What to do in the Garden in July

What to do in the Garden in July

At the end of every month we like to go through what you can do in the garden in the following month. With June coming to an end, it’s time to get ready for July so here is our rundown of a few things you can do in your garden next month.

Bugs & insects

Slugs are nasty creatures which attack your younger plants. Using products like “nemaslug” will get rid of the slugs and will therefore protect your plants.

If you notice that your plants are wilting for no obvious reason then check for vine weevils. This can be done by taking your plants out of their pots and then checking for the vine weevils which are yellow and loosely resemble a c shape. If you do see vine weevils then use nematodes to get rid of them.

Garden ornaments / furniture

With the hot weather that July brings it’s essential that you keep any bird baths you may have topped up.

A similar message goes to your containers & hanging baskets as they need to be watered during the hot weather. You should continue to do this every two to four weeks.

Make your hedge a haven for wildlife

Hedgerows were once a common feature throughout Britain, but according to the RSPB, we’ve lost over 50% of them, which is why planting one in your garden is a great idea – especially if you want to provide a haven for wildlife. If you already have one, you can add some other species to make it more attractive and appealing to birds, insects and small mammals.

Species to consider planting include wild honeysuckle, clematis, and ivy, while hedge-bottom plants like woundwort, dog’s violet, dead nettles, and garlic mustard will add to the diversity of food and shelter for wildlife. Garden hedges that thrive in the UK include our native trees, so the likes of beech, hawthorn, holly, hazel, and buckthorn are good choices.

Once established, the hedge will become popular with nesting birds as well as other Garden Wildlife. Generally speaking, hedges are low maintenance. Make sure you feed it once a year with mulch and water in long hot spells. Hedge Trimming or cutting should be done once a year. You can manage this yourself with a good pair of shears or a hedge trimmer, but for the best result, we’d always recommend getting a professional in to do the job.

Call us for all your Hedge Maintenance needs and more on 01732 451 351.

Three rules for a healthy hedge

Hedges are common features in many gardens and can either serve as a dividing line between gardens or be purely ornamental. Hedges provide shade, privacy and can be an important wildlife habitat, but an untrimmed and uncared-for hedge can soon get out of control and ruin the look of any garden.

Know your hedge

Different hedges have different Hedge Trimming needs, so some quick research might help you on your way. Don’t trim old hedges too fiercely, or too much in one go, as the shock alone can kill them off. Fast growing hedges, such as conifers, can grow very quickly so need trimming three times a year for example, whereas a slower-growing evergreen hedge would be fine with one annual trim. If you are unsure on How To Trim A Hedge properly get in touch with us at Leaf Matters.

Seasonal variation

Most hedges need trimming in spring or summer, ideally, but some can be trimmed all year round. Remembering to water them during exceptionally dry or hot periods is also a good idea.

Don’t be afraid to call in the experts!

Tackling a difficult job without professional expertise or the right equipment can lead to expensive mistakes or even injury, so be careful and don’t take on more than you can handle. If you’re tackling a monster hedge & don’t have the right tools or knowledge for the job or simply want so sit back and relax while you let a professional do the Hedge Cutting, we offer expert advice from Leaf Matters is only a phone call away!

Should I plant another tree in my Garden

This is a common question that usually posed to our team from customers. It can be tough to decide whether to add another sapling to your collection, as there is a range of factors to consider.

If you are considering the addition of one or more trees in your garden, then it is likely because you want to find a home for your favourite specimens. That said, it is important to think about some key factors.

This includes the size that your planted tree will then grow to, but equally the speed at which it will reach for the sky. Other considerations include how it could affect nearby properties, but also the plants that currently thrive in your garden.

Some trees grow in an different way which causes distress to itself and the other plants around it.Even to well-established bushes, shrubs and plants that may soon have to live in the shade. Another consideration is how the root system will develop and the effects this will have on the rest of your garden.

If you are thinking of adding one or more trees to your property, whether as saplings or more established plants, then why not give us a call on 01732 451 351 and speak to one of our experienced Leaf Matters Tree Surgery team.

Not only can we supply answers about possible areas of concern, but we are also happy to talk about how regular maintenance can allow both the trees and the other elements of your garden, to thrive together.

Based in Sevenoaks we can provide tree surgery services across Kent and these areas

We accept tree surgery enquiries from all these areas

Leaf Matters Professional Tree Surgery Ltd are tree surgeons in Sevenoaks offering tree felling, tree clearing, hedge maintenance, pruning and reducing. We are available for tree planting and advice on tree ecology as well as emergency tree work. Based in Sevenoaks we are happy to offer our tree surgery services all around the Sevenoaks area.

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