Monty’s Top 10 August Gardening Jobs

Well what a lovely summer it’s been so far and hopefully it will continue, but what does that mean for our gardens? With each season comes new obstacles to overcome so I have compiled a list of the top ten things to be getting on with this August in your garden. I always think this is a good month for us gardener’s as all the hard work is paying off, bedding plants are looking good, the borders are full of colour and the vegetable patch is over flowing with food for the table. My ultimate top tip for August has to be, spend some well earned time sitting and enjoying your garden, you have worked hard all year so now is the month to take a little time for yourself, but not too much.  1) Dead heading – for a continuing display, make sure you are regularly dead heading your flowering plants and cutting back brown foliage to promote new growth and revitalize. Regular dead heading will encourage bedding & summer flowering perennials to produce more flowers and prolong the summer colour well in to Autumn. Watch out for seeds to collect too, such as Foxgloves, Aquilega and even bedding plants such as Marigold, collect, dry & store these for next year.  2) New plants – If you are planning on planting any new trees, shrubs, or perennials, do it this month to give them a chance to take root and don’t forget to keep them well watered now before the cooler temperatures arise.  3) Moving plants – If, over the summer, you’ve given your indoor plants a little taste of the great outdoors then consider moving them back inside this month to acclimatise them back to indoor life. No doubt they may have grown a little so also consider re-potting them.  4) Add colour – You may want to change your colour pallet around for the autumn; try bringing in chrysanthemums as they have a broad range of colours to choose from and also start to replace some of your annual plants with some cool season annuals so as to create a smoother transition.  5) Weeds – The gardeners bane. August is the ideal time to take action against these pests as it is around this time that they start to produce thousands of seeds ready to germinate in the spring. The best time to complete this task is after some rainfall, then once you have carefully dug them out, you can cover the area with fresh compost. My top tip with this is if you don’t have time to dig weeds up or it’s too dry then make...

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Monty’s Top 10 July Gardening Jobs

July is often one of the warmest and most enjoyable months out in the garden. You can sit and watch as all your hard work from spring begins to properly pay off, with flowers blooming and your veg/fruit ready for harvesting. Whilst it is the perfect month to relax and enjoy your garden, be sure to keep on top of all the little jobs like weeding and watering. Below are my Top July Garden Jobs: 1) Conservatory Plants – Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s time to get those plants that have been hiding away in the shelter of your conservatory, outside to enjoy the fresh air. Most houseplants, that don’t mind water on their leaves, will also benefit from a week or so in the garden. 2) Water – Give your plants (especially new ones) plenty of water to prevent them from drying out. Make sure that garden Containers, planters & baskets never dry out fully. Keep them watered, sometimes twice a day, to stop any stress to the plants. Once to twice a month make sure you feed hungry summer bedding plants, my top tip is to feed them Tomato food, it’s ideal to encourage more flowers. 3) Treat Woodwork – Whilst the weather is dry, give your woodwork a lick of paint or preserver to keep it treated and looking smart. The ideal job to top up your tan and perhaps enjoy a beer whilst you paint the shed or fence in the garden. 4) Ponds – Keep your ponds topped up and cleared of algae, blanket weeds and any other debris. On very hot days and providing you don’t have a ban, spray the surface of ponds with fish in with the hose. This will help to add oxygen to the water and keep your fish healthy. 5) Lawn Care – As long as there is no drought, it’s worth feeding the lawn regularly. Leaving the grass a little longer will help the lawn to hold onto more moisture and stay greener. July is the perfect month to sit on the grass and enjoy the hard work you have put in to the green area of your garden. 6) Next Spring – Begin to think about which Seeds you would like for next spring. Order now to ensure you’re ready for autumn planting, plus now is the ideal time to start to think about growing biannuals such as Foxgloves as they need to establish in the first year and flower the next, the work never ends! 7) Greenhouse – Damp down your greenhouse to increase humidity on warmer days and deter the likes of red spider mites. July is also a good...

