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August issue of The Irish Garden








What to do NOW: June 9 - June 15

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Tree

Trees, Shrubs and Roses

  • Young trees and shrubs should be checked for signs of drought, even if the weather is damp.
  • Sometimes newly planted trees and shrubs take off immediately, but it often happens that they do not get a great start, are slow to root out and are then very vulnerable to drought.
  • These trees do not die right away but fail to make enough reserves in summer to survive the following winter and die at that point.
  • Control weeds and grass around the base of youg trees to double the growth rate.
  • Continue to spray roses against blackspot disease, especially in the damper parts of the country, after wet weather.

More on Trees, Shrubs and Roses

Easy Care Trees | Shrubs | Hedges | Mixed borders

Flowers

Flowers

  • While the worst snail attacks are now over, they can still cause serious damage during a few wet days, especially a warm wet night.
  • Feed all containers if they have not had slow-release fertilizer pellets added to the compost. The compost will only have enough feeding for a few weeks after planting.
  • Watch for greenflies on bedding plants and container plants.
  • Patio plants such as petunias, osteospermums and marguerites are widely available in garden centres and can be planted out now.

More on Flowers

Easy Care Perennial flowers | Flower beds | Rockery | Containers

Lawn

Lawn

  • Reduce mowing as the rush of early summer growth peaks.
  • If grass is pale and tired-looking, apply a dressing of high nitrogen lawn fertilizer. Ideally this should go on when rain is on the way and the ground is already damp after previous rain. Otherwise there is a chance of scorching.
  • Keep lawn edges trimmed for a neat line to borders.
  • Apply lawn weedkiller in good growing weather if needs be.
  • Sow seeds of wallflowers for planting out in autumn.

More on Lawns

Easy Care Lawns

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

  • Continue to make repeat sowings of fast-maturing vegetables, especially salads that go over quickly.
  • Thin out and transplant vegetables that have reached suitable size, and control weeds early.
  • During any wet period, spray apple trees for apple scab. 
  • Spray potatoes for blight - spray warnings are given on radio.
  • Feed sweet corn and other tender vegetables to make them grow rapidly.
  • Sow seeds of swede turnips for winter use.

More on Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs

Easy Care Fruit growing | Vegetables | Herbs

Greenhouse and House Plants

Greenhouse and House Plants

  • Continue to feed greenhouse plants and water freely to maintain strong growth.
  • Use a shading material if the greenhouse gets too hot.
  • Check greenhouse plants for scale insects, greenflies and red spider mites, all of which can build up very rapidly at the time of year with soft growth on most plants.
  • Remove excess shoots of a grapevine every couple of weeks to keep it under control and tie in new shoots that are needed for extension growth.

More on Greenhouse and House Plants

Easy Care Greenhouse growing

 

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