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This month's Jobs

July

General Maintenance

  • Turn compost heaps as necessary and bag up or use any that is ready as mulch or to dig into your soil when planting.
  • Give your garden shed or summerhouse a facelift with a new coat of preservative. There are many lovely colours to choose from!
Have you seen our range of sheds?

Patio and Container Gardening

  • Continue to remove dead heads from bedding plants and feed once a week with a liquid feed.
  • Make sure that patio fruit trees do not go short of water as the fruits grow and ripen.
  • Feed once a week with a suitable liquid feed.
  • Continue to sow salad leaves, every two weeks in containers to ensure a succession for the rest of the summer.
  • Put a net over Strawberry containers as they begin to ripen to prevent damage by birds!
  • Feed and water herb pots regularly as they will be very root bound by now.
Browse our range of pots, planters & raised beds

Bulbs and Perennials

  • Stake tall growing bulbs such as Lilies, Dahlias and Gladiolus as they become top heavy and can be blown over as they run up to flower.
  • Remove side buds from Dahlias and Chrysanthemum as they appear, to leave only the main bud for a larger, single flower.
  • Divide congested clumps of early flowering perennials once they have finished flowering, including Pulmonaria and Polyanthus that have outgrown their space.
  • Repot Auriculas now that they have finished flowering, into larger pots using a gritty compost.
  • Divide Flag Iris immediately they have flowered if the clumps are getting too large. Cut the leaves down by half before replanting.
Browse our seeds collection

Trees and Shrubs

  • Loosen ties on trees and standard roses if they are becoming too tight.
  • Remove some of the woody growth from established shrubs including Weigela and Spiraea to the ground, once they have finished flowering, to create an open structure.
  • Weed through your borders and apply mulch as it becomes available from your compost heaps.
  • Shady areas of the garden can dry out at this time of year, so water plants in these areas thoroughly every two weeks.
  • Prune back vigorous side shoots on climbers such as Honeysuckle and ornamental Vines to prevent them getting out of hand.
We have a brand new tree range! Browse online now

Sowing and Planting

  • Thin out Wallflower seedlings in their nursery rows.
  • Take cutting of Pinks and Carnations to increase your stocks. Pot them into a gritty compost and keep wet until they have rooted.
  • Plant out summer bedding plants to replace any that have failed or stopped flowering.
Propagate & Protect range

Lawns

  • Leave cut grass on the lawn to preserve moisture if the weather is very dry.
  • Raise the height of the blades if your lawn will get a lot of use through the summer holidays.
  • Continue to treat weeds with a lawn weed killer as necessary.
  • Sow grass seed on areas where the weeds have died.
  • Apply a summer lawn weed, feed and moss killer if your lawn needs an overhaul.
Visit our Lawn Care department Browse our lawnmower range

The Vegetable Garden

  • Plant out Leeks, Sprouting Broccoli, Winter Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts in firm ground.
  • Continue to plant out lettuce and sow salad leaves for a continual supply.
  • Toward the end of the month, ‘ease’ onions to begin the drying off process.
  • Make sure that main crop potatoes do not go short of water as the tubers begin to swell.
  • Keep tomatoes and cucumbers growing in the green house well watered and damp down the green house floor each morning to help reduce the temperature.
  • Thin out main crop carrots and water the rows afterwards to settle the soil.
Try growing something new today. Browse our seed range

Wildlife

  • Many Butterflies will be on the wing this month. Leave a patch of long grass and some nettles in a rough area. These are favoured by many to lay their eggs.
  • Visit your local garden centre and purchase some more plants to attract Butterflies and pollinating insects to your garden.
  • Make sure that drinking and bathing water is available for birds especially during dry weather.
Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips

Garden Planning

  • Walk around your garden and think about what has done well and what can be improved on for next year. Begin to think about any projects to be carried out in autumn.
  • Visit open gardens in your area to see if there are any ideas or plants that you would like to introduce into your own garden.
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