Gardening in June

June is the beginning of summer and you should now start to see the results of all the work done earlier in the year. So it’s time to really enjoy using your garden. But there are still some essential jobs that need carrying out if the summer is going to be a brilliant and colourful success. So don't rest completely on your laurels!

 

Things to do this month

Make some time to sit and enjoy your garden.
Fire up the barbecue and enjoy some al fresco dining whenever the weather allows.
Composts & Growing
Plant out all your bedding and other half-hardy summer-flowering plants – as soon as the fear of frosts and cold nights has passed.
Composts & Growing
Cut back the old leaves of spring-flowering perennials, such as Doronicum and Pulmonaria, for a fresh flush of new, healthy foliage.
Composts & Growing
Support tall and floppy herbaceous plants to prevent wind damage.
Composts & Growing
Tie in sweet peas and other climbers regularly to ensure they don’t flop and break their stems.
Composts & Growing
Plant up containers and hanging baskets with summer bedding and patio plants for a summer full of brilliant colour.
Composts & Growing
Check that hanging basket brackets will hold the weight of a fully watered basket.
Composts & Growing
Water container plants regularly - probably daily, depending on the weather.
Lawn Care Products
Mow lawns at least once a week - whenever the grass is growing and needs it.
Lawn Care Products
Feed your lawn with a liquid lawn food to keep it lush, green and healthy.
Lawn Care Products
Control moss in lawns by treating it with a mosskiller.
Lawn Care Products
Control weeds in lawns with a feed and weed or liquid lawn weedkiller.
Lawn Care Products
Edge lawns weekly to keep them looking neat and tidy and prevent grass growing into borders.
Composts & Growing
Sow fast-maturing vegetables, such as salads, every 10-14 days to ensure a continuous supply.
Composts & Growing
Sow tender vegetables, such as sweet corn, marrows and courgettes, outside in the ground.
Pests & Disease products
Cover soft fruit with netting to protect them from bird damage.
Composts & Growing
Check plants regularly to see if they need watering. If they do, give them a thorough soaking.
Weed Killer & Control
Keep on top of weeds as they appear, and deal with them quickly - either by hoeing or spraying with a suitable weedkiller.
Birds & Wildlife Products
Feed wild birds daily with suitable bird food. They rely on us for food all year round.
Keep secateurs and hoe blades sharp, so they cut well. Always have a tool sharpener handy.
Remove algae and blanket weed from ponds to stop them taking over and choking them.
Birds & Wildlife Products
Keep bird baths topped up with water as birds need a daily supply of fresh water.
Weed Killer & Control
Spray perennial weeds with a weedkiller containing glyphosate or completely dig out the roots.
Clean tools with an oily rag after use to keep them clean, looking good and prevent rusting.
Pests & Disease products
Check plants regularly for pests and diseases and deal with them before they get out of control.
Lawn Care Products
Cut uneven lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to keep them looking straight and neat.
Composts & Growing
Plant out tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins that were sown and grown indoors.
Composts & Growing
Pick rhubarb until the end of the month, then stop to give plants time to build up their strength for next year.
Composts & Growing
Deadhead roses regularly as the flowers fade by nipping off the flower head with thumb and forefinger.
 

Seasonal guides

Colourful Containers and Beautiful Baskets

Some of the most attractive summer sights are containers and hanging baskets overflowing with, bright, beautiful bedding and other summer-flowering plants. Now's a good time to make a start on your summer container creations.

Growing Fruit & Vegetables in Containers

If you only have a small garden or even just a patio, you can easily grow your own tasty fruit and vegetables. Nearly all fruit and veg can be grown in pots and other containers. In fact, some vegetables crop even better when grown well in containers!

'Water Smart' gardening

We all need to use water carefully when gardening - using it efficiently and not wasting a drop. Here are some Water Smart tips that will help you carry on gardening and using available water in the most efficient way possible.

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