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The summer season is the perfect time of the year for BBQs and family fun and simply to kick back and enjoy your garden. With the days being longer and full of extra light and warmth, we have the perfect advice to help keep your garden in tip top condition so you can easily maintain and enjoy your garden all at once.
1) Growing your own fruit and vegetables is not only fun but can be extremely cost effective, so take advantage of the warmer weather and get out in the garden. If you have a very small garden, or even no garden at all, many vegetables and foodstuffs can be grown in tubs. Lettuce, as an example can be grown in ice cream tubs. Just sow three or four times, a couple of weeks apart, and you will have lettuce all season.
2) To keep your vegetables and flowers hydrated and healthy make sure they are watered regularly. Ideally, water in the morning too - If you do get moisture on the leaves, this gives them time to dry out. It’s much more difficult for plant diseases to get a foothold when the foliage is dry. Mulching can also reduce surface runoff and slows evaporation from the soil.
3) As temperatures increase in the summer season the growth of your lawn may actually start to slow down, so simply mow as and when it becomes necessary. If temperatures become very hot your lawn will become stressed and it may be necessary to cut back on the frequency of mowing. The need to feed your lawn during summer will be dependent on weather and growth patterns. A late spring application of a suitable lawn fertiliser should provide sufficient nutrients to see your lawn through to autumn. A cooler, wet summer however can result in nutrient loss and as a result additional fertiliser treatments may be required to maintain lawn health.
4) Consider installing a water butt to preserve rain water. Used correctly, a water butt will provide all the water you need to keep your garden alive throughout the long hot summer months and save you money.
5) Lastly, don’t forget to keep on top of weeding. Ideally, pull weeds while they are still young and tender and the roots have not yet developed fully. This is most effective, and easiest, after rainfall when the soil is soft increasing the chances that the roots will be removed in their entirety. Above all, ensure that weeds are removed before they begin to flower and go to seed.