6 June Garden Maintenance Tasks
June is officially the start of the UK summer, according to the meteorological calendar.
Throughout the month the days are long, with summer solstice occurring towards the end of the month, usually around 21st June.
This means that we’ll all have plenty of time to spend out in our gardens.
Today, we’re continuing our garden maintenance series with a handy list of tasks to be completed during the month of June.
Keeping on top of your garden is extremely important if you are to avoid it becoming an overgrown jungle, which at this time of the year can happen very quickly.
Luckily, maintaining your garden doesn’t necessarily have to involve lots of work. There are many things you can do to create a low-maintenance garden, as we pointed out in this previous article.
But maintaining your garden is very important so that it remains a nice place to spend time in. Relaxing in the garden with friends and family in the summer is a popular pastime for many of us throughout the UK.
It will also add value to your property, as a nicely maintained garden is a huge selling point for many potential buyers.
Let’s dive into our list of 6 maintenance tasks to be getting on with this month.
1. Install A Water Butt
Installing a water butt in your garden is a fantastic way to save water.
June is typically one of the driest months of the year, but it is also the time of the year when your garden needs water the most.
Water butts are cheap to buy and easy to install. They work by redirecting water from the downpipe leading from the roof on your home, garage or shed.
Once connected, every time it rains you’ll be adding water to the butt, ready to be used next time you need to water your plants.
For bigger gardens that require large amounts of water consider installing multiple water butts to capture as much rainfall as possible.
This is a great way to lower your monthly water bills and to help the environment, too.
Water conservation reduces energy use and can save households hundreds of pounds a year.
So, why not install a water butt and do your bit to help the environment?
2. Add Some Colour to Your Garden with a Hanging Basket
Now that the risk of any potential damage to plants from frost is gone, it’s time to get those hanging baskets planted.
Hanging baskets are a wonderful way to add colour to any garden. Fortunately, they are relatively easy to maintain, but they will typically need plenty of water in order to thrive.
It’s also essential that you ensure each plant within your basket receives enough water, so it is recommended that you rotate the baskets to ensure water is evenly applied.
When arranging plants in a basket, it is usually easiest to start with one, central feature plant and then plant trailing plants around this.
Always consider how each plant will look once it flowers and ensure that the colours will work well together. Pansies, geraniums and petunias are all great choices for hanging baskets, perhaps with some ivy to add a trail of greenery.
3. Keep on Top of Your Lawn
Now that we have entered June, the grass will be continuing to grow quickly. This makes it important to remember to cut your lawn regularly.
Ideally, in June, your lawn should be mowed weekly – and you should certainly not leave it for more than two weeks.
June is also the time of the year when your lawn can begin to look dry and patchy. To help prevent this, ensure that your lawn receives adequate water.
Having said that, if all the maintenance seems like it’s too much like hard work or you’re just not seeing the rewards for all your efforts, why not consider installing an artificial lawn?
When compared with a real lawn, the maintenance required to keep a fake lawn looking pristine is minimal.
This will give you more time to spend on other tasks that need doing in the garden that you perhaps enjoy more than tending to your lawn, or it can even give you more time to spend simply relaxing and enjoying your garden.
With the ever-increasing standard of technology used, the quality of fake turf is as good as the real thing. Why not check out our range of artificial grass suitable for gardens and lawns? You could even request some free samples and see for yourself!
4. Remove Spring Planting and Prepare Beds for Summer
If, earlier in the year, you planted your beds for spring colour, it might be time to consider removing deadheads and wilted stems – or even removing plants completely, as they have finished flowering for this year.
It’s important to keep on top of your garden’s plant beds to ensure that they remain looking good throughout the summer. If you remove spring planting you’ll be creating space for your summer planting to start making an appearance, by providing more space and light to help plants grow.
To help limit weed growth, it’s important to dig over your beds to help kill any seeds that might be about to germinate. If weeds have become too difficult to keep on top of, consider adding bark mulch to your beds to help suppress weed growth. You could even install a weed membrane, too.
5. Harvest Salads and Potatoes
Growing your own vegetables is not only a fantastic way to save money, it’s extremely rewarding, too.
There nothing better than eating a meal prepared using ingredients that you have grown in your own garden. You’ll be surprised at how much better they taste than those you usually buy in a supermarket. Vegetables bursting with flavour can be a delight, especially if you’ve been eating insipid shop-bought versions for some time!
June is the time of the year when you’ll be wanting to harvest any salad vegetables and potatoes that you have been growing.
It is best to cut leaves early in the morning, when they’ll be at their freshest. Harvest only what you need as the leaves can wilt quickly.
Cut and come again vegetables are great and the many different types of leaves that can be grown in your garden can provide you with a steady supply of salad for several weeks.
The first early potatoes should be ready to harvest in June, too.
You can tell whether they are ready by watching for the flowers to open or for the buds to drop. The tubers are ready when they are around the size of a medium egg.
6. Stake Your Perennials
Staking perennials, such as delphiniums, poppies, foxgloves and dahlias, is an important task during June, to prevent them from collapsing due to spring and summer growth.
Plants with tall, brittle stems can be easily damaged in windy conditions or can become too top heavy to support their own weight.
The collapsed stems can smother adjoining plants or even damage your lawn.
Luckily, staking your perennials is a straightforward task.
Most perennials can be supported using a sturdy garden cane, placed into the earth alongside the plant. Secure the stem to the cane using 3-ply soft twine, or 5-ply, for larger specimens.
Don’t tie the supports too tightly, though, as you might damage the stems and prevent further growth.
Keep an eye on growth over the coming weeks to ensure that your supports continue to do their job.
There you have it, another month bites the dust.
As we have learnt, keeping on top of your garden at this time of the year is very important, but with the weather usually being kind to us during June, you’ll be able to make the most of the fruits of your labour and be rewarded with plenty of time to spend outside relaxing and enjoying it, too.
Of course, although the year divides neatly into 12 months, there is some overlap with the garden maintenance tasks that require your attention at this time of the year, so for further tips, why not check out our garden maintenance guide for the month of May?
Don’t forget, if you are considering having an artificial lawn installed to help reduce the maintenance in your garden, you’ll find a wealth of information on our blog. Consider reading our guide, ‘The Ultimate Guide to Choosing Artificial Grass for Your Garden Lawn’ or ‘7 Important Considerations When Choosing the Best Artificial Grass’ as good places to start.
We look forward to continuing this series next month with our list of maintenance tasks to carry out for the month of July. We hope to see you there – thanks for reading!
Don’t forget to check out our garden maintenance guides for the other months of the year: