Summer is in full swing and it’s time to make the most of July’s fantastic weather with all our favourite things like gardening, outdoor dining and BBQs.

Feed the lawn

For many of us the lawn is the centre piece of the garden. At Wilko, we have a fantastic range of lawn feeds to help maintain a healthy lawn. During dry weather it’s a good idea to raise your mower blade to allow the grass to grow a little longer- this will help keep it greener and help retain moisture.

Water difference a day makes

To maintain vibrancy throughout a warm, dry July, It’s important to keep the garden looking and feeling healthy. During dry spells however water is a precious commodity which should be used carefully and thoughtfully.

  1. Invest in a water butt– plants prefer rain water to tap water and it’s a great way of making the most of natural resources.
  2. Use a layer of Mulch- Apply a thick layer of mulch, compost or chip bark on soil between plants to help keep the moisture in and suppress weeds- win, win!
  3. Use ‘grey’ water- cooled bath water or washing up water can be re-used as long as its not laced with strong detergents or household cleaning agents and isn’t too greasy. Use on the roots only and avoid the leaves for best results.
  4. Attach a trigger gun to your hose pipe or use a watering can to preserve water.
  5. Always water your plants in the cool of the evening or very early in the morning, allowing the water to get to the root before it evaporates during the heat of the day.
  6. Apply water to the base of plants, where it can get to the roots quicker.

watering the garden in July

July flowering plants

If you’ve not yet planted your garden flowers, don’t worry you’re not too late. As opposed to planting from seed (which unfortunately you’re too late for) you can plant pre-grown plants into fresh soil. To add some colour to your garden, these are the flowers to plant now for summer:

  • Begonia – these red coloured large blooms thrive in both sun and shade
  • Nasturtium – these multicoloured flowers are perfect for hanging baskets
  • Aster – these tough purple coloured perennials thrive through the height of summer
  • Gloriosa Daisy – these radiant yellow coloured flowers brighten up any garden

If you want a garden challenge and grow flowers straight from seed, plant the seeds from the above flowers around February – April time, and you should see them bloom in July! Flowers produce a myriad of colours, so choose carefully.

Vegetables to plant in July

Despite common misconceptions, it’s not too late to plant pre-sown vegetables in July. So if you’re wondering what vegetable to plant now, wonder no more! The following vegetables you’ve grown from seed can now be transplanted into soil:

  • Cabbages and Brussels sprouts – if you’ve been growing these from seed now’s the time to plant out any winter cabbages and Brussels sprouts
  • Kale – You can continue to sow leafy vegetables such as kale well into autumn
  • Root vegetables – Carrots, turnips and beetroot can be sown in July, but don’t leave it any later!
  • Peas – Be quick with peas and beans, July is your last chance to beat the onset of frost.

Let the outdoor fun begin

With the hard work out of the way July is a great time to embrace our outdoor spaces. Kids (and adults) love being outdoors and we have a fantastic range of inflatable family pools and paddling pools to enjoy.

From as little as £3 there is something for everyone and remember the garden can benefit from the pool water afterwards, so don’t waste it!

If water isn’t your thing, check out our fantastic range of outdoor toys.

Safety First! Remember to always put safety first and never leave babies, children or non swimmers unattended near any amount of water.

Outdoor Dining

You will love our range of BBQs and gorgeous picnic collections. Not only do we have a fantastic range of family sized gas and charcoal BBQ’s for those sunny day banquets, we also have a huge range of portable and disposable BBQs. They are simply perfect for picnics, days out or those last minute ‘quick while the sun’s out’ BBQs. When all the to dos are done simply sit back and enjoy your surroundings and the great British weather. We have a fabulous range of gorgeous and practical outdoor furniture which will suit any outdoor space- click here to take a peek at our range of BBQ’s and outdoor furniture.

patio set

Don’t forget the sun cream!

Always remember to stay safe in the sun by covering up and protecting your skin. In addition to hats and sunglasses don’t forget the sun cream– even on the mildest day the sun can be powerful.

July Check List

Fruit and veg
  • Continue planting vegetable crops
  • Peg strawberry runners
  • Sow oriental vegetables
  • Prune soft fruit
  • Remove suckers from fruit trees
  • Plant out leeks
  • Train, cordon and espalier trees.
Ornamental
  • Divide irises
  • Pinch out chrysanthemums
  • Take cuttings from shrubs and alpines
  • Trim hawthorns
  • Remove seed heads from annuals
  • Feed perennials.
Lawn
  • Continue cutting weekly
  • Give it an extra water during hot and dry spells
  • Look out for signs that it may need feeding.

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