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GARDENING TIPS FOR JULY

  • Check lawns for winter grass, a weed that actively grows when the rest of the lawn is weak. Pull put or spray with kerb (wp).
  • Pruning time for roses and fruit trees. Seal all cuts with Steriseal and spray with lime sulphur. It is a good idea to sterilize your pruners between each tree and bush. This prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses from plant to plant. A weak solution of jeyes fluid or Jik and water can be used for this.
  • Check your flowering annuals. Dead head those that have already flowered to promote new blooms also feed with multifeed.
  • Keep picking the sweet pea blooms to encourage new flowers.
  • Do something for the birds. Seeds and insects are in short supply at the moment. Put up suet, seeds and fruit as winter forage. Keep this practice through spring and summer to keep the birds in your garden.
  • Time to plant up new fruit trees into the orchard. Peaches, apricots, nectarines, plums and nuts.
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