Getting to Work in the Garden This Month
With somewhat good weather at the moment and longer evening it is a good time to get out in the garden and get some serious gardening done.
It is very easy leave jobs on the long finger and let them pile up. But if you tackle one job each time you go out in the garden you will soon find that thing get back in order. It is much better to garden in this way than going out and trying to get everything done in one day. If you do this you will rush through tasks and end up having to come back to do it again sooner than if you had just spent the time doing it the first time.
Below are some jobs that can should be done over the coming weeks to keep you garden on track.
Trim Back Shrubs
It is a good time now to start trimming hedges and shrubs to put some order on them before the autumn months. By trimming shrubs, even lightly, it will encourage shrubs to bush out instead of just growing tall.
Feed, Feed and Feed
Feeding and watching for signs of stress in plants will continue to be an important job in the coming weeks. It is important to keep feeding both flowering plants and vegetable crops in the vegetable patch. Following the first flush of flowers rose can be given a feed once they have been pruned. This will encourage a second flush of flowers later in the season.
Newly planted trees should be monitored to ensure they are establishing correctly. Ties and stakes should be checked regularly and loosened accordingly. If you are planning on planting new trees this autumn, or even bare root hedging, it is important to plan in advance. Study the area you want to plant in and make sure the plants you want to grow will suit the area.
Keep on top of the vegetable Patch
It is this time of the year that the vegetable can take up more time than it normally does. It is extremely important to keep on top of weeds and ensure they do not take hold and compete with crops for food and water. Repeat sowings of some crops can still continue and winter crops can be prepared for.
Plan for Spring colour
In the coming weeks spring bulb catalogues and stands will start to appear in garden centres. It is a good idea to look back at photos taken earlier in the year and start to pin point areas that would benefit from some spring colour. Then make a list and start to pick bulbs which will work in the different areas.