Dead head annual and perennial plants

Now is the perfect time to start looking at dead heading your annual and perennial plants. While not absolutely necessary, dead heading does have it benefits from helping direct the plants energy from seed production to root and vegetative growth while also simply just making the garden in general have a cleaner appearance.

Dead heading is a very simple task to carry out. As the plant starts to fade out of bloom, pinch/cut the flower stem from the just below the particular flower you are wanting to dispose of leaving just the first set of full healthy flowers and leaves behind. Repeat this process for all dead flowers on the plants.

This is one of the quickest and easiest ways to instantly transform the appearance of your garden and help your plants maintaining their health.

Mow lawns at least once a week

Time to pull out that lawn mower and start cutting back that lawn. Make sure to have a nice sharp blade to help with the cutting progress and check the height of the blade is adjusted correctly.

With the warmer temperatures but still some moisture in the air, growth will be at its best. Keep the lawn regularly mowed to have it looking its best and improve appearance. Aim to mow your lawn around midday, avoiding early mornings as the grass may still be too moist which could damage to your mower or cause the grass to tear rather then cut properly causing ruts. Likewise avoid moving it in the evenings as this will give little sunlight left to help the grass recover from its fresh cut.

Getting how frequently you cut your grass is equally important. Cutting it too often will leave your lawn looking bare and lifeless, where cutting it infrequently will cause it to look overgrown and unkept. Try to aim for once a week or 2/3 times a month during the warmer months.

Smart use of watering

With the warmer months coming in your less likely to. be able to rely on rainfall to help maintain the growth of your garden. Looking at watering your plants roughly 3 times a week, depending on the random events of rainfall throughout summer (you never know).

There are multiple different ways to help with this rather then just filling your watering can up from your outside tap or kitchen. A great way to help with this is to invest in a water butt to collect rainfall and overtime this will be filled enough to fill up your watering can for regular use in your garden.

Another even easier method to control this is to instal a drip irrigation system, if installed correctly this will drip feed your plants deep into the roots and make the task of watering even more hands off. You can set this up on a timer to ensure your garden is watered and the optimal time.

Cherry Laurel Hedge

Cherry Laurel is a hugely popular vigorous, dense evergreen hedge with large glossy bright green leaves that is perfect for reducing road noise and providing privacy.


RootGrow contains mycorrhizal fungi which naturally increase nutrient and water uptake by forming a highly efficient secondary root system. It is completely natural and plant friendly fungi, suitable for use on flowering plants, trees and shrubs.

Common Privet Hedge

Privet is a popular form of evergreen/semi evergreen hedge. Very fast growing with dark green ovate leaves and lovely white flowers that are produced in the summer.

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  Published on 01 June 2022 By Dan Grimwade

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