Time to give your garden a trim
Continuing with our series of blogs on jobs to do in the garden in August…Peter suggests now is the time to be cutting back perennials and deadheading all dying and spent flowers.
When deadheading roses be sure to cut the stem down instead of just removing the old flowerheads as this could leave the plant vulnerable to infection.
It’s a good idea to trim back lavender and rosemary after flowering as well as prune wisteria by shortening side shoots to about 20 centimetres.
You should continue to trim any hedges and prune summer fruiting raspberries, gooseberries, redcurrants and blackcurrants. Also, cut back herbs to encourage new growth.
Continuing to mow the lawn regularly is important this month but there’s no need to feed or water it. Sow grass seed to repair any bare patches.
If the lawn has grown out of control while you have been away on your holidays then cut it first with the mower blades on the highest setting and then progressively lower them until the usual height is achieved.