Low maintenance gardening tips for June
By John Brennan, 29/06/2022
June is the time of year where your garden really comes into its own. The days are growing warmer and longer, and as a result your garden is bursting with colour and life. Now is the ideal time to get outside and enjoy the space that you’ve so carefully cultivated.
But while you’re putting your feet up, relaxing and taking stock of your garden, there are some low maintenance jobs you should attend to that will help you keep your garden looking great all summer long.
Remember to water regularly
As temperatures continue to soar and rainfall is less abundant, your plants and lawn will be crying out for water, so it’s important to regularly water your garden. But remember, while you should increase the amount of water your garden gets, each plant will require different amounts. Containers and hanging baskets exposed to sun will need to be watered daily, while shrubs might only require water in extremely hot weather. You should inspect the soil and see how dry it is to determine how much water each plant needs.
Prepare for prime picking season
The period from June through to August sees one of the greatest UK childhood traditions take place: berry picking. Children with baskets take to bushes and hedgerows to pick the plumpest blueberries, strawberries and blackberries. But they’re not the only ones with their eyes on these sweet treats. If your bushes aren’t adequately protected with netting then birds will strip them bare before you can do anything about it.
Tend to your lawn
With warmer evenings on the horizon for the foreseeable future, your garden’s lawn will become the centrepiece to your family’s social life, so it’s only right that you’d want to keep it in pristine condition. This will mean mowing your lawn once a week, tending to the borders so they don’t become overgrown, and watering it during the cooler periods of the day - either in the morning or evening.
Take plenty of cuttings
During the summer months, many of your plants will be growing ferociously, which means it’s the ideal time to take cuttings. It’s a brilliant, cost-effective way of bulking your garden out on a budget, and it’s the perfect season to take softwood cuttings from plants like lavender and rosemary. Prepare a small pot of freshly watered soil, make a horizontal cut below a pair of leaves, place the cutting carefully in the pot, and then place on a windowsill for it to take root - it’s that easy.
Plant a herb garden
Summer is the season for alfresco dining. Barbeques and summer salads are on the menu and herbs will help elevate your late evening garden meals to the next level - so why not start planting a herb garden? Parsley, basil, mint, dill, chives and coriander are an excellent way of introducing some aromats into your dishes that require minimal effort to grow. Either buy herb plants from a supermarket and repot them, or sow seeds from a kit bought online, making sure they get plenty of sun and water and you’ll have a fresh supply of herbs at your disposal.
If you’d like more advice from our team on how to keep your garden in tip-top shape this summer, contact us and one of our team can talk you through what you need to do.