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Long summer days are the best aren't they? With the extra long daylight hours, gives you more opportunity to enjoy your garden. As professional gardeners, we often get asked, must be the busiest time of the year for you. The reality is, yes there is plenty of maintenance to do, such as mowing, weeding and plant care , but the reality is, the winter months are the most busiest for gardeners. (excluding kitchen gardens of course!). These months are really times you should be just enjoying your garden space and keeping on top of maintenance. We have put together a list of maintenance jobs.
After a mild winter you may find that a lot of your plants have fungal diseases. Especially roses. A healthy plant will be in a better position to fight these diseases, but you can give them a helping hand by removing effected leaves (burn them or dispose in house hold waste, but don't put them in your compost bin).
If you have pots and containers, make sure to water them regularly, even if it has been raining. Many people make the mistake that just because it has rained in the week, that your pots or containers have had a good drink - well if you think about the size of the aperture open to the elements and the fact that your plants have foliage you will be surprised how little water actually penetrates, and what does as pots are free draining, little is stored in them. So even if your neighbours think you are mad watering them in the rain - you will have the last laugh as your containers will be blooming gorgeous all summer long. Top tip, add Miracle Grow at least once a week. We use it all the time in the pots & containers we look after and it really does double the size of plants and how many flowers they produce. This isn't a commercial plug - we genuinely use it. Deadhead your flowers regularly to encourage new flower growth.
In the spring you should have already given your roses a healthy feed of well rotted manure, if you haven't better late than never. Or add some blood, fish and bone fertiliser to the soil around the base of the rose and gently fork into soil and water well. Weekly dead heading of roses to just above a leaf will encourage more flowering. Towards the end of the growing season, if you like to see hips on roses that produce them, stop dead heading and allow to grow into hips for autumn interest.
After a mild winter, roses are prone to fungal and pest attacks. Removing infected leaves or manually removing greenfly will help your rose. However you may want to consider using a product like Rose Clear. It is a pesticide, so the decision is yours, but if you use it, make sure you apply early morning or late evening (when bees and insects are more dormant), and ensure that you wear face mask, googles and cover up, and choose a still, calm, dry day. You really don't want to be spraying pesticide in winding conditions for obvious reasons.
Water your roses, especially if they are growing up stone or brick walls. From our experience, it doesn't matter if the rose is young or very old, has short roots or very deep roots. Over recent years we have had a lot less consistent rain than ever before. Stone and brick walls draw in the moisture from the soil, so even old roses will benefit for watering it for a long period of time so the water penetrates deep into the soil. We work in some very old gardens, with some very old roses than in recent have been struggling health wise - lack of water is a factor and we have successfully helped regenerate them by giving them a good feed and regular watering, even after rainfall!
Think of summer garden maintenance and you probably think of mowing the lawn is top of that list. Depending on when the grass growing season started, you probably are already mowing regularly, but in the high season, be mindful of how much rain has fallen. If very dry, don't cut your lawn too short, unless you are watering it. It is best to leave the mower at a higher level. You might want to consider feeding your lawn as well.
We have a blog article about lawn care which might be of use to you.
While you soak in the aromas of your summer garden and enjoy just being in it while it is in full bloom, why not use this inspiration and pick up a pad and pen and start planning your spring borders - so that you have early spring months to look forward to in your garden with displays of tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, snowdrops and many more bulbs including alliums. And don't forget your containers! Your pots and containers don't need to lay dormant till next summer. Have a read of our blog entry about Winter Pots!