Garden Tips For August by Garden Designer Jill Blackwood

August is a time for enjoying your garden, spending time socialising and admiring the results of your hard work earlier in the year.  Many early summer flowering perennials have finished flowering and can be cut back to keep borders tidy, prevent the spread of disease and to give room for the later flowering perennials. Border stars this month include Agapanthus, Penstemon Dahlia and Leucanthemums.  

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Garden Tips For July

As the weather heats up borders and containers should be looking their best with plenty of variety and colour.  To keep perennials and annuals looking their best and flowering for as long as possible it is important to deadhead faded blooms.  During long dry spells only water borders if they really need it and it is better to give plants a good soaking once a week than to water a little each day.  Applying a thick mulch around plants will help to reduce moisture loss.

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Gardening in June

As midsummer has arrived the garden should be full of colour and interest.  Now most of the hard work of preparing the garden is done midsummer is the time to take full advantage of any good weather.  It’s really a matter of maintenance at this time of year.  Weeds will be growing quickly now so carry out some regular hoeing to prevent weed seedlings establishing and dig out larger weeds by hand.  Keeping weeds under control not only keeps the borders looking their best but it also prevents them from taking nutrients and water away from your plants.  Applying a thick layer of bark mulch on the border will help to smother weeds and retain moisture cutting down on maintenance.

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