With the recent warm weather it would appear that summer has finally made an appearance here in the UK. To keep your plants and flowers looking their best during the long summer days ahead, follow Interflora’s handy guide for gardening in June.
Due to the recent weather changes from cold and wet to warm and sunny, you may find that you have a sudden influx of weeds in your garden. While some of these can be quite attractive and are popular with pollenating insects, be aware that they can also choke new growth. Taking up food and valuable sunshine, some weeds are best removed quickly so that your flowers and plants can grow unhindered.
Protect budding fruits and crops
Birds and creatures will start eating fruit as soon as it begins to bud so use netting to protect your fruit trees and crops. For larger trees, or areas not easily accessible with nets, hang old CD and DVDs on string from the branches; the reflecting light should keep away any birds trying to land. You can even buy electronic devices that emit a noise as soon as a bird comes too close.
Planting and sowing
Make use of every available bit of space in your garden as now is the time to begin sowing and planting in earnest. As well as greenhouses and conservatories, use pots, containers, window boxes and flower beds to increase your crop of plants and flowers during the summer. Just remember not to overcrowd the space you are using and check the instructions for everything you plant; each species will need different amount of growing room.
Check your ponds
During the winter, most garden ponds will have been largely neglected but now is the time to check the health of your pond, ready for new visitors. Frogs, newts and other amphibious creatures use ponds in spring to lay their eggs and the insects that gather there also provide food for birds. Because ponds are stagnant, they need suitable plant life in them in order to create oxygen and any dead plants should be removed to allow new plants more light.
Diseases and pests
As more and more plants and flowers begin to grow in your garden and in your home, it is best to do regular checks for diseases and pests. Discolouration, wilting and brittle leaves can all be a sign that something is wrong with your plant, and it is recommended you tackle it as soon as possible before it spreads. You should also keep an eye out for Spider Mites, Gypsy Moths and Caterpillars which will all start to emerge in June.
Watering in the morning and evening
During the hot weather it may be tempting to water your garden regularly throughout the day but this is not advised. When the sun is at its strongest, it is likely that any water sprayed on the leaves of your plant will cause it to burn. It is best to water your plants and flowers early in the morning or late at night when the sun is at its weakest or has already begun to set.
For last month’s handy tips, check out our gardening guide for what to do in May.
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