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RASP­BER­RIES and other sum­mer-fruit­ing berries that have fruited can be cut out and new shoots tied in for next year.

DAHLIAS and lilies may need stak­ing as they achieve full height this month.

LAWN chafers or leather­jack­ets a prob­lem? Now’s a good time to treat the soil with ne­ma­todes. And keep an eye out for scar­let lily bee­tle – re­move by hand.

MAKE sure aza­leas and camel­lias don’t dry out as they are form­ing buds for next spring.

EN­COUR­AGE an­other flush of flow­er­ing with a fort­nightly dose of high potash like a to­mato feed.

BULB cat­a­logues are out so it’s time to think about what you will plant for the spring gar­den next year. Early spring bulbs pro­vide in­ter­est and colour GLASSHOUSE­S need damp­ing down in the hot weather and plants will get scorched if it’s very sunny, so re­mem­ber to shade where ap­pro­pri­ate. Keep an eye out for pests such as red spi­der mite and or­der bi­o­log­i­cal con­trols where nec­es­sary.


Aza­leas in some of the tough­est gar­den­ing months.

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