Other Jobs About The Garden This June

Use water butts as much as possible and water your patio perennials and baskets well in hot weather. Start to feed them with a balanced liquid fertiliser every 2 to 4 weeks.

Invest in pest control to prevent slugs attacking your young plants.

Plant floating pond plants now while the water is warming up.

Look for aphids on the underside of leave, rub them off by hand or spray with an insecticide to prevent them multiplying. Alternatively try using a natural pest control such as Lacewing larvae.

Keep removing blanket weed from your pond to allow the plants and fish room to breathe.

Keep an eye out for scarlet lily beetles on your lilies, remove and crush any you see. Also check for the sticky brown larvae on the underside of leaves.

Clip evergreen hedges such as privet, box and yew while they’re in active growth.

Keep an eye out for white powdery mildew on plants. If possible, remove the affected parts and spray with a fungicide to prevent further spread.

Keep bird baths topped up in hot weather.

Turn compost in your bins every month to keep it well aerated.

Top Tip:

Make small ‘wells’ around individual plants so that the water can soak the soil to about 25cm (10in). Merlyt wetting the surface wastes water, encourages weeds and can lead to surface rooting making plants more vulnerable.

This Month's Key Tips
  • Hoe borders regularly to keep weeds down.
  • Be water-wise and keep plants hydrated.
  • Pinch out sideshoots on tomatoes.
  • Prune spring flowering shrubs.
  • Mow lawns weekly.
  • Shade greenhouse to keep cool and prevent scorch.