Jobs to do in the garden in July
July is usually the best time to sit and enjoy your garden. Fruit and vegetables should begin ripening and plants in full flower. Your patio pots will probably not have been getting the feed they require. Use a balanced liquid feed such as Miracle-Gro or Phostrogen.
1. If you haven’t added any fertiliser to your borders, it is not too late to do so this month
2. Hedges will also require a high dose of fertiliser as the plants grow close together and compete for nutrients
3. Feed container plants to supplement nutrients
4. Add a layer of mulch around the base of rhododendrons and azaleas, as their roots grow just under the soils surface and are prone to drying out
5. Feed tomato plants weekly with a high potash feed.
1. Autumn flowering bulbs can be planted this month
2. Plant out brassicas such as Brussels sprouts, winter cabbages and sprouting broccoli
3. If you haven’t already done so sow chard and perpetual spinach
4. Winter leeks can be planted this month.
1. Dead head bedding plants and perennials to ensure continuous flowering
2. Remove the leaves of early flowering vigorous plants to allow smaller flowers to come through and provide food for bees and butterflies
3. Prune trained fruit trees
4. Pinch out chrysanthemum shoot tips to encourage them to branch and produce more flowering stems
5. Remove seed heads from annuals to encourage more flowers
6. July is the best month to trim hedges, such as hawthorn, beech, yew and leylandii
7. Cut back and feed roses that have finished their first blooms
8. Summer prune apple and pear trees
9. Pick sweet peas regularly to ensure continued flowering
10. Prune early summer flowering shrubs, such as weigela, philadelphus and deutzia after they have bloomed.
1. Give the lawn a quick-acting summer feed, especially if a spring feed wasn’t done
2. Continue to mow and trim the edges of your lawn
3. Add grass clippings to your compost heap in small piles as larger ones will turn slimy and spoil the compost
4. If you are planning to seed a new lawn in autumn begin preparing the area now to allow the earth time to settle.
5. Don’t water established lawns during dry spells even if brown patches appear as it will recover quickly once rain does come.
1. Harvest young courgettes, broad beans, peas, mange tout and sugar snaps
2. Dig up any potatoes that are ready
3. Keep ponds topped up and clear algae, blanket weeds and debris
4. Make sure onions are kept well watered or the yield will be reduced
5. Pick blackcurrants and raspberries as soon as they are ripe
6. It is important to regularly water your pots in the garden, but water droplets can act as a magnifying glass and cause scorching on lawns, flowers and foliage, so it is best to water either in the early morning or late afternoon
7. Add supports to dahlias, gladioli and cannas
8. Tie-in climbers such as rambling and climbing roses, honeysuckle and clematis.