Mow & Grow Gardening Tips – July 2019

With summer progressing through July and August now is the time to get out and really enjoy your garden. But, let’s deal with the nasties first – Mosquitoes! Don’t let bites spoil your barbeques. Plant Lavender, Marigolds, Citronella Grass, Catnip, Rosemary, Basil and Scented Geraniums to repel those pesky mosquitoes and midges!

Flowers… once they’ve flowered cut oriental poppies, delphiniums, lupins and geraniums right down to the ground. Pick Sweet Peas regularly for continued flowering and lovely scents around the home. Keep well watered – they’re thirsty! Cheat and fill border gaps with container-grown perennials and Dahlias will keep colour going until the first frosts.

Vegetables…. July – sow salads little and often in short runs and Carrots, Peas, Spring Cabbage, Turnip and Chicory as main crops. Dig potatoes, feed tomato plants weekly, pinch side shoots as soon as they appear and watch out as black blotches show patchy watering and calcium deficiency.

August – Keep picking! Young plants respond to harvesting by producing more flowers and fruits right into autumn. This is the last month for sowing salads, sorrel and rocket outside. Harvest everything! Freeze or swap crops with friends and neighbours

Don’t forget to water… Collect rainwater and use kitchen and bath water (if not too dirty, soapy or greasy). Avoid using tap water for lime-hating plants such as camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas. Water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often – this encourages plants to put down roots in search of water.

Lawn care... Keep mowing but raise the height of the blades. Feed established lawns in July and if you have any wildflowers don’t use moss or weed killer. Add grass clippings to the compost heap in shallow layers – too much will only turn it slimy. In August do not feed or water; it will promote vigorous growth that may not stand up to winter.

We have a skilled team of friendly, experienced gardeners who undertake all types of gardening work: from fence repair to mowing and strimming grass, de-weeding and tidying borders, cutting hedges and pruning low level trees to clearing overgrown gardens, however big or small. We offer regular or ad-hoc maintenance visits and our professional staff are also able to undertake larger practical projects.

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