flowering shrubs.
  • Hoe borders regularly to keep down weeds.
  • Be water wise, especially in drought affected areas.
  • Pinch out side shoots on tomatoes.
  • Harvest lettuce, radish, other salads and early potatoes.
  • Position Summer hanging baskets and containers outside.
  • Shade greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent scorch.

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