Summer Garden Care Tips

Here we share 10 easy garden care tips, most of which you can do at the same time as relaxing with a cool drink.  Summer gardening is all about relaxing and enjoying your garden with wildlife, flowers, friends and family.

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Dead head early summer flowers to encourage repeat flowering and annuals, perennials and roses will all be encouraged to produce more blooms.

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Trim lawns regularly, it makes the whole garden look neater and it is better for the grass than letting it go long before cutting.

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Check for nesting birds first but trim hedges and in particular many evergreens such as box, privet and photinia respond well and thicken up with regular trimming.

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Take summer cuttings, it is easy to propagate hundreds of your favourite summer plants including  most annuals and perennials like pinks, lavender, erysimum. 

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Pinch out side-shoots on tomatoes and make sure they are well supported now before the tomatoes weigh them down.

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Keep pots and newly planted plants well-watered, even when it has been raining pots are often in a rain shadow and dry.

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Once you see the fruit set, it is time to feed tomatoes and other fruit.  Tomato feed is also excellent to encourage more flowers on summer bedding.

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Look out for aphid and caterpillar attack.  Early action washing them off or using an insecticide can prevent infestation and damage.

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Weeds are in full growth and a little regular weeding by hand or a squirt of weedkiller will stop them becoming established. 

Treat yourself to a trolley of summer flowering plants to fill gaps in your garden and you can enjoy them all summer long – they will brighten up your life!

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