CLWB GARDDIO DREFACH FELINDRE

GARDENING CLUB

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Please send us your top gardening tips.   Just send them through to the Club email: info@drefachfelindregardeningclub.co.uk or pop them in the Suggestion Box at the next Club meeting

OUT AND ABOUT IN THE GARDEN - AUGUST (already?)

 

Top up ponds and bird baths regularly.

 

Water fruit and veg plants daily.

 

Prune all summer flowering shrubs once the blooms are finished.

 

Keep on top of weeds as they compete with your crops for nutrients and water.

Water camellias and rhododendrons thoroughly this month to make sure that next year's buds develop well.

 

Keep patio container plants well watered and feed with a liquid fertiliser every fortnight.

 

Stake tall or top-heavy dahlias and lilies to prevent wind and rain damage.

 

Dead-head bedding plants and perennials to encourage them to flower into the autumn and stop them self-seeding.

 

Cut back faded perennials to keep borders tidy.

 

Dead-head lilies for a better flower display next year.

 

As penstemon flowers fade, cut them back to just above a leaf to encourage more flowers.

 

Cut back herbs now to encourage a new flush of tasty leaves you can harvest before the frost.

 

Prune wisteria after flowering by removing all the whippy side-shoots from the main branch framework to about 20cm from their base (about five leaves from the main stem).

 

Trim any lavender plants after they've finished flowering to keep them compact.

 

Collect ripened seed and store for next year. Leaving some seed heads in place can be attractive and allows the plant to self-seed in the surrounding soil.

 

Mow wildflower meadows now to help scatter the seeds.

 

Take cuttings of your favourite tender perennials such as pelargoniums and fuchsia to propagate them for next year.

 

Finish dividing clumps of bearded Iris now so they have time to form roots and flower buds for next year before the cold weather arrives.

 

Prune climbing roses and rambling roses once they've finished flowering (unless they’re repeat-flowerers in which case leave them).

 

Spray ground elder (and other perennial weeds) with a glyphosate-based weedkiller as the plant has lots of leaf surface area with which to absorb it.

 

Look out for symptoms of ‘clematis wilt’ including black discolouration on the leaves and stems of your clematis. Cut out any infected plant material and dispose of it in your household waste.

 

 

SOURCE: THOMPSON-MORGAN

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