Here are our top 10 tips for keeping your plants and garden healthy:
1) Try to walk your garden a few times a week to check your plants for any pests and diseases. That way you’ll spot any issues before they get out of hand and become a problem.
2) Take an insecticide, fungicide or weedkiller spray around with you. These come ready mixed so you can deal with any issues as soon as you see them.
3) You’ll get better results from your pesticides and weedkillers if you spray in the evening. If you spray during sunny days, much of the chemical will evaporate before it has had a chance to work properly.
4) Weeds can soon get out of hand, take over the garden, look unsightly and steal valuable water and nutrients from the soil. Make sure you deal with them quickly, before they flower and set seed. Think of the saying “One year’s seeding gives seven years weeding!”
5) Annuals and small weed outbreaks can be hoed on a dry or windy day. Make sure the blade of the hoe is sharp so you’re able to cut through the weeds’ stems. Or you can spray them with a contact weedkiller.
6) Large weeds and all perennial weeds, especially those with deep taproots, like dandelions, or creeping roots, are best treated with a weedkiller based on glyphosate. This will kill the roots as well as the top growth.
7) By using a thick mulch of organic material or a planting membrane when planting up new beds, you’ll be helping to keep your garden weed free.
8) Take good care of your plants by watering them when they need it and keep them growing strong by feeding with a fertilizer; this will help them to fight off pest and disease problems.
9) Pests and diseases will be very active in the garden this month. You’ll find most pests on the underside of leaves, at growing tips or on flowers. If you do find any, get rid of them as soon as possible.
10) Slugs and snails are a major problem at this time of the year. Make sure you protect the plants that slugs love – especially hostas, delphiniums and vegetables. Lightly sprinkle slug pellets, place slug barriers around the plants or water on a liquid slug killer