As the days get longer and the weather warms up (fingers and toes crossed), June is all about getting out in the garden, making sure it looks great and hopefully, enjoying the sun. There’s still some work to be done, though. Join us as we run down some of the most important jobs for the June garden.

What to do in the garden in June

If your garden’s lacking some colour, why not add some summer bedding plants to beds and borders? The start of June is the perfect time to plant out summer bedding plants as the risk of frost has usually passed.

When planting outside, make sure they’re sitting in some good quality compost and treat them to some plant feed during the growing season. To keep your plants looking their best, be sure to deadhead them regularly (depending on the plant, this may need to be done several times a week!). If you’re after low-maintenance bedding plants, try geraniums, nasturtiums or begonias.

Look out for pesky slugs too as they’ll enjoy eating through the leaves given half a chance.

Watch John Whitgift Foundation’s Gardener Ann Top Tips for June

Looking after your lawn

The hot summer months mean your lawn will now need mowing much more often. Try to give it a trim once a week, or every 10-14 days at the very least. Long periods of hot, dry weather can lead to a yellow, parched lawn. If this is the case, a good watering early in the morning or later in the evening will make all the difference. If you’ve been keeping on top of the weeding, there shouldn’t be much to do this month. Spot treat any weeds that appear or remove them by hand where needed.

Read Whitgift School’s Head Groundsman Daniel’s Top lawn Tips

June is a fantastic time to make the most of your outdoor space so when all the jobs are done give yourself time to enjoy your surroundings and the great British summer while it lasts.

Jobs for June

Fruit and veg
Continue planting out plugs
Sow winter brassicas
Protect soft fruit from birds with garden netting
Plant out runner beans and outdoor tomatoes
Check fruit trees and thin out fruit if needed to improve size and quality
Ornamental
Plant perennials
Prune spring-flowering shrubs
Hoe borders
Fill gaps in summer bedding
Take cuttings from dianthus
Plant autumn-flowering bulbs like cyclamen
Clip evergreen hedges (always check for nesting birds beforehand, and if you find any wait until the end of August)

Feed lawns to keep them looking lush and green
Continue cutting lawn weekly

Place indoor plants outdoors in warm weather – most will thrive with the threat of frost gone.

 

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