Gardening in June
Things to do this month
Make some time to sit and enjoy your garden.
Fire up the barbecue and enjoy some al fresco dining whenever the weather allows.
Plant out all your bedding and other half-hardy summer-flowering plants – as soon as the fear of frosts and cold nights has passed.
Cut back the old leaves of spring-flowering perennials, such as Doronicum and Pulmonaria, for a fresh flush of new, healthy foliage.
Support tall and floppy herbaceous plants to prevent wind damage.
Tie in sweet peas and other climbers regularly to ensure they don’t flop and break their stems.
Plant up containers and hanging baskets with summer bedding and patio plants for a summer full of brilliant colour.
Check that hanging basket brackets will hold the weight of a fully watered basket.
Water container plants regularly - probably daily, depending on the weather.
Sow fast-maturing vegetables, such as salads, every 10-14 days to ensure a continuous supply.
Sow tender vegetables, such as sweet corn, marrows and courgettes, outside in the ground.
Check plants regularly to see if they need watering. If they do, give them a thorough soaking.
Feed wild birds daily with suitable bird food. They rely on us for food all year round.
Keep secateurs and hoe blades sharp, so they cut well. Always have a tool sharpener handy.
Remove algae and blanket weed from ponds to stop them taking over and choking them.
Keep bird baths topped up with water as birds need a daily supply of fresh water.
Clean tools with an oily rag after use to keep them clean, looking good and prevent rusting.
Plant out tomatoes, aubergines, peppers, cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins that were sown and grown indoors.
Pick rhubarb until the end of the month, then stop to give plants time to build up their strength for next year.
Deadhead roses regularly as the flowers fade by nipping off the flower head with thumb and forefinger.
Mow lawns at least once a week - whenever the grass is growing and needs it.
Feed your lawn with a liquid lawn food to keep it lush, green and healthy.
Control moss in lawns by treating it with a mosskiller.
Control weeds in lawns with a feed and weed or liquid lawn weedkiller.
Edge lawns weekly to keep them looking neat and tidy and prevent grass growing into borders.
Cut uneven lawn edges with a half-moon edging iron to keep them looking straight and neat.
Pests & Disease
Cover soft fruit with netting to protect them from bird damage.
Check plants regularly for pests and diseases and deal with them before they get out of control.
Keep on top of weeds as they appear, and deal with them quickly - either by hoeing or spraying with a suitable weedkiller.
Spray perennial weeds with a weedkiller containing glyphosate or completely dig out the roots.