Summer has started to show its face, and gardens now beginning to look their best. This is the time that all your hard work that you put in during the spring now starts to pay off, so it is perfect time to enjoy your garden.

Summer has started to show its face, and gardens now beginning to look their best.
This is the time that all your hard work that you put in during the spring now starts to pay off, so it is perfect time to enjoy your garden. Some of us would like to sit back and relax, others will spend time in the garden playing with children or entertaining family and friends. For many of us garden will become the most usable space in the house.
Whilst it's a great month for relaxing and enjoying your garden, it is also very important to keep on top of few things during July being very often the hottest month of the year.

Please read our advice on how to keep your garden in tip top condition during July:
Remember to water:
Water thoroughly once or twice a week rather than little and often - this encourages plants to put down roots in search of water rather than coming up to the surface. Remember, though, that containers and hanging baskets need watering every day and sometimes even twice a day if weather is hot and windy.
Liquid feed all container plants regularly and, where possible, place saucers under pots to conserve water Try to water the garden in the evening, preferably using a hand-held hose rather than a sprinkler, which is much more wasteful of water. 

Lawns:
Keep mowing your lawn at lest once a week but raise the height of your blades if the weather remains hot. Feed established lawns but if your lawn has moss or weeds, use a feed with moss killer or weedkiller, but remember this will also kill any wild flowers.
If you just laid new turf - don't let it dry out in hot weather or if you are planning to seed a new lawn in the autumn, start preparing the area to allow the earth time to settle.

Plants:
Deadhead annuals, perennials and roses to encourage new bloom

  1. Deadhead perennial such as lupins and delphiniums for a late flush of flowers.
  2. Train roses and honeysuckle water well to avoid mildew.
  3. Prune back faded lupin flower stems to their side shoots.
Shrubs&Trees:
  1. Trim large – leaved topiary like bay or holly.
  2. Start Trimming hedges and cut back long whippy growths on wisteria towards the end of the month.
  3. Prune early-flowering shrubs (forsythia, lilac, philadelphus, deutzia, etc) to encourage new flowering growth for next year. 
Pest Control:
- Check plants for signs of pest and disease.

General Maintenance:
- Use the good weather to clean and repair asphalt, concrete and fences.

Clean patio furniture. Mix up a bucketful of soapy bleach solution to maintain your patio furniture. Clean concrete and stonework. Power washers can be dangerous to decks (in the hands of amateurs, they can damage wood), but they’re just the tool for cleaning concrete sidewalks, driveways and patio and pool areas. 

Slip ‘feet’ under deck planters. Since standing water rots wood, make certain that water drains directly onto the ground when you water plants in pots and decorative planters on decks. Make drainage room by setting pots on pot “feet” 

It is also great tim to photograph the garden now to help you plan any changes in autumn and spring.