Trim and bouff your garden
Hey you, sparko on your sunlounger! Your summer garden needs a tidy up. Here's where to focus your green-fingered efforts (or get someone else in to do it!).
Idiot like me watch the first bloom of summer flowers, ooh and ahh them and then basically ignore them for the rest of the season. What you should be doing now is feed your flowers after the first bounty of blooms is over to continuously encourage health, growth and prolific flowering through to late summer. Think about flowering plants that can be divided and replanted (eg bearded irises) – this can save money as you’re creating plants rather than having to buy new ones.
2. Beds and borders TLC
Give your beds and border some time attention – this is a good time for dead-heading, weeding and maintaining strong supports for voluminous perennials. Check your plants for the 3Ds – dead, diseased and damage and keep a beady eye on pests (no, I don’t mean your children).
3. Love your lawn
Tend to your grass with regular mowing and edging, and give it a feed to promote growth – summer lawns in particular need nutrients. Edging is, let’s face it, deathly dull but it can make a massive difference to its appearance. Get someone else to do it, I say!
4. Tidy terrace, tidy mind (er, maybe)
It might sound weird but my favourite chore, bar none, is pressure-washing my patio – it’s so very satisfying to blast the gunk away and see the sparkling clean tiles underneath. Now’s a good time to spruce up those patios and terraces, and keep them weed-free.
5. Hedging your bets
Whether they’re newly planted or fully mature and established, your hedges need pruning and feeding… and sculpting into phallic shapes to scandalise your neighbours. Not that I’d ever do that, obviously.