Summer is the time to enjoy your outdoor space and see the fruits of your labour from all that effort you put in over the winter and spring months. However, this does not mean you can sit back and relax, you must still maintain your garden during our more pleasant summer months.
Here is what you should be doing to with your plants, shrubs, and grass areas this summer:
In order to properly maintain your garden, watering at this time of year is crucial, particularly in periods of drought. Container and new plants should also receive your focus. Ideally, use recycled water on plants early in the morning, to avoid evaporation loss during the day. On warm summer days, evening watering is also likely to be effective, the dry soil soaking it in readily and low humidity at night reducing risk of disease.
2. Collect your seeds
Now is the time to start looking for seeds of the plants you wish to cultivate for next year. They come in many different guises, below is a list of the most common seed types, but it is by no means exhaustive:
Berries (e.g. holly)
Capsules (e.g. poppy)
Catkins (e.g. birch)
Nuts (e.g. hazel)
Pods (e.g. sweet peas)
Winged seed (e.g. Acer, sycamore)
Once collected, leave these out to dry in a greenhouse or warm windowsill. Seeds should then be able to be released from each respective coating without much difficulty and can then be stored ready for planting in the autumn/winter.
3. Set your mowing height higher
Raise the blades on the mower before cutting your lawn. This will help reduce drought stress and keep it looking lush and green. Mow lightly and frequently so that short grass clippings can remain on the lawn during hot summers to act as a moisture-retentive mulch. Excess thatch can be scarified out during autumn maintenance.
4. Time to deadhead
Most flowers lose their attraction as they fade, spoiling the overall appearance of beds, borders and containers, and are best removed. Look out particularly for Roses at this time of year as effective deadheading can prolong flowering right into the autumn.
5. Give your hedges a final trim
You should have already undertaken at least one trim of your hedges in the spring and early August is an ideal time to straighten up edges and cut back excess growth as it will not be long before cold weather prevents it from growing any further. Although nesting season tends to be over by this point, be sure to look out for any bird’s nests that may have appeared since your last trim.