Seasonal Care Calendar

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jun 2011 in Uncategorized



The Summer brings long days of warm sunshine however dry weather sometimes inhibits rapid plant growth.  Adequate moisture at the roots will facilitate growth.


Essential Tasks

  • Plant out Summer bedding and position pots and hanging baskets
  • Prune Spring-flowering shrubs
  • Cut lawn once a week
  • Water tubs and new plants



  • Regular water is essential through the Summer months to avoid losses due to drought
  • Check irrigation systems regularly.
  • Drench plants once or twice a week – do not water lightly or during the heat of the day.


Seasonal Tasks

  • Continue to check for aphids and treat accordingly.
  • A high potash fertilizer applied now to perennials such as Salvia can accentuate flower colour and increase resistance to pests and diseases
  • Check and adjust irrigation systems and watering requirements.   Keep automatic watering to a minimum, allowing gaps of several days between watering coverage to encourage plant roots to quest deeper into surrounding soil for available water reserves.
  • Top up water feature reservoirs regularly.


Pruning & Training

  • Prune back flowered shoots of Spring flowering shrubs (e.g. Philadelphus) and smaller plants such as aubretia, iberis etc.
  • Clip hedges and trim back topiary.
  • Tie in climbers and cut back unwanted growth.


Feeding and Fertilising

If growth is slow, fertilise with half-strength fertiliser.


Weed Control

Keep control of annual and perennial weeds as above.




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