Deadheading is a regular task in all parts of the garden. With many plants the flowering period can be extended considerably if old flowers are removed as soon as they fade. This will prevent the plant’s energy going into seed production and channel it into new growth and flowers later in the summer and autumn. Most deadheading can be done with a secateurs, cutting back to just above strong buds lower down the stems.
Water plants thoroughly during hot spells, concentrating on newly planted plants, young vegetables and plants in containers which need it most. It’s no good going out every night and splashing them with water. Smaller amounts for water encourage the roots to come to the surface of the soil causing problems in the long run. In droughts period, give the plant a good soaking and this should last for a week.
Take cuttings from herbaceous perennials and cut back and divide spring-flowering perennials. Don’t forget to protect young plants from slugs and clear out spring bedding before beginning to harden off summer bedding plants.
Take a notebook on rambles around the garden. Before the summer display is over for another year it’s a good ideas to have a wander around, assessing how plants have performed and deciding whether they need to be moved or removed. Be tough, if it’s not meeting expectations, it’s got to go.
To make sure that hedges grow densely and evenly, they should be cut several times a year. After the main breeding period of birds from March to late July, you can start again with cutting your hedges.