What to do in your garden in July.
July, traditionally the month of pruning roses and the time of the year where we start revitalising our lawns for the onset of warmer days and the promise of spring. With pruning top of mind it is a good idea to look at large trees and shrubs in our gardens with the view of getting in professional tree fellers to shape and remove dead and diseased branches.
- Plant Lilium bulbs.
- Prune Roses from mid to end July, this will exclude rambling and Old English Roses that are forming buds now to flower in early spring.
- Prune Hydrangeas from mid to end July.
- Plant flower seedlings like Alyssum, Cineraria, Chrysanthemum, Delphinium, Primulas, Primula Obconica, Phlox, Petunia and Viola.
- Feed your winter flowering annuals with Multifeed Flowergro or Margaret Roberts Supercharger.
- In the Highveld continue to water Kikuyu lawn at least twice a month.
Vegetables, Herbs & Fruit
- Plant vegetable seedlings like Cabbage, Leeks, Onions, Moss-Curled Parsley, Swiss Chard and Spinach.
- Water citrus trees.
- Water and fertilise plants, herbs and annuals in outdoor containers regularly.
- Continue watering spring flowering shrubs regularly, at least once a week as they are starting to form buds for flowering in early spring.
- Protect your frost sensitive plants.
- Re-pot indoor and outdoor container plants.
- Improve soil structure by digging in generous amounts of compost and well rotted manure.
- Continue mulching soil with compost, sawdust, bark chips and fallen leaves – this will prevent solid moisture loss and keep the roots warm through the winter.
- Continue spreading Insecticide Granules around the base of your Conifers, this will prevent aphid infestation.