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Monty’s Top 10 June Gardening Jobs

The beautiful month of June brings the glorious British summer and loads of exciting growth and colour to all our gardens. The mad rush to get all things planted has passed and it’s time to titivate and enjoy all your garden has to offer. Keeping on top of your garden is the order for June and with regular pruning, trimming, weeding and cutting you’ll be sure to have a garden worth enjoying all summer long. Below are my Top June Garden Jobs: 1) Water – Keep your containers and baskets well watered, especially in hot weather. Make sure you’re wise with your water however, especially in drought affected areas. My top tip with watering containers is to not let them dry out completely, this will take more and waste more water in trying to rehydrate them. 2) Bird Care – Keep your bird baths filled up with fresh water to give your birds somewhere to drink and cool off. If you have been feeding wild birds in your garden, you need to continue this every month. You may think there is plenty for them to eat, but these birds will become reliant on your food so you need to continue this, you will also encourage them in to the garden even more and help you rid your outdoor space of pesky pests such as slugs and snails. 3) Lawn Care –  Mow your lawn at least once a week so as not to let it grow too long. Trimming regularly is better than big cuts less often. With the weather hopefully getting hotter try not to cut the lawn in the middle of the day when the sun can easily scorch the freshly cut grass. My top tip is to cut  the lawn in the early part of the evening giving it time to recover before the next day. 4) Roses – June is typically the month in which Roses are at their peak, so ensure you stay on top of deadheading to keep your displays looking as stunning as possible. Watch out for black spot on leaves, simply remove these when you see them. Aphids will also attack fresh flower buds and growth on Roses, if you brave and green then rub these off with your fingers. Keeping Roses well feed in June will keep them plants strong & healthy and able to resist these attacks. 5) Greenhouses – Shade your greenhouses to keep them cool and prevent overheating which can lead to scorching. Keep windows and doors open during the day and if it’s really hot, that would be nice, then splash some water on the floor to help keep it cool. 6) Weeding – Hoe your...

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Monty’s Top Ten May Gardening Jobs

With the herbaceous borders growing, the Chelsea Flower Show and the warmer weather; May is most certainly the month in which we can all start feeling a lot more summery again. It’s time to get back into your fair weather habits, whilst also ensuring your summer preparations have started and in some cases finished. Gardening at this time of year is an absolute pleasure, providing we aren’t hit with a cruel late cold snap. So get out there and enjoy this beautiful late spring month. Below are my Top May Garden Jobs: 1) Prepare for summer bedding – Spring flowers will begin to die down and need clearing in preparation for summer bedding plants. Also, consider buying your summer plants ready for planting at the end of the month, but keep an eye out for frosty weather. 2) Earth up potatoes – If you’ve grown potatoes this is an important step. It simply involves drawing up mounds of soil around the potato plants to avoid new tubers turning green and poisonous. Check these weekly as when the weather starts to warm up these will grow rapidly. 3) Tie up climbers – With growth well under way, climbers need to be kept under control and given as much support as possible. Use ties, trellis or backing fence to help them flourish. 4) Tomatoes – If you are growing these in the greenhouse, this month is ideal to pot them on, either in larger pots or grow bags. Make sure you keep them well watered and start to tie them up against canes to keep them straight. My top tip is to keep pinching out side shots to keep the plant focused on growing one main stem. If you want to grow them outside start to harden them off towards the end of the month. 5) Watering – Time to get back out there on a regular basis and give the plants the water they need. The trick with watering is to water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often (containers etc do need watering every day). 6) Mowing – Lawn mowing is high on the agenda – leave it too long between cuts and the job becomes much harder, so try to mow weekly. Feed established lawns if you haven’t already done so. 7) Weeding – The warm weather will make this painful job a little easier. Make sure you don’t forget about any ponds you might have. The weeds there are just as damaging. Try and remove weeds before they flower and seed further pesky weeds around your garden, get hoeing. 8) Roses – Keep an eye on roses and treat them as...

