We welcome June with a warm smile, figuratively and literally with the weather we have been experiencing as of late! June treats us to the longest day of the year and the start of Summer, which falls on June 21st. There’s lots going on in June, we have the start of the 2018 World Cup that is hosted in Russia this year and the 17th of this month is also Father’s day. The flower of June is the Rose.
With all this going on it’s easy to forget about them little jobs you need to keep on top of this month, so once again we are here to help!
Clip evergreen hedges such as Privet (Ligustrum), Box (Buxus), Yew, and Lonicera nitida if needed. Cut back tender shrubs such as hardy Fuchsias. Evergreens such as Viburnum tinus can also still be trimmed this month. When pruning, remember it is best to prune in the evening when the sun isn’t shining down on your freshly trimmed hedges. Prune out any remaining frost damage from affected evergreen shrubs.
Rhododendrons can be lightly pruned after flowering. More severe pruning should wait until the following early spring.
Prune wall-trained Pyracanthas, removing any shoots coming out from the wall, and shortening other new growth to about 8cm (3in). This encourages spur formation, and increased flowering relative to green growth.
Information provided by the RHS
June is forecast to be a relatively dry month, although with our great British weather, this could soon change, but if it doesn’t make sure you keep on top of watering. Especially hanging baskets and add in liquid fertiliser. Remember to water your gardens and plants at night so the sun doesn’t scorch them during the day and make sure that the soil underneath is damp, wetting the soil on top isn’t enough for your plants to get a good drink. But remember! Be wise with your water, especially in drought affected areas.
Keep an eye out for weeds, that will seemingly pop up out of nowhere!
Add liquid fertiliser to hanging baskets every 2-4 weeks.
Mow lawns at least once a week. Water your lawn during hot weather, particularly newly seeded or turfed lawns. Do not allow new lawns to dry out. Add lawn fertiliser. For more on lawn care read here .
Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.
It’s too late to order bare roots and root balls now, these will be back in season come late Autumn. We have plenty of pots and instant hedging, why not try some Topiary? The perfect summer accessory for the garden!
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