Gardening tips for the month…

June 30th 2014
By: Melanie Hollidge

July is the time to reap the benefits of your hard work during the year.  Time to enjoy the sunshine and flowers in your garden. 
The garden will still need your attention during the warmer weather, and a good soaking of water once or twice a week encourages plants to put down roots further in the soil in search of water, rather than watering a little bit every day.
For any trees or shrubs planted in lawns or areas of grass in the last two years, it’s a good idea to leave a wide circle of earth around them.  Keeping it grass free will make sure all the available moisture will reach the tree.  If you are able to use compost or mulch with bark then it will help.
Wherever you can, use kitchen and bath water for watering – as long as it’s not too greasy or dirty. Using rainwater collected in water butts will be ideal to use on garden plants.  Your local garden centre will have ways of recycling and collecting water. 
During warm weather there are plenty of bugs and pests around.  There are a couple of different ways of dealing with them; if you catch them early enough, then you can pick off caterpillars and aphids by hand.  Or attract helpful insects like ladybirds, lacewings and wasps – they are all aphid lovers but especially ladybird larvae.  Failing that, there are always insecticide sprays!