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Monty’s Top Ten Garden Jobs In April

April is here, spring is here and most importantly of all, better weather is here (hopefully). Beautiful spring flowers are beginning to bloom and the country is seemingly alive again. So it’s time to get out in the garden and make the most of those longer, lighter evenings and sunnier days. Continue to ready your garden for all of the beautiful summer months, because hard work is always rewarded and it’ll cut down on maintenance later in the year. Garden centres are always full of so many gorgeous plants at this time of year, so we’d recommend a trip to your nearest one ASAP. Below are our Top April Garden Jobs: 1) Beware of frost – As much as this isn’t a job, it is definitely still worth a mention. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly warmer weather. Frost is still a very real risk and it is advisable to hold back on planting any tender bedding until next month. 2) Dead heading – Remove all faded flowers from your daffodils, pansies & violas. Let your daffodils die back naturally so they put energy back into the bulbs 3) Weeding – Continue with the spring cleaning. Get on top of your hoeing and prevent weeds from spreading through your beds, otherwise you’ll leave yourself a nightmare job. The same goes for any stubborn weeds in your pathways, DON’T LET THEM WIN!!! 4) Mulch – Before the herbaceous growth really takes hold in your garden, get the mulch down, otherwise you’ll struggle to see what you’re doing. 5) Treat fences & sheds – When it is warm enough, treat sheds, fences and trellis with wood preservative; brushes and rollers are fine for most things, however a sprayer is well worth buying for tricky projects such as woven panels! 6) Repel slugs and snails – This is their favourite time of the year, with lots of fresh juicy shoots popping up. So be prepared to wage war on them, or they have to power to ruin a lot of hard work. Lay pet friendly slug pellets around your bedding to keep them at bay. 7) Birds care – Birds are beginning to build their nests now and so are looking for appropriate places to nest. Therefore, if you provide them with food and potentially a bird house, you’ll increase the likelihood of having a garden bustling with life. 8) Summer hanging baskets – If you are lucky enough to have a green house at your disposal, then you can begin to create your hanging baskets. 9) Lawns – Feed, mow and begin to give your lawns a little more attention. Now is the perfect time to sow new lawns and repair bare...

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Monty’s Top Ten Garden Jobs In March

March is a beautiful month because with it comes SPRING! Around the 20th, British springtime officially begins and the sunny days become a more frequent occurrence (hopefully). Basically, everything that we love about gardening and being outside starts to all happen at once. Gooooood. What this does mean for us all, is that there are plenty of garden jobs to be done and the sunny days must be capitalised upon. March can still be an incredibly unpredictable month, much like most of Spring, so if you do get the chance to spend a sunny afternoon in the garden, don’t waste it! Below are our Top March Garden Jobs: 1) Protection – Frost and winds are a risk often overlooked in March. If we’ve learnt anything over the years, it is that overconfidence in the british weather will always come back to bite you in the apple. So keep an eye on that weather forecast and protect your plants accordingly. 2) Weeds – If they haven’t already been dealt with, weeds will now begin to find their roots and grow ferociously. Get on top of them now and don’t let them ruin your garden this season. 3) Clean, repair & prepare – Tools, specifically your lawnmower, need to be cleaned and readied for the busy season ahead. On top of this, if you get a nice warm spell, treat fences, sheds and trellis with a wood preservative.  4) Feed those birds – We’ll always keep on about this because we LOVE garden birds. They’re beautiful to have in the garden and are very appreciative of the food you provide. 5) Feed your plants – Know which fertiliser best suits the type of plants you’re growing and give them a good feed. General purpose fertiliser is usually suitable for most plants like roses, climbers and shrubs. 6) Rose Pruning – You should have already begun pruning your roses, but now it is time to make a real habit of it, all the way through to autumn. Regular spraying of fungicide will help to ward off black spot and mildew. 7) Lawn Care – If it’s still wet, then just stay off it. Any damage done to wet lawns is annoyingly difficult to rectify. However, should the weather improve and the lawn dry out, then it’s time for the first cut, exciting. 8) Summer Bulbs – Plant summer flowering bulbs. Be sure to add some compost to your existing soil and bury them a little deeper than if you were planting them in a pot. 9) Slug repellent – Spring shoots are top on a slug’s menu and so you need to do everything in...

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