Jobs to do in the garden in July

In order to enjoy your garden in July when the hot weather arrives, there are a few jobs to make sure you do first, to make sure it doesn’t look like an overgrown wasteland.
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Lawn care

During prolonged hot spells, dehydration can become a problem, not just for humans and animals, but for plants and grass too. Raise the cutting height on your lawn mower so that the grass is longer. Lawn mowers like the Flymo Chevron 34 VC have a lever which lets you change the cutting height in seconds. Raising the cutting height prevents provides the soil with shade stopping the sun from drying the grass out and in extreme cases turning the grass brown.

In July, if not before you should consider moving larger often stationary objects like trampoline and benches. These objects block out the sun which stops the grass growing, and is another cause for grass turning brown. You should do this regularly throughout the year.

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Keep vegetables growing and harvest what’s ready

In July, crops like garlic sown in September time are now ready to harvest. When the tips of the garlic plant start to turn yellow, pulling them up and brush them off and store and dry them out by placing them in a cool, dry place.

Crops like courgettes and peas can be picked and eaten to encourage additional fruits to develops. For tomatoes keep them well watered feeding them at least once a week with a high quality tomato feed, and remove any side shoots (often referred to as suckers) to help maximise crop yield. Other crops like cucumber will also benefit from a high potash feed.

If plants get too dry, too hot or the complete opposite, they can bolt. Bolting is when the plant goes to seed as it is overly stressed. Pull any ‘bolted’ veg out and sow new seasonal seed in its place.


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Bedding plants and containers

Keep those bedding plants and repeat flowering perennials looking great, by regularly dead-heading – you’ll also enjoy a longer display of colourful blooms throughout the summer.

Keep plants grown in containers well-watered, feed them every two weeks. Its best water bedding plants thoroughly, a couple of times a week, rather than a little each day, as this encourages plants to put down their roots to seek water making them more resistant to extreme changes in temperature.

If possible use water collected in water butts to limit the use of drinking water and reduce your water footprint.

Looking after your pond

Keep an eye on the water level of your pond, and make sure you top it up with fresh water regularly. Algae and hot weather is a recipe for disaster, and can prove toxic and potentially fatal, for fish and other pond dwelling animals.

Make sure any fish have enough food by feeding them regularly.

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Power 900 W
Cutting width 32 cm
Roller No
Contour 500E
Contour 500E Left Facing
Power 500 W
Cutting width 25 cm
Lawn edge facility Yes
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Robotic Robtoic Lawnmower 1200 R
Working area capacity (±20) 400 m²
Typical charging time 50 min
Alarm Yes