5 July Garden Maintenance Tasks
We enjoyed an exceptionally warm and dry June across the entire UK in 2018, and the fine weather is expected to continue throughout the month of July.
This month is one of our favourite months of the year; it sees the start of Wimbledon, plus we all get the chance to make the most of the warmer weather, with garden parties and BBQs on the agenda.
July is often one of the warmest months of the year and now that summer is in full swing, your garden is in full bloom and it is time to enjoy the results of all the hard work that you put in throughout the spring months.
But, as every gardener knows, there are jobs that need doing in every month of the year, and July is no exception.
That’s why we have compiled our list of 5 garden maintenance tasks to be completed this month. These tasks will help to ensure that your garden not only looks great for those garden parties, but keeps on blooming throughout the rest of summer and into autumn.
Let’s start with our first job of the month.
1. Be Prepared for Drought
We have been treated to some very warm and dry weather so far during summer 2018, which has meant that we’ve all had plenty of opportunities to get out into our gardens. However, the dry weather hasn’t been too kind to our thirsty lawns and plants.
With low levels of rainfall and talk of potential hosepipe bans being enforced, keeping our gardens well-watered at this time of the year isn’t easy.
Luckily, there are many things that can be done to keep our gardens looking healthy whilst minimising water consumption.
Every garden should have a water butt to harvest rainfall and, during times of water shortage, we should all be recycling our water waste, too.
‘Grey water’, such as the water used in our baths, washing machines, sinks and dishwashers, can be used to water our gardens.
Any household water that doesn’t contain bleach, disinfectant or faecal contamination should be used on our gardens, rather than getting water straight from the tap.
Spreading bark mulch across plant beds can also help keep your garden drought-resistant, by trapping and retaining moisture to keep the soil moist.
For further information on keeping your garden watered during the summer months, check out our ‘How to Prepare Your Garden for Drought’ article.
2. Get Deadheading
To keep your beds looking at their best, it is important during the month of July to keep on top of the deadheading.
Deadheading involves removing dead or fading flowers from shrubs and bedding plants.
Roses, climbers, geraniums and shrubs should all be regularly deadheaded during the summer months, to keep them looking at their best.
And it’s not just for aesthetic reasons that you should be deadheading, either. The process helps your plants to channel energy into producing more flowers, rather than wasting it on dead or fading blooms.
Removing deadheads also helps to stop the spread of leaves and debris, keeping your beds looking neat and tidy.
3. Care for Your Lawn
July can be a particularly harsh month for your lawn and so it’s vitally important that it gets plenty of attention.
The main priority is to ensure that it receives plenty of water to keep it from looking yellow and dry.
When it comes to mowing, you’ll need to adjust the frequency according to growth rates. Many lawns at this time of the year will need cutting on a weekly basis, but growth may begin to slow down with lower rainfall rates.
You should also look to raise the cutting blade on your mower to cut your grass to a slightly longer length, in an attempt to trap and retain moisture within your lawn.
You may also need to consider applying a summer fertiliser; however, you should be careful not to scorch the grass by using too much, or applying it when your lawn isn’t actively growing or during periods of little rainfall.
If, however, this all sounds like too much hard work, why not considering installing artificial grass?
In recent years, artificial grass has managed to shake its reputation as an unrealistic looking surface and, with recent advances in technology, it’s now very difficult to tell the difference between real and fake.
The maintenance required for an artificial lawn is minimal, giving you more time to focus on the rest of the garden – or you could just spend the extra free time with your feet up!
Artificial grass looks lush and green all year round and doesn’t require any water, making it the perfect, summer-proof alternative.
It is also widely used in areas that receive little sunlight, such as under trees and alongside fences, where real grass struggles to grow.
The realism of artificial grass just has to be felt and seen to believed, and you can request your free NeoGrass samples here.
For your free installation quote, why not contact your nearest NeoGrass Approved Installer?
4. Paint Your Summer House
Why not take advantage of the drier weather and get the paint brushes out?
Staining your garden furniture and buildings will not only improve the aesthetics and freshen up the look of your shed, bench or summer house, but the treatment will also prolong the lifespan of your timber structures, too.
Simply changing the colour of your summer house can have a big impact on your garden, so why not consider choosing something that is a bit different to the current colour?
Finding enough rain-free days to ensure that you can carry out the staining and allow enough time for it to dry out shouldn’t be too difficult at this time of the year.
5. Tend to the Fruit & Vegetable Garden
There should be plenty of fruit appearing on trees and plants this month and it is important to ensure that they are protected from birds and squirrels, by placing netting around them.
Slugs can also damage your crops, so consider using a natural pest control if they become an issue.
July is the month in which you should be planting a second crop of potatoes, to give you new potatoes in time for Christmas. Plant your seeds in pots or bags, which can be brought under cover before the first frosts of the winter.
If you have tomatoes in your garden, pinch out the shoots each week and cut off any leaves growing below the lowest ripening fruit trusses, to improve circulation and prevent diseases.
Raspberries are shallow-rooted fruits and, therefore, it is important that they receive plenty of water – preferably from grey water sources – to ensure they survive the hot, dry weather.
If you are considering starting your own fruit and vegetable garden, July is the ideal time to be planting cabbages, leeks, carrots, turnips and autumn/winter salads, so why not get planting now? It gets you out in the sunshine and means you could be enjoying your own home-grown veg this autumn.
July is the perfect time of the year for us to really maximise the amount of time we get to spend in our gardens, thanks to the long days and, hopefully, warmer temperatures.
There are still plenty of jobs that will need doing to ensure you stay on top of things, but it’s equally important that you allow plenty of time to just enjoy your garden, rather than working too hard.
You don’t necessarily have to throw a large garden party or BBQ, just relaxing and sipping on a glass of wine in your garden can do wonders for your sense of well-being.
Do you have any maintenance tasks for July that you think we should have included in our list? Do you have any tips for maintaining a healthy garden at this time of the year? Then leave us a comment below and join in the discussion.
Don’t forget to check out our garden maintenance guides for the other months of the year: