Each month of the year brings with it a series of gardening duties that must be taken care of…some of which are admittedly much less enjoyable than others. Nevertheless, it’s the only approach to gardening that’s guaranteed to prevent the whole thing falling into disarray and summarily requiring back-breaking labour to once again get in check.
Taking the ‘a bit at a time’ approach makes gardening manageable and does wonders for your chances of succeeding. So with June fast approaching, here’s a quick checklist of the things you should be looking to be do before the calendar flips to July:
- Keep the lawn under control by mowing at least once a week, not forgetting to make best use of the cuttings as compost.
- Use a broom or brush with hard bristles to get rid of debris and dead bugs/worms on the surface.
- If the weather is particularly dry and hot, don’t cut the lawn quite as short as you usually might.
- If you’re already using garden furniture – which of course you should be – move it around on a regular basis and don’t leave anything stationary for too long so as not to kill the grass underneath.
Plants Around the Home
- Anticipate faster growth over the spring and summer by re-potting any plants in the house that are likely to outgrow their current pots in the weeks to come.
- Be aware of hot spells and the possible need to water more regularly.
- Consider moving hardier plants outdoors to make the best of the weather on offer.
Garden Tasks to Tackle
- If you’d like to enjoy late-summer salad leaves, bedding plants and anything else of a similar nature, don’t waste any more time in planting them!
- Carry out a full inspection across the garden for bugs, insects and pests of any kind.
- If any plants or flowers are looking a little floppy, tie them securely to a cane or stake.
- If the sun has already taken its toll on any of your plants, remove the damaged leaves for the sake of the healthy specimens.
- Get all hanging baskets and pots ready by ridding the soil of debris and planting new flowers.
- Set out containers to collect and reuse rainwater.
For the Vegetable Garden
- June is the perfect month to go about sowing cucumber, sweetcorn, radishes, runner beans, broad beans, pak choi and more – don’t put it off any longer.
- Carry on earthing up potatoes.
- Bring tomato plants to their final growth location if growing outdoors.
- Step up pest prevention methods with the addition of mesh nets, organic treatments or DIY preparations.
- If growing apples, apricots, nectarines, peaches, plums or pears, set about thinning back their respective trees’ foliage at the end of June.
- Keep an eye on watering practices during particularly hot periods.
- If growing in pots, move plants to shaded areas when the sun is at its strongest.
- Make additional efforts to remove and control all unwanted weeds.
Do your bit in June and you can rest assured July will be a much easier month to tackle!