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Summer is coming to close so start preparing your garden for autumn. Spend the last sunny days in your garden enjoying the weather.

  • Remove any dead wood from your shrubs and climbers. This helps redirect the plant’s energy into producing more growth and also gives it the space to do so.
  • Dead head and feed your bedding plants.
  • Be sure to check hanging baskets and window boxes for pests such as aphids. Spray them with a garden hose to knock the majority of insects off and them treat the plants with a general insecticide to keep pests at bay.
  • Early flowering climbers such as clematis Montana should be pruned now to ensure they flower next spring.
  • Fill in the gaps in pots, beds, borders and planters with mature bedding specimens.
  • Cut back unsightly dead flower stems on early flowering perennials. On specimens such as berginia cordifolia you may decide to leave the seed head as these can add character to the garden at this time of year.
  • Spray your roses for pests and diseases such as aphids, greenfly, blackfly, mildew and rust. Cut back any stems with dead flowers to an outward facing node further down the stem. This will help to prolong flowering. Cut back any over grown shoots to keep the uniformity of the plant. If roses are well looked after, most varieties will flower up to first frost.
Fruit & Veg
  • Use netting to protect blackberries, autumn raspberries and other berries from birds.
  • Transplant well-rooted strawberry runners and trim the leaves from strawberries that have finished fruiting.
  • Use a fork to ease onions from the soil to prepare them for harvesting.
  • Water crops regularly, especially during spells of hot weather.
Around the Garden
  • Feed you lawn if you haven’t already done so, don’t forget to treat it for weeds and moss. If you have a small lawn it is a good idea to remove flower heads of weeds by hand before they go to seed and multiply.
  • Buy or build compost bins to help recycle all your kitchen and garden waste.