Remove any damaged or dead wood before cutting approximately one third of the oldest branchesParaic HorkanAt this stage in the garden, the early summer flowering shrubs will be finishing up their colourful display and will require pruning. Examples of these shrubs would be Weigela, Kerria or Deutzia, to name but a few. You should first remove any damaged or dead wood before cutting approximately one third of the oldest branches to the ground. The thicker, older stems will require the use of a loppers or even a pruning saw. The idea is to create an uncluttered centre to the shrub to allow good air circulation and a pleasing shape to the shrub.
Summer bedding will still be very much in flower and should be dead-headed regularly. Dahlia, geranium, pelargonium, osteospermum and calendula are excellent examples of how regular dead-heading promotes re-flowering and prolongs the bloom time throughout the summer. Don’t forget your rose shrubs when dead-heading; ensure you remove the spent flowers by cutting down to the next leaf junction thus ensuring a well-shaped shrub.
Your pots and containers still need a careful eye; watering and feeding regularly with Osmo Universal Plant Food will ensure a continued bloom time. Bedding plants such as surfinia, petunia or pansies can become leggy over the growing period. These can be “shortened” which simply explained means cutting back the over-long stems to an area of new growth closer to the base of the plant. This will encourage new growth and a new crop of flowers.
With your beds, borders and containers well taken care of, don’t forget the hard surfaces in your garden or outdoor space. Have you treated the wood on your shed or fence? Any treatment is best done when the wood is dry and will extend the life of your fence, furniture or shed; protecting it during the worst of next winter’s weather. If weeds have become a problem on your patio or paths, treat the area immediately with Hytrol Total Weedkiller for hard areas. Do remember if treating weeds in a lawn to ensure you chose a lawn appropriate weedkiller such as Resolva Lawn Weedkiller.
You could also chop your fresh herbs and freeze them in ice-cube trays with a very small amount of added waterParaic HorkanIf you have herbs in your vegetable garden or in a container on the patio, consider harvesting some now and freezing for use later in the year. You can open freeze individual sprigs of herbs which should be stored in plastic bags once frozen. You could also chop your fresh herbs and freeze them in ice-cube trays with a very small amount of added water. Either way you can enjoy the taste of your home grown herbs throughout the year.