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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● Prune shrubs, in­clud­ing chaenome­les, deutzia, philadel­phus, weigela and spi­raea, as soon as they have fin­ished flow­er­ing. ●● Use mark­ers to in­di­cate the lo­ca­tion of bulb clumps if you are plan­ning to do any ma­jor plant­ing later this year. ●● Thin out any hardy an­nu­als that are still too closely packed to­gether. ●● Trim herba­ceous gera­ni­ums us­ing a pair of shears to re­move faded flow­ers, help­ing the plants to re­main bushy and, in many cases, pro­duce a sec­ond flush of flow­ers later in the sum­mer or early au­tumn. ●● Con­tinue to pinch out shoot tips on sum­mer bed­ding to help the plants re­main bushy and not be­come strag­gly. ●● Use edg­ing shears to neaten up lawn edges once a week and throw the trim­mings onto the com­post heap. ●● Con­tinue to plant out ten­der veg­eta­bles raised from seed such as sweet­corn, cour­gettes, mar­rows, French beans and run­ner beans. ●● Prune plums, cher­ries, nec­tarines and al­monds. ●● Har­vest the last of the rhubarb. Af­ter June it tends to be­come stringy. ●● Use a hand fork to weed ar­eas such as ter­races, pa­tios or paths where weeds are grow­ing up through the cracks.

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