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General Maintenance Cut established hedges to tidy them if they are growing fast. A final cut can be done in early autumn before the weather turns colder. Clip Box hedges and shapes – traditionally done on Derby Day! Scoop out Blanket weed from ponds to keep the water clear. Make sure that canes used to stake plants are topped with eye protectors. Use old plastic plant pots if you have any lying around. Have you seen our range of hedge trimmers? Patio and Container Gardening Stake Lilies and Gladiolus growing in pots. They may be damaged by strong winds as they run up to flower. Feed your summer containers each week with a liquid feed such as Notcutts' ‘Pour and Feed’ or a concentrate that can be added to your watering can. Keep an eye on hanging baskets and check them for water twice a day. Watch for slug and snail damage and use your preferred method of control. Try cutting an orange in half and leaving outside. Slugs are attracted to oranges - making it easier to find the pests, scoop them up and get rid of them! Browse our range of pots, planters & raised beds Bulbs and Perennials Lift congested clumps of Daffodils and dry off the bulbs ready to be replanted in autumn. Lift and ‘heel in’ Tulips if they are in the way of any plans for your summer borders. Once they have finished dying back, they can be replanted in November. Chop back spring flowering Clematis including C. montana and C. macropetala to tidy them. Some of the old, flowered wood can be removed completely if the plants are very congested. Chop back spring flowering Clematis including C. montana and C. macropetala to tidy them. Some of the old, flowered wood can be removed completely if the plants are very congested. Stake tall growing Dahlias as they start to grow away. Browse our seeds and bulbs collection
Trees and Shrubs Remove as many dead heads from Rhododendrons as possible before they set seed by snapping them off. Prune any long new growths on evergreen shrubs such as Choysia, Viburnum tinus and Arbutus to shape them. Prune Rock Roses (Helianthemum) hard after flowering to keep them bushy and make them live longer. Feed Roses with a granular fertilizer such as Top Rose and water in well. Remove spent flower heads regularly on those that repeat flower. We have a brand new tree range! Browse online now
Sowing and Planting Tie Sweet Peas to their supports to encourage them to twine and become self supporting. Plant out stock purchased from your local garden centre as soon as you can and make sure that newly planted stock does not go short of water. Sow Wallflowers in a nursery bed if you have not already done so. Plant out tender (half hardy) perennials including Osteospermum and Pelargoniums (Geraniums) now that threat of frost is past. Propagate & Protect range
Lawns Cut your lawn at least once a week if the grass is growing strongly, on a low blade setting. Spot treat any weeds with a ready to use lawn weed killer such as Verdone. Apply a granular or liquid feed to green up your grass if it is needed. Lightly cut newly sown lawns when the grass reaches a height of 5 to 7cm (2 to 3 inches). Visit our Lawn Care department Browse our lawnmower range
The Vegetable Garden Tap the blooms on Tomato plants to help pollination. Plant out Sweet Corn in a block rather than a row for better pollination.
Plant out Runner and French beans sown last month once they are large enough.
Plant out Courgettes and other squashes into well manured ground. Transplant Leeks to their final position once they have reached 25cm high. Water all crops well, twice a week if the ground is very dry. Try growing something new today. Browse our seed range
Wildlife Provide a wooden ramp so that frogs and toads can escape from sunken areas in the garden such as decking. Leave an area of long grass in a quiet corner if you have space. Many Butterflies will lay their eggs on this and it will provide cover for young frogs, toads and newts.
Begin to collect pieces of rotting wood or old logs and place them in a shady corner as a habitat for insects and other creatures. As well as a breeding place this will also act as a larder for birds.
Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips Garden Planning If you are starting a new garden, study where the sun is at certain times of the day and plan your sitting areas, as well as which walls are in shade and sun for climbing plants. Are you following us on Facebook and Twitter? Join the conversation now to get the latest top tips and ideas from Notcutts! Just click the links in the footer below to find us. Our Ideas & Advice area has more helpful wildlife tips