Summer is well and truly on its way but be watchful and keep an eye on the weather forecast; the occasional frost can still occur at this time of year.
- Don’t plant out tender bedding plants until the middle of the month. Be prepared to protect from the elements if you think it might be necessary
- The soil is beginning to warm up so it’s a good time to apply a general fertiliser. Any of the well-known brands will be fine
- As the weather continues to warm up slugs and snails become more active; control with slug pellets (pet friendly), or remove by hand
- Tie in climbing and rambling roses
- Now is a good time to repair bare patches in established lawns. It’s also a good time to sow new lawns
- Direct drill (sow) hardy annual seeds into the soil
- Direct drill vegetable seeds; mix some radish seed in with your other seeds; these will germinate first, revealing where the row of seed is
- Start watering house plants more frequently
Do you know the difference between a rambling rose and a climbing rose?
Although there are exceptions, rambling roses tend to flower just once but have an enormous impact because of a mass of small flowers. The climbing rose is more upright than a rambling rose, and in general, has larger blooms and continues to flower throughout summer and autumn.