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TAH – July Gardening Jobs

Bit later than usual but such is the way with Summer at The Angry Hedgehog towers! The weather over the last few weeks has been a little bit mixed with dry weather and downpours coming through! However that does not mean that your plants are getting enough water to get them through this season.

Lawn Care

  • Leave cut grass on the lawn to preserve moisture if the weather is very dry.
  • Raise the height of the blades if your lawn will get a lot of use through the summer holidays.
  • Continue to treat weeds with a lawn weed killer as necessary.
  • Sow grass seed on areas where the weeds have died.
  • Apply a summer lawn weed, feed and moss killer if your lawn needs an overhaul.

Sowing and Planting

It is never too early to start thinking about the coming winter season and what sort of crops you would like to enjoy as the evenings shorten.

  • Thin out Wallflower seedlings in their nursery rows.
  • Take cutting of Pinks and Carnations to increase your stocks. Pot them into a gritty compost and keep wet until they have rooted.
  • Plant out summer bedding plants to replace any that have failed or stopped flowering.
  • Continue succession sowing of carrots, beetroot, radishes, turnips, leeks, lettuce, peas and beans.
  • Sow seeds for next year: spring cabbage, salad, onions, winter salads and spinach.

 

Verbena bonariensis - July Gardening Advice

Verbena bonariensis

Think about the Butterflies & Other pollinaters

  • Many Butterflies will be on the wing this month. Leave a patch of long grass and some nettles in a rough area. These are favoured by many to lay their eggs.
  • Visit your local garden centre and purchase some more plants to attract Butterflies and pollinating insects to your garden. Personally I love Purple Verbena, or ‘Verbena bonariensis‘ in any garden as it is just a mound of purple loveliness over the summer time!
  • Make sure that drinking and bathing water is available for birds especially during dry weather.

 

 

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