July Gardening Tips
- Prune June-flowering shrubs such as Philadelphus and Weigela as they finish blooming. Also prune deciduous Magnolias if necessary.
- Continue to tie in climbers and ramblers as they grow. Be careful as to not strangle delicate stems.
- Use a sharp knife or secateurs to remove any suckers from trees and Roses.
- Water in newly planted shrubs and trees this month as they may stress during the first year of planting if left too dry.
- Cut back perennials like Geraniums and Delphiniums after the first flush of flower to encourage a second flowering.
- Water your bedding plants and containers with a high potassium fertiliser like Tomorite in order to promote more bloomage. Regular dead heading is also important.
- Autumn flowering bulbs like Amaryllis, Colchicum and Nerines can be planted now for a glorious autumn display.
- Keep an eye out for scarlet beetles on your lilies. Lily beetle can strip a plant in days.
- Keep the pump in your pond on during sultry nights as the oxygen levels are low in such conditions.
- Raise the setting of your mower during prolonged hot spells to help prevent the lawn from drying out and becoming patchy.
Hot July brings cooling showers,
Apricots and gillyflowers."
- Sara Coleridge, Pretty Lessons in Verse