What to do in the gar­den this week

Kent Messenger Maidstone - West Kent Property - - OUTDOORS -

Cover goose­ber­ries, cur­rants, straw­ber­ries and soft fruits with net­ting to keep the birds away.

Thin out plums to leave them spaced around 5-7.5cm (2-3in) apart.

Prune late spring and early sum­mer­ing flow­er­ing shrubs like philadel­phus, weigela, cean­othus and es­cal­lo­nia, im­me­di­ately af­ter flow­er­ing.

Sprin­kle general fer­tiliser gran­ules around flow­er­ing plants and shrubs and hoe them into the soil sur­face, wa­ter­ing in if the weather is dry.

Raise new plants of cytisus, de­cid­u­ous aza­leas and mag­no­lias, by lay­er­ing low grow­ing shoots of young growth to soil level.

Plant mar­rows, cour­gettes, pump­kins and squashes out­side now.

Top up pond wa­ter lev­els as they fall in hot weather.

Cut your lawn at least once a week and twice for a bet­ter fin­ish on fine lawns.

Check for aphids. Heavy in­fes­ta­tion may need treat­ing with a soap-based spray if you can’t pick them off.

Tie in the shoots of fantrained figs grow­ing against warm walls. Pinch out the tips of sideshoots when they have pro­duced five leaves.

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