July is such a special time of year in the garden, because everything is reaching its peak. The summer soltice has been and gone and the long, mellow evenings are warm and to be relished while they can. Evening’s are a good time to water plants, especially new plants, to reduce evaporation and give the water a chance to seep into the soil.
Your Grayshaw & Yeo gardener will be keeping an eye on moisture levels in the soil, especially in pots and hanging baskets as these dry out quickly. If you had mulch laid earlier in the year, then it will be working now to keep moisture at the plants’ roots.
The greenery in the garden is reaching a dense, heavy maturity and the papery, zingy greens of May and June are gone, but that won’t deter pests from having a nibble. Your gardener will be on the look out for black fly and green fly, as well as removing leaves from plants with black spot and rust. These mustn’t be composted though, so your gardener will put these in your ‘green’ bin.
But despite the ‘invaders’ there’s lots to look forward to! Richly coloured plants are coming into their own and your gardener will be busily dead-heading flowers as they ‘go over’ to prolong their display, and looking at any gaps in the borders that could be filled with new plants. They’ll also continue to tie in new growth on climbers.
There’s also pruning work to be done on shrubs that flowered in the spring, as well as cutting back the first flush of growth on hardy geraniums to stop them collapsing and to promote a second flush of growth later in the summer.
July is also a good month to clear ponds of algae and weed; your gardener may leave the plant material by the pond for a few hours/ days to let marine life return to the pond. They haven’t forgotten about it!
If you have fruit trees such as plums, gages or cherry then they can be pruned now, which reduces the risk of silverleaf infection.
For more ideas on top jobs this month visit the RHS pages: www.rhs.org.uk/advice/in-month/july