KEEP BUSY IN THE GARDEN THIS SUMMER

Steve Tonks, General Manager at Boningale Garden Creations provides his top tips

Summer is the time you can really enjoy the fruit of your labours, but don’t sit back and relax too much – there’s still plenty to do.

Check your potted plants carefully because they can easily dry out during periods of warmth and no rain. Equally, over-watering can be a problem, so it’s treading a fine line between the two issues!

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Potted plants – especially those in terracotta pots – are vulnerable to overheating, so there are a few things you can do to mitigate any problems, mulching helps too improve moisture retention, as does a good helping of water retention gel to compost in pots and hanging baskets.

Be careful not to soak plants in water though, because it can cause root rot. A good tip is to stand them in saucers of sand and keep the sand damp. If your pots get too dry, soak the pot in a bucket of water for 30 minutes and then drain well.

If you’re not sure if your potted plants need to be watered, place your finger in the soil. If it feels damp, don’t water.

Your grass doesn’t need to be cut frequently at this time of year – if there’s a long, dry
spell, raise the height of the mower blades because the grass won’t scorch so easily. Lawns recover quickly after a drought but if you do water them, do it in the evening (just check there’s no hosepipe ban!).

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If you need any further information or want to seek professional advice from our  award-winning garden designers please contact us on inspiration@boningale.co.uk or call me on 01902 376500.