Trees, Shrubs and Roses
- Early flowering shrub roses and ramblers that have now finished flowering could be pruned by removing some of the shoots that flowered.
- Young trees and shrubs, planted in the last year or so, should be checked for signs of drought.
- Hedge clipping can continue during this period.
- Some hedges, such as privet, lonicera and cotoneaster need more frequent clipping than others, such as beech, holly and laurel, and this requires more effort.
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- Water bedding plants in pots and baskets. Because the roots have filled the pots, watering has become more critical.
- Feed the plants regularly, even as often once a week, because the plants are now big and need more food to keep them growing and flowering.
- Seeds of perennial flowers such as heleniums, delphiniums, lupins, mallows and foxgloves could be sown now for flowering next year.
- Take off the seed heads of ladys mantle to prevent unwanted self-sowing.
- Stake dahlias that become top-heavy, especially the large-flowered double forms.
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- Mow lightly, raising the level of the blades one or two notches.
- Do not apply lawn fertilizer until the soil is moist after plenty of rain.
- Wear and tear on a lawn in summer is quickly repaired when the weather gets cooler and the grass plants recover.
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Fruit, Vegetables and Herbs
- Repeat sow the salad vegetables that mature quickly.
- Sow spring cabbage especially in the northern half of the country.
- Weed control in the vegetable garden should be kept up to prevent weeds from going to seed and causing trouble in the years to come.
- Begin summer pruning of young fruit trees that are overly vigorous, and trained trees. removing some young shoots and shortening ones over several weeks
- Plant out Savoy cabbage and other winter varieties including cauliflower, if not already done.
- It is not necessary to spray apple trees for apple scab, and pears for pear scab, unless there are long periods when the foliage is wet.
- Pick herbs as they reach readiness and remove flowers to encourage new growth.
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Greenhouse and House Plants
- Take cuttings of all kinds of shrubs now, using half and half peat/sand and covering with white polythene. Use rooting powder.
- Continue watering and feeding greenhouse plants.
- Be sure to water plants in pots or grow-bags regularly.
- Train and side-shoot tomatoes and cucumbers.
- Sow seeds of greenhouse primulas and poor man's orchid for spring flowering.
- Continue to water and feed hippeastrum bulbs regularly.
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