Our top gardening advice for summer

Our top gardening advice for summer

Here’s what to do to keep your garden looking good in the warmer weather.

Summer is here! This time of year, Mother Nature goes into overdrive and because it is getting warmer, there is a lot to do in the garden to get it looking its best! Your garden should be in full bloom now and so there will be a lot of things on your to-do list such as, feeding, pruning, picking, deadheading, watering, harvesting, keeping a watchful eye on pests and planting in earnest for summer. This month is all about digging deep, keeping your head down and ploughing through everything that needs to get done!

What to plant

Vegetables 🍅 Carrots, beetroot, beans, pumpkin, marrow, cucumber, rocket, radish, amaranth, asparagus
Herbs 🍃 Angelica, basil, borage, burdock, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, Florence fennel, French tarragon, ginger, lemon balm, oregano, parsley, Roselle, rosemary, summer savory, winter savory, sweet marjoram and thyme
Fruit 🍓 Cape gooseberries, strawberries, strawberry plants, melon/cantaloupe, rockmelon and watermelon
Flowers 🌺 Marguerite Daisy, Garden Verbena, Summer Snapdragon, Alyssum, River Daisy, Carpet Geranium, Snow in Summer, Creeping Jenny, False Heather, Seaside Daisy and Candytuft

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General maintenance

What to feed Roses, Camellias, Azaleas, Hydrangeas, herbs, lawn
What to spray Pests like aphids, mealybugs, snails and whitefly, weeds
Lay new lawn Early summer is also a good time to sow both warm and cool season grasses and to lay instant lawn before it gets too hot:. Kikuyu; Berea; Buffalo and Cynodon grasses are all available as Instant lawn.
Tidy-up Fallen leaves, dead foliage, compost heap, split  and divide overcrowded perennials
Pruning Flowering Jasmine and other Spring flowering plants, herbs, deadhead plants, crops of fruit like peaches, plums, apricots and nectarines, Azaleas and Roses
Mulching With temperature on the rise, it’s time to mulch garden beds and containers with bark chips or compost to help prevent weeds, heat stress and evaporation. Mulching roses is also vital to conserve moisture and to keep the roots cool.
Wind proofing Windbreaks, created by a grouping of large shrubs or a wooden or bricked screen, reduce the amount and intensity of airflow through the garden which in turn, reduces the evaporation of moisture from the soil and the amount of water needed in the garden
Fire proofing Firescape your garden with non-flammable hard landscaping materials such as stone paving and inorganic mulches. Give preference to more fire resistant plants like Milkwood trees, argyranthemum, gazania, gaura, diascia, statice, osteospermums, hibiscus, roses, fuschias, pelargoniums, plectranthus, indigenous salvias and of course, all aloes and succulents.If you’re in a high fire risk area, remove any alien invader vegetation from the perimeter of your property as these specific plants tend to burn very fast and are highly combustible especially when the weather starts to warm up.
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