With summer well and truly upon us, gardens up and down the country are bursting to life with colour and wildlife. Of course, this level of quality isn’t achieved without plenty of hard work and consistency. We thought it would also be worth sharing some of our home gardeners sure-fire garden care tips for the warmer months.
- Hydration is key.
It goes without saying that keeping on top of watering your garden is the most important job throughout the summer, becoming a daily task for the majority. However, one thing to keep in mind is when we should be watering our gardens. Now, we all know that watering your garden throughout the day is a big no-no due to the possibility of scorching your grass and plant leaves. You need to ensure there is plenty of shade around when you do choose to quench your garden’s thirst. Although, it is advised to avoid watering in the evening as this can encourage fungus growth as the temperatures start to drop this time of day. Therefore, our home gardeners encourage you to water your garden first thing in the morning.
- Prune the extra growth.
Naturally, the extra water and abundance of light speeds up the growth of our plants and along with it, the bushes, grass, and irksome weeds. To maintain order in your garden and enable plenty of space for other plants to grow, incorporate pruning into your job list once a week to keep everything under control instead of being unruly and obnoxious.
- Remove pests.
Unfortunately, there is some wildlife that just doesn’t support the growth of your budding plants and pests are one of them. Despite that, we want to remove them from the garden as organically as possible without bringing them to any harm. There are many natural barriers out there, most of which we already use in the home, that can be used as barriers against these pests.
- Egg cartons and cardboard boxes are brilliant, sustainable alternatives to use for your growing vegetables, and help to keep out any unwanted guests.
- Plant peppermint, spearmint and pennyroyal throughout your garden to deter aphids and ants, as well as enhancing the smells in your garden.
- Watering plants with cedar twig water will repel cutworms and earworms.
- Snails detest lime juice, whilst ants aren’t the biggest fans of cayenne pepper, and slugs avoid iron phosphate.
- Start your autumn vegetable patch.
Although it’s summer and in the UK, we want to enjoy this while we have a summer, we don’t want to get too carried away with moving into the autumn months, it’s worthwhile giving yourselves a head start on growing autumnal veg. Staple and wholesome vegetables such as radishes, turnips, spinach, cauliflower, winter cabbages and kale can be planted now, ready for enjoyment throughout the autumn and winter months.
- Don’t forget your indoor plants.
Your indoor garden needs just as much attention and care as outdoors, plants such as succulents, aloe vera, ivy and umbrella trees will need to be provided with plenty of shade in the summer to avoid them drying out. If your plants currently sit behind a window or pane of glass, you may want to consider moving them to a shelf, to the corner of a room or a room in the house that remains relatively cool.
These are our 5 foolproof tips to keep your garden in tip top condition through summer. If you would like any further advice on specific areas of your garden that are struggling in the warmer and drier months, please feel free to visit our garden centre and ask your questions to one of our home gardeners who would be more than happy to help.