Mulching around the base of fruit trees and garden shrubs will conserve moisture and protect roots from the hot summer sun, especially if you have Camellia, Azaleas or Vireyas.
Fill your pots with summer annual colour ready for Christmas - impatiens, marigolds and petunias are a good option.
If you are growing tomatoes, feed them once a week with a good liquid feed such as Seasol. Remove any lateral side growths and tie up with strong stakes.
Keep planting out those veggie seedlings and sow seeds directly into the soil. Remember to stagger planting every 2 weeks to avoid gluts.
For patio pots, choose containers to use as focal points, rather than lots of smaller pots, which dry out faster. When it comes to watering, do this in the morning or evening, rather than the middle of the day.
With the first flush of rose blooms nearly finished, it is time to do the first lot of deadheading – removing the spent flowers will encourage new stems to appear sooner. A sprinkle of rose fertiliser is a good idea, as well as a layer of mulch. Water roses deeply a couple of times a week, aiming not to water the foliage, just the soil. This helps prevent black spot and mildew issues.
Mow lawns at a higher cutting level for the summer. If you cut your lawn too short, it will dry out more quickly.
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