Watering and dead-heading are two of the most important jobs around the garden this month, to keep plants healthy and vibrant.
On hot days damping down the greenhouse floor helps reduce the temperature and increases humidity, encouraging plant growth and mitigating against red spider mite that prefers it hot & dry and is otherwise very difficult to control.
Divide clumps of bearded iris, if you did not do it immediately after flowering last month; done every 3 - 5 years, it really does improve flowering.
Pruning of plum, cherry, apricot & peach trees should be carried out as soon as the fruit has been harvested, if at all possible in dry weather, to minimise the risk of silver leaf infection.
By mid-summer some lawns may be heavily infested by ants. Brushing out the nests on a dry day is a good method of control, and should be done prior to mowing.
Plants with a carpet-like growth habit, e.g. some alpines, can become patchy, with central areas dying off.
These patches can be in-filled with gritty compost, to encourage re-growth.
Wildlife in the garden
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