Plant and Garden Care: June

Lawn

The lawn is a continual task which is best kept on top of. If there is no chance of the grass burning or being kept too dry then you could cut the grass shorter at this time of year. You are not too late to give it a feed if you haven’t already done so, also weed and moss killer too.

Roses

Roses will benefit from being dead headed and some will give you a second flush of flowers. Others which will give you rose hips will need to be left with some of their heads on. Standard roses will need to be checked for suckers and stray growth on their main stem, these should be removed.

Pruning

If your early flowering shrubs have not been pruned best do it now before it’s too late otherwise you will effect next years flowering. Cytisus, Philadelphus and Deutzia are but a few.

Topiary can be clipped at this time, afterward ensure that the plant is well fed and has plenty water.

At the end of last month or the beginning of this one you can cut back some of your herbaceous plants. This will give you a longer flowering period for these plants, make them easier to control with less staking and although some flowers will be smaller there should be more of them.

Papaver leaves that are shabby can be removed now along with any spent stems, this will encourage new growth.

Maintenance

Keep a check on any greenfly or blackfly, this can be controlled with soap spray. Also lily beetles can be kept in check by squashing them. When you go to get a hold of one they tend to just drop to the ground so keep your hand underneath it to catch it.

Ensure that your garden is well fed, all plants need to be fed with their specific nutrients, including hedging which is often forgotten.

Remember and keep on top of that weeds especially in your herbaceous borders! It is more difficult to do when the growth of your herbaceous gets taller. As these plants are taller they will need more support and climbers and clematis will need checked and tied in. There are some really ornate herbaceous supports and obelisks which will maybe add some design to a boring spot!

Bedding

Feed your hanging baskets once a week if required and water every day. It is best to do this in the morning or evening when the sun is not too hot. Dead heading is important to give you a continual display of flowers.

Your borders and beds can be planted out now if not done already, ensure that the soil has good drainage and fertiliser.