Rosie shares her gardening tips for June…
Continue to mow the lawn once a week. If the grass is cut very short when the ground is extremely dry you could get some brown patches so if we do get a drought, just raise the blade up a knotch for a little while. Keep the edges of your lawn neat and tidy as this alone makes the garden look cared for.
After a few good showers of rain the ground may be soft enough to areate ie spike some holes in it with a large garden fork or special areating implements. This stops the ground becoming compacted and it will also more easily absorb water.
Mowing the lawn so often, obviously creates a great deal of grass cuttings which don’t decompose very well unless they’re mixed up a bit with other, less dense green waste. Privit or other hedge trimmings are ideal and things like faded cut flowers, potato peelings and other uncooked vegetables work well too. Here’s how to make a compost heap.
I normally recommend that the way to combat bindweed is to initially cut it down to one or two inches and then regularly spray with biodegradeable weedkiller but I remembered this week, when helping a friend with her garden, that this is not always possible.
You may have a situation where the bindweed roots and stems are tangled all around the roots and stems of a plant or shrub. If this is the case you first need to unwind the bindweed while being very careful not to break it’s brittle stems so that you can then gently stretch it out along the ground as far away from the plant or shrub as you can.
Hold it in place by laying a stone on it and spray just at the ends of the stems so that the weedkiller doesn’t touch the plant or shrub at all. In order to kill the bindweed completely, you will need to spray it about once a month, for the rest of the season.
General plant care
Dead head your roses and other flowers that have faded. This encourages more flowers to grow.
Carefully tie back new stems on your climbing and rambling roses. These will produce flowers next year.
Clematis, jasmine and other similar plants need to be tied back regularly.
Occasionally trim small shrubs like box, privit and yew to keep them in shape.
Bedding plants in baskets and pots can dry out very quickly so need to be watered daily and fed regularly.