Summer is finally here!

Now the clocks have gone forward and the sun is beginning to shine, pop in store to  pick up some colourful foliage to add to your garden!

 

Now the sun’s out in all its glory and your plants are loving the warmth, ensure that you keep all your plants well watered.

Top 10 things to do this month:

  1. Protect new spring shoots from slugs
  2. Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes
  3. Plant summer-flowering bulbs
  4. Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials
  5. Top dress containers with fresh compost
  6. Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed)
  7. Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) grown for colourful winter stems
  8. Hoe and mulch weeds to keep them under control early
  9. Start feeding fish and using the pond fountain; remove pond heaters
  10. Prune bush and climbing roses

What to do in the garden this month?

Sowing and planting

Vegetables

  • Sow spring cabbage, turnips, Oriental vegetables, chicory, fennel, and autumn/winter salads.
  • Carrots can still be sown, but beware of carrot fly when thinning existing seedlings.
  • Last chance to sow French beans and runner beans (south of England only).
  • Plant out leeks and brassicas for a winter supply, if not yet done.
Sowing and Planting at Fosseway Garden Centre
Sowing and Planting at Fosseway Garden Centre

Garden Pests

Rodents

Rats cause damage to foods that we intend to eat, either while it is growing or after it has been harvested and is being stored. Rats will take food provided for wild birds, poultry and pets. Rats are often infected with a bacterial disease that can also infect people, causing a form of jaundice known as leptospirosis or Weil’s (pronounced ‘Viles’) disease.

Control:

Discourage rats by removing any accessible food sources, for example by making sure bins are sealed. When feeding wildlife such as birds, do not let access food build up (this will also help reduce the risk of spreading wildlife diseases). Shooting is the most effective method for eradication, however often is not a safe or legal option in gardens or allotments. Alternatively to shooting, break-back rat traps, similar to mouse traps, set in places where rats are active baited with a range of food stuffs such as bread, cereal, or chocolate can be a great way to reduce the number of rats.

Pigeon Pests

Wood pigeons can be somewhat problematic pests in gardens and allotments. They will peck at leaves, tearing them, often just leaving the stalks and larger leaf veins behind. Pigeons will attack many plants, lilac, brassicas and peas are particularly susceptible. Pigeons will also eat the fruit or cherries and currants when possible!

Control:

Shooting is the most effective, however often is not a safe or legal option in gardens or allotments. Scaring devices or repellent substances do work however only provide temporary protection. The only certain way of protecting vulnerable plants from pigeons is to grow them under netting or in a fruit cage.

Grey Squirrels

They can attack a wide range of ornamental plants, fruits and vegetables. Particularly at risk are tulip bulbs, crocus corms, sweetcorn, strawberries, apples, pears, nuts, sunflower seed heads and flower buds of camellias and magnolias. Trees, including sycamore, maples, ash and beech, can be badly damaged or even killed by bark stripping.

Control:
Netting can give protection to fruits and shrubs when squirrels are showing interest in them. Wire netting is best used for permanent structures such as fruit cages, as squirrels can quite easily bite through plastic. Animal repellent substances and scaring devices are likely to give no more than short-term protection. Shooting is the most effective option, however often is not a safe or legal option in gardens or allotments. Traps are commonly used to capture live squirrels, and are baited with peanuts. They must be becked at least once every 24 hours.

Garden Pests
Pigeon Pests
Garden Pests

Garden Wildlife

Birds: Encouraging them into the garden

 

Garden birds benefit from feeding all year round. However don’t forget to provide water for drinking and bathing as well. There is approximately thirty species of birds that are regular garden visitors, although in fact there are more than a hundred and forty bird species that have been sighted in British gardens.

Song Birds at Fosseway Garden Centre
Song Birds at Fosseway Garden Centre
Song Birds at Fosseway Garden Centre

Garden Care

Lawncare

A well kept lawn finished the beauty of a garden. Ensuring your mowing correctly from March till October will ensure you keep the grass looking its best – basically this means cutting twice a week in the summer months and once a week in spring and autumn.

Equipment:

  • Lawn Mower – We have a good range in stock from electric, petrol, pedestrian and ride-ons.
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Ear Defenders
  • Protective Gloves and Glasses to protect your hands and eyes from flying objects

Tim’s Top Tip
“Adjust the height and frequency in which you mow your lawn according to the seasons, but always resist the temptation to cut it too short”.

Garden Care

Woody Waste: Shredding and Composting

How to get rid of your woody waste?

  • Small quantities of slender growth hedge cuttings can be collected up and deposited on borders and under hedges, or simply added to the compost heap
  • Larger quantities is when it is best to use a shredder which will quickly reduce the volume of waste, whilst also smashing up the larger woody waste, turning it into a useful resource for your garden. Shredding will also speed up the decomposition of woody waste.

Ponds

Start feeding the fish. Little and often is best, to prevent excess food leading to unwanted algal blooms. Frogs, toads and newts begin to spawn as the weather improves.
Remove pool heaters when the weather starts to warm. Clean out pond filters. Replace pumps, water features and lighting systems, after checking they are in working order.

Remove netting coverings placed over the pond to protect it from autumn leaf fall.

Structures 

As the dry spells become more frequent, you can begin to think about treating the timber structures in your garden with wood preservatives and stain. Only do this in well ventilated space to reduce the risk of damage to your lungs and eyes! We currently stock a variety of wood treatment products to ensure you add a few more years to the life of your wooden structures in your garden.

Get involved with the

Royal Horticulture Society

The RHS is a UK charity established to share the best in gardening. They want to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.

Click on the images below to find out more.

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RHS School Gardening
RHS Britian in Bloom
RHS National Gardening Week