July gardening tips

July gardening tips

It’s been a fantastic start to the month of July, with cloudless blue skies and record sunshine and high temperatures persisting throughout the country. Most people will probably be spending a great deal more time in the garden, hopefully enjoying the Mediterranean style ‘outdoor living’ experience weather conditions and understandably having little time for any garden maintenance.

The prolonged dry spell will undoubtedly challenge many plants but most especially any newly planted trees or plants. New trees and shrubs are until (at least 1 year) the roots systems are more developed are vulnerable to drying out. It is therefore important that these plants are watered regularly (in some cases daily) and preferably very early in the morning or late evening when plants can better absorb the water, and less water is also lost due to evaporation. Next year with new water charges expected to be introduced, gardeners may want to start planning a more cost effective means of watering plants (installing water butts, rain harvester tanks etc).

The dry weather will also slow the rate of grass growth so mowing will not be too onerous this month. Another advantage of the hot spell will be as noticeable reduction in the damage caused by slugs and snails to new herbaceous plants. Slugs or snails do not like hot weather as dry surfaces are more difficult to traverse and making them more vulnerable to attack by predators.

But if you do wish to take a brief break from the more leisurely garden enjoyment, here are some tasks to do this month:

  • Cut back to ground or prune spring flowering shrubs and perennials
  • Water all container plants regularly and/or consider moving some to shaded corners to prevent drying out
  • Prolong summer flowering by dead heading regularly (simply cut faded blooms)
  • Now is an ideal time to take softwood cuttings of shrubs
  • Check supporting stakes of tall growing herbaceous plants like Delphiniums
  • Avoid mowing the lawn too short as the risk of scorching the grass will be very high. Lawns which have turn yellow or brown by sun and higher temperatures will make a full recovery once ‘business as usual’ weather resumes.
  • Continue hoeing to control and remove any weed growth in planted borders, containers and raised bed areas, removing any weed before they flower (tip ‘hoe light and often’).

If you have any queries, or would like to arrange a site meeting to discuss any garden design or landscaping project you may be considering, contact Owen on 087-2306 128 or by e-mail at: info@owenchubblandscapers.com

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