Month by Month – June Garden Checklist
As a keen gardener, there are lots for you to be getting on with in and around the garden in June. Below is a checklist for you to follow to keep your garden in tip-top shape through the summer.
In the flower garden –
- Lift and store away any bulbs that have already flowered
- Cane/stake your tall perennials for extra support. Help prevent wind damage (remember to add soft tips to the tops for safety)
- Cut back your spring-flowering perennials to encourage fresh foliage
- Add liquid feed to your containers, tubs and hanging baskets every few weeks to keep them healthy all through the summer
- Fill gaps in borders and flower beds, with spots of tall bulbs to add extra colour
- Deadhead your blooms to encourage new growth
- In the fruit and vegetable garden – Some fruit trees may start to shed some fruit now (the June drop). Start to thin out the fuller branches to help encourage bigger and better fruits.
- Protect fruit that’s starting to develop from squirrels and birds using netting
- Water your fruit and vegetable containers often, especially during dry sunny weather
- Go on a snail hunt, especially during the damper evenings. Help to reduce the amount that can wreak havoc in your garden
- Water your beans and peas as they start to flower
- Apply tomato feed to fruiting vegetable crops
In the garden greenhouse –
- Move houseplants outside for the summer to a warm and sheltered spot so they can enjoy the extra light and fresh air
- Harden off summer bedding plants and hanging baskets
- Water your plants daily, in the morning or early evening, and avoid getting water on the foliage
- Increase the number of shaded areas and ventilation as the temperature warms up
- Vine weevil larvae start to get active this month. Treat pots if this pest has bothered you in the past
- Take leaf cuttings from houseplants and encourage them to root
General garden maintenance –
- Check hedges and shrubs for nesting birds before you start to trim or prune them. Clip back any evergreen hedges
- Turn the compost in your bins once per month, to help keep it aerated
- Keep the bird bath topped up in the warmer weather
- Dig out perennial weeds as soon as you start to spot them
- Feed your lawns with a liquid fertiliser
- Plant floating pond plants now as the water starts to warm up
Get these jobs – plus any more you have pressing – completed as soon as you can. You can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labour…
And looking on in contentment at the wonders of your back garden.
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