June Garden Jobs for a Thriving Garden
After what felt like a long wait for summer and sunshine, June is finally here and brought the delightful weather with it. So dust off all of your gardening tools and get to work on growing and maintaining your beautiful gardens!
1. Cut back spring-flowering perennials to encourage new growth
Cutting back perennials after their first blooms begin to fade encourages new growth and a second flush of blooms later in the season. With perennials such as Lupins or Foxgloves, cut them back as soon as the lower half of the blooms begin to fade to extend the plants life. This works by diverting the plant’s energy from seed production to healthy leaf growth for another season.
2. Move your summer hanging baskets and containers outside
Now the sunny weather has arrived you can move your containers out of your greenhouse and into your garden to make beautiful displays. If you have been carefully growing plug plants this year they should now be strong enough to move outside as well, since the threat of late frosts has passed.
3. Give container displays and hanging baskets a liquid feed every few weeks to encourage flowering
A regular liquid feed is the key to having thriving containers and hanging baskets, so stock up now and set yourself reminders to feed your pots regularly – you will be rewarded with extra healthy flowers that will truly make your garden stand out!
4. Plant summer bedding in pots and borders
This is the time of years gardens thrive and are full of colour and wildlife, so make sure to plant as much as possible whilst you can. Perennials are great to plant at this time of year as your hard work now will be rewarded year after year with beautiful annual displays. Whatever you plant, make sure to water them regularly to help them establish quickly.
5. Water plants daily in warm weather
Alongside watering your plants regularly to help them establish, when it is warmer you should water all your plants daily – so they are receiving the care and attention they need. The best time of day to water your plants are in the evening or early morning and avoiding splashing the foliage, especially in a greenhouse, to avoid scorching the leaves.
6. Check hedges and shrubs for nesting birds before you start any trimming or pruning
March through to August is the main breeding season for birds, so when you go to prune or trim any of your shrubs or hedges check for active birds nests. There are certain laws protecting nesting birds and under Section 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act of 1981, it is an offence to intentionally take, damage, or destroy the nest of any wild bird whilst it is in use or being built.
7. Regularly add to your compost
As you have a lot of garden growth now and are regularly mowing the lawn, you will have lots of garden material that you can add to your compost bin. For best results try to fill your compost bin with equal amounts of nitrogen-rich and carbon-rich material. Nitrogen-rich material includes grass clippings, manure, and shrub prunings, whereas carbon-rich material includes flower stalks, shredded paper, and woody clippings. On top of this, it is best to ensure your compost bin stays moist but not wet, and try to turn the contents once a week.
8. Give support to any tall-growing plants
Any of your plants that are tall-growing will begin to need support as they grow and bloom over summer. Their long stems and heavy flower heads make them top-heavy which can cause the plant to become floppy and collapse. Use frames or bamboo canes for support and secure your plants with twine.