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Summertime Gardening

July 29th 2014
By: jon.acquarone

The most important thing during the heat of August is to keep your plants watered. Traditionally, August is one of the driest months of the year.  Use the water in water butts first to keep water wastage to a minimum – don’t forget you can also use bathwater or washing up water if it’s not too oily.
 
Containers and hanging baskets need lots of attention, especially if it’s windy as well as dry.
 
Weeds seem to grow whatever the weather and can be kept under control if you weed frequently, using a Dutch hoe will cut the weeds just below the soil.  Wisteria will need pruning during August, as well as any fruit trees that you have.  Now’s the time to collect seeds from your favourite plants so that you’re ready to plant them and grow seedlings for next year.
 
If you’ve got a pond, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on the water level and top it up if it appears a bit low. 
 
Grass doesn’t need watering or it’ll struggle during the winter, the best thing you can do is mow it regularly – if it’s grown a lot while you’ve been on holiday, mow it first on the highest setting and then do a second closer cut.
 
The most important thing to do during the warmer months, is to enjoy your garden and benefit from the hard work you’ve put in during the year.  Why not post a photo of your garden on our Facebook page?