“The brilliant poppy flaunts her head
Amidst the ripening grain,
And adds her voice to sell the song
That August’s here again.”
Hands up if you love summer! Bright, sunny days and long warm evenings, August is here folks. Keep on top of these gardening tips to keep your green spaces looking tip top.
Keep container plants well-watered and feed them each week to encourage them to bloom through to autumn.
Weed beds and borders, removing overgrown weeds before they start to shed seeds.
Prune Wisteria and other climbing shrubs after flowering.
Don’t cut off the flower heads of ornamental grasses. These will provide winter interest.
Continue deadheading, watering and feeding handing baskets to help them last until autumn.
Alpines that have bare patches of dieback can be tidied up by in filling the patches with gritty compost. This will encourage new growth and improve their appearance.
Hebes and lavenders can be given a light prune after flowering.
Water thoroughly drought-stressed plants and shrubs, especially newly planted ones. Use grey recycled or stored rainwater wherever possible.
Throughout the late summer keep camellias and rhododendrons well-watered while their flower buds are forming.
Harvest blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and the last of the summer raspberries.
If you have a glut of autumn raspberries, blackberries or loganberries, freeze them on trays and then bag them up to use over winter.
Keep fruit well-watered during dry spells and weeds under control by hoeing.
Damp down greenhouses on hot days to maintain humidity levels.
Ventilate greenhouses to their maximum to prevent soaring temperatures. Use shading if necessary.
Allow some flowering and vegetable plants to run to seed to provide food for birds and other wildlife.
Top up birdbaths regularly to ensure there is always a fresh supply of water.
Top up water where necessary in ponds and water features. Aerate the water in hot sticky weather by leaving fountains on overnight.
Raise the blades on the mower before cutting fine lawns. This will help reduce drought stress.
Mow lawns lightly and frequently so that short grass clippings can remain on the lawn during hot summers to act as a moisture-retentive mulch.