August Gardening Advice

Hedges will need a last trim before the colder seasons set in, some conifers will be okay as they will continue to grow until October, you can go over them then. Clip deciduous hedges such as Beech, Hawthorn, Birch and Hornbeam. Use shears or a hedge trimmer to cut off all of the new growth right back to the original hedge-line. When pruning hedges such as laurels, be conscious oto take of whole leaves rather than cutting through leaves, like with an electric trimmer, as this will leave the leaves to turn brown.

Hedge cuttings can be added to your compost heap. Prune wisteria and climbing shrubs such as Pyracantha after flowering. Hebes and Lavenders can be given a light prune after flowering. Rambling roses can be pruned now, once they have finished flowering.

Get in qualified tree surgeons to remove large shrubs and trees that were casualties of winter waterlogging and summer drought. Remove stumps wherever possible, as rots could spread to other plants.

Continue to deadhead shrubs, such as roses, to extend flowering into early autumn. Spindly specimens that have lost leaves can be cut back a little further when deadheading, to encourage new growth. Thoroughly soak drought-stressed plants and shrubs, especially newly planted ones. Use grey, recycled or stored rain water wherever possible.

Keep early-flowering shrubs such as Camellia and Rhododendron well watered during dry periods to ensure good flower bud initiation. -Info taken from the RHS

We’ve had plenty of time to sit and enjoy the gardens this Summer but there is still plenty to be done to keep them looking in tip top shape.

Did you know ladybirds play an important role in your garden? Whilst we find them cute little visitors they are actually a great help to gardeners as they are a natural predator of aphids such as greenfly, blackfly and whitefly. So if you see any on their little adventures, place it in your greenhouse, roses, fruit trees and in no time it will hungrily clear them away! 

With the warm weather continuing, ideally the grass should be kept a little longer by setting the blades a little higher. If you go away on holiday and return to what looks like a jungle, avoid the temptation to go hacking away to ensure the lawn does not suffer from stress, it’s best to do it gradually. It is very important to remove perennial weeds as these will be difficult to control until the lawn is established. Read more on lawn care here and for advice on turf please read our blog on protecting against drought.

Thoroughly water at least once a day making sure the compost doesn’t dry out completely, as compost can become bone dry in smaller terracotta pots than larger plastic pots any water will run straight off. It is, therefore, ideal to place pots, baskets, containers in a bowl, bath or even water butt leaving them in soak thoroughly for a short while. Also, just because it may rain, the compost could still remain dry due to foliage not allowing the water through.

No we don’t want to wish for the Autumn in too much of a hurry but we do want to point out that you can pre-order your bare roots! Hurrah!  Bare root hedging is only available to buy when the plants are dormant, roughly Mid Oct- late March (all weather dependent) and it is the most affordable root type you can buy. Pre-order today for Autumn delivery and secure last seasons price. Some times it pays to be prepared!

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