What to do in the garden in August

What to do in the garden in August

General tasks and General Garden Maintenance

The most important thing this month is to enjoy your garden; heady scents, glorious colours, an abundance of fruits and vegetables and hopefully more sunshine. What could be more enjoyable and satisfying than surveying the results of your hard work throughout the year? Throughout this blog we’re going to go through some Gardening Tips and Tricks for August.


Remember to water and feed your plants regularly, especially those in hanging baskets, pots or containers as well as climbers and roses growing against a sunny wall. Many a plant will not recover from a drought, so water regularly and do not resort to feast and famine.

Water hydrangeas with hydrangea colourant for true blue hydrangeas next year.

If possible, set up an automatic Watering Plants system for your vegetable plot, borders and even containers. They are worth their weight in gold and can work on a sensor system that detects how dry the soil is. Once you have one you will wonder why you did not install one years ago. Going on holiday will no longer involve wondering if your precious plants will survive a dry spell or paying someone else to hold a hose!

If it stays warm and dry, water saving strategies include using bathwater and washing up water, provided they are neither too dirty or oily.
Keep your pond topped up, free of pond weed and clean – green algae can be toxic to pets.


Boring but vital. Keep on top of weeds in borders, the vegetable garden and all your pots and containers. Little and often will reduce what will become a Herculean task if left to spiral out of control.

Weeds not only look messy but use valuable moisture in the ground. The best and easiest way to weed is to use a Dutch hoe which will cut the weeds just below the surface. Weeding on a sunny day will ensure weeds left on the surface dry out and die in the warmth.

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.

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.

More garden jobs for June

We have already done our blog on ‘What To Do In The Garden‘ for June however, with it being the summer, there is so much to do that can’t be compressed into one post. So we have decided to write up another blog on what more you can do in the garden in June with these Gardening Tips UK:

Prune deciduous magnolias once the plant is in full leaf. If this is done in winter, when the tree is dormant, dieback can occur, and pruning in late winter or spring can result in bleeding. Midsummer, is therefore, recommended.

Thin out new shoots on trees and shrubs that should have been pruned in winter to stimulate growth. Remove crossing stems and prevent overcrowding of new growth.

Prune flowering shrubs such as Deutzia, Kolkwitzia,Weigela and Philadelphus after they have finished flowering. If this job is left too late, the new growth put on after pruning may not have sufficient ripening time to flower well next year.

Prune overcrowded, dead or diseased stems of Clematis montana once it has finished flowering. Untangling the stems can be fiddly, but once you can see where you are cutting, you need not worry about pruning this plant – it will take even hard cutting back very well.

What to do in the garden in June

With June around the corner we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden next month with our Gardening Tips UK.

In June, the risk of frost appearing in your garden has gone. Without the frost you will be free to plant your annual summer bedding and plant up containers, hanging baskets, if you have them growing in a greenhouse move them outside to their final position.

If any of your hanging basket plants have become misshapen or doesn’t look right, then trimming the excess off would most likely do the trick, this encourages a bushy growth for the summer.

Earlier this month, we mentioned about hardy annuals and that they have to be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year. This will need to be continued as we go into June.

What about the greenhouse?

There are also things you can do in your greenhouse, especially when it comes to June. When it comes to the dry and warm days you should open vents and doors, on a daily basis you should check the plants and water them if the soil is dry.

Tree Preservation Orders

Tree Preservation Order or TPO is a part of town and country planning in the United Kingdom. A TPO is made by a Local Planning Authority (usually a local council) to protect specific trees or a particular area, group or woodland from harm.

This includes cutting down, topping, lopping, uprooting and the willful damage / destruction of trees. The only exception for doing any of these is if there is the authority’s written consents involved.

What are the Tree Owner’s Rights And Responsibilities?

Owners of the Protected Trees cannot carry out, cause or permit the carrying out of these banned activities, unless they have written consent from the local authority. On the other hand those owners who don’t have protected trees, they are responsible for maintaining the tree(s) without any rules saying how often or to what standard the maintenance needs to be.

They can be made very quickly and in practice it is normal for a council to make an emergency TPO in less than a day in cases of immediate danger to trees.

Arboricultural advice from a professional contractors, such ourselves here at Leaf Matters, will help to inform tree owners of their responsibilities and the options available to them.

Why not give us a call on 01732 451 351

What to do in the garden in May

As we go into May we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled a few things of What To Do In The Garden this month.

To begin our Gardening Tips, we are going going to discuss Penstemons. They are a traditional favourite for cottage garden borders however, if you own Penstemons you should be starting to prune them now. To begin with, cut back the old shoots to the base of the plant but only if there is new growth at the bottom of the plant. If there is no new growth then cut just above the lowest shoots.

For your plants in containers you will need to feed them a balanced liquid feed to help them grow healthy. This should be done every two to four weeks for them to grow efficiently.

Hardy annuals can be sown directly into their flowering positions at this time of year; they also need to be thinned out. Half hardy plants need to be hardened off by leaving them outside during the day however; they need to be covered up at night. This process should be repeated for up to 10 days before they can planted outdoors.

A few ideas for your family garden

When designing the family garden, don’t be afraid to try something new. Throughout this blog we are going to look into ideas which you add to your family garden.

Design interesting spaces and unique areas to sit, hidden areas where the children can discover and hide in. Plants which have significant shape to their leaves would be great addition!

Sedum spectabile (Herbstfreude) is a classic and a favourite flower which blooms from the middle of to the end of summer. The plant has a tendency to collapse towards the middle which can be dealt with by pruning through the Chelsea chop method.

Hardy annual plants such as Eschscholzia look weirdly beautiful and give more colour to your garden. Eschscholzia is a flower which not only makes appearances in the summer but it also grows in the spring & autumn.

Possibly one of the easiest plants to have in the family garden is a Lathraea flower. The Lathraea flower doesn’t need any maintenance at all! It is a wonderful fashionable plant, with a purple / pink colour it would liven up your garden brilliantly in the summer!

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What to do in the garden in April

As we go into April we need to think about preparing for the summer, so here at Leaf matters we have assembled our top things to do in the garden this month.

If you like lilies we recommend planting them in pots now! This gives you the freedom to go ahead with your summer displays. It always better to plant flowers in pots as you can then move them around the garden whenever you want!

Nourish trees, bushes and hedges with adjusted, slow release fertiliser by delicately forking it into the dirt.

Roses are voracious plants and will enormously profit from feeding as they come into growth. As roses come into growth they need to be fed with a either a special rose feed or a balanced fertiliser.

Flower seeds need to be sowed so they are ready in June for planting.

For your tree(s) you will need to check the tree ties to check that the trunk isn’t being cut into. If any are tight then loosen them t expand and give the trunk more room.

We hope you enjoyed our list of some of things you can do in the garden in April to prepare for summer!

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